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Since atleast the 1940s, the Battel Bonfire Boyes have produced a yearly programme to tell people what is going on and when, as well as other information.



1945 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - E. Puxted, Battle
This programme was a single sheet of A4 paper (or there abouts) with all the information printed on the front. the Presidents`s name is on it, date of the bonfire, list of prizes for the Fancy dress, Decorated Cycles and tableau competitions as well as a list of what is going on during the night, information on who we donate to and a notice about special bus services that were put on. It is worth a note that this year was called a `Grand Victory Show` because it was the first battle bonfire since WW2 ended and at this point, we were still Battle and Battle Hill Bonfire Boys.

1946 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - E. Puxted, Battle
Much like the year's before, but on a green/blue tinted paper sheet, the 1946 programme kept the 'Grand' from Grand Victory Show but changed it to being 'Grand 5th Celebrations'. Nothing else much changed.

1947 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle
This year the programme expand to 2 pages (front and back). On Red Tinted paper, the programme gave the timeline of events, bonfire route, Charity donation notice on the front, and on the back, Prizes, judge list, appeal for collectors and a small advert advertising three people whom you could hire fancy dress costumes from.

1948 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Henry Osborne (Hastings) LTD.
Basically the same as 1947, but with mention of the Mystery Man contest on the Green.

1949 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle
Still under the name of Battle and Battle Hill Bonfire Boys, this programme was a single sheet of A4 coloured paper folded in half. This was the year that the BBC recorded the event for broadcast. Special Attractions of note included the Dagenham Girl Pipers (a big named female Pipe group). There was also the Mystery Man contest.

1950 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1951 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1952 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1953 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1954 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1955 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1956 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle
Single Sheet of A4 Paper folded in half. Programme features Programme of Events, List of Prizes for Costume contest as well as the Smith Challenge Cup (Donated by Tom Smith, Owner of the Star Hotel (Later renamed `the 1066 Pub`). Back Page feature information on Street Collections and Do`s and Dont`s of Fireworks.

1957 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1958 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1959 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1960 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1961 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1962 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1963 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1964 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1965 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1966 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle

1967 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1968 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1969 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1970 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1971 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1972 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1973 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1974 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea

1975 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - King Bros & Potts LTD, St. Leonards-on-Sea
This programme was a single sheet of A4 Plain Paper folded into 4 A5 pages. As well as the cover, the programme gives the Programme of events for the day, A photo of the oldest Guy, the Battle Bonfire Boys Traditional Cry and a small note on Collections. The Back cover gives a list of Prizes for the Webster Challenge Cup (Named after Evelyn Webster and the Webster Family Of Battle, owners of Battle Abbey), the Smith Challenge Cup and other costume competitions.

1976 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1977 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1978 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1979 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown
This Programme was believed to be the first to use the Max Blackman designed front and back, which remained until 1997, while the Back cover design is still in use today. Higher grade paper was used for the cover sheet. Inside is a smaller then A4 sheet folded given 4 pages Plus Cover. Inside covers were not printed on. Inside sheets were type written and feature programme of events for the day, Guy Competition information, Prizes and information on costume contest, Webster Challenge Cup Jubilee Cup (Believed started in 1977 for the Queen`s Jubilee and stay), Smith Challenge Cup and Cliff Pocock Challenge Cup (Named after long time Chairman, Cliff Pocock, who died in 1979). Also a request for Pre-war photos and information. Back Cover features Guy Fawkes `Oldest Guy` design by Max Blackman and Lyrics to the Cry.

1980 - Price: Free
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1981 - Price: Unknown
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown
An extra 2 sheets of paper were used inside, creating 4 pages more then before (Making 8 pages plus Cover). Inside covers were not used and Adverts first appeared to help with cost of programme and Bonfire. This was also the first year that charged a fee for the Programme, Which is believed to be 20p but not currently known. The Programme featured the Programme of Events, Note about collectors and amounts raised in 1978, 1979 and 1980. A Note about Badges and the first `Permanent` Enamel being made at a price of £1 to buy. A Lucky Programme prize of a Bottle of Champagne was given to one with the lucky drawn number as stamped on the inside cover. If it was not collected by the 30th of November, an equal value in money was to be given to charity. There was also a list of other bonfires going on, List of Prizes and the Jubilee Cup, Back Cover features Guy Fawkes `Oldest Guy` design by Max Blackman and Lyrics to the Cry.

1982 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1983 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1984 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Battle Instant Print
Much the same as before, this years programme featured a cover sheet of higher grade paper, with 4 sheets inside all folded to give 22 internal pages. Inside covers are used for Adverts. Insides include Programme of Events, List of Committee Members and Officers. 4 Page history of Battel Bonfire by John Goldsmith. Enamel badges are now up to £1.50. New Large Plastic badges are out for 30p, designed by Max Blackman. Prizes and Jubilee Cup, Webster Challenge Cup, Smith Challenge Cup and Butler Rose-Bowl.

1985 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1986 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Olivers Printing Works, Battle
To Celebrate 300 years (believed), a Special programme was issued this year. Printed A4 size, with glossy paper, and full colour cover, the £1 Special programme featured chairman message, Brief Origins of Bonfires and Bonfire societies, information on the Oldest Guy Fawkes, Brief information on Battel Bonfire Boyes, Programme of Events, and brief information on different societies that would be attending, mostly written by a member of that society: Brockham Bonfire Committee, Burgess Hill Bonfire Society, Clapham and Patching Bonfire Club, Cliffe Bonfire Society Ltd, Commercial Square Bonfire Society, East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society, Edenbridge Bonfire Society, Hailsham Bonfire Society, Fletching Bonfire Society, Lewes Borough Bonfire Society, Littlehampton Bonfire Society, Lindfield Bonfire Society, Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society, Newhaven Carnival Society, South Street Juveniles (Lewes) and Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society. Also includes Adverts and Photos.

It should be noted, due to a printing error, there are 2 different copies of these Programme. One with a few pages doubled up, and one `correct` version.

1987 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1988 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1989 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1990 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1991 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1992 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1993 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1994 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1995 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1996 - Price: 20p
Cover Designer - Max Blackman
Printers - Unknown

1997 - Price: 25p
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1998 - Price: 25p
Cover Designer - Unknown
Printers - Unknown

1999 - Price: Unknown
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - Unknown

2000 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - VIP Print

2001 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - Unknown

2002 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - Unknown

2003 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - Wealden Advertiser

2004 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Juris Oslas
Printers - Chandlers Print

2005 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Chandlers Print

2006 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Chandlers Print

2007 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Chandlers Print

2008 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Chandlers Print

2009 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Trident Print

2010 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Trident Print

2011 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Trident Print

2012 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Mark Oldroyd
Printers - Trident Print

2013 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Max Blackman (Editing By Ryan Mascord)
Printers - Trident Print

2014 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Ryan Mascord (with Matt Southam)
Printers - Trident Print

2015 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Matt Southam
Printers - Trident Print

2016 - Price: £1
Cover Designer - Matt Southam
Printers - Trident Print

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