The twentieth Oxford All-Day Singing was held on Saturday before the fourth
Sunday in June. Chairman Sheila Girling Macadam called the class to order at
10:00 am leading 34b, and Mary Welch offered the opening prayer. The following
officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman--Sheila Girling Macadam;
Treasurer --Edwin Macadam; Secretaries—Mary Welch and Brenda Harvey; Arranging
Committee--Nick Hall and Nigel Bowley; Pitchers--Rachel Jordan, Toby Goss and
Michael Walker; Chaplains-- Michael Walker, Julie Fox, Alec Williams and Steve
Leaders: Brenda Harvey
47t; Toby Goss 28t; Edwin Macadam 31t; Nigel Bowley 39t; Werner Ullah 29b; Jac
Gehring 178; Steve Welch 569t; Dave Townsend 142; George Simms 155; Chris Brown
28b; Joss Tait 312b; Alec Williams 101t; Derek Buckland 108b; Francis Gaskin 58;
Machna Nowak 569b; Rachel Jordan 492; Teresa Maguire 348t; Catherine Roberts
37b; Steve Marini 299; Nick Hall 470; Michael Walker 528; Steve Fletcher 191.
Nigel Bowley brought the
class back to order leading 66. Leaders: Jac Gehring 146; Alec Williams 448t;
Brenda Harvey 159; Michael Walker 169; Chris Brown 121; Toby Goss 479; Steve
Welch 566; Nick Hall 447; Rachel Jordan 280; Dilwyn Scott 40; Margaret
Gillanders 212; Sheila Girling Macadam 286; Machna Nowak 547; Edwin Macadam 236;
Teresa Maguire 284; Catherine Roberts 531; Werner Ullah 448b; George Simms 452.
Steve Fletcher brought the
class back to order leading 29t. Leaders: Francis Gaskin 160t; Antonina Spittal
84; Margaret Gillanders 384; Derek Buckland 125; Dave Townsend 112; Steve Marini
455; Joss Tait 331; Brenda Harvey 49t; Sheila Girling Macadam 324.
Michael Walker conducted
the Memorial Lesson, reflecting on the need to grieve. Grief was part of the
healing process following bereavement. Michael led 83t as we remembered the
following: Edith Owen (TX, USA), Daphene Causey (AL, USA), Kameron Prescott (TX,
USA), Darrell Swarens (IN, USA), Steve Helwig (OR, USA), Louise Holland (GA,
US), Toby Boyes (UK), Rollo Woods (Swanage), Janet Winstanley (UK), Peter
Golding (UK), Stephania Nowak (Poland), Andy Spence (Hove), Jean Williams
(Hitchin), Francesco Nazzini (London and Naples), Charlie Hicks (Hereford), Ivan
Bainbridge (Sheerness), Kamila Zahno (London), Michael Seifert (London), Mark
Girling (Spain), Jennifer Bennett (Ontario, Canada), Frank Pigott (London),
Peter Sterry (Nottingham), and Michael Spittal of Highgate, London, whose
birthday would have been in three days time. Julie Fox spoke of how the Sick
and Housebound List in her childhood village’s church contributed to the
compassion and to the strength of the local community. Whilst Sheila Girling
Macadam led 288, we held in our thoughts: Paul Seward (Bristol), Curtis Owen
(TX, USA), Revd Michael Pain (UK), Joy Spreadborough (UK), Don and Charlotte
Walker (VA, USA), Evelyn Munson (Breadsall), Jeannie Blagg (Orkney), David
Elliott (Lutterworth), Rob Burbea (Taunton), Paula Mogensen (Billericay), Gladys
Davies (Cullompton), Brian Marchant (Nottinghamshire), Sylvia and Chris Marlow (Budleigh
Salterton). The memorial was closed.
The class resumed singing
with Chris Brown leading 392. Leaders: Steve Fletcher 189; Dave Townsend 551;
George Simms 300; Toby Goss 196; Margaret Gillanders 460; Nick Hall 441. Alec
Williams offered thanks for the midday meal.
The afternoon session
commenced with George Simms leading 33b. Leaders: Dilwyn Scott 268; Michael
Walker 567; Steve Marini 532; Rachel Jordan 522; Francis Gaskin 201; Machna
Nowak 48b; Edwin Macadam 332; Nigel Bowley 113; Teresa Maguire 500; Catherine
Roberts 480; Werner Ullah 133; Derek Buckland 399b; Alec Williams 270; Jac
Gehring 163b; Steve Welch 147b; Julie Fox 85; Brenda Harvey 162; Chris Brown
546. We sang ‘Happy Birthday to You’ to 34b for Alec Williams whose birthday it
was today and presented him with his own cake. Sheila Girling Macadam led 53 to
mark the 20th Oxford All-Day singing, after which a celebratory cake
The final session commenced with Nick Hall leading 454. Leaders: Steve Marini
250; Catherine Roberts 171; Steve Fletcher 217; Margaret Gillanders 564; Sue
Bird 535; Michael Walker 354t; Francis Gaskin 326.
The Secretaries reported
35 singers had registered from the UK, Ireland, and USA and 91 songs had been
led by 28 leaders. The Treasurer reported all the day's expenses had been
met. Announcements of forthcoming singings were made. Sheila Girling Macadam and
Edwin Macadam thanked all the officers, committees and anyone who helped in any
way to make this singing a success. It was agreed the 21st Oxford
All-Day Singing should be held at the Botley Women’s Institute Hall on Saturday
22 June 2019.
Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 347 as the closing song. Steve
Marini offered the closing prayer, after which the class was dismissed.
Macadam; Treasurer--Edwin Macadam; Secretaries--Mary Welch and Brenda Harvey.