New Mills Bonfire 2011: Saturday 5th November, High Lee Park
This year's Bonfire will take place on Saturday 5th November.
New Mills Community Bonfire, which has been running for over a quarter of a century, is one of the most popular community events in New Mills. The event, which takes place in High Lea Park (on St. Mary’s Road, New Mills) each November on normally the nearest Saturday to November 5th, comprises of a large bonfire and firework display. There are also various stalls and children’s rides.
The bonfire started out life 29 years ago as the New Mills Primary School Bonfire, organised by the school’s PTA (Parent Teachers Association) and for the first three years it was held at the primary school. At that time, numerous bonfires took place throughout the town, most unsupervised and many were held at one of the town’s many parks and playing fields. In order to improve safety for those attending bonfires in the town and reduce the amount of clearing up that was required following the bonfires, it was agreed that there would be significant benefits to having a single bonfire in the town, open to the whole community. As a result, in conjunction with New Mills Town Council, the Primary School Bonfire was re-launched as the New Mills Community Bonfire and a new committee, New Mills Bonfire Committee, was set up to run the event. Many of its members, however, were part of the original organising committee. In its first years as the Community Bonfire, the bonfire was held at Ollersett Playing Fields and Derby Road Playing Field and then in about 1986, the bonfire moved to High Lea Park, where the event has been held ever since.
Since becoming the Community Bonfire, the event has received the generous support of New Mills Town Council, who provide a grant each year to help fund the event. Other funding comes from quiz nights, raffles and income from stalls at the event. Although the event costs a significant sum of money to put on, the event is nevertheless able to raise monies (notably through a bucket collection) for voluntary organisations and groups. In recent years, donations have been handed to St. John Ambulance, Kinder Mountain Rescue and the New Mills School Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
For many years, the Bonfire Committee, who organise the event, organised the whole event themselves, with some members producing hot pot suppers and others putting on the firework display. As the event grew and there was an increasing need to operate to stringent safety standards, the organisers decided to delegate certain aspects of the event to the professionals and therefore, for the last 14 years, Quicksilver UK Limited, a professional firework display company from Hyde, have co-ordinated the firework display.
In addition to assistance from Quicksilver, the organisers also receive assistance from Kinder Mountain Rescue, St. John Ambulance, pupils from New Mills School Sixth Form and numerous volunteer marshals, without whose help, the event would not be able to be put on.
Safety is a key issue for the event’s organisers and, as such, with the help of St. John Ambulance, Kinder Mountain Rescue, Quicksilver and a team of marshals, the organisers work hard to ensure that everyone who attends the event has an enjoyable, yet safe, evening. As a result of these efforts, the organisers are proud to say that the event has an unblemished safety record. As part of the organiser’s commitment to safety, the event is officially registered with the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and was, in fact, one of the first, if not the first, officially registered events in the County.
After nearly thirty years and despite increasingly stringent safety requirements, the Community Bonfire continues to be a success, with a large proportion of the town’s population attending the event each year. The event continues to be run by New Mills Bonfire Committee, with the financial support of New Mills Town Council, but after many years of service, some of the Committee’s original members, including Graham Boardman, John Burton and Les Young, have handed over the reins to a new generation. The current Committee, however, are keen for further new members and therefore, if anybody would like to get involved (in any way), they would be interested to hear from people (simply contact Jeff Lawton on 07973 828723).
Bonfire 2010: Crowds enjoy firework spectacular
Popular classics, movie themes and pop hits provided the musical accompaniment to a spectacular twenty minute firework display at the annual New Mills Community Bonfire which took place on Saturday evening at High Lee Park.
The evening started with the lighting of the bonfire by Chantell Hannell, Chair of New Mills Town Council. With the bonfire lit, crowds were then treated to an impressive firework display, featuring a range of effects that lit up the New Mills sky. There were also various children’s fun fair rides and stalls.
New Mills Bonfire Committee, who organise the event, would like to thank all the individuals, businesses and organisations who were involved in the event for their support and assistance, as well as all those who contributed to the bucket collection, the proceeds of which will be donated to local charities.
Highlights of the event, including parts of the firework display, can be viewed on YouTube.
Bonfire 2009: Movie musical theme to New Mills Fireworks
Crowds enjoyed a spectacular firework display to the sound of music from a range of blockbuster movies, including India Jones, James Bond and Wallace and Gromit, at the annual New Mills Community Bonfire which took place at High Lee Park on Saturday.
Despite a damp day, the weather cleared up for the lighting of the bonfire by Kevin ‘Huggy’ Hawley, Chair of New Mills Town Council. With the bonfire lit, crowds were then treated to an impressive firework display, featuring a range of effects that lit up the New Mills sky. There were also various children’s fun fair rides and stalls.
New Mills Bonfire Committee, who organise the event, would like to thank New Mills Town Council, including the Council’s Parks Department, Kinder Mountain Rescue, St. John Ambulance, Glossop Caravans, Black Diamond Promotions, Graham Boardman, New Mills School Sixth Form and all those who helped out marshalling for their support and assistance, as well as all those who contributed to the bucket collection, the proceeds of which will be donated to local charities.
For previous information and news on the event visit:
Further information on this year’s bonfire will be published on this web-site in the run-up to the event. It will also be published in the local press (Buxton Advertiser, Glossop Chronicle, Stockport Express and High Peak Review) and broadcast on High Peak Radio (http://www.highpeakradio.co.uk/).
For further information, please contact Jeff Lawton (07973 828723), Chair of New Mills Community Bonfire Committee. Alternatively e-mail the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos, Videos and Web-sites
Highlights of 2008 event, including the lighting of the bonfire and parts of the firework display can be viewed on YouTube. Simply click on one of the following links:
Lighting of the bonfire: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks8OU79Gu88
Fireworks: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HgA7ZhOHWW4 (Display start)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ByXrRTUhufs (Display Finale)
A video of the 2007 firework display (not taken by the organisers) is available to view on YouTube. Simply click on the following link: