16 Dec Children’s Party 2015

Santa visited the Children's Party at Trinity Hall on Saturday 5th December 2015

Aberdeen magician Garry Seagraves "Magic" white rabbit

The annual Christmas party for Children and Grandchildren of Members of the Incorporated Trades was held on Saturday 5th December 2015 with 41 children attending.  Music, games and activities were organised by the wives and partners of the office bearers joined by our Patron Rev Iain Thomson and his wife Christine.  Magician Garry Seagraves provide a magic show for the children which kept them and the adults watching enthralled especially the tricks involving the famous white rabbit.

After the magic show a snack was provided finished off with jelly and ice cream.  Prior to returning home a visit from Santa followed an energetic rendition of Jingle Bells from the Children.


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09 Nov Weavers Career Enhancement Awards 2015

L-R Rebecca Moir, Ian Dale and Joanna O'Brien

L-R Rebecca Moir, Ian Dale and Joanna O’Brien

Aberdeen Weavers continue commitment to further careers of talented Gray’s students

An Aberdeen trade body has committed to helping further the careers of students at Gray’s School of Art for at least another decade.

The Weavers Incorporation, one of the seven incorporated trades of Aberdeen, announced that it will continue to present its annual Career Enhancement Award to students for at least a decade at this year’s presentation ceremony at Trinity Hall.

The awards have been presented to outstanding students on the Fashion and Textiles degree course at Gray’s since 1987 and reflect the commitment of the Weavers Incorporation towards supporting the development of skills and helping prepare students for a career in textiles.

The 2015 prize was won by Joanna O’Brien, with Rebecca Moir receiving the runners’-up award. (more…)

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05 Nov Toast to the Memory of Dr. William Guild 2015

At each annual Convener Court Election Dinner, there is a toast to the memory of Dr. William Guild, the first Patron of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.  This is no mere tradition, but is heartfelt – an essential part of the Election Dinner; and the Toast is always proposed by the current Patron.  It is my privilege to hold this office and therefore to propose the Toast tonight.

Dr. Guild is held in high esteem to this day because of the legacy and the heritage he bequeathed to the Incorporated Trades.  Not only did he gift the Incorporation its first meeting place and hospital, but also he gave unstintingly of his time and wisdom as its first Patron.

Dr. Guild is remembered also at the University of Aberdeen where he was Principal for some ten years and where a modern building is named after him, as is also Guild Street down near the station and near the site of that first meeting place and hospital.

That Dr. Guild is held in such high regard by the present day members of the Seven Incorporated Trades is shown not only by this annual Toast to his memory, but also and very importantly by the work recently undertaken by the Incorporated Trades to restore the gravestone of Dr. Guild and his wife Catherine to its original condition.


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05 Oct 2015 Doors Open Day

Doors Open Day this year was held on the 12th September and again the Members of the Incorporated Trades welcomed members of the public into Trinity Hall for short tours of the building. As part of the initiative held by the Aberdeen Committee, Doors Open Days is a way to find out about the hidden heritage on your doorstep. This is your opportunity to see behind the scenes of everyday buildings as well as important landmarks.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland, both are supported by Historic Scotland.

For a number of years, the Incorporated Trades have supported this event and the enthusiasm of the membership to pass on some of the history, knowledge and details of one of the oldest groups in Aberdeen has not abated. Although numbers were down this year those who took part found it a rewarding experience.

The display of artefact and exhibits were enhanced with a display from Grampian Weavers, Spinners and Dyers of the Millennium Tapestry and also by the Wrights & Coopers display of prize-winners of the William Daniels award and the Archibald Medal from the North of Scotland College


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23 Sep Bakers welcome New Member

Gary5The Essay prescribed by the Aberdeen Baker Incorporation:

‘To take up the liquor and seasoning and mould six half loaves of good and well crusted bread, chaff and roll up one and one half dozen bath buns’

The bakery chosen was J.G. Ross Ltd of Inverurie.  The Oversman appointed was First Master Mike Gillan with Ex Deacons J. George Ross and John Russell as Essay Masters.

The Incorporation met after completion and inspection of the Essay, agreed it was ‘sufficient’ and Gary Leslie was admitted as a member.


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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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02 Sep “Millennium” Project

Millennium - celebration of North East Scotlands Textile historyThis project, by The Grampian Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, is a celebration of the textile history of the North-East of Scotland during the last millennium.  It was designed by Evelyn Duncan of the Grampian Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers – an association of people who are dedicated to the preservation and improvement of their crafts.  Members of the Guild interpreted and developed her design in their individual panels, illustrating the rich textile history of the region, the beautiful countryside, towns, villages and some of its people,  The traditional skills of the Guild – spinning, weaving and dyeing, are represented together with knitting, felting, crochet, embroidery and lace-making.  Printed and painted illustrations are used where more complex information is necessary and appropriate.

The geographical shape of the region is the most obvious feature of the design – from Elgin in Moray to Fraserburgh, and south to Stonehaven and Kincardineshire in the East.  Within this area are towns, villages and notable buildings in their approximate geographical locations. (more…)

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02 Sep Gorrod Bowling Competition 2015

On the 27th August, at Summerhill Indoor Bowling Rink, the Incorporated Trades held their annual Bowling competition for the Gorrod Trophy.  Teams from all seven Trades and the Convener Court completed on a round robin format after having Tea in the restaurant.

The winners this year were the Hammermen Incorporation consolidation their winning streak from last year, narrowly beating the Tailors.

Special thanks must be recorded to Clive Sangster who arranged the event at short notice. (more…)

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02 Sep Burgess Golf Competition 2015

On the 1st September,  the inaugural golf competition between the Burgess of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen took place at Deeside Golf Club. Teams of 12 from the Burges of Trade and Guild enjoyed an afternoons golf, albeit somewhat wet at the start.

The Burgers of Guild won the afternoon team event and was presented with the new trophy.

Individual Prize winners were:
1st James Strathdee (Trades)
2nd Alastair Hunter (Trades)
3rd Hugh Black (Guilds)
Nearest the Pin 14th Graeme Cursiter (Trades)
Longest Drive 10th Garry Sevens (Guilds) (more…)

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27 Aug Kilgour Medal

The Kilgour Medal award was conceived in 1986 as a means of the Aberdeen Weaver Incorporation engaging with and providing support to the students entering Grays School of Art to study textiles at degree level, the Incorporation would invite 2nd & 3rd year students who`s work had been selected by the course leaders to apply.  The Incorporation may award a monetary prize and the Kilgour Medal to the student deemed to have met the standard required for this award.  A runner-up certificate and award may also be presented.

Our assessment of each submission is judged in two parts:

  • Part One:  A written submission to a maximum of 250 words describing the design concept and what further developments and proposed applications are being considered for the end use of the design.  A brief description of how the monetary award will be used to further enhance the student`s studies through travel or the purchase of equipment or specialist yarns for the development of the student`s 4th year studies and presentation of their final year portfolio.
  • Part Two:  The written part must be supported by a portfolio of work, this work will be assessed on the level of skills achieved in sample construction and for the overall development of the portfolio and quality presented.


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