Brightling Church was transported to South Africa on Saturday 17th June.  The narrative of Beira to Brightling, spoken by Mr. Alfred Lawley, that well-known Victorian civil engineer who built many of the railways there was accompanied by the sounds he would have experienced during his work – the lion’s roar, the elephant’s trumpet, the steam engines and a myriad of very atmospheric sounds.  As his life unfolded we were introduced to other interesting people from our history and, at last, everyone found out how the large dugout which was ‘found’ on the driveway down to Socknersh in 1982 came to be there at all.  It was very well attended with a full church and from the many,  emails and letters we have received, everyone enjoyed the performance and the very summery supper we had afterwards.  At the end of it we were able to hand over £1000 towards the organ fund.

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