Corps band visit to Wolverhampton. This was a special occasion. The band was in good form though the weather was not too good. The weekend was a success and 38 seekers and dedications were registered.
YP Anniversary W/E. Capt Lewis Johns of the Staff Band was guest speaker for this year. On the Saturday the children did well with their parts and a short play called “The Children of Faith” was given. Must show appreciation to Mrs. Brig. Barrass for her part to the success of the weekend.
Cadets Field Day. Highlight of the year with a good company of Cadets, Sergeants and Officers of the training college. At the evening meeting the Training Principal was present and a good meeting was held with 4 seekers. The cadets carried on with the good work on the Sunday
The carolling season was once more every night for three weeks. The Christmas eve Saturday in the High Street was a great success and the amount collected for the whole was £197.0.0. or near. On Christmas Day the hospitals were visited once more.
Started the year’s festivals off to a grand start. See attached programme for details. (Unfortunately the programme referred to in the history book seems to have been lost and therefore it is not known what the visiting section was). The Town Hall was used for this occasion and was well packed and much talked about afterwards. This is the first of which is hoped to become a yearly event.
Though this was a divisional meeting it was held at Chatham and should have a special mention as S/Capt. N. Hill had quite a lot to do with the arranging of the event. The Central Hall was packed and the Stockholm String Band being the attraction of the evening though our own band was in attendance and did quite well for themselves.
Flag Day once again. The weather was in the 90’s and not so many people were in the streets, but the sum of just over £77.0.0. was raised. In the evening a visit from the Methodist Choir from Maidstone gave a most delightful programme
Home League weekend. Brig.& Mrs. H. Saunders. Dartford Drama Group opened the weekend with drama. This was received very well by the congregation that was present. Mrs. Saunders was the daughter of a previous corps officer.
Presentation of two cornets to the band from the senior corps from the legacy of refugee Jacob Strakowski who left the corps £100 in appreciation of the kindness of a former officer & soldiers of the corps.
Corps Anniversary this year was put on this year at the Town Hall in a sort of pageant of the Army at Chatham from the opening of the Corps to the present day. Quite a large crowd gathered to see.
The Sunday meetings were conducted by the British Commissioner. Crowds gathered to hear the BC and in the afternoon to a lecture given by him.
The Mayor was at the meeting in the afternoon also quite a few of the local clergy gathered to hear the BC’s lecture.
YP Annual and prize giving.
Band visit to Southend Citadel Corps for weekend. A good time was had.
Southend Songsters paid a visit to the corps and they gave a good account of themselves and good crowds gathered.
Medway Towns Festival was held once more with Bro. Eric Ball as the Chairman and guest conductor. A very fine programme was given by various guests.
Songster weekend conducted by Capt. & Mrs. Perry.
Interment of Retired B/M Durrant who passed away to his reward on 3rd April after long years of service to the band and corps. A good Christian Soldier and a friend to all.
Farewell of S/Capt. & Mrs. N. Hill.
Welcome to Brigadier & Mrs. Marham. All sections on duty.
Flag Day was held again this year and a good day was had. This was a very good increase on last year.
Band at Riverside for a programme of music and at several Wednesday nights following.
YP Anniversary. Capt. Rita Smith conducted the weekend.
Brigadier Rand conducted the meeting when the Youth Banner and Log Book were presented to Chatham before going on to Gravesend.
The Mayor of Chatham welcomed the YP Youth of Sittingbourne and that of Chatham at the Town Hall in the Mayor’s parlour at 5.45pm and set the seal of the town in the log book. We are proud to have the honour of being a part of this “Call to Youth”.
The following report appeared in the local newspaper:
A BANNER WITH A DIFFERENCE. A Brightly Coloured banner was unfurled at Chatham Town Hall on Wednesday night before the Mayor of Chatham, Cllr Mrs Bertha Grieveson, who then signed a thick, heavily-bound book. The occasion was the visit to Chatham of The Salvation Army s “Mission to Youth Banner.”
The idea behind the banner is that every weekday it should he taken to a different town in the British Isles and signed by local dignitaries. Information of the local corps is also entered.
On Wednesday the banner came from Sittingbourne and it was received at Chatham by Corps Cadets Gillian Wigley and Leslie Thompson, both aged 15.
