1980 to 1990

1980

Self- denial. The altar service was up again this year, was £1160-68 and the total of £4780-44 was reached.

March

16

Brigadier and Mrs Armstrong conducted Mother’s Day meetings.

W/E 6/7

The visit of Vlaardigen Band was a great treat and was a return visit for when our band went to Holland.

April 26 – May 3

A week’s holiday for the over Sixties was to Paignton this year.
This was a good week and all enjoyed it.

May

23

A party of comrades went to the Albert Hall for the commissioning of Cadet Raymond Brown. This turned out to be a good day.

June

15

YP anniversary was conducted by Captain Beamish of DHQ.

September

5

Harvest weekend. The altar service this year was £326-48.

October

12

Leigh on Sea Songsters. A very good weekend, a good spirit prevailed throughout the time and some helpful comments made.

18

Home League weekend conducted by Major Weaver. The weekend started with the Wood Green Band who gave a good programme. All the Home League attached to the Corps helped throughout the weekend and finished on the Monday with a rally and a good attendance.

November

15

The Royal Tunbridge Wells band gave a programme for the Saturday only.

December

7

New instrument scheme was launched and their first instrument was dedicated being an EE flat bass.

W/E 13/14

The Central Hall Carol services once again. We had a full house for the three services and gifts were good again, also the collection was exceptional after all expenses were paid £1734 – 93 was put to the funds for help in the town.

31

Watch Night service, first for several years.

1981

January

10

Gravesham Choir gave a very good programme in aid of the band instrument scheme and much enjoyment was had.

February

Self-Denial this year amounted to £5156 – 23.

7

The retirement of Signing Company Leader Brother Sydney Jones. On the Saturday a get together of old singing company members was held which was a surprise to the leader and in the evening a festival of song by the combined singing companies of Sheerness, Strood, Snodland, Gillingham and Chatham. The leader retires with his rank.

March

18

A visit from the Red Shield Band in aid of the band instrument scheme. A very good evening was had.

April

11

Bexley Heath Songsters gave the programme for the band instrument scheme.

29

International Staff Songsters. A good evening.

May

2

Our band went to Amsterdam for the weekend.

9

Portsmouth Songsters visit in aid of Band Instrument Scheme.

24

Farewell Sunday for Major and Mrs J Brown who have had six years of leadership of the Corps while they were at the Corps the Hall had been repaired and additions added, and good we hope was the outcome of his stay.

June

As the officer who was expected did not arrive Major J Wigley and wife took over and since then we have had some good offices to do weekend meetings. The following are the officers concerned. Major and Mrs Hall, Captain and Mrs Warner, Brigadier Derbyshire, Colonel and Mrs Read, Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs Hogan, Brigadier Speed, Brigadier L Woodger, Major and Mrs Sands, Brigadier Lillycrap, Major and Mrs Young.

October

3

Flag Day was held again this year and £272 – 84 not so good this year.

10

Visit of Amsterdam Band. Starting on Friday with a day in London and the weekend at the Corps quite a good time was had, good deportment and good music was heard.

W/E 17/18

Home League weekend. Saturday evening gave a good start to weekend by Cambridge Heath Band. Major and Mrs Tribble were the guests for the weekend followed by a rally on the Monday.

November

14

Band Christmas bazaar was held at the Ebenezer Hall, quite a good selection of things were to be had and the total of over £400 was raised for the new instrument scheme.

Week 21-29

Band centenary celebrations. This started off with a festival on the Saturday evening which was very good. The items of the soloist were of a good standard. The soloists were Songster Leader Yvonne Seddon, Deputy Bandmaster Brian Midgley and our own Bandsman Richard Phillips, also a new colour sergeant was commissioned.

22

The Sunday meetings were conducted by the band. Bandsman Ronald Symonds was in charge in the morning, in the afternoon was another Festival when the new cornet was presented to the band by the Medway Lions club. The evening meeting was conducted by Band Secretary Murray Smith with Bandmaster Raymond Maycock did the address, ending up with a sort wind-up.

24

Visit of Chelmsford Songsters for the evening. They were quite outstanding with their singing and was a spiritual blessing to us all.

26

This was the welcome meeting of new Corps officers Captain and Mrs Terence Jones and family. A programme was arranged and all sections took part and various speakers representing the different parts of the Corps welcomed the officers.

November

28

Another festival was arranged for this evening but before this was started there was a march through the High Street from Wiffins Avenue to the Hall and afterwards there was a Band reunion tea in the hall.

For this weekend we welcomed the visit of Colonel and Mrs Brindley Boon, (retired) who chaired the festival of music by Band and the Ladies Fellowship Singers (Songster Leader Verna Smith). The singers were very good and appreciated very much. The three soloists were all named Nigel.

December

W/E 12/13

Central Hall Carol Service. This was held in the worst weather we have had for the 18 years this has been going. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon were very well attended but the evening was very badly attended owing to the weather. The collections amounted to £396 – 04.

1982

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January

30

Special visit of Gravesend crusade choir in aid of the band instrument scheme.

February

14

Self- Denial Sunday was conducted by Captain and Mrs Sharp, the D Y S from Canterbury Division. The Altar Service raised £1238 – 95 this is the best that has ever been done and the total for the whole effort was £5324 – 77.

March

13

Kettering Band spent the weekend. Quite a good weekend was held. The playing of the Band on the whole was very good.

May

W/E 1/2

Visit of Poole Young People’s singing company. The visit of the young people’s singing company from Poole was well attended and people travelled from many parts of the Canterbury division to hear them. All items, both ensemble and individual were obviously well rehearsed, and singing company leader Mrs Attiwell had good reason to be proud of the efforts on behalf of the weekend. The Saturday evening programme was compered by Songsters Jackie Proctor of the International Staff Songsters and the helpful and sometimes amusing comments added much to the success of the evening. On Sunday afternoon Lieutenant Wainwright from Sheerness was the chairman. The amalgamation of the Chatham and Poole singing companies for the final items on Sunday evening brought to a successful conclusion a long looked forward to weekend.

W/E 7/8

The Chatham Citadel was twice filled with capacity crowds for the performances of the musical “The Blood of the Lamb”. Months of extensive rehearsal by members of the Chatham and Gillingham drama groups, coupled with imaginative decor, excellent lighting and enhanced by a nine piece orchestra under the leadership of Bandsman Richard Phillips resulted in performances a little short of professional. The humour and pathos of the script and the audience participation as unbidden, they joined in singing “Are you Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”, was an emotional experience not to be missed. It is hoped that the performances will be given as and when the occasion arises.

W/E 22/23

Young people’s anniversary was held this weekend. The weekend was started by the Hastings singing company and Maidstone young People’s Band. They gave quite a good programme and our young people helped during the weekend which was conducted by Captain Boon of the Young Soldier.

