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Twenty First Palm Sunday Singing Day
Cumnor Village Hall
Sunday, 29th March 2015

The chairperson, Mandy Townsend, called the class to order at 10.30a.m. and welcomed everyone to the 21st Palm Sunday singing day. She led the first song, 47t and then called upon Martin Williams to give the opening prayer.

Leaders: Toby Goss 49t; Sheila Girling Macadam 28t; Dave Townsend 49b; Edwin Macadam 150; Steve Brett 172; Rachel Jordan 492; Matthew Parkinson 225t; Steve Fletcher 48t; Nick Hall 441; Leilai Immel 76b; Steve Welch 147b; Sarah Hill 27; Richard Percival 38b; Una Nicholson 314; Heather Thompson 178; Ruth McNamara 34b; Mandy Townsend 203; Toby Goss 300;  Edwin Macadam 391.


Sheila Girling Macadam called the class back to order leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Steve Brett 406; Heather Thompson 535; Rachel Jordan 182; Dilwyn Scott 40; Matthew Parkinson 75; Michael Bloom 299; Steve Fletcher 189; Dave Townsend 383; Nick Hall 500; Leilai Immel 56t; Steve Welch 489; Sarah Hill 352; Richard Percival 479; Ruth McNamara 82t; Una Nicholson 155; Heather Thompson 268; Mandy Townsend 163t; Toby Goss 288; Sheila Girling Macadam 564; Edwin Macadam 332; Steve Brett 465; Rachel Jordan 200; Matthew Parkinson 74t; Steve Fletcher 272; Nick Hall 387; Leilai Immel 56b; Steve Welch 52t; Sarah Hill 295. Martin Williams offered the lunchtime prayer.

Lunch Recess

Richard Percival called the class to order by leading song on page 28b. Leaders: Una Nicholson 48b; Michael Bloom 163b; Ruth McNamara 335; Dave Townsend 457; Sheila Girling Macadam 330b.

The combined Lessons were led by Steve Fletcher. The names on the Memorial list were read out as listed: Roy Jones of Old Marston, Oxon; Flo Charles of Margam, Port Talbot; Olga Dellaway of Saint Thibery, France; Patricia Price of Sutton, Surrey; Peter Linwood of Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA; Harold Pigott of Barking, Essex; Margaret Jenkins of Banbury, Oxon; John Grzegorzek of Midhurst, Sussex; Sandy Thomas of Abingdon, Oxon; Margaret Killick of Abingdon, Oxon; Evelyn Mary Quike of Bridgend; Marjorie Louise Franks of Chandlersford; Geoff Thorp of Maulden, Bedfordshire; Cherry Welch of Gomshall, Surrey; Barbara Jones of Hull. The names of the Sick and Housebound were read out as listed: Jackie Saunders of Eynsham, Oxon; Paula Mogensen of Billericay; George Reed of Bedford; Michael Spittal of Highgate, London; June and Pete Eames of Cubbington; Peter Zander of Lewes; Betty Percival of Wilmslow. The names on the Celebratory lesson were read as out listed: Richard and Kathy Percival on their 30th wedding anniversary; Dafydd and Emily on getting engaged; Tamsyn Smith and Monty Halls on getting married on 27th June; Molly Halls, who cut her first tooth this week at 13 months! Steve Fletcher gave an address on the history of shape note singing in the UK and more particularly on that of the Palm Sunday singing, then led the song on page 454 in honour of Bernard Collard.

The class resumed with Toby Goss leading song on page 210.  Leaders: Mandy Townsend 302; Steve Brett 369; Rachel Jordan 487; Matthew Parkinson 222; Steve Fletcher 328; Steve Welch 506t; Leilai Immel 289; Nick Hall 410t; Sarah Hill 340; Richard Percival 273; Ruth McNamara 312b; Una Nicholson 228.


The class was called to order by Mandy Townsend leading song on page 318. Leaders: Toby Goss 313; Dave Townsend198; Steve Brett 532; Rachel Jordan 456; Matthew Parkinson 177; Steve Fletcher 277; Nick Hall 452; Leilai Immel and Matthew Parkinson 98; Steve Welch 473.

Mandy Townsend gave thanks to all those who had helped during the day and invited announcements of coming singings. A total of 81 items were led during the singing day by 19 leaders. Martin Williams offered the closing prayer before Dave and Mandy Townsend closed the singing by leading song 323t.

Chairperson: Mandy Townsend;
Chaplain: Martin Williams;
Lessons co-ordinator: Steve Fletcher;
Arranging committee: Sheila Girling Macadam, Nick Hall; Pitchers: Rachel Jordan, Matthew Parkinson;
Secretary: Steve Fletcher and Jan Green; Finance officer: Mandy Townsend;
Organiser: Dave Townsend, with the help of many volunteers.


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