Adjutant L. Sharpe, DYPS. Variety programme on Saturday. Adjutant presented YP prizes on Sunday afternoon. Bitterly cold day. Snow in abundance. Everyone in good spitits.
Welcome to Major & Mrs. Geo. Bolton.
Self Denial campaign completed against great odds.
Bad weather, war, blackout. Considering all things we did very well. £130.0.0 raised.
A Day at the Cross led by Adjutant L. Sharpe.. Crowds good. Officers from surrounding corps took part. Topic, “Seven Words from the Cross”
5 seekers at night. We did not provide refreshments this year.
Self Denial Ingathering. Officers meeting in the afternoon. Corps provided tea. Mrs. Banister took charge of teas and collected among soldiers.
Night meeting well attended. Brigadier Allen & Adj. Sharpe presiding.
YP Locals conference commenced at 7pm. An interval at 8 o’clock when “the cup that cheers” was provided by the YP Locals. Brigadier Allen & Adj. Sharpe, who took charge of the conference, brought some very helpful suggestions which, if followed, will cause our YP work to glow and grow.
Farewell meetings of Brigadier & Mrs. Allen.
At 3 o’clock Mrs. Allen farewelled from the Home League.
5pm Officers tea followed by a talk by the D.C. Major Goodeve (Maidstone) spoke for the field officers, Major Warner representing the associated headquarters. At the night meeting which was well attended S/Leader B. Friend spoke on the behalf of the Local Officers. Major Metcalf (Sittingbourne) representing Field officers. We arranged the officers tea and provided this.
Brigadier Olive Booth did Sunday meetings, Major Aist assisting. Servicemen also took part. Billett was at N&M Home.
The war conditions continue to hinder as also the extra working hours. Crowds of children have been evacuated. At night 2 service men came out for Salvation. Good attendances considering the circumstances.
The new Divisional Commanders held a public meeting on the Wednesday evening. Brigadier and Mrs. Johnstone received a rousing welcome. A number of young officers took part in the meetings.
Bro. W. Warner promoted to Glory after several weeks illness. His son, Capt. Warner took part in the memorial service.
Senior H.F. conducted by Brigadier & Mrs. Johnstone. Night meeting on Sunday cut short by an alarming air raid warning.
In spite of great difficulties we topped the Division. Total £81. The highest ever raised in Chatham.
Record S.D. £161.0.0.
Good Friday meetings as last year. Adjutant Sharpe leading. Topic, “A Day at the Cross”. 3 seekers at night.
Songster Leader Friend completes 25 years as S/L of the brigade. His twin as special for the weekend. Major W. Friend is DYPS of Tees Division. A good weekend.
Saturday welcome meeting. Monday night festival presided over by Mr. C. Finn.
Major Kathleen B. Day from Preston Central & Lieutenant Gwendolyn C. Whittaker from West Croydon welcomed to Chatham.
Officers councils conducted by Brigadier Johnstone.
Tea arranged by Mrs. Diddams, Home League Secretary, which did real credit in every way.
Night meeting splendidly attended considering prevailing conditions, there being 335 people present.
Wedding of Songster Joan Cheesman and Bandsman Bob Friend conducted in the Citadel by Corps Officer Kathleen B. Day.
Meetings led by the Divisional Commanders Brigadier and Mrs. Johnstone. Despite the depletion by active and National Service we spent a very profitable and inspiring season.
During the furlough months meetings were conducted by Captain & Mrs. Shaw of Maryhill, Adjutant & Mrs. Woodger, Coalville, Captain Woodger & Lieutenant Page, all being very helpful.
Sis. Mrs. Cook, a Salvationist for many years , passed away after a few weeks of suffering. She was laid to rest on Saturday August 16. Both the funeral and memorial services were conducted by Major Stacey of the Naval and Military Home, who for the past years had been a friend of the family. In the memorial service a grandson of Mrs. Cook came to the penitent form.
YP Conference conducted by the DYPS (Adjutant L. Sharpe) presided over by Brigadier A. Johnstone. Numbers not very satisfactory owing to blackout and National Service, although rather helpful talks were given by a few corps officers from neighbouring corps. Cup of tea and biscuit served at 8pm, provided by YPSM
Both harvest weekends good. Record amount of last year was topped after a strenuous effort.
Home League weekend arranged. Mrs. Rumsey and Miss Johnson were the “Specials” together with the locals. Splendid time.
Lieutenant Whittaker farewelled for Sheffield Divisional Headquarters.
Captain Harlow from Sittingbourne appointed to Chatham.
Major J. Roberts, Young Peoples Secretary, conducted meetings. Lovely spirit prevailed and there were three seekers added to the number who already have sought the Saviour.
Although the sections are very much depleted and the blackout affects and handicaps our efforts, we spent a profitable season. Afternoon the Singing Company arranged a suitable programme and in the evening the Songsters rendered a carol service which was much appreciated by all present.
The attendance Christmas morning was rather poor because of the conditions prevailing. Nevertheless the meeting was good. The band went round to play to the sick people and also to the hospitals. They were received with real pleasure.
Christmas playing was hampered this year owing to war and work, although the amount raised was very creditable. £12.2.10. Singing £3.16.0.
Watch night service not the usual congregation. Hope for something better next year by God’s mercy.
Major G B Smith, the Welfare Officer for troops in this area, led the meetings. Full of spice and vim all through and people caught the spirit despite snow falling. There were two servicemen and one girl won during the day. A great special!
Good Friday gatherings piloted by Major J. Roberts, assisted by Officers from Gillingham, Strood, Sittingbourne and Milton Regis at Chatham Citadel. Considering the people were mostly at work the attendances were good – every meeting added zest and fervour, then at night the climax was reached. We did not report seekers but blessing truly abounded and the Calvary spirit was manifested.
