third annual Gwehelog Sacred Harp Singing Day was held on the Saturday
before the third Sunday in July.
The morning prayer was led by Edwin Macadam. The class was called
to order at 11.00 a.m. with Ken Baddley leading song on page 34b. Leaders:
Rachel Jordan 155; Edwin Macadam 473; Sheila Girling Smith (for Gina
Balestracci and Roland Hutchinson) 535; Bernard Collard 63; Judy Whiting
171; Paul and Eleanor Sanderson 209; Ros Clements 228; Helen Brown (for
Rosalind Oldham and Ruth and Dave Cooper) 411; Dave Townsend 383; Margaret
Gillanders 84; Ian West 135; Mandy Townsend 106; Mick and Emily Verrier
107; Steve Fletcher 272; Paul Setford (for Mavis Clay) 178; Jill Thompson
99; Bob Parr (Mass., USA) 297; Grace Scrimgeour 33b; Dave Richardson 401;
Jenny Ellis 49b; Phil Tyler 114; Ken Baddley 515; Rachel Jordan 189; Edwin
Macadam 558; Sheila Girling Smith 504; Bernard Collard 362; Judy Whiting
222; Paul Sanderson 198; Ros Clements 560; Helen Brown 448t; Dave Townsend
217; Margaret Gillanders 49t; Ian West 270; Mandy Townsend 318.
The class sang the Gwehelog Grace and Helen Brown asked God’s
blessing on the midday meal.
class was called to order by Steve Fletcher leading song on page 448b.
Leader: Bob Parr 288. The Memorial Lesson was led by Ken Baddley, who read a short
description of the funeral of a woman from the diary of Dorothy
Wordsworth. This account had been read at the funeral of a young Hampshire
singer, Ben Bailey early this year. We remembered Ben, Mrs. Knight, Gladys
Vickery, Sir Harry Secombe, Frances Butcher, Jeremy Haslam, Isabel Joan
Hunter, Slim Garrison, Robert Hupka and Tom Lock. Ken Baddley led the song on page 163b.
For the Sick and Housebound, Bernard Collard told the story of the
violinist, Itzhak Perlman and his triumph in completing concerto on an instrument with only 3 strings,
the fourth having broken during the first few bars. We are reminded that amazing things are still possible in the face
of adversity if we are prepared to face the challenge. Those remembered
Marriott, Gordon Ashman, Marilyn Hood, Rosalind Oldham, Jeff
Sheppard, Eileen Dale, Catherine Cox, David Preston (aged 7),
Phoebe Latham (aged 5), Win Tyler and Angie Richardson. Sheila Girling Smith led the song on page 86.
class resumed with Dave Richardson leading song on page 303, especially
for Jeff Sheppard. Leaders: Grace Scrimgeour 31t; Jill Thompson 497.
Dave Townsend taught the class his new composition “Christmas
Steps”. Leaders: Paul Setford 87; Roz Argyle 532; Phil Tyler 74b; Jenny
Ellis 48t; Mick and Emily Verrier 146; Ken Baddley 350; Rachel Jordan 269;
Edwin Macadam 236; Sheila Girling Smith 553; Bernard Collard 474; Judy
Whiting 441; Paul and Eleanor Sanderson 183; Ros Clements 510; Helen Brown
442; Margaret Gillanders (with Irene Bown) 148; Ian West 313b;
Mandy Townsend 203; Bob Parr 112; Steve Fletcher 128; Dave Richardson 335;
Mick and Emily Verrier 163t; Jill Thompson 454; Paul Setford 28b; Roz
Argyle 452; Phil Tyler 29b; Dave Townsend 147t; Bob Parr 300. Announcements were made and thanks passed to all those who had
contributed to the success of the day and to the members and friends of
the Gwehelog chapel for again allowing the use of the church.
who were able were invited to attend the third Sankey and Moody Singing to
be held in the Chapel at 11.00 a.m. the following day.
Paul Sanderson led the closing prayer and Ken Baddley led song on
- Ken Baddley;
- Rachel Jordan and Helen Brown;
Co-ordination - Jenny Ellis;
Committee - Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith;
- Sheila Girling Smith.