June

13

Chatham Band motorcade in Kent. A convoy of cars recently left Chatham on an evangelist crusade which took in several Kent villages and small towns, a caravan park and a railway station platform.

Following a prayer meeting at the Hall the party left for Staplehurst where leaflets had previously been distributed. There the first open air meeting of the day was held with many villagers listening to the gospel music and testimony. Then on to Woodlands caravan park where another open air meeting was conducted on the green.

The next stop was Tenterden where local Salvationists provided refreshments. Afterwards the group held a further meeting, this time in the station yard of the Kent and East Sussex railway.

The platform was full of people and many conversations took place, some with people already on the train. As the last song was sung the train whistle blew and the travellers waved as they set off on their Sunday outing. Marching back to the Hall the Salvationists met a group of Morris dancers in the High Street.

Rye was the next stop. Salvationists from Hastings North joined the band as it marched through the crowded streets of this historic town.

The day ended up at Tenterden with a meeting in the Drill Hall and a late evening open air meeting on the green.

September

13

Bible studies started on Wednesday the 13th under the leadership of Major Armstead. It was very interesting. These are being carried on at monthly intervals.

W/E 25/26

Harvest comes round once again, started on the Saturday with a supper. Commissioner and Mrs Marion were the Leaders for the weekend. The Altar Services were better this year, they were £559 – 25

October

W/E 9/10/11

Songsters weekend. Saturday evening, United Songsters Remains of Sheerness, Gillingham and Chatham gave the programme and Bandsman R Davis of Australia gave Euphonium solos.

W/E 16/17/18

Home League weekend once more and former officers were invited to conduct the weekend. They were Brigadier and Mrs Murphy retired. It was pleasant to meet them again. The rally on the Monday was blessed by the message of Brigadier Mrs Murphy. Saturday evening a programme by Sittingbourne Band.

W/E 23/24

Cadets from the Training College were with us. They were about the towns of Strood, Chatham and Sittingbourne on Saturday afternoon and all at Chatham for the evening and split up over the County for the Sunday. A good weekend was had with the Cadets.

November

6

All musical sections were in the Pentagon for the afternoon for the Band Instrument Scheme and at night the Enfield Band gave a good programme.

W/E 13/14

YP Band weekend. This started with on the Saturday with a programme which was very good. The weekend meetings were conducted by brother Philip Carey. During the last nine years there is no mention of them having a weekend for themselves. It is hoped that in the future they will have another one.

28

Celebrated 1O9th Corps Anniversary and conducted by Major J Snook. Three new Soldiers were made and one renewed her vows.

December

W/E 11/12

Central Hall Carol services again brought a lot of people together once more and a lot of gifts were given to be given to children and senior citizens. The collection amounted to £886 – 00.

25

Christmas Day. A party was given to the elderly citizens, the mayor of Chatham called in to see them and entertained them to trombone solos. Dinner was given to 29 persons and at tea time a cake that was given by Abbey National Building Society was shared among them.

Carol playing for 1982 amounted to £2575 – 23. Senior and YP was £337 – 82. These totals were divided as follows. Division £257 – 52. Community £772 – 57. Senior Corps £772 – 57. Senior Band £772 – 57. YP was divided as follows. Division £33 – 78. YP Band £5329-83. YP signing company £41 – 52. YP Corps £101 – 35. Community £101 – 34. Thanks to those who went to play and collect.

1983

January

22

A concert was given in the Central Hall for the Band Instrument Scheme by The Band of H M Royal Artillery and the Rainham Ladies Choir. This turned out to be a very good evening. Sponsorship was given by Allders of Chatham and Philips Laser Vision for this event.

30

Annual Appeal Launch Sunday and Senior Altar Service. This was conducted by Major and Mrs William Marklew. Altar Service amounted to £1503 – 40. House to house collecting was £3433 – 56. The whole total was £5329 – 93.

February

28

The first meeting of the Corps Council was held.

March

26

Band Spring Sale. This was in conection of the New Instrument Scheme and the sum of £220 – 00 was raised.

April

24

Visit of Officers of the International College for Officers for the Sunday together with Commissioner and Mrs Ward it was quite a good day and a change to see the officers from overseas.

W/E 30/1 May

Visit of Stockton on Tees YP Band and Signing Company. Quite a nice weekend was had. Quite a lot of talent in both Band and Singing Company. The first time that two sections have joined together for the weekend at Chatham.

May

8

YP Anniversary was conducted by the YP Locals. A good day was had.

W/E 14/15

Visit of Morriston Band. This was the start of the last week of the Band Scheme.

W/E 21/22

The finale of the scheme. The following report was written to cover both of these weekends.

The Chatham Band new instrument scheme planned to take three years came to fruition dead on target and was finalised on two weekend ends of celebration. The first weekend was celebrated with a visit of the Morriston Band and within 25 minutes of their rival they were on the street marching to an open air witness in the busy shopping precinct. A full Hall greeted the Welsh visitors for the Saturday Evening Festival and under the able baton of Bandmaster W Kervin rendered a programme to suit all tastes ranging from the old time “Cleansing Stream” cornet duet of Eric Leidzen to be more contemporary”Faith Reborn” of Major Lesley Condon. Cornet, Euphonium, Trombone and vocal solos interspersed with ensemble playing, made pleasurable listening. Retired Bandmaster Norman Bristow erstwhile Bandmaster at the Newcastle City Temple and now retired locally, made an excellent chairman, interspersed each item with knowledgeable and interesting remarks.

A full day’s activities on the Sunday culminated in a grand march of witness with the Morriston and Chatham bands uniting to form an aggregation of 80 musicians and headed by a row of Army flags, left no doubt that the Army is very much alive in the Medway area.

During the week, rehearsal was cancelled to be replaced by a celebration dinner held at the newly built Crest Hotel and open to all soldiers of the Corps. It was felt that three years of fund-raising should be rewarded with a social gathering, and during the evening Brother Keith Oxley who had headed the finance committee gave some insight as to how the working group’s, soldiery and public had raised the £17, 000 – 00 required to equip the band with its new instruments.

To commence the second week end of celebration a composite band from the Chatham, Gillingham and Maidstone corps, under the baton of Deputy Bandmaster Bev. Hudson of Chatham rendered a programme of music, both old and new. Soloists on this occasion were Staff Bandsman Malcolm Moulton, (Euphonium) and sister Sally Wood (vocal). The Sunday morning meeting saw the dedication of the instruments in the presence of the Mayor, Councillor Adrian Crowther and is Lady Mayoress. On Sunday afternoon a programme by the Corps Band was given, the main congregation comprising elderly shut ins. This is a monthly event and is a part of the Corps outreach programme whereby Bandsman call for these elderly citizens in their cars, returning them home afterwards. For some of these people it is the only day in the month they leave their homes.

This final weekend was in the able hands of Captain Maurice Ozanne, who not only chaired the Saturday night festival but conducted the Sundays meetings. His bright and breezy manner winning the hearts of the old folk on Sunday afternoon.

