Visit to Bedlington, October 2014

Almost to the day twenty years ago when The Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SASWE) was created, the Corps at Bedlington was privileged to welcome the ensemble to help celebrate Harvest Festival.

SASWE at Bedlington

SA Bandsman describes the group as The Salvation Army’s best kept secret and if that is true it is a shame because, whilst the sound is somewhat unique it is nonetheless of outstanding quality. Under the leadership of Bandmaster Andrew Mackereth’s expert guidance the capacity congregation was treated to a selection of original pieces and some adapted especially for the group. In keeping with the sentiments of the weekend Andrew’s special arrangements of traditional Army harvest songs were much appreciated. Lieut. Jennifer Gosling gave a short helpful bible address based on the harvest theme.

On Sunday morning the holiness meeting was led by Lieuts. Jennifer and David Gosling and as the congregation sang on the Saturday night, ‘Lord, I come before your throne of grace’ we were left with the unmistakable knowledge ‘What a faithful God we have.’

Keith Oxley
Bedlington Salvation Army