The Uckfield’s First Virtual Carnival took place on Saturday!
During the day society members were out and about around the town and houses spreading the carnival atmosphere and asking for any change you may have to go in our buckets to add to the crowdfunding page that has been set up to support the local charities that receive donation to each year.
The procession around the town was led by a very boisterous Steve Crow followed by a lorry lent to the society by Chris Thorne of Thornes, playing loud music around, Rocks Park, Hunters Way, the High Street, West Park and the Harlands Estate.
The journey covered was over 10 miles and many of the society members walked the whole way! Well done to them.
The Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society was formed back in 1827 and every year since (excepting during war years) annual parades have taken place.
But sadly, this year there will be no parades and no children’s fancy dress competition, but we will have the first ever ‘Virtual Carnival’ !
Donate to the appeal via this LINK – all money will go to local causes. So far it has raised £80 but Uckfield can do a lot better than that!!!
(c) Mike Skinner
They started as thank you‘s from the local shop keepers 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.
Last year £4000 was shared between 35 local organisations who provide a variety of services to the community, including youth projects, animals, education and the more senior members of our community.
Sadly due to the Covid19 situation the annual celebration and collection won’t be taking place in its normal form this September.
Instead the society is going virtual and using video, social media and this CrowdFunder page to keep the 193 year old tradition alive and hopefully still raising some money to support the Uckfield community.
They ask that residents give generously and to watch their Facebook page for how you can get involved, maybe dress up or decorate your house, and keep Uckfield oldest tradition alive.
We are sure it will come as no surprise that Uckfield Carnival will not be able to take place this September in the way it has for nearly 200 years.
Secretary Lynne Ireland was the guest of Ryan Millns this afternoon:
The Covid-19 pandemic and the various restrictions mean it would be both difficult and irresponsible of us to try to go ahead with our normal carnival weekend and parades.
As this is one of the town’s oldest traditions, we would still like to mark the occasion on Saturday 5th September 2020 in some way. To do this we are asking for the help of the wonderful people of Uckfield.
We would like you to either dress-up, make a scarecrow or some other style of tableaux in your front garden or house on the theme of CARNIVAL. During August we will be collecting pictures from you which we would like to make into a video with suitable carnival music and maybe a few clips from previous carnivals included.
Then on the night of Saturday 5th September 2020 we will be inviting the whole town to watch ‘Uckfield’s Virtual Carnival 2020’ on social media via our Facebook page and YouTube. This will include the pictures of the town celebrating carnival, clips of previous carnival parades to build the atmosphere and then live streaming of the tradition bonfire prayers, led by Father John Wall from Holy Cross Church, the burning of banners and then a spectacular firework display at approximately 9pm. Why not arrange something for the evening in your garden like a picnic or BBQ and raise a glass while watching.
As one of the big reasons the Uckfield Carnival takes place is to raise money to support local good causes, so we will be running a JustGiving page for donations and, restrictions permitting, you might even see some strangely dressed people with collecting buckets in and around the town centre or chasing a lorry around some of the estates during the day on Saturday 5th September.
Please keep watching for updates and further details of the CARNIVAL themed pictures.
Everyone at Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Society hopes you stay safe and well and we look forward to entertaining you in a slightly different way this year. Let’s make it one to remember.
For further information please contact our Secretary, Lynne Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org