Soham Sally Army Campaigners Launch Petition To Save Building

THE congregation and supporters of the Salvation Army in Soham have launched a campaign to keep their building open. The kitchen of the Bushel Lane building has already been shut down, and it is feared that the 100-year-old property is in such bad repair

THE congregation and supporters of the Salvation Army in Soham have launched a campaign to keep their building open.

The kitchen of the Bushel Lane building has already been shut down, and it is feared that the 100-year-old property is in such bad repair that it may have to close its doors forever.

"We need to fight to hopefully keep the doors open, so it can continue to serve the community," said Ann Arthur, a member of the congregation, who has launched a petition to save the building.

"Admittedly the hall itself needs some repair work doing, and a lick of paint," she said.

"But if funds were available, the work could be done, it is possible to do the repairs that need doing. Please help us to keep the doors open."

The closure of the kitchen has meant an end to the weekly luncheon club, which regularly served a meal to around 17 elderly people who live on their own.

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"We want to see the luncheon club restored again, where the elderly. Lonely people used to meet up on a Thursday, have a meal, company, friendship and someone to talk it," said Ann.

The congregation also hopes to voice its fears for the future on May 2, when Divisional Commander Major David Jackson attends a service. Soham Comrades Band is due to play for the service, starting at 2.30pm.

On Sunday, Soham Comrades Band will play for an Easter Songs of Praise service at 2.30pm, and everyone is welcome.

The Corps is already busy raising money for repairs; a spring sale on Saturday raised �190.

Other events include a regular Home League meeting on Monday afternoons from 2.30pm.

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