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Goodshaw Church Minutes

Goodshaw Sacred Harp Day
Goodshaw Baptist Church

Saturday, 8 May 2010

The first Goodshaw Sacred Harp Day was held at Goodshaw Baptist Church, in the United Kingdom, on Saturday before the second Sunday in May.

Judy Whiting began the day by leading 34b. Harry Sidebottom welcomed singers to the church and said an opening prayer. Chris Brown led 35. Aldo Ceresa conducted a singing school in which he led; 209; 218; 564; 436 and 297.


Chris Brown called the class back with 82t. Leaders:  Helen Brown 32t; Aldo Ceresa 142; Hannah Land 84; Michael Walker 77t; Sarah West 370; Richard Percival 168; Sally Greaves-Lord 29t; Ted Brown 445; Judy Whiting and Harry Cowking 503; Chris Brown 510; Hannah Land 480; Aldo Ceresa 517. Harry Cowking gave thanks for the noon meal.


Helen Brown called the class back to order and led 270. Leaders: Michael Walker 138b; Sarah West 432; Ted Brown 290; Sally Greaves-Lord 284; Richard Percival 31t; Judy Whiting 150; Chris Brown 68t; Hannah Land 384; Aldo Ceresa 387; Helen Brown 365; Sarah West 89. 
Michael Walker conducted the memorial lesson and read the names of the deceased: Marie Holloway of Maryland, Ann Cunnyngham of Kent, Audrey Nathan, Jim Clay of
Shropshire and John Hine of Wath upon Dearne. He also spoke for the sick and housebound: Carolyn Thompson, John Hopkinson, David Daykin, Leo McGuigan, Kathy Armstrong, Betty Hine, David George, Cherry Shaw and Kate Howard. For them he led 103 and said a prayer. Leaders: Ted Brown 97; Sally Greaves-Lord 481; Richard Percival 313b; Judy Whiting 72b; Hannah Land 278t.


Michael Walker called the class to order leading 322. Leaders: Helen Brown 422; Aldo Ceresa 232; Sarah West, Rachel Evans and Jon Egglestone 159; Ted Brown 339; Sally Greaves-Lord 441; Richard Percival 273; Hannah Land 228; Judy Whiting 460; Chris Brown 457; Michael Walker 499; Aldo Ceresa 215; Helen Brown 37b; Sarah West 80t; Ted Brown 81t; Sally Greaves-Lord 36b; Hannah Land 145; Richard Percival 448t.

There was a short business meeting at which it was agreed that this was a suitable venue for future singings and that it should be found a place in the calendar.

Judy Whiting and Chris Brown led 323t. Ted Brown offered a closing prayer and the class was dismissed.

After the close a group of singers visited the Goodshaw Baptist Old Chapel, which was founded 250 years ago in 1760, and, sitting in the square singers' pew, sang; 28t, 28b, 29b, 30b, 112, 113, 150, 186, 225t, 268, 501, 540 and 569b.

Chairman—Judy Whiting; Secretary—Chris Brown.


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