The 17th annual Sussex Shape Note singing was held in Staplefield Village Hall,
using the Sacred Harp (1991 edition) and Alternative Harmony, a booklet of other
shape note tunes. The class was called to order by the co-chairs, Tony Singleton
and Jill Thompson leading 276. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 52t; Sarah Hill 49t; Tom
Gerber 70b; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 34b; Edwin Macadam 527; Toby Goss 86; Steve
Fletcher 99; Guy Hayes 101b; Steve Welch 147b; Una Nicholson 314; Nick Hall 231;
Sheila Girling Macadam 157; Tony Singleton 163b; Jill Thompson 299; Rachel
Jordan 50t; Tom Gerber 159; Sarah Hill 135; Toby Goss 210; Cath Saunt 171; Guy
Hayes 285; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 47t; Steve Welch 489; Steve Fletcher 216; Adrian
Bolge 107; Sheila Girling Macadam 151.
Tony Singleton called the class to order leading 496. Leaders: Edwin Macadam
550; Una Nicholson 515; Nick Hall 546; Jill Thompson 178; Tom Gerber 236; Sarah
Hill 187; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 134; Toby Goss 547; Cath Saunt 350; Guy Hayes
511; Steve Fletcher 189; Rachel Jordan 391; Adrian Bolge 40; Nick Hall 455;
Steve Welch 50b; Sheila Girling Macadam 500; Una Nicholson 155; Edwin Macadam
528; Tony Singleton 198.
Toby Goss called the class to order leading 288. Leaders: Jill Thompson 504; Tom
Gerber 503; Steve Fletcher ‘Immensity’ (Alt.H.); Guy Hayes 436; Adrian Bolge 501
Jill Thompson conducted the Memorial Lesson with Tony Singleton leading 457 and
Steve Fletcher reading the names: Gill Povey, Roy Jones (Old Marston), Patricia
Price (Sutton, Surrey), Peter Linwood (Florida), Harold Pigott (Barking, Essex),
Cherry Welch (Gomshall), Edith May Wiggins (aged 100, Lewes), Sir Terry
Pratchett (Broad Chalk), Flo Charles (Port Talbot), Joyce Denevers (Dorking),
Marjorie Franks (Chandlers Ford), Evelyn Quine (Bridgend), Frances Walker, Beryl
Green (Beckenham), Robert Walker (Eastbourne), Olga Dellaway (St.Thibery,
France). Jill Thompson led 48t for the Sick and Housebound Lesson with Steve
Fletcher reading the names: Mike Spittal (London), Jackie Saunders (Eynsham),
Paula Mogensen (Billericay), George Reed (Bedford), Peter Zander (Lewes), Dave
Cooper (Kings Lynn, Norfolk), Richard Spong (Brighton), Jane Davies (New
Forest), Bill Ten Bokum. The memorial was closed.
Leaders: Cath Saunt 111b; Nick Hall ‘Idumean Road’ (Alt.H.); Steve Welch ‘New
England’ (Alt.H.); Sarah Hill 278t; Edwin Macadam 444; Una Nicholson 228; Sheila
Girling Macadam 211; Tony Singleton 117; Rachel Jordan 193; Jill Thompson 497.
Steve Fletcher called the class to order leading 65. Leaders: Edwin Macadam 453;
Sarah Hill 206; Adrian Bolge 36b; Jill Thompson 128; Steve Welch ‘Firm Hope’ (Alt.H.);
Una Nicholson 452; Toby Goss 306; Nick Hall 44; Jacqui Selby-Macleod 122; Tony
Singleton ‘Walpole’ (Alt. H.); Rachel Jordan 564; Guy Hayes 121; Sheila Girling
The secretary reported that 38 had attended and 79 songs had been sung. Thanks
were extended and announcements made. It was noted that the 2016 Sussex Shape
Note singing would be held on Saturday, 12th March 2016. Jill Thompson and Tony
Singleton led 347 as the closing song and the class was dismissed.
Co-chairmen—Jill Thompson and Tony Singleton; Secretaries—Sarah Hill, Mary
Welch and Nick Hall.