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Goodshaw Sacred Harp Singing Day

Goodshaw Baptist Church,
Crawshawbooth, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The 5th annual session of the Goodshaw Sacred Harp Singing Day was held at Goodshaw Baptist Church, in the United Kingdom, on Saturday before the third Sunday in May. Chris Brown began the day by leading 47t. Harry Sidebottom welcomed singers to the church, and offered an opening prayer.

Leaders: Chris Brown 72b; Joe Vickers 84, 77b; Hannah Land 76b, 335; Colin Higgins 77t; Calum Woods 28b, 32t; Rae Egglestone 209; Ruth Steggles 82t, 171; Lin James 39t, 148; Martyn Boddy 405, 145t; Benny Ross 501, 27; Cath Ingham 350, 276; Dick Sanner 523, 159.


Penny Macbeth called the class back to order by leading 102. Leaders: Chris Brown 229, 28t; Ruth Steggles 33b, 542; Colin Higgins 440, 163t; Rae Egglestone 268, 504; Martyn Boddy 546, 328; Hannah Land 569b, 517; Calum Woods 81t, 63. John Copperwheat gave thanks before the noon meal.


Rae Egglestone led 448t and 312b to begin the afternoon session. Leaders: Martyn Boddy 86, 46; Cath Ingham 496, 267; Colin Higgins 203; Lin James 235, 278t; Joe Vickers 201, 324; Dick Sanner 143, 163b.

Colin Higgins conducted the memorial lesson and read the following names of the deceased: Bea Gilmore—Manchester; Dorothy Williams—Yeovil; Barbara Hudson—Cheshire; Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, C.T. Williams, and Bill Aplin—Alabama, USA; Richard Holliday—Virginia, USA.

He also spoke for the following sick and housebound: Mary Newell, Sarah Beasley, Jean Sidebottom, Harry Cowking, Maria Wallace, Terry Savage, Rowan Russell, Cath Tyler, Maggie Boyle, Steve Harrison, and Susan Starr. He led 313b.

Leaders: Benny Ross 531, 178; Hannah Land 234, 385b; Calum Woods 129, 68b; Cath Ingham 101t, 448b; Dick Sanner 135, 49t; Joe Vickers 147t, 515; Ruth Steggles 272, 47b. Chris Brown led 503 as the closing song. Benny Ross offered a closing prayer.


The class moved to Goodshaw Old Chapel, the oldest Baptist Chapel in the UK. There, in the singer’s pew, Chris Brown called the class to order by leading 299. Leaders: Chris Brown 268; Benny Ross 45t; Hannah Land 472; Calum Woods 182; Joe Vickers 111b; Ruth Steggles 225t; Martyn Boddy 47t; Rae Egglestone 547; Colin Higgins 442; Lin James 274t; Judy Whiting 480 (for John).

Chris Brown and Judy Whiting led 347, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Chris Brown; Secretary—Cath Ingham