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CONCERT HAYLING ISLAND: 19th October 2018

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The Band will be giving a charity concert to aid funds for The United Reformed Church at South Hayling, Hollow Lane, PO11 9EY.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Friday 19th October 2018.

It is free admission but there will be a retiring collection to support the churches work in the community of Hayling Island.

CONCERT; VERWOOD SALVATION ARMY

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FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2018

Concert in aid of The Salvation Army 'Big Collection'

at Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset, BH31 7AA

7.30pm start
Admission £7 (Children under 16 free)

Tickets available from 01202 829135 or 07522753766 or at The Indoor Friday Market at Verwood Memorial Hall, or At the door on the night.

George Mortimer

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It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing of Founding member George Mortimer. George played a vital role in the band for many years and right up until he moved into a retirement home. His contribution on 2nd horn was impeccable and he could have played higher in the section but it was a mark of the man that he was happy to be the best on the part he was on. His funeral will take place at Southsea Salvation Army, Albert Road, at 10.45 on Monday 23rd April. Rather appropriately - St Georges Day.

TRAVELLING HOME

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Tonight the band will travel back to the UK, We have just spent some time in Helsinki, eating, site seeing and sharing in Fellowship together. Some went to see the Sibelius monument others the Cathedrals and notable sights in the capital.

The Van is loaded with instruments and everyone’s luggage. It will leave in front of the main band on the overnight ferry to Stockholm. It won’t stay in front for very long as it will be Wednesday before it arrives home!

There is much more to tell and we will find the time to tell the reader more and to thank the many people who made this tour possible. But for the time being however these bulletins will wait.

THE BAND WENT SHOPPING!

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The public Relations Department of the Finnish Salvation Army launched their annual ‘’Kettle’’ appeal today and used the band as its publicity hook. With live feeds and recording they used the band to hang their publicity on.

The band gave a 2 hour concert in a huge and impressive shopping mail. Complete with its own band stand and central lobby area it was ideal for us. We used mainly lively music but included Prelude on Finlandia and Ascalon as well since these have very strong Finnish links.

This was no ordinary outing as we might engage in in the UK. Shoppers were visibly moved, a crowd gathered, no one walked straight past. Many photos were taken as the band played below its very own Neon lights banner announcing who we were. Some local Salvationists were also there.

This ministry will go on for a long time as people view the links and as the PR department use the footage and photographs to promote their Christmas appeal.

Because of the nature of this appeal the band actually played Christmas music as well during the concert, for many this may have been the earliest they have ever played Christmas, as someone was heard to say from the band “”there are 12 days of Christmas but none of them are in November’”! That said there were literally hundreds of shoppers that took in our message and appreciated our playing. A Job well done.

Not even the loss of a passport could detract from the occasion (it was eventually found!).

Readers may like to follow this link to what was a live feed at the time and view The Shopping Trip!

https://www.facebook.com/Pelastusarmeija/videos/1710825465608949/