Uckfield carnival society appeals for donations

Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew helps light torches to get last year’s carnival under way. The Coronavirus pandemic means there will only be a virtual carnival this year.

Have you started work on carnival-themed decorations so you can take part in this year’s virtual celebration in Uckfield?

The town’s bonfire and carnival society is asking you to dress up, make a scarecrow, or some other style of tableaux in your front garden, or house, on the theme of carnival or celebration and take photographs of your creations.

Five prizes of £50 are on offer for the most colourful and fun entries in this event which, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, replaces the annual extravaganza on our streets.


The deadline to take part is Friday, August 21, and your photographs can be uploaded to the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society website. 

They will be brought together in a video to be broadcast on the night of Saturday, September 4, on the society’s Facebook page and a soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel and the winners will be announced during the event.

Thousands of pounds are raised each year by Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society with collection buckets rattled throughout the day and during parades but an alternative way of helping local good causes is having to be found this year.


So a Crowdfunder page has been set up with a target of raising £1,000. The society hopes townspeople will contribute.

It says that £4,000 was shared last year between 35 local organisations and the Crowdfunder is a way of keeping a 193-year-old tradition of giving alive.

The page says: “Our organisation was formed back in 1827, and every year since (excepting during war years) annual parades have taken place.

Thank you

“They started as thank yous from the local shopkeepers to the gentry for their support and now the parades are used to put on a show for the whole town, and collect money which is then donated to various local groups and good causes throughout the Uckfield area.”

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