News Archive - September 2006
In July we enjoyed a coach trip to Henley-on-Thames arranged by June, who also provided the very nice refreshments along the way. Then in August we joined with the Eaton Bray W.I. for a coach trip to Stratford-on-Avon, - again very enjoyable.
The September meeting was held in the Coffee Tavern with sixteen members and friends present.
Sheila said the prayers, then June introduced our speaker, Joy, the Salvation Army Captain, who gave us various interesting literature on the work of the Army.
A man called William Booth founded it in 1865 in the East End of London. He and his wife Catherine were originally Methodists. He felt strongly that he should do something to help the poor and needy. The movement quickly spread to many parts of the world and now works in more than one hundred countries.
Originally called 'The Christian Mission' Booth changed its name to 'The Salvation Army' in 1878.
There are now more than 700 centres which are both places of worship and community centres and over 100 social work centres.
'Faith House' in King's Cross London arranges to meet youngsters off trains to offer help. Since February this year they have been working hard dealing with cases of human trafficking, which is a worldwide problem.
The Army does much work in providing water storage tanks in many overseas areas. It was able to help in the Tsunami disaster: and was also allowed to help and comfort victims of the London underground bombings.
Mary thanked Joy for her talk and the meeting closed with grace at 4.p.m.
New members and friends will be very welcome.
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