Petersfield’s branch of Salvation Army to mark 130th birthday

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Tuesday 17th May 2016 2:00 pm

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A CELEBRATION marking the 130th anniversary of Petersfield Salvation Army is to be held on the playing fields at The Petersfield School.

To mark the day, there will be a picnic and Proms of Praise.

Petersfield Salvation Army spokesman Steve Field said: “There will be music throughout the day provided by the Solent Fellowship Band, who will play proms favourites like Jerusalem.

“Herne Junior School pupils and solo performers will also be providing music, and there will be a children’s activities tent, as well as many charity stalls with goods for sale, and other stalls and items of interest.”

Corps number 822, now in Swan Street in Petersfield, opened under the command of Captain Coad and Lieutenant Whittaker on June 24, 1886.

The Salvation Army newspaper The War Cry, dated August 14, 1886, reported: “The Salvation Army entered Petersfield about a month ago.

“War is raging, but victory is on our side. Hallelujah!

“On Thursday, Major Rees and Staff-Captain Complin were with us. Also Happy Thomas, from Salisbury.

“The power of God was felt. One soul came to Jesus.

“On Sunday the lord filled us afresh with fire and zeal to seek and save the lost. Praise God, six came to the Saviour.”

In June of the next year, 1887, 200 soldiers, as Salvation Army members are known, friends and converts celebrated the corps first anniversary.

The Picnic and Proms of Praise 130th Anniversary Celebration is on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 4.30pm. Entry to the event is £5 for a family of up to two adults and three children.