Meet Ellie Carter, the 14-year-old girl who just became Britain’s youngest pilot
The trees that will be the masts and the main structure of the Mayflower started to be felled on 4th December. RHS Rosemoor had to fell several trees on their land for safety reasons and they have donated then to us.
We will be shifting them to the bonfire site soon.
Thank you so much to the RHS for their support.
TDC have now granted the planning permission for our 2020 bonfire and are refunding the fee to us, so we are OK to go for the build start Easter 2018.
"As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled has shown unto many." - Governor William Bradford of Plimoth Plantation.
We are delighted to announce that we have come to agreement with some of our suppliers for the sponsorship / support for Bonfire 2020. We are really please that these organisations are helping because we would be unable to stage such an event without their valued help which in turn allows us to raise money for charity. Thank you.
A spectacular bonfire is being planned in North Devon for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic journey to America.
We have just decided on the main beneficiaries for the next major bonfire - Mayflower 400 in 2020. This time there will be 4 main organisations each receiving 10% of the monies raised with the remaining 60% being shared out to those that respond to the post bonfire invite in the local press.
We are very please to announce the following organisations who do a fantastic job will benefit from 40% of our bonfire monies:
Our good fried Damien Stacey drew this impression of what the next fire will look like. It will be a full size replica of the Mayflower in port with strategic building from Plymouth around it (yet to be confirmed). We will update this further as we get more information
Normally we have a 2 year break after a major bonfire but this time we knew that 2020 will be something special not only because it will be our 50th anniversary but also the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620. For more info visit www.mayflower400uk.org/education. It was the commemoration of the 350th Anniversary in Plymouth that triggered the birth of the Great Torrington Cavaliers.
We have been in constant discussions and meetings since the Trumpton bonfire with the International Mayflower organisation team in Plymouth UK and are now nearing a partnership and staging our most ambitious and spectacular event ever!
We had our first Bonfire planning meeting in May this year and we are now actively discussing with the authorities, sourcing trees etc...
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