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Go to Burning The Clocks

  • Redroaster Coffee House

    1d St. James's Street, Brighton (map)

    50.821083 -0.136161

  • For photos, chat and maybe a drink afterwards.

    Burning the Clocks is a unique community event created by Same Sky that brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day. Local people make their own paper and willow lanterns and after processing through the city, they pass them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end.

    Meet outside Red Roaster at 6.00 pm and then head down to Madeira Drive to try and get a good viewpoint. (The roundabout near the pier end was quite good last year)

    Bring your camera for pics of this fun event. Afterwards we can head for a place a bit away from the seafront for a chat. (experience is that everywhere near the event is heaving with people) Suggestions please.

    This is a very popular event and will be crowded, so if anyone gets lost we can hopefully have a fixed point to aim at for meeting at a certain time during the event.

    I am in London that day and hope to make it back for 6.00 - I'd be grateful if someone else could be a backup to meet people if I don't manage to get there.

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  • Roger

    Dear all

    The weather is still foul and not getting any better by the looks of it. The bonfire of the torches and lanterns has been cancelled by the organisers as have the fireworks, and I think many of those in the parade will not now be attending. Consequently I think it is right to cancel this meetup.

    Apologies to everyone, especially new folk who it would have been great to have met. I hope the fat that the weather has beaten us this time doesn't put you off, and I really hope to see you at something soon.

    Sorry again and a very happy Christmas to everyone.


    1 · December 21, 2013

    • Cathy S

      sounds like the best option.. pity ..but lets hope next year will be clear and starlit and festive.. Happy Winter Solstice to you all and see you at something creative soon. :-)

      December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry not coming.

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm new here and don't really know the local celebrations. I thought the entire meet up for this event today is cancelled because of the weather.? It's actually pretty brutal out and certainly not ok for outdoors stuff. Disappointing. Til next time!

    December 21, 2013

  • Margaret

    My daughter is unwell so I won't now be able to come along I'm afraid.

    December 21, 2013

    • Roger

      Sorry to hear that Margaret. Hope she is better soon. Take care. Roger.

      December 21, 2013

  • Roger

    Just seen from John at SameSky (the organisers of BoftheC) that they have cancelled the bonfire and fireworks for tomorrow. :-(

    December 20, 2013

  • Cathy S

    Hi all,
    Just a warning if anyone is looking out for me..I am hoping I get there at the start ( as long as the weather is ok!!) but have a painter/ decorator doing work all weekend.
    I am not sure what time he will want to finish on Saturday and will need to be at home re keys etc. So may be delayed in getting to Red Roaster.

    So fingers crossed for fine weather and hope to see you there..
    Cathy :-)

    December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lets hope for good weather. See u all at the red roaster. I suggest we meet inside as im going to treat myself to one of their delicious hot chocolates.

    December 19, 2013

  • Roger

    Update - There are now loads of people signed up for this which is great. The weather forecast for Saturday is very bad though at present. If it is raining this really will be a washout as it is really only good if fine. So, if it is raining at 5.30 on Saturday this meetup event will be CANCELLED.

    As I put in the description for the meetup, I will be in London in the afternoon and hope to make it back in time. Hopefully I will, but if not, then please look for the big group of people standing outside Redroaster from about 5.45 onwards. Margaret, Cathy S and others who have been to lots of meetups will hopefully be about to say hello to any newbies.

    Afterwards we will head for The Mesmerist in the Lanes. (unless someone has a better idea of a big place a bit further away from the seafront???) If this is really full when we get there we will go somewhere else and I will post it on here at the time.

    Hopefully it will be fine on Saturday and I will see you all then. :-)

    December 17, 2013

  • Rachel

    I am actually working at this event, on the hospital repairs table, so will probably miss the coffee - doh! Oddly I am not joining the parade this year, so maybe I will come and find you in the crowds?

    November 19, 2013


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