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Cumnor Old School

Ted Johnson

Alexa Gilmore

Adrian Bolge

Steve Fletcher

Dave Cooper

Jean Seiler

Mat Wojcik

Rev Susan Durber &
Sheila Girling Smith

David Lee




Ladies with style -
Emily Verrier & Judy Hough


George Seiler,  Matthew Wojcik,  David -,
& David Hough

Carmel Wood and Vicki Elliott,  with Ros Clements and Ann Weeks behind

David & Kathy Lee

Ken Baddley & Edwin Macadam

Ruth Cooper, Joanne Hoover, Anna Stadward

Sales table with Terry Savage

Paul Setford

Sunday lunch

Tom Mitchell & George Seiler

Ann Weeks &
Sheila Girling Macadam


United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention

The Old School

8th and 9th September 2001

Saturday 8th September

The sixth UK Sacred Harp Convention was called to order at 10:00am by Co-Chair Sheila Girling Smith, welcoming all those attending and leading the song on page 155. Helen Brown offered the opening prayer and this was followed by Edwin Macadam, Co-Chair, leading the song on page 84. He then introduced David Lee of Hoboken, Georgia, who gave a workshop during which David outlined the history of singing in his family stretching back five generations. During his workshop, David led the following songs: 49b, 500 (CB), 38t (CB), 140 (CB), 488b (CB), 101t (duet with Kathy Lee), 98 (CB), 478 (CB), 336t (CB), 502 (CB), 411 (CB), 511t (CB).


The class was brought together by Dave Richardson leading the song on page 176t. Leaders: Mandy Townsend 383; Bernard Collard 362; Grace Scrimgeour 33b; Rosie
Wojcik 129; Phil Tyler 340; Dafydd Charles 299; George Seiler 480; Margaret Gillanders 452; David Hough 448t; Ruth Cooper 454; Paul Gailiunas 163b; Marcia Johnson 218; Mike Bailey 287; Judy Whiting 171; Mick Verrier 107; Katherine Hough 376; Leon Ballinger 269. Grace was offered by Ruth Cooper.


The afternoon session was called to order by Ian West leading the song on page 270. Leaders: Jill Thompson 504; Ted Johnson 142; Ros Clements 510; Dave Townsend 378b; Caroline Edwards 178; Alexa Gilmore 82t; Adrian Bolge 370; Rachel Jordan 474; Alan Weeks 468; Joanne Hoover 58; David Moore 361; Steve Fletcher 148; David Cooper 324; Jean Seiler 217; Paul Setford 273; Mryka Hall-Beyer 86; Matthew Wojcik 81t. 

The Rev. Susan Durber, pastor of the United Reformed Church, Cumnor, conducted a Celebratory Lesson. She read a list of those with special reason to celebrate, including an engagement announcement, a recent marriage, wedding anniversaries, the birth and gift of grandchildren, restoration of health, graduation results and the community of song. During the Lesson she remarked that the only other times she had heard such loud singing from the heart were from a group of African asylum seekers and from the brethren of a restored Monastery in Armenia. Susan encouraged us all to continue to "sing on" and led the song on page 159, with Sheila Girling Smith. 


Sheila Girling Smith brought the class back to order leading the song on page 186. Leaders: Ken Baddley 515; Roz Argyle 497; Ian Head 263; Helen Brown 189; David Lee 511b (CB), 559 (CB), 563 (CB).


The class resumed singing with Phil Tyler leading the song on page 114. Leaders: Jean Barton and Helen Brown 344; Kathy Lee 146; Rosie Wojcik 475; Dafydd Charles 36b; George Seiler 347; Margaret Gillanders 300; David Hough 384; Ruth Cooper 209; Paul Gailiunas 335; Marcia Johnson 485; Mike Bailey 92; Judy Whiting 222; Mick and Emily Verrier 163b; Katherine Hough 569b; Ian West 28t; Leon Ballinger 121. Ken Baddley offered the closing prayer.

Sunday 9th September

Co-Chair Edwin Macadam called the Convention to order at 10:00am, leading the song on page 276. Alan Weeks offered the opening prayer. David Lee continued with his workshop, during this he described the important part that singing played in his own upbringing and the joy of seeing this continue into the next generation. During the workshop David led the following songs: 271 (CB), 45t, "Mercy Seat" (Lloyds Hymnal) - a duet with Kathy Lee on the occasion of their 23rd wedding anniversary that day, 505 (CB), 567 (CB), 336t (CB), 225t (CB), 263 (CB), 416t (CB).


