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South Yorkshire Singing

Wood Lane Countryside Centre,
Stannington, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The annual South Yorkshire All-Day Sacred Harp singing was called to order by Sarah West leading 30t. Joe Vickers offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were appointed: Chairperson—Sarah West; Secretaries—Cath Ingham and Joy Spreadborough; Arranging Committee—Eimear O’Donovan, Vicki Elliott, Joe Vickers, and Judy Whiting.

Leaders: Vicki Elliott 82t; Chris Brown 70t; Cath Ingham 42; Joe Vickers 565; Judy Whiting 77b; Geoff Grainger 535; Joy Spreadborough 452; Richard Mayers 65; Claire Welford 49t; Steve Brett 544; Michael Walker 297; Benny Ross 53; Liam Kirby 283; Lin James 32b; Piers Cawley 178; Mark Wardlaw 312t; Eimear O’Donovan 38b; Cath Tyler 318; Ted Brown 81t.


Joy Spreadborough called the class to order leading 72b. Leaders: Jo Ellis 139; Richard Mayers 299; Hannah Land 298; Phil Tyler 26; Teresa Maguire 37b; Piers Cawley 45t; Sarah West 328; Benny Ross 40; Chris Brown 277; Cath Ingham 89; Judy Whiting 456; Geoff Grainger 163b; Calum Woods 191; Claire Welford 300; Liam Kirby 548; Lin James 448b; Steve Brett 202; Mark Wardlaw 351; Cath Tyler 543. Ted Brown offered the blessing for the midday meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Vicki Elliott leading 168. Leaders: Mark Wardlaw 375; Eimear O’Donovan 124; Hannah Land 319; Ted Brown 546; Joe Vickers 228; Calum Woods 422; Phil Tyler 332; Michael Walker 475; Chris Brown 447; Joy Spreadborough 496; Cath Ingham 282; Liam Kirby 500; Claire Welford 440; Steve Brett 568; Teresa Maguire 175; Lin James 76b; Jo Ellis 442; Geoff Grainger 143; Sarah West 150; Richard Mayers 198.

Dave Elliott conducted the memorial lesson and read the names of the following recently deceased: Tom Robinson, Mary Newell, Steve Robinson, Wendy Ross, Lindsay Hill, Marjorie Mound, Ian Whiting, Eileen McDougall, Oliver Kindig-Stokes, and Dave Smith.

He also spoke for the following sick and housebound: Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Jeannette DePoy, Lynn Carr, Sheena McMain, Kirsty Grainger, Ian West, Dot Green, Joyce Stott, Ruth Steggles, Janelle Davis, Sister Pippa, Nathalie Hunter and family. Vicki Elliott led 390. Dave Elliott closed the memorial lesson with a prayer.

Leaders: Mark Wardlaw 414; Cath Tyler 531.


Eimear O’Donovan called the class to order leading 73t. Leaders: Liam Kirby 491; Benny Ross 556; Byron Tyler and Tom Higgins 99; Teresa Maguire 67; Helena Reynolds 441; Helen Brown and Ted Brown 303 (for Dave Smith); Jo Ellis 504; Joe Vickers 481; Hannah Land 434; Joy Spreadborough 540; Michael Walker 492; Steve Brett 536; Phil Tyler 399b; Calum Woods 385b; Lin James 566; Chris Brown 274b; Helena Reynolds 276.

Sarah West led 62, and the class took the parting hand. Hannah Land offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Sarah West; Secretaries—Cath Ingham and Joy Spreadborough