What three years ago appeared to be a dream has now become reality and the dedication and hard work of all concerned ensures that the message of the army band will be heard with its gospel message for many years to come in the streets of Chatham.

29

We said farewell to Captain and Mrs Jones who have gone on divisional work at Southampton after a stay of 18 months.

June

5

Welcome Sunday to two Lady Officers, Major Eileen Cook and Major Alice Graham. Looking forward to happy times with them.

July

20

The Corps treasurer was Promoted to Glory. Ross Andrews will be greatly missed for his work in the Corps and behind the scenes.

September

18

A retiring collection was held to buy a speaker unit for Stornaway in the Scottish islands, Lieutenant and Mrs Brown, the C O. Lieutenant Raymond Brown was a soldier of the Corps before entering the Training College. The speaker was later sent.

October

W/E 22/23

Bedford Congress Hall Songsters.

The eagerly awaited reciprocal visit of the Bedford Congress Hall Songsters, (Songster Leader David Greig) to Chatham was blessed with glorious autumn sunshine and capacity congregations. The Saturday Evening festival opened with the rousing “I love to sing” and it was evident from the start that this was a well rehearsed aggregation of singers who obviously enjoyed what they were doing. Songs as diverse as the lusty “Torchbearers” Sessional Song to the appealing and tender “Lord you know that we love” you were rendered with a depth of feeling that communicated itself to the congregation. Pianoforte, Brass and Timbrel items together with personal witness all had their place in a programme that left one waiting for more. The evening ended in reflective mood with the sung benediction “At Even e’re the Sun was set”.

The recent Promotion to Glory of a well loved local officer at Chatham opened up the way for the Reverend Julian Reindorp, a Methodist minister and friend of the bereaved to make his first visit to the Army, speaking at the thanksgiving service he said how deeply impressed he was by the way theArmy sent its soldiers to heaven and expressed a desire to attend the citadel again. The visit of the Songsters provided that opportunity when he gladly accepted the invitation to be the chairman, an office he filled with what can best be described as joyous dignity.

Following an early Sunday morning prayer meeting and beneath a cloudless sky the Songsters headed by the Corps Band marched off to their separate open air meetings, joining later for a march of witness prior to the holiness meeting. Sunday afternoon saw a further capacity congregation and the various shoulder insignia revealed the interests of the surrounding Corps as they listened to a further programme of music and song.

Sunday evening departed somewhat from the usual Salvation meeting. A large number of the Songsters brought with them the tools and instruments of their trade and laid them on the Altar explaining how God used their various talents in the interests of the kingdom. Following a thought provoking Bible message and appeal the final accolade of the weekend was the sight of eight seekers at the mercy seat.

November

W/E 11/14

Songsters went abroad for the first time to Amsterdam in Holland. The following report was published in the musician.

The first act of witness made by Chatham Songster Brigade during its weekend campaign in Amsterdam West was to sing grace in the crowded restaurant on the boat on the outward journey. This was listened to by passengers and crew in complete silence, and a crew member afterwards remarked on the vivid contrast between this and the hooliganism they sometimes encounter.

Following Saturday morning sightseeing, an open air meeting was held in the Gulden Winckel Plantsoen, a large shopping precinct, where a large crowd gathered to listen. The Territorial Commander, Commissioner Ronald Cox, welcomed the visitors in the Saturday Evening Festival and spoke of his own associations with Chatham during his service with the Royal Navy. A well varied programme followed, with music for brass, Pianoforte, women’s voices, timbrelists and male voice items being included, pride of place being given to the reading of the scriptures and personal witness. “I have joined the Army of the Lord” and “We believe” were among items by the brigade. Sunday morning followed the usual pattern and after lunch the Songsters gave a programme at the the de Kimme old people’s home, and in the “Pantrimonium”, a similar residence. An evening open air meeting was held in sub-zero temperature to be followed by the Salvation meeting in which spontaneous testimony was an outstanding feature. A number of the Songsters gave one sentence testimonies in Dutch, painstakingly taught them by their Dutch hosts. The final witness was again made by singing grace in the restaurant on the homework journey, thus opening the way for personal contacts.

W/E 26/27

The Corps 11Oth anniversary. Captain G Burns was the leader for the weekend. To start the weekend off a tea was arranged for Saturday evening and after that a meeting was held where different people read extracts from the earlier years of the history Book up to the years of 1945. Sunday afternoon the different sections took part and two people spoke about the earlier years of the Army in Chatham.

November

28

To record that from this date and entry one, Michael Colin Lloyd, being appointed the Corps Secretary, will endeavour to record the history of the Chatham Citadel Corps to the best of his ability.

December

Christmas Caroling. This year it was decided to reduce the week night programme for the Senior Band due to the commitments of the other sections of the Corps and this proved to be very successful. A lack of collectors made things difficult at times again this year. We must try to somehow overcome this problem for next year.

W/E 10/11

Central Hall Carol services.

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January

8

Visit of the British Commissioner and Mrs Commissioner Dennis Hunter to Chatham for the afternoon Praise Meeting. The following autographs were written in the History Book by visitors.

Dennis Hunter, glad to be spending part of Covenant Sunday with the Chatham comrades, renewing acquaintances of many years.
Pauline Hunter, glad also to help out the day.
Rose Rivers, always lovely to share in Chatham Fellowship.
W Rivers, we love Chatham.

W/E 21/22

YP Annual weekend. A festival was given on Saturday evening by the young people. This was quite poorly supported. The Sunday meetings were led by a party of cadets from the International Training College.

February

Annual appeal. This was tackled in the same way as last year with the soldiers divided into groups. This system was better received this year, although the routes and districts will have to be adjusted again for next year’s efforts to cater for changes within the Corps.

Total raised £5824.

Commencement of alterations to the platform. Due to the deteriorating condition of the platform front and rostrum it was decided that these need replacing. This situation was discussed at Corps Council and it was decided to ask Bandsman Frank Reynolds and Ken Lloyd to design a front for the platform including a new reading desk and penitent form. In discussion with the divisional commander Major W Rivers it was suggested that we may be able to make use of the platform front in the Dover Salvation Army Hall which is no longer in use. Bandmaster B Hudson, Corps Secretary M Lloyd and Bandsman F Reynolds went to Dover to see if this would be suitable. After much prayerful consideration it was decided that with some adaptation and a lot of cleaning it could be used, so arrangements were made to transport all the sections of the front to Chatham. Work then commenced on 13th February.

March

W/E 10/11

Visit of Harrow Signing Company. We had a very good weekend with the Signing Company with fine singing and solo items. The Saturday Evening festival was chaired by Lieutenant and Mrs Peter Dixon and Sunday afternoon by Bandsman Nigel Lockwood who are all former soldiers of Harrow.

