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Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day

Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford, England

Saturday, June 26, 2004

The sixth 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 10:15 a.m. leading 155. Bernard Collard offered the opening prayer.

Officers of the singing were: Chairman—Edwin Macadam; Secretary—Sheila Girling Macadam; Chaplains—Bernard Collard and Ken Baddley; Arranging Committee—Steve Fletcher and Margaret Gillanders; Memorial—Bernard Collard, Ken Baddley, and Adrian Bolge; Pitching—Rachel Jordan; Locating/signs—Tony Singleton; Food Co-ordination—Mary Bolge.

Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 28b; Tony Singleton 496; Rachel Jordan 474; Phil Tyler 56b; Ruth Steggles 82t; Bernard Collard 171; Catherine Tyler 493; Dave Richardson 75; Mandy Townsend 51; Margaret Gillanders 313b; Mick Verrier 217; Rosalind Oldham 312b; Steve Fletcher 269; Adrian Bolge 147t; Ros Clements 346; Ken Baddley 479; Caroline Edwards 178; Paul Setford 40; Sheila Girling Macadam 142; Edwin Macadam 280; Rachel Jordan 528.


Tony Singleton called the class back to order leading 504. Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 39t; Bernard Collard 538; Catherine Tyler 430; Rex Armstrong 299; Ruth Steggles 447; Adrian Bolge 515; Mandy Townsend 229; Phil Tyler 436; Ros Clements 327; Dave Richardson 204; Caroline Edwards 48t; Mick Verrier “New England” (own composition); Paul Setford 31b; Steve Fletcher 36b. Ken Baddley led his own setting of Susanna Wesley’s Grace “Father, supply my ev’ry need” as the prayer before lunch.


The afternoon session was brought to order with Edwin Macadam leading 350. Leaders: Mick Verrier “Sedna” (own composition); Margaret Gillanders 186; Ruth Steggles 454; Phil Tyler 111b; Rosalind Oldham 66; Tony Singleton “Firm Hope” (own composition).

Bernard Collard conducted the memorial lesson, with Adrian Bolge reading the names of the deceased. Those remembered were: Colin Isted, Bob Copper, Anna Young (earlier the same day), Win Tyler, Wendle Smith, Tina Bowen, Mary Finch, Donald Smith (Alabama), Wynne Cussen, Olive Anderson, and Gladys Reynolds. Mandy Townsend led 490.

The sick and housebound were recalled by Ken Baddley. Those remembered were: James Oss, Hazel Walker, Alan Fitch, Ken Robinson, Joan Stocks, and Dave Swarbrick. Sheila Girling Macadam led 45t. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Rachel Jordan 497; Dave Richardson 473; Catherine Tyler 376; Paul Setford 273; Isabelle Walker 47b; Bernard Collard 228; Ros Clements 272; Adrian Bolge 72b; Caroline Edwards 49b.


The class resumed singing with Ken Baddley leading “Keysoe” (own composition). Leaders: Rex Armstrong 417; Steve Fletcher 196; Phil Tyler 442; Ros Clements 501; Paul Setford 410 (t? b?); Catherine Tyler 318; Adrian Bolge 370; Caroline Edwards 86; Tony Singleton 163b; Mandy Townsend 480; Edwin Macadam 37b.

Announcements were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing events around the country. Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam thanked all the officers, committees, and anyone who helped in any way to make this singing possible.

Sheila Girling Macadam led 347 as the closing song. Adrian Bolge offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Edwin Macadam; Secretary—Sheila Girling Macadam.