2000 to 2010

2000

Just as in the Gospels two or more historians are better than one. In addition to the “Official” Corps History Book, additional details have been provided by Peter Wood.

Jan 9

Commitment Sunday. Enrolment of Grace L’Evy as a Soldier, Angela Lee as an Adherent, and Commissions were presented to John Allen as Welcome Sergeant, Audrey Holder as a Songster and Ruth Woodhouse as Corps Youth Secretary.

Jan 16

Ted and Lilian White enrolled as Adherents

Feb 5

Ben Bale enrolled as a Senior Soldier

Feb 9

Under the leadership of Murray and Verna Smith the first Alpha course was commenced. Attendance has averaged the order of 70 each fortnight.

Feb 20

Corps musical party away to Woodbridge

Feb 23

Alpha course continues fortnightly with continued interest and attendance.

Mar 4

Songsters gave a festival at Folkestone.

Mar 5

An “open” family meeting on Sunday morning, no sections on duty. Evening meeting in the form of an Indoor Open Air Meeting at Davis Estate Community Centre. The area had previously been leafleted and invitations given to local residents, with reasonable results.

Mar 12

Morning S. D. Altar service and enrolment of Kieran Shotton as a Junior Soldier

Mar 16

The Jasperia Theatre Company presented the musical “William and Catherine”. A substantial weeknight congregation was invited to sing along with old, familiar songs.

Mar 17-19

Corps Youth Retreat at Bournemouth(?) well attended and a full programme arranged by the YPSM Tracy Wood and led by Majors Bill and Gill Healey(DHQ)

Mar 20

The Corps has for some time been host to the “Ark” forebears the “Teeny Weeney Tots”. With the cessation of this latter group the newly formed “Ark” will be under the direction of Frankie Kember and be integrated as a “promotional” step from “Mummy and Me”.

Mar 25/26

Norwich Citadel Songsters, under the leadership of Songster Leader Mark Giles, presented the weekend’s meetings at Chatham. Sunday meetings were under the leadership of Mrs Major Valerie Blake (R). Amongst a fine musical programme a well remembered monologue was “Arfur the Angel”.

Apr 1

Divisional day “Meeting Point” was held at Mid- Kent College, Horstead. The Songsters presented a 45 minute programme.

Apr 2

Combined Mother’s Day and Y P Annual Meetings were held at the Corps. The meetings were under the leadership of the Y P workers and young people. The day concluded under the unique direction of Paul Woodhouse who taught the massed congregation the “Shark Song”.

Apr 9

The Songster Brigade (Adrian Horwood) excelled themselves at their away weekend to Plymouth Congress Hall.

Apr 21-23

Easter weekend meetings at Chatham were a mix of old and new. Re-established this year was a service within the Pentagon on Good Friday. A new venture that evening was an Easter “Challenge of the Cross”, programme in the Central Theatre. A two thirds capacity congregation was in attendance with costs covered by a “free will” collection.
Many letters written and attempts to make the event known. Maidstone Band and Songsters with no rehearsal, supplemented the corps sections, an unknown number of people were expected in the congregation, and five minutes before the start the hall was almost empty. Then is was discovered that the manager had mislaid the keys to the front doors and eventually a crowd of about 500 enjoyed a moving and inspiring meeting.

May 6-14

Corps officer Major Malcolm Westwood took a party of Corps folk and other contacts on a Holy Land Pilgrimage. Sunday meetings at Chatham were taken by Major and Mrs Bill Heeley.

May 16

Band lead the United Churches Palm Sunday procession at Snodland as usual and the final service at an old folks home.

May 21

There were no meetings at the Hall this day. The Churches Together in Medway Millennium programme culminated in a weekend at Priesfield Football ground, “Priestfield 2000”. The weather was quite dreadful; the covered accommodation for the massed choir (which included the Songsters) collapsed overnight under the weight of rain water. However a good time was had by all!

May 27/28

Congress 2000 at Royal Albert Hall. Our Songsters were taking part

Jun 3

Band again taking part in Dickensian Songs of Praise at Rochester Cathedral as part of the Rochester Dickens Festival, with the Timbrels supporting.

Jun 10/11

The Band conducted the weekend meetings at Horsham (Captain and Mrs Mike Lloyd, ex Chatham). Also at Chatham that weekend was the wedding of Pippa Jones.

Jun 18/25

Band and Songsters contributed as usual to the Remembrance Services held this year at the crematorium.

Jul 9

Another Indoor Open Air Meeting held at Davis Estate

Jul 14

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the I S S. As a prelude to a massed festival at Croydon including National and Staff Brigades from across the Army World, a Festival was held at Chatham by the Amsterdam Staff Songsters.

Jul 15

Anniversary Festival at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. An exciting as memorable programme from talented and committed Salvationists, well attended.

Jul 16

YP Anniversary meetings at 10.00am and 4.00pm included the enrolment as Junior Soldiers of Joshua Stacey and Laura Goodhew

Jul 19

Final session of the first “Alpha” course

Aug 12

Assistant Corps Secretary Sarah Day was married to Matthew Butler at Chatham prior to her transfer to Rushden.

Aug 19

Bandsmen/Songster Andrew Maycock was married prior to transfer to Middlesbrough Citadel.

Sep 6

Second “Alpha” course started

Sep 10/11

Home League weekend conducted by Colonel and Mrs. Pressland (R)

Sep 16

Red Shield Appeal started

Oct 1

Corps Harvest celebrations were in the hands of the Y P Corps with a varied and interesting series of meetings held. Dedication of Alex Woodhouse, son of Lorraine and Alan.

Oct 8

CO’s on furlough. Band and Songsters led meetings in am and pm respectively

Oct 14/15

Southsea Songster Brigade led the weekend’s meetings. The brigade provided a variety of choral items however the musical highlight of the weekend was a recorder solo played by the Y P Band Leader.

Oct 28

“Alpha” away day at Mulberry Court, Ongar. Another blessed day with all participants receiving something special and a great experience

Nov 5

Band away at Guildford for the day. The date was a substitute for the originally planned weekend vist to Worthing which, due to various bandsmen being committed elsewhere, had to be cancelled. The Sunday meetings and the Open-air proved very beneficial to both band and Guildford Corps and the Lord blessed our efforts

Nov 12

The Band as usual participated in the morning Remembrance Service at the Victoria Gardens War Memorial. The band accompanied the singing but did not head the march because we did not have enough cornets. Another good crowd attended, about 200+ and enjoyed paying their tributes to the war dead. In the evening the Corps held its third indoor open air meeting at the Davies Estate community room following the success of the others, with new folk attending the corps and taking an active part.

Nov 18

A special Young Peoples’ thank you evening, tea and singing/timbrel items by the YP. The YP brought along their “Prayer Partners” and “Adopted Friends” and a good evening was had by all.

Nov 26

Meetings were under the direction of Captain and Mrs Iain Hudson and included the dedication of Bethany Boughton.
Following the meeting a party of bandsmen went to Rhodes House for a short meeting with the old folks.

Dec 2/3

Central Theatre Carol Concerts were held over this weekend in the usual three programme format. During recent months both Jordan Woodhouse at Bethany Boughton have been seriously unwell and required significant periods of hospital treatment. Accordingly the Corps determined that this year’s charity to benefit from the concerts would be the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust (Medway Hospital) for whom over £3300 was raised. The normal variety of Corps sectional and solo events were offered. Unusual however was the inviting of an external item to participate; former Chatham Bandmaster, Richard Phillips, who offered a piano and band piece.

Dec 6

Cubs District Carol Service led by YPSM Tracy Wood and accompanied by the Young People’s Band and Singing Company (YPSCL Carolynn Maycock)
Carol Service at Harrow Court Residential Home “A” Band and St. William’s Church members.

Dec 8

“Mummy and Me” carol service with members of “The Ark”. Loads of children and parents filled the lower part of the senior hall. A great morning led by CO Major Malcolm Westwood. A great time had by all.

Several members of the Senior Band helped out Strood Corps at the Churches Together in Strood Carol Service attended by the Deputy Mayor Alderman Ted Baker. As a new event it was well attended and worthwhile

Dec 10

Dedication of Siân Emma Phillips daughter of Scout Group Leader Graham and Cub Scout Leader Joy Phillips by CO Major Malcolm Westwood.
A group of bandsmen went to St. Barts Hospital and led carol singing in the three wards in the re-opened hospital. Well appreciated and requests for further visits received.

Dec 12

“A” Band at Napier School for a carol concert with the school choir (Leader Miss Carolynn Maycock – our YPSCLdr) This is the sixth such annual event, the first being in 1995

Dec 14

“B” Band at Rainham Mark Grammar School again. An annual event since 1998

Dec 15

YP Sections at Chatham Bowls Club

Dec 17

A Y P Carol Service was held in the Senior Hall after the usual morning meeting as the size of Y P Corps precludes the service being held in the Y P Hall. The evening meeting was composed of the Senior Corps Carol Service under the leadership of Songster Leader Adrian Horwood. Band carolling in the High Street and YP Band at Thorndyke House in the afternoon.

Dec 18

Live broadcast on Radio Kent by the Senior Band and the choir of Aylsford Parish Church on the occasion of Radio Kent’s 30th birthday. The event was attended by about 300 people in the car park at Sun Pier, Chatham. The weather was attrocious, raining hard most of the time. The event was suspended twice due to the rain, but had to be completed as it was being recorded for repeat transmission on Christmas Day. The final part took place in the under-building car park and completed at 9.00pm instead of 7.45pm.

Dec 23

A party of bandsmen and collectors went by Corps Minibus to play carols in Sloane Square, Chelsea as this should yield a good financial return. It was agreed to give Chatham £400 as this was the amount expected to be collected locally. The rest of the collection to go to the Chelsea Corps as it was their area. The Corps folk provided a hot lunch. Parking was arranged in Chelsea Barracks by Bandsman Nigel Lockwood of HM Band of the Welsh Guards.

Dec 25

After a morning meeting at the Corps a small band then went on to play carols at the Molly Wisdom Hospice, a date that has been kept for many years.. At the hall Nigel and Margaret Day organised a “shut ins” Christmas Day meal for 30 pensioners who would otherwise have been on their own.

Dec 29

Marriage of Young People’s Singing Company Leader Carolynn Maycock to Bandsman Carl Woodman of the International Staff Band and Luton Corps. Carolynn is the daughter of Bandmaster Ray and YPSCoSgt. Irene Maycock. We are delighted that the couple have decided to settle in the area and soldier at Chatham.

2001

Jan 7

Dedication of Jordan Oliver Woodhouse by CO Major Malcolm Westwood

Jan 14

Swearing-in as a Senior Soldier of Dean Heeley, transferred from the Junior Corps, by his parents Majors Bill and Gill Heeley.

Jan 27

The Canterbury Area Youth Band presented a partnership festival with the home Songster Brigade.

Jan 28

Commitment Sunday led by CO.

Feb 4

Evening meeting led by a black Gospel Choir

Feb 23

Following his promotion to glory at the age of six months and three days Jordan Oliver Woodhouse was laid to rest at the Medway Crematorium following a funeral service at the Citadel. Through his short life he united people in prayer across the globe. His funeral similarly brought people together producing the unique site of standing being necessary at both the Corps and later at the Crematorium.

Mar 3/4

The Songsters undertook an “away weekend” at Gloucester under the Leader Adrian Horwood.

Mar 7

Commencement of new Alpha Course

Mar 11

Party of bandsmen to Rhodes House

6 pm. Indoor Open-Air Meeting at Warren Wood Infants School, the first in this venue and following extensive distribution of leaflets, was well attended

Mar 14

Funeral of one of our oldest soldiers, Brother George Hudson.

Mar 17/18

The Corps benefited from the visit of Worthing Band. Following a varied programme of musical activity the Salvation meeting concluded with an address by Peter Cline (C S M Worthing) whose spiritual birth place was Chatham Citadel.

Mar 24/25

The young people of the Corps (Y P sections, primary, Sunday School and B P sections) gave a most vibrant and enthusiastic weekend of praise and challenge. During a time when the country is gripped by foot and mouth disease the Youth Drama group presented a sketch about the lost sheep whilst the Cubs favourite song had a series of nursery rhymes each finishing with the line “and bunged it through the window”. For many the highlight was a guest Singing Company of Y P workers dressed (shorts and pigtails) as they were 20, 30, 40! Years ago!

Apr 1

The Senior Band was duty Band for the day at Divisional Congress held in the Leas Cliff Hall at Folkestone. Most will recall the 2 hours 47 minutes afternoon/evening meeting which concluded with a “Glory March” to the Dam Busters (617 Squadron) march.

