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Oldham Sacred Harp Singing Day

Oldham Baptist Church, Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The class was called to order by Hannah Land offering the opening prayer and leading 111b. The class agreed that the singing school would be held later to allow time for more new singers to arrive.

Leaders: Sarah West 370; Chris Brown 324; Ruth Steggles 171; Michael Walker 138b; Maria Wallace 183; Cath Tyler 460; Helen Brown 349; Richard Percival 313b; Ted Brown 49b; Ruth Steggles 198; Hannah Land 142; Cath Tyler 430; Michael Walker 210; Sarah West 498; Chris Brown 38b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Hannah Land; Secretaries—Chris Brown and Judy Whiting.


Hannah Land called the class to order and introduced Michael Walker, who taught a singing school, during which the class received instruction on the history and culture of Sacred Harp singing, shape note system, major and minor scales, and modes of time. The following songs were led during the singing school; 101t, 162, 128, 155, 231t, 176t. Leaders: Carmel Wood 344; Judy Whiting 182. Hannah Land offered grace before the noon meal.


Carmel Wood called the class to order leading 344. Leaders: Helen Brown 392; Anna Baldini and Connie Baldini 146; Richard Percival 365; Judy Whiting 384; Cath Tyler 250; Chris Brown 102; Hannah Land 415; Maria Wallace 212; Ted Brown 290; Michael Walker 404; Sarah West 421; Ruth Steggles 569b; Hannah Land 535; Anna Baldini 40; Carmel Wood 323 (t? b?).

Ted Brown and Helen Brown conducted the memorial lesson in memory of the following deceased: Bob Meek, George Seiler, Joyce Over, Glyn Roberts, Valerie Munday, Linda Champ, Jessie, Gloria, Canon Gordon Geddies, John Victor Budd, and Kathleen Dunne.

The names of the following sick and housebound were read: Maggie Watson, Dr. John Sawyer, Dwight Diller, Gary N., Lonnie Rogers, David Daykin, May Stabler, Lauren Stabler, John Culf, Debbie Culf, Kathy Armstrong, Max Werner, John Dunne, Derek Harrop, Maureen Gamlin, and Daphene Causey. Helen Brown led 426t, and closed the lesson with a prayer.

Leaders: Cath Tyler 503; Judy Whiting 475


Helen Brown called the class back to order leading 345t. Leaders: Richard Percival 43; Chris Brown 42; Maria Wallace 445; Ted Brown 81t; Michael Walker 319; Sarah West 88t; Ruth Steggles 84; Carmel Wood 31t; Helen Brown 432; Richard Percival 163b; Maria Wallace 209; Hannah Land 203; Cath Tyler 70b; Ted Brown 225t; Chris Brown 229; Sarah West 224; Judy Whiting 72b.

Announcements were made. Hannah Land led 62 as the closing song. John Hopkinson offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Hannah Land; Secretaries—Chris Brown and Judy Whiting