Easter Sunday meetings were led by Brigadier & Mrs. Johnstone (Divisional Commanders) assisted by their daughter, Candidate P. Johnstone. A happy, triumphant note all day.
Bro. J. French passed to his reward after a short illness. Both funeral and memorial services conducted by the Corps Officers, Major K. B. Day and Captain A. Harlow.
Self Denial ingathering preceded by Officers meeting at 3.00pm. Beautiful tea provided for officers. Many victories and bearing in mind the £30 increase last year we have done remarkably well. Seniors £185.2.1, YP £16.9.0. A marvellous increase from 1941 of £38.0.1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
After a very good season of soul saving and a splendid spirit prevailing Major K. B. Day and Captain Harlow farewelled for Maidstone, being succeeded at Chatham by Major and Mrs. Young.
Welcome meeting to Major and Mrs. Louis H. Young. The comrades gave us a very good welcome. Three seekers were recorded at the close of the first Sunday. O/air workers are very few, but the few appeared to be very sincere. Corps debt £193. Faith and work needed.
Adj & Mrs. Woodger, also Capt. L. Woodger and Capt. Page took the Sunday night meeting.
Sunday night meeting led by Brigadier Friend. An enjoyable meeting for all.
Commenced Torchbearer Group in YP Hall.
Chairman – Reg. Gregory
Secretary – Mrs. C. Hales
Treasurer – Bro. C. Hales
Log Keeper – Annie Russell
President – Major Warner
Attendance of 35 members.
Bandmaster Fermor of New Southgate Corps conducted the meetings – a very profitable time.
Harvest Festival. The comrades were a great help. They worked well and gave well. Result £181. Increase £100.
Senior weekend by Major and Mrs. Tomms, YP weekend by Major J. Roberts.
Praise God for a happy harvest home.
Meetings led by Adjutant G. Barrett of the Hoxton Goodwill Centre. Everyone enjoyed these meetings.
Harvest Ingathering in our hall. Chatham secured the highest increase in the division. £100.
The Divisional Commander (Brigadier A. Johnstone) led the weekend assisted by Mrs. Johnstone.
Gift Stall & At Home
A very happy occasion. The opener was Mrs. Major Nutter and the Chairman was Brigadier W. Friend.
A very happy atmosphere prevailed all day. We were able to announce at close of sale that the Corps Debt of £193 was now CLEARED. Hallelujah!
Captain White and six Cadets from I. T. C. led the meetings.
The Cadets were quite a musical bunch and they worked very well.
Mrs. Gregory 2, Quarters 2, Mrs. Elliott 2, Mrs. Hales 1 (Captain)1
Very much hindered by the war conditions. All men mostly working. More could be made of the days before Xmas. A useful party of singers did good service.
Old Folks Treat.
100 old folk sat down to a good Xmas tea. Roast chicken etc…
Mrs. Major Young collected all the shops in town (cash) and we stood for one hour on the High Street with a box and board.
The Mayor of Chatham came to the tea and spoke to the old folk.
Everyone received a present from the Christmas tree. (The Xmas tree was given by H. Hales – High Street) All went home by Blackout time.
Campaign for seven days by Brigadier G. Taylor.
Very helpful meetings, both junior and senior. Everyone enjoyed the Brigadier. – Billett Quarters.
Sunday night meeting speaker was Brother Laurie Elliot. Eight seekers came forward in the prayer meeting.
Young People’s Annual – led by Brigadier F Coutts. Good congregation came to hear the Brigadier and the YP gave good service. Billet – Mrs. Crouch.
CO at Sunbury Court. Instructional course. YP
Adjutant H. Mead conducted the meetings and gave a good impromptu programme with the Chum recruits.
Mrs. C. J. Finn conducted the meeting – the senior altar service for SD was also held.
Major Roberts, the DYPS conducted very helpful meetings.
Meetings were led by Captain Hoare of Snodland while Major L. Young led at Snodland. One seeker at each corps.
Good Friday meetings led by Brigadier & Mrs. Johnstone supported by Officers of surrounding corps. Good meetings morning and afternoon. The night meeting was a disappointment – A lantern Lecture. The people came expecting a devotional meeting. A good crowd gathered.
Captain F. May of DHQ Canterbury led the meetings. Much expresssion of appreciation by the soldiery. A good day.
Easter Monday. United at Gillingham for three meetings.
Colonel Patch (R) led very helpful meetings this weekend. Billet – Mrs. C. Hales.
Youth Rally led by Major Roberts (DYPS). The speaker was Brigadier Owen, SAA. He gave an excellent talk. The young folk gave some interesting papers.
Brigadier Owen led well attended meetings. He really gave very helpful addresses and many folk were blessed. Two seekers. He billeted with Major and Mrs. Warner, SAA.
Meetings led by Brigadier Johnstone, DC. Major and Mrs. Stacey spoke – going into retirement.
Welcome Sunday. Major & Mrs. Louis H. Young commence the second year. A welcome givien to Adjutant Skinner. Captains Woodhead – Melville – Laubech. Cadet Woodhead to WSW. At night welcomed Major & Mrs. Everett – Naval and Military Home.
Great Home League Rally led by Major Roberts in the absence of Mrs. Brigadier Johnstone (DC). Councillor Mrs. Stevens presided. Mrs. Bigwood was soloist and the speaker was Colonel Lummas.
400 in the afternoon meeting. 150 for tea.
300 at night meeting.
Chatham Home League Singers gave “Women’s Heritage”. This was a great success.
Mrs. Young worked hard and this met well deserved success.
Brigadier Monarch led very good meetings. Five seekers were recorded.