Apr 7

Band gave a festival at Barking Corps in aid of their corps funds

Apr 8

Palm Sunday United Churches procession at Snodland again led by Chatham band

Apr 13

Following the 10 am morning meeting there was a united march to the Pentagon. The Corps met for an evening meditation and celebration at the Central Theatre. Over 500 people gathered, through the variety of contacts, to hear the Easter message. As the figure of Christ knelt with a cross on the stage and the Songsters sang “Holy Ground” the congregation stood in silent witness.

Apr 15

Swearing-in ceremony of Louise Jacobs, brought to the army by her friend Kirsty Brazil

Apr 21

Corps Songsters took part in a musical festival at Regent Hall (The Rink) Oxford Street, London in partnership with Portsmouth Songsters and Regent Hall Songsters

Apr 23

Songsters presented a joint festival at Regent Hall in the company of Regent Hall Band and Portsmouth Citadel Songster Brigade.

Apr 28

Festival for Jordan at William Booth Memorial Training College to raise money for King s College Hospital, Special Care Baby Unit. Chatham Songsters and Band with talented special guests took part

Apr 29

“Alpha” Away-Day led by CO Malcolm Westwood with Murray & Verna Smith

Meetings at the corps led by Jean Jones (am) and Adrian Horwood (pm)

May 12

Breakfast at the hall, organized by Barbara Hatton, in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice.

May 13

YP Sunday

May 17

First Crematorium service with Band and Songsters again participating

6 pm. Songs of Praise

May 20

Senior band away weekend at Peterborough

May 23

Barbeque Breakfast at home of Mike and Heather Woodhouse, another good attendance and well also supported by their neighbours

May 24

Second annual Crematorium service

June 9/10

Songster away weekend at Southsea

June 30

Young People and adopted friends hold a picnic and outing to Aylesford Priory

July 6/7

The Songsters recorded their first CD at the Dockyard Church.

July 8

Junior Soldier enrolment of Victoria Page and Mary Goodhew

July 14

YP Outing

July 15

Morning meeting included the dedication of Laura Davis, daughter of Deputy B/M Jeremy and Deputy S/L Lisa Davis, conducted by Lt. Colonel Trevor Davis.

July 22

Vanessa Robinson enrolled as a senior soldier by her grandfather Major Jim Brown.

September 1/2

Corps hosted a weekend visit from delegates of the International College for Officers based at Sydenham Hill. Delegates came from points including India, Hong Kong, North and South America. Saturday night’s programme included dance, musical items and songs from their native regions.

September 9

To launch the annual appeal a joint evening meeting was held at the Citadel including Chatham, Gillingham and Strood Corps. (Final appeal total was an increase of £1,100 on 2002)

September 16

Harvest Sunday meetings held at 10 am and 4 pm

Swearing-in of Andrew Smith, another transfer from the YP Corps, by CO Major Malcolm Westwood

September 23

The evening meeting was a combined programme by the senior musical sections and a presentation by Adrian Plass. Both thought provoking and entertaining Adrian Plass proved to be an entertaining speaker who it is hoped can return at a future date to inspire in his unique style.

September 30

YP Anniversary

October 6

Songsters gave a Fund-Raising Festival at St. David’s Church, Walderslade, in aid of their building fund.

October 21/22

Home League weekend was led by Majors Ray and Joan Woodman followed by a United Women s Rally on Monday afternoon.

November 3/4

Band away to Worthing for the weekend.

November 11

Band again led the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, Victoria Gardens, Chatham, but were not able to lead the parade.

November 17

Hythe band in company with the home songster brigade gave a partnership festival.

November 18

Dedication of Elsa May Burdett, infant daughter of Bandsman Stephen and Songster Mrs. Fiona Burdett conducted by Lt. Colonel John West of Croydon Citadel

December 1/2

Central Theatre Carol Concerts were held as usual. Uniquely, the appeal was for the work of the SA for which a total of over £3,300 was raised.

December 5

Annual District Cubs Carol Service again held at the Salvation Army Citadel, led by the Young People s Sergeant Major Tracy Wood and supported by the Young People s Band   and Singing Company (Leader Carolynn Woodman)

December 7

Mummy and Me Carol service held in full to capacity hall, led by Major Malcolm Westwood

The Thames Gateway N.H.S. Trust annual Volunteers Carol Service, held in a well-filled Rochester Cathedral, was supported by Chatham Band and Songster Brigade. The band played before, during and after the service, and the Songsters had a slot during the service. Many favourable comments were received and an immediate request to repeat the attendance next year. A retiring collection was made in aid of the Salvation Army

December 8

A group of bandsmen again journeyed to London to play carols in Sloane Square, Chelsea in an effort to raise funds

December 9

United churches Carol Service in the Pentagon

An evening of Lessons and Carols at the Citadel

December 11

“A” Band again supported the carol service at Napier Primary School where YP S/Company Leader Carolynn Woodman teaches

December 12

“B” Band again led the singing at the carol service at “Harrow Court” Residential Care Home led by Sarah Hassell of St. David s Church and other members.

December 16

Sunday Morning meeting took the form of the Young People s Corps Carol Service and the evening meeting was the Annual Corps Carol Service.

December 19

A party of bandsmen assisted again with the Carol Service at Rainham Mark Grammar School where Deputy Songster Leader Lisa Davis was a teacher

December 22

This Saturday was due to be a full day of carolling in the Pentagon. However, due to concerns by the fire brigade following a reduction in circulation space this year’s programme had to be cancelled.

December 23

A party of bandsmen attended St. Bart s Hospital to play carols to the residents who are all in long-term care. Due to holidays a meeting was held in the morning only.

December 24

A party of bandsmen attended St. Bart s Hospital to play carols to the residents who are all in long-term care. Due to holidays a meeting was held in the morning only.

December 25

The usual group of bandsmen played and sang carols at the Molly Wisdom Hospice on Christmas Morning. Both staff and patients appreciated the effort and joined in with the singing.

December 30

Christmas absences again meant that a Morning Meeting only could be held.

December 31

The Corps held its first Watch Night service.

2002

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January 13

Commitment Sunday
Retirement of Band Secretary Peter Wood and appointment of Band Secretary Ian Minter
Deputy Bandmaster Jeremy Davis handed over his duties to Deputy Bandmaster Carl Woodman
Band Librarian Gordon Phillips handed over his duties to Bandsman Nigel Lockwood.
Other appointments were Group Scout Leader Graham Phillips. Scout Leader Robert Christie, Cub Scout Leader Sam Hatton, Beaver Scout Leader Joy Phillips, Assistant Corps Treasurer Ruth Woodhouse, Assistant Band Sergeant Christopher Boughton, Pastoral Carers John and Sylvia Allen, Corps Press Secretary Fiona Minter and Junior Musician Alistair Minter.

January 19/20

Weekend meetings were at the direction of the International Staff Songsters. The Brigade includes Paul Woodhouse, Lisa Davis and Carolynn Woodman who all soldier at Chatham. Included in the Sunday Holiness meeting was the dedication of Jamie Michael Woodhouse. The weekend commenced the start of Songster Centenary Year.
General John Gowans and Mrs Gowans were members of the congregation on a private visit.

January 26

“Walk through the Bible” was well supported and enjoyed by corps folk.

February 17

The songsters participated as the solo brigade for the afternoon session of the Divisional Band and Songster councils.

February 20

Commencement of the 5th Alpha Course

February 23

The Corps held its annual YP spectacular under the direction of YPSM Tracy Wood.

February 24

Jonathan Lockwood commissioned a Songster

March 2/3

Weekend visit of Middlesbrough Band. Andrew Maycock, son of B/M Ray & Irene Maycock, and former Chatham Bandsman, is a member, performing a Xylophone solos during the festivals.

March 9

Songsters at Maidstone

March 10

Mothers Day incorporated the Prize Giving/YP Annual weekend.

March 17

S.D. Altar Service and Dedication ceremony of Amy Kember, granddaughter of Songster Frankie Kember, and regular attender at “Mummy & Me” club.

March 22

Young Soldiers, organized by Junior Soldier Sergeant Iris Wells, took projects to promote the awareness of local life, to show the Mayor of Medway Councillor Tony Goulden, in his Parlour. They were given a warm welcome and interested in the local council business.

March 24

Palm Sunday United Churches Procession at Snodland, again led by the band.

March 28

Good Friday again featured Central Chatham United Churches procession to the Pentagon Shopping Centre. Led by a large wooden cross, and with many church and army folks taking part it was well received by a large crowd. The Evening Meeting was again held in the Central Theatre with a large crowd attending.

March 31

Easter Sunday

April 6

Alpha Away Day

April 21

Meetings were focused around a theme of Family Values – Family Day. Corps folk were invited to participate in a re-statement of their marriage vows in the morning while in the evening the dedication ceremony was renewed.

May 11

Barbeque Breakfast held at the hall by Barbara Hatton in aid of Demelza Children s Hospice.

May 18/19

The songsters were away for the weekend leading meetings at Boscombe. On the Sunday morning, supported by the home songsters, they participated in a BBC Morning Service programme, “That’s the Spirit”, featuring “Spirit Divine” and “Living Fire”. Both songs without copies requiring the male songsters to remember their words. A feat!

June 15/16

Songsters centenary weekend at the Corps was under the leadership of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Ray Steadman-Allen. Following a reunion tea on the Saturday evening a massed festival featuring the Chatham Brigade and thier guests for the evening, the Regent Hall Songsters. The Sunday Meetings included items by a composite brigade formed of existing and former Corps Songsters. Guest pianist for the weekend was Richard Phillips.
The new Multi-media equipment was hastily erected and partially commissioned (Brian Hilson- Peterborough) to enhance the visual displays for the Centenary Meetings.

June 23 and 30

Band and Songsters participated in the annual crematorium services.

July 6

Songsters gave a festival at Ilford.

July 7

A united churches service was held in the evening at the Central Theatre. Starting at 6pm it finished at 8.45pm!
Our evening meeting was cancelled so that Army folks could join in.

September 15

Band led meetings at Bromley Temple, indoor and open-air, for the Sunday.

September 22

6 pm. meeting was a new departure, Bram Knuckey from Boscombe, a fanatical Welshman led, acted and mimed his way through many characters. Presenting the message in his own style, with laughter.
YP Band member Andrew Smith welcomed into the Senior Band as a Musician Bandsman Gordon Phillips, recently retired Band Librarian, now transferred to the Reserve after 52 years service.

September 29

Dedication of Nicole Kember, second grandchild of Songster Frankie Kember. Brought to the army through “Mummy and Me” Club following the earlier dedication of her sister Amy.
Following a review by the Corps Council of evening meetings, the poor attendance and ways to address this, the weekend included a “special” evening when Rochester Girls Grammar School Choir (Andy Millest – Gillingham corps) presented a pre-tour concert before going to Prague.

October 4

Songster arranged a Quiz Night.

October 12

Band gave a festival in the new suite of halls at Folkestone Corps. The first band to do so in the new premises.

October 13

Adult and Family Ministries Sunday (formerly known as Home League Sunday) led by Lt. Col. Glenys Heins. “Mummy & Me” parents and children took part, and “The Ark” parents and children all supported, many new to the army meetings.

October 20

Stephen and Melanie Scoulding, attracted to the army by Salvationist works colleague (Met. Police) and the “Alpha” Course, were sworn-in under the army flag as Salvation Soldiers. Their testimonies, both frank and honest and inspiring set the tone a memorable meeting. Led by CO Malcolm Westwood and the Songster Brigade lending their support with appropriate songs, this truly was something to remember. They changed into full uniform for the ceremony and made their witness.

November 1-3

A true highlight in the Corps year, if not the decade. As part of its tour of the UK the Corps hosted Wellington Citadel Band (New Zealand) for the weekend. The UK contact for organising the tour was Chatham CSM (R) Murray Smith and the Corps featured in a particular way. On Friday, following a Civic reception, the band and accompanying Maori Culture Group, Ballet Party and opera singer presented “The Homecoming”. On the Saturday Wellington and Chatham bands jointly marched into and then played in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. On the Sunday the band took the morning and afternoon meetings as well as making a memorable impression performing the Haka at Sunday School. Meetings led by the tour leader Captain Lyndon Buckingham

November 10

The band again supported the Annual Remembrance Day Service at the Victoria Gardens War Memorial, playing incidental music, accompanying the hymn singing and playing the Last Post/Reveille.

