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Oldham Sacred Harp Singing Day

Oldham Baptist Church, Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The class was called to order by Hannah Land leading 59, and then offering the opening prayer. A singing school was taught by Hannah Land, during which the class received instruction on the shape note system, major and minor scales, and the modes of time. The class participated in singing the exercises on pages 15 and 16 of the Rudiments, and sang 49b and 39t.

Leaders: Hannah Land 72b; Cath Tyler 63; Chris Brown 82t; Ruth Steggles 77t; Sarah West 565; Nadine Wills 66; Michael Walker 74t; Ewan Paterson 274t.


The class was called to order by Margaret Gillanders leading 36b. Leaders: Eva Striebeck 58; Michael McGuigan 156; Ted Brown 339; Dara Desmond 440; Colin Higgins 47t; Harry Campbell 163t; Ella Cumber 42; Rachel Egglestone 277; Lin James 284; Judy Whiting 546; Sarah West 157; Ewan Paterson 49t; Cath Tyler 318; Helen Brown 365. Hannah Land offered grace before the noon meal.


The class was called to order by Nadine Wills leading 457. Leaders: Chris Brown 341; Michael Walker 475; Dara Desmond 192; Ted Brown 187; Eva Striebeck 171; Michael McGuigan 108t; Margaret Gillanders 391; Ella Cumber 478; Harry Campbell 38t; Rachel Egglestone 445; Lin James 448b; Ruth Steggles 425; Colin Higgins 86; Judy Whiting 150; Helen Brown 422; Hannah Land 428; Ted Brown 303.

Michael Walker conducted the memorial lesson. He read the names of the following deceased: Myrtle Ann Beasley, Violet Thomason, Brenda Grimshaw, Harold Newall, Malcolm Robertson, May Hollinger, Lonnie Rogers, Peter Schoongamis, David Daykin, Maureen Gamlin, David Todd, Nonek Jacobson, Ray Cox, Katherine, David, and Jonathon.

Michael then read the names of the following sick and housebound: Henry Guthery, Curtis Owen, Tony Parkinson, Bea Gilmore, Alan Jackson, Kathy Armstrong, Ciaran Fackler, Dan and Charlotte Walker, Bryan Seale and his mother, Todd Carbough, Ellen and Paul Novak, Maria Wallace, and Gary Nightingale. He led 225t. Prayer was offered by John Hopkinson.

Leaders: Sarah West 50b; Cath Tyler 270; Ewan Paterson 108b.


The class was called to order by Chris Brown leading 81t. Leaders: Nadine Wills 148; Harry Campbell 410t; Dara Desmond 489; Ella Cumber 411; Michael McGuigan 68b; Eva Striebeck 312b; Rachel Egglestone 47b; Lin James 566; Ruth Steggles 472; Colin Higgins 56b; Judy Whiting 208; Hannah Land 436 (in honor of birthdays for Dara Desmond, Michael McGuigan, and Penny Higgins); Michael Walker 145t; Cath Tyler 213t; Sarah West 67; Ewan Paterson 282; Eva Striebeck 110; Dara Desmond 299.

Announcements were made. Hannah Land led 62 as the closing song, and dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Hannah Land; Secretaries—Cath Tyler, Karen Turner, Margaret Gillanders