On Whit Monday we united with Maidstone.
Officers meetings held here. Tea provided for 64 officers.
Workers were – Mrs. Smith/Crouch/Oliver/French/Wood/Blackman/King.
Musical meeting at night:
Strood and Chatham Bands, Gillingham and Chatham YP Singing Companies, Snodland and Chatham Songsters. Vocal duet – Adj. & Mrs. Read (Dover), Vocal Solo – Adj. Leedel (Maidstone).
Speakers were Capt. Wolfe, Adj. Thornton and Capt. Cooper.
Commissioning of YP Band
H/Bandmaster took the chair. Bro. Bob Arnott was introduced as Bandleader.
Major Everett (N&M) gave out commissions. The Band now comprises a Leader and eleven boys. Chris. Read, Alan Smith, Peter Parkes, Peter Wood, Peter Philips, Bobbie King, John Parkes, Stephen Russell, Malcolm Stowers, Andrew Liddle and Norman Otway. A very happy evening.
Young peoples Councils at Canterbury. Twenty of our young people attended with the CO. Mrs. Major Young conducted morning meeting at Chatham and Brigadier W. Friend the evening.
Innouguration of Chum Brigade and Guard Troop by Major Roberts DYPS.
Chum Leader R Warner and eleven boys were introduced in the first part of the meeting. Guard Leader Mrs. Philips was commissioned and nine new Guards commence the troop. The Chums were all boys new to the SA with the exception of one boy. The Senior Band, Songsters and YP Singing Company were on duty.
Band Weekend. This was conducted by our own bandsmen. Sunday night Drum Head Alter raised the first £22.
Second Band Weekend. Led by Major G. B. Smith assisted by three comrades from Tunbridge Wells. Sittingbourne Band gave a festival Saturday night. Gillingham Band Sunday afternoon and Strood Band on Monday night.
The band was able to bank £51 for the Band instrument scheme.
Adjutant Mead TSO led the weekend. Ten juniors sought Salvation and eleven Junior Soldiers were enrolled.
Officer’s furlough. Major and Mrs. Everett led the first weekend.
Officer’s furlough. Songster Leader Friend, holiness meeting & Bro. Elliot and Bro. Hardy did the night meeting.
Garden Party arranged by the band in aid of the new instrument scheme. Held at the rectory Luton.
A good event run entirely by the band. CO on furlough. Everyone enjoyed a happy day.
Stall – £6.19.10, Auction – £5.15.8, Lemonade – £5.13.8 ½, Swings – £2.0.10, Coffee – £0.11.9 ½, Sally Shies – £1.12.0, Darts – £2.10.0, Tea – £3.18.2, Gate – £0.14.6, Toffee Apples – £0.8.8, Bean Bags – £0.10.0, Tickets – £1.9.6. Total income £32.4.8.
Tea, lemonade etc. £4.18.3, Bread & cakes, £1.4.4, Use of van, £0.10.0, Donation to scouts, £1, Total £7.12.7.
Band secretary Bishop was mainly responsible for the success of this effort.
Visit of Colonel and Mrs. J. James (Field Secretary). The Colonel gave a lecture Sunday afternoon and the chair was taken by Mr. C. J. Finn. A good weekend but not very large congregations.
Brigadier Wingett (CCO) here for the weekend. A number of seekers were registered.
Visit of Commissioner Booth Davey. He was accompanied by Brigadier Mannough. Seven seekers were recorded for the weekend. Our folk were very much blessed, especially in the morning meeting.
Senior Harvest Festival weekend. Good crowds attended.
Major and Mrs. Noble conducted the YP Harvest Festival. A very happy weekend. Ended H/F effort with £182. Hallelujah.
Spiritual offensive began. Lt. Colonel Sowten, Captain Leavis, Sgt. Knott and seven Cadets led the first weekend.
Seven seekers were recorded. Meetings held every weeknight.
Visit of International Staff Band. Afternoon meeting in Central Hall. 1000 people present. Good congregation morning and night. Band had to leave at 7.30pm. No seekers recorded.
Sale of Work in aid of the new quarters. Opened by Mrs. Lumley Robinson. The chairman was Mr. Abnett. The YP hall was crowded. Many people were unable to gain admission. All our comrades worked exceedingly well. The total of £136 was raised. (clear). A happy event.
Xmas playing. The band were very enthusiasic to raise money for the band instrument scheme, Every night for two weeks the band was playing. £98.4.0.
Old folks treat. Again we were able to give 100 old people a Xmas treat. Chicken, Spam, Tongue etc. Also present from the tree on leaving the hall.
Took posession of new quarters, 59 Westmount Avenue. Purchased for £800. Have paid £500. Ten months have passed since we first began negotiations. At last a suitable house. The remaining £300 we hope to clear during 1944. £300 loaned from NHQ – repayment over 15 years. £150 has been spent on furnishings. The old quarters and furnishings were very poor.
The locals are all pleased that we at last have a home.
Young Peoples annual and prizegiving led by Brigadier C. Grinstead.
Bring and Buy sale. In aid of band instrument scheme. Total of £23 raised and banked for scheme. Total to date – £168.
A very happy weekend led by Lt. Col. Warren of SAA Reading.
Total £300. Increase of £28. Hallelujah.
Good day led by Major Rance.
Good Friday meetings by Brigadier and Mrs. Johnstone – DC, Major Roberts – DYPS and Field Officers.
Sat. and Sun. Commissioner and Mrs. Trounce and Colonel Stewart. Grand meeting, a time of rich spiritual refreshment to all. 7 seekers.
Monday – Devotional meeting 11am led by Brigadier Johnstone – DC. Afternoon and night meetings in Central Hall. Gillingham, Strood and Chatham bands and songsters. A good day.
