A few weeks ago I had a really nasty virus but insisted on travelling with Yvette to Albury/Wodonga on the NSW/Victoria border for a visit. It was school holidays and we were actually spending a couple of days with Anita who had journeyed down from Sydney. We decided to visit Beechworth, where Anita was born as she had never been back there. What a wonderful surprise to see that the little Salvation Army Hall where we started out all those years ago was still in use. (see ‘icecreams’ a trilogy) Doug preached his first sermon there forty six years ago in 1968. Believe it or not he still remembers the subject. It was ‘The Potters wheel’ from the book of Jeremiah. A faithful old stalwart who liked five minute messages came up to him after the service and said. “You don’t have to give it all to us in one sermon Lieutenant.” He was an old darling and we came to love him.
We had expected to see the old hall used for some other purpose in this now popular tourist town. When we visited some years back it had looked very forlorn and neglected. The Hall now sported a recent coat of paint and there was a notice in the window advertising Easter Services. It was a beautiful day and although we did not stay long we managed to check out 5 William Street where we had lived for three years and after a stroll we visited the now famous bakery for a nice hot cup of tea and something to eat.
Outside the Beechworth Hall – Me fortified with cold tablets and Doug looking good as usual.