Christmas Day Meals
Nearly 50 meals were served as guests from the communities within Hythe and Romney
Marsh came on Christmas Day for food, friendship and some fun as well!
With a Christmas Day service at 11am, attended by Mayor Wendy Harris,
the guests, volunteers and other attendees got well into the meaning of
the occasion before being sat down for a 4-course dinner, followed by
entertainment, and then transported home along with a bag of goodies.
Captain Phil would like to thank everyone who made this day possible
and so successful - you know who you are! - and wishes God's blessings upon you in 2005!
Chamber of Commerce Fun Day Initiative
The morning service was relocated to the bitterly cold High Street to make the most
of a new venture by the Chamber of Commerce. In a break with decades of traditional late night shopping
local businesses opted for a Family Fun Day on a Sunday very close to Christmas day instead. The Salvation Army took the lead in representing
the Churches in Hythe as they presented a very lively Christmas programme, incorporating traditional carols, swinging band pieces and
specially arranged crowd-drawing songs for the event which enabled the message to reach as many folk in one go as possible at its climax, with
a children's nativity scene in the foreground.
Traditional Carol Service
Michael Howard MP was among the dignitaries at our annual Traditional Carol Service,
which included an appeal for Home Farm Trust, a charity which on a local level is becoming more and more involved with The Salvation Army
in Hythe. Day Services Manager Claire Schofield from HFT's Lymne Place is pictured receiving the appeal total along with HFT resident Claudia,
Captain Phil Layton, and BM Richard Carroll, who orchestrated the evening.
The service included many well loved carols, lively Christmas songster arrangements composed by SL Wes Carroll, a lovely Nativity scene with 5 month old Kacey-Anne Margott as Jesus, and a thought by Captain Phil.
Kidzone Carol Service
In her first year as YPSM Wendy Margott produced a fine variety of skills, praise, and
worship for the Sunday school members before relatives, friends, and members of the Corps. Timbrelists of both genders, and aged from 3 years, played to very modern Christmas
music. 6 Musician learners gave their first public performance led by BM Richard Carroll, the Manger Scene was played with teaspoons on
glasses, as well as poems read and the Christmas story told in a unusual and thought provoking way. The pictures help tell the story...
Parent & Toddler Carol Service
"Divine Mayhem" was the phrase used to describe the delights of the Parent & Toddler Carol service, where children of the two weekday clubs combined
for carols, gifts, Christmas thoughts and stories and, of course, a most charming Nativity Scene. A wonderful occasion, led by CaptainKaren Layton, for a much appreciated part of the Corps Fellowship.
2 more Adherents and a Recruiting Sergeant
It was another day of celebration at Hythe Corps as two more Adherents were enrolled,
formalising the strong spiritual family membership felt since they starting attending through the Parent & Toddler group. Gerhard and
Friedl Van Vuuren are South African and upon arriving in England tried several local churches before finding a home at The Salvation Army,
where the contribution of their two lovely children is also enjoyed. At the same time Robert Washford was commissioned with great
responsibilities as the Corps Recruiting Sergeant, and is expected to be kept busy with immediate effect.
Junior Musicians Recognised
After being active Junior Musicians for some time it was lovely to officially recognise
Aimee Margott and Ashley Found in their work within the young people's music ministry. Hythe Corps benefits greatly from its youth and their
leaders. The timing was apt as it came with the visit of Divisional Children's Officer Captain Denise Cooper, who led the Salvation Army
Youth Sunday meetings.
Day of Family Celebration - Royal Festival Halls
The Junior Singing Group of Hythe Corps were part of a joint youth choir as well over 2000 people attended the Day of Celebration with General John
and Commissioner Freda Larsson, Commissioners Israel (Chief of Staff) and Eva Gaither, and Commissioners Shaw and Helen Clifton, who are the
Territorial Commander and President of Women's Ministries in the UK respectively. It was a long day with varied meetings, speakers, and
contributions, in which the young people performed superbly, and our group did us proud...but then we're a privileged corps in that we get
to hear them sing us a message about their faith virtually every Sunday morning!
Golf Fundraiser - Part 2
A terrific day of fun , friendship, good food and some decent golf helped raise money for the Corps and its work, vital as we approach the Christmas season.
BM Richard Carroll continued his successful run of charity golf days, this time held at Lydd. The winning team was 'Awesome 4' from Sittingbourne
with Nick Pye getting the best individual score. Other prizes were awarded to: Target Golf - John Durrant (Chislehurst), Longest Drive -
Jeremy Rex (Chislehurst), Nearest the pin - Stan Cummings (Hythe), Putting - Terry Alcock (Hythe).
Harvest Family Service Celebration
There was a fine display of donated fruit, veg., tins, and other food for our
Harvest celebration. Captain Karen Layton led the family service and has sorted and delivered the donated items in the form of food parcels
to those in our Corps and community who are unwell, house bound, or in need of such symbolic support. In the afternoon the band carried on the
celebrations and ministry in the open air with a gospel concert on the Oaklands bandstand.
Party in the Park - a Churches Together event
As part of our Mission Strategy Hythe Corps joined forces with other local churches and neighbouring Folkestone Corps as together a massive party was held for
the community of Hythe within the grounds of a local park. Free entertainment, information and evangelism were the main ingredients as
the Salvation Army provided a very popular Toddlers area (Hythe Corps) as well as very much appreciated music from the brass band (Folkestone
Corps). Mayoress Wendy Harris is shown in the photo with husband Paul, Hythe Corps Officer Karen Layton and Toddler group worker Gerard Van Vuuren. A very successful day and with a head count topping 1000.
