Attention Please ! --- How many of us live through everyday thinking, what we know is right? How many of us are confident that we are making the correct decisions? How many of us lead other people into actions thinking they are the right actions? Time for some humble pie, I do this all of the time, I think because I have seen someone else do it over and over again that it must be the right way to do things. Sometimes the confidence to strive forward can cloud what you know and can effect the decisions you make and today i am going to use myself as an example and apologise for a misunderstanding that could possibly have offended and broken tradition.
If I can explain, for 15 years I have watched Rotherfield & Mark Cross Carnival on an annual basis, with their torchbearers and drumming bands, walking through the streets of Rotherfield Village. When I heard that it was struggling to stay alive, I put myself forward to be on the committee to help in any way I could. That was my intention. I have come to realise over the last few days that there are certain elements that I and others within the society and bonfire crowds, have been getting wrong for so many years. Yes it is humiliating and embarrassing, but it is only right to admit the failure and make changes for the future, and in doing this hopefully regain the respect from some of the other societies and die hard traditionalists that promote the correct way to present our events.
Firstly and most simply, Rotherfield & Mark Cross Carnival should be considered Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Procession as traditionally that is what it is.
Secondly, Oggy Oggy Oggy, Oi, Oi, Oi is not a traditional bonfire chant and is actually advertising Cornish Pasties. I myself last weekend at Mayfield Bonfire Procession lead my society and the crowds into this chant, thinking it was a traditional thing to do, I was totally unaware of what I was actually saying and what it meant, so you can imagine how I felt in learning this fact. This information was simply not passed over to me, and everyone in our society who walked were completely new to it or had only walked a few times at last years events. I even heard our youngsters chanting this at our afternoon procession meaning, it is being passed over to generations who also think it is a traditional chant.
I wanted to hold my hands up to this as I am not too ashamed to admit that sometimes, we get things wrong and I am hoping that this experience will stand in good stead for me and others to learn from, not just in the ranks of Bonfire Society but in everyday life. Sometimes we all need to look past what we think we know and open our eyes and ears to what lies beyond our own knowledge. It is important to recognise this in order to learn and move forward past your own experience.
In order to keep up tradition I am respectfully asking that as a Bonfire Society, we no longer call out these irrelevant chants and keep our procession according to tradition and uphold a great event according to etiquette. We hope other bonfire societies will forgive us for our lack of bonfire knowledge and ask that, if there is an aspect that we have not yet learnt and it is apparent, please let us know so that we can keep the Bonfire Processions alive in accordance with the history books.
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Ed Paterson - Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society
On Saturday we were join by three photographers out to experience our tradition of carnival and bonfire. Alex Moore, Daisy Bees and Phil Lancaster. Today we have been sent copies of their photos from the evening for us to share with you. Here are some of them, there are many more for me to copy over so if you're not in these ones, don't panic more will follow. I feel a few profile pictures will be changing! Again thank you to everyone that took part and helped us, we couldn't do it all without you and a massive thank you to Alex, Daisy and Phil. 🔥♥️🔥💥 ...
Thank you Brighter Uckfield.10 volunteers were out on the High Street and surrounding areas this morning, clearing up after the fantastic Uckfield Carnival last night. Our green bags which were taped to lampposts and railings on Saturday afternoon were well used thankfully, but there was still a lot of litter to be cleared today, and pavements swept. In total, 60 sacks were collected, but we are pleased to report that this year was probably the cleanest that the town has been after the carnival. ...