November 30/December 1

The Corps, as is customary, presented its three civic carol concerts in The Central Theatre. Particularly memorable and receiving a standing ovation at each show was Luke Horton (accompanied by the senior band) in a rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”.

December 4

The Medway District Cubs Carol Service was again held in our hall, led by our Y.P.S.M. supported by the YP Band and Singing Company.

December 7

The Band played at the Officer s Mess, Royal Engineer s Barracks, Brompton, a selection of Christmas music and carols for their annual dinner

December 8

A party of bandsmen visited St. Barts Hospital, Rochester to play carols to the elderly residents, staff and patients. In the afternoon the Young People s Band and Singing Company visited Thorndyke House to spread some Christmas cheer in this Residential Home, where some of our corps folk live.

December 11

Chatham Band and Songster Brigade again took part in the N.H.S. Trust Volunteers Annual Carol and Thanksgiving Service in Rochester Cathedral. Again the cathedral was well filled and enjoyed by all.

December 15

This evening’s meeting consisted of a series of readings and carols. The songsters walked in procession into a darkened hall singing, “Once in Royal David’s City led by Singing Company member Emma Davis singing the first verse as a solo. Readings, section items and congregational carols flowed smoothly without announcement helped by the well produced multi media display

December 21

The band again played carols in Sloane Square, Chelsea, London as a fund raising effort. Proceeds were apportioned to Chelsea Corps, Chatham Corps and Chatham Band. A worthwhile event that made it possible to speak and play to a wider audience with some interesting contacts being made.

December 22

The Christmas period was brought to its climax of Corps activity with the KAOS carol service, followed in the evening by the senior carol service.
The Primary, as usual, were a ‘star’ attraction with music and movement and a solo by Gareth Pennington. The inevitable visit of that ‘man in red’ delighted the youngsters, especially as they were all given a packet of sweets.

December 24

Christmas Eve Watch Night Service was well attended and provided a fitting start to the Christmas celebrations

December 25

The band was unable to pay its usual visit to the Molly Wisdom Hospice as it was closed for renovation, and patients moved elsewhere.

December 31

The second ever Watch Night Service was held. A tradition has been started.

2003

January

12

Commitment Sunday

19

Dedication of new Beaver Flag by CO Major Malcolm Westwood, donated by Heather Woodhouse in memory of late husband Recruiting Sergeant Michael Woodhouse. Accepted by Group Scoutmaster Graham Phillips and Beaver Leader Joy Phillips and presented to Beaver Lewis Smith.

21

Lt-Col Ray Steadman-Allen led Band Practice Devotions and a Master Class on two of his compositions – “Simple Gifts” (Lord of the Dance) and “The High Council” written for the inauguration of new General Eva Burrows. It was an inspiration to be part of the participants and several former bandsmen and women came to listen.

26

Luke Horton enrolled as a Junior Soldier. Family and friends witnessed this lovely ceremony. The ISB were conducting a campaign at Maidstone so the Evening Meeting was transferred there so that Chatham folks could hear the band

31

The Songsters held an evening of fun and food to raise money for their funds.

February

2

Dedication of Fiona Heather Pennington, daughter of Corps Secretary Andrew and Songster Secretary Teresa Pennington by maternal grandfather Major Noel Baker assisted by his wife.
4pm Meeting was somewhat different as the main feature was Magician Major Ron Smith, a member of the Magic Circle, who presented the gospel in magic and illusion.

12

The International Staff Songsters gave a pre-tour festival featuring “Total Praise” their most recent CD Recording.

14

A “Walk through the New Testament” presented at the corps.

15

Another Youth Spectacular presented by members of the Young People s Corps. Jessica Boughton made her debut as a reciter, Sam. Wood and Laura Garbutt brought a slapstick sketch with deep spiritual meaning. Young People s Sergeant Major Tracy Wood devised and led the meeting and showed how much work is put in each week among the young people.

16

This afternoon saw another new venture to attract better attendance for the second Sunday meetings. Deputy Bandmaster Carl Woodman arranged for a Tuba Quartette to conduct the meeting. Keith Loxley, principal Euphonium of Enfield Band, Andrew Scott principal Euphonium Royal Air Force Central Band, Martin Blessed Peterborough Band, and Carl Woodman Chatham Band and ISB all demonstrated their skills with Simon Jenkins adding colour on percussion. Soprano vocal soloist Emma Mehhrabian blessed the listeners.

23

Two delightful ceremonies took place in the morning meeting. Bandsman Ken Lloyd retired as an active bandsman after 54 years service under 9 Bandmasters and 12 Generals. Bandmaster Ray Maycock spoke of his service and dedication and Lt-Col Ray Steadman-Allen offered prayer.
The Dedication Ceremony of Kieran Phillips, baby son of Group Scoutmaster Graham Phillips and Beaver Leader Joy Phillips, was conducted by CO Major Malcolm Westwood.

March

1

Songsters gave a festival of music at Ramsgate.

8

Alpha Away Day at Mulberry House, Essex. A day dedicated to allowing the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of those attending.

16

Self Denial Altar Services held. Mike and Daphne Spree recognized as Adherents and Junior Soldier Bronze Awards presented to Mary Goodhew, Martin Davis and Victoria Page.
We were sad to hear of the Promotion to Glory of Sister Mona Stuckey

22/23

Band away to Middlesbrough for weekend. The home corps of former Chatham bandsman Andrew Maycock, son of Bandmaster Ray Maycock.

30

Mother s Day meetings conducted by Tracy Wood and her team.

April

13

The band again led the United Churches procession in Snodland, now a regular feature of many years standing.
Dedication of Laura Louise Buchan.

18

Good Friday Meetings have become a feature of the corps year. Following the morning meetings the band and corps folk led a United Churches procession through the town to the Pentagon Centre for a Good Friday Service. Local Fraternal Clergy all took part in the public service with many shoppers listening. The evening meeting was again conducted in The Central Theatre with free admission and about 500 people attended an inspiring and thought-provoking meeting.

20

Easter Sunday

27

The band headed the Scout District St. George s Day parade through the crowded streets of Rochester to the Cathedral for their Annual Service, marching back along the High Street to the applause of the crowds.

May

2-4

“Roots” Weekend with several corps folk attending.

10-11

Visit of Derby Central Band for weekend. A well-attended Saturday evening programme with support from local corps and works bands. Excellent music but very lengthy programme

17

A Continental Breakfast held in YP Hall by Barbara & Graham Hatton in aid of Demelza Children s Hospice. £276 was raised

18

Colonels Michael & Martha conducted the morning meeting.
Adrian Plass was star guest at the evening meeting with band and songsters taking a prominent part. Members of local churches also joined in the meeting.

June

29

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal.

July

5

Deputy Bandmaster Carl Woodman arranged and organized a Concert by Yorkshire Building Society Band in The Central Theatre in aid of Chatham Salvation Army Band. It is hoped that such concerts will be a regular feature of Chatham s SA. Calendar. A good crowd enjoyed an exciting programme of first class music. Attendance was good for a first venture but was not sufficient to raise funds for the Chatham SA. Band.

6

CO is on furlough and meetings led by Majors William and Shirlee Green (Luton Citadel) who originate from Australia.

12

Young People s (KAOS) Outing to Joss Bay

13

Sunday morning meeting featured the dedication of mature children Jack and Scarlett Shane and their mother Christine Shane was made an Adherent.
Sunday evening meeting was the swearing in of David Sims as a Senior Soldier conducted by Major Barry Willson. David is the product of the Young People s Corps.

September

6

Review of Corps Activities with everyone concerned invited to the discussions following a meal. A great deal of discussion took place with many points raised about the corps programme and activities, giving the CO and Locals plenty to consider.

21

Young People s Anniversary meetings led by Tracy Wood

27

The Young Searchers, led by Linda and Graham Tout, organized a Nepalese style meal for the Harvest Supper. Participants were invited to sponsor the meal to raise funds for a future trip by the Young Searchers to Nepal.

28

Harvest Sunday. Geoff Groom, a former Salvationist returned, was sworn in as a Soldier during the morning meeting and the youngsters brought their gifts to the platform during the afternoon meeting.

October

4/5

Divisional Youth Councils at Central Theatre

11/12

Songsters away to Blackpool Citadel..

19

General John Gowans and Commissioner Giselle Gowans led meetings for the day. Larger than normal congregations enjoyed some inspired messages from the retired General who now lives locally and is a soldier at Chatham. Gillingham Corps joined with us for the evening meeting.

25

Songsters gave a festival at Horsham (Sussex) Corps where Captains Mike & Elizabeth Lloyd (out of Chatham) are Commanding Officers.

November

1

Chatham Songsters were solo brigade at the General s Day of Celebration in the Royal Festival Hall in London. A high profile opportunity to sing to a large crowd in a national event.

2

The evening meeting was held at Settington Community Centre.

9

Band again attended the annual Remembrance Day Service at Victoria Gardens which was well supported by local service and volunteer organizations.

15/16

Band away at Letchworth for the weekend. Lt-Col Ray Steadman-Allen came as guest conductor for the Saturday Festival and conducted some of his own compositions. Karl Wildenroder led the Sunday Morning meeting at Chatham

22/23

Visit of Gloucester Songster Brigade.

29/30

The Carol Concerts at The Central Theatre were held for the 42nd consecutive year. Three concerts were again featured and £2,600 raised.

December

3

District Cub Scout Carol service again held at Chatham SA Hall

7

Dedication of Mummy and Me member Connor Cullingford during the morning meeting.

9

Both Band and Songsters again took part in the NHS West Kent Volunteers Carol Service at Rochester Cathedral. The cathedral was well filled and the music was much appreciated

21

KAOS carol service in the morning. Corps Carol Service in the evening

25

Christmas Day service

2004

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January

10

Band gave a programme at St.David s Church, Walderslade.
11

Commitment Sunday led by CO Major Malcolm Westwood.
18

Salvation Army New Year s Honours Day. A new venture to honour people in our lives who have had an Christian influence. Many friends were invited to join in the worship. A lunch was provided between meetings so that we could chat with old friends and re-live the memories.

31

Visit of Boscombe Songsters

February
1

Boscombe Songsters leading the meetings and an open Air Service in the town centre.
8

Scarlet Shane enrolled as a Junior Soldier. A Mini-Musical was presented at 4 pm as a tribute to the life of Bandmaster Ray Maycock. Former colleagues in SA and his Military life supported and paid tribute.
22 Dedication of Ryan Woodhouse son of Alan and Lorraine Woodhouse. YP Band member David Simms was transferred to the Senior Band and enrolled as a Senior Bandsman

28

Alpha Away Day
March
7

Self-Denial Altar Service
13/14

Band away at Derby Central Corps for the weekend. Morning meeting only at Chatham.
21

Mother s Day meetings led by YPSM Tracy Wood. Morning meeting included the swearing in of Christine Shane as a senior soldier, and the acceptance of Sandra Holt as an Adherent.
28

Dedication of Paris Harding, a attender at ‘Mummy and Me’. YP Awards were presented to Emma Davis, Louise Robinson and Laura Goodhew.
April
4

Band again led the Palm Sunday United Churches procession at Snodland, as it had done every year since 1972.
5/8

Holy Week meetings held every evening this week with Band supporting on Tuesday evening and the Songsters on Thursday.
9

Good Friday Following our usual morning meeting the corps and band joined members of Chatham s united churches for a March of Witness through the town centre. Over 100 people took part and a short service was held under the Fly-over (in case of rain) and was supported by Parable from Christchurch.
6 p.m.

The Central Theatre was the venue for a Good Friday special meeting called “The Cross”. All local churches were invited to attend and Band and Songsters took part.
11

Easter Day meetings
24/25

Visit of Cambridge Band for the weekend.