After the Town Hall ceremony it was taken to the Chatham Citadel where a special programme was given by youth members. There they pledged to meet as many people outside the movement as they could and especially find the ones “who have no purpose in life and who are unattached.”
The mission began in London on 1 January and has travelled all over the country, filling one book in the process. At each town the names are woven into the banner.
The Chief of the Chatham Citadel, Brig. Leonard Marham, said: “Coming to Chatham is very important, for this is one of the oldest corps in the Salvation Army, in fact the 16th to be opened. This was done by Mrs. General William Booth, the founder’s wife.
“The corps has splendid youth work in progress which creates interest in many ways for the young people – Bible studies, musical interests, timbrels, Scouting, Cubbing, Guides and Brownies, senior and junior clubs and Sunday School work which is now reaching the estates, as well as the Chatham Citadel. And we also have a special interest for the aged.”
Earlier, Mrs. Grieveson told the representatives: “I think it is, a glorious thing that young people step forward and take this stand. It means so much if you can get youngsters interested in something worthwhile.”
Torchbearers Night. This was for the ???? for the starving countries. Was a good night and the items were good but the congregation was small for such an occasion.
Carol Service at the Central Hall. A good effort for the first time. There were 1320 people present and was for the local Good Will effort.
Carol Service went well and the Silver Tree brought in £9.10.2. together with the Xmas playing made a good effort.
The passing of R/CSM A. Holder was one of the first blows that the corps has received this year and left a gap in the forces.
The internment of the oldest soldier of the corps took place. Sis. Mrs. Jarrett was a well liked lady and always had a word for all who spoke to her and not afraid to testify to the saving power of her Master.
The YP Spring Sale was held again and a success was had.
Margate Band came for the Sunday only. Were good meetings and seekers were registered.
Band started Sunday Afternoon band stands which were held several Sunday afternoons during the Summer.
Flag Day was held again this year and a good sum obtained which was put aside for the building fund.
YP Annual was conducted this year by Brig. & Mrs. Frost, who have been missionaries for a number of years.
Home League weekend. Mrs. Brigadier Gregson conducted this weekend. It was quite good, starting with a programme on Saturday night & finished with a Rally on the Monday.
Cadets’ field day was held at Chatham this year, starting at 9.30 am in the morning and throughout the day.
The Sale of Work was not quite the success this year though the sum of £167.2.7. was taken. The evening festival was given by the Band and Songsters.
The Carol Service took place at the Central Hall. Another very good effort this year. 1672 people attended this carol service. “The Witnesses” guitar group created a large amount of interest amongst Salvationists and Non-Salvationists. An article in the Observer, only two days before the carol service made people curious about the Army. All the items were enjoyed tremendously. The singing also was excellent. The Corps Carol Service went well also. The Silver Tree collection brought the figures up very well along with the carolling.
Folkestone Band visited the Corps. Much variety in the items. Nothing spectacular. Attendance average.
Good Friday meetings were taken by Major Alaster Smith. These meetings were a very good success. Many seekers were registered in the evening. A great impact was on the minds of many. These meetings were Divisional meetings. The DC and Staff were there. There were no more meetings until Easter Sunday. In the evening CSM Marham, Brigadier Marham’s brother held the meeting.
SD results were an improvement on last year after having only a month to complete the effort. An increase showed only £2 over, but this was reasonable considering the shortening of times. Most of the districts were covered.
Hendon band came for the evening. Very good playing and items varied. Given with excellent ??????. This was a worthwhile meeting. Quite a good attendance.
The YP Spring Sale was held once again. Not over excited about the results. The band gave a very good meeting in the evening. The following day “Mothers’ Day” was held. Brigadier and Mrs. Wellard with their son, Colin, took the Sunday meetings. They are missionary officers from South Africa. Many experiences told. A seeker registered.
Saturday evening meeting was taken by the Songsters. This was arranged rather quickly but the results were very profitable. The Songsters sang very well and the D/BM from Margate, Len Wheeler (Euphonium) was the Guest Artist.
Sunday’s meetings were the farewell meetings to the corps officers also Bro. and Sis. Russell. Very good Army meetings throughout the day. Church parade was held in the morning when the Guides, Scouts, Cubs and Brownies. The afternoon meeting was led by the Bandmaster and the evening meeting by the CSM. A great spirit was held in the corps all day. Everyone wishing the Brigadier and his wife a very good rest for the coming year.