15

The Senior Band was duty Band at the Divisional Self- Denial Ingathering at Canterbury.

25

The Corps Cadets conducted the days meetings at Sutton following the National Corps Cadet Rally. This was a good weekend for the young people.
Sunday Evening Open Airs. It was decided to try to revert to a permanent evening open air stand. For a trial period the venue is to be the junction of the Brook and the High Street outside Tesco’s. This is a busy spot and will hopefully be successful.

April

1

Mother’s Day. Good meetings and Open Airs were led today by a party of cadets from the International Training College.

2

Men’s Fellowship. A pilot meeting was held to try and gauge response to a men’s Fellowship. The idea is to offer an activity for men outside the musical sections. We pray that there will be a number of men interested in this fellowship and that it will be a useful addition to the Corps programme.

11

Divisional Holiness Meeting – Dedication of Penitent Form. After many weeks of hard work by Bandsmen Frank Reynolds and Ken Lloyd and Bandmaster Bev. Hudson, the new platform front and Penitent Form was completed. The Divisional Commander dedicated the Penitent Form in the presence of representatives from the Dover Corps. The Divisional Commander prayed that the Penitent Form may be in constant use, that many people may kneel and find the Lord as their Saviour and that the Corps may grow and flourish and continue to be used by God. A Holiness Table made from wood taken from Dover Hall was presented to the Corps for use in their new Hall. Our thanks go to the men who worked so hard on the beautiful rostrum and Penitent Form we now have and we pray that as it is used in the future they may also receive a blessing.

14

The Songsters took part in a joint festival at Gillingham.

15

Palm Sunday. The Senior Band went to Snodland for the annual march of witness around the village, combining with the churches in the area. This was very successful, with many people listening and taking an interest.

20

Good Friday. The morning meeting was led by the Divisional Commander. This was followed by a march of witness along the High Street and a united open air service in the Pentagon. The evening meeting took the form of a meditation with music, readings and verse, arranged by the Songster Leader.

21

The wedding of Shaun Oliver to Lesley Holder took place, conducted by Brigadier Mrs McQuilkin.

22

Easter Sunday. An Easter morning march took the place of the morning open air, proclaiming the message Christ is Risen. The Divisional Commander was with us for the whole day, which reached a fitting climax with seekers in the Salvation Meeting.

W/E 28/29/30

Home League Weekend. The Sunday evening festival this year was given by Chalk Farm Band. Once again this was a very successful evening with a full Hall and an interesting well presented programme of Salvation Army music. The leader for the weekend was Major Everet.

May

W/E 5/6

Ladies Fellowship at Stowmarket. Following several Saturday night engagements, the Ladies Fellowship conducted the Home League weekend meetings at Stowmarket – Captain S Russell. This was their first weekend away.

W/E 19/20

YP anniversary. The meetings over the weekend were conducted by George Buckley and his family. He is the Corps Sergeant Major at Maidstone.

W/E 25-28

Visit of “Share” group. Following the visit of our Songsters Brigade to Amsterdam West, we were pleased to welcome the Share gospel youth group as a return visit, although there was some trepidation in certain quarters as to how their music would be received, although this proved unnecessary.
The group arrived in Sheerness early of Friday morning but due to problems in Customs they did not arrive at Chatham until 10.45 A M. After a late breakfast they went to London for the day accompanied by Corps Sergeant Major Murray Smith. On their return to Chatham in the evening they were introduced to their hosts for the weekend.
Saturday commenced with an open air in the Pentagon which was very successful, with many people listening and contacts being made. Lunch was then served at the Hall after which the group were able to have free time with their billets. The Hall was very full for the Saturday Evening festival and much blessing was given to us by the fine singing of the group. The joy of service that they showed as they sang was shared by those who listened.
Because on rain the Sunday morning open air was changed to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. This type of ministry is not permitted in the Netherlands and so it was a particularly interesting and enjoyable experience for Share. The meetings throughout the day were ably led by Captain and Mrs Theo Walterink and the group made many worthwhile contributions in song.
On Monday morning we said they sad farewell to Share. We thanked them for the many blessings they gave us over the weekend and look forward to their next visit to Chatham. Thanks must also be given to those who organise the weekend and those who billeted and provided meals at the Hall. This was a very successful weekend that will be remembered for a long time.

27

Farewell of Major Cook and Major Graham and Envoy Sheila Potter. The Salvation Meeting of Share weekend was also the farewell meeting for Major E Cook and Major A Graham. The Corps Sergeant Major spoke of the wonderful ministry and leading the Corps has had over the past year. We give thanks to God for their service and pray that He will continue to be with them in their new appointment at Tankerton Goodwill Centre.
We also said farewell to Envoy Mrs Sheila Potter, who takes up an appointment as Auxiliary Captain at Sleaford Corps. We pray that she will be used by God in this new field of service.
We thank God for the privilege of serving with Chatham comrades and pray God’s blessing upon Captain and Mrs Layton and family. This is signed by Eileen Cook and Alice Graham.
Corps Council.

31

Welcome to New Officers. We welcome to our Corps Captain and Mrs Kingsley Layton with their family of three children. They have come to Chatham from the Bristol Division, where they held the appointment of Divisional Youth Secretary. All sections took part in the Welcome Meeting and the Corps is looking forward to the period under their command.

September

W/E 15/16

Signing Company Weekend. The meetings this weekend were led by Major Norman Howe, National Youth Secretary.

W/E 29/30

Visit of Signing Company to Dudley for the weekend.

October

7

Divisional Youth Councils. Chatham Band was duty Band at the Divisional Youth Councils which were led by the British Commissioner Francy Cachelin.

W/E 13/14

Visit of Portsmouth Band. Portsmouth Citadel Band visited Chatham for the weekend.

20

Flag Day. Permission was obtained from the local council for comrades to collect today. A total of £298 – 03 was raised.

21

Pledged Giving Sunday. Corps comrades were asked to prayerfully consider the amount of money that they gave back to be Lord through the Corps cartridge system. Using the biblical doctrine of tithing ones income, guidance from I H Q suggested that half of this amount should be in our cartridge. This Sunday was set aside to include an Altar Service, where comrades could pledge their giving for the coming year. In future this will be included in a Stewardship Sunday.
Further renovations to Senior Hall. It was decided to panel the rear wall of the alcove at the back of the platform. In doing this, dry rot was discovered in the floor joists. To rectify this, Bandsmen Ken Lloyd and Frank Reynolds completely replaced the affected wood and at the same time opened up a new storage area under the platform. The hard work of these comrades has greatly reduced the cost of all the work undertaken in the Hall. A new exterior sign, with the words “The Salvation Army” was erected on the rear wall of the building to identify it from the main roads through the town.
It has long been felt that a telephone with be useful on our premises and so a payphone has now been installed.
Officers Quarters. As Corps Locals we have been aware for some time that the quarters at Westmount Avenue needed a lot of renovating and money spent to bring them to a satisfactory condition. Previous officers have looked for alternative accommodation but have been unable to find something suitable in terms of price or location. Since Captain and Mrs Layton arrived at Chatham they have been dissatisfied with the accommodation offered and were anxious that another house should be found as soon as possible. Captain spent several weeks searching for another property and eventually found a house in Gillingham which he felt would be suitable for our officers quarters. With some misgivings it was decided that this house at 1 Stuart Rd Gillingham should become the new officers quarters.

