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Oldham Sacred Harp Singing Day

Oldham Baptist Church, Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The class was called to order by Hannah Land offering the opening prayer, and leading 32t and 143. The class was advised that the singing school would be held in the second session, as there were some new singers expected later in the day.

Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 278t, 171; Ruth Steggles 147t, 146; Helen Brown 37b, 36b; Richard Percival 479, 163b; Sarah West 288, 76b; Chris Brown 213t, 31t; Ted Brown 47t, 565.


Hannah Land called the class to order. She 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 used during the singing school: 33b, 47b, 30t, 39t, and 146. Catherine Rowe offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Hannah Land called the class back to order leading 146. Leaders: Judy Whiting 77b, 47t; Maria Wallace 203, 183; Margaret Gillanders 373; Ruth Steggles 68b; Chris Brown 72b; Helen Brown 82t; Sarah West 324; Ted Brown 569b; Hannah Land 503.

Ruth Steggles conducted the memorial lesson and led 490 in memory of the following deceased: Margaret Clay, Johnny Collins, Nellie Brierley, Jim Fogg, Roy Ibbotson, Margery Pratt, Melvyn Wood, Jane Suddaby, Bill Goler, and Audrey Nathan.

Ted Brown conducted the sick and housebound lesson, leading 77t for the following: Ben Hall, Alan Jackson, P. Dan Brittain, John Hopkinson, Raymond Hamrick, Darrell Swarens, Nora Jeffrey, Michael Walker, Maureen Gamlin, David Percival, Betty Percival, Leo McQuigan, Kathy Armstrong, Jean Binns, and David Daykin. Catherine Rowe closed the lessons with prayer.

Leaders: Judy Whiting 150; Maria Wallace 107.


Sarah West called the class back to order leading 354b. Leaders: Chris Brown 29b; Reda Macintosh 163b; Margaret Gillanders 350; Helen Brown 276; Ruth Steggles 454; Ted Brown 30t; Maria Wallace 142; Hannah Land 535; Judy Whiting 120; Sarah West 498; Reda Macintosh 67; Chris Brown 159; Margaret Gillanders 542; Helen Brown 48t; Ruth Steggles 85.

Following announcements, Hannah Land led 62 as the closing song, and dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairlady—Hannah Land; Secretary—Margaret Gillanders