Welcome of Brigadier and Mrs. Leslie Drake. A great welcome! Comrades very cooperative and so they have responded well.
Young Peoples anniversary conducted by Lt. Colonel & Mrs. F. Powell – Divisional Commander.
Lt. Colonel and Mrs F. Grant, SAAS, conducted wedding of daughter of Major and Mrs. Wigley. Splendid arrangements made. Good musical festival at night and a rich time of blessing on Sunday.
Major Fred Hill and Cadets, good impact made. Several seekers for the weekend.
Annual Sale of Work. Splendid effort. Gillingham songsters at night.
Annual Carol Service at Central Hall. 1,744 present. Collection £100. This gathering is well appreciated.
Brigadier and Mrs. Ferguson did good meetings to open the New Year.
Lt. Colonel J Smith & Brigadier Burnell from Hadleigh Farm Colony. A very good day.
YP Annual conducted by Captain Olive Friend.
Wesley Maugham and party from Chelmsford. They proved a great attraction, did a splendid weekend in every way.
Lt. Col. Eric Coward a very acceptable special
Visit of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Reg Bennett, Assistant Field Secretary. Exceptionally good specials
Colonel and Mrs. A Mead
Good Friday meetings conducted by Lt. Col. F Powell and Divisional Staff with surrounding corps & officers. Splendid crowds attended throughout the day.
Easter Weekend. Major Alister Smith. What an impact he makes! Rejoiced in some twenty seekers. Hallelujah!
Brigadier Burnell Webb and Drummers’ Fraternal! This is startling, everybody awake! Band worked double time with songsters and timbrels. Everyone kept on their toes. Very good weekend. Well worth while.
Wedding of Captain Jean Drake to Captain Pearce Haydon, appointed to Hayes Corps. Conducted by Colonel Alister Smith. Sunday meetings conducted by Lt. Col. Clayton Thomas, an interesting special.
Visit of Sutton Band. Good corps band, worked hard, broght much blessing to the people.
Centenary Celebrations. We had a television service on Sunday night. Three relay services during the week. Two coach loads went to Crystal Palace. Celebrations in Clover Street Ebeneezer Church.
Scouts field day at Luton. This was well organised and proved to be a fine and successful day.
Home League weekend conducted by Mrs. Brigadier Fergusson
Corps Anniverary conducted by Commissioner and Mrs. Arch. Wiggins. New Corps flag presented. Splendid weekend in every way.
Visit of Leigh on Sea Band. These comrades did a very good weekend and appreciated the warmth of welcome from the Chatham comrades.
Major Lilian Glaze proved a good special.
Major D Graysmark D.Y.S.
United Carol Service at Central Hall. Not so many as previous year on the Sunday, but worth repeating. Over 1400 present and it was deeply appreciated.
Brigadier Leonard Webb, S.P.& S. Ltd. Had a dinner on Saturday night for all Heralds and Pub Boomers. A new innovation, well received and enjoyed.
Exchange of Pulpits. Rev. Birkwith from St. Stephens on the Sunday night. C.O. went to St. Stephens.
Brigadier and Mrs. Leonard Howe P.R.B. did a very good Sunday for us.
Brigadier and Mrs. Edgar, Divisional Commander. Presentation of new Y.P.flag donated by the Guide and Scout Groups.
Mother’s day meetings conducted by Major Brenda Hunt (National Headquarters). A very acceptable special. Good attendance and much blessing received.
S.D. gathering at Canterbury with target smashed. Also D.Y.P. Shield was presented to the Brigadier for the Y.P. Corps, which was presented to the YPSM on Sunday 27 March with YP locals attending.
C.C. Sunday. Some good meetings were had.
2nd year cadets were to the fore for the weekend. A good time was had though no visible results were seen we hope that the corps was better for it.
YP Spring sale was held again with success.
Home League Rally was held at Ramsgate. The Home League Banner was presented to Chatham Corps for the year.
Divisional Spring Festival was held in aid of small corps a very refreshing time was had.
Visit of Barton on Humber band to the corps. A very good effort both in playing and deportment. Saturday night festival set the weekend to a good start with Col. A. Brown in the chair. Much blessing was received from his remarks and the playing of the band.
