The fifth 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 84. Adrian Bolge offered the opening prayer.
Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam
535; Rachel Jordan 36b; Steve Fletcher 47t; Anna Stadward 159; Mick Verrier
201; Bernard Collard 120; Alan Weeks 40; Claire Singleton 547; Phil Tyler
284; Ros Clements 171; Adrian Bolge 155; Judy Whiting 68b; Mandy Townsend
318; Helen Brown 371; Margaret Gillanders 49t; Jenny Ellis 86; Tony
Singleton 312; Edwin Macadam 504.
Sheila Girling Macadam called the
class back to order leading song on page 186. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 344;
Steve Fletcher 269; Anna Stadward 217; Mick Verrier 107; Dave Richardson
278t; Bernard Collard 454; Alan Weeks 411; Claire Singleton 216; Phil Tyler
430; Ros Clements 312t; Adrian Bolge 515; Judy Whiting 212; Mandy Townsend
112; Helen Brown 379; Margaret Gillanders 99; Jenny Ellis 31t; Tony
Singleton “Brightest Days” (own composition); Sheila Girling Macadam 197;
Rachel Jordan 501; Steve Fletcher 77t; Anna Stadward 299; Mick Verrier 383.
Edwin Macadam led “For What Thou Dost Provide” (Moore’s Divine Companion,
1750) as the prayer before lunch.
The afternoon session commenced
with Dave Richardson leading song on page 30t. Leaders: Bernard Collard
528; Alan Weeks 182; Claire Singleton 442; Phil Tyler 29b; Ros Clements 28b;
Adrian Bolge 480.
Bernard Collard conducted the
memorial lesson, reading the names of the deceased and led song on page
285t. Those remembered: Jim Bundell, Chris White, Miss Ruth Brown (Alabama,
USA), Stan Stokes, Rosie Whiffen, Colin Gunton, Roger Lewis, Will Thomas,
Roger March, Sarah Day, Tom Mattock, Mary Dalton, Barbara Lockley, Gordon
Sibthorpe, Roy Bryan and Bob Merrett. The sick and housebound were recalled
by Bernard Collard. Those remembered: Gordon Ashman, Hazel Walker, John
McDougall, Chris Gardner, Mary Castell, Marian White, Arwen Lockley, Win
Tyler, Ken Baddley, Rosalind Oldham, Barbara Foster, Sue Gould, Joan Stocks,
Len Roles, Karen Crook, Mike Walcot, Gwen and Julie. Sheila Girling Macadam
led song on page 474. The memorial was closed.
Leaders: Judy Whiting 441; Mandy
Townsend 82t; Jill Thompson 198; Helen Brown 542; Margaret Gillanders 228;
Jenny Ellis 481; Tony Singleton 277.
The afternoon session resumed
with Edwin Macadam leading song on page 236. Leaders: Sheila Girling
Macadam 178; Rachel Jordan 546; Steve Fletcher 502; Mick Verrier 272; Dave
Richardson 473; Bernard Collard 70t; Alan Weeks 479; Claire Singleton 163b;
Adrian Bolge 350; Ros Clements 538; Phil Tyler 89; Jill Thompson 143; Judy
were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing events
around the country. Sheila and Edwin Macadam thanked all those who had
helped during the day, especially Rachel Jordan, Helen Brown and Mick
Verrier for pitching, Bernard Collard – Chaplain, and Judy Whiting –
Arranging Committee. They led song on page 347, Alan Weeks offered the
closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.
Edwin Macadam; Secretary – Sheila Girling Macadam.