2010 to 2020

2010

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.

JANUARY

16

Visit of Territorial Commanders Commissioners John and Elizabeth Matear to dedicate the new Foyer Coffee Lounge, followed by an evening of celebration.

17

Territorial Commanders leading the meetings

23

A new venture. It was decided to hold a Fellowship Meal, with all the corps invited, at The Prince Charles Hotel, Old Brompton to launch the Give to Grow programme. A large number attended, enjoyed a wonderful meal served in pleasant surroundings and listened with interest to the presentation, introduced by Songster Leader Adrian Horwood, on plans for growth.

24

Meetings led by Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe introducing Give to Grow .

31

Commitment and Covenant Day meetings led by Cadets David and Jennifer Gosling.

FEBRUARY

7

Meetings again led by Cadets David & Jennifer Gosling of Prayer Warriors Session

12

Hot Potato informal meeting to discuss Hot subjects of the day.

17

An informal reunion/get-together was held in the YP Hall with members of the   Gospel Choir Fellowship met together to see, over a cup of tea and cakes, dvd. snippets and pick up their copies      of the Carol Concert DVD.

19

Number One on our Roll Mrs Dorothy Read is 101 years young today.

20

Band gave a concert at Otham Village Hall in aid of St.Nicholas Church funds.

21

Laura Buchan was enrolled as a Junior Soldier by Major Drew McCombe.

22

The Foyer Coffee Shop, manned by Margaret and David Sutton, opened its doors to the public for the first time.   Although a slow start, a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere has been created to encourage further use.

24

Kidz Club outreach held its first event in the foyer of “Endeavour House”, the Army s venture in Shipwright estate, Chatham.
The 6th Corps Christianity for Life course commenced with 14 people participating.

28

Erin Burdett commissioned a Singing Company Member, also Paula Butteriss-Dean and Gina Castle were commissioned Songsters by Cadet David Gosling.

MARCH

2

First Prayer and Praise” Meeting for youngsters aged 7 to 16 years old. Great songs aided by the KAOS Worship Group.

13

The Fellowship Team organised a Mr & Mrs’ Quiz evening in aid of the corps Building Fund
which raised £216.00.

14

Mothers Day Meetings.

21

Meetings led by Cadets David & Jennifer Gosling their last training weekend at Chatham.

26

The next   K.A.O.S. (Kids Alive) Outreach was held at our hall with YPSM Tracy Wood and YP workers arranging a relaxing informal evening especially for unconnected children.

28

Palm Sunday Meetings led by Majors Drew & Beverley McCombe.

30

Holy Week meetings today held by Band and Songsters playing and singing Easter Music under the title On Calvary s Track’

APRIL

1

Major Richard Mingay led today s Holy Week Meeting

2

Good Friday Meeting followed by united churches procession and Witness in the town centre

4

Easter Day Meetings with the theme “Victory of the Risen Christ” led by our Majors Drew & Beverley McCombe.

Several of our young people attended the Divisional   Children s Camp at Robertsbridge.

17

A fun evening of Line Dancing

22

Lt. Col. Ray Steadman-Allen led an open Songster Practise with present, and former songsters together with other interested persons.

24

Evening festival given by Chelmsford Songsters (Leader Jo Mackintosh) with Chatham Band supporting.

25

Meetings led by Major Andy Cox (DHQ), Divisional Director for   Evangelism. He also joined with the band on St. George s Day parade to Rochester Cathedral for the Annual Scout and Cubs service.

30

Kids Alive outreach continues – ‘Prayer and Praise’ meeting with Worship Group.

MAY

9

Sunday evening meeting under the title ‘Inspirations’ was presented by Richard Phillips at the piano.

15

Evening Festival given by Kettering Band under Bandmaster Richard Phillips

16

Evening meeting   held at the corps with the congregation from Emmaus Church Centre joining us.
Rev Brian Adams gave the address.

JUNE

5

Songsters give a programme of music and song at Gillingham Methodist Church in aid of church funds.

6

Morning meeting included the dedication of Benjamin Matthew Craik, son of Richard and Claire.

12

The Fellowship Group, leader Sam Wood, organised a Sponsored Walk/Run at Manor Park Country Park at West Malling. Nearly 40 people took part, cheered on by others, and over £1650 was raised.

27

Enrolment of Fiona Pennington as a Junior Soldier and the commissioning of Chloe Sales-Butteriss as a Junior Musician (Singing Company), both ceremonies conducted by Major Drew McCombe. Band and Songsters again took part in the annual Service of Remembrance at Medway Crematorium in glorious sunshine.

JULY

4

Sunday evening meeting united with Emmaus Centre at Emmaus, Clover Street

11

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal (10am) led by Divisional Children s Officer Kathy Doncaster.

14

The Ladies Fellowship and friends enjoyed a trip on the River Medway on the “Kentish Lady”. A lovely evening with drinks and refreshments provided.

18

Renier and Chrismarie Mouton were recognised as Adherent Members and elder son, Renzo (nearly 3) was added to the Cradle Roll. Younger son Rico (1 year) was also dedicated to God by Major Drew McCombe.No 6 pm. Meeting to allow corps folks to visit the Divisional Fiesta Field Day at Bletchingley. Our own Gospel Community Choir joined with Hythe Gospel Choir and took part in this event.

22

Open Songster Practice for anyone interested in singing and sharing with the songsters.

24

Young People s Outing to Joss Bay was well supported with about 85 people attending

25

Meetings led by Majors Michael and Elizabeth Lloyd,formerly out of Chatham and now stationed at Tunbridge Wells. In the afternoon a special service was held when Valerie and Vic Smith renewed their wedding vows. Thirty four years ago the couple were married in a local Register Office but now Val has become a Christian and wanted to renew her vows in church and with Christian friends present. Major Drew McCombe conducted the ceremony and was assisted by Theresa Tranah, Ray Knapman, Sarah Lockwood and Jean Jones.

28

The Thanksgiving Service for the life of Rachael Mills, 40, was conducted by Major Drew McCombe.

AUGUST

8

With the Commanding Officers on Furlough the Morning |Meeting was led by Ruth Hardy and the evening meeting by Lt. Colonels Michael and Martha Pressland

22

29 Officers and staff from The Salvation Army s International College for Officers led the meetings bringing a new insight to army work throughout other parts of the world.

29

Divisional Leaders Lt. Colonels Anthony and Gillian Cotterill led the morning meeting as our CO s were attending their daughter Catherine s wedding in the South Wales.

SEPTEMBER

5

Major Drew McCombe led Morning Meeting and Evening Meeting was led by Major Mark Herbert, Territorial Candidates Director for the UK and N.I.

12

Evening Service joint with Emmaus Centre at our corps hall.

26

Morning meeting led by CO. Major Drew McCombe and the evening meeting led by Paul and Wendy Scoulding,

OCTOBER

2

High Tea was provided by the young people for about 80 Corps Folks as part of the Harvest Weekend celebrations, raising £190 for the Corps Building Fund and our Mission Partner programme.   This was followed by a well-organised and attended evening of Line Dancing, which raised a further £350.

3

Harvest Sunday, with gifts presented by the children, and Jessica Scott was recognised as an Adherent of the Salvation Army by Major Drew McCombe in a short ceremony of acceptance.

4

Launch of mainly music By Verna Smith and helpers. Mummy and Me is primarily for parents with first babies, although siblings born before the first child is 2 are able to attend. The group meets each Friday from 10am – 12noon except during the main school holidays.
‘mainly music’ is for parents with children up to 5 years and is an internationally recognised programme with its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. The group meets each Monday during school terms from 10am -12noon

10

YP Annual prize-giving, led by the young people and YPSM Tracy Wood. The hall was well-filled with parents, families and friends including the BP Sections.

17

In a departure from the normal Sunday evening format we were treated to a programme of Gospel Swing music given by the Band.

NOVEMBER

14

Evening Meeting united with the Emmaus Centre at their church

21
Martin Davis was enrolled as a Senior Soldier in the morning meeting. Michael Gibbs made a fresh commitment as part of his joint membership of the church and the army.

28th

3pm-9 pm. Special prayer event for the Corps Christmas Programme

DECEMBER

5

The morning meeting included a special toy service for donation to Christmas Gifts for the underprivileged, and the dedication of Liam, Lewis, Leon, and Sherrie-May, the family of Richard and Jo Medhurst, attracted to the army through the corps outreach of ‘Mummy and Me’ and ‘mainly music’.

8

The band again featured at the NHS Volunteers Annual Christmas Service at Rochester Cathedral.

11/12

The first Medway Towns Annual Christmas Carol Service to be held in our own hall. With increasing costs and diminishing audiences at the Central Theatre it was decided to hold the event in our own hall his year.      The production, called ‘On a Starry Night’, was enjoyed by capacity audiences,   on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 4 pm.      Band, Songsters, YP Singing Company and YP Band all took part as usual also with a drama group presentation. Collections were taken which raised nearly £700.

