IN 1938 the missionaries that planted Hadleigh Temple Corps didn’t have to come far; they simply marched up Castle Lane from the Colony. In 2013, former members travelled great distances to help celebrate the corps’ 75th anniversary.
The leaders for the weekend were Majors David and Muriel Diaper who were in command of the corps for some seven years.
The celebrations began on Saturday 21st September with a musical showcase outside the hall. Despite odd spots of rain, each of the corps music sections put on a short programme of witness, attracting quite a bit of attention. Worthy of note is that during the Songsters’ contribution of His Provision, a last-minute addition to the running order, a rainbow appeared. It went away again at the end of the song. It was as if God was showing his approval of the witness.
After a wonderful buffet tea, a musical praise festival involving all the corps sections was presented.
During the festival the corps’ camera club was highlighted with certificates and trophies being presented for the winners of the two Photographer of the Year competitions (see separate report) Songster Pamela Dalton was print photographer of the year and David Hope, digital photographer of the year. David spoke of how he was attracted to the club by the friendliness of its people. He is one of the 40% of members who are not otherwise connected to The Salvation Army.
The evening rounded off with a pageant-like representation of The Saviour’s Love combining the efforts of the senior and YP bands, songsters, Silver Songsters, home league singers and the singing company. The latter part of this presentation included the entry of a marching drummer (Bandsman John Willson) and the corps colours (Col. Sgt. Malcolm Wilson). Adherent member Jack Baxter delivered the Founder’s I’ll Fight speech and vocal soloists were Songsters Charlotte Johnson and Harriet Carter. The pageant was conducted by acting Songster Leader Carl Carter.
Here’s the video of it:
Sunday’s meetings were led by Majors David and Muriel Diaper.