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Oldham Sacred Harp Singing Day

Oldham Baptist Church, Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The class was called to order by Hannah Land leading 34b, and offering the opening prayer.

Hannah Land taught a singing school during which the class received instruction on the shape note system, major and minor scales, and beating time. The following songs were sung: 47t, 47b, 49b, and 146.

RECESS

Hannah Land called the class to order leading 501. Leaders: Ian West 39t; Ruth Steggles 48t; Michael Walker 134; Judy Whiting 171; Phil Tyler 290; Helen Brown 365; Chris Brown 127; Carmel Wood 270; Cath Tyler 318; Richard Percival 490. Hannah Land offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Sarah West called the class back to order leading 89. Leaders: Maria Wallace 142; Ted Brown 111b; Margaret Gillanders 475; Sharon Langridge 350; Shelby Sampson 29t; Ian West 480; Hannah Land 481; Judy Whiting 491; Helen Brown 384; Cath Tyler 183; Chris Brown 38t; Carmel Wood 472.

Ruth Steggles conducted the memorial lesson, leading 448b in memory of the following deceased: Jean Cousins, Ian Ferguson, Trevor Sanderson, David Little, Angela Lee, Lee Rogers, Amanda Denson, Stan Shaw, Jim Oss, Lorna Lenox, Pauline Childers, Ann Cox, and Sheila Maiden.

Michael Walker conducted the sick and housebound lesson and led 330b for the following: John Green, Dorothy Williams, Jack Crawford, David Daykin, Kathy Armstrong, Fraser Hay, Bill Craven, Sue Briggs, David George, Betty Hine, and Eugenia Minor. Ruth Steggles closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 203; Phil Tyler 227; Sarah West 288.

RECESS

Ted Brown called the class back to order leading 97. Leaders: Maria Wallace 504; Sharon Langridge 27; Shelby Sampson 99; Richard Percival 344; Sarah West 335; Ruth Steggles 198; Michael Walker 322; Phil Tyler 157; Ted Brown 77t; Margaret Gillanders 569b; Cath Tyler 148; Helen Brown 107.

Hannah Land led 323t as the closing song, and dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Hannah Land; Secretary—Judy Whiting