13

The Parent and Toddler Group ‘mainly music’ held their Christmas Nativity party.

19

KAOS Carol Service featuring mainly the Young People did not take place on Sunday Morning as Heavy snow and lack of parking facilities meant that access to the hall was considered unsafe. The usual Corps Carol Service in the evening was held as conditions had imporoved a little.

25

Our only Christmas Day meeting was led by Major Drew McCombe on the theme of Word became Flesh and was well attended considering the weather conditions.

26

On Sunday there was just one meeting (morning), this time led by Major Beverley, and the engagement of Vanessa Robinson to Ryan Cripps was announced.

2011

JANUARY

2

Sunday Morning Meeting Only.

29

Young People s Singing Company made recordings for a CD, at Troytown Primary School, Rochester to be produced as a joint venture with Kettering Young People s Band.

FEBRUARY

4

First Prayer and Praise meeting of the New Year for the 7 to 13 year olds – now to become a fortnightly event.

19

Number One on the Corps Roll, Mrs Dorothy Read, is 102 years of age today

26/27

Weekend visit of The International Staff Band.   Saturday afternoon Open Air Witness was cancelled due to heavy rain, but this did not deter a large crowd who enjoyed the Saturday Evening festival.   Sunday weather improved and the congregation enjoyed the Gospel presented by the band and were able to join in a march of witness and Open Air Service in the town centre, where people gathered to listen to both music and message.

MARCH

5

The Sutton and Woodhouse families organised a Charity event in aid of Childrens Liver Disease.

13

Don and Trish Hall, who came to the corps via the Christian Mororcyclists Bikers Association, were enrolled as Soldiers of The Salvation Army

APRIL

3

Mother s Day Meetings led by Major Beverley McCombe (CO). Prayers were led by the Castle family, Vanessa Robinson, (Asst. YPSM) spoke about her family experience and Gina Duhig, a recent new soldier, about the way her family had helped her come to a knowledge of God.

The Baden Powell Sections were on Church Parade at the corps sharing this service.

9

It was Dads day at the Parent and Toddler Group, an activity for Dads and their children under 5 years old.

17

Candidate for officership, Mark Scoulding, led the evening meeting.

19

A programme of Easter Meditation began on this Tuesday with a programme of music presented by the Band and Songsters.

21

A meeting entitled Worship and the Word was led by Major Mark Rose from the William Booth Training College.

22

Major Noel Wright, Assistant Territorial Evangelism Secretary, and Major Mrs Marion Wright led Good Friday Meetings. The theme of the day’s meetings was For Me Instead of Me .   The morning meeting was followed by a Chatham United Churches walk of Witness through the town centre, stopping on the way for a Scripture Reading and testimony at various points en route.   Music was provided by the corps band.

APRIL

24

Easter Sunday Meetings were again led by Major Noel and Marion Wright.

25

The corps Fellowship Purpose Group organised a picnic and games for all those interested, at Manor Farm Country Park, West Malling, it was well attended.

30

“Roots” weekend at Stockport was attended by some corps members.

MAY

1

Sunday Morning included the Dedication of baby Hannah Slater by Major Drew McCombe, with many family members and friends sharing in the occasion.

2

Another Fellowship Group event at Manor Farm Country Park, W. Malling taking advantage of the extra holiday allowed by the Royal Wedding.

3

Davis Estate Home League celebrated 46 years since the outpost began in the front room of the home of Rose and Frank Reynolds.   They had a celebration dinner which featured many of the long-term members.

7

Chatham Band gave a festival of music at Gillingham Methodist Church as part of the churches fund-raising event

8

Major Drew conducted the dedication ceremony of Hollie Ellen Ann Powley. Daughter of   former YP Singing Company member Julie Powley (Nee Langley). Members of both Powley and Langley families with friends were present.

Worshippers from the Emmaus Centre joined us for the evening meeting, led by Reverend Brian Adams.

21/22

The Songster Brigade were specialling at Tunbridge Wells SA Corps.   Both leading the meetings and sharing music with the folks there.   Local Leaders are Majors Michael and Elizabeth Lloyd, both originally from Chatham

JUNE

5

Many of our corps folks were in London to witness and support the ISB 120 celebrations, where the ISB and 7 other Staff Bands from around the world marched up The Mall to Buckingham Palace where a programme of band music was presented.   Each Staff Band in turn marched out of the palace to the applause of the crowd of thousands congregated in the Mall and surrounding areas.

12

Reading Central Songster Brigade led the meetings for the day at 10 am and 4 pm. Theme for the meetings was Pentecost as it was Pentecost Sunday. Good congregations enjoyed the music and ministry of the Reading comrades and their Christian enthusiasm.

18

London Central Fellowship Band and Chatham Songsters presented a Partnership Festival at Chatham with a good programme of lively and light-hearted music together proficient soloists, as well as more contemplative items. £350 was raised for the Corps Building Scheme.

19 Sunday Morning featured the Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal, where the young people renewed their promises and re-signed their covenant.

26

Both meetings were conducted by Second Year Cadets Steve and Melanie Scoulding (from Chatham), assisted by their son Candidate Mark Scoulding, who enters training this year. Their last weekend meetings conducted by them before their Commissioning on 9th July.Theme of the meetings was Love in Action

Sunday Afternoon the Band and Songsters took part at the Annual Service of Remembrance at the Medway Crematorium

JULY

2

An evening of Line Dancing in the YP. Hall organised by Shirley Tye. £127.00 raised for the Building Fund.

3

Band was away conducting meetings and outdoor events at Ramsgate, including an Open-Air session in Ramsgate Harbour area. Chatham BP sections were on Church Parade in the Sunday Morning meeting. Rachel Horwood was commissioned as Young People s Singing Company Leader and Sam Wood as Asst. Junior Soldier Sergeant.

10

Another era in the life of Chatham Salvation Army corps has come to an end. Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe said their goodbyes as they move to new appointments at Territorial Headquarters.       The morning meeting was devoted to this and featured music and tributes from YP and senior orps alike.   A large crowd took part in this meeting.   During the afternoon large numbers of corps members and friends gathered at Luton Recreation Ground for a time of fellowship which included many games and activities, including cricket, and a faith tea. The weather was kind (always a risk in the UK) and this was an excellent opportunity for people to offer their thanks and best wishes in a more extended way than is possible at the exit door of the hall.

17

Lt.Colonels Ray and Joy Steadman-Allen   conducted the morning meeting. There was only one meeting to allow attendance at the Divisional Fiesta Day at Bletchingley.

23

KAOS and Sunday School outing to Joss Bay (Margate). A coach was organised by YPSM Tracy Wood while many others made their own way to the beach by car.

24

Morning meeting conducted by Ruth Hardy, as we await the arrival of our new Commanding Officers.       Evening meeting was a joint service at The Emmaus Centre.

31

Welcome Sunday and installation of new Commanding Officers Majors Alec and Andrea Still, conducted by Lt. Colonel Gill Cotterill (DHQ).   Major Andrea also has an appointment at Territorial Headquarters.

AUGUST

5

Young People s Prayer and Praise meeting.

8

This weekend a number of our Young People attended the Divisional Summer Camp at Vinehall, Robertsbridge.
31ST       Lt. Colonel Lawrence Sutton Promoted to Glory after a long and distinguished career in the worldwide Salvation Army.

SEPTEMBER

4

Divisional Candidates Farewell at Maidstone Corps, which included our own Mark Scoulding who enters the William Booth College this session.   Ruth Hardy now takes over the leadership of the Youth Group

7

Helen Gallagher was guest speaker at the meeting of the Service and Ministry Purpose Group which signalled our involvement with the new Medway Foodbank. A basket was placed in the foyer of the hall in which could be placed in date tins or non perishable foods.       This project is to meet short-term crisis needs.

17

A festival to celebrate the 89th birthday of Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen was held at Maidstone Corps. South London Fellowship Band and Chatham Songsters took part.   Principal Trombonist of Black Dyke Band Brett Baker was guest soloist. The event was also a fund-raiser for Joy Steadman-Allen s Parkinson’s Project

22

Councillor David Brake was Mayor of Medway for 2010-2011.   The Salvation Army in Chatham was one of the several charities selected by him for support during his term as Mayor.

25

It s been a busy week with all those possible carrying out the Annual Door-to-door Appeal collection.       Culminating in our Sunday Morning meeting led by Majors Alec and Andrea Still. In the evening we were joined by Reverend Brian Adams with his congregation from Emmaus Church   Centre

OCTOBER

2

Harvest Sunday. Café Church took place at 4 pm. Organised by the Fellowship Group.

9

This week was the YP Annual Prizegiving when the children of KAOS presented individual musical items in the morning meeting organised by YPSM Tracy Wood.

13

Commencement of the new Book Club meeting each month in Costa Coffe on Chatham High Street.

21

Once again the ‘World s Biggest Coffee Morning’ was supported by the Parent and Toddler Group raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.   The event this year raised in excess of £185.

