Anyone who has been to the Ripley Bonfire will know that we are unable to charge an entry fee, however, this does not mean that the event is free.
On average it costs £12,000 a year to stage the bonfire. It is not just the fireworks, there are many other costs such as road closures, replacing old equipment, the marching band and, of course, insurance. All these costs have to be recovered, otherwise we would not be able to run the event.
Throughout the course of the evening we have a team of collectors, either in fancy dress or with official tabards or armbands, moving through the crowd with their collection buckets. This year we are trying, as an experiment, to have a card reader at the collection point in Newark Lane. Instead of you having to have cash ready to put in the bucket, why not have your card reader ready and use the card reader!!
Even with so many collectors and collection points, some people have said to us that they could not find a collector on the night.
Also there is a Pig Stall, which has been in fruition as long as the bonfire itself, this is run by the Ripley Bowls Club on behalf of the Association. This sells freshly cooked pork sandwiches, which helps create extra revenue. Please see ‘Map of Event’ under ‘Welcome’ for the location of this stall and all the other stalls.
Lastly, we have ‘Glo’ stalls which we set up a few years ago. This was started because of the frustration we had with all the street traders profiting by selling glo trinkets and not donating anything to the bonfire, so we decided to do our own, needless to say this is also run by volunteers. One stall can be found under the oak tree as you come onto the green off the High Street on the left hand side and the other in Newark Lane. Please support this stall so that we profit from the glos rather than those pesky street traders.
All of these stalls raise money towards the bonfire and some further money is made from hiring pitches to traders, however, most of the money is raised through donations from the people attending on the night.
As a not-for-profit organisation, any extra money made by Ripley Bonfire Association is donated to local clubs, charities and village organisations. Further details about this can be found in ‘The Chairman’s Message’ under ‘About Us’ page.
Thank you for your support.