On Sunday the same zeal was shown and much blessing was had from the meetings and made one feel that the effort was worthwhile and that the band had prayed for the weekend long before they came.
Farewell of Brigadier and Mrs. Drake. Meetings were well attended and all sections were on duty in the morning meeting. Progress was made during their stay.
Welcome meetings for Brig. & Mrs. Murphy and Daughter.
Songsters at Albert Hall for the Massed Songster Festival, the first time this has come about.
Flag Day once again with £112-00 put to the building fund
Torchbearer weekend – a good weekends meetings.
YP Anniversary conducted by Major Murphy
Senior Harvest weekend
YP Harvest weekend
Home League weekend. Brig. & Mrs. Boyd A/National Home League secretary. Programme was arranged for the Sat. and Mon. Evenings
Band Weekend started off with programme on the Saturday with a well attended congregation. Meetings on Sunday by the Band.
Songster Weekend. Conducted by Major and Mrs. Bearcroft. On Saturday a good programme was arranged and it was a well thought out and displayed in the printed programme. One of the best programmes given by the songsters for years.
Visit of Margate Band. Meetings well attended. Band was in good form on the Sunday afternoon, quite good in tone and expression with a good balance of playing, with one seeker in the evening meeting.
Youth weekend. Conducted by the Wood Green Rhythm Group. Six seekers were registered on the Sunday evening.
Sale of work. A good effort again this year. Proceeds for the sale was good and again Mrs. Bannister the songster secretary did well from her shop collecting and the amount raised was £263-5-9 of which £246-11-6 was added to corps funds. After the sale the evening festival was given by a fifteen piece band. This was exceptional and well thought out programme but poor attendance was had when it was well worth a large attendance.
Corps 93rd Anniversary was conducted by Commissioner & Mrs. Wiseman. Saturday evening had a festival of music and song. Quite a nice meeting. Sunday morning was a civic service when the Mayor of Chatham & Councilors were present. Quite an impressive service when the different sections were present with flags. The Mayor read the scriptures. The afternoon there was a talk by the Commissioner and was quite good and interesting. Meetings were good all day but no seekers registered.
The annual carol service was held again at the Central Hall when collection of chocolates and sweets was held for different homes. The collection was £70 for the local good will fund. Christmas playing was good again this year not so many nights spent on the district but response was good. Saturday in the Town was good with the folk giving generously and so making the total of £282-0-0.
Watch Night Service
YP night. This was very good and a good attendance very worth while.
YP Annual. Capt. Gray DHQ. Prize giving.
Church Street festival. A fairly good attendance. Visitor was a very good soloist. Band and Songsters in good form.
Commissioner & Mrs. Cooper with Lt. Col. Edgar. Meetings well attended.
Church Street Festival. More attended than usual.
Mothers Day. Conducted by Col. & Mrs. Mason
Band Weekend. Capt. & Mrs. Cooper conducted these meetings and two seekers registered.
Dedication of Holiness Table by comrades of Davis Estate.
Church Street Festival
Family Service. Then Corps Cadets for the rest of the day.
Northampton Central Songsters. Meetings well attended. Standard of the Songsters good but no outstanding qualities, but quite good.
Home League Rally
Spring Sale for the YP Corps. Not many attended the sale but a nice company presented at night. It would be appreciated if more corps folk attended.
Flag Day. Proceeds for Hall Rebuilding. The sum of £119-11-1 collected.
The Divisional Commander, Lt. Col. Edgar
Open Air at The Riverside at 8pm.
Scout fete. A good effort.
Major Tolstrem. Senior Harvest.
Brig. & Mrs. Fergusson. YP Harvest
Home League weekend. Mrs. Brig. Barrass. A fine weekend.
Sale of Work £84-0-0 was given but not so much this year as Songster Secretary was not able to do the shops this year, hence the shortfall of cash.
94th Anniversary. Church Street Festival. Soloist was excellent. Mrs. Col. Mawby was the guest speaker for the weekend. Four seekers were registered also 5 senior soldiers were sworn in.
