Wendy Wheatley, Jo Craft and Jackie Love who helped build the Rocks Park School float for the carnival last year are pictured with a cheque given to the school by the bonfire society. The money will go towards buying iPads and apps to help children struggling to learn to read.

Uckfield Bonfire Society gives money to good causes

Uckfield Bonfire Society which wows townspeople with a spectacular carnival each September distributed funds, raised last year, to good causes on Saturday night.

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Compere Mel Watts.

Nearly £4,500 was shared between 35 organisations at a presentation evening held at the Luxford Centre.

Many of the recipients had been involved in the carnival themselves, either in the parades, helping collect the money, manning barriers or clearing up afterwards.

Former president of the society and long-standing member Mel Watts was compere for the evening and kept people entertained as cheques, ranging in value from £50 to £400 were handed out.

The recipients talked about how pleased they were to receive the money and what they planned to spend it on.

Macmillan Cancer Care

For example, Maureen Macve, from Macmillan Cancer Care said their £200 would go towards supporting local families and sufferers of terminal illness.

John Browning of the Uckfield Schools Stamp Club said their £100 would go towards buying tweezers and stamp hinges needed by clubs in five schools where learning about stamps also helped with history and geography lessons.

And Julie Brett from Demelza Hospice Care said they were looking after more than 100 children with life-limiting illnesses in East Sussex and a number of families in Uckfield and the surrounding area.

Carol Watts-Arnold

Carol Watts-Arnold, daughter of Mel Watts, who is stepping down as secretary of the bonfire society this year after 25 years  (see Uckfield bonfire secretary Carol Watts Arnold to step down) said it was always a pleasure to see money raised by the carnival going to such good causes.

She added: “Many of the charities here in this room also help us. It’s good that we can help each other.”

Bonfire society donations went to:

  • Air Training Corps £400
  • Uckfield Performance Ensemble £300
  • Macmillan Cancer Care £200
  • Uckfield Schools Stamp Club £100
  • Demelza Hospice Care £300
  • Sussex Police £100
  • East Sussex Fire Brigade £100
  • Holy Cross School £100
  • St John Ambulance £250
  • Uckfield Housebound Club £100
  • Luxford Centre £100
  • MS Society £50
  • Sussex Horse Rescue £100
  • Uckfield Lions Club £100
  • Care Group for the Blind £100
  • Kit Wilson £150
  • RNLI £100
  • Uckfield Leos Club £100
  • Framfield & Blackboys Monday Club £100
  • Rocks Park School £100
  • Alma Stroke Club £50
  • Wealden Talking News £100
  • Broadstone Warren Explorer Scouts £150
  • Sussex Air Ambulance £200
  • Harlands School £50
  • Uckfield Rotary Club £50
  • PHAB £50
  • Uckfield Theatre Guild £100
  • Uckfield Hospital League of Friends £100
  • Girl Guides £100
  • Cats Protection £50
  • Brighter Uckfield Campaign £150
  • Manor School £50
  • Lewes Hospital £100
  • St Philip’s School £50
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Janet Davey assistant district commissioner of the Girl Guides said their £100 cheque would go towards a fund to replace windows in the hut in Hempstead Road, Uckfield.

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Uckfield Bonfire Society secretary Carol Watts-Arnold is pictured with winners of two trophies presented during the evening to Paul Ireland, for best dressed adult within the society at last year’s carnival, and her son Jack Watts-Arnold, for best dressed child.

The bonfire society’s agm is due to be held in the Oakleaf Room, at Uckfield Civic Centre, on Tuesday, March 11, starting at 8pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

See pictures from the 2013 carnival here: Thousands watch Uckfield Carnival procession.

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