Winchelsea Guy Fawkes is a new society replacing Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes. We aim to build on the many years of successful events held by Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes, and maintain this special Sussex tradition.

Unlike many other bonfire societies in Sussex, our November 2018 event will not include a bonfire or burning effigies. We do plan to continue with the unique, small (tongue in cheek) theatrical performance, procession and fireworks, which in the past has been enjoyed by all attending.

Our key aims

• Not for profit Society, returning and distributing excess profit back into the Town
• To hold several events in the Town that are both social yet fund raising. These events will also provide income generation for venues (New Hall, Church etc).
• Enable Procession/ Fireworks in November and continue to ensure this event remains a small celebration which is both safe and suitable for all.
• Continue to support other activities including Morris Dancing and Winchelsea Fete. Where possible raise funds at these events for a nominated charity
• Work in collaboration with other associations and societies in the Town.
• Ensure members are kept directly informed of all associated events and activities.
• To create a simple yet robust and transparent accounting process at the end of each operating year, which is circulated to members
• Hopefully, have fun, and give people a nice time


• You will be the first to hear about our planned events
• Helps to cover administration costs and contributes towards the November event
• Will entitle you (where possible) to a small ticket price reduction on some of our social events
• Actively participate in our planned events, should you desire.
• All welcome

Annual Membership Costs

£10 Household membership
£ 5 Single membership

If you would like to join, please email us:

When emailing please could you let us know the following:-
Contact Telephone Number
Type of Membership required i.e. household or single

Your personal details will not be shared.


On Saturday 20th January 2018 Troy Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst will talk to Winchelsea Garden Society. Visitors are welcome.


From 16th December Winchelsea Christmas Windows will be lighting up for Demelza Children’s Hospice.  There will be 24 windows taking part and, in a change from previous years, all will be lit together from Saturday 16th until Sunday 31st December.  This means that you can see all the windows on the same day if you wish.  They will go on at 4.30pm and off at 9pm. We are delighted to welcome St Thomas’ School who will dress the Court Hall window.  Badges, and maps showing all the window locations, are available to purchase at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen (as well as small torches) and from The New Inn, The Black Cat Gallery and The Lodge at Winchelsea.  Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has created a window or display and made badges. All proceeds will go to Demelza.

L’OCTUOR DE FRANCE Concert 16th December

Winchelsea Arts Concert celebrating the life of Tom Harris

Tickets on sale here


On Saturday 25th November 2017 Ann Rachlin will be talking on Ellen Terry ‘The First Superstar’. The talk takes place in Winchelsea New Hall at 6.30 for 7.15pm and is a fundraising event for The Friends of the Ancient Monuments, the charitable organisation which, supports Winchelsea Corporation in the maintenance of the Ancient Monuments in the Town and the Museum.

Ellen Terry ‘glamorous, charismatic, infamous’, was the greatest female actor of her day – the most famous woman in England after Queen Victoria – and lived in Winchelsea in the late nineteenth century before moving to Smallhythe Place.

Tickets for the talk cost £10 and are available from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen.  There will be a pay bar and complimentary canapes will be served before the talk.

MY FAIR LADY – Winchelsea Singers

Friday 17th November at 2pm and Saturday 18th at 7pm



Christingle Service
Friday 8th December at 2.30pm at St Thomas’ Church
A special service for St Thomas’ Primary School

Winchelsea Singers Carol Concert 
Saturday 9th December at 7pm at St Thomas’ Church
Entrance £12 by programme at the door – in aid of St Michael’s Hospice
with a glass of wine and seasonal refreshments

Christmas Celebration in Words and Music
Saturday 9th December at 10.30am at Wesley’s Chapel
Seasonal refreshments follow

FOAM Carols in the Court Hall
Carol singing organised by the Friends of the Ancient Monuments
with a glass of wine and mince pies in the Lower Court Hall, High Street
Friday 15th December at 6.30
Admission is free and all are welcome

Winchelsea Christmas Windows
Twenty four decorated windows will be illuminated from 4.30 till 9pm each evening starting on Saturday 16th December and ending on Sunday 31st

Carols Round the Town
on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st starting from St Thomas’ Church porch at 6pm and finishing at about 8pm,  collecting for Shelter.   All are welcome including accompanied children.  Song sheets provided.  Wrap up well, good shoes, and bring a torch!

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
at St Thomas’ Church at 6pm on Wednesday 20th December

Crib Service
at St Thomas’ Church at 4pm on Saturday 23rd December. Carol Singing and a Nativity Play in a service designed specifically for young children

Midnight Eucharist
A Church of England Communion Service with Christmas carols starting at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve at St Thomas’ Church.

Christmas Morning Worship
at St Richard’s, Winchelsea Beach at 9.30am and at St Thomas’, Winchelsea at 11am


An Archaeological Society event on Saturday 18th November at 2.30pm at St. Thomas’s Church.  A talk by Stephen Gray MSc Dip Arch APMP IHBC RIAS RIBA.  ‘How to build a Medieval House’ looks at the building process from felling and converting timber, erecting the frame, thatching and wattle and daubing the walls and then, using modern project management techniques for analysis, considers the issues of completing the build between the Michaelmas’s of two successive years.  Free admission to Winchelsea Archaeological Society members. £5 for non-members.

For more information, contact Mervyn Hack 01797 225021




11th and 12th November at Winchelsea War Memorial

Saturday 11th November
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am

Sunday 12th November
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am followed by a Remembrance Service at St Thomas’ Church

Members of the local community gathered at Winchelsea War Memorial twice in October 2017 to honour three Winchelsea men who were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago. The ceremony, organised by the Bonfire Boyes, forms part of the town’s commemoration of the centenary of the Great War. Two of the men, Noel and Henry Patch, were brothers, killed within a week of each other. The third, Norman Streeton was represented by family members, Eric and Adam Streeton, who both laid wreaths.