The story of East Hoathly building their Beacon, part of the chain lit for the Jubilee celebrations of 2012.
We're planning to build a bonfire sculpture for it. We've got three weekends to pull it off. I'm going to keep a running blog of the the fire as it is built. Find out more about the country wide plans at http://www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk/
If you've not seen my bonfire sculptures before here is an overview of ones I have done before:
And I kept a blog of last autumns bonfire here:
Slow start to the first Saturday (12th May) not too many people out, but as they say quality not quantity!
Rather lucky that the rain has held off for a change, makes life easier.
We were joined by our Parish Priest (though he snuck off early, saying he has a wedding to do - no sense of priorities some people!)
"It's a head!".
Here's the result of the first weekend. Very pleased with what we've acheived. A little concerned how much still to do. And wondering just how many people we're going to get to help this coming Saturday sounds like half the village are heading to Twickenham for the Heineken Cup Final. Will update the blog as soon as I've news
Day Three- 19th May 2012
We met up on Saturday morning dug the holes on site for the posts, then headed down to some nearby woods to cut down suitable trees that will become the main framework. Struggled to carry out a huge birch out of the woods by hand. Gratefully loaded the timber onto a tractor a trailer to take it the short distance to the Beacon site. The massively heavy centre pole was lifted into a 4' deep whole by Rowan in the tractor and foreloader. We then dug in and strutted the pole. And with growing aches and pains we finished for the day.
Saturdays weather continued well, here Wilf and David wait for us to return from the woods
The wait continues! holes dug, just need the Beacon now!
Now boys, this is how to dig a hole!
ready to lift the main pole off the trailer
Rowan gently lifting the pole
Jon watching as the pole is eased into place
Colin and Ron begining to strut the pole
Doesn't look much but this end to the third day represents a huge amount of heavy work.
Sunday's progress to follow shortly.
Day 4- Sunday 27th May
Begun the day by transporting the head and Shield down form Charlie Figgs.
It is a really lovely spot to be building the fire, we were accompanied by skylarks today.
The morning was spent building a platform which will help form the bust and then lifting and fixing the head. We finished by adding the beam that will form the shoulders and strutted the head inot place.
Really pleased with what we've achieved, very worried about he amount we've acheived though. Hope to get a bigger team out next weekend and am planning to work all day Sunday to try and push it on.
James working on the bust (!)
David and I preparing the head ready for it to be lifted into place
Rowan working miracles with the JCB foreloader (courtesy of Crouches Farm)
'HP' (my dad incidentally!) fixing the head into place
The shoulder beam being fixed
Day 4 nearly completed. Stilll lots to do, if your reading this and you've not come along to help, I look forward to seeing you this weekend!