May
7

Band took part in Divisional Officer s Farewell meeting at Croydon Citadel.
9

Morning Meeting Hi-Jacked. Although CO s Malcolm and Angela Westwood still had a further week to go before leaving Chatham and going into retirement some members of the Corps Census Board planned to take over the meeting. The Corps Sergeant Major Nigel Day remained at the lectern after the introductions and led a period of Thank You s from Mel Scoulding, Bandmaster Ray Maycock and Lt. Col. Ray Steadman-Allen, who also presented certificates to the Majors. Some forty minutes later the CSM handed back the meeting to the C.O.s. He commissioned Primary Sergeant Sam Wood as a Songster and the renewed commitment of Lorna Mace as a Senior Soldier. Many other soldiers also renewed their vows at the Mercy Seat.
16

Malcolm Westwood s final Sunday leading the meetings at Chatham before retirement.
22/23

Visit of Letchworth Band for the weekend
30 Morning meeting only for Whit Sunday.
June
6

Welcome meetings, a week early due to Songsters away next week, to new Commanding Officers. A new SA Venture with Divisional Officers combining duties to form an Officer Team. Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe continue their work as Divisional Director for Evangelism and Divisional Director for Personnel and share the Sunday ministry with Captain Kathy Woodhouse who will live in the quarters and be engaged in day to day work of the corps and pastoral care. Drew will be the contact for building development and will lead the officer team. They have three children, Daryn (19) soldiering at Sutton, Cathryn (15) and Eloise (13).
12/13

Songsters away to Portsmouth Citadel.
19

Songsters organized a itinerant meal with a start at the hall then each course at a different location, found by solving a clue. Great fun and good food was had by all.
20

Father s Day and Junior Soldier s Day of Renewal. Many young people took part in the morning meeting led by YPSM Tracy Wood and team, then renewed their Promises at the Mercy Seat with prayerful support from members of the congregation.
26/27

Visit of Blackpool Songsters
July
12

4th Medway SA Scout Group Open Evening
13

General John Gowans (R ) conducted Band Spiritual Meeting. Reservists & former band members were invited to attend. His theme was “Chips with everything” and General John spoke about commitment and compassion and left a deep impact on those present.
17

Band took part in celebration of 1400 years history of Rochester Cathedral.
A morning celebration service was held in the cathedral, with the band leading the singing and contributing introductory music and again as the congregation left.
A March of Witness around the city, led by the band, with celebrants joining in large numbers.
A united witness in the castle gardens led by the Bishop of Rochester, supported by the cathedral and local clergy, celebrated the historic event with musical accompaniment by the band, a music group and specially selected choir.
Symbolic balloons were released, one for every decade of the cathedral s history.

August

22

All the Commanding Officers were on furlough so morning meeting was conducted by Steve and Melanie Scoulding and the evening meeting by CT Graham and Barbara Hatton.
29 Morning meeting was conducted by Lt-Cols Ray and Joy Steadman-Allen.
September
18

Annual Red Shield appeal commenced
19

Harvest Sunday
October
9/10

Band away to Cambridge.

16

KAOS (Sunday School) Outing, delayed from July, was to Cobtree Manor Country Park and Heritage Centre, near Maidstone. Young People witnessed old country crafts including a blacksmith who made special pieces including a large triangle. The staff came to work on a Saturday especially to cater for the KAOS crowd.
17

Young People s Annual Sunday. Meetings included the Annual Prize Giving. The 4 pm meeting was another new venture with chairs and tables arranged café style , extra seats being needed to cater for the numbers attending. Testimonies, solos and a buffet tea all made for a beautiful and blessed Christian atmosphere.
23

Songsters at Istead Rise Church
November
4

ISB Bandmaster, Stephen Cobb, attended Band Practise and gave a Master Class.
Band again led the Remembrance Day Parade in Chatham having for some years (since 1998) only played at the service in Victoria Gardens. Once again an impressive occasion leading contingents of service personnel, Cadets Corps, Scouts, Guides and other voluntary organisations. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph, to incidental music by the band and the Last Post and Reveille played by band principal Solo Cornet player Jeremy Davis.
27/28

Central Theatre was again the venue for the Towns three Carol Services organised by Bandmaster Ray Maycock with all the corps musical sections taking part. Quite good attendances but not capacity and collections totalled over £2,600 to share amongst nominated charities.
December
4

Band took part in the annual Christmas Dickens Festival, playing and accompanying the singing in Rochester Cathedral for “Dickensian Songs of Praise”. A few minutes before the band s pre-music the cathedral was distinctly empty, but as the sounds of music filtered out into the street the crowds flocked in and before the service started the cathedral was packed . The Nave and both sides full, the South transept full and crowds were standing in the North transept, with others in the Choir. It was a delight to participate in such a lovely occasion to such a responsive congregation.
7

The band was again in Rochester Cathedral playing for the NHS Trust Volunteers Carol Service, with the Songsters also taking part. Again the Cathedral was well filled and the service, led by the Trust Chaplain Rev. Lynda Cooke, was enjoyed by all.
8

Cubs Carol Service led by Tracy Wood with the YP Band and Singing Company taking their usual parts.
10

Songsters Carolling at Bluewater Shopping Centre – a new venture.

16

The Songsters, Leader Adrian Horwood & Deputy Lisa Davis, gave a festival in our hall in aid of the Rotary International project in India. It was well supported by local Rotarians and corps folk with a profit of over £750 for the project.
17

“Mummy and Me” leader Verna Smith, held their Carol Service and the lower part of the hall was filled with children, parents and grand parents. Led by Captain Kathy Woodhouse and a scratch band of 8 provided the music.

22

A group of bandsmen supported the Prison Christian Support Team at Swaleside Prison, Isle of Sheppey in their annual service of carols. The Bishop of Maidstone gave the message.

26

Sunday morning meeting only

2005

January
4

A Meeting to discuss the plans for redevelopment of Chatham Town Centre and the churches response to it. The meeting was held at United Reform Church, Rochester and was attended by Chatham Church Leaders and congregations and a representative from the Diocese, with a large number from Chatham Salvation Army as the building most likely to be effected. All attending church groups promised support for the Army.
9

Vision Sunday, instigated by the Corps Leadership Team, to discuss and pray about the corps future, prepare plans of action within activity groups, and the possible future re-location. Ray Maycock retired as Bandmaster due to his health (hearing) problems. Salvation Army and British Army representatives presented a tribute to Ray s service. Deputy Bandmaster Carl Woodman was installed as Bandmaster, YP Band Leader Nigel Lockwood was prepared to act as Deputy bandmaster, and Tim Scott appointed Band Sergeant. Bev. Hudson appointed as temporary Band Librarian, and David Simms as Assistant Librarian until he went to Further Education College.

15

Songsters Dinner and Ball at Russell Hotel, Boxley Road, Maidstone, a formal occasion with music provided by Royal Engineers Dance Band. The event is a fundraiser for the Songsters Tour later in the year. Due to high expenses the event was not a great moneymaker, but a very good evening.
16

A party of corps folk went to Plumpstead corps to lead the meetings with Steve and Mel Scoulding.
March
19
Songsters pre-Tour festival at Chatham
20

Band at their regular support of United Churches at Snodland Palm Sunday procession and service.
25

Good Friday meetings, 10 am in the hall, 11.15 United Churches procession and Open Air Service in the high Street, 6pm Central Theatre Good Friday presentation.
April
1/5

Songsters Tour of France and Switzerland.
10

A group of bandsmen attended HMS Wizard and HMS Cadiz Association reunion to support the service.

23

Youth Spectacular presented by the Young People s Corps and guests from Splinter s School of Dance,
24

Band attended the Scout s St. George s Day parade, leading the procession and music in Rochester Cathedral for the service.

May
7/8

Visit of Portsmouth Citadel Songsters.
11

International Staff Band (ISB) at Chatham as a mid-week festival experiment. Well-attended and superb music.

14

Continental Breakfast in Young People s Hall, organized by Barbara Hatton, helped by corps folk, to raise money for Demelza Children s Hospice.
21

Songsters festival at St. David s Church, Walderslade
22 Dedication of Chloë Sales-Butteress baby daughter of Paula Dean by Major Drew McCombe. Family and friends attended.
June
4

Band took part in Rochester Dickens Festival Parade and then a Bandstand festival afterwards.
18/19
Band at Hythe Corps for their annual band visit weekend

26

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal. Band and Songsters attended Medway Crematorium for the annual service.

July
3

Divisional Commander Major Anthony Cotterill led morning meeting and Mrs Gillian Cotterill led evening meeting as Captain Kathy Woodhouse was unwell.
4

SA Scouts Open Evening led by GSL Graham Phillips. Well attended by parents and supporters.
8

Prayer Concert as part of Purpose Fair and Prayer Weekend

9

Purpose Fair all day. Songsters at Brighton Congress Hall for evening festival.
10

Joe and Jean Wallis enrolled as Adherents.

16

KAOS (Young People) Outing to Joss Bay – 74 people went.
17

10 am meeting only at Chatham so that corps folk can attend the Divisional Family day at Robertsbridge.
24

Paul, Wendy and nephew Mark Scoulding enrolled as Senior Soldiers. Richard Proctor farewelled for Australia
31

Dedication of Jodie Woodhouse, daughter of Paul and Ruth Woodhouse, led by Major Malcolm Westwood, former Commanding Officer.
September
4

Swearing in as a Senior Soldier of Theresa and Luke Tranah (mother and son), and Ray Knapman. Farewell to Mark Scoulding to Australia then University of Durham.
7

Next Alpha Course begins.
10

Joint Festival of Chatham Songsters and South London Fellowship Band (has four members of Chatham band)
17

Annual Appeal, Red Shield, begins
18

Harvest Sunday
25

Swearing in as a Senior Soldier of Evelyn Hooton and Cat. McCombe.
October
1

Band at William Booth Training College, providing music for the Welcome of the New Cadets session.
8

Medway Annual Appeal ingathering celebration at Gillingham.
15

The youth of the corps provided a Car-Wash at the home of Jeremy & Lisa Davis to raise money for Chickankata Hospital in Zambia.
16

Captain Denise Cooper, Divisional Children s Officer. led YP Annual meetings and Prize Giving.
22/23

Songsters at Croydon Citadel for weekend.
November
13

Annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service – Band played at the service and provided bugler for The Last Post. Did not lead the parade.
19

A party of bandsmen provided the music for the Korean Veterans Reunion who were most appreciative and enjoyed the band s music, with a request to provide a Salvation Army contact for the next reunion at Portsmouth.
26/27

Central Theatre Carol Concerts, the 44th successive year. Attendances were much lower than previous years with only the Sunday Afternoon performance being reasonably well supported. The programme was arranged and directed by Lisa Davis and Captain Kathy Woodhouse with characters from modern-day rather than biblical times. A change of emphasis with a different impact. The money collection, following a video presentation, was donated to the Salvation Army fight against Human Trafficking.
27

Morning meeting was the dedication of Emma Jenifer Boyns daughter of Dan and Danielle Boyns and siblings Joseph, Taylor and Shannon. Members and regular attenders at ‘Mummy and Me’.
December
3

Band took part in Rochester Dickens Festival Songs of Praise in Rochester Cathedral. A capacity crowd enjoyed the band music, with Scripture readings and testimony from various church members.
Songsters gave a Christmas Music programme with United churches at Ashford.
4

Emma Davis, daughter of Bandsman Greg and Margaret Davis, was enrolled as a Senior Soldier by Major Beverley McCombe.
7

Band again took part in the annual NHS Trust Volunteers Thank You Service at Rochester Cathedral. The band provided music both before, after and during the service and the message was given by General John Gowans (R)
11

Swearing-in of Rod Tranah, Debbie Abbot, Kevin Abbot as Senior Soldiers and daughters Rachel and Rebecca Abbot as Junior Soldiers. Each new Senior Soldier gave a positive and inspiring testimony

14

YP Band and Singing Company took part in the Cub District Carol Service led by Tracy Wood. The hall was full with Cubs Leaders and Parents, with extra seating being brought in to help those who were standing.

18

KAOS Carol Service at the corps – the hall was well filled with parents and children as well as a good number of corps folk. Corps Carol Service at the citadel in the evening.

21

Band party attended the annual church service at Swaleside Prison, Isle of Sheppey.

25

Christmas Day meeting followed by carols at Wisdom Hospice

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January

1

New Year s Day 10 am. meeting only

29

Vision Sunday – 10 am. meeting and second meeting of the day was at 4 pm. Led by Major Drew and the officer team to discuss the progress of the corps and the Vision for the Future. An interesting and powerful awareness of God s working in our Corps and our hopes for the coming year was apparent. The Vision meeting was followed by Tea before the evening meeting.

30

Captain Kathy Woodhouse held an introductory meeting of the “Befrienders” Scheme

February

4

Songsters ‘Dinner and Dance’ held again at the Russell Hotel Maidstone. A social event to dress up for and raise money for the brigade.

8

Cameo Club commenced on Wednesday afternoons. A social and friendly get together as a replacement activity for the Home League, with open membership, meeting from 1.30 to 3 pm.

18/19

Visit of Sheffield Citadel Band. A festival on Saturday evening, a March of Witness and two meetings on Sunday.

25

Saturday evening, Festival in our hall by the Songster Brigade in aid of Rotary International. Alpha Away Day, enjoyed by those who attended.