26

Our Adherents met for their Annual Fellowship Tea, under the leadership of Majors Jim and Alma Brown

NOVEMBER

13

Laura Buchan and Chloe Buttress-Dean were presented with the Mike Woodhouse Award for regular attendance at Sunday School during the year. Evening meeting shared at Emmaus Church

14

Rose Reynolds Promoted to Glory.   Rose was a lovely Christian lady who served the Lord, working among the residents of Davis Estate, where she lived for almost 50 yrs.

17

The Ladies Fellowship packed 21 shoeboxes for the Blytheswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2011 at their meeting.

19

A small brass group played carols at the Bluewater Shopping Centre for the John Lewis Christmas launch.

DECEMBER

2

Christmas ‘Prayer and Praise’ for the young people.

3

Band took part in the Christmas Songs of Praise in Rochester Cathedral, part of the Dickensian Christmas weekend.
Band also played at West Malling Baptist Church in the evening

7

YP Band and Singing Company at Medway District Cubs Carol Service in our own hall. The service was led by YPSM Tracy Wood.

9

Band at Rochester Cathedral as part of NHS Volunteers Carol Service

10

The annual Community Carol Services were again held in our own hall on Saturday evening and Sunday Afternoon

11

Sunday Morning meeting featured the enrolment of five new Junior Soldiers, Erin, Daniel, Katie, Liam & Jasmine and one new Adherent, Richard Medhurst, was recognised.

13

YP Band and Singing Company leading Carols at Thorndyke House

15

Songsters sang carols at the Bluewater Shopping Centre.

16

The Youth Group sang carols to the shut-ins in the area.

17

The Dockyard Church was, once again, the venue for the annual Christmas Concert given by Chatham Band and the Rainham Ladies Choir.

17

The YP Corps Leaders and parents   enjoyed a great Pool Party with sole use of the Maidstone (Mote Park) Swimming Pool with eats and drinks to follow.

18

Morning meeting featured the KAOS Carol Service led by YPSM Tracy Wood with children taking a prominent part The evening meeting was the Corps Carol Service.

19

YP Band and Singing Company with carols at Pembroke Court

23

The Parent and Toddler Groups combined Christmas Party and Nativity took place in The Hub Coffee Shop in our hall

23

Youth Group again carolling. The weather has been particularly mild this year and a full Christmas programme of has been possible.

24

‘Churches Together Carol Service around the Christmas Tree in Chatham High Street with the Band supporting the singing

25

Christmas Morning Meeting after which the band paid its usual Christmas Day visit to the Wisdom Hospice to end the Carolling programme.

2012

JANUARY

1

Only Morning meeting was held led by Majors Jim and Alma Brown ® as CO s Majors Alec and Andrea Still were away for a few days.

13

Prayer and Praise prayer meeting, to pray for the Foodbank starting shortly.

14

Youth Film Night by Central Kent Youth

18

Prayer and Praise gathering in support of the new Medway Foodbank which has opened in Strood Community Project and will be opening in our corps premises on Monday 23 January.

20

Youth Prayer and Praise Film Night and new Mainly Mum s group formed from recent Parenting Course.

FEBRUARY

4

Visit of Regent Hall Band with Chatham Songsters, presented a partnership festival in aid of the Corps Building Fund.

12 Lt.Col. Ray Steadman-Allen   led the morning meeting.

18

Divisional Children s Fun Day at Tunbridge Wells

26

Divisional Youth Councils with many of our young people attending.   Majors Andrea and Alec Still were specialling at Swansea Corps.   10 am. Meeting led by Major Grayson Williams (Maidstone) and the 6 pm meeting by Major Wesley Dinsmore (retired)

MARCH

4

Chatham Band spent the Sunday at Woodford (Essex) Corps

11

Following the morning meeting a presentation was made by the architects detailing arrangements and plans for the hall rebuilding.

15

Ladies Fellowship heard a talk presented by John Wier, Funeral Director.

18

The Baden Powell Sections joined with the Young People s Corps to celebrate Mother s Day with a good number of young people attending.

25

CO s Majors Alec and Andrea Still led the morning meetings and the evening Meeting was joint with Emmaus Church and led by Reverend Brian Adams.

MARCH

30

Commencement of 24/7 Week of Prayer (until 6th April)

31

Wedding of Songster Vanessa Robinson to Bandsman Ryan Cripps (Maidstone) conducted by her uncle Major Raymond Brown (CO. Regent Hall Corps).

APRIL

1

Recognition of three new Adherent members to our corps. We welcome Andrew and Peter Barbour and Karen Smith to worship with us.

3

Band and Songsters presented a programme of Easter Music

6

Good Friday Meeting followed by the usual Chatham United Churches Walk of Witness through the High Street.   Led by the band and supported by many other corps members.   Stops were made for a short service in various key locations.

8

Easter Sunday meetings led by CO s Majors Alec and Andrea Still

15

Major Andrea Still departed for an 8 week session at the International College for Officers in London

22

A special meeting was held on Sunday afternoon for the Dedication of Harrison Peter James Attwood, first son of David and Gail Attwood conducted by Majors James and Alma Brown

The Corps Band led the local Scouts St. Georges Day parade to Rochester Cathedral and assisted during worship.

Morning meeting was led by CO Alec Still (with a sore throat) so was assisted by Songster Ruth Hardy.   The evening meeting was assisted by Don Hall

MAY

6

Major Andrea brought fellow officers from the International College for Officers to share worship with us.

19

A reunion gathering was held from 4 to 7 pm to celebrate 100 years of existence of the Young People’s hall (prior to demolition and redevelopment). Many former members of the YP Corps attended and enjoyed a Tea and Chat with former colleagues and present day young people.   A short programme was presented by old and new folks with a band of oldies a mature Singing Company and Timbrels performed   by grown-ups to the march Red Shield which received cheers of appreciation.

20

This is the last Sunday in our existing suite of buildings before the rebuilding work commences to provide new facilities to meet the needs of the community and the corps. An afternoon cleration was held and programme by today s young people brought the day to its conclusion.

27

No meetings in our hall. There was an option to attend held either with Gillingham Corps or the Emmaus Centre.

JUNE

3

Our first Sunday Morning at the Mid-Kent College, Brompton, where we will be holding future morning meetings until the rebuild is completed.   It was a new experience in our new temporary home. The meeting was well attended as many folks were celebrating the Queen s Diamond Jubilee elsewhere. The corps met in the main foyer area and the young people in large classrooms nearby.   A new chapter in the corps begins here.

10

The second Sunday in the new surroundings, Major Andrea Still has returned from the ICO,

A new soldier, Susan Wallbridge, was enrolled, and she testified to her experience; Jo Lawrence was welcomed as an Adherent, having attended meetings at the corps for some time.

17

Majors Alec and Andrea Still, C.O s,   led the meetings

24

C.O s again led the meetings but after the Morning Meeting a private Dedication was held of Chantelle and Darcy Mae, children of members of our Parent and Toddler Groups. Sunday Afternoon saw the Band and Songsters supporting the Annual Remembrance Service   at Medway Crematorium; a well-supported service of many years standing.

29

Funeral Service of Bandsman Doug Minter (Chatham) took place at Canterbury Temple Corps and Chatham Songsters took part.   Doug was formerly Bandmaster at Canterbury Temple Corps.

JULY

1

Junior Soldiers Renewal Sunday, themed around the Olympic Torch. Also Chatham s Farewell to Lt.Colonels Anthony and Gillian Cotterill (Divisional Leaders) to a new appointment as Principal and Assistant Principal of the William Booth Memorial College, Camberwell, London.

7/8

Young People s Retreat at Deal organised by YPSM Tracy Wood and YP Local officers.   Enjoyed by a large number of our young people; with the food prepared and served by Paul and Wendy Scoulding.

15

Morning Meeting only. For the first time in the College Theatre while students are on a break. Greatly improved tiered seating, but minor problems with the sound which need to be sorted . Corps folks were invited to attend the Divisional Family Day at The Hawthornes School Bletchingly for the afternoon and evening.

19

An Open Songster Practice was held as the last practise of the season.

21

Young People s Family Day at Joss Bay with about 60 people enjoying fun on the beach

22

Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen conducted the morning as the CO s were away and Songster Trish Hall led the evening meeting at the Emmaus Centre.

30

Major Alec.Still (C.O.) conducted the funeral of Dorothy Read, promoted to glory at the age of 103 years.   The service was held at Emmaus Centre, as our hall is undergoing a rebuild; followed by the interment at Chatham Cemetery.

AUGUST

19

The Morning meeting was conducted by Paul and Wendy Scoulding, as the commanding officers are on furlough.   A good congregation attended, considering the school and family holidays.

26

Ruth Hardy, Corps Youth Leader, led the morning meeting, as the only meeting of the day, which included the Hokey Cokey to the surprise of many but the delight of the youngsters.