Songster Festival in aid of band instrument scheme. Good programme and raised £17. This with £5 grant from DHQ brings the fund to £191.17.2.
“Day with God” conducted by Commisioner Allister Smith, 11am, 3pm and 7pm. The Commissioner was assisted by Brigadier and Mrs. Johnstone, Major Roberts and Field Officers.
The morning meeting was a rich tonic of Old Time Holiness meeting. In the afternoon we heard of some of the triumphs of the cross in missionary lands. At night a good congregation listened to the Commissioner on the text “Ask for the old paths …. rest to your souls”. Five seekers came to the penitent form. The dedications were asked for and thirteen people came to the front to stand with Commissioner in dedication. A glorious day. (Held to commemorate the centenary of the conversion of the Founder)
Major Gatteral, Capt. Nicholson, ASM Philips and six Cadets from ITC. Good meetings all the weekend. Our people were very much blessed.
8pm Sunday night angreat late open-air was held. The Christian Youth Fellowship of Chatham branches united with us. A very profitable meeting. Many listened to the messages. Finished at 9.25pm.
Senior Band weekend. This was not a very successful effort. Not much interest taken by band locals.
Women’s rally. Good crowds. The income from this effort was used to provide new white sink for the kitchen at the hall. 280 attended and 250 at night.
Young Peoples Anniversary. This was a very happy effort. Enjoyed by all. Good crowds attended the meetings.
Bro. Holder, CCG gave the morning address and Mrs. Capt. Shaw the evening.
Monday night demonstration by Gillingham and Chatham YP bands also our Guards.
We handed the YP Corps £10 out of which a new YP flag was ordered. We have also ordered CC flag and Guard flag.
COs on furlough until August 10
Harvest Festival. Total raised £183. Again an increase of £102 on predecessors figure. A grand effort.
Wednesday night Central Holiness Meetings begun by Brigadier Wellman, DC.
A musical festival by specially talented guests in aid of the Servicemens’ Xmas cheer. A grand meeting which raised £20 to be sent to our servicemen for Christmas.
Visit of Gravesend Songsters. Chairman H/Bandmaster Durrant. Well filled hall and a grand meeting. The proceeds went to the Songster Brigade stall for the sale of work. Income £10
Sale of Work was a great success, £170 being raised.
We paid Ebenezer Church £2.2.0 for the use of their hall, our own YP hall was much too small last year. Sent DHQ £180 being the remainder of cash for the quarters. No quarters rent now to be paid thus a big responsibility lifted for ever.
All the workers worked well and the Sale of Work was a very happy effort.
We began Xmas playing on Dec 3 and by Xmas day had raised £100. The few bandsmen and collectors worked very hard, especially Band Sec. Bishop.
Old Folks Treat.
120 old people sat down to high tea. The Mayor of Chatham spoke and sang. A very fine effort. A happy band of workers. The YP band played carols and afterwards had tea. This is our third Old Folks Treat.
1944 has been a year of progress. Souls have been saved and new soldiers made.
Memorial service for Mrs. Warner who was killed on Chatham railway station. Captain Warner (Son) gave a tribute to his Mother in the meeting. One seeker.
Watch Night Service attended by 45. This was much better. We only had 10 our first year.
Central Holiness Meeting by Brigadier Wellman. The speaker – Major J. Cooper
“Day With God” led by General Carpenter supported by Commissioner and Mrs. Sladen, Colonel Spillett, Brigadier & Mrs. Wellman, Brigadier & Mrs. Dare, Major Goddard, Major Roberts, Major and Mrs. Ferguson and the officers of the Canterbury Division. This was a great day. Truly a day of much blessing. Many seekers were recorded. The hall was filled to its utmost capacity for the afternoon meeting. The General stayed at “Greenacres”, Rochester, Commissioner & Mrs. Slayden with Councillor Bruce, Colonel Spillett with Major & Mrs. Stacey.
This was again a great success the total being £340, an increase of £40. The increase for the three years being £140.
Visit of the Chief Secretary and Mrs. Bremner, supported by Brigadier & Mrs. Wellman. A very happy Salvation Army weekend.
SD Ingathering – a very joyful meeting.
Start of ten day campaign led by Colonel Paterson, Captain Saunders, Sgt. Dewey and Cadets Dennis, Middlebrook, Lane, Laycock, Mason, Williams, E. Roberts, Tingay and Laurance. A glorious time of soul saving and seking after Holiness. 68 seekers. Our own people were greatly moved. Many hardened backsliders returned to the Lord. Real victories. Hallelujah! The Cadets worked very hard indeed and were very earnest in soul seeking.
Weekend by Lt. Col. Richards supported by Major Roberts. Tea at the hall with Candidates (7) a most helpful talk – very inspiring. A good Sunday. 5 seekers.
Brigadier & Mrs. Wellman for weekend. Musical meeting Sat. night in aid of the YP Band. £20 raised. Sunday was Mothers Day. Floral service in the afternoon. At night 11 Senior Soldiers were enrolled under the flag. Retired Bandmaster Durrant received another bar to his long service badge. Fifty- Five years of service. A very faithful local.
V DAY. All sections mustered for a march round the town. The playing of Senior and YP Bands much appreciated by the public. 7pm victory meeting. Band, Songsters & YP Band gave items. A grand crowd met for this meeting.
THANKSGIVING SUNDAY. Although the YP Band was at Herne Bay for the weekend and many people were on holiday we had a good day. One seeker (a drunkard) was recorded.
Farewell meetings for Major & Mrs. L. Young after three happy and useful years. We rejoice over every sinner saved, every backslider restored, every junior brought in. Many have again donned uniform and many have become local officers. Much progress recorded.
