Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 73

Our Centenary exhibition at Wimbledon Library came to an end on Saturday 15th August 1987 and was transferred to our hall in time for the next day. A considerable amount of extra material was added, plus souvenir items and a brochure, all in readiness for our 'Grand Reunion weekend' over 22/23rd August.

Australian Dave Morris, who with his wife Lily had served very actively at Wimbledon Corps some years previously and now resided in Collinwood, South Australia, asked me to provide him with some cameos of Wimbledon to include the windmill and Centre Court. He then had these designed on to an unofficial 'first day cover' to which he added a British three (old) pence stamp commemorating the Centenary of the Salvation Army in 1965. At the foot of the envelope was the wording '100 years later, in vastly changed social conditions, but sadly faced by many other evils of modern day,

The Salvation Army still seeks to serve in many ways in Wimbledon. Let us thank God for the past, praise Him for the present and trust Him for the future'. I was then able to persuade the postal authorities in Wimbledon to frank the envelope ( a present day Queen Elizabeth II stamp had to be affixed for this purpose) with actual centenary date. 22nd August fortuitously was a Saturday and therefore an ideal day to commemorate the original opening of our hall by General William Booth on Monday 22nd August 1887.
Ron Foot