The Bonfire Queen

Each year in early October a competition is held in the village to find the Ripley Bonfire Queen and her two Attendants for the year. On Bonfire Night the lucky winners lead the Torchlit Procession through the village and light the bonfire. We would like to thank all those who always support this event, it is a very special evening for all the children who attend and have a grand time with a disco at the end of the evening. If you missed out last year, maybe you can look out this year and come along to choose who you would like on that proud seat in the Queen’s Coach on Bonfire Night.

As it has been mentioned before on this website, we have a huge problem with getting girls to attend this evening and so last year we had our first Prince, Daniel, due to the fact that only three youngsters turned up. Entrants to the competition must be no younger than 10 years old and either live in the village, have a relation that lives in the village, or is associated within the village. Please don’t let this long tradition die, come and support us choose our Bonfire Queen.


The 2019 Bonfire Queen and Attendants were chosen at Ripley Village Hall. The Queen in the middle is Phillipa Bimson with her two Attendants, Alice on the left and on the right is our very first Prince, Daniel.


1938Betty Cox   1949Pip Roberts   1950Audrey Bashall   
1951Shelagh Carter1952Audrey Strudgwick1953Jaqueline Strudgwick
1954Elsie Haines1955Mary Pullinger1956Jill Mussell
1957Susan Wilkinson1958Betty Lamb1959Joan Hyde
1960Vivian Forehead1961Lena Smith1962Jill Brown
1963Avril Bibby1964Shirley Chandler1965Rita Beauchamp
1966Cathy Weller1967Susan Fry1968Carol Reynolds
1969Sara Smith1970Pat Treadwell1971Allison Harman
1972Ruth Sapsford1973Susan Sayers1974Karen Winstanley
1975Jackie Parsons1976Dawn Gibbs1977Sharon Sapsford
1978Tania Whittern1979Susan Clarke1980Susanne Wernham    
1981Joanna Hughes1982Nicola Wernham1983Helen Porter
1984Alexis Bowler1985Debbie Shoesmith1986Angela Marshall
1987Nicola Marshall1988Haley Irvine1989Kerrianne Parsons
1990Lucy Fairbrass1991Vicky Shoesmith1992Amanda Milne
1993Kim Biard1994Nicola Jones1995Lisa Churchill
1996Holly Puttock1997Beverly Griffin1998Hazel Phillips
1999Abigail Brown2000Amy Cornwall2001Amy Goodman
2002Rose Ayears2003Jordan Styles2004Georgia Meek
2005Demi Gunner2006Robyn Dean2007Verity Ayears   
2008Charlotte Gallacher2009Kendel Styles2010Tilly Grimes
2011Sophie Baker2012Helen Masters2013Maddie Hart
2014Emily Williamson2015Zoe Zapp2016Lexie Hyde
2017Lily-Mae Hardy2018Emma Doughty2019Philippa Bimson
2020Covid Year – No Event