The new quarters have been paid for and money banked. £200 for central heating. We now proceed to Clapton Congress Hall. A great welcome awaits Major and Mrs. J. Bagworth. We were given a grand send off. After a very grand farewell meeting the band and comrades (100) marched us through the town to the quarters where a short service was led by Major Warner.
We feel very humble when we realise how much the Lord has endeared us to these people and them to us. God bless Chatham. G.L.O.R.Y.
Welcome meetings of Major & Mrs. J. H. Bagworth from Ashton under Lyne, Manchester. A very good reception.
Young Peoples Anniversary. A very fine weekend.
Divisional Young Peoples Demonstration. Presided over by DC, Brigadier Wellman, assisted by DYPS Jean Roberts.
Home League outing to Ramsgate.
Senior Harvest Festival weekend. A very successful effort. Beautiful display of fruit. Good crowds at the meetings. Record result of sale on Monday night.
Young Peoples Harvest Festival. Meetings conducted by Adjutant Grover of NHQ Young Peoples department. This weekend was a record. Sale well up and everyone enjoyed it. A success to next year.
Young Peoples outing to Sheerness. Happy crowd. Everything went off successfully. Bro. Woodger & Tres. Potts did the arrangements. The only fault – it was cold. I am afraid it was too late. Get it earlier next year.
Farewell meetings of Brigadier and Mrs. Wellman, DC and Major J. Robert, DYPS.
First post war united musical festival. Gillingham, Maidstone and Chatham bands and Songsters and Faversham Songsters. Tickets 1/- were sold and each corps retained their sale of same. Major E. Saywell along with Mrs. Saywell presided. The Major conducted the meetings on the Sunday.
Farewell of Corps Secretary A. Russell and YPSM Marjorie Scrace for the ITC. May they keep the flag flying.
Life Saving Guards to the front. Strood troup united with us for the Saturday night. Brigadier Avery should have been with us but was not able to come. Major I Milligan (DYPS) conducted the meetings and it must be said that the weekend went off A1.
A great night for Chatham. Special visit of the Chief of the Staff. (Commissioner Bough) and Mrs. Bough, Lt. Colonel Richards, Major Frazer. A very appreciable crowd.
Captain Denham, NHQ visited Chatham and conducted very interesting meetings. He came in the interest of the Young People. On the Sunday afternoon it was arranged for him to meet the young people. This was not as successful as it might have been.
The Christmas market was held on this date and was, I believe, a great success. In all £160 (app) was realised.
A Christmas morning service was held at 11.00am and a very good company gathered for this.
Watch night service conducted by the CO. This was very well attended indeed (47) coming along. A good start for 1946.
Officers meetings conducted at Chatham by the DC, Major H Mead. Morning tea was provided at 10.00am. Lunch at the Gordoin Hotel, Rochester. Tea given at the corps served in the YP hall.. The afternoon social was held in St. Paul’s Parish Hall, New Road. Mrs. Crouch was responsible with her workers for the refreshments in the morning and the tea in the afternoon.
Annual Old Folks Treat was held. I should suggest some alterations in this.
YP Band (B/L Arnott) visited the Slough Corps.
YP Anniversary a very blessed time as well. Tea in the afternoon at 5.0pm. Meeting at night. 6.00pm prize giving. The senior band and the songster brigade kindly gave way to the YP sections the latter taking the platform throughout the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon between the meetings the Brigadier met over 40 young folk and gave a very interesting tea table talk. Everyone appeared to be thrilled with the visit.
Major Bray and his brother Bandsman Bray, recently demobilised from the Service came for the weekend. On Saturday evening the the band visited the German prisoner of war camp at “The Ridges” Walderslade. A programme of music and song suitable for the occasion was rendered and well appreciated by crowd that packed the hall to overflowing. The singing of the prisoners was grand, especially the carol “Stille Nacht” sung in German. The meetings on Sunday conducted by the Major and his brother, a blessed time enjoyed by all. The day ending with one seeker.
Home League tea and open social in the evening. A very nice tea was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Band visited German prisoner of war camp, Walderslade. Several items vocal rendered by a party of prisoners was this time a feature of the evening. Altogether it was another grand evening well appreciated by all.
Visit of Songster Fred. Wilkins and party from Reading “Rose Hill”. Musical programmes and meetings conducted by Major Bray and party well appreciated and enjoyed by all. There were two seekers after the Sunday evening meeting.
We commemnced the grand welcome home cellebrations for the returned service comrades with a tea. This was arranged and carried through by Mrs. Bannister and a number of women folk of the corps. This also included a cake that had been made and iced for the occasion. A special table was prepared and reserved for the returned men, their wives and young ladies. After the tea Major Bagworth gave a speech that refered to the past war years with all its varied changes in the corps and the Army in general, the present with its welcome home of the men who have so far returned and the prospects and also the opportunities for the future. Deputy Bandmaster Elliot spoke on behalf of the band. After the tea a Grand Musical Festival by the band and songsters with items by the returned service men was given. Names of the returned men to date are: Bandsmen R. Symonds, E. Fisher, R. Goudie, R. Jones, C. Jones, S. Jones, B. Arnott, F. Philips and Brother A. Holder.
Sunday afternoon praise meeting was conducted by the service men of the Navy. A fine musical programme varied in taste was arranged by those taking part were:
A/B G. Day, Batley, Yorkshire
A/B L. Hoorwood, Leyton Lea Bridge Road
Stoker W. Tyse, Chesterton
A/B E. Birkbeck, Darwen
A/B T. Ellison, Wingate
P.O Fleming, Chatham
P.O. R. Herbert, Brightlingsea
WRENS who also took part where:
L. Mulholland, Swansea
H. Golding, Chatham
Inauguration of Sunbeams by Major Milligan, DYPS. Senior band was in attendance in place of the YP band also the Guards were out in support and there was quite a nice programme of varied items.
