Benger Blaze 2019!
9 November @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time: Gates open at 17:00 with bonfire lit at 18:00 followed by ground based fireworks. Main display will start at 19:00 and will end at 19:15. The Bar, BBQ and Children’s entertainment will not close until 20.00
Ticket Cost: In advance: £6 adults, £3 children. On the gate £7 and £4. There are no longer any family tickets but under 5’s are free
Ticket Availability: Tickets will be available at the Post Office, The Wellesley Pub and On-line – www.bengerblaze.co.uk/tickets
Food and Drink: BBQ and bar will be open from 17:00. In addition there will be confectionery and glowstick items.
Free Children’s Entertainment and Refreshments: There will be a Magician making balloon animals together with a Face-painting. Complimentary children’s squash will also be available.
The main Sponsor of the Benger Blaze 2019:
QPM (Quality Property Maintenance). www.qualitypropertymaintenance.co.uk
Appeal for Volunteers
The Benger Blaze is the main fund raiser for the Village Hall Charity and relies on volunteers to keep the event going. In particular we need volunteers for:
Friday 8 November 10:00 for turf cutting and fence erection and at 14:30 for bonfire building.
Saturday 9 November 10:00 for Marquee erection, signage and general preparation. At 16:30 we need a number of volunteers for BBQ, Bar and Stewarding (ending at 19:30)
Sunday 10 November: 10:00 for general clearance and turf relaying. Hopefully complete by 13:00. Dog walkers can pick-up debris beforehand if there bring a bag.
Refreshments will be available for volunteers together with an safety equipment.
If you would like to get involved please contact John Carlyon (Chair) or 07985413003 or 01249 720597 or simply turn-up and introduce yourself!
Is there any limit on the crowd capacity? There is no limit on crowds as the Recreational field has a huge capacity
What’s the best way to buy tickets? Going On-line or the Post -Office will be the easiest way of obtaining tickets and avoid any entrance queues.
What is the best Time to arrive? Arriving early just after 17:00 will allow you to avoid queues for the children’s entertainment, the bar and BBQ. You can then make your way to the crowd line for some great views of the displays
Can I use contactless payments? Yes. there will be machines at the entrance, the Bar and the BBQ.
What makes the Benger Blaze different? The Benger Blaze is designed to appeal to families and young children. We open early while there is still some natural light, offer free children’s soft drinks, ear-plugs, balloon animals and face-painting. There is easy parking or queuing whilst leaving. We offer a large area that children can safely roam and have policies and procedures in place to mitigate any risks associated with firework events. For families with young children it is advisable to buy tickets in advance, arrive early just after 5:00pm and head to the face-painter and get a balloon animal.
Why are there two firework displays? The first display will start after the bonfire has subsided and will consist of mainly ground based displays such as Roman Fountains, Catherine wheels and other old favourites. This display is closer to the spectator line and will appeal to younger children. The main display at 19:00 is set-off by a professional company and is entirely aerial based. For safety reasons it is a little further away but can be seen from anywhere in the spectator area. Families with very young children arrive early and have the option of leaving after the first display.
What happens if it poor weather? There will be a number of Marquees and Gazebos to ensure shelter as well as access to the Village Hall. Due to the preparation involved it is unlikely that the event would be postponed unless deemed unsafe.
Where is the best place to park? There is plenty of parking along Seagry Road passed La Flambe as well as parking along Sutton Lane. In addition, there is space around the residential areas although please park responsibly.
What happens to the Profits from the event? The event is Run by the Village Hall Charity that seeks to provide recreational facilities to residents in the surrounding areas. In the past the profits have been used to enhance the children’s play area, build the Tennis courts and re-invest in equipment for future events. In previous years, there has usually been a surplus of £3,000 each year although this varies depending on the weather and other factors.
For more information on Benger Blaze 2019 please visit www.bengerblaze.co.uk
You can also keep up to date on the event by liking the Benger Blaze 2019 Facebook page www.facebook.com/bengerblaze/