Birthday bash will help raise money to boost Army’s work

Ready to celebrate - and keep up the good work. NNL-150826-134556001
Ready to celebrate - and keep up the good work. NNL-150826-134556001

The Salvation Army is celebrating 130 years of Christian service in Banbury by holding a Big Birthday Tea and Praise Concert.

The event will be at their base in George Street on September 12 from 10.30am until 4pm, with the celebratory concert starting at 5pm and featuring a brass band and Salvation Army African Praise Choir. They will also launch their Big Collection for people in need, which raises money for its social work across the country,

Lieutenant Xander Coleman, local commanding officer, said: “The Salvation Army’s been part of the fabric of this community for 130 years, and we want to celebrate this with our community. The Big Birthday Tea is going to be a day of great fun.

“In addition to delicious food and drink there will be interactive displays about The Salvation Army. If you’ve ever wanted to try on a Salvation Army bonnet or learn to play a tambourine, or are interested in learning more about our local history, come along.”

As well as its church services every Sunday The Salvation Army in Banbury runs a food bank for people in need and distributes sleeping bags and blankets to people experiencing homelessness.

Over the past year they have served around 3,000 bowls of soup at their community lunches. At Christmas they run a toy appeal, and serve Christmas Dinner to dozens of people who would otherwise have nowhere to go on Christmas Day

Lieutenant Coleman added: “The Salvation Army is dedicated to caring for our local community, but without your generosity we wouldn’t be here today. For more information please contact Xander on 01295 262 449 or visit