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UK community venture simply Timbreltastic!

UK community venture simply Timbreltastic!

UK community venture simply Timbreltastic!

7 March 2017

The Mayor of Castle Point, Essex, Andrew Sheldon (centre), enjoyed an evening playing the timbrel with the Timbreltastic crew from Hadleigh Temple Corps. Photo: Claes Osterberg

By Laura Booth

An innovative group in the United Kingdom has put a modern-day twist on an old Salvation Army tradition by using timbrels as a community dance group, helping people to have fun and stay healthy.

The group, called Timbreltastic, is organised by soldier Zena Österberg (pictured far left) from Hadleigh Temple Corps in Essex. She started the venture last June and it now has more than 60 members.

The group encourages its members to “move to the beat” of their own timbrel and to learn dance routines in a fun, informal way.

Timbreltastic meets every two weeks at The Hub Café, a Salvation Army-owned community building. This space also allows a time of fellowship, helping members get to know one another.

“[Timbreltastic] always involves a chat, cake and fun with some friends and an opportunity to build relationships,” Zena says.

No timbrel or experience is required. Zena adds: “Lots of people have said they wanted to have a go at it, but were afraid they wouldn’t be good enough. I don’t think anyone should feel not good enough to join in any particular group.  

“We have performed at the Christmas show [at Hadleigh Temple Corps], but it is more of an ethos than a performance. When we perform, we open the door for anyone to come and join us.

“We’re very gently letting God speak through us without actually saying the words.”

To read more about how people are making a difference in their community, visit the Whole World Mobilising blog.

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