The 61st annual Winchester Round Table Charity Bonfire and Fireworks took place last weekend, raising in excess of £60,000 for local charities and good causes.
On Saturday 9th November, around 20,000 people gathered at North Walls Recreation Ground for the lighting of the Bonfire and a spectacular 15-minute firework display. The event was preceded by a torchlit parade through the city streets from outside King Alfred’s Statue.
Organised by Winchester Round Table, the event was supported by around 200 volunteers from the city and surrounding areas, including Winchester Rotary, Army and Police Cadets and local community groups. Numerous city-based businesses kindly supported the event with sponsorship and the donation of time, skills and equipment.
Charlie Sell, Bonfire Chairman 2019 from Winchester Round Table, comments: “Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event, volunteered on the night or helped us to put on the largest one day charitable event in the city. The money raised means we can spark a change for people who really need support in the city.”
All profits raised from the evening go to the Winchester Round Table Community Service Fund. This allows charities and groups, specifically within the Winchester area, to access funding and support which helps to benefit local people in need.
Around £2,500 was raised through donations on the night, which go directly to the establishment of the Winchester Hospice building and charity.
Winchester Round Table, founded in 1933, is a group of over 30 guys aged between 18-45 who get together to help with community projects and to make new friends. For more information about the community service fund, and Winchester Round Table’s next event, the Christmas Santa Sleigh, please visit www.winchesterroundtable.co.uk.