SD Ingathering at Gillingham
Central Holinesss meeting conducted by Commissioner Cunnigham and enjoyable meeting and good congregation.
Partnership festival by Gillingham Band and Songsters, Chatham Band and Songsters. Good crowd of people, wonderful time enjoyed by all. Should have more of these gatherings.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by Lt. Col. Olive Booth. A grand time.
Songster weekend. Guests were elocutionist Songster Leader Sydney Early, Reading, trumpet/cornet, Deputy Bandmaster William Overton, Lewisham, piano accordian, Handel Everett (Chatham). Chairman, Brigadier William Friend (NHQ)
Band gave a musical programme in the Vines church. The choir also took part. Sunday meetings were conducted by the band, it being the CO’s second Sunday of furlough.
Meetings conducted by the Songsters
YP Anniversary weekend
Band at East Peckham
YP outing to Margate. Good send off for the first post war outing. 5 in number buses.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by the DC Major Mead, supported by Candidates from the Division who went into the training college the next day. A very inspiring meeting.
Band Garden Party. This was all arranged to be held in the Luton Rectory field, but owing to wet weather it had to be carried through in the YP Hall. Side shows and stalls included: Bean Bag, Darts, Billiards, Table Tennis, Rings, Baggatelle, Candles, Soft Drinks and Apples. Light refreshments before and during the request musical programme given by the band and songsters was also arranged. Altogether a good time was had and enjoyed by all. Amount raised £16..6.10.
In connection with the band instrument scheme Chippenham Band visited us for the weekend. Tea was arranged by the ladies of the corps for the Chippenham and Chatham bands. In the evening a musical festival was given in the Central Hall. Sunday meetings were conducted by the visiting band finishing up with a grand request musical wind-up. The weekend finished with 7 souls at the Mercy Seat.
Senior Harvest Festival weekend conducted by Major and Mrs. Edgar. A good display of produce, interesting meetings during the day, finishing with the sale of goods on Monday evening.
Central holiness meeting, also the farewell meeting of Major Milligan, DYPS. A nice time enjoyed by all.
Weekend visit of Commissioner George Jolliff. A good old time Salvation Army weekend.
Central Holiness meeting, also the welcome of new DYPS Major Gibbons. A good meeting enjoyed by all.
Band at German prisoner of war camp, Walderslade on Sunday afternoon. Varied musical programme enjoyed by all.
Songster weekend. Saturday night and Sunday’s meetings conducted by Major & Mrs. Frost.
Visit of Gravesend Songsters in aid of songster effort and stall for sale of work. A grand evening enjoyed by all also a success.
Annual Sale of Work. A good afternoon and evening enjoyed by all, well organised. Quite a success.
Visit of High Wycombe YP Band for the weekend. A good time both spiritual and musical.
These meetings were arranged in connection with Songster Leader Ben Friend’s retirement as leader of the brigade for 30 years. Saturday evening the band and songsters gave a grand musical festival. On Sunday Deputy Songster Leader C. Jones was commissioned Songster Leader.
YP Annual and prize giving. Weekend’s meetings conducted by Major & Mrs. Groom.
Visit of Plumstead Band for evening festival. Self Denial.
Sittingbourne Band and Songsters for evening festival. Self Denial.
Weekend visit of cadets with Adjutant Saunders in charge. A grand weekend and enjoyed by all.
Weekend meetings conducted by Lt. Col. & Mrs. Newton. A fine time.
Good Friday meetings conducted by Mr. Hugh Redwood. Grand spiritual time enjoyed by all.
Visit of the Tranas band. Festival given to packed congregation. A wonderful musical treat.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Allen. A grand time and spiritual uplift.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by late DC’s Lt. Col. and Mrs. Wellman.
Farewell of DC’s Major and Mrs. Mead.
YP anniversary weekend. Meetings conducted by Brigadier and Mrs. Coutts. A demonstration was given on the Monday evening. Altogether a good weekend.
Visit of National Headquarters Songsters under the leadership of Major Saywell.
Field day held at Luton Rectory. Not altogether successful owing to bad weather previous to opening.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by British Commissioner & Mrs. Dalziel. A grand spiritual time.
Band Weekend. Band tea followed by musical festival. Sunday’s meetings conducted by the band. A grand weekend.
Senior Harvest Festival celebrations. Alter service on Sunday evening. Sale of produce on Monday evening.
YP Harvest weekend. Sale of produce on Monday evening.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by Colonel Bernard Booth.
Cadets from ITC spent the day campaigning the town. Finish by conducting Central Holiness meeting. A great time.
Home League weekend. Saturday night as festival was given by the Bexley Heath Band and Songsters. Sunday meetings conducted by the Home League.
Lt. Col. Booth Davey conducts the Central Holiness meeting.
Celebrations of the corps 74th anniversary. Musical programme was given on the Saturday night, all sections taking part. Some of the older folk took special part in Sunday’s meetings and letters from officers, some now retired, who had been in charge of the corps were read. Monday night a scrap book was arranged and musical items were given. All this was in the kind hands of the Organising Secretary Brother A. Friend. A great weekend.
Band and Songster councils conducted by Lt. Col. Hollis. A musical festival in the Central Hall on Saturday evening. Sunday’s meetings were conducted by the Colonel. We had a grand time.
Annual Sale of Work. Efforts of the sections and various comrades as follows:
Mjr. Bagworth and comrades £21.18.4.