26

Evening meeting was held as a Fellowship Meeting with talks and prepared testimonies by Steve Lenton about Iraq, and Peter Wood about Corps Historical moments that effected his life.

March

3/4

24 hours of prayer from Noon to Noon

5

Self Denial Altar Services. Songster Gordon Phillips transferred to the Reserve. Debbie Abbott and Evelyn Hooton commissioned as Songsters

11

KAOS & Youth Spectacular. Led by YPSM Tracy Wood and presented by the young people, music and dance, solos and group items. The downstairs seating was filled with youngsters taking part and the gallery filled with parents, friends and supporters. The Primary were as usual one of the many highlights.

18

Band and Songsters gave a concert at St. Matthews Church, Wigmore which was well filled with church folk and supporters.

March

18

Abigail Katie Boughton was born two months early, by emergency Caesarean section, to Christopher and Catherine Boughton, a sister for Jessica and Bethany. Abigail lived for only 23 hours. The whole Corps was shocked.

26

10 a.m. Mother s Day meeting saw the dedication of Brandon Ivers, son of Cameron and Janelle. The service was conducted by Captain Kathy Woodhouse.
April

1

Wedding of Claire Boughton (Chatham) to Richard Craik (Peterborough), at Peterborough Citadel. It was decided that the planned celebrations should go ahead despite the relationship of the bride to Abigail (Aunt).

4

Funeral of Abigail Boughton at the citadel, which was attended by a large crowd, followed by a family committal at the crematorium.
9

Band at the annual Palm Sunday United Churches procession in Snodland

13

Local church choirs were invited to attend Songster Practice and rehearse the “Hallelujah Chorus” for singing at Easter Celebrations. This rehearsal was not supported by the churches. A “Love Feast” was prepared in the YP Hall afterwards and was attended by about 55 people.

14

Good Friday meeting at 10 a.m. only followed by the usual United Churches Procession from the Army Hall along the High Street, stopping at various points to tell the crucifixion story in modern language. A service was held under the underpass in the main street, all of which was well supported.

15

Cadets from the William Booth Memorial College were present for the weekend. They conducted an Open Air Meeting in the High Street shopping area, and an evening meeting entitled “This is My Story”

16

Cadets led the 10 am meeting.

It was decided, this year, to hold an Easter Celebration of the Risen Lord on Sunday Evening at the Central Theatre. The celebration was led by Captain Kathy, assisted by various young people, with a display by Splinter s School of Dance. The finale was “The Hallelujah Chorus” by the Songsters and supporters who wished to join in.

18

A new daytime “Parenting Course” was started by Verna Smith, following previously successful evening classes.

22

Youth Group and Bible Class held a Coffee Morning and Bric-a-brac Sale to raise money for the Army’s Chikankata Hospital in Zambia. Over £130.00 was raised.
23

Band led the St. George s Day parade for Scouts, Cubs and Explorer Scouts, from The Vines along Rochester High Street. After playing at the saluting base, they accompanied the singing in the Cathedral

May

7

Special meeting led by Reverend Malcolm Duncan – Director of Faithworks on Ministry in the Community . Rev. Duncan also spoke in the evening meeting.

13

A special programme of music to celebrate the music and ministry of Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen. Chatham Band and Songsters took a leading, part together visiting soloists Bandmaster Richard Phillips (Kettering – formerly Chatham) and Songster Leader Kevin Ashman (Maidstone). Colonel Steadman-Allen was present and was interviewed about his life and music by Major Malcolm Westwood (former Chatham CO). Col. Joy Steadman-Allen read from the scripture and daughters Barbara and Rosemary sang a vocal duet.

20

A ‘Heritage Tour’ of Salvation Army sites in London, was organised by Corps Sergeant Major Nigel Day.The sites included early day Christian Mission and Salvation Army activity in the East end of London.

26

Captain Kathy Woodhouse promoted to the rank of Major.

June

17/18

Visit of Croydon Citadel Songsters

24

Prayer Evangelism venture commenced in the High Street. The officers and corps folk spoke to passers-by asking if they could pray for them or with them. God blessed the efforts of those taking part as 33 people of those contacted agreed to pray. It is planned to repeat this venture on a regular basis.

25

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal in a.m. meeting led by YPSM Tracy Wood and YP Local officers.
Band and Songsters again supported the Annual Thanksgiving Service at Medway Crematorium.

July

1

The Songster Brigade tried a new venture with a joint festival with Kent Messenger Band at The Brook Theatre, Chatham, unfortunately it was not well attended.

8

Young People s Singing Company Reunion for members since 1980 s; and a tribute to Singing Co. Sergeant Irene Maycock and Singing Co. Pianist Carole Horwood A good afternoon session followed by a tea and evening festival.

9

Bert and Elizabeth Arnot celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary (60 yrs) and Bev and Marjorie Hudson celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary (40 yrs). During the morning meeting 2 Silver (Abbey Holt & Gareth Pennington), 2 Gold (Victoria Page & Martin Davis), and 3 Crest Awards (Stephen Cordner, Matthew Smith and Emily Dean), were presented to our Young People, a credit to their leaders and a great deal of hard work.

16

The Morning meeting featured the Dedication service of Isaac James Woodman, son of Bandmaster Carl and YP Singing Company Leader Carolynn Woodman. Former Commanding Officers Majors Malcolm and Angela Westwood conducted the meeting. Many friends and family united for this celebration.

22

Wedding of Bandsman David Lockwood (Chatham) to Bandswoman Sarah Claydon (Letchworth) took place at Letchworth Corps. David wore his dress uniform of HM Welsh Guards and Bandsmen of the Welsh Guards played Fanfare Trumpets and formed brass accompaniment to the ceremony. Many Chatham comrades attended. David is son of YP Band Leader Nigel Lockwood and Songster/Bandswoman Christine Lockwood

29 – 4 (Aug)

Our Scouts and leaders attended the International Scout Camp at Almere in Netherlands.
Matt Smith, Adam Cotterill, Cat McCombe and Eloise McCombe attended the Divisional Summer School, for 13+ young people, with Corps Youth Secretary Claire Anderson from Chatham as part of the leadership team.

August

20

BBQ at the home of Heather Woodhouse, about 40 people attended and had a good time together.

27

10 am meeting only

September

10

10 am. Peter Cole and Kevin Abbott commissioned as Songsters by Major Kathy Woodhouse. Lisa Horwood (Chatham) and Glen Little (Felixstowe) announce their engagement to be married. In th afternoon a fundraising BBQ held by Rachel Abbott and family at their home, to raise money for next year s school adventure trip to Borneo. £290 raised

16

Chatham Band celebrates its 125th Anniversary with a festival At Home
The week-end began with the concert and the Band was in good form featuring a variety of music to suit the occasion. The invited guests, David Childs (euphonium) and Mark Norwood (vocal) were superb and we thank bandmaster Carl Woodman for the hard work in arranging the evening.

17

Sunday morning brought challenges of a different kind. Our morning meeting had to be held in a different venue (Lordswood Junior School) due to the local council closing all the streets and car parks in the town centre to finalize the commissioning of a new road scheme. Being a town centre corps this affected us extensively. Nevertheless everyone made it to the school successfully. The meeting was led by the Band and embodied a time of re-commitment to service. Retired Bandmaster Ray Maycock was commissioned Band Secretary and YP Band Leader Nigel Lockwood commissioned Deputy Bandmaster

18

The start of The Annual Appeal, door-to-door collections around the towns.

24

Harvest Sunday meetings. Louise Robinson enrolled as a Senior Soldier

OCTOBER

7/8

Visit of Kettering Songsters for the weekend with a Saturday evening festival and Sunday meetings at 10 am and 4 pm. Under the leadership of Songster Leader Peter Legg the Songsters began the week-end with a Celebration of Song on Saturday evening. Choral items included scripturally based songs How excellent is Thy name and The Majesty and Glory of Your name , both inspired by Psalm 8.

15

Approximately 40 Salvation Army Scouters and Guiders from various corps around the UK gathered in Medway for a Scouters and Guiders Fellowship week-end, and conducted this morning s meeting at Chatham.

22

The YP Annual Prizegiving took place, following a change of date. Tracy led the Sunday morning meeting which included the presentation of prizes to the young people. The young people also provided items, readings and prayers

31

Funeral of Syd Southby at Upchurch Parish church, his local church, although a Salvationist. He almost reached his 99th birthday.

NOVEMBER

5

Corps Band and Songsters gave a festival and celebration of worship at St Margaret s Church Rainham to a large congregation at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon.

NOVEMBER

7

Start of a new Bible study course during the day.

12

Band provided the music and Bugle Calls at the Remembrance Sunday Service in Victoria Gardens. Chatham Branch of British Legion having ceased to exist, the organisation was taken over by the Rector of Chatham Rev. Brian Adams who had to contact each organisation to encourage participation. This proved to be the best attended service, over 500 people, for many years.

19

Enrolment of four new soldiers, Phil, John, Stephanie and Paula, by CO Major Kathy Woodhouse. Each gave inspiring testimonies of their differing experiences, and how God called each of them.

25

This year s annual towns Carol Concerts at the Central Theatre were entitled “Gifts at Christmas” and, due to falling attendances in recent years, were reduced to two events on Saturday afternoon and evening.

26

Sunday Morning meeting only with the evening activity as a Bible Study over coffee

DECEMBER

2

Corps band again took part in the Annual Dickens Festival, providing music in Rochester Cathedral for the Christmas Songs of Praise. An over-capacity crowd filled the Nave, the Transepts, the Choir seats and were standing in the aisles to enjoy the carols and readings led by The Very Reverend Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester.

3

Deborah Abbott and Louise Robinson were enrolled as Senior Bandswomen. Following the meeting the band played carols in the town centre.

4

Young People s Band and Singing Company took part in the carol service in Thorndyke House a local residential care home. The Home League Ladies Fellowship again held their annual dinner at the Grange Moor Hotel Maidstone.

6

The band again took part in the Annual National Health Service Volunteers Service in Rochester Cathedral. Over 900 people present enjoyed the carols and Christmas messages, including the singing of Rochester Grammar School Choirs led by Carolynn Woodman who is also Young People s Singing Company Leader at Chatham

7

Songsters were carolling at Bluewater Shopping Centre

DECEMBER

9

Rainham Ladies Choir, Musical Director Brian Skinner, and Chatham Band, Bandmaster Carl Woodman, gave a united Concert in the Chatham Royal Dockyard Church, proceeds in aid of Imperial Cancer Research UK.

13

Medway District Cubs and Beavers Carol Service again held at our corps hall, and led by Tracy Wood accompanied by YP Band and YP Singing Company

15

Mummy and Me Carol Service. Led by Major Kathy was attended by about 50 Parents, grandparents and children with a representative group of bandsmen to provide the music.

16

Carols were played inside Debenhams Department Store, at their invitation, during the day.

17

K.A.O.S. Carol Service replaced the morning meeting and the hall was filled with families of the young people as well as the usual crowd. Corps Carol Service held at 6 pm was again well attended. Corps Sergeant Major Nigel Day relinquished his duties and a thank you presentation was made.

20

A group of bandsmen and songsters accompanied chaplains and church leaders at Swaleside Prison on Isle of Sheppey. Swaleside is a Category B Training Prison and has room for 775 prisoners, more than half of them serving life sentences. Largely due to the influence of Prison Chaplain Joan West, a Salvationist, our corps has, in recent years, been invited to provide music for the prison s carol service held in the St Augustine s Chapel. Other Salvationists working with the Prison Service were also there, these were Lorna Mace (formerly of Chatham, now of Sittingbourne) who is a volunteer at Swaleside and Bev Hudson (Chatham), one of the Chaplains at Rochester prison.

23

Churches Together in Medway held a united Carol Service in Chatham Town Centre with Chatham Band providing music and Major Kathy Woodhouse leading. Only a handful of church folk attended with the majority participants being army .

24

10 am meeting only with another heralding Christmas Day at 11.30 pm.

A house, in need of renovation, has been lent to the Salvation Army for a few days to accommodate people who live on the streets, are down-and-out and need help over the Christmas period. Theresa and Rod Tranah have agreed to accept the challenge, with God s help , and their friends to cater for as many as possible, and give them shelter and food. 15 people stayed overnight and about 30 were given Christmas lunch on Christmas Day.

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JANUARY

14

Vision Sunday led by the officer team.

24

Sister Mary Witt, one of our oldest soldiers, Promoted to Glory.