November

10

Leslie Condon Festival. Since the promotion to Glory of Major Leslie Condon a Memorial Trust Fund has been set up to help young people to attend Salvation Army Music Schools. It has been decided at Chatham to hold an annual festival in Major Condon’s memory and that the proceeds should go to the Trust Fund. The first festival was held on this date, featuring a own Band and Songsters, Deputy Richard Philips, Staff Bandsman Malcolm Moulton and Staff Songster Jackie Proctor.

24

Sale of Work. The arrangement of this event has been undertaken by C S S Mrs Bloomfield and we would like to thank her for the hard work.

1985

January

9

Farewell of Divisional Commander. It was an honour for us to hold the farewell meeting for Major and Mrs William Rivers at Chatham. Our own band took part and representatives from throughout the Division paid tribute and gave thanks for their work during their appointment in the Canterbury Division.

W/E 12/13

Young People’s Annual. The YP annual this year was led by a party of cadets from the International Training College.

27

Annual Appeal. Launching Sunday. This year’s appeal was launched by Colonel Layton the father of our commanding officer.
Captain Layton was privileged to be a delegate at the International College for Officers at this time. Owing to his absence it fell to the Senior Local Officers to ensure that the house to house collections were organised and the effort brought to a successful conclusion.

February

17

Senior Self Denial Sunday meetings were led by our new Divisional Commander Lieutenant Colonel Edward Cotterill and Mrs Cotterill.

March

2

To finalise the Annual Appeal a Corps Ingathering was held which proved to be a very interesting and entertaining evening. All Corps sections took part and the group leaders each gave their results at a report of their experiences.

Army Mother Banner. During Captain Layton’s absence at the I CO it came to the local officers attention that Captain had taken the Army Mother Banner, dating from 1874 which belongs to Chatham Citadel Corps, to International Headquarters Archives Department, for them to restore and preserve. Correspondence relating to its removal is enclosed in separate envelope. It is to be recorded here that the banner remains the property of our Corps and that we will be allowed to have it returned to the corps for significant anniversaries and that we will allow it to be exhibited from time to time.

The following letters are those referred to above in the envelope.

From Lieut Colonel Cyril Barnes to Captain Kingsley Layton – Dear Kingsley, I had to call at I H Q on Monday so was able to consult the list of corps which I had left in the archives. You will see that, although you remain No. 16, you are the 8th existing Corps today.

The banner you have at Chatham was mentioned to Major Fairbank. It would certainly be wise to deposit it in the archives if agreement can be reached with the Chatham local officers. I mention this because in the archives there is a photograph of the local Salvationists standing by the banner. It may be they would rather it stay in their care. However it would be worth trying to persuade them if there is any opposition. With best wishes yours sincerely and signed, Cyril Barnes.

A further letter from Captain Layton to Corps Sergeant Major Murray Smith. Dear Murray, You will know by now that in conversation with the army historian Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Barnes it was suggested that perhaps the archive department at International Headquarters might like to examine the Army Mother Banner. Subsequent to this the generous offer has been made that I H Q would be willing to restore and preserve the banner providing it can be held in safe keeping in the archives for future posterity.

It must surely be obvious to all, the decrepit and abused condition of the banner as it now stands, that after 111 years some very urgent attention must now be given to is preservation and even the fabric is so delicate that it should no longer be manhandled but stored in the correct humidity. However as C S M I feel you should have the chance to discuss this with the Senior Census Locals and if there is a majority with objection to this proposal then it will be an easy matter for the banner to be left where I found it!

In any case you will appreciate that I have put myself to some trouble in order to find a happy solution and so long as it is understood that I will need to disclaim any responsibility for the future safety of the banner, should this offer be declined, then I am quite happy to abide by the consensus of opinion in this matter.

So that history may record the endeavours now being made I should be obliged if you would ask any Senior Local who wishes to object if they would sign their signature on the back of his letter. If there is no signature this will be implied endorsement of the proposal. On the other hand if there is a majority endorsement then I will personally ensure the banner is a lifted from I H Q on Monday morning 5th March. This means that I will need a final decision no later than Sunday evening 4th March. Please return this letter to Mrs Layton after the meeting. Best wishes, Captain.

The Captain then wrote to Major J Fairbank the IHQ archives manager the following letter. Dear Major, the Senior Census

Local Officers at Chatham are happy to release the Banner for safe keeping in the IHQ archives but have asked me to enquire if certain assurances can be given on the following points:

1. They would like to maintain a record of the Banner on our Corps Inventory.

2. They would like permission to borrow the Banner for exhibition at significant anniversaries i.e. 125, 150 years etc. So long as it is practical so to do.

3. They would like to feel the Banner is on permanent loan to I H Q rather than feel it is given away. You can appreciate they feel the Banner to be part of the Corps heritage.

If you would be so kind as to let me have a written reply which can be retained in the Corps History Book relating to the points raised then I should be more than grateful that everybody then will be very happy that the Banner has at last found a good home.

Many thanks indeed,
With every blessing,
Yours sincerely, Kingsley Layton, Captain.

The following letter from Major Fairbank confirms the captains request. Bureaucratic, following our conversations over the last week and in reply to your letter of 4th March with regard to this priceless piece of Salvation Army/Christian Mission history, I write to thank you and your senior local officers for consigning it to the care of the Archives.
Please assure your comrades that:
1. The Banner is still the property of Chatham Citadel Corps Band as such should remain on the Corps inventory.
2. The Archivist for the time being will return it to the Commanding Officer for the time being, at his/her request, on significant anniversaries.
3. In the meantime, as a good steward of what has been entrusted to my care, I will take steps to have the Banner repaired and conserved in the best condition possible.
It may well be that should a more spacious facility become available to house the International Archives and The Salvation Army Story Exhibition, we would want to put the Banner on display from time to time, within the recognised professional limits of exhibiting such frail fabric. Presumably your local officers would not raise any objections to this proposal? A copy of this letter will be placed in the Chatham Citadel Corps file here in the Archives.
With grateful thanks and God be with you.
Yours sincerely,
Signed by Jenty Fairbank, Major
Archivist.

April

W/E 5/6/7

Easter Weekend. Easter celebrations took place as normal at the Corps with the addition of a hunger lunch on Good Friday following the open air Meeting at the Pentagon.

