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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Our building is closed during the current Government restrictions, but our work and worship continues. See below for more information.

UPDATE 3 (17 MARCH 2020 - 8PM):

It is a measure of how fast moving the situation around Coronavirus is that this is my second update of the day.

Since my earlier message, Territorial Headquarters have advised that with deep regret, public meetings must stop with immediate effect. This includes Sunday worship, music group rehearsals, courses, performances and clubs. Sadly, I have concluded it also includes Employment Plus, meaning that all are normal activities are now suspended. However, residential facilities such as Lifehouses, Night Shelters, Safe Houses, Older People’s Services and the William Booth College will remain open with specific guidance provided by the managers of these services. 

The government advice is that everyone should try ‘to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.’ With this in mind, and with the agreement of our Divisional Commander, Bob’s funeral and celebration of life services will continue as planned tomorrow. As I have said before, if you are unwell or if you are worried about infection, please do not feel obliged to attend. We will be asking everyone who does come to the hall to wash their hands thoroughly as they enter and taking other measures to keep our distance as much as possible too.

For those unable to attend tomorrow, I will be spending the morning attempting to set up a Livestream of the celebration service at the hall. Tune into our Facebook page to see it. If that doesn’t work, I will video record it at least and then provide a link via the Grapevine email list.

I am in the process of thinking through ways in which we can worship together online (and on paper for those with no Internet access) and will announce these as soon as I have them together.

I am also planning ways in which we can open our hall on weekday mornings to offer a prayer and worship space where healthy individuals can maintain social distance and find a safe place for worship and reflection.

And I am preparing ways in which some people can help with errands, visitation and pastoral conversations, especially with those who will suffer from isolation and loneliness in the coming weeks.

Please pray for these plans and others as we change the way we minister to each other in the coming days.

My phone is always on, so please do contact me with any concerns and let’s support each other in these strange and challenging times.

God bless you.

Lieutenant Rob Westwood-Payne

UPDATE 2 (17 MARCH 2020 - 2PM):

We continue to live in uncertain times, and I am grateful to you all for your understanding and patience as we try to work through the implications for Basingstoke Corps of governmental and Territorial Headquarters advice during this Coronavirus outbreak.

As you know, yesterday evening, following the Prime Minister’s press conference, I took the decision to suspend Tuesday Fellowship, Luncheon Club and musical section practices for the near future. Outreach Ministry, Meetings at Seeviours Court and Tai’Chi classes had already been suspended earlier in the day.

Today, I am extending the decision to suspend for the near future to:

Baby Song Coffee Stop Family Time Bible Study group House Prayers group Messy Church and Discipling Desserts.

Until THQ advise us otherwise, Employment Plus will remain open as usual, although clients will be asked to be vigilant in observing the advised hygiene practices.

I continue to await advice from THQ concerning Sunday worship. The Pandemic Response team began meeting at 9:00am this morning, and I anticipate making an announcement later today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, as you know, Bob’s funeral takes place tomorrow. Mollie and the family would value your support, if not in person, then in prayer. Please do not feel obliged to attend if you are worried about infection, and please do not attend if you are feeling ill or have anyone in your household with an elevated temperature or new, continuous cough.

Please pray for those making decisions around this issue and for those who will be adversely affected, including those whose jobs might be at risk and those who will suffer from an extended period of isolation. Pick up the phone and talk to each other if you can.

And remember, however much it might not seem like it at times, God is in control. I am grateful to Paula, who texted me this verse last night:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

God has a plan. A plan for good. Let’s look to him for ways to turn this situation to good for his Kingdom and for our community.

God bless you.

Lieutenant Rob Westwood-Payne


UPDATE 1 (16 MARCH 2020):

Like the rest of the world, and our nation, Basingstoke Corps faces an uncertain time as we face the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the advice being made by the Government, Public Health England and other authorities.

Following this afternoon's conference by the Prime Minister, I sense that now is the right time to begin reducing activities to protect our most vulnerable people. This evening, in consultation with leaders, I have cancelled the following activities for the foreseeable future:

Tai'Chi Gentle Exercise Tuesday Fellowship Luncheon Club Singing Company practice Songster practice Family Time Band Practice

Bob's funeral service is still going ahead as arranged on Wednesday. But please do not attend if you are ill or if you do not feel comfortable in being in a gathering with others.

Decisions concerning our other activities will be taken over the next few days. In particular, I am awaiting further advice from Territorial Headquarters before making any decisions around Sunday worship. I understand the Pandemic Task Force at THQ will be meeting at 9am tomorrow.

In the meantime, please pray. Our Territorial Commander, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, has invited every UKI Salvationist to pray at 12 noon every day for all the people around the world impacted by the Coronavirus. Please also pray for leaders across the world who are making very complex decisions.

Please also do what you can to keep in touch with each other, particularly our most vulnerable and isolated members.

May God give us all wisdom and courage.

God bless you.

Lieutenant Rob Westwood-Payne

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  • During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions, when our building is closed, we are live streaming worship each week on Sundays at 11:00am (BST) in the following locations:, Facebook and YouTube or you can simply dial 01256 679888 and listen! Please come and join us!

  • 11am Morning Worship

    • A lively mixture of prayer, praise, music and readings from the bible
    • Service lasts for around 1 hour followed by tea and coffee (and biscuits) in the Whitchurch Room
    • Contibutions to this service by children and youth.
    • Accompaning music by the Salvation Army Band and piano with additional music by the Songsters (Choir)


  • 5pm Prayer Meeting - The Salvation Army prayer team Basingstoke

    • Would you like us to pray for you?

