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Press Release

The following Press Release has been issued this week regarding the building project that is done along side with the help of the experts from Frontier Log Homes.



Chatham s long established Salvation Army corps, it was formed in 1873, is currently embarking on a multi-phase scheme to make its Church Street premises more available to the general public. The objective is to increase its ability to respond to requests from the community and partner agencies in the areas of homelessness, addiction, parenting support and life skills training. The programme is mainly run by volunteers from the Medway area and the current building, in the centre of Chatham, needs to be updated, improved and modernized to make it more user-friendly and accessible for the demands of the 21st century. More space is needed to provide a wider range of much needed activities for the local community.

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The existing premises – outside and inside

The first phase is to convert part of the historic building into a café/community foyer area providing a focal meeting area for members of the public by serving drinks and light refreshments. Staff will be available to respond to the needs of individuals using the facility should they request it.

Situated in the heart of Chatham the Army believes that this is just one step in the process of making itself more relevant to the society into which it was introduced 136 years ago and is looking towards further stages of building alterations offering more and more facilities in the future. Planning for these additional improvements is already underway.

Phase 1 of the work is being undertaken by H Goodsell & Son Ltd, a Maidstone firm with a long history of successful construction projects in the area, and is under the supervision of architects Ayshford Sansome of Wickford, Essex.

Major Drew McCombe, the local Salvation Army leader said “we are pleased to see this development as a way of creating opportunities to be community for the people of Chatham and to do community work that will make it a safer and better place to live. To find out more about how to be involved or to help us achieve our goal please contact Major Drew McCombe on 01634 683218


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More details can be found by visiting the Chatham Salvation Army website: www.chathamsa.org.uk