28

Victoria Page enrolled as a YP Band Member and Rachel Abbott commissioned as a Songster.

FEBRUARY

11

Daniel Lenton and Joshua Davis enrolled as Junior Soldiers. Five young people received their Junior Soldier Silver Awards, Axel Tranah, Helen Page, Daisy Tranah, Becky Holt and Stephanie Lenton. Family members of former Chatham Bandsman Eric Fisher visited the corps. Rev. Rob Tann and his wife and family from Australia came to worship at her father s old corps.

19

Number One on the Roll, Mrs Dorothy Read, celebrated her 98th Birthday today.

21

The Cameo Club held a party to celebrate their first year of operation. A good crowd participated with former guest speakers given a special welcome.

MARCH

4

Rachel Mills was sworn-in as a Soldier, joining husband John who was enrolled recently. The service included the Annual Self-Denial Altar service.

10/11

Chatham Band conducted meetings at Sheffield Citadel

17

The Young People s Corps presented their annual Youth Spectacular, which was again well attended and a great success.

18 Mother s Day morning meeting proved interesting, and was well supported by parents, families and corps folk alike.

24/25

Visit of Cardiff Canton Band for the weekend. This 30 strong band, under Bandmaster Carl Saunders, presented a fine festival of music on Saturday and good musical and devotional meetings on Sunday. Both Canton and Chatham Bands united for a March of Witness through the crowded town centre and an Open Air Meeting outside the Pentagon Shopping Centre after the morning meeting.

26

An Open Meeting was held at the hall to discuss the future of our halls, the possible relocation, and the current progress on plans.

31

The Wedding took place of Kirsty Brazil to Richard Gamble (of Leicester). Th marriage was conducted by Major Kathy Woodhouse (CO).

APRIL

1

Major Kathy led Palm Sunday Meetings. Recently appointed Adherent Secretaries Majors Jim and Alma Brown have been busy and three new Adherents, Shirley Lebar, Sally Blessing and Irene Hubbard were recognised in the meeting. Two of our newest Soldiers, John Mills and Phil Brett, were commissioned and welcomed into the Songster Brigade. Prayers were offered for Tracy Wood, Luke Tranah and Louise Robinson who, this week, are on the leadership team for the Divisional Youth Adventure Camp at Hastings and six of our own young people are attending. Prayers were also offered for Rachel Horwood and Carolynn Woodman who, as members of the ISS, are touring Sweden and Finland and Estonia shortly.

3

Holy Week meetings commenced on Tuesday with a programme of Easter music by the Band and Songsters

4

Wednesday Praise and Worship meeting featured Major Mark Herbert from Upper Norwood

5

Thursday evening was Songster Practice, followed by A Last Supper of biblical proportions organised by the songsters.

6

Good Friday Morning worship was led by Commissioners Robert and Janet Street (IHQ). Following the meeting the band and corps folk joined United Churches for the annual Good Friday procession which featured short street services at various places in the main shopping thoroughfare.

8

Easter Day meetings.

21/22

Despite a difficult week in the lead-up to the Songsters weekend at Kettering, with some songsters losing their voices, it should not be a surprise that the overall impression of the weekend was one of God using the brigade to bring people closer to Himself.

22

The band (non-songsters) led the Scouts St. George s Day Parade from The Vines and Rochester High Street to the Saluting Base at the War Memorial then proceeded to Rochester Cathedral. Inside the cathedral the band accompanied the hymn singing as well as providing appropriate music. A capacity congregation enjoyed the service with the main speaker being Captain Sarah Kind of London S.E. Divisional Headquarters. The event was organized by our Group Scout Leader Graham Phillips.

27

Re-launch of Junior Soldiers Programme

28

Chatham Youth Leaders Cat, Claire and Anthony organized a concert featuring the youngsters in a period of relaxed worship, and thought focusing on getting back in tune with God.

MAY

12

Concert at St. Matthew s Church Wigmore given by the band and songsters. As the sections gave a similar concert last year in aid of the church building fund, the church leaders decided to donate the proceeds of this concert to Chatham Corps Building Fund. A large crowd enjoyed a varied and interesting festival.

19 Chris and Joan Page renewed their Wedding Vows. The service was conducted by Major Kathy Woodhouse and attended by approximately 50 guests. The couple enjoyed a surprise wedding breakfast before going on a belated honeymoon.

20

Greg Davis appointed leader of the Corps Worship Purpose Group.

26

As part of the celebration of Pentecost some very different type of meetings were arranged. Saturday featured a Gospel School led by Annika Scutt and the Divisional Youth Choir with rehearsals during the afternoon for anyone who wanted to sing gospel . Followed by a tea and festival with the Chatham Band, in big-band style, also taking part. The corps Evangelism Purpose Group arranged the whole weekend. An audience of around 200 people heard the choir sing a number of gospel songs in differing styles and about 40 students of the school joined them to perform their song.

MAY

27

Pentecost meetings for Whit Sunday were very different and led by Divisional Commanders Anthony and Gill Cotterill. Lunch followed the morning meeting and Open Air witness, before an early second meeting at 2.30. The presence of the Holy Spirit was really made evident.

JUNE

6

Elsie Thompson, former Home League Secretary, was promoted to glory

10

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal, where young people renewed their promises to God.

17

Morning Meeting conducted by Terry Wakefield and Colin Springate from Gillingham Corps and the evening meeting by Major Richard Mingay from Sutton. Major Kathy was on furlough and Majors McCombe on Divisional duties elsewhere.

21

Funeral of Elsie Thompson, with a large number of family and friends present, including three former Commanding Officers (Browns, Gurrs, & Westwoods) was conducted by her brother Major Stephen Russell. Voluntary tributes were a feature of the celebration of her life.

23

Chatham Band took part in the Retirement Celebrations of Majors Peter and Olive Dickson, who entered training from Chatham, at Clacton-on-Sea Corps. During the meeting tributes were paid and Retirement Certificates presented by the Divisional Commanders. A former Deputy Bandmaster of Chatham Band, Will Stuckey, now aged 90+, lives in retirement at Clacton and was able to join the band for the tea, renewing past experiences, old acquaintances and staying for the festival.

24

During the morning meeting Mitchell and Joseph Castle were dedicated, sons of Martin and Laura. God Parents were Ray, Paula, John and Rachel. The Annual Crematorium Service was again supported by the band, but heavy rain meant the whole thing was held undercover.

30

A Saturday evening fundraiser “Quiz Night” was organised by the Youth Group, in aid of Cat McCombe s Leadership Development year out with the Army .

JULY

1

The Corps Officer Leadership team led a Vision Update special meetings and fellowship to renew the Corps Vision, assess the progress so far, and to plan for the future. The meeting commenced at 3 pm. And following a tea break proceeded as a Prayer Meeting from 6 to 7 pm. It proved a rewarding and spiritual time for those present.

6/7

‘Walk Throu’the Bible’ Course, took place on Friday evening and Saturday Morning.

8

The Medway Towns hosted part of the Tour de France Cycle race and the whole town centre was closed to traffic, so access to our halls was not possible from midnight Saturday until after the race went past. As Gillingham Corps were not affected by road closures Chatham and Gillingham Corps united for the Morning Meeting. We think this is probably the first time such a meeting has taken place. The meeting was led by Andy Millest who, in the absence of Captains Bryn & Lyn Hargreaves, welcomed us to worship and suggested we could do this more often! Some Corps comrades could not even reach the meeting due to road closures and major diversions. Sunday Evening was back to normal.
Congratulations to Vanessa Robinson who has gained a BSc (Honours) degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

11

The Ladies Fellowship were delighted to go on location and visit former Home League Secretary Brenda Clarke at her new home in Maidstone. They enjoyed fun and fellowship, cakes and strawberries.

22

No evening meeting as the Divisional Family Day was taking place at Robertsbridge.

29

Three new adherents were enrolled by Major Kathy Woodhouse. Peter and Annette Sampson and Valerie Smith.

AUGUST

3

Janelle Ivers organised a full day Scrapbooking Workshop. Those who attended enjoyed a fun day of activity.

12

Meetings led by Steve and Mel Scoulding (part of their prospective Candidate Training). The evening meeting also featured the Worship Group. Major Kathy on Furlough and Majors Drew and Beverley on divisional duties.

19

Major Kathy led the morning meeting and, due to many people being away , the corps was invited to a B.B.Q. in their home and garden of Verna and Murray Smith.

26

Again only the 10 am. Meeting due to holidays

SEPTEMBER

3

Cat McCombe starts her gap year working at Sevenbrook Corps in the Manchester area

5

A great deal of prayer and preparation preceded the early birth of a baby boy, Samual Matthew, to Kate and Chris Boughton today. Born by Caesarean Section weighing 5 lbs. 8 ozs and currently being cared for in Intensive Care Unit.

8

Prayer and Evangelism Group made contact with Saturday shoppers in the High Street as part of our mission.

9

Meetings organised and led by the Discipleship Purpose Group. Rachel Mills was presented with a candle for completing the Christianity for Life course, and husband John Mills testified to the affect this course had on his and Rachel s life. As a change to normal practice the Band were invited to play a piece and Bandmaster Carl chose “Move in my Life”. Following the morning meeting an outreach Open Air was held in the High Street.

16

Band visited Wisdom Hospice as part of their normal monthly ministry there.

18 Lt. Col. Ray Steadman-Allen. OF. celebrated his 85th Birthday, with the Salvation Army honouring his life and achievements with a Recognition Festival at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

26

Next Alpha Course began. Leader Steve Scoulding said “After Saturday’s launch at the Alpha Supper, Wednesday came as a complete shock. Saturday had seen us with six possible attendees, however Wednesday brought another display of why we do Alpha. At first we had about 7 people arrive – all new and only two from the Army – then we had 3 of our Monday Lunchtime lads and lasses arrive, shortly followed by another 10 or 12 of their friends. To say it was chaotic would be an understatement. Unfortunately because three were still attempting to drink I had to refuse them entry to the course, with the advice that if they can come next week without the drink they would be more than welcome. The food that had been prepared by Barbara Hatton for 13 souls stretched and fed everyone with some left over. I cannot sing the praises highly enough of those who helped in the kitchen, Barbara & Graham Hatton and Peter Cole”.

29

Margaret and David Sutton celebrate their Ruby (40th) Wedding anniversary with a Cream Tea at their home. They have said: “we wish to celebrate by raising some money on behalf of two of our grandchildren, JORDAN and ANDREW to donate to THE LIVER FOUNDATION and THE SPINA BIFIDA ASSOCIATION”. Total proceeds for this event proved to be £700

Also the same day the Young Searchers prepared and hosted a somewhat different Harvest Supper in the form of an African Meal. Presenting the meal will be part of the service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

30

Harvest Sunday was led by Major Kathy with the Worship Band leading a time of praise and worship. Songster Rachel Horwood conducted the YP Singing Company for the first time.

OCTOBER

6/7

Visit of Derby Central Songsters for the weekend, supported by Chatham Band (Carl Woodman) Led by Ian Hammond the songsters demonstrated considerable musical ability and expressed the Christian message through the music with much effect. Sunday s meetings were led by Major Freda Bennyworth. This proved to be an exciting and memorable weekend of fine music and witness.

9

Distinguished guest for Band PractiCe was Dudley Bright from Regent Hall corps whose day job is Principle Trombone Player of the world famous London Symphony Orchestra. Finding a gap in his busy work schedule he came to conduct the rehearsal and lead the spirituals . His friendly and down-to-earth approach endeared himself to the band personnel, as the first items for examination were Hymn Tunes 200 (Armageddon) and 181 (Chalvey) before proceeding with his newer composition – “Paean”, a challenge enjoyed by the bandsmen. The music was interspersed with scriptural thoughts by Dudley, before a close inspection of “Greatest of These” composed especially for his brother Julian s wedding and a six-part harmony.

14

Sunday Morning meeting featured the KAOS (Sunday School) Annual Prize Giving led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood assisted by Melanie Scoulding, and many youngsters took part in a lively meeting. Also during the meeting Rachel Abbott was commissioned to the Band and Martin Castle recognised as an adherent. Martin was first brought to the army by his sons Joseph and Mitchell who attended the KAOS meetings.

20

Wedding of r Lisa Horwood to Glen Little.

21

Sunday morning meeting included the Dedication Ceremony of Samuel Matthew Boughton. Samuel is son of Kate and Chris Boughton. The ceremony was conducted by Captains Iain and Alison Hudson.

