On the evening of Thursday 29th August 2013, the annual Trinity Hall Bowling Competition for the Gorrod Trophy took place at Aberdeen Indoor Bowling Club.
All Trades were represented along with a team from the Convener Court. A lively evening of round robin matches ensued with the Bakers Incorporation being the eventual winners by one point with four other teams in second place.
Following a meal the prizes were presented by the Deacon Convener. Special thanks were noted to Cyril Sainsbury who had arranged the whole evening.
The 2013 golf outing was held at Alford Golf Club on Wednesday 1st August.
Fifteen members and three guests attended. The weather was warm and sunny for most of the afternoon and, although it dulled down a bit later on, we were fortunate not to have any more than a few spots of light rain. The course at Alford is ideally suited to an outing of mixed abilities golfers. It is not too long and quite forgiving but still sufficiently challenging to offer interest and rewards to the better player. As usual, the course was in excellent condition. It was a real pleasure to play and much enjoyed by all. The enjoyment continued over an excellent two-course supper efficiently and politely served in the friendly and relaxed ambience of the Alford Clubhouse.
The Littlejohn Trophy, awarded for the best individual stableford score, was won by Keith Campbell (Hammermen) and the Assessors Cup, awarded for the individual runner up, was won by Arthur George (Tailors).
The Team Cup was won by the Bakers with Michael Gillan, Duncan Love and Ian Brown being the players whose scores counted for this trophy.
Thanks are due to Keith Campbell, his guest Jim Lyon, and to Miller & Co. for their generous donations of prizes.
A good day was had by all !
On Sunday the 11th August 2013we were honoured to host a visit from Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of London, James North, Swordbearer and George Gillon, Chief Commoner.
A tour of Trinity Hall was given by Deacon Convener David N Parkinson and Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol. In 2009 George Gillon spoke at Ex Deacon Convener Nicol’s Election Dinner, toasting the City of Aberdeen.
Once the tour had concluded the senior office bearers met with the Lord Mayor and his party for a buffet and drinks reception in the Minor Hall. The Deacon Convener presented each of the guests with a set of cuff links with the crest of the Convener Court and the Lord Mayor with a Gavel and Stand made by Boxmaster Alan Steele of the Wrights & Coopers Incorporation.
On Monday the 29th July the Incorporated Trades held a concert for members with entertainers from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
Now in its 41st year the Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the premier arts festivals in the world. The Seven Incorporated Trades are happy to continue their sponsorship of such an important part of Aberdeen cultural activities.
The concert held in Trinity Hall commenced with a performance from Maya Tarasova, a young opera singer from St. Petersburg, Russia who has begun to make a name for herself in her home city through winning a major schools competition in 2012. This is her second visit to Aberdeen International Youth Festival and to Scotland and she is able to come here with support from the St. Petersburg forum. On her visit in 2012 she auditioned for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was well received. However, at only 16 years old she is still too young to be awarded a place at the moment but hopes to try again in the future and we wish her well in her endeavours.
A buffet meal was then followed by a prize draw with the funds raised being used as part of our charitable donations to local charities. (more…)
At the beginning of July 2013 the senior office-bearers of the Incorporated Trades were privileged to take part in the Graduation ceremonies at the University of Aberdeen. In the past the Deacon Convener was invited to be part of the platform party and in 2012 Deacon Convener George Ross asked the members of Dr Guilds Managers (the Deacons of the Seven Individual Trades) to assist him and the Master of Trades Hospital in attending to help spread the load. This has been extending to include our Patron (Rev Iain Thomson).
Along with the Deacon Convener a number of the Deacons, the Patron, the Late Deacon Convener and an Ex Deacon Convener attended therefore covering all the Graduation ceremonies.
Our links with the University through our First Patron Dr William Guild are very important to us as organisation continuing our historic partnership. (more…)
The Bell Pull of the Monastery Bell, used in Trinity Hall at functions, was recently replaced by a new one, commissioned by the Aberdeen Sea Cadets. Deacon Convener David N. Parkinson is shown here with one of the Sea Cadets and the Monastery Bell.
In June 2013, Deacon Convener David N Parkinson guided the Westhill Lifers around Trinity Hall, which all the gentlemen found very interesting and they were also very impressed, which caused great discussion going home in the bus.
On Monday the 10th June, Dr Guilds Managers (the Deacon Convener, Master of Trades Hospital, Late Deacon Convener and the Deacons of the individual Trades) were joined by our Patron, Rev Iain Thomson, to attend the installation of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Rothesay as Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Her Royal Highness succeeds Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, who stepped down at the end of December having served since 1997.
The morning event started with a procession of guests, led by a piper, University alumni, staff, students, supporters, civic dignitaries along with representatives from other Scottish universities, in attendance.
Prior to the installation as Chancellor, Her Royal Highness was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law. After the installation ceremony, the new Chancellor bestowed honorary degrees on six outstanding individuals for their academic and personal achievements.
On Saturday 8th June 2013 the Incorporated Trades took part for the third year in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade.
In supporting the charity sector the Incorporated Trades reinforce the work that has been done by them since 1587 in the City of Aberdeen to help those less fortunate. We have over the years changed from an organisation that only looked towards the wellbeing of our own membership to the benefaction of the wider community with an emphasis on youth and children’s charities based in the local area.
Not only is the charitable aspect of our voluntary work important but also the preservation of the historical links with the city and the historical and educational institutions.