Around 30 singers gathered in the octagon of St John the
Baptist Parish Church in Leicester for the fourth annual Sacred Harp
Singing Day. Ian West called the class to order by leading the song on
page 479. Ian welcomed the singers and Helen Brown gave the opening
prayer. Dave Richardson then lead the song on page 32t. Leaders: Rosalind
Oldham 66; Brian Noon 159; Ruth Cooper 299; Bernard Collard 535; Margaret
Gillanders 49t; Bob Lilley 178; Helen Brown 228; Dave Cooper 36b; Simon
Beirne 180; Sheila Girling
Smith 155; Edwin Macadam 150; Ian West 84; Rosalind Oldham 49b; Brian Noon
30t; Ruth Cooper 86; Bernard Collard 63; Bob Lilley 466.
The class was brought together by Dave Richardson
leading the song on page 111t. Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 148; Helen
Brown 50b; Dave Cooper 324; Simon Beirne 34b; Sheila Girling Smith 349;
Edwin Macadam 513; Mandy Townsend 212; Dave Townsend 196; Ian West 182;
Rosalind Oldham 146; Brian Noon 294; Ruth Cooper 454; Bernard Collard 183;
Margaret Gillanders 143; Bob Lilley 551; Helen Brown 198. Helen Brown then
offered a prayer of thanks for the meal which followed.
The afternoon session resumed with Dave Richardson
leading the song on page 81t. Leaders: Dave Cooper 171; Simon Beirne 268; Sheila Girling Smith 504;
Edwin Macadam 497; Mandy Townsend 448t; Dave Townsend 503; Jill Thompson
441; Steve Fletcher 142; Ian West 300; Rosalind Oldham 452; Brian Noon 40;
Ruth Cooper 233.
Bernard Collard gave the Memorial lesson, during which
he told a parable about the importance of valuing people while they are
still alive. He then led the song “Relief” for the following deceased:
Margaret Sisson, Bert Crashaw, Ben Bailey, Gerald and Pat Jones, Ruth
Hayes, Peggy Smith, Ronald Nathan, Mary Brown, Michael Thompson, Beth
Potter, Rosa Hughes, Karen House and Isabel Joan Hunter.
Helen Brown gave a reading and led the song on page
72b for the following sick and housebound: Barbara Townsend, June Meakin,
Anthony Lane, Barbara Foster, John Hayto and Andrea Estle.
Dave Townsend called the class together with the song
on page 363. Leaders: Margaret Gillanders 38t; Bob Lilley 518; Helen Brown
200; Dave Cooper 474; Sheila Girling Smith 347; Edwin Macadam 236; Mandy
Townsend 163t; Jill Thompson 99; Steve Fletcher 117; Rosalind Oldham 276;
Simon Beirne 361; Jill Thompson 217; Steve Fletcher 128; Dave Richardson
335. After notices, thanks were given to all concerned with organising the
day, including Gill West. Ruth Cooper led the closing prayer and Ian West
and Helen Brown closed the proceedings by leading the song on page
Chairman : Ian West; Arranging Committee
Richardson and Helen Brown