Mrs. Bannister £20.9.9.
Home League £15.2.0.
Mrs. Russell £13.2.0.
Young People £5.13.7.
Corps Cadets £2.9.4.
Sideshows, Bro. Fisher 15.6.
Corps secretary 8.0.
E. Cutmore 10.2.
C. Jones 8.0.
Collections Afternoon £11.4.2.
Collections Night £5.9.6.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by Lt. Col. Dalziel. A grand meeting also a large number of people attended. Of course this was New Years Eve and was followed by the Watch Night Service.
YP Anniversary weekend conducted by Major Bray and Nephew. Tea, Prize Giving and meeting on Saturday. Sunday’s meetings with YP sections and workers in the forefront. Monday night came the climax of a great wekend with programme given by the Singing Company from Welling and YP Band from Maidstone.
Band visited Rainham for Sunday to assist corps in scheme for new chairs for the hall. Weather was good so we were able to conduct our open-air services. Morning service in Baptist Chapel, afternoon and evening in Co-op Hall. A great day.
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Weekend meetings conducted by Brigadier Avery. Major Ward and Naval and Military Leaguers.
Weekend meetings conducted by Brigadier Coutts and family. Saturday evening they gave a variety musical programme with the band and songsters taking part. Sunday’s meetings were the usual morning and evening with a musical programme in the afternoon. Altogether quite a good spiritual weekend enjoyed by all.
Band visited Dartford for the evening, giving a musical festival. Dartford Band were in attendance and gave an item during the programme. A good crowd assembled making an enjoyable evening for all.
Sunday’s meetings were conducted by Major Goldsmith and his daughter. Being attached to the Overseas Department of NHQ he gave during the day some interestinmg tit-bits especially in connection with Italian and German POW’s.
Band attended Gillingham to give a festival with Gillingham Band in aid of the Mayor’s fund in connection with the recent disaster to the tug “Oriana”. Admiral Middleton, superintendent of the dockyard with the Mayor supporting. A good crowd of people assembled. A grand evening.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by Commissioner & Mrs. Bowyer. A very good attendance.
Weekend conducted by the Henderson family, this being their first visit. The weather very much upset the weekend. The party were also handicapped through sickness, three of their members were unable to come, also a number of people attending was small. Under the circumstances they gave a wonderful spiritual weekend. The outstanding feature was the quartette and party singing.
Central Holiness meeting condusted by Brigadier Friend.
Organising Secretary’s weekend. Band and Songsters gave a musical festival at the Eberneezer Jubilee Hall after the Sunday evening service.
Weekend visit of Colonel Mary Booth, supported by Divisional Commander & Mrs. Rolls. Saturday evening quite a good crowd of people assembled to welcome the Col. Band and Songsters were on duty a grand meeting. Sunday meetings were conducted with great crowds in attendance. During the afternoon great stress was made on the need for leaders of the towns to work and assist the Church and the Army more to combat the evil and sin that exists in our town today.
Weekend meetings conducted by Lt. Col. Wallis and Major Saunders connected with Men’s Social Work. A good weekend – grand time.
Massed band festival at Central Hall in aid of the Band Instrument Scheme. Sunday meetings conducted by the band as this is Band Weekend.
Good Friday meetings, “A Day at the Cross” conducted by the DC and Mrs. Rolls and officers from surrounding corps.
Band visited Newport Central corps, Monmouthshire. Adjutand and Mrs. Shaw. A grand weekend both spiritual and musical. Great crowds attended. Festivals and meetings. Three seekers in the Sunday night Salvation meeting.
Weekend meetings conducted by Major and Mrs. Bolton, late Commanding Officers at Chatham during the early war years. Quite an enjoyable time especially the holiness and salvation meetings.
Visit of Songster Leader and Party for the weekend. Party, owing to sickness was a little depleted. Grand weekend enjoyed by all. One of the outstanding features was the party singing.
Central Holiness meeting conducted by Commissioner & Mrs. Gladen. Grand crowd of people, a fine meeting enjoyed by all.
Songster Weekend. Meeting of music and song. A grand spiritual weekend.
Weekend meetings conducted by Brigadier J. Martin. A good time.
Farewell meetings of Major and Mrs. Bagworth after a stay of three years to take command at Nunhead, South London.
Welcome meeting to Major & Mrs. MacLaughlan from Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. All senior and Junior sections took part. Band played us down from the quarters & the life saving sections formed a guard of honour at the hall. Bouquet presented to Mrs. MacLaughlan by tiny sunbeam.
Welcome weekend – Good meetings
Young Peoples anniversary.
Visit of men sergeants from ITC. Good day. A few seekers.
Home League outing to Clacton on Sea. Lovely day.
Meetings led by Lt. Col. W. Feltwell (Bank Secretary). Good meetings.
YP Band weekend. Maidstone & Gillingham YP Bands united for Saturday. Good programme. Sunday Lt. Scrace led in the morning & Candidate Biles at night.
Tues. 13 to
Visit of Brigadier W. Didham, National Evangelist. YP & Senior meetings every night. Good meetings. Talkies – Flannelgraph & Puppets. 2 seekers.
YP outing to Margate. 5 coaches. Well organised. Good day.
Farewell tea for candidates leaving for ITC. Chris. Read, Peter Muller (German ex POW), Brenda Biles, Rita Smith, Eva Everett.
Divisional farewell for candidates at Canterbury. 11 cadets, 5 from Chatham.
Senior Harvest Festival. Poor show. Meetings led by CO.
YP Harvest. Excellent display. Meetings led by YPSM & workers. Last year’s amount covered.
Home League Annual led by Senior Major & Mrs. L. Young, former CO’s, now DYPS at Sheffield. A good weekend – 2 seekers.
