The Ockley Society builds, manages and produces a fantastic display usually on the first Saturday of November of each year.
5pm: gate opens (the field behind the pond, off The Green), social time and food service:
BBQ or hot soup, tea and coffee.
Great family night out.
Raffle drawn at end.
Torch light parade.
Event finishes: 7.30pm (approx)
The evening is completed by ready supply of hot food and beverages, all served in the marquee and Grand Christmas Hamper Raffle.
Some forty villagers are involved in setting up this event, whether building the bonfire, displaying the fireworks, providing the food, lights, sound and commentary, safety marshaling or gate control. Several hundred visit our display each year.
In Advance £5, On the Night, £6 (under 14's free) Available from, Village Greens/Ockley Service Station
Our annual bonfire and fireworks night in Ockley makes a lovely night out for everyone. Meet up in the marquee where a variety of hot food and drinks are on sale, as well as the Christmas Hamper raffle tickets and illuminated bracelets. Watch the Torch Parade (or volunteer to carry a torch - and then light the fire! - it’s on a first come, first served, volunteer on the night basis) as they cross the field to light the bonfire. Watch the firework display, including our own ‘seasonal set pieces’.
Please come and join us for this very special evening of fun and fireworks.
Our ‘Coarse Cricket Sevens’ competition is held annually, usually on the third Sunday of September. In 2021 this will take place on Sunday 12th September.
We bring together six teams of seven for a day of fun cricket. The village green is decked out with a marquee, refreshments are available throughout the day, excellent lunches are provided and the adjacent pavilion opens it’s bar.
The rules are fairly straight forward and include:
Teams of seven, only one of whom can be a ‘proper’ cricketer (playing for the 1st or 2nd XI). The team must include at least one women member. The match consists of one innings of six overs. Each member of the fielding team (except the wicket keeper) bowls one over. Each member of the batting team remains at the crease until declared ‘out’ or else reaches 22 runs, whereupon they retire.
Teams are made up from each of the following areas:
North Ockley, The Green, Friday Street, Mid Stane Street, South Stane Street, Weare Street, Leith Vale/Mole Street and Elmers Road. Details are announced in early summer of each year.
The ‘Ocklympics’ a testing demonstration of our willingness to get wet, take part and have fun happens on an occasional basis, around once every four years. Teams are from different parts of the village and take part in a variety of games.
We had hoped to run this event in 2021 but at the time of writing (end of January 2021) lockdown restrictions look to continue for some while yet. Maybe 2022 will be the year for some 'normality'?
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The original Ockley Society was formed in 1967 with the specific purpose of opposing the proposed widening of the A29. As a ‘non statutory body’ it could be less inhibited in its tactics than a statutory body like the Parish Council..
Fortunately, the road widening scheme never happened but the Ockley Society continued to lobby on behalf of the well being of the village and comment on local structure and plans..
Eventually, the society became dormant in 1979 when the last Annual General Meeting was held, although it was nominally still in existence.
In 1984, a sub committee of the Parish Council planned and built the footpath on the village green from School Lane to the Surgery. Funds were raised by interest free loans and the work was carried out by enthusiastic volunteers supporting the committee.
There was a great spirit about the whole thing. Many village groups raised money in imaginative ways but there was still a healthy balance to re pay. The footpath committee and village hall committee planned a major day of fundraising. The effort was focused under the nominal label of the Ockley Society .
The committee devised and organised some inter-village games dubbed the Ocklympics and barbecue and dance in the evening.
‘The day was an immensely enjoyable effort by a lot of people, especially for the vibrant community atmosphere generated. So much so that it was felt that this spirit must not be lost and the Ockley Society was reborn at an AGM in March 1986 with the aim of ‘developing, supporting and encouraging village community life and spirit’.