Dave Richardson brought the class back leading the song on page 145t. Leaders: Sheila Girling Smith 535; Edwin Macadam 538; Grace Scrimgeour 48t; Bernard Collard 63; Jill Thompson 496; Ted Johnson 89; Ros Clements 501; Dave Townsend 434.

The Memorial Lesson was led by Kathy Lee. She reminded us, through an illustration concerning her last meeting with Jerilyn Schumacher, of the need to let people know how we feel about them while they are still with us. Kathy read the names of the deceased and led the song on page 499. Those remembered were: John Hayden, Vera Leigh, Mary Brown, Noreen Friar, Benjamin Francis Casson Bailey, Jerilyn Schumacher - IL, Mary Kay Friday - Washington DC, George A. Seiler - CA, John Doncaster, 'my brother Timothy, my brother Michael', Richard Hooke - MA, Rick Boardman, Faye Brewster, Mrs. Champkin, Val Elliott, James Smith, Stephen Paddock, Elizabeth Taylor, Lucy Collings, Zenia Lykkegaard, Melvin Hickox - GA, Jane Ardle, Mary Wain, Dianna Scarfe, Gladys Vickery, Robert Vickery, Marilyn Hood, Anna Smith and Tommye Denson Mauldin - AL.

For the sick and house-bound, Bernard Collard told a story illustrating the kindness and acceptance of the young towards those less able than themselves. Grace Scrimgeour read the names of the sick and house-bound and Dave Richardson led the song on page 277. Those remembered were: Father Fred Green, Ian Ferguson, Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard, Delorese Lee - in hospital in York following an emergency appendectomy - and Johnny Lee, staying at her side, Win Tyler, Patrick Hennessey, Stan Whiting, Mary Kellaway, Dorothy Ronson, Gordon Ashman, Tony Rose, Heidi Marriott, Emily Hewlett, Ivan Gillett, Eric Conrod, Rinie Loades, Nesrin Boysan, Steven Hough, Jason Brittain, Mick Tems, Ev Yoder, Helen Bray, John Powell, Jean Paine. The memorial was concluded.

Leaders: Alexa Gilmore 83b; Helen Brown 442. Edwin Macadam led a sung Grace to the song on page 49t, with an added doxology.


During the recess, to mark the fact that thirteen 'Davids' had been present during the Convention, the song on page 268 was sung by eleven of them in the grounds outside the Old School.

The afternoon session was called to order by Steve Fletcher leading the song on page 128. Leaders: David Cooper 36b; Rachel Jordan 503; Adrian Bolge 350; Joanne Hoover 56b; Leon Ballinger 490; Mryka Hall-Beyer 210; Alan Weeks 174; Jean Seiler 472; Paul Setford 28b; Roz Argyle 457; Matthew Wojcik 365; Claire Singleton 294; Ken Baddley 147t; Dafydd Charles 155; Marcia Johnson 179.


The class resumed singing with Mandy Townsend leading the song on page 39t. Leaders: Phil Tyler 477; Judy Whiting 371; Mike and Charlotte Bailey 66; Mick and Emily Verrier 272; Jill Thompson 31t; Ian West 135; Rachel Jordan 269; Paul Gailiunas 212; Rosie Wojcik 37b; George Seiler 168; Katherine Hough 29t; Ted Johnson 419; Alexa Gilmore 72b; David Hough 137; Marcia Johnson 216; Joanne Hoover 313b; Matthew Wojcik 112; Mryka Hall-Bower 352; Leon Ballinger 299; Jean Seiler 200; Kathy Lee 312b; David Lee 274t, 47b. Edwin Macadam thanked David and Kathy Lee and presented them with a fan decorated by Bernard Collard as a memento of the Convention.

Announcements of forthcoming singings were made and the Co-Chairs then called for the officers' reports. The Arranging Committee announced that 76 songs were led on Saturday and 66 on Sunday, including the workshop pieces. 96 singers attended on the Saturday and 83 on the Sunday. Included in this number were 14 Americans, including Tom Mitchell and Mary Ballinger who did not lead, and one Canadian. 

George Seiler proposed thanks to the officers and to all who had assisted in making the Convention such a success. 

David Lee offered the parting prayer and all took the parting hand singing the song on page 62.

Co-Chairman : Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith

Secretary : Sheila Girling Smith

Arranging Committee : Dave Richardson and Bernard Collard

Treasurer : Grace Scrimgeour

Front of House : Mandy Townsend

House Manager : Dave Atkin

L to R: singing David's Lamentation - Dafydd Charles, David Atkin, David Cooper, David Elliott, Dave Richardson, Dave Burbage, David Hough, David R (Doc) Rowe, David Lee, Dave Townsend. 
         Photos:  Daffyd Charles  and  Edwin Macadam  

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