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Sussex Shape Note Singing

Staplefield Village Hall, near Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The 19th annual Sussex Shape Note Singing was held in Staplefield Village Hall, using The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and Alternative Harmony (AH), a booklet of other shape note tunes. The class was called to order by Tony Singleton and Jill Thompson leading 276. Leaders: Nick Hall 489; Sheila Girling Macadam 81t; Edwin Macadam 184; Steve Fletcher 39t; Ian Lamb 89; Corrie van Duzer 280; Rachel Jordan 52t; Rob Mahoney 86; Jacqui Selby 35; Derek Buckland 28b; Steve Biggs 49b; Judie van Duzer 48t; Ron Hollman 85; Toby Goss 47b; Jill Thompson 299; Tony Singleton 300; Sheila Girling Macadam 487; Edwin Macadam 122; Steve Welch 147b; Caroline Edwards 107; Steve Fletcher 272; Guy Hayes 441; Catherine Roberts 171; Jacqui Selby 282; Nick Hall 279; Rachel Jordan 155.


Toby Goss called the class to order leading 228. Leaders: Derek Buckland 56b; Steve Welch 50b; Ian Lamb 481; Judie van Duzer 148; Rob Mahoney 159; Ron Hollman 547; Corrie van Duzer 436; Steve Biggs 40; Catherine Roberts 37b; Caroline Edwards 178; Guy Hayes 296; Jill Thompson 454; Edwin Macadam 172; Jacqui Selby 82t; Nick Hall 120; Steve Fletcher 196; Tony Singleton 117; Sheila Girling Macadam 430; Toby Goss 143; Derek Buckland 72b; Rachel Jordan 528.


Caroline Edwards called the class to order leading 31t. Leaders: Ian Lamb 504; Rob Mahoney 163b; Judie van Duzer 38t; Ron Hollman 385 (t? b?); Jacqui Selby 134; Guy Hayes 318; Nick Hall 267; Steve Welch 569t.

Rob Mahoney conducted a combined memorial lesson and sick and housebound lesson. Tony Singleton led 457. Jean Mahoney read the following list of names of the deceased: Clif Finch, Elisabeth Clark, Brian Hall, Doris Hammond, Jane Davies, Ruth Steggles, and Silvia Deeka. Guy Hayes read the following list of names of the sick and housebound: Jenny Gibson, June Eames, Dave Cooper, Cleve Boudreaux, Jackie Saunders, Nik Pollard, Paula Mogensen, and Ced Morgan. The memorial service was closed.

Leaders: Corrie van Duzer 198; Jill Thompson “Ten Thousand Charms” (AH); Sheila Girling Macadam 320; Rachel Jordan 426b; Edwin Macadam 236; Steve Biggs “Life’s Purpose” (AH) Catherine Roberts 30b; Steve Fletcher “Idumean Road” (AH).


Corrie van Duzer called the class to order leading “The Lily” (AH). Leaders: Steve Welch “New England” (AH); Caroline Edwards 47t; Toby Goss “Immensity” (AH); Guy Hayes 511; Catherine Roberts 114; Derek Buckland 523; Ian Lamb 209; Ron Hollman 128; Steve Biggs “Millbrook” (AH); Rob Mahoney 474; Corrie van Duzer “Walpole” (AH); Steve Fletcher “Red Lion” (AH); Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Macadam 183; Rachel Jordan 475.

The Secretary reported that forty-two singers had attended, and eighty-three songs had been sung. Thanks were extended and announcements made. The 2018 Sussex Shape Note singing will be held on Saturday, the 10th of March.

Jill Thompson and Tony Singleton led 347 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Co-chairmen—Jill Thompson and Tony Singleton; Secretaries—Ian Lamb, Mary Welch, Jacqui Selby, and Jean Mahoney