fourth Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day was held on the Saturday
before the fourth Sunday in June. Chairman
Edwin Macadam called the class to order at 10.00 a.m. leading song on page
287. Alan Weeks offered the
Sheila Girling Smith 535; Bernard Collard 32t; Rachel Jordan 66; Judy
Whiting 171; Alan Weeks (with Lin Cawthorne) 34b; Steve Fletcher 48t; Mick
Verrier 201; Ros Clements 510; Claire Singleton 40; Ian West 30t; Arwen
Lockley 335; Margaret Gillanders 49t; Ruth Cooper 441; Jon Price 454; Phil
Tyler 40; Mandy Townsend 318.
Baddley called the class back to order by leading song on page 481.
Leaders: Adrian Bolge 147; Paul Setford 448t; Sheila Girling Smith 142;
Bernard Collard 34t; Edwin Macadam 538; Rachel Jordan 155 (for her son,
Dafydd Charles); Judy Whiting 222; Alan Weeks 228; Emily Verrier (with her
father, Mick) 146; Steve Fletcher 38b; Ros Clements 50b; Mick Verrier 272;
Claire Singleton 86; Ian West 480; Arwen Lockley 47t; Margaret Gillanders
515; Ruth Cooper 273; Jon Price 49b; Phil Tyler 101t; Mandy Townsend 106;
Ken Baddley (for Claire Singleton, about to move from England to New
Mexico) 350; Adrian Bolge 452b; Paul Setford 497; Bernard Collard 63;
Rachel Jordan 269; Sally Jones (with Mick Verrier) 122; Alan Weeks 84.
Before the midday meal Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith led
the class in singing the “Shelwin Grace”, composed by Christopher
the end of the recess the class was taught a new song, “New England”,
by the composer, Mick Verrier.
afternoon session resumed with Edwin Macadam leading song on page 150.
Leaders: Judy Whiting 523b; Rachel Jordan 503; Steve Fletcher 36b.
Ken Baddley conducted the Memorial Lesson, recalling the words of Tom
Mitchell, posted after his near-fatal heart attack a month earlier and
reminding us that life is not a rehearsal.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.”
We remembered: Tony Rose, Tony Jenner, Barbara Griggs, Winston
Renford Smith, Ralph Lynn, Dudley Moore, Nesrin Boyson, Kenneth Annable,
Christopher Turner, Joan Gillanders, Ray Stride, Vera Richardson, Leslie
Greaves, and Marilyn Hood (Florida).
We sang the song on page163b. The Sick and Housebound were recalled
by Bernard Collard, who exhorted us to be true to ourselves, and to God.
We remembered Richard DeLong, Gordon Ashman, Roy Bryan, Sue Gould, Helen
Bray, Leon Treloar, Liz Rowe, Win Tyler, Tom Mitchell, Mary Collins, Tom
Mattock, and Helen Brown. Sheila Girling Smith led the song on page 68b.
Ruth Cooper 178; Mandy Townsend 442; Jon Price 299; Ros Clements 143; Dave
Green 31t; Claire Singleton 148; Ian West 312b.
afternoon session resumed with Mick Verrier leading song on page 107.
Leaders: Bernard Collard 347; Arwen Lockley 288; Margaret
Gillanders 99; Phil Tyler 348b; Ken Baddley 504; Adrian Bolge 370; Paul
Setford 114; Sheila Girling Smith 37b; Edwin Macadam 236.
were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing events
around the country.
Judy Whiting 546; Claire Singleton 294; Ruth Cooper 349; Steve Fletcher
277; Bernard Collard 474; Ken Baddley 27; Alan Weeks 291; Rachel Jordan
189. In recognition of the
class’s enjoyment of his composition, Mick Verrier was asked to lead
“New England” again. Edwin
Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith thanked all those who had helped during
the day, and everyone for coming and for the continued support, not only
of the annual singing day, but of the monthly Sacred Harp singing sessions
held in their home, now in their fourth year. They led the closing song on
page 198 especially for Helen Brown, unable to be present through
ill-health, and Ken Baddley led the closing prayer.
Chairman – Edwin Macadam;
Secretary – Sheila