19 Sep Aberdeen Riding School opening

Following on from an article published in January 2017, the Press and Journal ran a feature on Saturday 2nd September on the official opening of Aberdeen Riding Club’s new venue, alongside its landlords, The Trades Widows Fund of The Seven Incorporated Trades.  Run by Sally McCarthy, the Aberdeen Riding Club (ARC) has moved from Oldfolds, Milltimber, to its new purpose built premises at Nether Anguston, Peterculter.

Press & Journal – PDF article

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19 Sep Gorrod Bowling Competition 2017

The annual bowling competition of the Incorporated Trades was held on the 23rd August 2017, once again at Summerhill Indoor Bowling Club and organised by Graeme Duncan.

The evening commenced with tea and the bowling followed. The competition was an inter Trade round robin tournament which was won by the Hammermen Incorporation, pictured right with the Gorrod Trophy.

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20 Aug Admission of City Burgesses – Bill Beattie

On the morning of the 21th June 2017, Wrights and Coopers member Bill Beattie was admitted as burgesses of Trade at the start of the full council meeting at Aberdeen Towns House.  He were proposed for membership by Deacon Convener George Esson. 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.

Deacon Convener George Esson pictured with Bill Beattie (below)

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29 Jul Aberdeen University Graduation Ceremonies

“The Seven Incorporated Trades are always happy to be invited to send representatives as part of the civic party in the academic procession at Aberdeen University Graduation Ceremonies. This reinforces the centuries old connection – dating back in our case to our first Patron, Dr William Guild, who was Principal of King’s College from 1640 to 1651 – between the University and civic society in Aberdeen. We were particularly pleased to be present at the graduation ceremonies of two ladies who have helped at many of our functions. Greta Andrijauskaite graduated as a Bachelor of Music, with honours, at a ceremony when we were represented by the Deacon Convener and Deacon Hunter (Shoemakers) and Rhianna Coorey graduated with Honours in Education when we were represented by Deacons Duncan (Hammermen) and Morrice (Tailors)”

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29 Jul Maggies Culture Crawl 2017

On Friday 23 June the Hall was delighted to play host to participants in Maggies Culture Crawl, a fund-raising event in support of Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen, which offers support to cancer sufferers and their families. Some 400 people undertook a 10 mile walk from Maggie’s Centre at A.R.I., starting at 5 p.m., visiting a number of notable sites in Aberdeen including St Machar Cathedral, Duncan Rice Library, Footdee and more central venues, Trinity Hall, and ending at Duthie Park about midnight. Entertainment and refreshment was provided at various venues, with our offer of a seat and a cup of tea very gratefully received by many. Albacapella sang a capella (unaccompanied) harmonies of their favourite songs for two hours to lift the spirit of the weary walkers as they took on the last mile.

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29 Jul North East College Degree Show

Earlier in the academic session 2016-2017 the Incorporated Trades were delighted to welcome Textile  students from North East College to Trinity Hall to look at our building and artefacts, which were to be adopted by the students as the inspiration or theme for developing a portfolio of work. Some of the results were displayed by students at their Degree Show on 13 June 2017. The photograph illustrates part of the presentation of one of the students.

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29 Jul Trades Awards 2017 sponsorship

Friday 9th June 2017
Trades Awards 2017
Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

In 2017, on the back of other support projects over the last few years with the Trades Awards Aberdeen, The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen to sponsor an award.

Best Trades Innovation Award.  – Sponsored by The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen

Winner – Granite City Ceilings

Presented by – Eddie Day (Hammermen)

13minutes 35 seconds in to the video.

Message from the event organisers:

On behalf of Mearns & Gill, I would like to say a huge and very genuine thank you for supporting Trades Awards 2017. We are hugely grateful for your sponsorship, as the Trades Awards could not go ahead without it, and I truly hope that we managed to express this gratitude across the evening.



Trades Awards 2017, sponsored by Stewart Milne Group from Mearns & Gill on Vimeo.

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06 May York Weekend May 2017

The second weekend in May2017 is the weekend that the Deacon Convener is invited to attend the election of the Master of the Cordwainers of York.  This event has been visited for the last few years by David N Parkinson who as Deacon Convener and Late Convener represented the Seven Incorporated trades of Aberdeen.  He was latterly joined by Deacon of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation, Mervyn Donald who is now Master of Trades Hospital of the Incorporated Trades.  This year the current Deacon Convener George Esson could not attend due to prior arrangement so David & Mervyn represented the Aberdeen Trades again this year.

After travelling down on the Friday an invitation was extended to attend a dinner at the Grange Hotel with the Masters and Clerks of the London Guilds attending the Cordwainers Election and some of the other Scottish Conveners.


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21 Nov 2016 Career Enhancement Awards

The following article is taken from the Robert Gordon University website and was written by Jonathon Milne, the Communications Officer.

(L to R): Kirsty Brownlee, Deacon Ian Dale, Laura UkstinaA historic North-East trade body has hosted an award presentation in honour of the talented students at Gray’s School of Art.

The Weaver Incorporation, one of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have been presenting their annual Career Enhancement Awards at Trinity Hall since 1987.

Each year, the award is given to an outstanding student on the Fashion & Textiles degree course at Gray’s and it reflects the commitment of the Weaver Incorporation towards supporting the development of skills and helping students prepare for a career in textiles.

The 2016 prize was won by Kirsty Brownlee, with Laura Ukstina receiving the runners-up award, at a ceremony hosted by Deacon Ian Dale.


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