SEPTEMBER

20

Diamond (60th) wedding anniversary celebrated by Ken and Ellen Lloyd

30

Corps band attended the William Booth College, Camberwell, London, providing music for the welcome to the New Cadets and Installation of new Training Principals, Lt. Colonel Anthony Cotterill and Lt. Colonel Mrs Gillian Cotterill, our former Divisional Leaders. Quite a few of our own corps folks also went along in support.   CO Major Alec Still conducted our morning meeting and invited us to enjoy worship for the remainder of the day at Gillingham Corps where Worthing Songsters were leading the meetings.

OCTOBER

7

Caroline Stone was recognised as a new Adherent and Gwenda Farrenfelt enrolled as a Soldier of the Chatham Corps.

13

The Band gave a concert at the Gillingham Methodist Church

14

Harvest Altar Service in morning meeting led by C.O s

20

YPSM Tracy Wood and staff organised a Musical Workshop at Lordswood School. Planning, preparation and set-up during the day then, at 6 pm, a performance of the musical “The Giant Slayer”.     A good crowd of Corps folks and parents supported the 60 or so young people, who all had a good day and enjoyed the experience.

21

Young People s service and Church Parade during which the choir from yesterday s musical sang a selection of songs from the show.

28

Major Gareth Heward (DHQ) led meetings while our COs are on holiday

NOVEMBER

10

Band at West Malling Baptist Church for the third annual concert in aid of ROPE (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere)

11

Band again took part in the annual Remembrance Service at Chatham war memorial in Victoria Gardens. A Salvation Army wreath, on behalf of the corps, was laid by Band Reservist Peter Wood.

14

Local Member of Parliament Tracy Crouch visited our Medway Food Bank outlet centre and met the staff, Manager Iris Wells, and C.O. Major Alec Still.

24

Band played Carols at the John Lewis store at Bluewater and a group also assisted at the switching onof the Christmas tree lights at Hempstead Village.

DECEMBER

2

A Toy Service was held to collect gifts for distribution during the Christmas period.

5

K.A.O.S. Leader (YPSM) Tracy Wood again led the Medway Cubs District Carol Service usually held at our hall but, due to the building works was held at the Phoenix Junior Academy (Glencoe Road). About 200 Cubs and leaders attended and music was provided by our Young People s Band and Young People s Singing Company.

6

Members of the corps and anyone interested were invited to attend the final open Songster Practice of the year.

7

Christmas Prayer and Praise for our young people was held at the Gillingham Corps Hall

9

No morning meeting as the sections were rehearsing for the two Towns Carol Concerts later in the day. Concerts were at 2 pm. and 5 pm. with all musical sections taking part, but there was a noticeable lack of public attendees, very disappointing for those taking part.

10

Ladies Fellowship Christmas Dinner again took place at The Grangemoor Hotel, Maidstone.

14

The two Parent and Toddler groups held their annual Christmas Celebration

16

10am.   K.A.O.S.(Young People s) Christmas Carol service, led by Y.PS.M. Tracy. 4pm. The Corps Carol Service

17

The Band again played and led the singing at the National Health Service Volunteers Carol service in Rochester Cathedral.   Once again a capacity crowd attended.

21

A collecting outside ASDA for the carolling effort raised almost £2,000.

23

10am meeting at Mid Kent College; led by Trish and Don Hall.   6pm. a United Carol Service of lessons and carols held at the Emmaus Centre with the Emmaus congregation, led by C.O. Major Alec Still

24

11.15 pm. Joint Watch Night Service at Emmaus Centre

25

Christmas Morning worship was held at 10 am. Following the service the band made its usual Christmas Morning visit to the Wisdom Hospice, where it shared carols with the staff and patients too ill to be sent home for the Christmas period.

30

As the College was not available to us, and many folks are away, today s meeting was held jointly with Gillingham Corps.The meeting was led by Majos Haris and Anna Giannoros, Gilligham COs. Chatham CO Major Alec Still gave the sermon.

31

Many of the Youff young families and friends walked from Seasalter to Herne Bay along the coast route.   An enjoyable and friendly time, if wearying, was had by all and even the weather obliged.

2013

JANUARY

20
All meetings cancelled due to heavy and persistent snow and traveling difficulties.

26

Young People s Corps held a Pool Party at Maidstone Leisure Centre

31

There ARE a large number of Roma people (from Czech Repubic and Slovakia) living in Chatham and encouraged by Officers at Margate (Majors David and Kathryn Blowers) who manage the Armada Spazy church It was decided to leaflet and invite these people to come and worship with us as part of a new outreach in Chatham Town Centre. It was amazing that 75+ people came to the Emmaus Centre including the music group from Margate.

FEBRUARY

7

Another Roma Church meeting was held with attendance being over 100 and the room used was very cold and too small, but still a good time was had by all.
9

Divisional Children s Fun Day at Tunbridge Wells Corps.

16

Band at Sheerness, Hope Street Church, in memory of Terry Long, a longtime member of Sheerness Corps, recently promoted to Glory.

17

A Band ensemble led meetings at Sheerness Corps. Corps meetings at 10 am with Armada Sparzy representatives from Margate giving their stories and testimonies

21

For the last three weeks we have hosted a new Roma Church on Thursday evenings. This is part of a new outreach to the people of Chatham and we are being helped by Majors David & Kathryn Blowers who manage the Czech Church (Armada Sparzy) in Margate

23/24

Chatham Corps ‘Youff’ took part in a Mission Retreat organized by Corps Youth Officer Ruth Hardy.

25

Tom Still (Corps Officers son) has gone on a work location to Italy, for Key Camps. Helping to erect Campsites until 1st June.

MARCH
2

Divisional Mission Day at Worthing Corps.

3

Chatham Songsters leading meetings at Folkestone Corps

16

Corps folks helped move chairs back into our rebuilt hall.

17

10 am. Self Denial Altar Service. 4 pm. Meeting led by Songster Brigade and Young People s Singing Company, with Major Nigel Bovey (Editor of War Cry) as guest speaker

24

10 am meeting led by the C.O s. Evening Meeting cancelled due the Church being very cold.

26

Holy Week Meetings, 8pm. Band and Songsters leading

27

Holy Week Meeting, 8pm. A Study of God s Word led by Major Andrea Still.

28

Holy Week Meeting, 8 pm. Led by CO. Major Alec Still.

28-31

Youff visited Neath Corps (South Wales) to conduct Meetings led by Corps Youth Secretary, Ruth Hardy. All enjoyed a good weekend, the first SA weekend for some, and made a positive contributions to the corps meetings there.

29

Good Friday Meetings 10 am at Emmaus Centre, followed by Chatham Town Centre United Churches witness in the High Street with the Corps Band leading the music and procession.

31

Due to non-availability of Mid-Kent college it was decided to join with Gillingham Corps at 7 am. Sunrise Service, and 10 am. Easter Morning Meeting.

APRIL

8-12
Divisional Children s Week Camp at Vinehill School, Robertsbridge. Several Chatham Young People attended as well as Chatham Young People s Leaders

14

Meetings led by the C.O s Majors Alec and Andrea Still.

20

Massed Songster Brigades, from Chatham, Gillingham, Strood, Gravesend, Maidstone and Sittingbourne, gave a Festival of Music in Chatham Historic Dockyard Church, united with London South East Divisional Youth Band under Bandmaster David Lockwood which was enjoyed by all. Proceeds in aid of Chatham Corps Rebuilding Fund.

21

Corps Young People attended Divisional Youth Councils. 10 am. Meeting was the last to be held in our temporary venue of Mid-Kent College in Brompton. The Corps Band led the St. George s Day Parade for Medway Scouts through Rochester Town Centre to Rochester Cathedral. 5pm. An Informal evening was held to introduce Corps Folks and visitors to the new building. Many attended and supported the work done.

22

All Corps activities are now back home and take place in the new buildings. Many new rooms, are now available for Cry Room, Creche, Primary and Prayer. K.A.O.S. meetings will take place upstairs in the Gowans room. The lower floor houses the Bradbury Hall’, kitchen, showers and toilets and office.

28

First Sunday back home in our own Hall for normal meetings. 6 pm. A Hot Potato event led by Major Andrea on The Salvation Army attitude to the Sacrements which was well attended.

MAY

11

The Wedding of Emily Dean to Paul Mason led by C.O. Major Alec Still

12

Band led a hybrid service at the St.Mary Magdalene Church of Rev. Barbara Steadman-Allen in South Holmwood (Dorking). A Church of England format service with the band providing music. The band played music composed and led by Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen and his daughter Rev. Barbara Steadman-Allen joined in on trombone. The event closed with the band playing “Victors Acclaimed” and joined by a lone timbrellist who had once been a Salvationist. Since that date a number of requests have been made for timbrels so that others in the church may practise the art.

13

Our mainly music (Parent and Toddler Group) was the scene for the first dedication held in it’s session. Major Andrea Still conducted the short simple service in the presence of the parents and children when she dedicated to God Douglas Charles, Chloe Elizabeth and Eric Charles, children of Teresa Cokely and Dean Maitland.

