Historic Salvation Army HQ to close

The Citadel, Gillygate.

The Citadel, Gillygate.

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THE Salvation Army’s historic York Citadel is facing closure under plans to relocate to a modern building elsewhere in the city.

The Grade Two-listed building in Gillygate was opened in 1883 by York’s Lord Mayor, less than 20 years after the movement was founded in 1865 by William Booth.

But now the Salvationists have announced plans to move to a more

suitable building in the city.

The Citadel is the only one in York although the charity does have a business address listed at a member’s home.

Eyebrows are already being raised about the decision. But the Salvation Army insist it will benefit its work in York for generations to come.

Major Andrew Dunkinson, Corps Officer (minister) in charge of York Citadel

said: "The Salvation Army has been serving the people of York for more

than 130 years.

“Over the decades, the city has grown and developed and

the facilities required to meet community needs have changed.

“Our premises in Gillygate no longer enable us to respond effectively to the services we are called upon to provide.”

He underlined the poor and other people helped by the Army would benefit from the changes.

He added: "Our vision is for a new purpose built, flexible and accessible centre

that will enable us to host a wide variety of activities and services.

“We believe this is a new and exciting chapter which will equip us to respond

and be relevant to this community for many years to come.”

The charity is looking for temporary home to ensure the switch to modern site goes smoothly.

He added: "We are now in the process of identifying temporary accommodation for our

various programmes while we look for a permanent new home.

“We would love to hear from anyone who might have facilities suitable, in the short term, for a community programme, an office or secure storage.

“We are so grateful for the support that we have already received and believe our

plans for the future will benefit the City of York for generations to come."

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10:25am Wed 11 Jun 14

allijew says...

Is it big enough for Wetherspoons!
Is it big enough for Wetherspoons! allijew
  • Score: 11

10:43am Wed 11 Jun 14

Bad magic says...

what is happening

with the Press mark-

up today?
what is happening with the Press mark- up today? Bad magic
  • Score: 5

11:05am Wed 11 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

So York is left with a Building (Clearly Marked as Salvation Army) and Grade " Listed, therefore cant demolish, change the facing. Arr Well another empty historic listed building .
So York is left with a Building (Clearly Marked as Salvation Army) and Grade " Listed, therefore cant demolish, change the facing. Arr Well another empty historic listed building . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -1

11:37am Wed 11 Jun 14

Yorkie41 says...

Turn it into flats and call them, the Salvation Army Flats.
Turn it into flats and call them, the Salvation Army Flats. Yorkie41
  • Score: 7

11:59am Wed 11 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

It occupies the site of St Giles Church which gave its name to Gillygate..so how about the St. Giles building.
It occupies the site of St Giles Church which gave its name to Gillygate..so how about the St. Giles building. pedalling paul
  • Score: 15

12:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Firedrake says...

If I had the money - which, alas, I don't - I'd turn it into a professionally equipped theatre (it already has a stage and good flexible seating) which could be hired out at reasonable rates to York's many excellent amateur companies.
More importantly, I wish the SA well in it's new HQ wherever it is: the work it does tremendous.
If I had the money - which, alas, I don't - I'd turn it into a professionally equipped theatre (it already has a stage and good flexible seating) which could be hired out at reasonable rates to York's many excellent amateur companies. More importantly, I wish the SA well in it's new HQ wherever it is: the work it does tremendous. Firedrake
  • Score: 22

1:23pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

pedalling paul wrote:
It occupies the site of St Giles Church which gave its name to Gillygate..so how about the St. Giles building.
paul you're missing the point... its listed you can not take the salvation armey stone work off it.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: It occupies the site of St Giles Church which gave its name to Gillygate..so how about the St. Giles building.[/p][/quote]paul you're missing the point... its listed you can not take the salvation armey stone work off it. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -20

1:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

york_chap says...

Well this IS York, so it'll either become a hotel, student flats for St John's or a bar/chain restaurant.
Well this IS York, so it'll either become a hotel, student flats for St John's or a bar/chain restaurant. york_chap
  • Score: 15

1:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Firedrake says...

It would be a touch ironic if it became a pub, given the Salvation Army's stance on alcohol!
It would be a touch ironic if it became a pub, given the Salvation Army's stance on alcohol! Firedrake
  • Score: 17

3:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Rusty Shackleford says...

I've always thought the way the Salvation army uses military ranks and what not as pompous but calling that building a "Citadel" is hilarious.
I've always thought the way the Salvation army uses military ranks and what not as pompous but calling that building a "Citadel" is hilarious. Rusty Shackleford
  • Score: -11

4:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

It could be turned into a chapel for worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
I don't why it is listed as it is a very mundane looking building.
It could be turned into a chapel for worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster? I don't why it is listed as it is a very mundane looking building. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -6

5:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

deckhanddave says...