24

A group of four retired bandsmen played familiar songs and music at the Cameo Club

NOVEMBER

3

The latest of the Alpha Away Days took place at Burswood, once again led by Steve and Mel Scoulding. Individual needs were ministered to. Lives were dedicated and rededicated to Christ and the gifts of the Spirit were received and exercised for all to see.

4

Rachael Mills commissioned a Songster, and sang with the brigade from her wheel chair. Rachel Abbott has felt led to sell the War Cry and Salvationist in the High Street on a Saturday Afternoon. She has found this a good form of ministry and enjoyed the witness.
Seven of our corps folk were presented with a candle each as recognition of completion of the Christianity for Life Course.

10

Remembrance Day Service at Victoria Gardens was again supported by the Band. Another huge crowd supported the Voluntary Organisations, Service Cadet Corps, British Legion and local people. Also the first ever Adherents Fellowship was held in the afternoon at the corps.

11

Robin Bryant, former chief photographer of The Salvation Army, was guest speaker at the Ladies Fellowship.

17

A group of bandsmen supported the Korean Veterans Annual Service by providing music and accompanying the hymns.

DECEMBER

1

On Saturday the Band participated in an event held in Rochester Cathedral to mark the Dickensian Christmas week-end staged by Medway Council. A very popular tourist event attended by huge numbers of visitors. It was standing room only as almost 1000 people gathered to join in carols and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

This service was held at lunchtime and it was a quick turn round for the band to be ready for our carol afternoon concert in the Central Theatre. This was followed by an evening performance before everyone went home tired but well satisfied. The star of the show this year was Joel Whitewood, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year competition and a member of the Canterbury Cathedral choir. Joel sang Mid-winter and O Holy Night and gave us a really beautiful presentation of both carols, in the latter case augmented by a nativity tableaux. Also in the line-up was the Splinters School of Dance. The school performed to High School Musical – We re All In This Together and danced together with some of our own children.

The concert also included the Band, Songsters, Singing Company, Young Peoples Band, Timbrels and Primary all of whom brought solo items and Jessica Boughton and Gareth Pennington sang the duet When Christmas Comes To Town . Dramatic presentations depicted a Dickensian theme from 1881 and a similar story from today portraying that the needs of our society are very similar now to what they were in the late 19th century and that the Army still tries to meet the needs of those who fall on hard times. Gifts of toys and other items were received for distribution amongst the needy people of our town. The main financial appeal this year was on behalf of the Emmaus Project Medway , a project for which Retired General John Gowans is a trustee. The General received the cheque, being the total of collections made during the concerts (nearly £1500), on behalf of the charity from the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Val Goulden.

2

Carolling season began with the band playing Carols in the High Street

3

This week is the busy week for those helpers, led by Marjory Hudson, to sort and allocate all the gifts and toys given by the Carol Concert attendees to under-privileged people in the Chatham Area. A mammoth task done with efficiency and cheerfulness, energy and enthusiasm. The carpolling programme proceded around the town and in special ‘invited’ venues.

12

YP Band and Singing Company take part in the District Cub Scout Carol Service at our hall again, led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood

15

A concert at the corps was given by the Songsters for Inner Wheel Rochester of which Frankie Kember is this year’s President.

16

KAOS (Kids Alive on Sunday) Carol service, junior sections taking a prominent part.

18

Rochester Cathedral was again the venue for the annual National Health Service Volunteers Carol Service led by Rev. Lynda Cooke and the band took a prominent part with pre-music, accompanying the hymn-singing and making a solo contribution, as well as playing out to a lively Christmas March.

20

Another full day of Christmas related activities included a United Churches Christmas Service around the Christmas Tree, situated at the God Spot in the High Street, led by Major Kathy and accompanied by the band.

23

The Annual Corps Carol Service took place in the evening and was again filled almost to capacity.

24

The final outdoor caroling effort took place around the Davis Estate housing estate, traditional for Christmas Eve.

25

The annual visit by the band to the Wisdom Hospice brought to an end the carolling season for 2007. This followed the Christmas morning meeting to give cheer to the staff and comfort to patients and their families.

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JANUARY

9

Network – start of Spiritual Gifts Course each Wednesday

12

“Mummy and Me” our parent and toddler group, celebrate 10 years of operation.

20

Vision Sunday. A reflections on the past year and plans and visions for this year.
Meeting at 10 am then 4 pm. exploring the vision, a Faith Tea, then short evening worship

26

Corps Quiz Night organised the Fellowship group which included a meal.   £104 was raised for the Corps New Building fund.

FEBRUARY

2

Songsters gave a festival at Hastings Temple Corps

3

Chloe Butteriss-Dean was commissioned a Young People s Singing Company member. Melanie Scoulding was enrolled a Young Soldiers Sergeant with Marjory Hudson and Emma Davis enrolled as Assistants.

27

Christianity for Life course began until 23rd April

MARCH

2

Mothers Day morning meeting arranged and conducted by the Parent and Toddler Groups (Mummy and Me and The Ark) led by Verna Smith and Frankie Kember.   Mothers and children took a prominent part.

8

Margaret Sutton and helpers arranged a Cream Tea and Sale in aid of Children s Liver Disease foundation.

9

Self Denial Altar Services

16

Palm Sunday meetings. John Mills gave his testimony and a Palm Sunday march and Open Air witness in the High Street followed the meeting.       Tracy (KAOS Leader) and Stephen Wood with Steve and Mel Scoulding took part in a National Cub and Scout Leaders training event at Deltling County Showground.

18

As part of Holy Week the Band and Songsters presented an evening of Easter Music; which was well attended, well prepared and enjoyable.

19

The Worship Group made their contribution to Holy Week with Major Ian Barr as the speaker.

20

The Songsters presented a Celebration of Maundy Thursday after their rehearsal.

21

Good Friday morning Meeting was conducted by Commissioner Norman Howe; followed by the usual United Churches procession from our hall through the town centre, with three stop-off points for a reading and hymn before a final service in the High Street. A large crowd took part as did Ordnance Street Evangelical Choir at the final service.

23

Commissioner Norman Howe again led the meetings to great effect explaining the Epiphany moments of our life and service.   Good meetings throughout the day.

APRIL

5/6

Songsters away at Derby Central Corps for the weekend.
Chatham Meetings led by Nigel Day & sermon by Mark Scoulding and the evening by Richard Craik

13

Band at Wisdom Hospice after morning meeting

14

Home League Ladies Fellowship had an evening of Line Dancing.

20

The band took part in the Annual St. George s Day parade and service at Buckmore Park

26

Songsters gave a festival at Plumstead Corps where Paul Scoulding (brother of Steve) is Corps Sergeant Major.

28

Bandsman Ron Symonds Promoted to Glory, aged 94, following a stroke.

MAY

5

Fellowship Group Leader, Sam Wood organised a social event at Teston Bridge Country Park when over 70 people enjoyed a happy day out.

11

Whit. Sunday was also Candidates Sunday and inspiring meetings were led by Majors Mark & Linda Herbert who are Territorial Candidates Director and Assistant.

14

Funeral Service for Bandsman Ron Symonds

16

A baby girl Cadence was born weighing 7 lbs 3 ozs.   to Janelle and Cameron Ivers

18

Meetings were led by Majors David and Karen Ramsey who are currently responsible for a new Outreach Centre at Milton, Sittingbourne.

21

A new course on Contagious Christianity commenced, and continued on Sunday Afternoons.

JUNE

1

Meetings led by Majors Jim and Alma Brown (am.) and CSM Tim Scott (eve.)

7/8

Visit of Coventry City Band for weekend. A combined bands March of Witness and Open Air in the High Street attracted large crowds to listen to our message and the music.

15

Junior Soldier s Day of Renewal meeting led by YPSM (KAOS Leader)   Tracy Wood and included the Dedication of baby Cadence Jasmine Ivers, daughter of Cameron and   Janelle Ivers and brother to Brandon. Many young people took part with excellent testimonies from Jessica Scott and Stephanie Lenton.

21

Chatham Songsters united with Gillingham, Canterbury and Maidstone Songsters and Maidstone Band to present a festival in the grounds of The Friary at Aylesford.

22

Fellowship Group organized a walk along Burham Downs on Sunday Afternoon between meetings.

27

Discipleship Purpose Group arranged a Day of Prayer from 10am. until 4 pm at West Malling Abbey, a time of quiet reflection.

28

BBQ Breakfast held at the home of Heather Woodhouse in aid of Corps Building Fund.

29

Discipleship Purpose Group Sunday meetings led by Major Judith Payne and husband Ian.       Band and Songsters at the Medway Crematorium for the Annual Thanksgiving Service in the afternoon.

JULY

6

Fellowship Group organsied a walk along the banks of the River Medway from Allington Lock towards Maidstone.   A good crowd enjoyed a sunny walk and time of fellowship.

13

Morning meeting only.   Afternoon free for attendance at Divisional Family Day.   Lynn Hubbard and Shirley Tye enrolled as Adherents and Bethany Boughton enrolled as Junior Musician in the YP Singing Company.

19

Concert at our hall by the Medway Singers to raise money for the Young Searchers trip to Tanzania.

20

Farewell meeting to Major Kathy Woodhouse, moving to Thornton Heath.   Bandsman David Lockwood enrolled as YP. Band Leader in succession to his father YPB/L Nigel Lockwood.     In the afternoon the   Fellowship Group organised a Farewell Picnic at Teston Bridge Country Park as a farewell to Kathy.

27

Meetings led by Prospective Candidates Steve and Mel. Scoulding.

AUGUST

3

Morning meeting led by Bev. Hudson. Farewell of Cameron and Janelle Ivers back home to Brisbane, Australia, with their young family Brandon and Cadence. Evening meeting led by Jean Jones.

10

Morning meeting led by Ruth Hardy and the Songsters.   Evening meeting led by Nigel Day

24

Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe welcomed as new Commanding Officers

SEPTEMBER

13

Band at Dartford Corps to celebrate centenary of the imprisonment and release of Salvationists for proclaiming the gospel in the street.   A March of Witness and Open Air spectacular in the main street preceded an evening festival of celebration.

21

Songster Heather Scott appointed Primary Sergeant in replacement for Sam Wood.

26

Mummy and Me host a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

28

Harvest Sunday – morning meeting led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood with young people taking a prominent part.

OCTOBER

4/5

Divisional Youth Councils attended by some of our young people

5

Meetings led by Colonels Roland and Dawn Sewell – concentrating on Human Trafficking. The day was organised by the Purpose Group for Service and Ministry.

12

Young People’s Prize-giving led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood with all the children receiving prizes for regular attendance.   A good crowd, some first-time visitors, enjoyed a lively meeting.

18

Songsters John and Rachael Mills reaffirmed their wedding vows to include the Salvation Army promises not included in their original wedding which took place three years ago before they found the Lord.

19

Cadets Karl and Rachel Carpenter (out of Southport) spent the day with us as part of their training.      4pm. Café Church meeting, organised by the Fellowship Group, featured retired SA photographer Robin Bryant, showing and telling some of his experiences.

25

Band joined with Gravesend Band to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Gravesend Corps.

NOVEMBER

8

The Young Searchers gave a presentation of their experiences in Tanzania to help the young people there.

9

Remembrance Sunday – Band provided the music at this annual event. The service was well attended with about 300 people taking part including the local Member of Parliament, Council officials, Royal British Legion and other service organisations, Army and RAF cadets, Scouts and Guides.

15/16

Band visited Cardiff Canton for the week-end.

23

Cadets Rachel and Karl Carpenter led the morning meeting in the form of a Toy Service.            The Wedding of Gina Buttress to Martin Castle took place in the afternoon, and was well attended by friends, family and many corps folks to mark this joyful occasion.   The ceremony was conducted by Major Drew McCombe with Major Beverley McCombe, Major Kathy Woodhouse, Majors Jim and Alma Brown, and the Yooung Peoples’ Singing Company all taking part with representative bandsmen forming the band.

29

“Around the World in 80 Minutes” was the theme of the Annual Central Theatre Carol Concerts this year, the format being the TV Series “Treasure Hunt” with Anneka played by KAOS) Leader Tracy Wood. Carols from around the world were featured along with the corps musical sections and Junior Timbrels.   Performances again took place at 3 pm and 7 pm.   Attendances have been dwindling over the last few years but this year was better attended for the afternoon concert.

30

Morning meeting only, no sections taking part, and a 6 pm. Prayer Meeting

DECEMBER

6

Band again took part in the Rochester Dickens Festival with a “Songs of Praise”   in the cathedral, which was full with standing in the aisles.

