Christmas 2011

December is always the busiest time for an active Salvation Army corps and 2011 was no different for Hadleigh Temple. Well, it was different from 2010 when bad weather affected the pre-Christmas activities. The mild weather ensured that the band could give its usual helping hand to Chelsea Corps by playing in Sloane Square one Saturday. The following Saturday saw it ministering in Brentwood in addition to the various visits to residential homes etc.
The SEEVIC presentation, ‘Celebrate Christmas’, was able to put on all four shows and was hailed by many as the best yet, raising £1500 for Help the Heroes.
The Singing Company brought carols to shoppers in Basildon’s Eastgate Centre and whilst the faithful gathered for Christmas morning worship at the Temple, a party of bandsmen were on duty bringing cheer to those unfortunate enough to be in Basildon Hospital.
And if anyone had doubts as to the value of the Christmas Day lunch for those who otherwise be alone, one lady told Ken Ballard that this was the first Christmas she had not spent alone in 18 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.
As it happened the corps was invited to be part of a live outside broadcast by BBC Essex on Boxing Day. From a PR perspective, this was a gilt-edged opportunity, but with musicians, caterers, performers, administrators and others giving their all right up to and including Christmas Day, it was thought the corps members needed their rest and family time so the broadcast opportunity was turned down.

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