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Holmfirth Sacred Harp Day
Fourth Singing Day
Choppards Mission
West Yorkshire
Saturday, 29 March 2008

The fourth Holmfirth Sacred Harp Day was held at Choppards Mission in the Pennine Hills above Holmfirth in Yorkshire on the last Saturday of March.

The day began with a prayer led by Helen Brown.  There was then a singing school when Carmel Wood, Simon Dumpleton and Helen Brown explained the shape note system and the traditions of the hollow  square. The class learned with 47t, 503 and 39t.  The Chairman, Cath  Ingham, then called the class to order with 127.

Leaders: Ian West 276; Ted Brown 49b; Judy Whiting 171; Michael Walker 53; Margaret Gillanders 84; Benny Ross 28t; Sarah Pinney 282; Simon Dumpleton 146; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 122; Peter Knudssen 503; Sally Greaves-Lord 501; Carmel Wood 457; Helen Brown offered a prayer for  the meal.


Ian West called the class to order with 479.  Leaders: Sharon  Langridge 117; Chris Brown 40; Paul Chillingworth 47b; Helen Brown  68b; Ted Brown 108t; Richard Percival 494.  The memorial lesson was  led by Judy Whiting leading 475 for Amanda Denson, Mike Beswick, Ken  Ross, Vera Ross, Roy West, Peter Hampson, Denis Rungen and La Rue  Allen.  Chris Brown led 178 for the sick and housebound, Jean  McDougall, Betty & Sid Dumpleton, Stan Shaw, Joan Mattock, Joanna Keable and Mel Browne.

Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 371; Jenny Reid 35; Michael Walker 145t; Sarah Pinney 504; Benny Ross; 441; Judy Whiting 546; Simon Dumpleton 448t; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 448b; Peter Knudssen 148; Sally Greaves- Lord 74b; Carmel Wood 31t; Ian West 324.


Chris Brown called the class to order with 128.  Leaders: Maria  Wallace 159; Richard Percival 569b; Sharon Langridge 155; Ted Brown  378t; Helen Brown 142; Margaret Gillanders 99; Jenny Reid 350; Michael  Walker 134; Sarah & Jenny Pinney 186; Benny Ross 299; Jacqui Selby- MacLeod 143; Simon Dumpleton 285b; Peter Knudssen 515; Carmel Wood  168; Richard Percival 313b.

After announcements and reports it was agreed to meet again on the  last Saturday in March 2009.  The Chairman Cath Ingham, Judy Whiting,  Chris Brown, Carmel Wood, and Simon Dumpleton led 323t and Helen Brown said a closing prayer.

Secretary: Judy Whiting.

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