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East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention

Kegworth Village Hall, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

April 21-22, 2007

Saturday, April 21

The 6th East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Ian West leading 52t. The opening prayer was offered by Rob Mahoney.

Leaders: Helen Brown 171; Ruth Steggles 36b; Ted Brown 73b; Margaret Gillanders 150; Carmel Wood 34b; Hannah Land 300; Dave Richardson 31t; Sarah Pinney 155; Chris Brown 38b; Steve Fletcher 127; Dave Dabinett 86; Mandy Townsend 203; Ken Baddley 571 (CB); Judy Whiting 38t (CB); Phil Tyler 98 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 559 (CB); Dave Townsend 269; Cath Tyler 168; Bernard Collard 362; Helen Brown 318; Ruth Steggles 454; Ted Brown 30t.


David Richardson called the class back together leading 87, followed by Ian West 152 (CB).

A business session was held during which the officers were confirmed: Chairman—Ian West; Vice Chairpersons—Helen Brown and Carmel Wood; Treasurer—Ted Brown; Secretary—Margaret Gillanders. Nominations were sought for officers for the 2008 Convention.

Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 500 (CB); Carmel Wood 106; Peter Knudssen 84; Hannah Land 228; Anna Baldini 299; Chris Brown 401; Sarah Pinney 457; Steve Fletcher 315; Ken Baddley 535; Mandy Townsend 217; Judy Whiting 273; Phil Tyler 440; Cath Tyler 380; Dave Townsend 82t; Bernard Collard 63; Helen Brown 542; Ian West 480. Bernard Collard offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Ted Brown brought the afternoon session to order leading 76b. Leaders: Rosalind Oldham 505 (CB); Peter Knudssen 503; Ruth Steggles 511t (CB); Dave Townsend 504; Margaret Gillanders 475; Anna Baldini 159; Chris Brown 271t; Carmel Wood 274t; Richard Percival 107; Hannah Land 302; Sarah Pinney 142; Steve Fletcher 183; Ken Baddley 192; Cath Tyler 556; Mandy Townsend 532; Phil Tyler 139; Judy Whiting 546; Helen Brown 575 (CB); Bernard Collard 236; Ian West 501.


Helen Brown brought the class back together leading 276. Leaders: Rosalind Oldham 199 (CB); Peter Knudssen 178; Ruth Steggles 393t (CB); Ted Brown 507b (CB); Margaret Gillanders 573 (CB); David Richardson 350; Hannah Land 143; Richard Percival 49t; Carmel Wood 33b; Chris Brown 49b; Cath Tyler 392 (CB); Bernard Collard 198; Mandy Townsend 48t.

Ruth Steggles offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, April 22

Ian West brought the class together by leading 479. Ken Baddley offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Helen Brown 75; Ruth Steggles 47t; Ted Brown 278t; Margaret Gillanders 563 (CB); David Richardson 268b (CB); Carmel Wood 47b; Sarah Pinney 448t; Ken Baddley 481; Steve Fletcher 452; Phil Tyler 338; Judy Whiting 330b; Hannah Land 313b; Chris Brown 567; Cath Tyler 544; Edwin Macadam 508 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 488t (CB); Sheila Macadam 501.


Ian West called the class to order leading 411 (CB). Leaders: Gillian White 34b; Dave Dabinett 125; Helen Brown 66; David Moore 38t; Ruth Steggles 496; Margaret Gillanders 68b; Ted Brown 559 (CB); Carmel Wood 312b; Sarah Pinney 324; Ken Baddley 500 (CB); Steve Fletcher 140 (CB); Phil Tyler 340.

Gillian White conducted the memorial lesson. Edwin Macadam led 236 in memory of the following deceased: Vera Ross, Paul Wilkinson, Elsa Eriksen, Marcia Tucker, Allan Blain, Barry Callaghan, Mary Ballinger, Flarce Creel, Bernard Walters, Lorna Richards, Bev Quance, Sid Williams, and Alice Rose Cole.

Hannah Land gave the lesson for the sick and housebound, leading 448b in honor of Lynda Dabinett, Jim Bamford, Steve Saint, Jim Oss, Mary Oss, Dennis Runcorn, Maureen Gamlin, Sue Briggs, Ruth Cope, Philip Higgins, Angela Wood, Amanda Denson, Mich Lovely, Gareth Griffiths, Ivy Moore, and Elsie Batty. The memorial lesson was closed.

Leaders: Dave Richardson 129; Judy Whiting 86; Chris Brown 497; Sheila Macadam 191. Helen Brown offered thanks for the midday meal.


Cath Tyler called the afternoon session to order leading 107. Leaders: Rosalind Oldham 54t (CB); Edwin Macadam 187; Ian West 268; Ruth Steggles 478 (CB); David Moore 155 (CB); Helen Brown 120; Ken Baddley 438; Margaret Gillanders 572 (CB); Steve Fletcher 133 (CB); Phil Tyler 428; Gillian White 573 (CB); Dave Richardson 473; Sheila Macadam 441; Judy Whiting 222; Hannah Land 40; Ted Brown 137 (CB).


Edwin Macadam brought the class back together leading 37b. Leaders: Carmel Wood 547; Chris Brown 211; Sarah Pinney 282; Cath Tyler 328; Rosalind Oldham 299; David Moore 189; Gillian White 147t; David Richardson 153; Sheila Macadam 142; Margaret Gillanders 503.

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

Chairman—Ian West; Vice Chairpersons—Helen Brown and Carmel Wood; Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders and Sarah Pinney