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Exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Salvation Army

2015 is a big year for The Salvation Army. Across the UK and around the world, we are marking 150 years since William Booth founded the organisation, first known as the Christian Mission, and now working in 127 countries. In Canterbury, we celebrated the occasion with an exhibition, a birthday party and stand in the High Street!

Our events were held over three days – Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th August – which required a whole day of setting up on the Monday beforehand. Everyone lent a hand getting our hall ready with exhibits, posters and decorations, as well as cake-baking for the High Street.

Photo of stand about our musicTuesday came and the first day of our exhibition proved a huge success with many of the people who use our Annexe drop-in centre paying a visit, plus lots of passers-by. We had stands about our history, our uniforms, our music (see left), our groups for young people, our social work and our help with employment.

On the Wednesday, we invited loads of the people who are involved in The Salvation Army in Canterbury along for our big birthday party. We laid on food, music and let the conversations flow as everybody talked of their memories of the past and reflected on the present. It was fantastic to see so many people who have been part of our church’s journey.

Thursday closed our events, with the exhibition being open for public once more, and the final day of our stand in the High Street. There we were giving away cakes with craft activities for families, leaflets and music from the band. Lots of passers-by stopped to say hello and (of course!) to pick up something sweet to eat.

Photo of people enjoying our birthday party

We hope that these events raised awareness of the Army’s work in Canterbury and throughout the world, and that many good conversations took place as a result. If you missed it, who knows – there might be a similar event in 150 years time, so put it into your diary!

Photo of our High Street stand

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