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Stafford’s Salvation Army base is fully operational at last

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STAFFORD’S Salvation Army has marked the official opening of its new base which was re-built following an arson attack last year. The Faraday Road base was destroyed in September and now, a year on, the community is able to enjoy the new 310,000 facility. A service of rededication was held on Saturday, led by Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams.

Linda Downward, officer in charge of the centre, said: “It was a terrific day. We had around 200 people attend and thankfully we had gazebos because the hall was at full capacity.

“Everybody has been overwhelmed by the new building it’s just so incredible and has such a great atmosphere. It’s been greatly improved.”

The new base features new heated flooring, wooden beams and freshly painted walls, bringing it into the 21st century. Many groups attended the opening, such as the Royal British Legion, Rotary and Inner Wheel members. There were also people from the SA’s successful friendship group for people feeling lonely, a campaign which was supported by The Newsletter’s Christmas Appeal last year. The Newsletter wanted to do something to help the charity after the fire and appealed for donations of craft materials for the new group it was an overwhelming success.

The SA is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. For a full list of events at the new building, visit[2] from Wednesday.


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