South East News

Barracks/Chapel Re-Opened

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

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 
 
For more information contact
Brendon Sewill, Trust chairman, on 01293 862373
 
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