W/E 20/21/22

Home League Weekend. The Saturday evening programme was presented by the Home League Fellowship, who performed the musical “The White Rose”, supported by our own Band.

May

1

Corps Council Meeting. A Corps Council meeting was held on this date and the following important subjects were discussed.
Charity shop. Since his arrival at Chatham Captain Layton has felt that the charity shop in Chatham Town centre would be a good means of income and also of outreach. Due to the vast size of this project the army adviser on charity shops Captain Beardsmore was expected to attend this meeting together with the Divisional Commander. Unfortunately neither was able to attend, so be subject was discussed as fully as possible, but no decision was reached.
Captain also introduced further discussion on the subject of Stewardship. The Corps Council was divided into two working parties. The first was to look at Stewardship of Souls, with a view to the implementation of the ward system. The other was to look at the Corps programme, thinking in terms of the stewardship of time. Both parties are to report back to the Corps Council in the near future.

September

28

Stewardship Meal. In order to introduce stewardship to the Corps comrades and friends a stewardship meal was held in the Ebenezer Church Hall. The stewardship Secretary introduced the concept of stewardship and each comrade was given a letter and a commitment card for return on Stewardship Sunday.

October

5

Flag Day. Once again Corps Flag Day was held. There was very poor response from soldiers as regards collecting.

16

Netherlands Band visit.

27

Stewardship Launch. Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Richardson, National Stewardship Secretary, came to Chatham for the Corps Stewardship Launching Sunday. During the day’s meetings opportunity was given for the commitment cards to be returned.

November

9

Les Condon festival. The second Annual Lesley Condon Memorial Trust Festival was very well supported. A very enjoyable programme was compared by Major Peter Dalziel.

16

Sale of Work. This was organised by C S S Mrs Broomfield. More interest was shown by Corps folk this year.

30/Dec. 1

Visit of I C O Delegates. The 108th session of the International College for officers commenced their visit to Chatham with a Civic Reception at the Guildhall, Rochester. The opportunity was taken at the same time to visit the Museum, Castle and Cathedral. On returning to the citadel a meal was provided for the Delegates and Senior Census Board Locals and their spouses. An anniversary cake was made to commemorate the Corps 112th anniversary. The evening festival was attended by the Mayor of Medway and some councillors and Sittingbourne Band and our own Songsters were on duty. The session split between Chatham and Sittingbourne for the Sunday our meetings being in the hands of Commissioner Lyster.

December

Caroling 1985. A very successful Caroling effort, although the final figure was down on last year’s. Saturday Caroling proved to be very difficult this year, partly due to poor response from collectors, but mainly due to the Council enforcing a by-law, not allowing us to collect on the High Street. After much consultation between the Corps Secretary and the council the situation could not be resolved. Further negotiations will be necessary to facilitate next year’s Caroling on the High Street.

Central Hall Carol Services. These were very successful, tickets for the whole weekend being almost completely sold out. The generosity of the people was again overwhelming with a total of £1200 being raised by the two collections, the highest figure yet.

As the end of the year the approaches, Bandmaster Bev. Hudson and Corps Treasurer Mrs Maureen Smith have each relinquished these positions and they are being replaced by Bandsman Stuart Lawrence and Mrs Christine Cline respectively.

Following the report of the Corps Council working party on the Corps Programme it has been decided that as from 1st January 1986 a new Sunday programme will be implemented for the duration, initially, of one year. This decision was reached after much prayerful consideration by the Corps Locals and it is hoped that the Corps comrades will support these changes. We feel that benefits will be gained by the whole corps which will outweigh any problems experience in the first few weeks.

New Sunday Programme.

Time Senior Corps Young People’s Corps
10. 00 Holiness Meeting
11. 15 Open Air Ministry Sunday School
3. 00 Open air Ministry or Junior Soldiers Meeting
Praise Meeting
6. 00 Open air Ministry – Summer
Salvation Meeting – Winter
6. 45 Salvation Meeting – Summer.

1986

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January

11

Divisional Soldiers Rally. Chatham Songsters took part in the Annual Divisional Soldiers Rally held at Tunbridge Wells. The leader of the meeting was Commissioner Anna Hannerik.

12

Visit of the Chief Secretary, Colonel and Mrs John Hounsell. Colonel Hounsell wrote the following in the History Book. It has been a joy to share with the Corps and in particular to swear in four new soldiers. God bless you all.

A good days meetings. Rebecca Andrews, Joanne Craydon, Susan Hales and Samantha Wood were sworn in during the Salvation Meeting which culminated in seekers at the Mercy Seat.

Brother Charles Hales, No. 1 on the Soldiers Roll was Promoted to Glory. A new Band Flag was dedicated in his memory.

February

Annual Appeal. The house to house collections were again organised in the group’s by the CS and C T.

March

W/E 8/9

Begum poll Weekend. A barbecue was held at the Corps . Lieutenant Colonel Rea led the meetings on Sunday.

April

13

Change of Primary Sargeants. Sisters Florrie and Lily Hales retired after many years of service in the Young People’s Corps, especially with the Primary. A special afternoon praise meeting was held with many old Primary members taking part. We had tea and fellowship in the YP Hall after the meeting.

W/E 19/20

Home League Weekend. Croydon Band were the visitors for the Saturday Evening festival and the weekend’s meetings were led by Captain Marion Burdett.

23

The funeral of Brother Douglas Bragg was held following his promotion to glory whilst on holiday. Although the was ill for several months he maintained his witness of his new found faith amongst his fellow patients in hospital.

May

29

As a Corps we bid farewell to Captain and Mrs Layton and family who are moving to the Maidstone corps where we pray they have a more rewarding time.

We are very pleased to welcome Major Laina Geleit, who comes to us from the Risca Corps, South Wales Division. We pray that God will richly bless her ministry here at Chatham.

July

26

Barbecue Breakfast. This now annual event, organised by C S M and Mrs Murray Smith in the garden of their home, proved to be as popular and enjoyable as in previous years. The proceeds this year were donated to the YP corps for the purchase of an overhead projector and other equipment needed for New Direction. The D Y S and his wife were present at the breakfast and also led the Sunday meetings, our young People’s Anniversary.

August

Week 18-22

Holiday Club. This venture was organised by Major Geleit, who also ran it with the help of four or five Corps folk. The club was a great success, with a total of 45 new children being contacted and an average attendance of 30. Five children are now regularly attending Sunday School as a result of coming to the club and we pray that they will continue to come.

September

21

Youth Chorus. This group has been operating for a few months now and involves most of the young people of the Corps under the direction of Deputy Songster Leader Adrian Horwood. It has proved to be very successful and of a fine musical standard and they have taken part in several events throughout the Division. They undertook a successful days campaign at Chartam corps which was enjoyable and spiritually uplifting both for themselves and the people of Chartham.

