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Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford
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The Seventeenth
xford Sacred Harp Singing Day
Seacourt Hall
Saturday, 25 June 2016

Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day
Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford, United Kingdom
Saturday, June 25, 2016

The eighteenth Annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Day was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June.  Chairman Sheila Girling Macadam called the class to order at 10:15 am leading 34b, and Dilwyn Scott offered the opening prayer.  The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman--Sheila Girling Macadam; Vice Chairman--Edwin Macadam; Secretaries: Rebecca Over and Mary Welch; Arranging Committee--Nick Hall and Werner Ullah; Pitchers--Rachel Jordan, Michael Walker, Helen Brown and Calum Woods; Treasurer--Jenny Shufflebotham.

Leaders: Edwin Macadam 472; Rachel Jordan 173; Toby Goss 47b; Nick Hall 73b; Steve Welch 467; Steve Marini 47t; Rebecca Over 353 (in memory of Earlis McGraw); Michael Walker 131b; Calum Woods 37b; Steve Fletcher 278t; Werner Ullah 49t; Leslie Alperin 163b; Dilwyn Scott 40.


Calum Woods brought the class back to order leading 201.  Leaders: Wendy Stone 146; Claire Singleton 299; Helen Brown 217; Sheila Macadam 367; Ted Brown 35; Edwin Macadam 534; Rachel Jordan 351; Nick Hall 515; Toby Goss 143; Steve Welch and Antonina Spittal 228; Rebecca Over 383; Steve Marini 455; Steve Fletcher 180; Michael Walker 475; Calum Woods 186; Werner Ullah 101t; Leslie Alperin; 268 Helen Brown 430.


Rachel Jordan brought the class back to order leading 52t.  Leaders: Ted Brown 339; Claire Singleton 82t; Steve Welch 107; Edwin Macadam 444; Toby Goss 300; Nick Hall 538.

Gill Gole conducted the Sick and Housebound Lesson, drawing an analogy of loneliness and the effectiveness of a simple act such as a phone call or an email message, and reflecting on how one day we might all find ourselves in the position of needing the compassion of others.  Those particularly in our thoughts were: Paula Mogensen (Billericay), John Charles (Port Talbot, Wales), Quinn Joseph Stensel (9 days old and in the neo-natal unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford), Vivian Thickett (Birmingham), Sylvia Marlow (Budleigh Salterton), Jackie Saunders and the wife of Robin Mitchell (both of Eynsham, Oxon.), Sheila Dodsworth and Alexander Cresswell (both of Oxford), Jim Mitchell (Bradford), Dorothy Singleton (Pilling, Lancs.), Sister Pippa (Derby), Ruth Steggles (Nottingham), Karen Turner (Glasgow), John Powell (Sacey, France), and Roy Hollowell (Bedford).  Sheila Girling Macadam led 95 in their names.  In the Memorial Lesson, Steve Marini asked us to accept that change was a continuous part of life which we should embrace, and to see death only as a transition, not finality.  We remembered the following: Earlis McGraw (GA, USA), George Garner (GA, USA), Hester Edwards (AL, USA), Robert Du Pree (AL, USA), S.T. Reed (AL, USA), June Howieson (Hove), Kath Mountstephen (Bristol), Michael Spittal (Highgate, London, whose birthday would have been the following day), Phillipa Welch (Germany), Roger Johnson (ME, USA), Owen Jander (MA, USA), Margaret Owen (Eynsham, Oxon.), Charles Dodsworth (Oxford), Karl Dallas (Bradford), Gillian Woodward, Irene Smith, and Pete Zorn (all of London), Dave Smith (Derby), Bernie Worrell (WA, USA) and Dave Swarbrick
(Coventry). Steve led 285 in their memory.  Sheila Girling Macadam closed the Lessons with prayer.  The class resumed singing with Michael Walker leading 320.  Leaders: Rachel Jordan 457; Rebecca Over 284; Calum Woods 205; Steve Fletcher 59.  Calum Woods offered thanks for the midday meal.


The afternoon session commenced with Nick Hall leading 502.  Leaders: Michael Walker 227; Helen Brown 436; Calum Woods 273; Rachel Jordan 195; Ted Brown 179; Rebecca Over 422; Steve Fletcher 504; Sheila Girling Macadam and Adrian Bolge 156; Toby Goss 178; Edwin and Sheila Macadam 236; Steve Welch 147b; Steve Marini 250; Leslie Alperin 277; Claire Singleton 171; Margaret Gillanders 203; Werner Ullah 111b; Helen and Ted Brown 225; Rachel Jordan and Nick Hall 546; Steve Fletcher 216; Michael Walker 336.


The final session commenced with Calum Woods leading 73t.  Leaders: Sue Lanfear 86; Toby Goss 210; Steve Marini 254; Steve Welch 489; Sheila Girling Macadam 142; Nick Hall 492; Edwin Macadam 481; Rachel Jordan 181; Leslie Alperin 379; Calum Woods 569t; Claire Singleton 448b; Rebecca Over 76b; Sue Lanfear 334; Wendy Stone 312b; Michael Walker 410b; Steve Marini 569b; Toby Goss 474; Steve Fletcher and Toby Goss 87.

The Secretary reported 34 singers had registered from the UK, USA, and Australia, and 88 songs had been led.  The Treasurer reported all the day's expenses had been met.  Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam thanked all the officers, committees and anyone who helped in any way to make this singing a success.  Today was the last Sacred Harp singing at this venue, which was to be demolished as part of a major redevelopment of the Botley shopping centre.  It was intended that the 2017 singing would be held at one of two locations, each within 300 yards of the Seacourt Hall.

Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 347 as the closing song.  Michael Walker offered the closing prayer, after which the class was dismissed.

Chairman--Sheila Girling Macadam; Vice Chairman--Edwin Macadam; Secretaries--Rebecca Over and Mary Welch




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