Evening at Sheringham

Sunday, 21 July 2013, saw the Norwich Citadel Band (Bandmaster Richard Woodrow), along with corps officers Majors Derek and Helen Tyrrell and the Songsters, travel to the north Norfolk coast to spend an evening with old friends at Sheringham Corps.

The band commenced the evening with Erik Leidzén’s festival march Pressing Onward. Other band items during the evening service included A Shrine of Quietness (Derek Jordan) and, at the conclusion, Wonderful Day (Steven Ponsford).

At the conclusion of the evening meeting, the visiting and host bands joined together and as a massed band filled the streets of the seaside town, marching to the slipway to hold an open-air service before a large crowd of holiday-makers, Salvationists and those who regularly assemble on Sunday evenings in the summer to sing hymns and join together in worship.

A great evening was had by all and the friendship between Norwich Citadel and their fellow Salvationists at Sheringham was once again cemented. The final hymn, a traditional one sung over many years to the tune “St. Clements”, was heard at the conclusion of the day, with the sun beginning to set.

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at thy behest;
To thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.
We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.
As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.
The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.
So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
Thy Kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all thy creatures own thy sway.

This was the final day of worship led by Majors Tyrrell at corps officers at Norwich Citadel, as they return to retirement after giving unstintingly in service to the Lord during a nine-month term as leaders of the corps. As they resumed their places in the congregation, Norwich Citadel welcomed new officers, Majors Andrew and Ingrid Diaper-Clausen on 11 August 2013.

Norwich Citadel Band web site, original report by Band Secretary Michael Whybrow