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Sussex Shape Note Singing

Staplefield Village Hall, Staplefield, Crawley, Sussex

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The 13th Sussex Shape Note singing was held in Staplefield Village Hall, using the Sacred Harp (1991 edition) and ‘Alternative Harmony’, a booklet of other shape note tunes. The class was called to order by Tony Singleton leading 34b.

Leaders: Jill Thompson 49b; Nick Hall 31t; Rebecca Over 421; Rob Mahoney 86; Sheila Girling Macadam 200; Edwin Macadam 466; Steve Welch 503; Rachel Jordan 171; Ken Baddley 300; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 70t; Linda Reed 210; Stephen Biggs 45t; Tony Singleton 117; Jill Thompson 299; Rob Mahoney 276; Steve Welch 501; Edwin Macadam 172; Nick Hall 217; Rebecca Over 534; Sheila Girling Macadam 272.


Rachel Jordan called the class to order leading 40. Leaders: Ken Baddley 192; Linda Reed 444; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 82t; Stephen Biggs 163b; Tony Singleton 128; Jill Thompson 504; Rob Mahoney 455; Nick Hall 454; Edwin Macadam 236; Rebecca Over 102; Sheila Girling Macadam 546; Stephen Biggs 73b; Ken Baddley 350; Rachel Jordan 84; Linda Reed 99; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 134; Stephen Biggs 288; Tony Singleton 198; Jill Thompson 497. Ken Baddley gave thanks for the mid-day meal.


Tony Singleton brought the afternoon session to order leading 312t. Leaders: Jill Thompson ‘Ten Thousand Charms’ (Alt H); Rebecca Over 532; Sheila Girling Macadam ‘Idumean Road’ (Alt H); Rachel Jordan ‘Walpole’ (Alt H); Ken Baddley ‘New England’ (Alt H).

The memorial and sick and housebound lessons were combined into a remembrance lesson conducted by Ken Baddley. Jill Thompson led 178 for the following: Joyce Over, Joe Hall, Betty Thompson, Hilary Tomlin, Laurie Crawford, Marion Biggs, Alan Cooper, Carl Lawrence, Edgar Bateson, Mona Oldman, Jane Davies, Sofi Mogensen, John Taylor, Lucy Chadwick, Nicola Macadam, and Lionel Wollenberg. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Linda Reed ‘Firm Hope’ (Alt H); Jacqui Selby-Macleod 122; Stephen Biggs ‘Life’s Purpose’ (Alt H); Steve Welch ‘Bethlehem’ (Alt H); Nick Hall ‘New Invention’ (Alt H); Edwin Macadam ‘Nativity’ (Alt H); Rob Mahoney 56b.


Tony Singleton called the class to order leading 146. Leaders: Robert Bunting 254; Sheila Girling Macadam 142; Ken Baddley 481; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 131b; Rob Mahoney ‘Evening Hymn’ (Alt H); Edwin Macadam ‘Warren’ (Alt H); Rebecca Over 460; Nick Hall 183; Stephen Biggs ‘Millbrook’ (Alt H); Jill Thompson 344; Linda Reed 515; Rachel Jordan 347.

The Secretary reported that 26 people had registered and 68 songs had been sung. Thanks were extended and announcements were made. It was noted that the 2012 Sussex Shape Note singing would be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Ken Baddley offered a closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-chairmen—Jill Thompson and Tony Singleton; Secretary—Jan Green