From floods to fire: Council donation helps bonfire burn brightly

Press Release: 04/11/2014

Dave Brockway and his team with pallets

Many local people may have been looking nervously at the grey skies of late and wondering what this winter will hold for them, after the severe flooding last February.

However, many thousands more will be looking skywards very shortly to enjoy the fabulous annual fireworks display in Winchester organised each year by the Round Table.

It’s not often that floods and fires go together, but this year’s bonfire at North Walls Recreation Ground will shine all the more brightly thanks to the February downpours – and a little lateral thinking by Winchester City Council’s Streetcare Team.

The Streetcare Team played a vital role during the floods, ferrying sandbags across the district to anxious home-owners and helping to build sandbag barriers to protect local communities. They were storing thousands of sandbags and mountains of sand at the depot at the height of the floods. When they came to tidy up the depot at Bar End in Winchester, they were left with 130 wooden pallets on which the bags had been delivered.

The pallets will now come into their own, as they are handed over to the Round Table on the morning of 8 November – the day of the much-loved bonfire celebrations.

Head of Streetcare, Dave Brockway, said:

After all the distress of last winter, it’s good to see the pallets given to an event which brings a great deal of enjoyment to thousands of people.

Cllr Mike Southgate, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Transport, added:

The City Council tries to support good causes wherever it can. There are lots of opportunities for us to help local charities in small, practical ways like this. I am delighted that the Streetcare Team has come up with this imaginative way to dispose of the pallets, and wish the Round Table all success – and good weather – for their event.

Tickets for the bonfire night celebrations are already on sale online at and at a range of local outlets including the Council’s Tourist Information Centre on Broadway.