    • Prayer makes a busy life easier

    • We gather every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month between 4 - 5pm at the Salvation Hall (Whitchurch Room)

  • 6.30pm Evening Worship


  • Monday

    • During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions, when our building is closed, we are live streaming our Tai'Chi Gentle Exercise Class on 30 March & 21 April at 2:15pm (BST) in the following locations: sermon.netFacebook and YouTube. Please come and join us!

    • 9.30am Employment Plus local
      • Where? Upstairs at the Salvation Army Hall, Wessex Close
      • When? Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 09.30am to 12.30
      • We offer resource to find jobs on line, create a CV, formulate a covering letter, create an e mail account.
      • Help with fiiling in forms and access to a free phone with individual help.
      • In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with help from people who care and have time for you.
    • Who? Anyone can attend if they are looking for work.
    • 1.30pm Baby Song
      Fortnightly in term time (please call for dates)
      • BABY-SONG is an Inter-Active Group for Mums (Parents) and Babies to enyoy the many different facets of music together and be introduced to, and learn to appreciate, the many benifits that music can have in the very early years of childhood
      • Children can never be introduced to music too early - the earlier the better - as it can be a tremendous learning aid
      • The BABY-SONG Group is open to children of all ages from birth to school age. The session is approximately one hour long followed by refreshments for both the chidren and parents.
      • A fee of £1.50 per family is charged for the whole session.
      • Tuesdays
      • 10.30am Over 50s Fellowship (Alternate weeks)
        • Just come along and enjoy good fellowship and friendship.
        • A light lunch (optional) is provided at a cost of £1.50 at 12.00 noon.
        • Activities include singing, quizzes, talks from speakers, board games, film watching, going on outings etc.
        • Meet new friends and have fun and laughter together.
        • A club for over 50's meets weekly at 10.30 for tea or coffee followed by the club meeting at 11.00am
        • 8pm Songsters (Choir Practice) Note: No Songster Tuesday practice during August
          • A time to practise and learn new songs to be sung in the weekly meetings
  • Wednesday

    • 9.30am - 12.30pm Employment Plus Local - Please see details listed on Monday
    • 10.30am - 12pm Coffee Stop
      • Every Wednesday morning, Coffee Stop takes place between 10.30am and 12.00 noon
      • We enjoy tea/coffee, and lovely cakes baked by volunteers.
      • Good fellowship, sometimes laughter, and sometimes sharing problems.
      • Anyone is welcome so come along and see what goes on for yourself.
  • Thursday

    • 9.45am - 11.30am Family Time (Parents & Toddler Club)
      • Term time only
    • 12.45pm Lunch Club - Alternate Thursdays
      • By appointment held every Thursday for Senior Citizens
      • 3 Course meal provided at a cost of £3.50
      • Places limited, for more information please contact Phyl Blunden on 01256 353489
    • 2.30pm -  Home League
      • This is a weekly meeting for ladies (but gentlemen are not excluded)
      • The following four aims are included a) Worship, b) Education, c) Fellowship, d) Service
      • The role of women in society over the years has been a big influence and the Home League provides a Christian influence in all subjects
      • A friendly atmosphere is created during the meeting, with singing and interesting talks.
      • Held weekly on thursdays between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and includes a cup of tea - Everyone is welcome to come along
    • 8pm Band Practice  Note, no Thursday practice during August
  • Friday

    • 9.30am - 12.30pm Employment Plus Local - Please seedetails listed on Monday
    • 10am Bible Fellowship
      • 1st and 3rd Fridays in the month - we do not meet in August
    • 2.30pm Home League Fellowship at Seeviours Court, Whitchurch, RG28 7EA
      • 2nd Friday in the month - we do not meet in August

                      5.30pm Messy Church

Wessex Close Basingstoke RG21 3NP
United Kingdom
Phone: 01256 328178


Salvation Army's India Eastern Territory




Events March & Beyond


Events for your diary



Saturday 21st - Thursday 26th March

Lt Rob on Furlough


Sunday 22nd March

Mothering Sunday


Sunday 29th March 

International Dat of Prayer for children and Youth.  Meetings held by Divisional Leaders Ray and Pat Brown


Monday 30th March - Thursday 2nd April

Lt Rob at Into Officership Serminar


Sunday 5th April

Palm Sunday


Wednesday 8th April 7.30 - 9.00pm

Easter Meditation in Music


Good Friday 10th April 9.15am-10.45am 

One Church Basingstoke Walk of Witness starting from London Street URC and ending at the Malls Shopping Centre



Wednresday 20th May 

SP&S Roadshow at Basingstoke Corps








If you are looking for information about how to donate goods to The Salvation Army:

To donate good quality clothes and accessories, linens such as curtains and fabrics, homeware such as bric-a-brac and kitchen items, books, CDs, DVDs or toys, please call our nearest charity shop in Aldershot on 01252 316144. 

For old clothing, footwear, bags, belts, towels and bed linen, please donate these at one of our clothing banks around the town, including at Morrison’s and ASDA. 

If you are contacting us to donate furniture, we suggest you try the British Heart Foundation on 01256 442800.

Thank you for thinking of us.

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Meet the people

our church leaders are committed to transforming the lives of people in their community

Rob Westwood-Payne

Lieutenant Rob Westwood-Payne

Corps Officer

Patrick Hurley

Patrick Hurley

Corps Sergeant Major

Win Hollis

Win Hollis

Corps Treasurer

Ken Kilgour

Ken Kilgour


Marilyn Kilgour

Marilyn Kilgour

Corps Secretary

Annie Tarry

Annie Tarry

Recruiting Sergeant

Alistair Todd

Alistair Todd

Songster Leader