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West Yorkshire Sacred Harp Day

Haworth Methodist Church,
Haworth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The 14th annual West Yorkshire Sacred Harp Day was held at Haworth Methodist Church, in the United Kingdom, on Saturday before the third Sunday in November. Chris Brown began the day by leading 28t. John Hopkinson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Vicki Elliot 163t; Judy Whiting 171; Mark Wardlaw 287; Eimear O’Donovan 396; Joel Wallenberg 27; Faiz Wareh 185; Nigel Bowley 38t; Emily Verrier 36b; Pattie Wareh 183; Ted Brown 105; Margaret Gillanders 556; John Davis 448t; Joanne Fuller 341.


Richard Mayers called the class to order leading 504. Leaders: Cath Ingham 30t; Michael Walker 144; Jan Geerts 480; Aldo Ceresa 425 (in memory of Rob Peel); Cora Wareh 349; Camilla Widholm 328; Helen Brown 422; Jean Seiler 299; Phil Tyler 451; Tarik Wareh 50b; Richard Mayers 106; Claire Welford 212; Colin Monson 133; Hannah Land 298; Liz Lawson 503; Sarah Hill 76b; Helen Barber 223; Teresa Maguire 69b; Chris Brown 294; Mark Wardlaw 159; John Davis 282; Eimear O’Donovan 124. Jean Seiler gave thanks for the noon meal.


Claire Welford called the class back to order by leading 384. Leaders: Michael Walker 227; Hannah Land 234; Martyn Boddy 40; Calum Woods 36t; Amy 117; Joanne Fuller 460; Jan Geerts 351; Sarah Hill 548; Joel Wallenberg 486; Colin Higgins 296; Aldo Ceresa 500.

Michael Walker conducted the memorial lesson, and read the following list of names of the deceased: Eileen McDougall—France; Chris Holloway-Germany; Ruth Steggles—Nottingham; Sylvia Small—Edinburgh; Alex Elliot—Sheffield; Rob Peel—Ireland; Tim Moscovitch—Huddersfield; David Smith—Derby; Johnny Lee, Earlis McGraw, and B. M. Smith—Georgia, USA; Gary Smith, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Bernice Harvey, S. T. Reed, and Jimmy Bailey—Alabama, USA; Tom Robinson and Jimmie Foreman—Texas, USA; Charlie Derleth—Missouri, USA; Janelle Davis—Illinois, USA; Joseph Leonard Rowe—Rhode Island, USA.

Michael also spoke for the following sick and housebound: Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Delorese Lee, Don Grimshaw, Nate Green, Norma Green, Cath Tyler, Melanie Hauff, Benny Ross, Joyce Farrell, Sister Pippa, and Jeff Heffner. For them he led 235, and then closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Vicki Elliot 127 (for Ros and Daniel); Tarik Wareh 390; Jean Seiler 168; Colin Monson 191; Helen Brown 192; Pattie Wareh 373; Nigel Bowley 431.


Chris Brown called the class to order leading 28b. Leaders: Teresa Maguire 506; Sarah Hill 439; Camilla Widholm 377; Phil Tyler 311; Margaret Gillanders 564; Jean Seiler 273; Aldo Ceresa 456; Helen Barber 196; Joanne Fuller 532; Michael Walker 378t.

Chris Brown and Judy Whiting led 330b as the closing song. John Hopkinson offered the closing prayer. The class was dismissed early because of a snow storm.

Chairman—Chris Brown; Vice Chairman—Judy Whiting; Secretary—Claire Welford