25 Apr Fleshers

FleshersArms-150x150The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen came to pass when the Fleshers were added to the membership in 1657 to entitle them to use the first Trinity Hall following its establishment in the city centre.

The Fleshers, drawing its skilled men from butchery businesses and the slaughterhouses of the burgh, had first been incorporated as a trade in 1534. It became custom for new entrants to provide a lavish banquet as part of their acceptance, making use of their renowned produce.

Today the Fleshers take pride in their role within the social calendar of the organisation, with each of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen sharing responsibility for organising a range of functions to open the doors of Trinity Hall to members and guests alike.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Alan D. Cain 1972 Edward Martin 1996 Malcohm Hetherington 2011
Robert A. Bannerman 1982 Gordon L. Chalmers 2002 Richard Leith 2011
James W. Barber 1991 Graeme A. Ross 2002 Neil Montgomery 2011
Alistair Ross 1993 Stuart A. Ross 2002 Kenny Milne 2015
Adam F. S. Gray 1995 Donald Bannerman 2004
E. Craig Matheson 1995 Andrew J. Paxton 2006
Austin H. Martin 1996 Ian A. MacIntosh 2010
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16 Jun 2017/2018 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Monday 9th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly re-elected Officers for 2017/2018 are:
• Deacon: Malcohm Hetherington
• Boxmaster: Andrew J Paxton
• First Master: Richard Leith
• Late Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

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29 Nov 2016/2017 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Tuesday 4th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly elected Officers for 2016/2017 are:
• Deacon: Malcohm Hetherington
• Boxmaster: Andrew J Paxton
• First Master: Richard Leith
• Late Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

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18 May Visit to ‘Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present’

Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol accepted an invitation to visit an event at St Andrews town hall on Saturday 7th May entitled – Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present. The event was inspired by the early modern craft books, specifically the books of the Fleshers, Baxters and Hammermen – which are held within Special Collections at the University of St Andrews’ library.

Led by Dr Claire Hawes, and funded by a Cultural Engagement Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the research is linked with the Medieval St Andrews project and run within the university’s Institute of Scottish Historical Research. Dr Hawes commented that: “In an age of mass production it is easy to forget the importance of craftsmanship. These skills have shaped our society for hundreds, if not thousands of years. This project gives a new perspective on the history of the town, and connects it to the exciting range of skilled crafts and trades in the area today.”


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25 Jan Fleshers member goes that extra mile for charity

Ian_chssAn Aberdeen Fleshers member is going the extra mile to raise vital funds for Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), a charity which needs to raise £8 million each year to fund its programme of support for people living with chest, heart and stroke illness.  The charity provides care, information and support when it’s needed most – helping people to regain their independence. They also fund vital research into these illnesses and offer confidential advice and information.

Deacon Ian MacIntosh, who is from Torphins is taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon is already going all out with fundraising with an incredible £2,500 raised as a result of taking part in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, a fund raising event and from the generosity of Trinity Hall. (more…)

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16 Dec Admission of City Burgesses

On the morning of the 16th December 2015, Bakers member Gary Leslie and Flesher Kenny Milne were admitted as burgesses of Trade at the start of the full council meeting at Aberdeen Towns House.  They were proposed for membership by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson who was attending on behalf of the current Deacon Convener Sandy Mckinnon. Having met the requirements for admission and undertaking to pay the necessary dues to the Lord Provost they then accepted the responsibilities incumbent by law as a true and faithful of a City Burgess of the city of Aberdeen.


Baker Gary Leslie with Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson Flesher Kenny Milne with Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson

Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson picutred with both Baker Gary Leslie (left) and Flesher Kenny Milne (right)

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26 Oct Flesher’s Office Bearers for 2015/2016

The Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation held their annual Boxmaster Accounts Audit and Election of Office Bearers on Wednesday 7th October at Trinity Hall, accompanied by Deacon Convener Sandy McKinnon and Master of Trades Hospital George Esson, and enjoyed the traditional election supper that followed.

The re-elected Officers for 2015/2016 are:

  • Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
  • Boxmaster: Malcohm Hetherington
  • First Master: Andrew J Paxton
  • Master: Richard Leith
  • Master: Neil Montgomery
  • Master: Kenny Milne
  • Late Deacon: Gordon L Chalmers
  • Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose
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22 Sep Enjoyable Fleshers Business Tea

On Tuesday 15th September 2015, the Fleshers Incorporation hosted a business tea, with around 70 Members of the seven Trades and their guests.

Following an enjoyable meal, Guests enjoyed a talk by Mr Brian Pack OBE, who gave an interesting insight into todays UK meat industry.

Mr Pack. who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999 for services to agriculture, food and marketing, is an independent member of the Rural Affairs Food & Environment Delivery Board chaired by Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead. This Board was established in response to a recommendation in Brian’s final report on reducing red tape and bureaucracy for farmers and land managers. The Board will monitor the progress made in implementing Brian’s 61 recommendations – 59 of which were accepted.
Brian has previously chaired an inquiry into future support for agriculture in Scotland. Its final report helped advise Scotland’s position on CAP Reform and has been involved in the follow up discussions. (more…)

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08 Jan “Coats for Kids” given a boost by Aberdeen Fleshers

Fleshers/Coats for Kids Handover

As hard as it is to believe, hundreds of local children will be going to school without suitable warm clothing this winter. No hat, no scarf, no boots, no winter coat.  Many families in our area have to choose between buying food, heating their home and buying essential clothing. Shocking isn’t it?

Therefore, during their recent Annual Dinner Dance, the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation chose to support Northsound Radios “Cash for Kids”, which has launched an appeal for “Coats for Kids“, with the aim of raising £30,000 to ensure that no child in our area goes without the most basic of winter clothing.

Members and guests alike donated generously so Deacon Ian A MacIntosh met with Cash for Kids representative Emma Kemp to hand over their donation.  If you feel you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit Cash for Kids.

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08 Jan 2014 Annual Aberdeen Fleshers Election Dinner Dance

Aberdeen Fleshers Dinner Dance 2014Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation held its annual Election Dinner Dance at Trinity Hall on Saturday 22nd November to celebrate the election of the 2014/2015 Office Bearers: Deacon Ian A MacIntosh, Boxmaster Malcohm Hetherington, First Master Andrew J Paxton and Late Deacon Gordon L Chalmers.

After enjoying a delicious meal,  Deacon Ian A MacIntosh proposed a toast to the guests, whose well received humerous reply was given by Mrs Linda Morrison.

During the course of the evening, donations were generously given towards the Aberdeen Fleshers chosen charity – Northsound Radio’s Coats for Kids, which aims to raise £30,000 to provide hundreds of local children with suitable warm winter clothing, such as hats, scarves, boots and winter coats.

The entertainment was provided by “Mixed Company”, who kicked off the proceedings with a traditional Grand March, followed by a wide selection of numbers, from  ceilidh to chart topping hits, all of which kept the dance floor full the entire night.


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