Sacred Harp Singing
Jordans Village Hall, Jordans, Bucks.
Saturday, November 21 2015
Thanksgiving Singing Day was held in the Village Hall of Jordans, the Quaker
Village, and burial place of William Penn. The class was called to order by
Sheila Girling Macadam leading 34b and Mary Welch offered the opening prayer.
Leaders: Edwin Macadam 472; Nick Hall 73b; Teresa Maguire 73t; Steve Welch 38t;
Jan Lawrence 160b; Rachel Jordan 77b; Michael Walker 495; Toby Goss 52t; Rebecca
Over 306; Pete Eiseman-Renyard 49t; Sofi Mogensen 31t; Sue Lord 105; Barry
Parsons 421; Sue Lanfear 178.
brought the class back together leading 109. Leaders: Victoria Timberlake 335;
Sheila Girling Macadam 157; Teresa Maguire 445b; Steve Welch 147b; Nick Hall
231; Edwin Macadam 260; Rachel Jordan 82t; Jan Lawrence 152; Rebecca Over 316;
Toby Goss 86; Michael Walker 440.
Chantler conducted a combined Memorial and Sick and Housebound Lesson. Drawing
on the vivid images of the atrocities committed in Paris only 8 days previously,
he asked us to consider the consequences of differences of opinion based on the
premise 'I am right and you are wrong'. As we offered each other the sign of
peace, we remembered not only those killed in Paris but also the following who
have left us during the past year: Margaret Owen (Eynsham), Flo Charles Port
Talbot), June Howieson (Hove), Bill Kerridge and Rina Rogers (both of London),
Oliver Kindig-Stokes (Pennsylvania), CW Garner and George Garner (Georgia), Mark
Kingston (Bucks.), Andy Lee (Bracknell), Ernest Brook (Yorkshire), Mike Spittal
(London), Packie Manus Byrne (Donegal), John Marshall (London), Eileen Wilson (Nailsea)
and George Reed (Bedford). David asked us to hold in our thoughts those still
fighting for their lives in Paris and the following Sick and Housebound
especially dear to us: Jackie Saunders, Brian Mitchell, Phoebe Davidson, Martin,
Josie and Kerry Bloom, Ann Wiggins, Chris Swayne, Paula Mogensen, Sine Mikkelsen,
Kath Mountstephen, Samantha Cole, Billie Walker and Jo Brendon. Together with
David, Sheila Girling Macadam led 524, after which David closed the memorial
Parsons 340; Kate Kirwan 436; Sofi Mogensen 278; Sue Lord 111b; Sue Lanfear 299;
Steve Brett 488; Pete Eiseman-Renyard 146; Victoria Timberlake 339; Steve Welch
50b; Rachel Jordan 318; Teresa Maguire 111t; Nick Hall 454. David Chantler
offered the words of thanks for the midday meal prepared by his daughter,
session commenced with Steve Brett leading 426t. Leaders: Michael Walker 441;
Steve Fletcher 196; Barry Parsons 380; Sheila Girling Macadam 564; Toby Goss
300; Kate Kirwan 302; Edwin Macadam 550; Rebecca Over 547; Sue Lord 122; Sofi
Mogensen 481; Nick Hall 476; Jan Lawrence 169; Rachel Jordan 193; Victoria
Timberlake 312b; Steve Fletcher 313b; Sue Lanfear 159; Steve Brett 499; Pete
Eiseman-Renyard 117; Teresa Maguire 106; Steve Welch 489; Michael Walker 431;
Sue Lord 381; Kate Kirwan 377.
The class was
reconvened for the final session with Rebecca Over leading 461 (for the
Hollingsworth Family). Leaders: Toby Goss 228; Barry Parsons 232; Jan Lawrence
180; Edwin Macadam 480; Victoria Timberlake 275t; Steve Fletcher 47b; Pete
Eiseman-Renyard 274t; Sheila Girling Macadam 562; Sofi Mogensen 65; Kate Kirwan
385b; Sue Lanfear 361; Michael Walker 492; Rachel Jordan 192; Barry Parsons 187;
Steve Fletcher 163b; Steve Brett 97; Rebecca Over 500; Steve Welch 569t; Sue
Lord 282; Nick Hall 474; Kate Kirwan 521.
given to all those who had helped in any way to make the day's singing a
success. Announcements were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp
singing events around the country and in Ireland. After expenses had been met,
the surplus from the day's donations would again be passed to the Quakers for
their use. Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 347 and Michael Walker
offered the closing prayer. The class was dismissed.
Girling Macadam; Vice Chairman and Treasurer—Edwin Macadam; Secretary—Sofi
Mogensen; Pitchers—Rachel Jordan and Michael Walker; Arranging Committee—Nick
Hall and Werner Ullah; Chaplains—Revd David Chantler, Mary Welch and Michael