Our Corps Vision is to be a healthy, sustainable, growing Corps, significant to the local area and relevant in mission, ministry and service.
Where we are
The Salvation Army in Boscombe continues to works with some of the most vulnerable people in society.
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11am Sunday Morning Worship
including childrens and youth programmes
6pm first Sunday of the month Bible Study
Special events as advertised
10am Open-air witness
11am Morning Meeting
For children aged 2 - 6
11:30am - 12:30pm Sunday Madhouse
For children aged 7 - 18
6pm Evening Meeting
Variable formats - check calendar here
BH1 Project open Mon-Sat 10-2pm Drop in for those who are vulnerable
2pm-4pm Prama Care Memory Lane Club
9:30am Prayer Meeting
7.45pm Songsters Practice (Senior Choir) fortnightly
9:30am - 11:00am Tiny Tots Playtime
7pm Bible Study (2nd and 4th Wednesdays)
7:30pm Ladies Fellowship (1st Wednesday of the month)
7:30pm Crafty Ladies (3rd Wednesday of the month)
11am Home League
2pm - 4pm Art Class
6pm Beavers and Cubs
6pm Young People's Band Practice
7:45pm Band Practice
Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army was formed in 1886 and its tradition as one of the leading bands in the British Territory has been maintained to the present day.
The band continues to play an integral part in our Corps activities and it takes full advantage of the numerous opportunities for evangelism that present themselves thanks to the popularity of Bournemouth as a tourist destination. Since 1948 the band have performed each summer in the town bandstands. In recent years these have been predominantly at the Pine Walk bandstand in Bournemouth Gardens where the band can be found most weeks during the summer season.
Since April 2001 the band has been privileged to have Howard J. Evans as it's bandmaster. Howard was formerly Musical Director for The Salvation Army in the Netherlands and Staff Bandmaster of the Amsterdam Staff Band.
The band has been seen and heard in many other parts of the world as a result of featuring in numerous television and radio broadcasts, making many recordings and they have also undertaken tours to the Netherlands, Sweden, the USA and Canada. 2011 heralds the 125th Anniversary of Boscombe Band (see posters on the right) and to commemorate this occasion, the band have released a brand new recording entitled "Joy Through The Ages" and undertook a tour covering several countries throughout Scandinavia - Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
For more in depth information about the band, please visit the Boscombe Band website here where you will find more on the band's history and some pen portraits of the current members of the band. In addition you can view the band diary for the coming months as well as place orders for recent band recordings.
For more information please email Band Secretary George McConnell here.
Young People's Band
The Y.P. Band is a valuable part of our Church family at Boscombe and a team of able helpers are constantly tutoring new young people to play instruments and helping develop the current members. The Y.P. Band feature regularly and play every Sunday morning both in the main adult meeting at 11am and the Y.P. meeting at 11.30am. The Y.P. Band also feature every month in the evening at 6pm during our monthly Sunday Concerts and are led by Bandleader Kevin Whittingham. The band can also be seen carolling in and around the Bournemouth and Christchurch areas at Christmas.
Home League Singers
Boscombe Home League meet every Thursday in our community hall - contrary to popular belief, men are allowed in, though the make-up of the group is primarily women! The group has four main building blocks: Worship, education, fellowship and service.
Coffee, tea and refreshments are available from 10.30am with the meeting starting at 11am. There is a varied programme of events which include guest speakers, outings, coffee mornings, parties, seasonal topics, members mornings, auctions, quiz mornings and visits to the annual Rally.
The Home League Singers sing every week in the meeting and practise every Thursday morning at 9.30am. They are led by Sylvia Mead.
The Home League raise money every year for the Territorial Helping Hand scheme which continues to be a success.
On the first Thursday in December each year (at 2pm), we hold our community carol service in the main hall to which everyone is invited. This is becoming a popular event which features the Home League Singers and Bournemouth Area Fellowship Band and guest soloists.
Boscombe Songster Brigade was formed in 1906 and has participated on a weekly basis ever since. Their mission is to present the Gospel message in a clear and attractive way.
The Songsters currently perform a repertoire spanning a large range of styles - these include contemporary Christian music, gospel, classical, choral, and traditional hymns.
Currently this group consists of approximately 50 members, all from many different areas of employment including, information technology, design, commerce, nursing and teaching staff. Their ages range from early teens to 80+ and include individuals still in education and some retired personnel who are enjoying their retirement and yet still have a keen interest in being active within their place of worship.
All members are Salvationist volunteers who are passionate about their singing and have a fervent desire to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Songsters undertook a tour of Canada in 2007, focusing on the Ontario region under the name The Promise. The group also recorded a CD in 2007 entitled The Promise to coincide with the tour. To keep up to date with all the forthcoming Songster dates simply visit the Songsters Calendar or email us for more information.
The Singing Company is Boscombe Salvation Army's Junior Choir under the leadership of Katie Hornby, readily assisted by her team of helpers.
As with the YP Band, the Singing Company features on a regular weekly basis in the morning meetings as well as other special meetings.
In the late '80's the Group went on a tour of Northern England. In 1992 they undertook a highly successful tour of Sweden, followed two years later with a tour of Scotland.
The Singing Company can be seen at various venues throughout the year participating in a variety of services including monthly evening 'Concerts'. They can also be found singing in an array of locations during the Christmas period.
The Boscombe Senior Timbrel Brigade (tambourines) are one of the most popular sections of the Church family at Boscombe. Regular performances at concerts, festivals and open-air meetings are always greatly appreciated by the audience/congregation. They have also been on the TV, taking part in one of the morning worship services and have also regularly taken part in the London Lord Mayor's Show.
The Timbrels are a young group of ladies, who enjoy fun and fellowship and rehearse every week to create routines as a contemporary form of worship. A great response is always received from passers by during the summer months, as the Timbrels perform at the Bandstand in Bournemouth Gardens when featured as part of the Boscombe SA Band Friday night programme.
The routines performed by the Timbrels are devised by the group as a whole, each member playing an important part.
The Boscombe Junior Timbrel Brigade are the Young Peoples tambourine group, if you thought that you'd never like the tambourine before hand, this group will change your mind with their marvellous routines and displays. This group mainly features in special meetings/services e.g. when led by the young people and 'away weekends'.
Connecting Our Community
Due to the pandemic, we are unable to allow people into our centre. However, we are continuing to serve the most vulnerable in our community, over the doorstep, providing food, toiletries, clothes, advice, a listening ear etc.
The following description is what we did pre-pandemic and would hope to open again as soon as we can:
A vibrant, supportive & friendly “Open House Community Project”
Everyone welcome, a few minutes walk from Boscombe town centre (opposite Boscombe Corps hall)
The BH1 Project Mission Statement:
The BH1 Community Project is run by Boscombe Salvation Army. It aims to serve and support those in the local and wider community irrespective of their background.
Our trained and dedicated team, operating out of 107 Palmerston Road, intend to improve the local quality of life by providing:
- Domestic & recreational facilities
- Professional drop in clinics & services
- Safe friendship
- 1-1 in-depth support & practical help
- Meaningful & fun activities
All are welcome- feel free to pop in for a coffee and have a look around!
107 Palmerston Rd, Boscombe, BH1 4HP