Corps 75th Anniversary Celebrations

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.

Majors Muriel and David Diaper

Majors Muriel and David Diaper

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.

God sends a rainbow as the Songsters sing

God sends a rainbow as the Songsters sing

 

Singing Company

Singing Company

Band has an audience

Band has an audience

Singing Company Leader Marion Still plays the trombone

Singing Company Leader Marion Still plays the trombone

Silver Service Songsters

Silver Service Songsters

After a wonderful buffet tea, a musical praise festival involving all the corps sections was presented.

Timbrellists

Senior, Junior and Silver Service timbrels combine accompanied by the band

 

Home League Singers

Home League Singers

Young People's Band soloists

Young People’s Band soloists

 

Major Diaper makes a point

Major Diaper makes a point

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.


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