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Gwehelog Singing

Gwehelog Methodist Chapel, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The 16th annual Gwehelog Sacred Harp and Moody and Sankey singing weekend was held at Gwehelog Methodist Chapel in Wales. The class was called to order by Liam Kirby, who welcomed everyone, and then led 176t. Matthew Parkinson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Barbour 494; Leilai Immel 49b; Marcos Sullivan 29b; Judy Whiting 150; Phil Owen 30b; Leila Gamaz 48b; Steve Brett 32t; Susannah Gill 29t; Barry Parsons 145t; Vicki Elliott 81t; Matthew Parkinson 66; Joe Jones 108b; Lin James 76b; Ruth Steggles 33b; Chris Brown 350.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Liam Kirby; Chaplain—Matthew Parkinson; Arranging Officer—Samantha Cole; Treasurer—Phil Owen; Secretary—Barry Parsons.

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Phil Owen leading 111b. Leaders: Benny Ross 556; Sarah West 154; Ted Brown 105; Mryka Hall-Beyer 551; Shannon Primm 65; Michael Walker 207; Helen Brown 379.

Chris Brown spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins, and led 49t in their honor. Judy Whiting read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: John Hopkinson, Cath Tyler, Steve Harrison, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Felipe Ortega, Nadia Abdelaziz, Sister Pippa, Doug Spreeman, and Marjorie McGrath.

She then read the following list of names of the deceased: Cyril Guy—Llangybi; Kate Davis—Dublin; Mary Newell—Dalton; Drew Logan; Edith Kronenberg—Whitley Bay and Vienna; Geoffrey Nathan—Essex; Raymond Hamrick, Joyce Harrison, and George Garner—Georgia, USA; Ann Bates—Sussex; Dan Adams—Connecticut, USA; Bruce Cairns—Alberta, Canada; John Selvey—Derby; Ron Green—London; Stanly Edwards and Evelyn Harris—Alabama, USA; Danny Arms—North Carolina, USA; Margaret Wealsley—Sibford Gower; Duncan Copper—Scunthorpe; Trevor Clews—Broad Campden. Joe Jones offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Vicki Elliott 68b; John Barbour 128; Susannah Gill 278t; Marcos Sullivan 300; Lin James 285t; Ruth Steggles 335; Judy Whiting 472; Joe Jones 30t; Steve Brett 374; Matthew Parkinson 63. Helen Brown offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Leilai Immel called the class back together by leading 290. Leaders: Liam Kirby 401; Sarah West 208; Benny Ross 324; Helen Brown 518; Michael Walker 396; Mryka Hall-Beyer 454; Shannon Primm 455; John Williams 274t; Vicki Elliott 426b; Barry Parsons 292; Susannah Gill 269; Matthew Parkinson 383; Joe Jones 388; Lin James 84; Chris Brown 138t; Steve Brett 418; Leila Gamaz 117; Ted Brown 176b; Ruth Steggles 203; Phil Owen 187; Judy Whiting 492.

RECESS

Samantha Cole brought the class back together by leading 129. Leaders: Marcos Sullivan 288; Leilai Immel 92; Phil Owen 111t; John Barbour 99; Helen Brown 430; John Williams 183; Michael Walker 304 (in memory of Danny Arms); Mryka Hall-Beyer 497; Ted Brown 496; Sarah West 37b; Benny Ross 505; Shannon Primm 98; Joe Jones, Susannah Gill, and Michael Walker 327.

Following announcements, Liam Kirby led 425 as the closing song. Matthew Parkinson dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Liam Kirby; Secretary—Barry Parsons