7

Peter and Sue Willard enrolled as Adherents and certificates for the Christianity for Life course were presented to participants.      Evening Meeting conducted by Steve Scoulding.

10

Medway District Scout Association Cubs Carol Service was again held at our hall, led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood supported by the Young Peoples’ Band and Singing Company.

12

Mummy and Me held its Christmas Party and The Songsters took part in the local Rotary Carol Concert held in our hall.   Proceeds to The Salvation Army.

13

Rainham Ladies Choir and Chatham Band united for a Carol/Christmas Concert in the HM Dockyard Church, which was well filled for the occasion.
19

The Band was again at Rochester Cathedral, this time for the Annual NHS Volunteers Carol Service organised by the Chaplain Rev. Linda Cooke.   Again this event attracted a capacity crowd to the cathedral.

20

Lordswood Leisure Centre was the venue for the Walderslade Group of Churches Carol service attended by a group of bandsmen.

21

KAOS Carol Service, organised and led by Leader Tracy Wood, was enjoyed by a full hall of parents, friends and members of the corps.   The evening meeting took the form of the Corps Carol Service.

25

Christmas Day featured the Morning Meeting, the band at Wisdom Hospice, then a lunch for the local folks who would normally be alone.

28      Morning meeting only

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JANUARY

10

Corps Officers and Group Leaders Vision Day – discussing the corps vision for the coming year.

11

Cadets Karl and Rachel Carpenter leading the meetings

12

Ladies Fellowship – Quiz Night

18

Vision Sunday – meetings at 10 am and 4 pm discussing and praying for the coming year

22

Bible Study Group had a conducted tour of Rochester Cathedral (Canon Phillip Hesketh)

25

Cadets Karl and Rachel again leading the meetings

28

Brownies and Guides celebrate 50 years since the affiliation of Salvation Army into the Girl Guide Association.   Salvation Army sections were previously known and Life Saving Guards (guides) and Sunbeams (brownies).

FEBRUARY

1

Morning meeting included the Dedication of Mia Slater daughter of Sarah and Andrew Slater. Contagious Christianity course commenced, led by Steve and Mel Scoulding, consisting of three meetings. Mark Scoulding, Anthony Day & Claire Anderson start regular activities for the Youth of the Corps.

7

Chatham Band (B/M Carl Woodman) and Songsters (S/L Adrian Horwood) conducted a joint festival at Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne; as part of the Sittingbourne Corps 125th Corps Anniversary.   COs Majors Robert and Julia Jepson were supported by Divisional Commanders Anthony and Gillian Cotterill, the Mayor of Sittingbourne and many former Corps Officers and comrades.

8

Cadets Karl and Rachel leading the meetings again.

9

The Welcome team, formed in October 2008, has proved a great success in making visitors welcome, guiding them, giving a welcome pack and making them feel at home .

11

Cameo Club is 3 years old and held a celebratory lunch at a local hotel. Leader Rita Broomfield

15

Cadets again leading the meetings, but they now know their appointment after college to Poplar Corps.               A party of Bandsmen and corps representatives went to see No.1 on the roll, Mrs Dorothy Read who celebrates her 100th birthday on Thursday 19th Feb.   A presentation of flowers was made by Major Mrs Alma Brown ®, on behalf of the corps officers, who were conducting a corps retreat at Penge.

21

The Fellowship Group organised a Murder, Mystery evening at the hall with a meal included. 63 people attended with 9 folks new to the army and all had a good time.

MARCH

1

Cadets Karl and Rachel again leading the meetings, and including the Self Denial Missionary Appeal Altar Services.

7-13

Cadets Peter and Marloes Van de Venis from Den Haag in Holland are shadowing the COs for training purposes.

7

Band and Songsters gave a festival of music at St. Margaret s Church, Rainham to help raise money for the New Church Roof fund.

8

All four cadets (above) led and took part in the meetings.   The band went to the Hospice after the morning meeting as part of their ongoing ministry.

9

Ruth Hardy gave a talk to the Ladies Fellowship on her job as a Probation Officer.

11

New Alpha Course and Christianity for Life Courses commenced.

15

New Junior Soldiers enrolled were Emma Moon, Elsa Burdett and Chloe Fales-Buttress.   Junior Soldier Awards were awarded to Martin Davis, Platinum; Rebecca Boughton, Gold; and Bethany Boughton, Bronze. Commissions for songsters were also made for Ruth Hardy as Songster Sergeant, Rachel Abbott and Joan Page as joint Librarians.

22

Mother s Day Meetings led by the Commanding Officers were to a full house .   The hall was almost to capacity for the morning meeting which included many young people, Mums and children taking part also the enrolment of Jonathan Lockwood as a Senior Soldier,

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The Youth Group led the morning meeting featuring several potent testimonies.   Kaos Leader Tracy Wood organised and led the latest Safe and Sound Course for all children s workers and leaders.

APRIL

5

Palm Sunday Meetings led by the COs. Included the appointment of retired CSM Murray Smith as Corps Press Officer in addition to his duties as WebMaster for the corps website.   Mitchell Castle was commissioned as a Junior Musician (YP Singing Company and YP Band).

510

Divisional Children s Week and camp – 10 young people attended from Chatham

7

An evening of Easter Music presented by the Band and Songsters as part of Holy Week.

8

The Word & Worship with Major Gordon Cotterill

9

Corps Fellowship Meal, remembering Jesus s last week before crucification.

12

Easter Sunday Meetings led by Lt. Colonels Anthony and Gillian Cotterill. Divisional Commanders.

26

St. George s Day parade and service was again led by the Band in Rochester and the Cathedral.

30

Turning Point a help group for Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation is using our hall as a base for a short while.

MAY

3

As the Commanding Officers are away the morning meeting was led by Major Grayson Williams, (Maidstone CO) and the evening meeting by Majors Robin & Joy McIntosh (Gatwick Airport chaplains).

10

Candidates Sunday was led by our Candidates Steve and Mel. Scoulding.

16

Barbara Hatton held a Table-top sale in aid of the Building Fund.

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60 years of service as a Chatham Bandsman was recognised and presentations made to Peter Wood. The hall was well filled with many of his large family attending.

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Peter Wood, and wife Cathy, were invited to Band Practice where the band and several former colleagues were present and personal tributes given along with two chairs for the garden as a thank you for all the years of service with the band and the corps.

JUNE

5

Mummy and Me took part in a sponsored toddle around the lake in Capstone Country Park to raise funds for the Building Scheme.

The Songster Brigade presented a programme of music at Gillingham Methodist Church.

7

Sunday Afternoon Corps BBQ at Teston Bridge – about 85 people attended.

13-14

Band away at Coventry City Corps. As well as musical festivals the band led both indoor and open-air meetings.

20

Val. Smith had a stall at Sheerness Boot Fair in aid of Corps Building Fund.

21

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal and Father s Day.

27

The corps had an Emergency Service vehicle and stall as part of the first Armed Forces Day in Chatham Dockyard. The Duke of Gloucester and Prime Minister Gordon Brown were among guests of honour.

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Songsters away to Belfast Sydenham Corps having flown to a campaign for the first time. 28th The Annual Service at Medway Crematorium was again supported by the band

JULY

4

Corps Family Fiesta Day

5

Fellowship Sunday

9

Andrew Blythe, Assistant Territorial Music Diorector, attended Songster Practice

11

Corps Fellowship Group had a film evening “Evan Almighty”

12

Divisional Fiesta Day at Bletchingley.           KAOS Leader Tracy Wood with Paul Woodhouse and helpers decided to form the KAOS Football team. 6 young people turned up for the first try-out.

18

Young People s Outing to Joss Bay. A fine day, well supported.

29

Prayer Day away arranged by Discipleship Group leader Nigel Day is held at West Malling Abbey.

AUGUST

24

Rebuilding work started in the Main Hall, providing a Coffee Lounge and meeting place, as the first part of a big new scheme. Normal Sunday meetings will have to be held elsewhere during the work.

30

Sunday Morning meeting only, conducted by Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen.

SEPTEMBER

6

First Sunday Morning meeting to be held at Fort Pitt School for Girls and Evening Meeting at The Emmaus Church Centre, Clover Street.

12

Divisional Candidates Farewell held at Croydon Citadel. 7 cadets from this Division including Steve and Mel Scoulding from Chatham, enter the Wm. Booth Memorial Training College to beging training for full-time ministry as SA Officers.   Chatham Band and Bromley Songsters provided the music.

13

Sunday Morning meeting at Lordswood Primary School, Fort Pitt had a longstanding booking, followed by a visit to Wisdom Hospice by the band.       Sunday Afternoon took the form of a Farewell Tea in the YP Hall for Steve and Mel; then featured a March of Witness led by the two   cadets and the CO s through the High Street, with the band and many corps folks, to the Emmaus Church Centre. During the Sending Out meeting the Songsters sang I ve Been Changed and the band played Compelled by Love dedicated to Steve and Mel by Bandmaster (R) Ray Maycock. This Sunday was also the launch of the Annual Red Shield Appeal.

20

During the morning meeting at Fort Pitt School Kate Boughton was commissioned as Junior Soldier Sergeant and Paula Butteriss-Dean was commissioned Young People s Record Sergeant, both to replace Mel who entered the WB Training College. We also said Au Revoir tto Matt Smith and   Rachel Abbott to University

25

‘Mummy and Me’ Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

26

A Broth and Brains (Harvest Quiz) evening took place in the YP Hall organised by Sam Wood and the Fellowship Group, a good evening of fun and fellowship with eats.

27

Harvest Sunday

OCTOBER

11

During the morning meeting in Fort Pitt School Eileen and Helen Pearson were enrolled as   Soldiers, of particular significance as Eileen was previously a pupil at the school

12

The Ladies Fellowship meeting at Pembroke Court enjoyed a very informative talk by David Waller, Chief Executive of Fegans, a Christian charity whose vision is for a society in which every child knows they are loved and valued.

17

Chatham Songsters provided a musical festival at The Salvation Army in Ramsgate.   The meeting was well attended by local Salvationists and members of   other   churches in the town.

21

Christianity for Life course started. The course was ably facilitated by both Jean Jones and Ray Maycock.

25

Young People s Annual Prize-giving led by YPSM Tracy Wood, with the young people receiving their prizes for regular attendance and achievement.

31st Alpha Away-Day

NOVEMBER

8

Annual Remembrance Day service at Chatham Victoria Gardens attended by the Band.

15

Lyndall Bywater (Territorial Prayer Coordinator) led the morning meeting as the final part of the 24/7 Prayer Weekend. During the meeting Margaret Day was recognized as the new Corps Prayer Coordinator.

Commissioner Doctor Paul Du Plessis, a chaplain at the local Wisdom Hospice, led the evening meeting as part of Discipleship Sunday.

22

Rejoicing as we return to our own hall following the building works. Peter and Sue Willard were enrolled as   Soldiers.

28

With the title “Nativity – The Word on the Street”   we began our Christmas season with the Carol Concerts at the Central Theatre. The newly formed Community Gospel Choir, drawn by open invitation from the community of Medway, gave its first performance at Chatham s Central Theatre after just six rehearsals, This proved a worthwhile venture with 70 members singing with great gusto and enthusiasm under the direction of Songster Leader Wesley Carroll (Hythe).

29

10 am meeting only but the Chatham Young People s Singing Company (Leader Carolynn Woodman) took part in the Territorial Carol Service in The Royal Albert Hall and were well received.

DECEMBER

5

A very busy weekend in the life of the Medway Towns as it celebrated the annual Dickens Christmas festivities. Rochester Cathedral was the scene of Songs of Praise at lunchtime on Saturday, now a regular feature of the Dickens weekend with the Band taking a prominent part.

12

Once again the Rainham Ladies Choir has held its annual Christmas Charity Concert in the Royal Dockyard Church, sharing the programme with the Band in this historic church.

14

The band again took part in the Annual N.H.S. Volunteers Carol Service in Rochester Cathedral.

16

The delivery of Christmas parcels to those notified to us as being in particular need has been completed under the direction of Marjory Hudson

19

Band took part in a Carol Service at Lordswood Leisure Centre with local church members.

20

KAOS Carol Service attracted many parents and families of the Young People taking part, led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood and other Y.P. workers.

Sunday evening Corps Carol Service featured items by various sections including the Community Gospel Choir.

Despite the snowy weather and freezing temperatures we enjoyed afull   Sunday of Carol Services, each well attended.

24

Carols at Midnight were enjoyed by a large number of Corps Folk

25

Christmas Morning worship was well attended as usual, following which the band visited the Wisdom Hospice.