18

Don and Trish Hall provided a breakfast to raise money for the Cadets fund as Trish has been accepted for the William Booth Training College in September. Trish as a Cadet and Don has beeen appointed as a Territorial Envoy to Croydon Citadel, with responsibility for Caterham Corps.

19

Major Andrea Still leading the meetings as Major Alec is unwell. 4 pm. Pentecost Praise meeting featuring the ROMA Church group from Armada Sparsy (SA) Margate, a branch of which meets every week in our hall at Chatham.

22

Prayer and Praise Meeting for Medway Food Bank held in our hall.

25

The Wedding of Gina Duhig to Andrew Barbour took place conducted by CO Major Alec Still.

26

Sunday Morning meeting led by Divisional Commanders Lt. Cols Peter and Sandra Moran.

28

Weekly Roma Church meeting in our hall

JUNE

1

A Car Boot Sale was organised by Val Smith and supported by other corps folks. Good weather helped to raise £500 for the corps.

5

Cameo Club held their Jubilee Tea and Social. It was a really fun afternoon with dvd scenes of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth and music from a one man band

7

As part of a UK tour the Salvation Army USA Western Territory Staff Songsters conducted a musical festival at Chatham before going next day to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Gospel Arts Concert. A large congregation enjoyed the music and message from these committed Christian people.

8

Chatham Corps Youth took part in a sponsored Tag Marathon event to raise money for the corps Building Fund and the Walkathon being undertaken on behalf of Human Trafficking by Andy Peddle from High Wycombe.

14-16

3 day prayer event in our hall

16

Junior Soldiers ‘Day of Renewal’ meeting when 18 Junior Soldiers renewed their promised and 3 new Junior Soldiers were enrolledenrolled. Meeting led by Kate Boughton and Sam Wood.

23

Meetings led by Cadet Mark Scoulding, who went to college from Chatham, were a great blessing, as this was his final ‘Home Corps’ meeting before his commissioning as a full time SA Lieutenant in two weeks time.

30

Band and Songsters at the Annual Crematorium Service during the afternoon, for their regular visit of many years standing.

JULY

6

Re-Opening and Dedication of Corps Buildings officiated over by The Salvation Army Chief Secretary Colonel David Hinton, with Divisional Commanders Lieutenant Colonels Moran and Commanding Officers Majors Alec & Andrea Still supporting.  3 pm.March to Open Air service in High Street.  4 pm Opening Ceremony. 4.30 pm Buffet meal and public viewing of rebuilt halls. 7 pm. Festival of Celebration with Senior Band, Junior Band, Songsters and Singing Company taking part. Chairman & speaker Chief Secretary Colonel David Hinton. A special Day enjoyed by all who attended including folks from local churches.

7

10 am. Corps Re-opening meeting led by Divisional Commanders and Commanding Officers. No evening meeting

8

Home League Ladies Fellowship meeting

13

Commissioning of Cadets at Westminster Central Hall including our own Mark Scoulding. Meetings at 2 pm and 6 pm.   A coach was hired for those Corps folks who were able to attend.

14

Trevor Grant commissioned Corps Treasurer by CO Major Alec Still.

20

KAOS Outing to Joss Bay well attended and supported.   Also the wedding of new Lieutenant Mark Scoulding to Grace Brophy at William Booth College, London.

21

Major Alec led meeting at Sheerness Corps as they are between officers this week. Major Andrea led the 10 am. meeting at Chatham.  4 pm Praise Meeting.

27

Territorial Music School held at Bath until 3  August. Attended by Martin and Emma Davis and Louise Robinson.

28

Major Alec Still conducted the Dedication ceremony of Cole Daniel, John Michael, and Marianne Louise Woodhouse, all children of John and Christine Woodhouse, and   grandchildren of Songster Heather Woodhouse.

AUGUST

3-10

Salvation Army Scout Centenary Jamboree at Gillwell Park. Several members of our corps Scout Group attended and enjoyed fellowship of scouts from all over the world.

4

C.Os away on holiday and morning meeting led by Candidates Don and Trish Hall.  No evening meetings during August.

11

Morning meeting led by Rosemary Steadman-Allen ably assisted by her father, Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen.

18

Morning Meeting led by Paul Scoulding

25

Commanding Officers back from holiday and led the morning meeting.

SEPTEMBER

1

Morning meeting led by CO s.   Evening meeting is Divisional Candidates Farewell meeting at Maidstone Corps. Chatham Candidate is Trish Hall and Chatham Citadel Band on duty supporting.

8

Verna Smith retired from Mummy and Me and Parent and Toddler Group after almost 17 years service since she started these activities..

15

Harvest Weekend meetings led by Lt.Cols. Ivor & Carol Telfer, Territorial Business Secretary.

19

Funeral of Songster John Allen at the citadel.

20-  22

Young People’s Retreat at Rippledown, led by our YP Leaders.

27

The Parent & Toddler groups hosted a coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Support and raised over £500.

27/28

Several Corps members took part in a Half Marathon Night Walk around London in aid of cancer relief.   Ruth Woodhouse, Sam.Wood, Shingie Bule, Carole Wood and Sophie Wood completed the overnight event.

OCTOBER

20

YP Annual meetings led by Lts, Steve and Mel Scoulding (Out of Chatham but now i/c St.Helier.Jersey) with the young people taking a prominent part.

26

Shirley Tye, led an evening of Line Dancing in aid of The Big Collection by The Salvation Army. £170 was raised.

27

CO s on holiday. Meetings led by Majors David & Kath Blowers, leaders of our Roma Church

NOVEMBER

3

Morning meeting led by Paul Scoulding, COs on holiday.

4 Promotion to Glory of Songster Leader (Ret) Verna Smith

NOVEMBER

9

The Band gave its fourth  concert in aid of the charity ROPE (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere)  at West Malling Baptist Church.

10

Remembrance Sunday Services held at the hall, with the Band making its regular attendance at the town’s service at the War Memorial in Victoria Gardens, Chatham.

16

As the first part of the Chatham Corps 140th Anniversary Weekend the Band and Songsters held rehearsals with many old and former members of the sections from all over the country, followed by a united tea and fellowship.

In the evening an Anniversary Weekend Meeting with Corps sections and guests taking a prominent part under the leadership of Majors Ray and Pat Brown. (Ray entered the ministry from Chatham). Now Coordinator of Salvation Army International Emergency Services at International Headquarters, operating from London. Pat is IHQ Chaplain and City of London Liaison Officer. An almost capacity crowd enjoyed the celebration meeting.

17

Sunday meetings were led by Majors Ray and Pat Brown supported by many former comrades of the corps and the musical sections.

20

Celebration of Life and Committal service of Songster Leader Verna Smith (Ret) led by Majors Drew & Beverley McCombe (former C.O s). A full hall, with friends joining from all over the country and overseas, and many of the parents and children from the Parent and Toddler Groups paying tribute to a wonderful lady.

24

Isaac Woodman, son of Bandsman Carl Woodman and Deputy Song/Ldr.Carolynn Woodman, was enrolled as a Junior Soldier by the Commanding Officer during the Morning Meeting.

DECEMBER

1

Meetings conducted by Majors Anthony and Gill Colclough from Territorial Headquarters including a Toy Service as part of our Christmas Parcels ministry for needy families.

14

Community Carol Concert in our hall. The hall was almost filled to capacity to enjoy this annual event.   Many townsfolk with their families enjoyed the Christmas celebrations and message. The Band, Songsters, Young People’s Band and Singing Company took a prominent part, with features by the Bell-Ringers, and a dance group.

15

Sunday Morning meeting was in the form of a Family Service, with no sections on duty. Lt.Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen on the piano led the singing.   Following the meeting the Band and collectors were carolling in the High Street. The afternoon meeting was in the form of a ‘Christmas Praise with all musical sections taking part.

16

mainly music and Mummy and Me held a Nativity thanksgiving and party, enjoyed by parents and children alike.

Evening activity was a BP Sections (Scouts, Guides, Cubs etc.) party.             The Band took part, as usual, in the NHS Volunteers Carol Service in Rochester Cathedral, to a capacity crowd.

16-  20

Christmas Parcels prepared and distributed to local needy people by volunteers and helpers.

18

Roma Church Carol Service with Nativity play.   A Band ensemble led Carol singing at the Trevor Gibbons Unit, Maidstone.

21

Chatham Churches Together had to cancel ‘Carols around the Christmas Tree’ in The High Street due to very inclement weather.   The Young People packed bags in the Iceland Store to raise a smile and cash (over £200) for the army work.    ‘Chatham Youff’ sang Carols at the homes of some of the older folks of the corps family.

22

10 am Young People s Carol Service organised and led by KAOS Leader Tracy Wood. This is a   popular event with Young People and their sections taking a prominent part.

23

Christmas Lunch for vulnerable people of the area

24

The Songsters sang carols in Hotels in Ashford and at Bridgewood

25

10 am Christmas Day meeting. The Band made its usual visit  to the Wisdom Hospice.

