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Napoleonic barracks re-opened in Charlwood

On Saturday 6th April Providence Chapel in Charlwood, Surrey, was officially re-opened by Councillor Helyn Clack, Vice-Chair of Surrey County.

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Councillor Helyn Clack, Vice-Chair of Surrey County re-opening the barracks.

The event commenced at 12 noon with a display of Napoleonic soldiering by the 2nd/95th Regiment re-enactors. 

They stood guard at the Chapel and then commenced an impressive rifle display in the field opposite the Chapel discharging as many as half a dozen period rifles at any one time (firing blanks) and demonstrating some of the more common manoeuvres that their counterparts would have undertaken 200 years ago. 

Quote from the sergeant of the 2nd/95th Regiment –  ‘Why are we here? – Because this is our spiritual home. This building is where it all began. This building is the start of our famous story’

The Chapel holds a special place in the hearts of 2/95th as the regiment was originally billeted in Horsham barracks where the Chapel was constructed as part of the barracks in 1797.  In 1815 it was dismantled and moved to Charlwood and re-erected there as a nonconformist Chapel.

The re-enactors continued to display throughout the afternoon with fascinating explanations concerning their formation and unique features and how they revolutionised warfare. 

A local group of singers and musicians sang Napoleonic period songs in the Chapel and in between the entertainment attendees enjoyed inspecting the building and learning about its history and renovation from the exhibition and trustees/partners/volunteers.   

A selection of photographs and a short video from the event appear on https://www.providencechapelcharlwood.org/gallery.php

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Crawley community winner is runner up in BBC Heroes Award

A local resident who was a winner in this years community awards has scooped a runners up place with the BBC Heroes Awards.

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The awards ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Crawley earlier this week.

Jane Green, the local 2019 Crawley Community Hero winner was nominated and shortlisted from 280 applicants across Sussex, Surrey and NE Hamps.

There were just three finalists and Jane finished as runner-up.  

Delighted with her achievement she said she had no idea about the ‘amazing and yet vast reach’ of the event.  

She said:

“The actual individual stories about the inspiring individual or in some case teams brought tears to the eyes.”

Dame Judi Dench gave a wonderful message to the inspiration Winner, cyclist Patrick McIntosh.  

Jane was and is a carer for her children with medical needs and eldest who is autistic.  She also cares for her elderly parents.  

She has worked helping children and adults with SEND professionally and voluntarily.  

After becoming disabled she dedicated herself to helping those with medically unexplained symptoms that were often ignored and also disabled.

She helps Carers Support West Sussex as a Truste and also volunteers for the national EDS UK Support charity and runs SEDS, Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Support and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder with positive activities in Sussex.  

Advocating  for #actuallyautistic people in north Sussex and those with visible and invisible disabilities and conditions she ensures that from social care to health,  to transport needs at Gatwick there is ’nothing about us without us’.

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