My SSBS - Charlotte Rae
Can you tell us how long you have been a member of SSBS?
Why did you choose SSBS?
I wanted to join a society, but wasn’t sure which. Originally I planned to join Borough for the toga opportunities, but in the end my friend Jan Bush convinced me SSBS was the friendliest society, which I am in total agreement with.
Do you have a role in the Society?
Since last year I have organised the board games nights in the Snowdrop. I wanted us to have an informal social event that anyone and everyone could drop in on, in addition to the coffee mornings. I hoped it could be a way for new members to get to know people, and then through that, maybe get involved in other society activities through the year.
So what does organising these evenings involve?
I pick a date and tell the Snowdrop we’re coming! At the moment we alternate between Thursdays and Sundays so that those who work evenings or weekends can have an opportunity to attend.
Do you get involved throughout the year with SSBS?
As well as board games nights I sometimes go to the open meetings. They’re a good way to update on
what’s going on and as I’m still relatively new, to get more insight into our traditions, activities and everything that goes on to make the 5th happen.
Smuggler or Pioneer?
Second Pioneer: the mid 17th century is a very interesting period in political history. There are some groups from the time, such as the Diggers, who for me are important to remember today. I also like that there are more ‘practical’ dressing options that don’t involve marching with long dresses, fabulous as the First Pioneer ladies look!
Do you have a favourite outmeeting and if so, why is it your favourite?
I am yet to make it to any – I hear Hastings is good…
What will you be doing in the lead up to The Fifth?
Torchmaking, and for the first time, breathing a sigh of relief that I have a complete costume, which won’t require me to still be sitting at a sewing machine at 4pm on the 5th!
What will we see you doing on Bonfire Night?
Offending Foggy in the Snowdrop by ordering a cup of tea rather than a pint.
What is your favourite thing about Bonfire Night?
Remembering people who have stood up for what they believed in and defended.
What is your least favourite thing about Bonfire?
I am yet to find my Bonfire Shoes that mean I don’t feel too crippled to make it to the firesite clear up the next day.
And finally, any other interests aside from Bonfire?
Currently feeling rather smug that I have just got an allotment (2 years on the waiting list).