Uckfield bonfire society donates £4,000 to 34 organisations

More than £4,000 raised by Uckfield Bonfire Society during last year’s carnival events has been shared between 34 organisations.

Cheques ranging from £50 to £400 were presented at a ceremony last night, held at the Luxford Centre.

The MC was Alex Butcher and society chairperson Jackie Love presented the individual amounts with secretary Lynne Ireland stepping in when Jackie accepted a donation on behalf of Rocks Park School.

Trophies were also presented to Tyndall Jones, from Littlehampton, and Doug Stewart, from Burgess Hill, for the work they put in collecting from crowds during the September events.

Tyndall collected £214.31, the highest individual amount, and Doug collected £151.54.


Successful collectors pictured with their trophies are from the left Doug Stewart and Tyndall Jones.

Funds were presented during the evening to:

Air Training Corps, £400. The Air Training Corps co-ordinate road closures throughout the town during carnival events and they were thanked for their efforts.

Uckfield Performance Ensemble, £400. Jez Beesley told how the ensemble had grown from having just a marching band to now having a concert band, which played at three concerts last year, and two music groups for children, the Music Minors, for children aged three to six years and the Music Majors for children aged seven and above.

St John Ambulance, £300. Steve Homan said the money would go towards training and extra equipment.

Broadstone Warren Scouting Group, £150. The Scouts were praised for helping to clear away all the torches at the end of carnival night.

Brighter Uckfield, £150. This group helps to clean up the town the day after carnival night and throughout the year.

Uckfield Lions, £100. Lions president, Bob Eaves, said the money would go towards buying a new community mini-bus.

Uckfield Leos, £100. Matthew Savage said the Leos were fund-raising to buy a defibrillator for use in the event of a medical emergency at Uckfield Community Technology.

Phab Club, £50. Janine Williams said the club had more than 20 members, with and without disabilities and the money would mean a great deal to them.

Uckfield Theatre Guild, £100. Jill Johnstone said the money would go towards enabling people from nursing and care homes to come along free of charge to a guild performance. The next show will be Half a Sixpence from April 9-11 at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Holy Cross School, £100. The bonfire society holds its firework display in the grounds of Holy Cross School and the judging of the children’s procession fancy dress competition takes place there too. The school children are to be asked how they would like to spend the money to make their playground better.

Girl Guiding, Uckfield District, £50. Beth Power said a donation last year went towards replacing windows at Osborn Hall in Hempstead Road and this year’s donations would be spent on something similar.

Uckfield Rotary Club, £50. Jeff Holman said the money would go into the club’s charity fund.

Demelza Children’s Hospice, £200. Norman Baldwin said the hospice was launching a transition scheme to help young people aged between 19 and 25 and the money would go towards running that scheme.

Macmillan Cancer Support, £200. Maureen Macve said the money would go towards a centre in the process built in Brighton which would cover all aspects of cancer care, including a drop-in centre.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, £200. Dave Windsor said every £1 donation made a difference to the organisation. £1 could buy bubble wrap to wrap a patient in.

Kit Wilson Trust, £200. Rosemary Goodsale said the money would go directly towards helping animals in the care of the Kit Wilson Trust. This year had started well for re-homing cats and dogs but there were always pets waiting to be taken in by the trust.


Sandy Bone and her dog Truffles who are members of Sussex Caring Pets.

Sussex Caring Pets, £50. Sandy Bone introduced her dog Truffles and said volunteers from Sussex Caring Pets take their cats and dogs into care homes and hospitals where patients and staff enjoy meeting and stroking and making a fuss of them.

East Sussex Wildlife, £100. Jenny Reid said the organisation was in the process of re-building its casualty centre.

Uckfield Schools Stamp Club, £100. John Browning told how two children from Manor School won the opportunity of having four pages each of their favourite stamps displayed at the Islington Design Centre in London.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, £200. MC Alex Butcher told how the fire service provided water butts for dipping torches and did a lot of fund-raising itself for groups in Uckfield.

Uckfield Housebound and Friendship Club, £100. Frank Phillips said the club met twice a month and had a membership of 34 with 12 people on a waiting list. The donation would go towards transport and the costs involved in running the club.

Luxford Day Centre, £100. Joan Wilcox said older people were welcome to join the day centre where there were plenty of activities going on. The cost was just £8 for a year.

Sussex Horse Rescue, £100. Wendy Gundry said the donation would help with running costs at the centre which looked after 100 equines on site with a further 200 out on loan.

East Sussex Association for the Blind, £100. Jill Sampson said the Uckfield Club for the Blind had been running for 39 year and had 30 members. One of the oldest would be 100 in June and another member would be going to Buckingham Palace this year as 100 years of blind veterans is to be marked.

Framfield and Blackboys Monday Club, £100. Sandy Rogers said the club had 49 members, including three over the age of 90. Speakers came along to meetings and outings were organised too. This year there would be a bluebell walk and the main outing would be to Birling Gap. It would cost £280 for the coach and the money would help pay for that.

Wealden Talking News, £100. Jean Holmwood said more volunteers would be welcome to help with the work of the organisation, there were many different jobs to be done, not only the recording of news. She also said the organisation would be pleased to hear of anybody who might benefit from receiving the recordings.

Uckfield Hospital League of Friends, £100. Chris Macve said £20,500 was spent by the league of friends last year buying equipment to assist patients and staff in the hospital and the bonfire society cheque would go towards continuing that good work.

Uckfield Multiple Sclerosis Society, £50. Jenny Gearing welcomed hearing from anybody with multiple sclerosis who would benefit from joining the society which held regular coffee mornings  and made sure people did not feel alone.

Rocks Park School, £100. Jackie Love said the money would go towards buying an iPad to help individual children with their learning.

Harlands School, £50. Caroline Yeandle said the school council members would be asked for their views on how the money should be spent.

Manor Primary School, £50. Nicola Bennett said the school council would be asked for their views on spending the money but added that at the moment everybody at the school was working hard to develop the library and it could be that the donation would go towards new books.

St Philip’s School, £50. MC Alex Butcher said all the Uckfield schools had worked hard to make a success of the bonfire society’s afternoon processions.

Alma Stroke Club, £50. John Carvey, who is also president of the bonfire society, accepted the donation on behalf of the club and said that events organised by it included a cream tea once a year and a Christmas dinner.

• Memories of Uckfield Carnival 2014 here: Perfect night for Uckfield Carnival

• The bonfire society’s annual general meeting is to be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 8pm in the Oakleaf Room at Uckfield Civic Centre. All would be welcome to come along, including people who would like to help at carnival events.

• Bonfire society secretary Lynn Ireland has signed up to take part in a walk from London to Brighton on Sunday, May 23, a distance of 66 miles to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society. If you would like to sponsor her please visit her JustGiving page.

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