Salvation Army folk concert

By Tilly Walder Dec 8, 2023
John Bentley

Each year the Salvation Army provides a Christmas lunch for the homeless and those who will be on their own on Christmas Day.

For some years now an annual folk concert has been held to help raise funds for this lunch. Originally started by Ruth Twyman Lockyer, more than 10 years ago, this event has raised many hundreds of pounds.

Captain Rodney Bean of the Salvation Army said: “Christmas Day can be a particularly hard time for homeless people on the Island – we welcome them to our hall in Newport for a hearty meal and warm company. These concerts are invaluable in helping us to provide this service.”

This year’s concert is being organised by local folk singer, John Bentley. John said: “We have a great programme of entertainment lined up – folk songs, carols, poetry and storytelling. Something for everyone!”

The Island has a very active folk club community and a range of local performers are supporting the concert and will be taking to the stage. The concert is being held at 7pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the Salvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle St, Newport.

Entry is free and those attending are asked to generously donate what they can to help fund the Christmas Day lunch.

All are welcome to come along for an enjoyable evening in support of a great cause.