30

Last Sunday of the year, meeting led by Major Alec as Major Andrea was helping out in Tonbridge with families who have lost their homes in the floods.

2014

JANUARY

9

Commitment Sunday meetings led by our CO s

FEBRUARY

2

Partners in Mission Launch

4

Funeral of Ray Knapman.   Memorial Service in our hall had a capacity crowd.

8

Divisional Children s Fun Day at Robertsbridge – A large number of Chatham folk attended

9

COs away leading meetings at Bolton Corps. Morning meeting led by Paul Scoulding. No evening meeting. Band at the William Booth College participating in Memorial Service for Lt. Col. Peter Moran (Divisional Commander).

10

Restart of Alpha Course.

16

Enrolment of Gareth Pennington as a Soldier.

22

Indoor Boot Fare held in Bradbury Hall for corps funds.

MARCH

2

Self-Denial Altar Service.

8

Divisional Mission Training Day hosted by Chatham Corps.

16

Afternoon Praise meeting led by the Band

22

Band and Songsters gave a concert at St.Matthews Church, Wigmore.

23

Evening Meeting led by Lt. Rebecca Zund from Sheerness.

30

Mothering Sunday (Mother s Day).  Meetings led by COs.

APRIL

4-6

Divisional Liberate Women s Weekend.   Several attended from Chatham

13

Palm Sunday Meetings included the enrolment of David and Jane Haystead as Soldiers, conducted by CO, Major Alec Still.

15

Holy Week meeting led by Band and Songsters.     A programme of Easter music and contemplation on the theme “What Does Calvary mean to Me?”.

16

Holy Week Bible Study evening led by the CO, Major Alec Still.

18

Good Friday meetings in the morning followed by the traditional United Churches Procession through the High Street with several worship stops en route. Chatham YOUFF went to Caterham Corps, where one our own Don Hall is acting as Envoy, to lead the meeting. Relaxation in Greenwich Park followed.

19

Youff went to Hadleigh Park Rare Breeds centre followed by a visit to Southend. Then a sleepover at Chatham Hall before another trip to Caterham on Easter Sunday for reflection and celebration

20

Easter Sunday meetings led by the Cos. Recognition of service given by Recruiting Sergeant Ray Maycock and Assistant Recruiting/Sergeant Chris Boughton as they relinquish their positions

27

Dedication of Leon Bailey Paine, son of Caroline Stone.   The Mercy Seat was again wellused for rededications during the meeting. In the afternoon the Band led the St. Georges Day District Scout Parade to Rochester Cathedral, and took part in the service with our own BP

MAY

11

Cole Woodhouse enrolled as a Junior Soldier. He was well supported by his family. Afternoon meeting was by the Youth (Youff) as a Coffee & Cake fundraiser for Easter  Camp and Summer School.

25

Meetings led by Captains Matt and Sarah Butler, COs at Glasgow City Centre corps

JUNE

1

Evening meeting led by Lt. Rebecca Zund (CO.Sheerness)

8

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal recognized in morning meeting. Youff hosted a Chathams Got Talent meeting based on the TV show. Thirteen acts were voted on.

14

Young Peoples Band   Workshop. Led by Paul Sharman (ISB) 4.30 pm. Massed YP Bands Celebrate Together witrh Paul Sharman and Lt.Col. Ray Steadman-Allen.

13

Fund Raising Car Wash and Coffee Morning at the Hall.

14

Young People s Band workshop led by Paul Sharman (a member of the International Staff Band).The massed YP Bands from the area, joined for Celebrate Together with Paul Sharman and Lt. Colonel (R) Ray Steadman-Allen as guest conductors. Chatham Songster Brigade also took part.

15

The Band led meetings at Woodford Corps.

22

Dedication of Sarah Gibbs and Daughter Katie Green. Retirement meeting for  Lt. Col. Sandra Moran took place at Maidstone with Chatham Band supporting. No evening meeting at Chatham

25

The Salvation Army s Employment Plus programme (Face2Face) was launched yesterday in Chatham. Working hand in hand with the local Job Centre facilities are provided where people can enhance their job search experience. Learning programmes are available and access to job search websites. Representatives from Territorial Headquarters were present for the launch.

28

A Community Fete on the land around the hall and within the building. Many sections took part running stalls, games, and refreshments.   A group of Bandsmen played music in the High Street from 12 to 3 handing out invitations to come to the corps event.   A successful first attempt organised and supervised by the Purpose Group for Fellowship led by Samantha Wood. Useful contacts were made and enquiries received.

29

A large group of the corps Youff attended Folkestone Corps to support the London South East Divisional Youth Band and Chorus leading the meetings there(some members are from Chatham).The annual Medway Crematorium Service of Remembrance was supported by the Band and Songsters

JULY

4-6

Children’s Ministry  and Youth leaders organised a weekend retreat.

12

Band and Songster ensembles conducted a Meeting in Braintree.

13

Meetings led by Major Joy Paxton and Major Linda Levis. Following the morning meeting the band spent time at Medway Hospice. The Mission Forum met in the afternoon

14

Ladies Fellowship meeting

19

Corps Family Outing to Joss Bay.

20

Cadet Carl Whitewood welocomed. Carl is on summer placement from William Booth College and will be with the corps until October.

2431

Scout Group in camp in Scotland

AUGUST

17

Meeting led by Paul Scoulding in the absence of officers and cadet.

24

Cadet Carl Whitewood led the Meeting.

29-1

Chatham ‘Youff’ led meetings at Macclesfield

SEPTEMBER

5

First Prayer and Praise children’s meeting after the summer break.

7

Kate Boughton introduced as Singing Company Leader. Normal meeting schedules resume after summer break

14

Isaac Woodman was enrolled as a Junior Musician (YP Band) and Gareth Pennington commissioned as a Bandsman.

SEPTEMBER

1821

Prayer event for victims of Human Trafficulting

2728

Harvest weekend.

OCTOBER

5

Farewell to Cadet Carl Whitewood.  Band, Songsters and corps members joined with other local churches for Harvest Songs of Praise in the evening.

1112

Songsters away for the weekend at Winton Corps

18

The Youff (Youth) presented the musical “Samson and Delilah”.

19

Young Peoples Annual Meetings and Prize-Giving led by Children’s Ministries le sader Tracy Wood and her team.

26

Ian Childs, project Manager of Medway Foodbank spoke in the morning meeting.

NOVEMBER

2

Two new adherents recognised. (Susan Greren and Abby Holt).

7

Children’s Prayer and Praise meeting.

8

Band gave a festival at Hope Street Church, Sheerness, to raise money for the local corps.

9

Band provided music at Chatham War Memorial for Remembrance Sunday service.

15-16

Corps 141st Anniversary meetings.  Afternoon  meeting featured the senior choir (NChant) from Rochester Grammar School led by Carolynn Woodman. The choir were finalists in the ‘BBC2 Songs of Praise School Choir of the year’ competition

30

First Sunday in Advent. A presentation was made by Ian Childs of Compassion UK.

DECEMBER

6

Band took part again at Rochester Cathedral for Dickens Festival Christmas Songs of Praise

Band again presented a Christmas concert in West Malling Baptist Church, for ROPE (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere).

7

Toy Service during morning meeting.

Elsa Burdett commissioned a Junior Musician (YP Band)

13

Community Carol Service.

14

As a new trial venture the morning meeting was in two parts, first in our hall and the second part in the local Tesco store. Not many shoppers evident.

Youth Carol Service in the afternoon.

15

The band again took part in the National Health Service Volunteers Carol Service in Rochester Cathedral.

17

Armada Spasy (Roma Church), Carol Service, led by Majors David and Kath Blowers. Iris Wells organised a nativity play.

18

Songsters sang Carols in Bluewater John Lewis Store

19

Youff (youth) mad-dash carol tour around corps folks.

20                                

Band supported other local churches for carols around the Christmas tree in the High Street. Very poor attendance form other churches.

21

KAOS (Kids Alive On Sunday) Carol Service led by Children’s Ministries leader Tracy Wood in the morning.

Corps Carol Service in the evening.

23

Festive Fellowship

25

Christmas Day Meeting.

28

Wedding of Milan Balog and Beata Kovcova. The first Roma wedding to be held at the corps.

2015

JANUARY

3

Band Reservist Gordon Phillips suddenly Promoted to Glory overnight at home. Gordon was also a retired Songster and current Corps Registrar.

4                

Bandmaster (Band Secretary) Ray Maycock (R) took over as Bandmaster to replace Deputy Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood who had been covering in the position for two years.

11

Commitment Sunday Meetings led by our Majors Alec and Andrea Still.

13

Funeral of Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen  (OF) with corps members and family at the Medway Crematorium, followed by a celebration of his life by many friends and acquaintances at the Citadel afterwards.

29

Major Alec Still (CO) conducted the Cremation Service of Band Reservist Gordon Phillips followed a Celebration of his life led by Major Malcolm Westwood (R) in our own hall.

