On the 17th August, 32 members and guest of the Incorporated Trades took part in the annual golf competition for the Littlejohn Trophy, Assessors Cup and Team competition. Played at Alford golf course on one of the best days of summer an enthusiastic group played over 18 holes with the eventual winner of the individual prize and winner of the Littlejohn Trophy, Mark McCue of the Shoemakers incorporation. The Assessors cup was won by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson of the Tailors Incorporation and the Team trophy by the Bakers Incorporation.
Thanks must be noted to Ian Logan who again organised the day.
The annual bowling competition of the Incorporated Trades was held on the 24th August 2016 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 Tailors Incorporation, Michael Morrice, Ian Webster, Ed Shaw and Philip Sainsbury. The evening rounded off with the Tailors being presented with the Gorrod Trophy.
On the weekend of 19th August 2016, six Members of the Tailors’ Incorporation and their wives headed off to Kingussie for their Annual Weekend Jaunt.
Our Boxmaster arranged accommodation at the Duke of Gordon Hotel for two nights. As we were all arriving at different times, it was arranged that we meet up in the Bar for pre-Dinner drinks.
The rooms, allocated on arrival were found to be comfortable, with the Deacon being allocated one of the larger rooms which helped with the hosting of the pre-Dinner drinks on the Saturday night. The food at the Hotel was excellent with a large choice of dishes available, served by friendly, efficient staff who ensured that we would enjoy our stay.
The members took part in a host of activities on the Saturday at Kingussie which included golf, a ride on the Strathspey Railway line, trip up the Cairngorms, Shinty and general sight-seeing and coffee breaks!
The weather was really kind to us for what was an enjoyable weekend with excellent company, good food and the occasional drink.
The Friendship Trophy played between the Burgesses of Guild and the burgess of Trade from the Seven Incorporated Trades was at Deeside Golf Club, Bieldside on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. With the Burgesses of Guild winning by a very narrow score of half a stroke on an averaged score of those participating.
Overall winner on the day was Mark McCue who also won the annual Burgess of Guild trophy.
Nearest the pin at the 14th was won by Alistair Hunter and the longest drive at the 6th by David N Parkinson.
The Lord Dean Colin Taylor thanked both Colin Campbell and Late Deacon Convener David Parkinson for organising the event and also Deeside Golf Club as hosts.
Members and guests were entertained on Monday 1st August by entertainers from this year’s Aberdeen International Youth Festival. The Seven Incorporated Trades have been a donator to the event for some considerable time and hold a concert every year as a charity event.
The first group of entertainers were the FM Youth Theatre from Malta, who sang four numbers from various shows including an energetic version of ‘Sit down your rocking the boat’ from Guys & Dolls. The FM Youth Theatre was established in 2012 and currently has 24 talented and energetic performers. They have built up a strong repertoire of work ranging from abstract physical theatre to musical theatre. Past productions include Cabaret (2012), A Chorus Line (2013), Fiddler on the Roof (2014) and excerpts from ‘Into the Woods’ (2015). (more…)
Once again the Incorporated Trades were invited to attend University of Aberdeen summer graduations. This link with the university is exceptional important to us and is a set date in the Trades diary. The Deacon Convener and other representative of the organisation have been invited to be part of the platform party at all ceremonies and this year the graduations were attended by Late Deacons Convener David Parkinson, Master of Trades Hospital George Esson, Patron Rev Iain Thompson, Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol and Deacons Graeme Duncan, Alan Steele, and Mervyn Donald.
We would take this opportunity and congratulation all graduates and honorary graduates who participated in the ceremonies and those that could not attend for any reason.
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.”
For a number of years the Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades has been invited as a guest to the Election of the Master Cordwainer of York. Along with the Deacon of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation, Mervyn Donald and his wife Margaret, the Deacon Convener was represented by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson and his wife Margaret.
After travelling down on the Friday, an invitation was extended to attend an evening meal at the Grange Hotel with the Masters and Clerks of the London Livery Companies associated with the leather industry, along with the Master Elect, Clerk and Dinner Convener of Cordwainers of York. In all, 39 people sat down to an informal dinner.
After the meal, a surprise was sprung on the Masters and Convenors to each give a piece of advice to the new Master Elect from their personal experience, thinking on your feet did not seem to unduly worry those present.
On Thursday 12th November, Trinity Hall hosted the 2015 NHS Grampian GRAFTAS Awards – Grampian Recognition Awards for Teams and Staff. The awards recognise the effort and dedication of the many staff and volunteers in NHS Grampian who “go the extra mile” in providing health services in the North East.
This is the third time this event has been held at the Hall and guests were very positive about the venue. For many it was their first visit and they were interested to learn more about the Hall and the Seven Trades.
Pictured is NHS Grampian Chairperson Professor Stephen Logan.