The ninth Annual Oxford Sacred
Harp Singing Day was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June.
Chairman Edwin Macadam called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 40,
and Ken Baddley offered the opening prayer. The following officers were
elected or appointed to serve: Chairman-Edwin Macadam; Secretary/Arranging
Committee-Sheila Girling Macadam; Chaplains-Ken Baddley and Bernard Collard;
Sheila Girling Macadam welcomed the class and led 28t. Leaders: Rachel
Jordan 36b; Tony Singleton 31t; Steve Fletcher 29t; Ken Baddley 34b; Mandy
Townsend 72b; Nick Hall 515; Helen Brown 217; Dave Townsend 282; Bernard
Collard 362; Margaret Gillanders 503; Ian West 32t; Ted Brown 33b; Adrian
Bolge 155; Edwin Macadam 272; Sheila Girling Macadam 191; Rachel Jordan 501;
Tony Singleton 504; Steve Fletcher 171; Stephen Biggs 178; Ken Baddley 192;
Mandy Townsend 203.
Nick Hall called the class back
to order leading 497. Leaders: Bernard Collard 63; Helen Brown 475; Dave
Townsend 457; Margaret Gillanders 373; Ian West 105; Ted Brown 119; Adrian,
Mary and Matthew Bolge 370; Richard Percival 38b; Edwin Macadam and Jean
Barton 547; Sheila Girling Macadam 480; Rachel Jordan 269; Tony Singleton
86; Steve Fletcher 383; Stephen Biggs 288; Ken Baddley 107; Mandy Townsend
318; Nick Hall 143; Bernard Collard 454; Margaret Gillanders 150; Ian West
312b. Edwin Macadam led a grace, set to the words of Charles Wesley “Jesus,
we thus obey”, composed by Christopher Gardner, and Mary Bolge offered the
prayer before lunch.
The afternoon session was brought
to order by Tony Singleton leading 496. Leaders: Ted Brown 327; Edwin
Bernard Collard conducted the
memorial lesson, and Sheila Girling Macadam led 122 for the following: Don
Davis, Michael Clarke, Cyril Walker, Barry Callaghan, Mary Ballinger
(Texas), Vera Ross and Mike Moissinac. The sick and housebound were recalled
by Ken Baddley, who led 27 for the following: Hélène La Rue, Carol Gardiner,
Rachael Baddley, Amanda Denson-Alabama, Maureen Gamlin, Phil Goodwin, Sarah
Pinney, Gaenor Kyffin, Susan Knight and John Hayto. The memorial was
The class resumed singing with
Mandy Townsend leading 186. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 528; Adrian Bolge 156;
Steve Fletcher 273; Linda Reed 448; Stephen Biggs 228; Ken Baddley 481; Nick
Hall 45; Jill Thompson 99; Bernard Collard 49b; Margaret Gillanders 510; Ian
West 300; Helen Brown 384; Richard Percival 268; Sheila Girling Macadam and
James Percival 299; Mike Toni 148; Edwin Macadam and Jan Green 236.
The final session commenced with
Helen Brown leading 455. Leaders: Dave Townsend 198; Steve Fletcher 128;
Nick Hall 276; Mandy Townsend 208; Ted Brown 87; Jill Thompson 344; Bernard
Collard 287; Tony Singleton 277; Rachel Jordan 475; Ken Baddley 323.
Announcements were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp
singing events around the country. Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Macadam
thanked all the officers, committees, and anyone who helped in any way to
make this singing possible, and led 347 as the closing song. Ted Brown
offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.
Chairman - Edwin
Macadam; Secretary - Sheila Girling Macadam.