So turn it into an emergency doss house/hostel. While I'm on here, what happened to the Sally Army band at Christmas? They were always at one Tesco or the other, every year at Christmas. I gave between £10 and £20 ever Christmas but haven't seen hide nor hair of them for at least three or four years. Have they won the lottery or have enough money now? Surely they haven't stopped doing dinners for the homeless etc...?
So turn it into an emergency doss house/hostel. While I'm on here, what happened to the Sally Army band at Christmas? They were always at one Tesco or the other, every year at Christmas. I gave between £10 and £20 ever Christmas but haven't seen hide nor hair of them for at least three or four years. Have they won the lottery or have enough money now? Surely they haven't stopped doing dinners for the homeless etc...? deckhanddave
  • Score: 5

6:37pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Yorkie41 says...

deckhanddave wrote:
So turn it into an emergency doss house/hostel. While I'm on here, what happened to the Sally Army band at Christmas? They were always at one Tesco or the other, every year at Christmas. I gave between £10 and £20 ever Christmas but haven't seen hide nor hair of them for at least three or four years. Have they won the lottery or have enough money now? Surely they haven't stopped doing dinners for the homeless etc...?
I used to love them every Sunday evening marching up Gilliygate and playing the band in Exhibition Square. When did that last happen.
[quote][p][bold]deckhanddave[/bold] wrote: So turn it into an emergency doss house/hostel. While I'm on here, what happened to the Sally Army band at Christmas? They were always at one Tesco or the other, every year at Christmas. I gave between £10 and £20 ever Christmas but haven't seen hide nor hair of them for at least three or four years. Have they won the lottery or have enough money now? Surely they haven't stopped doing dinners for the homeless etc...?[/p][/quote]I used to love them every Sunday evening marching up Gilliygate and playing the band in Exhibition Square. When did that last happen. Yorkie41
  • Score: 4

7:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

option is University/college drunk tank/
option is University/college drunk tank/ Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bevdearnley says...

A hostel would be a good use of the building.
The Sally army used to call into The Bootham Tavern on a regular basis.
Very brave outreach!
A hostel would be a good use of the building. The Sally army used to call into The Bootham Tavern on a regular basis. Very brave outreach! bevdearnley
  • Score: 3

1:45am Thu 12 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

But now the Salvationists have announced plans to move to a more

suitable building in the city.

He added: "Our vision is for a new purpose built, flexible and accessible centre

that will enable us to host a wide variety of activities and services.


I think I'm going to have to put some line

spaces in my

response here.
[quote] But now the Salvationists have announced plans to move to a more suitable building in the city. [/quote] [quote] He added: "Our vision is for a new purpose built, flexible and accessible centre that will enable us to host a wide variety of activities and services. [/quote] I think I'm going to have to put some line spaces in my response here. Magicman!
  • Score: 0

7:07am Thu 12 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Firedrake wrote:
It would be a touch ironic if it became a pub, given the Salvation Army's stance on alcohol!
you mean you haven't heard about they time they all got trollied in st sampsons square?
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: It would be a touch ironic if it became a pub, given the Salvation Army's stance on alcohol![/p][/quote]you mean you haven't heard about they time they all got trollied in st sampsons square? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -90

10:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Yorkielass65 says...

As someone born into and brought up in York Salvation Army I am guttted that they have decided to sell the Citadel...I worshipped at that church for 23 of my 49 years....my wedding was the last in the original building before the alterations were completed in the early 1990's.....
The band no longer marches the streets for two reasons - dwindling numbers in the band and increase in age, also more restrictions are placed by the police/council on marches/processions in the city. The decrease in members is also the reason why the bank no longer plays at Tesco over Christmas...I have fond memories of going round the local estates playing carols and marching from the Citadel to the Mansion House every Christmas Eve...
Times change and unfortunately God is not a priority to most people in this day and age as He is to me...hence the hall having to be sold and a smaller and more practical premise being found or built...
The important thing is that The Salvation Army in York is NOT closing but being sensible and moving to an area where they can reach more people and make more of a difference and impact on the local community...
In a world that is slowly imploding due to greed and self-sarisfaction The Salvation Army in York will continue to bring the love of Jesus to all who want to hear and secure an eternal future...
As someone born into and brought up in York Salvation Army I am guttted that they have decided to sell the Citadel...I worshipped at that church for 23 of my 49 years....my wedding was the last in the original building before the alterations were completed in the early 1990's..... The band no longer marches the streets for two reasons - dwindling numbers in the band and increase in age, also more restrictions are placed by the police/council on marches/processions in the city. The decrease in members is also the reason why the bank no longer plays at Tesco over Christmas...I have fond memories of going round the local estates playing carols and marching from the Citadel to the Mansion House every Christmas Eve... Times change and unfortunately God is not a priority to most people in this day and age as He is to me...hence the hall having to be sold and a smaller and more practical premise being found or built... The important thing is that The Salvation Army in York is NOT closing but being sensible and moving to an area where they can reach more people and make more of a difference and impact on the local community... In a world that is slowly imploding due to greed and self-sarisfaction The Salvation Army in York will continue to bring the love of Jesus to all who want to hear and secure an eternal future... Yorkielass65
  • Score: 4

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