Staines Salvation Army Band visited Hadleigh for this year’s Festival of Remembrance, under their recently appointed Bandmaster, Rob Howe, a member of the Band of the Scots Guards. Having marched in to Hadleigh Band playing “Red Shield” the bands united to play “The British Legion March” for the entry of the flags. Later on in the programme, they led the audience in some favourite wartime songs in “Keep Smiling Through”, as well as playing for the Drumhead Service.
Solo items from Staines were “Ein Feste Burg”, “Soli Deo Gloria”, “Guardian of my soul” and “The wondrous cross”, the last being specially written for the band by former member Dean Jones. Hadleigh Temple Band reminded the audience of the sights and sounds of London in “A London Celebration”.
The timbrels created considerable interest with their display to “Toccata”, the red flags contrasting with their all-black outfits. The Singing Company’s contribution consisted of the lively “Sing Jubilate Deo” and the more reflective “Last night I had the strangest dream”, which was enhanced by dance.
The Songster Brigade sang two songs, “You are Mine”. with its message that God is a God of hope, and the positive affirmation of Ivor Bosanko’s “We shall win”.
The event was attended by many local dignitaries, including Rebecca Harris, MP, who spoke of her own contact with the forces, and their need for our support.
The Reverend David Tudor, giving the address, highlighted the need for Remembrance, and also the importance of being inclusive. He illustrated this by telling of a Quaker missionary in Poland who could not be buried in the churchyard as he was not Catholic. After he had been interred right against the cemetery wall, the following morning it was discovered that the villagers had rebuilt the wall so that his grave was within the cemetery bounds.
The evening closed with the march “Celebration”, complete with flags, timbrels and the songsters singing the words “We’ll keep the old flag flying”.
The Corps is indebted to Robin Bryant and his team of helpers for all their hard work. And to the Stibbard family for their ongoing financial support of this worthwhile venture.
(Pics by Charley Brighton)