FEBRUARY

10

Ladies Fellowship meeting on the subject “Handbags”

15

Commanding Officers away on holiday. Sole meeting led by Jean Jones with the speaker Bandmaster Ray Maycock (R).

22

Only one meeting while COs are away, led by Paul Scoulding.

MARCH

1

Greg Davis commissioned as Band Sergeant.   Martin Davis, Bethany and Jessica Boughton with Elsa Burdett reported on their Territorial Youth Band and Youth Chorus week away.

14

Songster Brigade at Folkestone Corps in a concert with City of Canterbury Brass Band as a fundraiser for the Army’s campaign against Human Trafficking.

15

Mothering Sunday meetings led by Majors Alec and Andrea Still.

28

Farewell gathering, at Samantha Wood s House, to say goodbye to Shingie Bule and her boys as they return home to Zimbabwe.  .

29

Palm Sunday Meetings led by the COs

30

Betty Jones celebrated her 100th Birthday with her family in her Care Home. She was Promoted to Glory a few days later.

31

Holy Week meeting led by Band and Songsters

APRIL

1

Holy Week Bible Study

2

Holy Week Fellowship Meal

3

Good Friday meeting followed by United Churches parade of witness with short stops for scripture, testimony and song at various points in the High Street.

Chatham Youff   (youth) away for the weekend to conduct meetings and witness at Abertillery (Wales).

5

Easter Praise meeting followed by a Fellowship meal. Mike Gibbs was recognised as an Adherent.

12

Sole meeting only led by CSM Tim Scott.   CO.s away.

13

Ladies Fellowship Meeting

19

Carolynn Woodman commissioned Songster Leader. Soloist Special afternoon meeting.

26

Samuel Boughton and Renzo Mouton commissioned as Junior Soldiers by Major Alec Still

MAY

7

Majors Jim and Alma Brown (R) celebrated their Diamond (60th) Wedding Anniversary

9/10

Weekend guests were Margaret and Chick Yuill.     Saturday afternoon  seminar on Christian Leadership . Also supported by our  Roma community

Sunday meetings led by Chick and Margaret including an evening of worship, drama and music by our guests.

17

Afternoon meeting was organised by the YP Band and Singing Company to raise funds towards running this year s Summer Camps.. Almost £200 was raised.

24

Commanding Officers on a few days holiday before taking on additional Divisional responsibilities. Morning meeting was led by Majors Malcolm and Sylvia Waters (R)

25

Majors Alec and Andrea Still have received an additional appointment as Mission Partners, London South East Division, a commitment of 3 days a week. Corps duties continue.

28

Peter and Cathy Wood celebrate their 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary.

JUNE

5

The Brownies and Guides have ceased to exist  as a Salvation Army Sponsored Group

8

Ladies Fellowship monthly Meeting.

13

Chatham Songsters supported by Massed Songsters from the division and South London Fellowship Band presented Celebrate Together under Compere and Conductor Captain Martin Cordner in Kings Church, Chatham.   Collection donated to Chatham Corps’ One2One Employment Plus programme.

14

Meetings led by Cadet Trish Hall (formerly of Chatham) with help from husband Envoy Don  Hall.

21

Songsters led  meetings at Stotfold corps  and Major Andrea Still conducted Fathers Day meetings at Chatham.

27

Cadet Trish Hall  commissioned as a Salvation Army officer at Westminster Central Hall.

28

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal led by members of the Children’s Ministries team Sam and Tracy Wood in the morning meeting.  Sam.Wood was commissioned Junior Soldiers Sergeant and Martin Castle as  Assistant Junior Soldiers Sergeant.

Band and Songsters provided the music at the Annual Crematorium Service of Remembrance in the afternoon and  Chatham Youff ledthe evening meeting.

29

Mainly Music Parent and Toddler Group  celebrated its 5th  birthday.

JULY

1-5

Boundless International  Congress celebrating The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary held at the O2 Arena in London.

10

Featherby Infant School Choir led by our own Christine Lockwood won Kent Messenger  ‘Walking to school’ competition.

12

Major Karen Ramsey appointed Associate Officer at Chatham. Induction performed by Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Ray Irving.

15

Major Alec. Still (Our C.O.) attends  International College for Officers for the next 8 weeks

1719

Children and Youth Retreat weekend

31

Funeral of Valerie French at Medway Crematorium.

AUGUST

2

Visiting of 17 officers attending the current session at the International College for Officers

7h

Graham (Retired Corps Treasurer) and Barbara Hatton celebrated their Golden Wedding with friends and family at Upchurch Golf Club.

SEPTEMBER

19-20

Harvest Weekend led by Lt. Colonels Graham and Kirsten Owen (Bromley C.O.                     Quiz Night and Supper with Chinese meal prepared by Mai Su.

27

Spiritual Gifts Seminar 1 led by Major Janet Robson in the afternoon. Majors Alec and Andrea Still leading meetings at Bromley.

OCTOBER

3

Ladies Brass Group gave concert in Hall for Cancer Research. United Singing Companies event including our own group took place at Maidstone Corps.

4

Enrolment of Steve Phillips as a Soldier and recognition of Rodney and Glenys Parks as Adherents. Second session of the Spiritual Gifts Seminar during the afternoon led by Major Janet Robson

10

Bonfire & Bubble hat evening for the Young People organised by Scout Leader Rob Christie and Childrens Ministries Leader Tracy Wood, at Buckmore Park Youth Centre.

11

Young People s Annual Sunday Led by Ruth Hardy and the Youff. Rebecca Abbott enrolled as a Soldier. Afternoon meeting led by Children’s Ministries Leader  Tracy Wood and youth workers on the theme of Rugby .

NOVEMBER

7

Band gave concert for ROPE (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere) at West Malling Baptist Church

8

Remembrance Sunday . Band supported local war memorial service as in previous years

22

142nd Corps Anniversary meetings

26

Territorial Carol Concert at the Royal Albert Hall included the Rochester Grammar School Senior  Choir (Nchant) led by Songster Leader Carolynn Woodman.

28

Band took part in St. Mary s Island Rotary Club Christmas Fayre

DECEMBER

4

Band supporting Lordswood School carol service. Christmas Kids Club in the evening

5

Band carolling at Bluewater shopping centre followed by concert at the OASIS Academy at Sheerness.

6

Annual Toy Service in the morning meeting. Carolli in the Wilson Avenue area

8

Band taking part in second Lordswood School  carol service ansd at Harrow Court elderly care home

10

Songsters singing Carols at John Lewis Bluewater store

11

Homeless share a Christmas meal at the hall

12

KAOS (Kids Alive On Sunday) Carol Service at Warren Wood School led by Children’s Ministries leader  Tracy Wood with Band and Young People’s sections also taking part.

13

Community Carol Service in our own hall with all sections taking part

14

Band again taking part in the NHS Volunteers Carol Service in the Rochester Cathedral

16

Young People’s musical sections playing carols at Thorndike House residential centre

17

Songsters again sing Carols at John Lewis Bluewater store.

18

Youff (Youth Group) feature in a Mad Dash Carolling tour around town visiting corps folk.

19

Young Peoples Carol Service at the hall

20

Corps Carol Service by candle light. All musical sections taking part.

21

Carols at Pembroke Court for older people

22

Band ensemble at Trevor Gibbons Unit in Maidstone.

Family Festive Fellowship including the film The Nativity Story , a children s Competition and faith tea

24

Songsters carolling at hotels in Ashford and Chatham

25

Christmas Morning Service at the hall. Chatham Corps and Chatham Rotary Club provide a Christmas Day lunch for those in need.

31

YOUFF perform a Pantomime, ‘Aladdin,  a panto crossing Time and Space’.

2016

JANUARY

2

Night Shelter commissioned.  The wedding of Pam Withers and Peter Cole was conducted by Major Alec Still

3

Final Sunday for Major Alec Still as Chatham C.O. as he moves to Divisional Headquarters as Director of Evangelism for London South East Division. Major Andrea Still becomes Commanding Officer and Major Karen Ramsey remains as Associate Officer. Four William Booth College cadets in the meeting in the meeting to observe prior to training appointment.

8

SA Funeral of Mrs Joyce Babb.

10

Commitment Sunday meetings led by Major Andrea Still (am.) and Major Karen Ramsay (pm.)

17

Community Praise am meeting ‘Deep Love’ led by Major Karen.

4 pm Corps Community Programme details explained by those who lead.  What goes on in our Corps.

24

Four William Booth College cadets share in the meeting. CO’s theme of ‘Amazing Love and Grace’ followed by High Street Outreach.

31

Launch of PALS (Pray and learn something) a.m. with Major Karen.  pm Major Andrea.

FEBRUARY

7

Self Denial and ‘Give to Grow’ launch.  am Major Andrea and pm Major Karen

14

Meetings led by Cadets from William Booth College.  Band at Hospice.  PALS training in the afternoon.

21

Self Denial Altar Service to support missionary work.

