The Salvation Army in Watford celebrated 140 years in the community yesterday (Tuesday, March 28).
Poor weather conditions couldn’t dampen spirits as students from Cherry Tree Primary School made the short trip to the Cherry Tree allotments to hear about the history of the Salvation Army in the town and celebrate its birthday with a slice of cake.
In attendance was Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor.
He said: “It’s really great to be here celebrating 140 fantastic years of the Salvation Army in Watford. They are a fantastic part of the town. They do so much; they’ve been helping families throughout the pandemic and with the cost-of-living crisis. We’re very grateful for all they’ve done over the last 140 years and wish them all the best with the future.”
Watford Salvation Army’s Mark Scoulding said: “When we were researching how the Salvation Army got started in Watford, we came across a quote which said that one of the very first officers used to go out in the turnip fields locally and speak to the agricultural workers, and that’s how the Salvation Army really took off in the town.
“Now, 140 years later, we’re back outside running this allotment. We have around 70 Cherry Tree students who come and spend time with us each week. It’s been amazing, and having everyone down here together is a real sign of just the amazing community relationships that have been built up over the last few years.”
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