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Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day

Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford, England

Saturday, June 21, 2003

The fifth Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June. Chairman Edwin Macadam called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 84. Adrian Bolge offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 535; Rachel Jordan 36b; Steve Fletcher 47t; Anna Stadward 159; Mick Verrier 201; Bernard Collard 120; Alan Weeks 40; Claire Singleton 547; Phil Tyler 284; Ros Clements 171; Adrian Bolge 155; Judy Whiting 68b; Mandy Townsend 318; Helen Brown 371; Margaret Gillanders 49t; Jenny Ellis 86; Tony Singleton 312 (t? b?); Edwin Macadam 504.


Sheila Girling Macadam called the class back to order leading 186. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 344; Steve Fletcher 269; Anna Stadward 217; Mick Verrier 107; Dave Richardson 278t; Bernard Collard 454; Alan Weeks 411; Claire Singleton 216; Phil Tyler 430; Ros Clements 312t; Adrian Bolge 515; Judy Whiting 212; Mandy Townsend 112; Helen Brown 379; Margaret Gillanders 99; Jenny Ellis 31t; Tony Singleton “Brightest Days” (own composition); Sheila Girling Macadam 197; Rachel Jordan 501; Steve Fletcher 77t; Anna Stadward 299; Mick Verrier 383. Edwin Macadam “For What Thou Dost Provide” (Moore’s Divine Companion, 1750) as the prayer before lunch.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Dave Richardson leading 30t. Leaders: Bernard Collard 528; Alan Weeks 182; Claire Singleton 442; Phil Tyler 29b; Ros Clements 28b; Adrian Bolge 480.

Bernard Collard conducted the memorial lesson, reading the names of the deceased and then leading 285t. Those remembered: Jim Bundell, Chris White, Ruth Brown (Alabama, USA), Stan Stokes, Rosie Whiffen, Colin Gunton, Roger Lewis, Will Thomas, Roger March, Sarah Day, Tom Mattock, Mary Dalton, Barbara Lockley, Gordon Sibthorpe, Roy Bryan, and Bob Merrett.

The sick and housebound were recalled by Bernard Collard. Those remembered: Gordon Ashman, Hazel Walker, John McDougall, Chris Gardner, Mary Castell, Marian White, Arwen Lockley, Win Tyler, Ken Baddley, Rosalind Oldham, Barbara Foster, Sue Gould, Joan Stocks, Len Roles, Karen Crook, Mike Walcot, Gwen and Julie. Sheila Girling Macadam led 474 to honor those who were remembered. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Judy Whiting 441; Mandy Townsend 82t; Jill Thompson 198; Helen Brown 542; Margaret Gillanders 228; Jenny Ellis 481; Tony Singleton 277.


The class resumed singing with Edwin Macadam leading 236. Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 178; Rachel Jordan 546; Steve Fletcher 302; Mick Verrier 272; Dave Richardson 473; Bernard Collard 70t; Alan Weeks 479; Claire Singleton 163b; Adrian Bolge 350; Ros Clements 538; Phil Tyler 89; Jill Thompson 143; Judy Whiting 373.

Announcements were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing events around the country.

Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam thanked all those who had helped during the day, especially Rachel Jordan, Helen Brown, and Mick Verrier for pitching; Bernard Collard who served as Chaplain; and Judy Whiting for serving as the Arranging Committee. Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Macadam led 347 as the closing song. Alan Weeks offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Edwin Macadam; Secretary—Sheila Girling Macadam.