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Home Counties Mid-Winter Sacred Harp Singing

Mayflower Hall, Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The 2011 Home Counties singing was held in Billericay, home of four of those who sailed in ‘The Mayflower’ in 1620. The class was called to order by Sofi Mogensen leading 34b. Ken Baddley offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Rachel Jordan 47t; Nick Hall 28b; Steve Fletcher 28t; Ken Baddley 47b; Steve Welch 70t; Tony Singleton 276; Stephen Biggs 178; Edwin Macadam 168; Jan Lawrence 171; Sheila Girling Macadam 457; Rob Mahoney 86; Sofi Mogensen 84; Nick Hall 217; Ken Baddley 73b; Rachel Jordan 474; Steve Welch 566; Steve Fletcher 448t; Stephen Biggs 228; Sheila Girling Macadam 216; Rob Mahoney 159; Edwin Macadam 272.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Co-chairpersons—Sofi Mogensen and John Taylor; Secretaries—Nick Hall and Edwin Macadam.


Tony Singleton called the class to order leading 496. Leaders: Jan Lawrence 40; Rachel Jordan 99; Sofi Mogensen 503; Ken Baddley 350; Nick Hall 183; Steve Fletcher 146; Stephen Biggs 45t; Edwin Macadam 260; Steve Welch 186; Sheila Girling Macadam 500; Rob Mahoney 299; Tony Singleton 504; Sofi Mogensen 148; Nick Hall 200; Jill Thompson 454; Rachel Jordan 538. Rev. David Chantler offered thanks for the midday meal.


Sheila Girling Macadam brought the afternoon session to order leading 523. Leaders: Rob Mahoney 163b; Steve Fletcher 106; Ken Baddley 127; Tony Singleton 117; Stephen Biggs 497; Edwin Macadam 466; Steve Welch 38t; Jill Thompson 344; Nick Hall 528; Sofi Mogensen 278t; Rachel Jordan 452; Sheila Girling Macadam 330b.

The combined memorial and sick and housebound lessons were conducted by Ken Baddley, who spoke of the significance of these lessons to Sacred Harp singers, and read part of The Singer’s Prelude from ‘The Earthly Paradise’ by William Morris. He led 28t for the following deceased: Joe Hall—Eridge; Vicki Scarlet—Enfield; Joyce Over—Camberley; Glynne Williams—Cardiff; Theano Yianni—North London; Kobus Pienaar—Cape Town, South Africa; Stewart Chorley—Tatsfield; Linda Champ—Winchester; Alan Cooper—Seaford; George Seiler—Stillwater, New York; Marion Biggs—Ringmer; Deric Spruce—Lewes; and Lisbeth Poulsen—Denmark, and for the following sick and housebound: Adrian Hilton, Barbara Drayson, Rita Drayson, Linty Davis, Sara Ray, Maureen Jones, Marjorie Franks, Moysis Yianni, Anne Milne, Nicola Macadam, Lucy Chadwick, Irene Chantler, and Ellie Eustace. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Steve Fletcher 65; Rob Mahoney 455.


Steve Welch called the class to order leading 32t. Leaders: Ken Baddley 481; Tony Singleton 312b; Edwin Macadam 236; Stephen Biggs 288; Jill Thompson 473; Sofi Mogensen 209; Steve Fletcher 273; Nick Hall 287; Rachel Jordan 82t; Sheila Girling Macadam 142; Ken Baddley 334; Tony Singleton 277; Steve Welch 501; Rob Mahoney 49b; Stephen Biggs 515; Edwin Macadam 198; Sofi Mogensen 31t.

Thanks were extended and announcements made, where it was noted the 2012 Home Counties Mid-Winter Sacred Harp singing would be held at the Waltham Abbey Community Hall, Essex, on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Sofi Mogensen and John Taylor led 347. Rev. David Chantler offered the closing prayer.

Co-chairmen—Sofi Mogensen and John Taylor; Secretaries—Nick Hall and Edwin Macadam