October

New Direction. Following the change in Army policy regarding training for young people it has been decided that we should adopt the new procedures at Chatham and we hope that this change will give new life to the young People’s Corps. When following the new Junior Soldiers programme, weekly Junior Soldiers meetings are necessary, but this is not possible on Sunday afternoons in the current Corps programme. Consequently it has been decided to hold this meeting on a Friday evening with no YP activity on Sunday afternoons. The Scripture Union Bible teaching is used in the Sunday morning Company Meeting. “Sing for Joy”, the new YP Song Book is now in use

W/E 12/13

Harvest Weekend. A harvest thanksgiving was led by Colonel and Mrs Bram Moore. It was decided the Senior Corps comrades would donate flowers and thanks must be given to Songster Leader Mrs Verna Smith for arranging them. The young people presented baskets of produce as in previous years. Corps Treasurer Christine Cline was responsible for the general decoration of the Hall, with the help of the Guides. On the Monday evening a Harvest Supper and sale of produce were held for the first time in many years. The proceeds being donated to the YP Corps. This event was well supported by the Corps comrades and a good evening was had by everyone.

W/E 25/26

Change of Songster Uniform. After many years of the Songster Brigade wearing the open front uniform it was decided that the Brigade should re-adopt the old style uniform. The official change over coincided with the Brigade’s visit to Ipswich.

November

2

Stewardship Renewal 1986 commenced on Tuesday 21st October with an evening meeting and Stewardship Supper. John Bayliss, an authority on Christian Stewardship spoke, our own Youth Chorus took part at the commitment forms were distributed for return on Stewardship Sunday. Our thinking this year was directed towards the growth and development of the young People’s Corps. Major Geleit led the meetings on Renewal Sunday. Opportunity was given throughout the Holiness and Salvation meetings for the pledges to be returned and the Holy Spirit was very much in evidence. In the afternoon we had a time of Fellowship followed by a faith tea, which proved to be very successful.

W/E 8/9

Corps Anniversary and visit of the British Commissioner, Commissioner and Mrs Francy Cachelin, supported by the Divisional Commander, Major and Mrs Bentley. The Commissioner signed the History Book and wrote the following inscription. “May the voice of rejoicing and Salvation be heard again and again in Chatham. May the hand of the Lord not be prevented from doing valiantly”.

15

Annual Sale of Work. Total raised £320.

W/E 22/23

Visit of Rushden Songsters Brigade.

December

7

Bible Sunday conducted by C O.

W/E 13/14

Central Hall Carol Services. The Central Hall was filled to capacity three times. Guest flautist was Alison Redfern.

21

Corps Carol Service.

25

25 lonely people shared the day with us at the Army. A band of faithful helpers provided the food.

1987

January

4

In the afternoon there was a Mini School of Evangelism, which was to be one of three, but owing to bad weather two were postponed. There was a favourable response.

9

Soldiers rally was held at Chatham led by Major and Mrs Roy Girling, DC West London.
During the above the snow began to fall and life almost came to a standstill in Kent – the Medway area was not very badly affected. The following two Sundays only holiness meetings were held because it was dangerous to be out after dark. All weekday activities had to be cancelled because very few could get to the Hall, some were housebound for a week.

W/E 24/25

YP Annual. This was postponed last week. Leaders were Bandsman and Mrs John Stock from Hadleigh Temple. The young people took part in all meetings.

W/E 31/Feb. 1

Self- Denial Weekend was conducted by Colonel and Mrs Gordon Bevan who are soldiers at Chatham but have recently retired having spent a large part of the service in India and Pakistan. On Saturday we had a Missionary meeting.

February

The Annual Appeal was tackled with usual enthusiasm and nearly all able-bodied people played their part.

W/E 28/Mar. 1

Visit of Castleford Band.

March

5

Women’s World Day of Prayer was held at the Citadel

8

Michael Ford was sworn in as a soldier in the Salvation Meeting.

13

Brigadier Mrs Ivy McQuilkin, retired, was Promoted to Glory.

29

Mother’s Day meetings were conducted by Brigadier and Mrs Geleit, retired.

31

Brother Chas. Hancock Promoted to Glory.

April

W/E 4/5

Visit of the International Staff Band.

12

The Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal was held in the evening meeting. Many present pledged themselves to become Prayer Pals. Alison Gray was enrolled as a Junior Soldier.

17

Good Friday. Meetings were conducted by Colonel and Mrs William Clarke. Following the morning meeting a united march of witness made its way to the Pentagon preceded by a cross. An open air service was held in which Colonel Clarke was the speaker. We marched back to the Hall.

19

Easter Sunday was conducted by C O and saw the dedication of Simon Black in the morning and Jessica Ranger in the evening.

W/E 25/26/27

Home League weekend was conducted by Major Mrs J Bonniface. Hendon Band gave an excellent Festival on Saturday evening.

May

W/E 2/3

Youth Chorus visited Folkestone.

10

Meetings were conducted by the DC Major Eric Bentley and Mrs Bentley.

W/E 16/17

Band visited Carlisle Citadel.

25

Bank Holiday Monday – approx 50 took part in a Corps Fellowship Day at Moat Park, Maidstone. All who were present at a good time.

June

4

National Home League Rally – Chatham Home League Fellowship took part.

W/E 6/7

Visit of Bristol Staple Hill Songsters.

W/E 13/14

YP anniversary was contacted by C S M and Mrs G Buckley of Maidstone. Our fifth Junior Soldier was enrolled.

21 and 28

Band and Songsters took part in services of Remembrance at Medway crematorium. C O conducted one of these.

28

Julie Bosson was sworn in as a senior soldier.

August

The Young People’s Hall was decorated by our own people after a suspended ceiling had been put in by professionals.

22

Wedding of Leah Collier and John Laird conducted by Major William Laird.

Week 24-28

SA joined in Holiday Club with St John’s U R C at Ebeneezer.

September

6

The Archdeacon of Rochester, the venerable Michael Turnbull, in his capacity as Chairman of the Medway Towns Christian Council preached in the Salvation Meeting. 150 new song books which had been dedicated for use in worship in the morning meeting were taken into use.

W/E 19/20/21

Harvest Weekend. Saturday evening saw the launching of the Talents Scheme – instead of a Sale of Work. Colonel Rhys Dumbleton conducted the meetings. The senior Corps provided flowers, arranged by Songster Leader Verna Smith and on Sunday afternoon the YP brought fruit and vegetables. They also did the programme. On Monday evening a fair number shared in a Supper and Auction.

26

Launching of Stewardship for 1988. We thanked God for the progress in the YP Corps which was our special emphasis for 1987. After refreshments commitment cards and brochures were distributed and explained.

Sister Mrs Edith Biles was Promoted to Glory.

27

Teresa Wood, Rosemary and Roy Player were sworn in as soldiers.

