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East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention

Kegworth Village Hall, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

April 24-25, 2004

Saturday, April 24

The East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention was held at the Village Hall in Kegworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in April. Ian West called the class to order leading 52t. Jim Pfau offered the opening prayer.

Officers for the singing were: Chairman—Ian West; Vice Chairman—Helen Brown; Secretary—Margaret Gillanders; Arranging Committee—Dave Richardson.

Leaders: Helen Brown 32t; Ruth Steggles 28t; Dave Richardson 303; Margaret Gillanders 336t (CB); Bernard Collard 36t; Megan Jennings 36b; David Moore 155; Judy Whiting 171; Jim Pfau 98 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 508 (CB); Ken Baddley 350; Anna Stadward 159; Hannah Cooper 40; Mick Verrier 106 (CB); Cath Tyler 312b; Chris Brown 277; Mandy Townsend 38t (CB); Phil Tyler 160b; Isabelle Walker 66; Dave Townsend 457; Ros Walker 383; Steve Fletcher 140 (CB).


Dave Richardson called the class back to order with 30t. Leaders: Ian West 511t (CB) (for the wedding anniversary of Helen and Ted Brown); Ruth Steggles 478 (CB); Margaret Gillanders 563 (CB); Bernard Collard 501; Megan Jennings 542; David Moore 38t; Judy Whiting 505 (CB); Ian Ferguson 128; Rosalind Oldham 573 (CB); Jim Pfau 479 (CB); Anna Stadward 146; Ken Baddley 282; Hannah Cooper 454; Mick Verrier 107; Steve Fletcher 86; Chris Brown 38b; Helen Brown 318. Ruth Steggles offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Phil Tyler brought the class together with 142. Leaders: Mandy Townsend 82t; Isabelle Walker 299; Dave Townsend 236; Ros Walker 178; Alice Metherall 228; Cath Tyler 441; Ian West 54t (CB); Ruth Cooper 198; Margaret Gillanders 559 (CB); Bernard Collard 362; Megan Jennings 218; David Moore 189; Judy Whiting 107 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 410 (CB); Jim Pfau 137 (CB); Ken Baddley 571 (CB).


Dave Richardson called the class back to order with 378 (t? b?). Leaders: Hannah Cooper 302; Mick Verrier 272; Steve Fletcher 269; Chris Brown 47b; Cath Tyler 68b; Dave Townsend 551; Alice Metherall 488b (CB); Mandy Townsend 480; Tony Singleton 300; Megan Jennings 335; Jim Pfau 319; Isabelle Walker 49t; Bernard Collard 566; Ruth Steggles 479; Ken Baddley 481; Steve Fletcher 315; Judy Whiting 474; Helen Brown 572 (CB); Ian West 64; Megan Jennings 270; Dave Townsend 47t; Mandy Townsend 186.

Helen Brown and Ian West led 56t as the closing song. Ken Baddley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, April 25

Ian West opened the Sunday morning session with 101t. Helen Brown offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Helen Brown 39t; Margaret Gillanders 313b; Dave Richardson 59; Ruth Steggles 288; Mick Verrier 201; Rosalind Oldham 312b; Chris Brown 133 (CB); Hannah Cooper 276; Phil Tyler 338; Ros Walker 106; Cath Tyler 202; Ian Ferguson 324; Gillian White 47t; Tony Singleton 504; Sheila Macadam 217; Ken Baddley 501; Alice Metherall 209; Edwin Macadam 364 (CB); Jim Pfau 225t (CB).


Bernard Collard called the class back to order with 290. Leaders: Judy Whiting 534; Ian West 67; Margaret Gillanders 142; Mick Verrier 163t; Carmel Wood and Vicky Elliot 159; Ruth Steggles 472; Chris Brown 127; Rosalind Oldham 143; Phil Tyler 399b; Hannah Cooper 128; Ros Walker 452; Tony Singleton 496; Steve Fletcher and Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 448b.

Gillian White conducted the memorial lesson. Helen Brown led 344 (CB) in memory of the deceased: Henry Ford, Win Tyler, Louise Johnson, Gordon Summers, and Bob Copper—Sussex; Phyllis Jordan and Darrel Beasley—Georgia; and Olive Anderson.

Cath Tyler led 340 for the sick and house-bound: Mick Whiting, Stan Whiting, Mary Kellaway, James Oss, Arwen Lockley, Gladys Carlin, Peggy Hunsley, Yvonne Earl, Ann-Marie Hulme, Joan Stocks, Alan Fitch, Peter Whitehall, and Gary Smith. Helen Brown closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Dave Richardson 100; Sheila Macadam 535; Ken Baddley 84; Edwin Macadam 198. Gillian White offered prayer for the noon meal.


Steve Fletcher brought the class back to order with 148. Leaders: Jim Pfau “Minnesota” (composed by Stanley Smith); Alice Metherall 515; Ian Ferguson 29t; Isabelle Walker 47b; Judy Whiting 569b; Gillian White 573 (CB); Mick Verrier 538; Margaret Gillanders 505 (CB); Chris Brown 34b; Carmel Wood and Vicky Elliot 178; Ruth Steggles 200; Ken Baddley 27; Rosalind Oldham 473; Phil Tyler 56b; Hannah Cooper 474; Bernard Collard 454; Ros Walker 155; Edwin Macadam 280; Helen Brown 556.


Ian West called the class back to order with 182. Leaders: Cath Tyler 392 (CB); Tony Singleton 163b; Sheila Macadam 133; Dave Richardson 153; Steve Fletcher 448t; Jim Pfau 203; Gillian White 503; Isabelle Walker 299; Judy Whiting 563 (CB); Carmel Wood and Vicky Elliot 268; Jim Pfau 414.

After announcements, reports and thanks to all who contributed to making this weekend such a success were extended.

Helen Brown and Ian West led “The Christian’s Love” as the closing song. Jim Pfau offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Ian West, Vice Chairman—Helen Brown, Secretary—Margaret Gillanders.