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East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention

Village Hall, Kegworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

April 27-28, 2019

Saturday, April 27

The class was called to order by Hannah Land leading 30t (CB). Joe Vickers offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Helen Brown 32t; Joe Vickers 293t (CB); Chris Brown 504t (CB); Ian West 52t; Rosalind Oldham 49b; Ted Brown 47t; Emily Verrier 36b; Karen Turner 171; Richard Mayers 39t; Leslie Alperin 228; Rob Mahoney 86; Margaret Bradshaw 445; Geoff Grainger 452; Mick Verrier 276 (CB); Derek Buckland 448t; Judy Whiting 43; Helen Brown 82t; Joe Vickers 201; Rosalind Oldham 84; Chris Brown 120; Hannah Land 297; Leslie Alperin 344.


Ian West reconvened the class leading 571 (CB). Leaders: Karen Turner 81t; Tom Sprackland 129; Ted Brown 515 (CB); Richard Mayers 415; Margaret Bradshaw 105; Geoff Grainger 503; Judy Whiting 441; Derek Buckland 113; Rob Mahoney 107; Chris Brown 392; Hannah Land 463 (CB); Tom Sprackland 56b; Leslie Alperin 497; Mick Verrier 106 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 563 (CB); Ian West 480; Margaret Bradshaw 266. Grace for the midday meal was offered by Hannah Land.


Judy Whiting called the class back together leading 72b. Leaders: Derek Buckland 163b; Geoff Grainger 68b; Karen Turner 155 (CB); Ted Brown 99; Joe Vickers 274b (CB); Helen Brown 488 (CB); Richard Mayers 235 (CB); Emily Verrier 319; Tom Sprackland 546; Leslie Alperin 268; Rob Mahoney 159; Hannah Land 280; Ian West 500 (CB); Mick Verrier 148 (CB); Margaret Bradshaw 300; Chris Brown 502; Emily Verrier 198; Geoff Grainger 587 (CB); Rosalind Oldham 505 (CB).


Margaret Bradshaw reconvened the class leading 114. Leaders: Tom Sprackland 54t (CB); Judy Whiting 472; Derek Buckland 74t; Julie Russell 34b; Mick Verrier 311 (CB); Leslie Alperin 547; Ted Brown 478 (CB); Karen Turner 121; Rob Mahoney 209; Emily Verrier 270; Richard Mayers 504; Helen Brown 142; Joe Vickers 70b (CB); Julie Russell 33b.

Hannah Land led 323t as the closing song. Jonathan Stanyon dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, April 28

The Sunday session was called to order by Hannah Land leading 59. Ted Brown offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Ian West 101t, 101b; Ted Brown 49b (CB), 49t (CB); Helen Brown 131b, 492; Joe Vickers 50t (CB), 331b (CB); Judy Whiting 466, 354t; Rob Mahoney 178, 163b; Vicki Elliott 77t, 171; Margaret Bradshaw 440, 122; Hannah Land 559 (CB).


Nick Hall reconvened the class by leading 162. Leaders: Nick Hall 511t (CB); Mick Verrier 40 (CB), 107 (CB); Rachel Jordan 569t, 286; Derek Buckland 347, 235; Karen Turner 244 (CB), 186 (CB); Geoff Grainger 156, 143; Eimear O’Donovan 213 (CB), 41 (CB); Tom Sprackland 176t, 67; Chris Brown 82b, 82t; Hannah Land 465 (CB), 133 (CB); Ian West 447.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Mick Verrier and Karen Turner. Mick led “Wivenhoe” in memory of the following: Bill Steele, Carolyn Williams, John Marsh, Michael Ridge, Dennis Lingwood, Roberto Cavallar, Susan Carr, Clint Andrews, Ray Stickley, Pat Stickley, Jean Chatillon, Ben Thompson, Elspeth Murray, John Hayto, Paul Luther Wilson, Karl Walbrecht, Marlene Spector Levine, Richard Levine, Doug Webb, Rodney Ellsworth Willard, Barbara Ruth Hastings Willard, Elizabeth Rechenberg, Eugene Forbes, John Williams, Andy Spence, and Bob Patten.

Karen spoke for the sick and housebound, and led 96 (CB) for the following: Edward Stevens, Norma Ruptier, Curtis Owen, Sonny Erwin, Melanie Hauff, Clarke Lee, Fred Langridge, Calum Woods, David Elliott, Richard Kraviec, Jenny Gibson, Bee Gee Rechenberg, Patti House, Olivia Powell, Kevin Powell, Paula Mogensen, and Gwen Robb. The memorial lesson was closed with a prayer offered by Joe Vickers.

Leaders: Vicki Elliott 154; Rachel Jordan 565, 564; Margaret Bradshaw 168, 410t. Grace for the midday meal was offered by Eimear O’Donovan.


The singing was reconvened by Eimear O’Donovan leading 76b. Leaders: Eimear O’Donovan 309; Joe Vickers 470 (CB), 137 (CB); Judy Whiting 500, 150; Helen Brown 475, 182; Rob Mahoney 455, 457; Rachel Jordan 426b, 189; Vicki Elliott 29t, 436; Rosalind Oldham 573 (CB); Ted Brown 418, 176b; Nick Hall 155, 460 (CB); Tom Sprackland 100, 411; Karen Turner 391, 474; Geoff Grainger 40, 49b; Chris Brown 277, 106.


Ted Brown brought the class back together by leading 119. Leaders: Hannah Land 140 (CB), 98 (CB); Derek Buckland 274t, 145t; Margaret Bradshaw 87, 425; Nick Hall 200; Rosalind Oldham 127; Eimear O’Donovan 387, 448t; Ian West 59 (CB); Rachel Jordan 128, 299; Tom Sprackland 147t, 89. Hannah Land led 95b (CB) as the closing song. Margaret Gillanders dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Hannah Land; Vice Chairman—Helen Brown; Secretary—Margaret Gillanders