The eleventh 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 Hyke Sakaras offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Edwin
Macadam 63; Toby Goss 31t; Cäcilia Mann 38t; Joe
Vickers 61; Joyce Smith 270; Rachel Jordan 77b; Derek Buckland 70b; George Simms
150; Neil Horlock 324; Brenda Harvey 89; Samuel Turner 501; Werner Ullah 313b;
Teresa Maguire 506; Nigel Bowley 73b; Steve Welch 569t; Lim Shu Ning 96;
Johannes Sauer 325; Joss Tait 290; Nick Hall 400; Alex Williams 171; Andrew
Clark 535; Helen Brown 227.
The class resumed with
Rachel Wemyss leading 81t. Leaders: Robin Bisson 173; Inge Huebner 302; Amy
Cutts 299; Pete Eiseman-Renyard 186; Sofi Mogensen 65; Mary Greer 344; William
Cleary 200. Andrew Clark conducted a combined Memorial and Sick and Housebound
Lesson, reflecting on the holiness of everyday experience, in grief and in joy.
He led 68b for all on the minds of those present. For the following Sick and
Housebound: Cath Saunt (Norwich), Ulrike Tietjen (Bremen, Germany), Paula
Mogensen (High Wycombe), Graham of Glasgow, Laura of Cambridge, David Elliott (Lutterworth),
Rachel Verney (London), Jane Forrester (Malvern), Rebecca Over (Ash Vale),
Olivia Brocklehurst (3 weeks old, of Derby), and Vonnie and David Chantler of
The following were entered
on the Memorial List: Roslyn Greene (AL, USA), Jimmy Eiseman (NY, USA), Mildred
Patterson (GA, USA), Carole Chapman (GA, USA), Karl Walbrecht (VA, USA), Marlene
Spector Levine and Richard Levine (NJ, USA), Charlene Wallace (GA, USA), Aubrey
Barfield (FL, USA), Robby Rivers (GA, USA), Mark Hyatt (AL, USA), Wilfred Huels
(Bremen, Germany), Hugues Albanel (Lyon, France), Carol Barlow (Eynsham),
Maureen Carty (Dublin, Ireland), Adrian Hilton (Waltham Cross), Roberto Cavallar
(Trento, Italy), Irene Antolini (Tione di Trento, Italy), Sandra Goddard
(Lewes), Stephen Redmond (Wexford, Ireland), Heather Simms (Leeds), Steven Evans
(Hove), Alison Green (Reading), Hans Linnet (Shropshire), Lydia of Kilburn Park,
London, Neville Taylor (Worcestershire), Christopher Houët (Paris and Oxford),
Betty Walsh (Kilkenny, Ireland), Eric Greer (London), Barnaby Evershed
(Shrewsbury), Anne Joel (Derby), Martha Brett (Sunningdale), Sian Dawson (Fife,
Scotland), Dick Swarbrick (Stevenage), Roger Bullen (Cropredy), and William
Girling (Toronto, Canada). Andrew closed the memorial with prayer.
Leaders: Ted Brown 426t;
Calum Woods 399t; Hyke Sakaras 551; Bridget McVennon-Morgan 406; Toby Goss 350;
Cäcilia Mann 245; Derek Buckland 56b; Mary Hodgkins 49t; Steve Brett 217; Sonia
Nayar 47b; Maggie Eiseman-Renyard 141; Nigel Bowley 461; Robin Bisson 497.
Cäcilia Mann offered thanks for the midday meal.
The afternoon session
commenced with Edwin Macadam leading 99. Leaders: Andrew Clark 318; Joe Vickers
422; Sheila Girling Macadam 377; Samuel Turner 136; Helen Brown 522; George
Simms 528; Rachel Wemyss 145t; Johannes Sauer 532; Rachel Jordan 181; Calum
Woods 304; Alec Williams 224; Bridget McVennon-Morgan 434; Steve Brett 384; Ted
Brown 426b; Teresa Maguire 30b; Robin Bisson 273; Inge Huebner 98; William
Cleary 193; Mary Hodgkins 472; Joyce Smith 440; James Roche with Calum Woods
The class was reconvened
for the final session with Neil Horlock leading 410t. Leaders: Mary Greer 178;
Pete Eiseman-Renyard 117; Brenda Harvey 101t; Nick Hall 441; Amy Cutts 183; Sofi
Mogensen 228; Steve Welch 147b; Hyke Sakaras 163b; Joss Tait 105; Maggie
Eiseman-Renyard 282; Steve Brett 402; Rachel Jordan 474; George Simms 323t;
Cäcilia Mann 146; Joe Vickers 33b; Teresa Maguire 71; Derek Buckland 378t; Robin
Bisson 280; Helen Brown 565; Alec Williams 278t; Joyce Smith 80t; Sheila Girling
Macadam and Edwin Macadam 155.
Thanks were extended 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 Germany. The Secretary reported 58 singers
had registered from the UK, Denmark, Germany, Canada and the USA. 42 leaders
had led 90 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 Alec Williams offered the closing prayer.
The class was dismissed.
Mogensen and Mary Welch
Pitchers--Rachel Jordan, Steve Brett, Helen Brown, and Toby Goss
Arranging Committee--Rachel Wemyss and Joss Tait
Sakaras, Andrew Clark, Cäcilia Mann, and Alec Williams.