Aylsham Salvation Army Corps marks 125 years

A Salvation Army corps founded back in 1886 has marked its 125th anniversary with a weekend of music and praise.

The Aylsham unit has shrunk to a Sunday congregation of about 25, but drew a 100-strong crowd to mark its milestone with a concert on Saturday night.

The music came from nearby Cawston Band, which shares the 125th birthdate, and euphonium virtuoso Stephen Mead who is a former Salvationist.

Sunday services were led by Majors Cliff and Joy Allchin from the Norwich headquarters. Major Joy, whose maiden name is Muskett, is a former corps member who left to become a Salvation Army officer.

Captain Chris Mulryne who currently runs the corps said that in common with many churches it had shrunk in size and no longer had its own band or songsters.

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But it was a busy and welcoming organisation which had a charity shop in Red Lion Street as well as its hall in Hungate Street which was refurbished 15 years ago.

It was keen to recruit and grow including attracting more youngsters - which was the reason it brought in a Salvation Army young people's band from the Norwich Citadel to lead the recent Aylsham carnival.

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