The sixth 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 10.15 a.m. leading 155.
Bernard Collard offered the opening prayer.
Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam
28b; Tony Singleton 496; Rachel Jordan 474; Phil Tyler 56b; Ruth Steggles
82t; Bernard Collard 171; Catherine Tyler 493; Dave Richardson 75; Mandy
Townsend 51; Margaret Gillanders 313b; Mick Verrier 217; Rosalind Oldham
312b; Steve Fletcher 269; Adrian Bolge 147t; Ros Clements 346; Ken
Baddley 479; Caroline Edwards 178; Paul Setford 40; Sheila Girling Macadam
142; Edwin Macadam 280; Rachel Jordan 528.
Tony Singleton called the class
back to order leading 504. Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 39t; Bernard Collard
538; Catherine Tyler 430; Rex Armstrong 299; Ruth Steggles 447; Adrian Bolge
515; Mandy Townsend 229; Phil Tyler 436; Ros Clements 327; Dave Richardson
204; Caroline Edwards 48t; Mick Verrier “New England” (own composition);
Paul Setford 31b; Steve Fletcher 36b. Ken Baddley led his own setting of
Susanna Wesley’s Grace “Father, supply my ev’ry need” as the prayer before
The afternoon session was brought
to order with Edwin Macadam leading 350. Leaders: Mick Verrier “Sedna” (own
composition); Margaret Gillanders 186; Ruth Steggles 454; Phil Tyler 111b;
Rosalind Oldham 66; Tony Singleton “Firm Hope” (own composition). Bernard
Collard conducted the memorial lesson, with Adrian Bolge reading the names
of the deceased. Those remembered: Colin Isted, Bob Copper, Anna Young
(earlier the same day), Win Tyler, Wendle Smith, Tina Bowen, Mary Finch,
Donald Smith (AL), Wynne Cussen, Olive Anderson, and Gladys Reynolds. Mandy
Townsend led 490.
The sick and housebound were
recalled by Ken Baddley. Those remembered: James Oss, Hazel Walker, Alan
Fitch, Ken Robinson, Joan Stocks and Dave Swarbrick. Sheila Girling Macadam
led 45t. The memorial was closed.
Leaders: Rachel Jordan 497; Dave
Richardson 473; Catherine Tyler 376; Paul Setford 273; Isabelle Walker 47b;
Bernard Collard 228; Ros Clements 272; Adrian Bolge 72b; Caroline Edwards
The class resumed singing with
Ken Baddley leading “Keysoe” (own composition). Leaders: Rex Armstrong 417;
Steve Fletcher 196; Phil Tyler 442; Ros Clements 501; Paul Setford 410;
Catherine Tyler 318; Adrian Bolge 370; Caroline Edwards 86; Tony Singleton
163b; Mandy Townsend 480; Edwin Macadam 37b.
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, for pitching, Bernard
Collard and Ken Baddley who served as Chaplains, Steve Fletcher and
Margaret Gillanders for serving as the Arranging Committee, Tony Singleton
for signage and site co-ordination and Mary Bolge for food co-ordination.
Sheila Girling Macadam led 347 as the closing song, Adrian Bolge offered the
closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.
Edwin Macadam; Secretary – Sheila Girling Macadam.