Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 70

Over a number of years our band and songsters gave musical concerts at a church in Chalgrove, Oxon, where the parents of Bandsman/Songster Mike Bowring worshipped. (The village was the site of a famous English Civil War battle in 1643). In April of Centenary year (1987) it was the turn of our young people’s band and singing company to visit, giving a splendid programme on an extremely wet day. On 6th April our catering sub-committee met to plan and select menus for three very important occasions: a wartime evening, the grand reunion weekend and the festival of flowers, about all of which more at later dates. Two days later our fine centenary banner, designed and erected by John Taylor with family assistance, made its appearance. The photo shows the banner suspended from the castle-like turrets, demolished a few years later. To give the banner stability a number of bricks were concealed in a fold at the bottom, and therein lies a tale to be told another time!

On 25th April Wimbledon Community Association held an open day at Wimbledon Civic Hall with the mayor in attendance. Our band played for a time and the Corps staged an exhibition with photographs, plus mannequins dressed in old time and modern day Salvation Army uniforms. Centenary souvenirs were on sale and many people expressed interest in our display and history. Joan Morgan did a fine job of ordering and distributing the souvenir items throughout the year, including diaries (in which a potted history of our 100 years and a list of centenary events appeared), pens, pencils, bookmarks, mugs, thimbles etc. In early May an informal supper was arranged by cadets from the International Training College who had spent several weeks studying and assisting the Corps programme. Items were presented by their timbrel group and male voice quartet, and the evening concluded with a surprise multimedia edition of ‘This is your life’ - the victims centenary organiser Ron Foot, the one event he hadn't planned!
Ron Foot