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Gwehelog Singing

Gwehelog Chapel, Usk, Wales

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The 15th Sacred Harp and Moody and Sankey singing weekend was held as usual at Gwehelog Methodist Chapel in Wales. Chris Brown called the class to order by leading 52t, and welcomed everyone. John Hopkinson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Chris Brown 47t; Matthew Parkinson 89; John Barbour 30b; Judy Whiting 68b; Liam Kirby 207; Ruth Steggles 171; Leilai Immel 49b; Barry Parsons 33t; Phil Owen 204; Chris Brown 211; Karen Turner 49t; Marcos Sullivan 209; Samantha Cole 80t; Matthew Parkinson 154; Judy Whiting 318; John Barbour 168; Leilai Immel 81t; Liam Kirby 288; Ruth Steggles 178; Barry Parsons 399b; Karen Turner 313t.


John Barbour led 99 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Liam Kirby 112; Phil Owen 276; Margaret Gillanders 565; Samantha Cole 111b; Helen Brown 39b; Ellen Southern and Liam Kirby 569b; Marcos Sullivan 299; Matthew Parkinson 213t; Ruth Steggles 542; Ted Brown 77t; Leilai Immel 345b; Karen Turner 344; Chris Brown 350; Barry Parsons 294; Phil Owen 460; Margaret Gillanders 212; Helen Brown 387. John Barbour returned thanks before the noon meal in the beautiful graveyard.


Samantha Cole called the afternoon session to order by leading 203. Leaders: Helen Brown 103; Margaret Gillanders 314; Catie Van Duzer 280; Liam Kirby 290; Corrie Van Duzer 59; John Barbour 35; Judy Whiting 208; Leilai Immel 472; Ruth Steggles 170; Karen Turner 155; Ted Brown 338.

Barry Parsons spoke for the following deceased: C.T. Williams, Jeff Sheppard, and Shelbie Sheppard—Alabama, USA; Alan Jackson—Scunthorpe; Bill Gillanders—Derby; Dorothy Williams—Yeovil; He also spoke on behalf of the following sick and housebound: Dudley Savage, Margaret Steel, Bill Steel, Mary Newell, Cath Tyler, Benny Ross, Jean Fry, Cyril Guy, Delphine Guy, Harry Cowking, Jean Sidebottom, Phil Newton, Drew Logan, Roger Brown, Flo MacPhaul, and Abi Halliday Jones. He led 452, and Helen Brown closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Matthew Parkinson 285t; Chris Brown 551; Judy Van Duzer 173; Phil Owen 481; Marcos Sullivan 45t.


Judy Whiting called the class to order leading 441. Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 492; Barry Parsons 507; Judy Van Duzer 162; Marcos Sullivan 282; Catie Van Duzer 284; Ted Brown 101t; Corrie Van Duzer 538; Helen Brown 475; The Bristol singers 146.

There was a short business meeting in which it was agreed that we meet again on Saturday before the third Sunday in July, 2015, and that Liam Kirby and his fellow Bristol Singers would take over the organization.

Chris Brown and Judy Whiting led 347 as the closing song. John Hopkinson offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Chris Brown; Secretary—Samantha Cole