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Weedon Bec Sacred Harp Singing
Singing Day
Village Hall
Weedon Bec
Northamptonshire  NN7 4QU
Saturday, 14 March 2009

This was the first singing to be held at the Village Hall, Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, the venue for the UK Sacred Harp Convention 2010.

Mick Verrier conducted a brief Singing School, leading the songs on pages 84, 49t; and 107. Leaders: Steve Fletcher, 276; Nick Hall, 147t; Rachel Jordan, 36b; Ken Baddley, 34b; Sheila Girling Macadam, 168; Tony Singleton, 496; Linda Reed, 210.


The class was called to order by Jacqui Selby-MacLeod leading the song on page 448b. Leaders: Edwin Macadam, 272; Sarah West, 430; Richard Percival, 313b; Carmel Wood, 31t; Steve Welch, 503; Sofi Mogensen, 159; Ian West, 105; Sally Greaves-Lord, 29t;Ted Brown, 81t; Helen Brown, 28b; Emily Verrier, 146; Mick Verrier, 163t; Rachel Jordan, 155; Nick Hall, 217; Sheila Girling Macadam, 504; Ken Baddley, 192; Sarah West,405. Helen Brown said grace before lunch.


The class resumed singing with Steve Fletcher leading the song on page 106. Leaders: Tony Singleton,  40; Linda Reed, 534; Edwin Macadam, 189; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod, 454; Steve Welch, 501; Carmel Wood, 384; Sofi Mogensen, 278t; Ian West, 102.

The Memorial lesson was given by Richard Percival, who celebrated the life of Kay Evans, who was a friend to all who knew her, but whose own dark moments led her to be careless of her own life, which ended tragically / prematurely in the winter mountains. At her funeral, her father asked that she be remembered as the woman who danced down the aisle at her wedding to music by Booker T and the MGs! Richard Percival led 171 in memory of these people: Jack Walne, Beaconsfield; Rose Adelaide Baker, Lowell, Massachusetts; Ian Ferguson, Bournemouth; Stan Shaw, Bolton; Ivy Hughes, Milton Keynes; Donna Whitlock, Stony Stratford; Trevor Sanderson, Ealing; Gladys Buchanan, Cheam Village; Sam Barker; Stoke-on-Trent; Kay MacDonald Evans, Newcastle-under-Lyme; Mark Banting, Stone; Deirdre Powell, Chandler’s Ford; Audrey Hamilton, Manchester; Sylvia Evans, Harwich; Evelyn Hale, Sunderland; James Oss, Indiana, USA; Emily Doe, Brighton; Yvonne Blake, Bengeo; David Little, Leicester; Else Marie Christensen, Denmark

Ken Baddley gave the Sick & Housebound lesson. Having convinced us that he was not in fact Rabbi Lionel Blue, Ken read us the words of a Jewish prayer giving thanks for the process of healing and recovery. We held in our hearts Jack Crawford, Derbyshire; Dafydd Charles, Sheffield; Chris Brown, Elland; Joan Mattock, Lutterworth; Tom Hodgkinson, Worcestershire; Barry, Redditch; David Lee, Great Easton; Dan Brittain, Ohio; Dorothy Williams, Dorset; Ted Alderton, Tatsfield; David George, Manchester; Bob Morgan, Bowden; Tony Smith, Broadstairs; Erik Mogensen, Montpellier; Jenny Reeves, Essex; Stef Ruchalka, Leeds. Ken then led the song on page 178.

Leaders: Ted Brown, 546; Sally Greaves-Lord, 481; Helen Brown, 422; Richard Percival, 43; Rachel Jordan, 474; Mick Verrier, 148.


The final session was opened by Ian West leading the song on page 312b. Leaders: Sofi Mogensen, 299; Nick Hall, 287; Jill Thompson, 99; Linda Reed, 361; Steve Welch, 479; Sheila Girling Macadam, 536; Ted Brown, 77t; Sally Greaves-Lord, 267; Sarah West, 89; Tony Singleton, 300;  Steve Fletcher, 448t; Helen Brown, 549; Edwin Macadam, 236; Jacqui Selby-MacLeod, 134. Following reports from the Treasurer and Secretary, the Chair thanked all those who had helped organise the first event in this superb venue, and was himself thanked for inspiring the day. “Parish notices” announced forthcoming singing events, and Mick Verrier closed the day with the song on page 209.

Chair: Mick Verrier; Secretary: Nick Hall. Arranging committee: Ian West; Treasurer: Emily Verrier.

61 songs sung, 21 leaders, 39 people registered.




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