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Holmfirth Sacred Harp Day

Choppards Mission, Holmfirth, United Kingdom

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The 4th Holmfirth Sacred Harp Day was held at Choppards Mission in the Pennine Hills above Holmfirth in Yorkshire on the last Saturday of March.

The day began with a prayer offered by Helen Brown. There was then a singing school when Carmel Wood, Simon Dumpleton, and Helen Brown explained the shape note system and the traditions of the hollow square. The class practiced 47t, 503, and 39t.

Cath Ingham called the class to order leading 127. Leaders: Ian West 276; Ted Brown 49b; Judy Whiting 171; Michael Walker 53; Margaret Gillanders 84; Benny Ross 28t; Sarah Pinney 282; Simon Dumpleton 146; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 122; Peter Knudssen 503; Sally Greaves-Lord 501; Carmel Wood 457. Helen Brown offered a prayer for the noon meal.


Ian West called the class to order leading 479. Leaders: Sharon Langridge 117; Chris Brown 40; Paul Chillingworth 47b; Helen Brown 68b; Ted Brown 108t; Richard Percival 494.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Whiting leading 475 in memory of Amanda Denson, Mike Beswick, Ken Ross, Vera Ross, Roy West, Peter Hampson, Denis Rungen, and La Rue Allen.

Chris Brown led 178 for the following sick and housebound: Jean McDougall, Betty Dumpleton, Sid Dumpleton, Stan Shaw, Joan Mattock, Joanna Keable, and Mel Browne.

Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 371; Jenny Reid 35; Michael Walker 145t; Sarah Pinney 504; Benny Ross; 441; Judy Whiting 546; Simon Dumpleton 448t; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 448b; Peter Knudssen 148; Sally Greaves- Lord 74b; Carmel Wood 31t; Ian West 324.


Chris Brown called the class to order leading 128. Leaders: Maria Wallace 159; Richard Percival 569b; Sharon Langridge 155; Ted Brown 378t; Helen Brown 142; Margaret Gillanders 99; Jenny Reid 350; Michael Walker 134; Sarah Pinney and Jenny Pinney 186; Benny Ross 299; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 143; Simon Dumpleton 285b; Peter Knudssen 515; Carmel Wood 168; Richard Percival 313b.

After announcements and reports, it was agreed to meet again on the last Saturday in March 2009. Cath Ingham, Judy Whiting, Chris Brown, Carmel Wood, and Simon Dumpleton led 323t as the closing song. Helen Brown offered a closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Cath Ingham; Secretary—Judy Whiting