The sixth Thanksgiving Singing Day was held in the Village Hall of Jordans, the
Quaker Village, and burial place of William Penn. The class was called to order
by Sheila Girling Macadam leading 34b and Revd David Chantler offered the
opening prayer. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 47t; Steve Welch 489; Edwin Macadam 287;
Tom Gerber 29t; Marjorie Brown 171; Teresa Maguire 111b; Toby Goss 168; Rebecca
Over 461; Sofi Mogensen 31t; Nick Hall 231; Jan Lawrence 101t; Edmund Richardson
38t; Phil Owen 542; Steve Brett 57; Joe Jones 523; Barry Parsons 129; Sue
Lanfear 163b; J.R. Hardman 475; Sam Cole 81t; Sheila Girling Macadam 39t; Rachel
Jordan 36b; Steve Welch 70t; Edwin Macadam 272; Tom Gerber 112.
Marjorie Brown brought the class back together leading 217. Leaders: Teresa
Maguire 445b; Toby Goss 481; Rebecca Over (for the McGraw family) 483; Sofi
Mogensen 547; Nick Hall 454; Jan Lawrence 135; Edmund Richardson 164; Phil Owen
300; Steve Brett 208; Joe Jones (for Susannah Gill) 270.
Mary Welch, assisted by Toby Goss, conducted a combined Memorial and Sick and
Housebound Lesson. She spoke of the glories of the autumn foliage in this
beautiful part of the country and the thanks we owe for the bounty of nature.
This year in particular, the 100th anniversary of the start of the
First World War, she reminded us of the need to comfort those who mourn,
reading an account of the remembrance by French villagers of Lt. Hugh Toby
Welch, killed in action near Arras, France, in 1917 aged 20. His great nephew,
Steve Welch, led 147b for the following sick and housebound: Jackie Saunders (Eynsham),
John Taylor (High Wycombe), Paula Mogensen (Billericay), Geoffrey Rendle, Duane
Nasis, Bill Kerridge, Moya Wolfe, Phoebe Williams and Carol Uszkurat (all of
London), Elspeth Hannen (Amersham), Gill Povey (Cranleigh), Kath Mountstephen
(Bristol), and Jan Green (Worthing). We also held in our memory: Sara Ray
(London), Roy Jones (Oxford), Lilian Slark (Bedford), Carlene Griffin (Georgia,
USA), Cherry Welch (Gomshall), Mrs Edith May Wiggins (aged 100, of Lewes), John
Mountstephen (Bristol), Patricia Price (Sutton), Peter Linwood (Deerfield Beach,
FL, USA), Harold Pigott
(Barking), and Dudley Fuller (Borehamwood). Revd Marjorie Brown closed the
memorial with prayer.
Leaders: Barry Parsons 340; Sue Lanfear 159; J.R. Hardman 227; Sam Cole 448t;
Sheila Girling Macadam 430; Edwin Macadam 480; Rachel Jordan 297; Steve Welch
52t; Tom Gerber 448b; Marjorie Brown 302; Teresa Maguire 512; Toby Goss 288;
Rebecca Over 306; Sofi Mogensen 65; Nick Hall 455; Jan Lawrence 56b. Edwin
Macadam offered thanks for the midday meal.
The afternoon session commenced with Edmund Richardson leading 145t. Leaders:
Jenneith Codrington 383; Phil Owen 186; Sheila Girling Macadam 500; Steve Brett
193; J.R. Hardman 183; Barry Parsons 524; Sue Lanfear 299; Joe Jones 141; Rachel
Jordan 192; Steve Welch 150; Tom Gerber 323b; Marjorie Brown (for her daughter,
Al Brown, currently in Lima, Peru) 369; Edwin Macadam 444; Teresa Maguire 47b;
Nick Hall 515; Rebecca Over 492; Toby Goss 210; Sofi Mogensen 228; Jan Lawrence
339; Sheila Girling Macadam 440; Steve Brett 124; Barry Parsons 404; Phil Owen
The class was reconvened for the final session with Joe Jones leading 354b.
Leaders: Edmund Richardson 353; J.R. Hardman 106; Sue Lanfear 334; Sam Cole 298;
Jenneith Codrington 351; Rachel Jordan 269; Steve Welch 50b; Edwin Macadam 538;
Marjorie Brown 472; Teresa Maguire (in celebration of her marriage the previous
day) 45t; Toby Goss 313b; Rebecca Over 569t; Sofi Mogensen 102; Nick Hall 452;
J.R. Hardman 191.
Thanks were given to all those who had helped in any way to make the day’s
singing a success, but in particular to David Shufflebotham, who had noticed a
flat tyre on singer Anthea Slark’s car, and who had changed it on the spot.
Announcements were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing
events around the country. After expenses had been met, the surplus from the
day’s donations would again be passed to the Quakers for their use. Sheila
Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 347 and David Chantler offered the closing
prayer. The class was dismissed.
: Sheila Girling Macadam
Chairman : Edwin Macadam
Secretary : Sofi Mogensen
Pitcher : Rachel Jordan
Arranging Committee : Nick Hall, Sam Cole and Werner Ullah
Treasurer : Jenny Shufflebotham
Chaplains : Revd David Chantler and Revd Marjorie Brown.