third annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing day was held on the Saturday
before the fourth Sunday in June. The
class was called to order at 10.30 a.m. with Edwin Macadam leading song on
page 287. He gave thanks for
the safe arrival of so many friends from far and near, come together once
more in joyous song, and commended to God’s care those still on their
journeys. Leaders: Sheila
Girling Smith 299; Rachel Jordan 66; Ken Baddley 99; Fred Emigh (Vermont,
USA) 65; Bernard Collard 63; Ros Clements 47t; Dave Richardson 73t; Steve
Fletcher 148; Alan Weeks 34b; Mandy Townsend 48t; Paul Setford 49b; Grace
Scrimgeour 178; Adrian Bolge 314; Roz Argyle 383; Phil Tyler 340; Helen
Brown 384; Margaret Gillanders 84; Mick Verrier 272; Ruth Cooper 38t; Dave
Emigh called the class back to order by leading song on page 455. Leaders:
Edwin Macadam 547; Rachel Jordan (for her son, Dafydd Charles) 155; Ken
Baddley 350; Sheila Girling Smith 273; Bernard Collard 36t; Ros Clements
150; Dave Richardson 56b; Steve Fletcher 300; Alan Weeks 151; Mandy
Townsend 85; Paul Setford 86; Grace Scrimgeour 31t; Adrian Bolge 370; Roz
Argyle 532; Phil Tyler 376; Helen Brown 498; Margaret Gillanders 143; Mick
Verrier 107; Ruth Cooper 454; Dave Cooper 324.
Alan Weeks asked God’s blessing on the midday meal.
Before the end of the recess the class was
taught a new song, Coddock, by
the composer, Mick Verrier. Emily
Verrier (aged 3) taught the class the shaped version of the children’s
song There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden, especially
arranged by her father. The
afternoon session resumed with Edwin Macadam leading song on page 497.
Leaders: Rachel Jordan 163; Bernard Collard 28b; Sheila Girling
Lesson was led by Bernard Collard. He
related the story of Lorena Ledsham, which illustrated the significance of
prayer for the souls of the departed.
A few weeks ago, the UK Sacred Harp Convention organisers had
received an e-mail from Lorena’s mother.
Lorena had died in 1998 and recently her husband had typed her name
into an internet search engine. Her family were amazed to find Lorena had
been on the Memorial Lesson list at the UK Sacred Harp Convention in
September 1998. They knew nothing about Sacred Harp singing at all, but
were comforted and touched by the knowledge that strangers had prayed for
the repose of Lorena’s soul. This story serves to remind us that in our respectful
remembrance of the dead, we also reach out with consolation to the
bereaved. Today we remembered Ben Bailey, James Smith, Peggy Woodley, Jon
Doncaster, Jeremy Haslam, Isabel Joan Hunter, John Theobald and Mary Brown
and sang the song on page 122.
the Sick and Housebound, Ken Baddley spoke of the story of Jean-Dominique
Bauby, a victim of locked-in syndrome and read a chapter entitled
‘Prayer’ from his book, ‘The Diving-Bell and The Butterfly’.
We remembered Peggy Hunsley, Win Taylor, Gordon Ashman and Helen
McCarrick and sang the song on page 50b.
The class resumed with Fred Emigh leading song on page 47b.
Leaders: Ros Clements 477; Dave Richardson 473; Steve Fletcher
448t; Ken Baddley 515b; Alan Weeks 479; Mandy Townsend 106.
class was called back to order by Grace Scrimgeour leading song on page
33b. Leaders: Adrian Bolge 156; Roz Argyle 284; Phil Tyler 339; Helen
Brown 540; Margaret Gillanders 542; Mick and Emily Verrier 217; Ruth
Cooper 198; Dave Cooper 159; Edwin Macadam 236.
class was called to order by Sheila Girling Smith (with Jean Finnegan)
leading song on page 474. Announcements
were made and invitations extended to other Sacred Harp singing events
around the country. Leaders:
Rachel Jordan 269; Ken Baddley 147; Dave Richardson 306; Mandy Townsend
36; Grace Scrimgeour 504. Fred
Emigh asked the class to sing the song on page 299 once again, for his
friend Larry Gordon in recognition of his contribution to the furtherance
of shape-note singing in the United Kingdom for more than ten years.
Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith thanked all those who had
made the day such a success and led the closing song on page 347.
Catering--Ann Weeks and Jan Green;
Committee and Secretary--Sheila Girling Smith.