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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.

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Get To The Fireworks with Bluestar Bus!

Are you wondering how to get to Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks?

If you’re thinking that you don’t really fancy driving and finding somewhere to park, then why not jump on the bus? Bluestar could be just the ticket!

We are very grateful to Bluestar Bus who this year will be running extra buses on their Route 1 to and from our fireworks event between Southampton and Winchester on the night. 

This means you can enjoy a night out to remember in Winchester, and then get home safely on the bus. Winchester has a plethora of restaurants, bars and pubs – Why not go for a meal or a few drinks after the fireworks?

Then hop on the Route 1 bus which will take you past the Winchester South Park and Ride site when the park and ride buses aren’t running. 

If you head over to Facebook, you can also be in with a chance of winning VIP tickets to the fireworks with a premium view of the event as well as FREE travel to and from Winchester via Bluestar. Check out the Bluestar Bus Facebook page to see how to enter! (Linked above).

Bluestar Route 1 runs from Southampton, past Bassett, Chandlers Ford, Otterbourne and St Cross.

And their friendly bus drivers don’t just help get you to and from the fireworks – They also help us out on the night, moving our great brass band around!

Thank you Bluestar!

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Winchester Bonfire and What3words

Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks isn’t just an event for locals – It attracts visitors from far and wide! The city’s biggest charity event had visitors from as far as the USA last year, and we’ve seen an order come in from Spain for 2019.

With attendees travelling further to get to us year on year, we realised that we needed to make it really easy for our event visitors to find our procession and of course the bonfire itself.

So this year we’ve utilised location mapping from what3words. Have you heard of them?

They are quickly becoming the ‘go to’ people for finding locations – They’re even being used for those trying to get emergency services to a specific place that may be difficult to describe. Pretty nifty, huh?

For those who aren’t familiar, you might be wondering what actually is what3words?

Basically, what3words is a super simple way to talk about location. They’ve mapped the world into 3m x 3m squares and assigned these squares with 3 unique words that will never change.

For example, Winchester Rock Choir will start our evening off in style by performing at Winchester Guildhall at 5pm – Or in What3words speak, at ///waffle.quick.intervene.

Our firework display will take place at ///sectors.flanked.barbarian .

All of this will make much more sense if you head over to their website or app and type in these words or a location you would like to find. Have a go here: https://what3words.com/daring.lion.race

The rest of our procession points, mapped by What3words, are on our website here: https://winchesterbonfire.co.uk/the-event/

We’re super excited about this and would love to hear your feedback. Will you use What3words to find us? If you do, let us know what you think!

Haven’t got your tickets yet? There’s still time! You can order them online for delivery, order them online for on the day pick up, or you can buy them in person from one of our city centre vendors. All the information is on our website here: https://winchesterbonfire.co.uk/tickets/

See you on the 9th November for our firework spectacular!  

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The 2019 Date has been announced

The date of the annual Winchester Round Table Charity Bonfire & Fireworks has been announced for this year as Saturday 9th November.

With annual sell-out attendance of over 20,000 people, Winchester Round Table is delighted to bring the event back to Winchester for its 61st year, in what has become the city’s largest one-day charity event.

The event starts at 5.30pm at the Guildhall with singing from Winchester Rock Choir, and the spectacle of the torchlit parade will set off from King Alfred’s Statute through the city centre to the River Park Leisure Centre. The Bonfire will be lit at 7.15pm and the fireworks spectacular will start at 7.45pm.

Last year the event raised over £65,000 profit, which directly goes to local people and charities who apply to the Winchester Round Table Community Services Fund.

Charlie Sell, Bonfire Chairman 2019, comments: “Winchester’s Bonfire & Fireworks is a huge event for the city, bringing 20,000 people into the centre, supporting local business, raising the profile of the city, and ultimately creating a large pot of money which goes straight back into helping the local community. We encourage charities and local groups who really need funding to get in touch with us and apply”.

Tickets will be available to buy in advance online from 1st September at www.winchesterbonfire.co.uk where people will be able to find out more details for the event, and will be available from ticket venues throughout the city during October and November.

Standard ticket prices will be at the early bird discount rate of £5 for each person, and the price on Saturday 9thNovember goes up to £7.50 per person. The popular premium tent tickets (inclusive of hospitality drinks) are set at £35 per person.

Winchester Round Table is a social group of 28 young men aged 18-45 who want to make a difference to their local communities, and find lasting friendships. The Winchester Round Table organisation has been running since the 1930’s and nationally, Round Tables raise over £3.3m a year for charity.

If you wish to sponsor the event this year or volunteer on the evening, please email bonfire.chairman@winchesterroundtable.co.uk.

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Winchester 60th Charity Fireworks

As the Autumnal leaves begin to fall, tickets are going on sale for the 60th annual Round Table Bonfire and Fireworks Night, to be held on Saturday the 3rd of November 2018.

How to get a Ticket.

All tickets are on sale from Monday 1st October and can be purchased online at www.winchesterbonfire.co.uk or from a number of city retailers:

• Winchester Tourist Information
• Winchester Discovery Centre
• Jeremy France Jewellers (High Street)
• Gieves & Hawkes (The Square)
• Cabinet Rooms (Jewry Street)
• Jack Rabbits Barbers (Stockbridge Road)
• W&H Barbers (Olivers Battery)
• University of Winchester (Students Union)

Early bird tickets cost just £3.50 and will be on sale from Monday 2nd October up until midnight Sunday 12th October. £5 standard price tickets will then go on sale from Monday 13th October up until the event.

Any tickets remaining will be sold on the night at the standard price of £5 per ticket and will be available from a number of different locations on the route of the annual city torchlit procession.

Members of Winchester Round Table will be selling tickets on Winchester High Street on 13th/14th October, 20th/21st October, 27th/28th October, as well as Saturday 3rd November. Programmes for the event will also be dropped through the doors of Winchester homes throughout the month of October.

For the third time this year, there will be a Premium Tent on site. Tickets are priced at £35 and will guarantee shelter along with a great view of the bonfire and fireworks. Included in the price of the ticket is access to an open bar stocked with soft drinks, local ales and excellent wine from Wine Utopia.

For more information, please email info@winchesterbonfire.co.uk.

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