The tenth 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 Rebecca Over offered the opening prayer. Leaders:
Brenda Harvey 47t; Toby Goss 472; Nigel Bowley 39t; Francis Gaskin 39b; Kathryn
Whelan 147b; Werner Ullah 33b; Neil Horlock 107; Amy Cutts 142; Maggie
Eiseman-Renyard 72b; Joyce Smith 223; Edwin Macadam 171; Teresa Maguire 89; Pete
Eiseman-Renyard 66; Steve Welch 569t; George Simms 63; Alec Williams 312b;
Victoria Timberlake 133; Derek Buckland 429; Thomas Sprackland 37b; Kate Kirwan
88b; Johannes Sauer 285t; Ted Brown 34t; Jacoba Bruneel 112; Barry Parsons 92.
The class resumed with
Rachel Jordan leading 350. Leaders: Calum Woods 132; Brenda Harvey 29t; Sam
Carter 168; Nick Hall 422; Rebecca Over (for Michael Walker) ; Robin Bisson
474; Inga Huebner 359; Helen Brown 475; Steve Brett 408; Seth Dickens 193.
George Simms conducted a
combined Memorial and Sick and Housebound Lesson, reflecting on what the Sacred
Harp singing community means to him, and the significance of the support and
comfort it brings to us all. He led 70t for the following Sick and Housebound:
Pat Newns (Somerset), Adrian Hilton (Waltham Cross), Kim Harrison, Thom and
George Bonneville (all of London), Charlene Wallace (GA, USA), Velton Chafin and
Ottis Sides (both of AL, USA), John Cattrell (Shamley Green), Paula Mogensen
(Essex), Elspeth Hannen, David and Vonnie Chantler (all of Buckinghamshire)He
led 538 in memory of the following: Wawena Entrekin Miles, Audrey Ruth Garner,
Florice Akin, Louise Holland, and Ruth Ayers (all of GA, USA), Rodney Ellsworth
Willard and Barbara Ruth Hastings Willard (both of AZ, USA), Steve Helwig (OR,
USA), Elizabeth Rechenberg (OH, USA), Edith Owen and Doug Webb (both of TX,
USA), Daphene Causey (AL, USA), Mary Ellen Schrock and Michael Kaye (both of NY,
USA), Geoffrey Rendle, Roy Bailey, Kamila Zahnd, Michael Seifert and Michael
Ridge (all of London), Neville Taylor (Malvern Hills), Susan Carr (Leeds), Bill
Caddick (Jackville), Jane Rice (Southampton), Joyce Farrell and Peter Golding
(both of Derby), John Hayto (Leicester), Charlie Hicks (Hereford), Ivan
Bainbridge (Sheerness), John Marsh (Essex) and Reginald Brett (Sunningdale).
George closed the memorial with prayer. Leaders: Aldo Ceresa 176t; Teresa
Maguire 176b; Harry Scott 542; Barry Parsons 453; Jacoba Bruneel 274t; Lamar
Matthew 35; Francis Gaskin 116; Toby Goss 479; Amy Cutts 38t; Thomas Sprackland
314; Derek Buckland 161; Nigel Bowley 466; Alec Williams 348t; Ted Brown 426b.
Victoria Timberlake offered thanks for the midday meal.
The afternoon session
commenced with Seth Dickens leading 497. Leaders: Robin Bisson 272; Sheila
Girling Macadam 377; Edwin Macadam 236; Joyce Smith 401; Steve Welch 489; Inga
Huebner 209; Steve Brett 456; Rebecca Over 461; Sam Carter 512; Helen Brown 434;
Calum Woods 225; Lamar Matthew 154; Barry Parsons 483; Oskar Kvasner 87; Harry
Scott 186; George Simms 294; Rachel Jordan 500; Alec Williams 540; Nick Hall
455; Pete Eiseman-Renyard 504; Teresa Maguire 506; Werner Ullah 278t; Nigel
The class was reconvened
for the final session with Ted Brown leading 77. Leaders: Neil Horlock 324;
Johannes Sauer 227; Jac Gehring 178; Oskar Kvasner 388; Kate Kirwan 312t; Harry
Scott 448t; Maggie Eiseman-Renyard 282; Francis Gaskin 211; Harriet Micklewright
268; Helen Brown 430; Lamar Matthew 156; Rebecca Over 197; Aldo Ceresa 228;
Rachel Jordan 546; Sam Carter 556; Calum Woods 271b; Edwin Macadam 217.
Thanks were 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, in Germany, Norway and in the USA. The Secretary
reported =56 singers had registered from the UK, Germany, Norway, Japan, and two
American states. 42 leaders had led 95 songs. 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 Lamar Matthew offered
the closing prayer. The class was dismissed.
Macadam; Vice-Chairman--Edwin Macadam; Treasure--Werner Ullah; Secretaries--Sofi
Mogensen, Rebecca Over and Mary Welch; Pitchers--Rachel Jordan, Helen Brown,
Aldo Ceresa and Calum Woods; Arranging Committe--Nigel Bowley and Kate Kirwan;
Chaplains--Rebecca Over, George Simms, Victoria Timberlake, and Lamar Matthew