This is an archive of the UK Shapenote site from 11th January 2020




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Twenty Fourth Palm Sunday Singing Day
Cumnor Village Hall
Sunday, 25th March 2018

The chairperson, Mandy Townsend, called the class to order at 10.30a.m. and welcomed everyone to the 24th Palm Sunday singing day. She led the first song, 34b and then led the opening prayer.

Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 569t; Dave Townsend 84; Toby Goss 479; Edwin Macadam 565; Wernah Ullah 45t; Rachel Jordan 173; Derek Butler 122; Margaret Gillanders 39t; Steve Welch 147b; Joss Tait 27; Nick Hall 569b; Rebecca Over 475; Sam Carter 573; Steve Fletcher 300; Ted Brown 35; Jacoba Bruneel 42; Pete Eisenmann-Renyard 133; Dilwyn Scott 40; Mandy Townsend 72b; Edwin Macadam 148; Rachel Jordan 61.


Sheila Girling Macadam called the class back to order leading song on page 274t Leaders: Toby Goss 196; Ted Brown 406; Michael Bloom 178; Jacoba Bruneel 67; Nick Hall 231; Joss Tait 101t; Sheila Girling Macadam 71; Sam Carter 380; Steve Fletcher 377; Derek Butler 270; Margaret Gillanders 456; Dave Townsend 112; Werner Ullah 457; Steve Welch 489; Rebecca Over 558; Pete Eisenmann-Renyard 277; Rachel Jordan 472; Mandy Townsend 318; Sheila Girling Macadam 215; Nick Hall 454; Joss Tait 81t; Ted Brown 29t; Derek Butler 128; Rebecca Over 74t; Sam Carter 87.

Margaret Gillanders offered the lunchtime prayer.


Nick Hall called the class to order by leading song on page 146. Leaders: Nick Hall 146; Toby Goss 474; Margaret Gillanders 480; Michael Bloom 49b; Jacoba Bruneel 532; Dave Townsend 236; Maggie Eisenmann-Renyard 121; Steve Welch 566.

The combined Sick and Housebound and Memorial Lesson was led by Dave Townsend who highlighted a story about St Colomba in which belief affected the recovery from illness. The names of the Sick and Housebound were as listed: Betty Purves of Oxford; Bill Dyke of Oxford; Kamila Zahno of London; Machina Nowak of London; David Elliott of Lutterworth; Idy Kiser of Michigan USA; Denise Mansi of London; Sister Pippa of Derby; Brian Marchant of Nottinghamshire; Catherine Atkinson of London; Andy Spence of Hove, Sussex; Keith Mendes of Lewes, Sussex; Paula Mogensen of Billericay, Essex; Kari McGowan of South Zeal, Devon; Raymond Cannon of London; Ottis Sides of Alabama, USA; David Rainford of Hertfordshire. The names on the Memorial list were as listed: Nicola Best of Kent; Jackie Saunders of Eynsham, Oxford; Bernard Masterman of Botley; Hugh McGraw of Georgia, USA; Wawena Entrekin Miles of Georgia, USA; Louise Holland of Georgia, USA; Darrell Swarrens of Indiana, USA; Steve Helwig of Oregon, USA; Daphene Causey of Alabama, USA; Francesco Nazzini of London, UK  and Naples, Italy; Charlie Hicks of Hereford, UK; Ivan Bainbridge of Sheerness, UK; Mark Girling of Spain; Jennifer Bennett of Ontario, Canada; Frank Pigott of London; Rollo Woods of Swanage; Geoffrey Rendle of London; Manana Saladze of Broadstairs, Kent; Kathleen Evelyn Rowell of Lewes, Sussex; Ian Robbins of Norwich; Jean Williams of Hitchin; Joy Camelio of Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire; Daniel Evans of Colorado, USA; Jean Macdonald of Derby; Donald Macdonald of Derby; Lucy Foster of Ivybridge, Devon. Mandy Townsend led 490 in their honour.

The class resumed with Edwin Macadam leading song on page 444. Leaders: Steve Fletcher 228; Werner Ullah 278t; Pete Eisenmann-Renyard  117; Sheila Girling Macadam 269; Toby Goss 315; Dilwyn Scott 268; Joss Tait 331.


Ted Brown called the class back to order leading song on page 99. Leaders: Rebecca Over 527; Sam Carter 512; Margaret Gillanders 556;Derek Butler 332; Mandy Townsend 302; Pete Eisenmann-Renyard  319; Steve Fletcher 56t; Werner Ullah 313; Jacoba Bruneel 348; Edwin Macadam 550; Rachel Jordan 373.

Ted Brown offered the closing prayer before Dave and Mandy Townsend closed the singing by leading song 323t. Mandy Townsend gave thanks to all those who had helped during the day and invited announcements of coming singings. The 25th Palm Sunday Singing would be held on Sunday 14 April 2019.

A total of 78 songs were led during the singing day by 21 leaders.

Chairperson: Mandy Townsend;
Chaplain: Dave Townsend assisted by Margaret Gillanders and Ted Brown, Steve Fletcher and Martin Williams
Arranging committee: Sheila Girling Macadam and Nick Hall
Pitchers: Rachel Jordan, Toby Goss, Sam Carter
Secretary: Mary Welch
Finance officer: Mandy Townsend
Organisers: Dave Townsend, Julie Fox, Ruth Fenning with help from numerous others during the day.


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