Morning meeting led by Major Duffield. Evening led by Bandsman Harry Flemming, now at Worthing. 13 seekers.
Visit of Lt. Col. W. Harris (Editor in Chief). Interest was aroused because Mrs. Harris was once a Junior here when her parents, Commandant & Mrs. Henry Webber, were in charge of the corps. Excellent meetings. First class items by Mrs. Harris on the piano. Two seekers.
Meetings led by Brigadier and Mrs. K. Knott, Chancellor, West London Div. Good meetings, 4 seekers.
Festival by Gravesend band in aid of Band Instrument Fund.
Sat. 6 to
75th Corps Anniversary Celebrations led by Lt. Col. A. Gardner, Staff Secretary, SAA. Meetings every night of the week.
Band and Songster Councils, conducted by Lt. Col. Harry Pennick. Festival in Central Hall.
Visit of Brigadier E. Turnnidge (R)
Visit of DYPS Major George Wells.
Visit of Senior Major Sharpe, PRB accompanied by his daughter Capt. Sharpe, NHQ.
Annual Sale of Work opened by Mrs. C. Finn. Chairman Mr. Finn junior.
Officers, Mrs. Blackman, Home League, Guards, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Elliot, Songsters, Refreshments, Bran Tub, Side Shows.
Result – £126.3.6.
Good meetings led by our own cadets from the ITC. Cadets Chris. Read, Brenda Biles, Rita Smith, Eva Everett. Peter Muller was elsewhere.
A great weekend by Brigadier A. Lockyer, the son of a former CO. An expert on the concertina.
Major M. Cummings GTO visited the Guard parade & was very pleased with the troup.
Young Peoples’ weekend.
Visit of Weymouth Citadel Band. B/M Clist. A real tonic.
Our band away at Newport. A memorable weekend. 8 souls.
Visit of the DC Lt. Col & Mrs. B. Rolls. A good weekend.
Special visit of Lt. Col. and Mrs. R. Woods, accompanied by Major G. Wells DYPS, who organised a great spectacular pageant in aid of SD. A full hall. Good results. The Colonel gave a lecture on the Sunday afternoon. The Mayor took the chair.
Visit of Senior Major Len Walker, Terirorial Scout Organiser.
A night with Gravesend Songsters.
Band Weekend led by Senior Captain Sercombe, NHQ. Partnership festival with Nunhead Band on Saturday night.
Meetings led by District Superintendent & Mrs. Harry Fleming (Worthing). A good day.
Newport YP Singing Company & Mrs. Captain Shaw. A grand lot of Young People. Their singing was good and their testimony an inspiration. Partnership festival on the Monday when Maidstone, Gillingham and Newport Singing Companies united in some good singing.
Meetings led by Major George Wells & Officers from nearby corps. In the evening the Chatham comrades presented, “The Secret” to a crowded building. A day of blessing.
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Campaign conducted by Lt. Col. & Mrs. C. Newton (R), former CO’s. Good meetings.
Visit of Brigadier Theo. Kitching, Son of Commissioner Kitching.
A trip to London for the commissioning:
Eva Everett – Made the Sergeant-Major.
Brenda Biles – to Birmingham
Rita Smith – to Milnsbridge
Chris. Read – to Hastings
Peter Muller – to Germany
Well done Chatham!
Visit of Major Olive Gattrall & S/Major Winifred Haines
A visit from the BC Commissioner Wm. R. Dalziel for a welcome to the new officers appointed to this division & to conduct the Central Holiness meeting. A full hall & much blessing. The corps provided tea for over 60 officers.
Gallery boxes removed. A great improvement to the hall.
Visit of Boscombe Band for a great weekend. Welcome festival in the Central Hall. Great meetings on Sunday and two more festivals on Whit. Monday. The folks were thrilled with the band & the venture was justified.
A good weekend led by Colonel Anna Sowton, Captain Miriam Phillips and new women sergeants from the ITC.
YP Anniversary led by S/Captain Wm. Burrows
Guard week, during which the Guards visited the hospitals & almshouses with flowers, books etc. The effort came to an end with a tea & reunion. Mrs. Major Wells & Mrs. S/Captain Shaw were present & a programme was givien. Well done Guards.
Another visit from Lt. Col. & Mrs. Coutts. Much enjoyed.
YP outing to Ramsgate. A nice change from the usual Margate trip.
Senior Harvest Festival conducted by S/Major & Mrs. Reg. Atkins from the field department. Young peoples’ weekend conducted by S/Major Sharp, PRB.
Great meetings led by Major Stanley Burton, National Goodwill Organiser. Keen interest aroused.
Enjoyable festival given by Romford Citadel Band. Major L. Beale accompanied the band. S/Major Everett took the chair.
Home League weekend led by Major & Mrs. Harding Young from Bristol. Home League Rally on Monday. Good success.
Farewell of Senior Major & Mrs. MacLaughlan for Ashton-under-Lyne. A very happy stay. God bless dear old Chatham.
Welcome to Major and Mrs. Joseph Beattie from Cape Town Citadel, South Africa. Very wet weather prevented the usual march from the quarters. All sections on duty. Hearty welcome given and also the traditional bouquet. Welcome Sunday very wet & YP Councils at Canterbury further reduced the congregations, but good meetings nevertheless.
Drummers Fraternal organised by Band Secretary Ron Symonds. Good crowds, much noise, little money, no souls.
Corps anniversary meetings led by Lt. Col. Jones. Good meetings.
Sale of work in Jubilee Hall. Opened Mrs. Lumley Robinson assisted by her son.
Caroling – a good effort with sound monetary returns.
Good meetings conducted by Lieut. H. Fleming.