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St James's church originally built as a 'chapel of ease' for those unable to make the trek to St Agatha's was the venue for a special service on Sunday 28th July to celebrate the Feast of St. James. At the service, an appeal was made for sidespeople to help at the regular 8 am Sunday morning services and for people with expertise at fund-raising to join a committee to fund a new roof. Some 30,000 needs to be raised.

The special feast day service was a revival of an old tradition. Jason Debney writes: 'The Parish diaries show that we traditionally celebrated two feast days in Brightwell and Sotwell - The Feast of St. James on the 25th and peculiarly the Brightwell Feast that took place the week before. This is odd in that St. Agatha's Saint Day falls in February. Several theories have been put forward speculating that the celebration was moved to the summer so that outdoor festivities could take place or that the feast day harked back to an earlier time when the Brightwell Church may have been dedicated to a different saint. St. Margaret being a likely candidate whose feast day falls at the right time.'

If you think you can help out on the Sidesperson's rota at St James, you should contact Bill Oscroft on 01491 834288

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