All systems go at Chiddingfold Bonfire despite yellow weather warning

Thursday 7th November 2019 7:32 am
Collecting for good causes (HD46-38-19) Photo: Pete Gardner ()

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SPECIAL precautions were taken at Chiddingfold on November 2 following the yellow weather warning the day before.

In the event, the rain held off and the wind dropped but the gloomy weather predictions meant a smaller crowd turned out to enjoy one of the most popular bonfire displays in south west Surrey – which was celebrating its 180th anniversary this year.

Those attending were treated to one of the best firework shows yet by F1Pyro culminating in dazzling golden firebursts over the village green.

The fireworks were dedicated to the memory of Chiddingfold philanthropist, Second World War veteran and National Car Parks (NCP) chairman Sir Donald Gosling, who died in September. The Gosling Foundation helps to sponsor the bonfire night event.

Bonfire committee chairman Simon Manuel said: “This is a family-orientated event.

“The weather forecast kept some away, but there was a lovely atmosphere.

“We are still on track to get a healthy return to pay for vouchers Chiddingfold over 70s can use in village shops and to help fund organisations that help us, such as Chiddingfold Village Nursery.

“We are very grateful to members of the cricket club and summer festival committee who manned the road blocks.

“We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service not only for the bonfire, but also the 2018 First World War 100th anniversary beacon and our Helping Hands service for villagers in need.”

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