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Fourteenth Palm Sunday Singing Day
Finstock Village Hall
Sunday, 16th March 2008

Fourteenth Annual Finstock Palm Sunday Sacred Harp singing was held on Sunday 16 March 2008. The chairperson, Mandy Townsend, called the class to order at 10.30a.m. and welcomed everyone to the 14th Finstock singing day. She welcomed the group of parishioners from the area who were to commence their Palm Sunday parade, starting from Finstock village hall and invited their leader, the Reverend Jane Knowles to lead the class in prayer. She then led the first song, 52t. Leaders: Dave Townsend 276; Bernard Collard 32t; Sheila Girling Macadam 28t; Nick Hall 501; Linda Reed 300; Hans Guttmann 171; Ken Baddley 34b; Edwin Macadam 84; Jeanette Nelson 272; Rachel Jordan 155; Judy Whiting 273; Steve Fletcher 99; Michael Walker 53; Chris Brown 49b; Mick Verrier 201; Ian west 29t; Leslie Alperin 178; Helen Brown 182; Dave Richardson 494; Ted Brown 569b.


Jill Thompson called the class back to order leading song on page 299. Leaders: Bernard Collard 362; Sheila Macadam 383; Nick Hall 389; Linda Reed 479; Hans Guttmann 47b; Ken Baddley 481; Edwin Macadam 528; Jeanette Nelson 143; Rachel Jordan 269; Judy Whiting 150; Michael Walker 134; Steve Fletcher 192; Chris Brown 29b; Mick Verrier 163t; Ian West 480; Leslie Alperin 228; Helen Brown 542; Dave Richardson 496; Ted Brown 97; Mandy Townsend 318; Dave Townsend 236; Jill Thompson 504. Helen Brown offered the lunchtime prayer.


Ian West called the class to order by leading song on page 105. Leaders: Linda reed 433; Bernard Collard 454; Jeanette Nelson 455; Nick Hall 350; Hans Guttmann 335; Rachel Jordan 200; Edwin Macadam 73b; Judy Whiting 34t; Michael Walker 280.

The memorial lesson was led by Bernard Collard who invited the class to think of all the names listed. The names of the deceased were read out by Emily Verrier as listed: Vera Ross; Margaret Ranner; Roy West; Cicely Mary Smith-Bird; Paul Mercier; Hélène La Rue; Amanda Denson (Alabama); Peter Hampson; Ron Francis; June Crawford. Sheila Macadam led song 441 for the deceased. Ken Baddley led the lesson for the Sick and Housebound.  The names of the Sick and Housebound were read out as listed: He then led song 27. Ken Baddley read out the names on the Celebrations list: Cath and Phil Tyler on their forthcoming baby; thanks given for the wedding of Bernard and Ann Collard. Steve Fletcher led song 312b for those on the celebrations list.

The class resumed with Chris Brown leading song on page 206. Leaders: Helen Brown 43; Mick Verrier 106; Leslie Alperin 268; Ted Brown 81t; Mandy Townsend 490; Jill Thompson 344.


The class was called to order by Dave Townsend leading song on page 186. Leaders: Edwin Macadam and Jean Barton 547; Dave Richardson 278t; Linda Reed 515; Ian West 384; Jeanette Nelson 217; Barnard Collard 183; Judy Whiting 460; Mick Verrier 503; Hans Guttmann 270; Rachel Jordan 474; Michael Walker 306; Sheila Girling Macadam 142; Ken Baddley 121; Steve Fletcher 148; Mick Verrier 107; Jeanette Nelson, Hans Guttmann, Leslie Alperin and Emily Verrier 146.

Announcements were made and thanks extended to all those who had helped during the day. A total of 90 items were led during the singing day by 17 leaders, including 3 from the USA.

Bernard Collard offered the closing prayer before Dave and Mandy Townsend closed the singing by leading song 323t.

Chairperson: Mandy Townsend
Chaplain: Bernard Collard
Arranging committee: Dave Townsend, Mandy Townsend and Dave Richardson
Pitchers: Dave Townsend, Rachel Jordan, Helen Brown
Secretary: Chris Brown 
Finance officer: Mandy Townsend
Catering co-ordinators: Ann Collard, Mandy Townsend, Jean Barton


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