Hythe Corps Annual BBQ
Due to the delights of British summer weather the BBQ attendees were moved
indoors while the chefs braved the cold, wet and wind and cooked outdoors entertainment came from the piano, songs were sung, games played, and a
very satisfying time was had by all as this annual form of outreach still managed to achieve its aim.
New Adherent to Hythe Corps
Pauline was invited to our Good Friday service and felt sure that God was calling her to a spiritual home here. She has very quickly become a part of the Corps
family, supporting the services, weekday clubs and Bible Study, and the Corps was delighted to welcome her officially into our fellowship.
Hythe Corps Wednesday Fellowship
To mark the end of another year the Wednesday Fellowship gathered in the garden
of the Cortps Officers on a hot summer's day to enjoy fresh home made scones, jam and clotted cream along with the best tea in Hythe, and
sheltered by the shade of trees and gazebos!
A superb bit of fun, friendship, bonding and, dare I say it, skill was thoroughly enjoyed by
the men of the Corps who could make it to an evening out at the local 10-pin bowling alley.
New Senior Soldier
A marvellous occasion for the Corps as Gemma signed the soldier's covenant, a promise between her and
God to keep to the principles and practices of The Salvation Army to His glorification. Gemma is becoming increasingly involved in Corps
life as she matures in her faith and grows in grace, and the meeting encouraged others within the congreagtion to consider their spiritual
The picture shows Gemma with Captain Phil Layton and her justifiably proud granddad and flag bearer, Bandmaster Richard Carroll.
Hythe Festival 04
2004 is the year of the Hythe Festival, and the popular biennial event was given a service of
blessing at Hythe Corps of The Salvation Army along with the theme of the meeting..."First Steps". The congregation, which included the
Chairman and other Festival Committee members, were asked to consider the all-important first steps of any worthwhile task, from walking, to
organising huge events, to getting our relationship right with God. As part of the festivities a special parade commemorating 60 years since
D-day processed through the town, including our representation within the divisional emergency vehicle.
Hythe Corps and community was treated to excellent programs and festivals of music performed by
Maidenhead Band. The weekend started with a march to the town hall, where they were greeted by the deputy-mayor of Hythe and performed a
mini-concert, and then after lunch they took to the bandstand for a couple of hours before putting on a concert in the evening too, where
Major John Martin gave the message. Then on Sunday they were joined by their new Corps Officer, Commissioner Alex Hughes, for a service in the
Corps hall before a march around the houses and another bandstand concert. An excellent weekend of music and ministry!
Captains Karen and Phil Layton of Hythe Corps, and YPSM Karen and Steve Chambers of Llanelli
Corps completed a sponsored 3-peak mountain climb entitled 'The trinity challenge' due to its threefold nature. A round trip of 1500 miles was
included as they endeavoured to and climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales
respectively, all in 3 consecutive days! The weather started with sunshine but turned into rain, thick cloud, snow and even hail but was
good fun and well worth it as a combined total of around £1600 was raised.
Golf Fundraiser - Part 1
Once again a most successful day of golfing was arranged by Hythe Corps Bandmaster Richard Carroll,
bringing together teams from across the country. Plenty of fun, skill, and a good day out - there are far worse ways of
giving to charity - but the day was also a good witness to our Christian faith.
Shepway Volunteers' Fair
Leader of the Opposition Michael Howard MP encourages Councillor (Bandmaster) Richard
Carroll and Captain Phil Layton as they make a presentation at the Shepway Volunteers' Fair. The occasion proved very useful for
networking purposes amongst local volunteer groups.
United Band Concert
The 2nd Annual Concert performed by Hythe Salvation Army and Town Concert Bands was held at St Leonards Church, Hythe, on Saturday March 20th.
The concert was superb, both bands playing at a level beyond themselves to an audience almost filling the church - astounding given the stormy weather that evening.
The Concert was split into three parts, with the Salvation Army band playing its selection of pieces including a devotional accompanied by a challenging visual presentation, followed by the Town Concert Band, and then a united
effort for the playing of Colonel Bogey, Nimrod, and Star Lake. Bandmaster Richard Carroll was a perfect Compere for the night.
Solosists for the evening were Songster Leader Wes Carroll on Piano (Hythe Corps SA), Songster Leader Kevin Ashman on cornet (Maidstone Corps SA) and Martin Posnett performing songs (Hythe Corps SA).
As well as their respective solo items, these three joined with the Hythe Town Concert Band to perform excerpts from Les Miserables.
Eric's Music Fantasia!
An evening of musical talent and fun was thoroughly enjoyed as singing groups were formed,
brass was played, Minsters' "Joyful Noise" performed, Martin Posnett sang, and PCC member Robert Washford and his wife even dressed up for
the occasion for a rendition of 'There's an 'ole in my bucket!' (See photo).
The evening was the idea of Eric Godden, compered by BM Richard Carroll, and was used as a fundraising event.
YP Annual Prizegiving
As the Corps thanked Carol Dowsett for her service as YPSM we also celebrated the youngsters
within our Corps family with meetings led by Cadets Kingsley & Paula Layton. In the morning service we were introduced to Hermie the
caterpillar via DVD presentation, who taught us that God has wonderful things in store for everyone who trusts in Him. Wendy Margott is now
training to become YPSM.