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Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day

Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford, England

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The 10th Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June. Edwin Macadam called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 287. Ken Baddley offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Edwin Macadam; Vice Chairman/Secretary—Sheila Girling Macadam; Arranging Committee—Steve Fletcher and Nick Hall; Chaplains—Ken Baddley and Bernard Collard.

Sheila Girling Macadam conducted a brief singing school leading 49t. Leaders: Tony Singleton 49b; Ken Baddley 34b; Rachel Jordan 66; Bernard Collard 171; Linda Reed 99; Ted Brown 569b; Stephen Biggs 178; Mandy Townsend 84; Richard Percival 33b; Nick Hall 479; Dave Townsend 300; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 143; Steve Fletcher 272; Edwin Macadam 538.

RECESS

Tony Singleton called the class back to order leading 277. Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 441; Tom Gerber 146; Rachel Jordan 474; Bernard Collard 362; Linda Reed 496; Ken Baddley 497; Stephen Biggs 276; Nick Hall 389; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 448b; Ted Brown 378t; Mandy Townsend 318; Richard Percival 313b; Dave Townsend 198; Adrian Bolge 47t; Steve Fletcher 448t; Edwin Macadam 304; Tony Singleton 504 (for Jean Barton, currently in Seattle); Sheila Girling Macadam 299; Bernard Collard 454; Ted Brown 30t; Rachel Jordan 200; Stephen Biggs 288; Ken Baddley 350; Mandy Townsend 72b. Mary Bolge offered the prayer before lunch.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Richard Percival leading 159. Leaders: Linda Reed 344; Nick Hall 147t; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 163b; Tom Gerber 38b.

Ken Baddley conducted the memorial lesson, reading from Ecclesiastes 12 and leading 28t in memory of the following deceased: Joyce Leigh, Harold Morris, Robert Taylor, Hélène La Rue, Peter Hampson, Sally Buxton’s Dad, John Hicks, John Hall, Beatrice Davies, and Raymond Ayres—UK; LaRue Allen and Amanda Denson Brady—Alabama.

The sick and housebound were recalled by Bernard Collard. Sheila Girling Macadam led 340 for the following: Sylvia Thomas, Ron Trippier, Rex Cousins, Gladys Buchanan, Nicola Wilson-Smith, Stan Shaw, Yvonne Blake, David Lee, and Ivy Hughes. The memorial was closed.

The class resumed singing with Dave Townsend leading 155. Leaders: James Percival 63; Adrian Bolge 156; Steve Fletcher 383; Edwin Macadam 528; Rachel Jordan 269; Tony Singleton 86; Sheila Girling Macadam 236; Ted Brown 111b; Linda Reed 515; Bernard Collard 112; Mandy Townsend 203; Ken Baddley 481; Richard Percival 48t; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 122.

RECESS

The final session was brought to order by Nick Hall leading 145b. Leaders: James Percival 209; Adrian Bolge 150; Dave Townsend 457; Tom Gerber 268; Steve Fletcher 274t; Bernard Collard 480; Ken Baddley 192; Rachel Jordan 107.

Announcements were made. Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Macadam thanked all the officers, committees, and anyone who helped in any way to make this singing possible, and led 347 as the closing song. Richard Percival offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Edwin Macadam; Vice-Chairman/Secretary—Sheila Girling Macadam