Carol Service at Central Hall. Another packed hall for the carols. Collection of chocolate etc. and cash of £69-10-0
A good playing was registered this year again and the sum of £309-7-2 raised
Retired CSM George Goodwin passed to his reward after years of faithful service
Old peoples supper. Singing Company sang for half hour and then a sketch by folk from Canterbury called City St.
Prize giving YP annual
St. Albans band for Band Weekend. Very good.
Good Friday meetings conducted by DHQ staff.
Spring Sale for YP. A very good effort
Golden Wedding of Brig. & Mrs. Friend. Weekend meetings conducted by Mrs. Comm. Moffat, starting on the Saturday with a festival ending on the Monday with a wedding dinner. Meetings were well attended over the weekend.
Company of congress delegates for the weekend. On the Wednesday Utrecht Rhythm Group. A good display and well attended. On Thursday our band was given a place in the festivities at Crystal Palace two half hour band stands and in the massed bands at night to round the week off on Sunday 28th Stockport band for the day only. A good effort by everyone.
Old friends returned for YP Anniversary weekend. Brig. & Mrs. Watson of the SAA and another good weekend had.
Senior Harvest. Quite a good show.
Return of previous officers Brig. & Mrs. Gregson and a full table was had.
YP Band Weekend. The first for many years. Capt. & Mrs. Bill Davidson were in command of the weekend starting with a festival by Canterbury and our own YP Bands and again Sunday afternoon Gillingham YP Band and our own again. A good weekend indeed.
Armistice Parade. This was the first time that our band had been asked to take part in such an event and it was well appreciated by everyone concerned.
Peterborough Band for the 95th Anniversary. Quite a good weekend and that our band looking forward to a return visit to Peterborough.
Annual Carol Service for Goodwill. A grand event following an increase each year a good collection of chocolates etc. & collection of £72.
Carol playing by the band this year was a success though not many of the comrades turned out to help them, but we expressed our thanks to those who did and collection amounted to £341-0-0 and YP Band collected £86.
The Church Street Festivals have again throughout the year been a success and have had quite good attendances and some good visitors helped us throughout the whole time.
YP Annual conducted by former officers Brig. & Mrs. Beattie when prizes were handed to the children.
Mothers Day. This was conducted by Mrs. Beech, Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Broomfield. A good day was had.
Party of Croydon Songsters for the evening. Quite a good standard was maintained throughout the evening.
Memorial to Mrs. Brig. Friend who passed away on the 9th April. Many friends attended meeting.
YP Spring Sale. Good sale once again to help with proceeds to annual outing.
Farewell to Brig. & Mrs. Murphy.
Welcome to Brig. & Mrs. H Black. Meeting well attended.
Torchbearers weekend with a visit of Birmingham Torchbearers doing the days meetings which were of a high standard.
Flag Day. This was successful once again with quite a few comrades helping.
Presentation of new trombones to the band during a festival of music and when the old trombones were presented to the Congo where we were told they would be very useful for the corps there.
Baden Powell sections weekend. Fete on the Saturday also took part in the Sunday meetings. This was the first of its kind.
YP Harvest weekend.
Songster Weekend. Wealdstone Songsters took the meetings for the weekend. Saturday a very good festival full of good music. Also the Sunday meetings were good and one would hope that some good was done.
Home League Weekend. Conducted by Brig. Poole (R). Saturday evening was very good. Sunday meetings were good but no results. Monday rally was enjoyed by many outside friends. The evening was very good with Southend Home League Singers where quite a bit of talent was shown.
YP Anniversary conducted by Brig. Mary Watts. YP Corps did well on the Saturday night. Sunday meetings were well attended.
Corps Sale of Work. This was opened in the morning at 10.30 and did not close until 6pm. Using this method the sum raised was £298-11-4, which was good.
Corps Anniversary rather a disapointment was had as the retired General who was invited did not come as he was in hospital but a good substitute was found in Lt. Comm. Fewster and a very good weekend was had.
Annual Carol Service. A record crowd was had for this event again this year and a balance of over £100 was secured for the local goodwill fund.
An hours collection in the High Street for Biafra was held and a total of £40-5-4 was secured for the fund.
Carol playing was completed when the band played to the patients in the hospitals on Xmas morning, bringing to the end 18 days of playing in the evenings and on the Saturdays in the High Street and a record sum of £515-2-0 was raised, this being the largest sum raised for the annual event.