Corps outreach in the High Street.  4pm Meeting:  International Army

25

Funeral service of Lt.Colonel Joy Steadman-Allen at Medway Crematorium and later Thanksgiving at Chatham SA Hall led by Major Alec Still.

28

Corps Family Service as Chatham Youth Team are having Youth Workers away training meetings.

MARCH

6

Mothering Sunday meetings again led by WBC Cadets as part of their training.

13

Give to Grow teaching Sunday led by CO Major Andrea Still. Morning meeting led by CO followed by a corps meal at St. Georges Hotel with talk by Give to Grow co-ordinator John Stanford.  Mid week meetings taking place 13 – 20 March.

20

Palm Sunday Meetings included ‘Give to Grow’ pledge and Altar Service.

21

Sister Frankie Kember – due to health deterioration has been moved from local hospital to Holly Lodge Care Home, Chatham.
22nd

Holy Week Meetings all week. Tuesday – Band and Songster sections led reflections, Wednesday – CO led reflections around the word during the day and in the evening in the Gowans Room. Thursday – Easter Fellowship Meal in the Gowans Room

25

Good Friday morning meeting followed by United Churches witness in the High Street from 11 am.

27

Easter Sunday morning celebration meeting followed by Band at Hospice.  No evening meeting.

APRIL

3

Salvation Army One Army Sunday meeting

10

WBC Cadets led the next One Army meetings

13

A celebration gathering to congratulate Frank Reynolds on his 90th birthday with a lunch in the Bradbury Hall followed by a musical programme witness featuring CSM (Retired) Murray Smith.

17

A special soloists meeting at 4 pm

19

Tuesday evening – Band presented a festival as preparation prior to their coming visit to Jersey SA in May.

24

Morning meeting led again by WBC Cadets. Scouts took part in the annual District St. Georges Day Parade to Rochester Cathedral. Evening –  ‘Hot Potato’ Meeting led by Cadets.

25

Frank Reynolds ‘Promoted to Glory’ so soon after his 90th Birthday

30

Corps Breakfast and Toy Sale. 9.30 to 11.30 at SA Hall in Church Street.

MAY

1.

Meetings led by Major Alec Still (DHQ).  ‘Youff’ led meetings at Histon Corps under leadership of Ruth Hardy.

7

Band visited Jersey corps for the weekend to help celebrate the Jersey corps 135th anniversary. Jersey Corps Officers are Captains Stephen and Melanie Scoulding who entered officer training from Chatham. The Band took part in outdoor and indoor activities in St. Helier supporting the corps activities.

Chatham Corps activities took place with Sunday morning meeting only led by cadets and fellowship work.

13

Funeral of Band Reservist Frank Reynolds with many corps folks attending in tribute.

15

Pentecost Sunday meetings and outreach

21

Young People’s Picnic led by Leader Tracy Wood at Manor Farm Country Park, West Malling.  Well attended as weather was good and enjoyed by all.

22

Liberate weekend with some of the ladies away at Tudor Park Hotel.  Meetings led by Cadets. Band at Hospice

28

61st wedding anniversary of Peter and Catherine Wood who had married at Chatham Corps.

29

Meetings led by Major Karen Ramsay under ‘The Name of Jesus’

JUNE

5

Meetings conducted by the WBC Cadets.  This was the last Sunday of their training period with us.  Afternoon meeting was followed by food, fellowship and farewell.

12

One Army Sunday.  Band at Hospice.  In the morning Leslie Bell enrolled as adherent.

18

Chatham and Maidstone Bands gave a celebratory concert at Chatham Riverside followed by a march through the town centre. This was to recognise the 135th anniversary of the formation of Chatham Band

Tweenagers organised a Bring and Buy Sale to raise funds for Tanzania project

25

Band concert at St Matthews Church, Drewery Drive, Wigmore

26

Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal. Children’s Ministry Leaders led the morning meeting Band and Songsters at Medway Crematorium for annual remembrance service in the afternoon. Farewell to Divisional Leaders and recognition of work done by London South East Division, which is now closed, took place in the evening.

JULY

1/2

Chatham Corps YP Retreat

9

Bev and Marjory Hudson celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary

10

Farewell Sunday for Majors Alec and Andrea Still to take up their appointment as Mission Enablers in the South Division, with son Simon.  Tom decided to stay at Chatham.

17

Band carry out a motorcade with appointments at Strood, Sheerness and East Peckham Corps.

24

Morning meeting led by Recruiting Sergeant Nigel Day.   6 pm evening meeting at Maidstone being welcome to new Divisional Commander.

AUGUST

7th

am meeting led by guest leaders Majors Melvyn and Betty Ackroyd Rtd. who soldier at Bromley Corps.

Evening meetings cancelled during August.

14th      Meeting led by Soldier Steve Phillips.

21st      Major Karen Ramsay led the sole meeting of the day.

28th      Meeting led by Corps Youth Secretary, Ruth Hardy.

SEPTEMBER 2016

4TH                  Installation meetings of new Commanding Officers Majors Nigel and Judy Schultz.  Congregations of Strood and Chatham, now under team ministry joined together for this special event.  Meeting led by Majors Mark and Linda Herbert, DHQ.

11th                  Majors Nigel and Judy Schultz led the meetings at Strood in the morning and Major Nigel led the evening meeting at Chatham.  Youff were on retreat this weekend.

18th                  Harvest Sunday led by Major Nigel Schultz.  ‘Harvest of the Sea’  4 pm.    Praise Meeting.

25th                  Am. Meeting led by Chatham Youth

OCTOBER 2016

1st/2nd Senior Band 135th Anniversary weekend.  Saturday reunion tea and programme and Sunday Meetings led by Majors Ray and Pat Brown.  Dedication of Joel Cripps, son of Vanessa and Ryan Cripps by Major Pat Brown.

8th        Chatham Songsters visit to Ramsgate to provide musical programme.

9th        ‘Constant Grace’ was the theme for today.  Meetings led by Major Nigel Schultz. Mission Forum.Meeting.

23rd      Major Judy Schultz led the morning meeting at Chatham.  Major Nigel led the special meeting at Strood where five new junior soldiers were enrolled.  Evening meeting at Chatham led by Major Karen.

30th      Both meetings today at Chatham led by Major Nigel Schultz.  The morning meeting included ceremony led by Major Karen Ramsey when she enrolled Christina Kierton as new adherent.

NOVEMBER 2016

6th                   Both meetings led by Major Nigel Schultz.

13th                  Band at Victoria Gardens Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday Service with former military servicemen and women.  Major Nigel Schultz led service of remembrance at the Corps where people were invited to lay a poppy on the Union Jack displayed at the front.  Links made with Whitehall Cenotaph for the Last Post.  Very moving service.

19th/20th           Saturday and Sunday Corps Anniversary meetings well led by visitors WINTON SONGSTERS and fruitful meetings enjoyed by good congregations.

26th                       YPSM Tracy Wood and other Youth Leaders held a YP Sale with proceeds in aid of Tanzania Matumaini Project Youth Trip next year.  Proceeds exceeded £360.00.

27th                  Start of advent.  Meetings led by Major Nigel Schultz.

DECEMBER 2016

3RD                  Chatham Corps Family Carol Service at Warren Wood Academy organised by Tracy (YPSM) and Stephen Wood who live close by

4th                    During the Dickens Christmas Festival the Band was present at the Songs of Praise held in the Cathedral at lunchtime.

5th                    Nine lessons and carols service led by Major Karen Ramsay which included a Toy Service for members of the Corps.  Major Nigel led the evening meeting.

10th                  Annual concert given by the Band at West Malling Baptist Church in aid of ROPE  (Relief of Oppressed People Everywhere).

11th                  Morning meeting led by Major Nigel Schultz.   Community Carol Service held in the afternoon. Well attended by members of the public using our hall.  Charles and Juliette Grouyet welcomed as transferring from Jersey Corps in the Channel Islands.

18th                  Morning meeting took the form of the Annual KAOS Carol Service under the leadership of YPSM Tracy Wood.  The Corps Carol Service was held by Candlelight in the evening.. Service Theme was “Gifts”

25th                  Christmas morning service led by Major Nigel Schultz.  Chatham Rotary Club      organised Christmas Meals (12.30 & 2) for anyone who would prefer not to be  alone or for those who need our help. Staffed by Rotary Club and their volunteers.  Very successful and booked again for next year at Rotary request.

29th                  Major Karen Ramsey and Retired Corps Sergeant Major Murray Smith of Chatham Corps, decided to marry using Maidstone SA Corps building.  The ceremony was conducted by Major Alec Still.  Many people  supported.  Both  will continue work and leadership in Strood and Chatham SA Corps.

30th                  Funeral of Retired Songster Ellen Lloyd.   Band and Songsters supported at the service of thanksgiving.  Major Nigel Schultz conducted this funeral.

31st                  The Chatham Youff present a pantomime ‘Peter Pan – Imagination is limitless’ written by themselves.   This was followed by fellowship and a watchnight service including live transmission of New Year fireworks from the London Eye.