Olympian at garden party

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A GARDEN party featuring competitions with a former British Olympic athlete is the latest celebration to mark the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army’s in Horsham.

On Saturday May 12 there will be a puppet show, stalls and children’s activities at the church in Booth Way, Horsham - all provided free of charge between 11am and 3pm.

There will also be stalls, cream teas, sporting events with retired Olympian Ian Richards, competitions and performances including a children’s choir and puppet show culminating with a Songs of Praise at 2.30pm.

The following day, Sunday May 13, a prominent Salvation Army choir from Reading will be leading celebrations at 10.30am and 3.30pm.

These special events for the whole community are free of charge and not to be missed.

The Salvation Army has been in Horsham and Crawley since 1887 providing services to the community through a thriving church programme with activities for everyone from babies to retired people throughout the week.

The church also offers a year-long outreach programme for homeless or vulnerable people with a Christmas parcel appeal which last year helped distribute more than 420 gifts of food and presents to people across Horsham, Crawley and the surrounding areas.

Other anniversary events open to the public are planned for the coming months, including a weekend of concerts by the highly acclaimed Household Troops Band in August.

More information on all the events can be found on www.horshamsa.blogspot.co.uk