October

W/E 3/4

Signing Company Weekend. Conducted by Lieutenant Colonel G Perry, I H Q. Saturday evening United Singing Companies from Maidstone, Gillingham, Sittingbourne, Strood and Chatham supported by Chatham YP Band gave a festival. On Sunday Mrs Pam Adams handed over leadership to Mrs Christine Lockwood.

W/E 10/11

Visit of Band to Castleford – return visit.

17

B P sections held an open evening in which two Scouts, one Cub and one Guide were enrolled. (Three Brownies earlier).

W/E 31/Nov. 1

Stewardship Weekend. Saturday was Talent Scheme Ingathering. Guests for the weekend were Major and Mrs Ken Lawson, I H Q. Sunday saw many place their commitment cards on the Alter.

November

Corps Anniversary meetings were led by Major Cook and Major Graham.

December

W/E 9/10

Central Hall Carol Services. Another excellent weekend with all sections taking part and Major Joy Webb, I H Q as guest soloist.

1988

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January

During January a series of Bible studies were held on Sunday afternoons. A small number of interested Corps folk attended. The studies were led in turn by Major Ozanne CO at Sittingbourne, Colonel Bevan, Chatham and Colonel Johnson who also led the Annual Appeal launching Sunday meetings.

23

Young People’s Annual Weekend meetings led by a party of cadets from the ITC. The young people took a prominent part in the meetings. It is good to see the growth of the YP Corps and we pray that this will continue.

February

6

The British Commissioner was in the Canterbury Division and a festival was held in the Maidstone Hall on the Saturday evening. Our Signing Company and timbrelists were privileged to take part on this occasion.

27

Visit of Hemmel Hempstead Band to Chatham.

March

13

Mother’s Day meetings were led by sister Mrs Anne Ward, former local officer of Chatham Corps.

19

Songsters visited Bristol Staple Hill.

24

Songsters took part in Divisional Holiness meeting held at Gillingham.

27

Visit of National Candidates Secretary to Chatham, accompanied by the D Y S Captain Scott and candidates from the Division.

April

W/E 1/2/3

Easter Weekend meetings were commenced by Colonel David Guy on Good Friday. Following the morning meeting the Corps joined with other central Chatham churches on a march of witness through the town. The Sunday meetings were led by Major Geleit.

May

1

The Youth Chorus visited Grimsby Victoria where Auxiliary Captain Mrs Sheila Potter is commanding officer.

W/E 7/8

Home League Weekend. Regent Hall Band provided a well supported programme on Saturday evening. Meetings during the weekend were led by Mrs Lieutenant Colonel Moore, Assistant National Home League Secretary.

W/E 14/15

The Band visited Southend Citadel.

W/E 21/22

Divisional Whitsuntide Convention meetings at Margate Winter Gardens. Various sections from the Division took part in the meetings, including our own Band on the Saturday and our Songsters and Youth Chorus on the Sunday.

Quarters moved from Stuart Rd Gillingham to 63 Beacon Rd Chatham.

June

11

Instead of the normal visit to the seaside it was decided that this year the YP Corps would take advantage of a special Salvation Army Day at Windsor Safari Park.

18

The Annual Burma Festival was arranged by the Songsters this year and included guest soloists and an appeal by an Asian officer from I H Q.

July

3

British Congress weekend at the Royal Albert Hall. The Songsters were included in the Congress chorus on the Sunday.

August

The Senior Hall and corridors were repainted during the holiday period. The Senior meetings were held in the YP Hall for two Sundays.

7

We were privileged to have a visit from another party of ICO Delegates.

September

2

The final festival of the Divisional School of Music was held at Chatham.

W/E 17/18/19

The Harvest Festival weekend meetings were led by Captain and Mrs Steve Russell. We had an interesting Sunday with flowers donated by Senior Corps comrades and fruit and vegetables by the YP Corps during the afternoon programme.

W/E 24/25

The Senior Band made their return visit to Hemel Hempstead.

October

8

As part of their Centenary Celebrations, Strood Corps held a Service of thanksgiving in Rochester Cathedral. Chatham Songsters took part as part of a massed Songster Brigade

9

Captain Scott, DYS, led the days meetings.

W/E 15/16

Visit of Swansea Songster Brigade to Chatham.

W/E 29/30

Return visit of Southend Band to Chatham. This was a good weekend campaign, ending with seekers during the Sunday evening meeting.

November

6

Stewardship Renewal Sunday. This was a time of re commitment for Corps folk. The meetings were led by brother John Coutts, son of former commanding officer General Frederick Coutts. The afternoon meeting took the form of a recital by John Coutts of some of his poetry.

W/E 19/20

The Corps 115th anniversary. The meetings were led by former CO’s Major and Mrs Denis Sneller, now stationed at Tunbridge Wells. This weekend also ended the year’s talent scheme. The talent scheme idea is proving to be much more successful than a Sale of Work and is likely to be repeated in the future.

26

Major Leslie Condon Memorial Trust Festival. Chatham and Gillingham bands were on duty together with Bexleyheath Songsters and solo contributions by Songster Leader Derick Kane, ISB.

December

1

The BBC made a recording for the Songs of Praise series in Rochester Cathedral. The Songster Brigade and other Corps comrades were involved in the choir for this event. The programme will be broadcast on Palm Sunday 19 March 1989.

Due to rehearsal time for this event the Caroling programme was curtailed. In spite of this the effort proved to be successful with an increase over the amount raised last year. The problem of collectors was if anything worse this year and will need to be tackled to enable future Caroling seasons to be effective.

For the first time this year the band took part in a Carol Concert with Hempstead Harmony a local Choir in aid of the Great Portland Street Wishing Well Appeal.

W/E 10/11

The Central Hall Carol services were again a total sell out and very successful. Philip Mace, grandson of Sister Mrs Ethel Wood, was Guest vocal soloist and the final item was arranged by the Youth Chorus.

25

Our thanks go to Major Geleit and a number of Corps folk for again entertaining around 40 old and lonely folk at our Hall. The day ended with a service conducted by Major at 4 pm. Unfortunately this was poorly supported by Corps comrades.

As I and my family transfer away from Chatham Corps we pray that God will bless the Corps at Chatham and that our spiritual home will continue to grow. Signed by Michael C Lloyd Corps Secretary.

1989

January

8 and 15

Major Geleit presented a video on “Person to Person” evangelism covering both Sunday afternoons which were attended by a dozen or so Corps comrades.

W/E 21/22

YP Annual. The weekend’s meetings were led by Captain and Mrs Paul Brine. On Saturday at 7. 00 the Young People presented the musical “Kids Praise” which was well attended.

W/E 28/29

SD Launch Weekend. The meetings for the weekend were led by Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs John Swinfen, Saturday evening at 7. 00 a Slide Presentation was given depicting the Army’s work in other countries. This was poorly attended by Corps comrades other than the musical sections. Sunday’s meetings were inspiring and gave further insight into the Army’s work overseas.

February

W/E 25/26

Visit of Coventry Cit