WINTERGROVE

By Members of the Bonfire Committee 
Used with permission from Coastal View and Moor News

The theme Wintergrove is “Christmas comes early to Skinningrove” and is the creating lots of excitement within the village. 

The theme for this year’s bonfire has been selected by the children and mothers in the village as they want to bring the village alive with early festivities and make the village a place of a winter wonderland for the Bonfire night. Over the years the different themes have had lots to do with local history, however this year it has been given the chance for everyone to engage with the feel of Christmas magic. The theme has created quite a stir among the helpers; we have had lots of interesting ideas and hopefully we will be able to create as many as possible. This year’s bonfire will be a sleigh filled with presents. We also have a polar bear, an igloo, sparkly snowflakes and hopefully much more will be seen on the night. So watch this space! 

Skinningrove Bonfire started in 1982 and has provided a community bonfire event each year since then apart from when there has been floods in the village. The whole village gets involved with the bonfire as a giant sculptural constriction which is illuminated by fireworks before burning on Nov 5th at 7pm
Local people are involved in the fundraising events throughout which along with grant funds from local organisations, Loftus Town Council, East Cleveland Villages Big Local and Redcar and Cleveland Council. Help in kind is given by companies and individuals including Dawson Robinson Haulage, Graham Hubbard and many more. We have a received a number of prizes from many different sources and this year they include.... "A three Course Sunday lunch with Prosecco with a night's stay at Ruswarp Hall on 9th December including an amazing breakfast. Fundraising efforts include sponsored walks, a regular bingo, raffles and a special evening at Carlin How Working Men’s Club with the very popular and energetic band “The Fallen“on Friday 5th October; doors open at 7pm. Tickets £7 available from Carling How Working Men’s Club or find us @SkinningroveBonfire Fundraising. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets you can get them from Tina Dowey or Skinningrove bonfire Facebook page. The raffle will be drawn on the night of the 5th October. Good luck and keep supporting our local event . For more details on the bonfire or any of our upcoming events see the Facebook page.

The annual running cost of the bonfire is in excess of £11000. This a monumental amount of money and is only achievable through funding and fantastic fundraising. We also have a lucky number competition which is where on lucky winner will win....... the luxury experience at Ruswarp Hall. The money is spent on insurances, toilet facilities for the evening, Harris fencing, materials, fireworks and medical UK.

 There are a team of local people who work over two weeks in leading the workshops on the beach to build the construction and mothers and helpers run activities in the village hall to let the children feel they have had a chance to make things to decorate and make the village very special.

People come from far and wide and over 5,000 find a place to stand to watch the spectacle from 6.30pm where the fireworks start at 7pm followed by the burning of the structure. The roads into the village are closed from 5.30pm so that there is always access for emergency vehicles Skinningrove is a small village between Whitby and Saltburn. The postcode for the bonfire is TS13 4BJ and the fire/fireworks are all held on the sea front. 

On Monday 5th November, there will be a public address and music from 6.30. Fireworks will start at 7pm, then the bonfire is lit at 7.30.

Parking in the village is very limited and there will be road closures from 5.30pm on Grove Rd. Due to the placement of some of the fireworks close to the road, Skinningrove Bank Road will be closed from lunchtime, so get there early if you have to drive. We have some disabled parking/viewing on the sea front, but this is limited so any Blue Badge holders wishing to make use of this facility should get here early to avoid disappointment. Viewing will again only be permitted from the village side of the beck bridge so, if you're coming down Skinningrove Bank Rd from Loftus please allow enough time to reach the viewing area. We don't want to be in the position where we have to turn people away.

The event is, and always has been, free to attend, but we do rely on public donations to keep going. Our collectors will be on hand so, please, dig deep. 

Hot food and drinks will be available from a number of outlets in the village. KasKane will be serving some very decent pub fare and, if you pre-book a table, will let you use their car park for the bonfire. See menu below. The fish and chip shop will be serving their usual bonfire treats. Shelly Shack will also be open for burgers, hot-dogs, hot and cold drinks etc and Sheila's Post Office stays open late. The community centre will be serving soups, hot-dogs, tea, coffee etc with all proceeds going towards the bonfire. All of the above will have collection jars for any contributions you may wish to make.

PLEASE NOTE: Alcohol is discouraged in the public areas and may be confiscated by the Police. 

The Skinningrove Bonfire relies on the good will and efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers. If you want to be involved in the bonfire in any capacity, please get in touch. 

If there are any specific additional details you require, just send us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible 
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