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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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21 Aug Golf Outing 2015

The Seven Incorporated Trades held their annual Golf Outing at Alford Golf Club on Wednesday 19th August 2015.  21 members and three guests including our Patron, played golf and had a hot buffet in the clubhouse after an enjoyable day on the course

Despite heavy and persistent rain the day before and the possibility of the course having to be closed, the sun was shining and an enjoyable day was had by all participants. The attentive and courteous staff at Alford Golf Club along with excellent catering and service provided the ideal atmosphere in the clubhouse following an afternoon on the golf course.

The Littlejohn Trophy was won by James Strathdee (Bakers). The runner up and winner of the Assessors Cup, was David N Parkinson (Tailors).

The Team Cup was won again this year won by the Bakers.  For the second year also the best score among the guests was returned by the Patron, Iain Thomson.

A visit from the Deacon Convener Sandy Mackinnon and for the meal and prize giving was appreciated by the members attending and Ian Logan the golf Convener who organised the day expressed thanks that the effort to attend despite his resent illness to attend the event and present the prizes.

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31 Jul Rev & Mrs Thomson celebrate Ruby Wedding

Rev Iain and Mrs Christine Thomson celebrating their Ruby AnniversaryWe were delighted to welcome family and friends of our Patron, the Rev Iain Thomson, and his wife Christine to the Hall to celebrate Iain and Christine’s Ruby wedding at an afternoon tea. As well as entertaining speeches those assembled thoroughly enjoyed a rousing performance of excellent fiddle music from Coastline, a group of teenage musicians from British Columbia, Canada, currently headlining at the AIYF.

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28 Jul Trinity Hall welcomes AIYF 2015

The haunting strains of the balalaika wafted through Trinity Hall on Monday 27 July 2015 as some 90 members and guests enjoyed a concert given by some participants in the 2015 Aberdeen International Youth Festival, which in itself is a world-class festival bursting at the seams with music, dance and theatre and is one of the most celebrated festivals in the city, being a permanent calendar fixture since 1973 and attracts orchestras and chamber musicians from across Europe.

Brothers Michael and Fedor Romanychev are both from St Petersburg where Michael is studying at the city conservatoire and Fedor is concertmaster at the Voganova Ballet Academy. Michael displayed the versatility of the balalaika accompanied by Fedor on the piano in a concert of works by Shalov, Bizov and Afanasyef.

We were also joined by two young singers from Youth Music Theatre UK, in town to perform a brand new production named Coorie Cave, which will be having its premier performances on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st at ACT Aberdeen (Aberdeen Arts Centre).  One of the numbers from which they previewed for us.  The singers were Anya Bury and Ruby Christina Thorne, accompanied on the piano by Naoise Whearity.

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07 Jul St Joseph’s School pupils gain extensive knowledge

Clydesdale Bank in Aberdeen sponsored part of the Food Fest 15 promotion and held an event in Trinity Hall on the 30th June 2015. As part of the sponsorship they invited pupils from St Joseph’s school for a tour of the building and talk from Late Deacon Convener David Parkinson.

The talk was on the craftsmen of Aberdeen and their involvement in the city since the 13th Century both as craftsmen and as city Burgesses. After a short introduction to the various Trades and what they do a tour of the building was taken and a number of the artefacts and record books were shown to the children.

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25 May Tour of Kings College Chapel

Kings College ChapelFollowing a Tour of Trinity Hall for the University Chaplaincy and the University Kirking at Kings College earlier in the year, an offer was made to the members of the Incorporated Trades to visit Kings College Chapel and learn of its history from Dr Louise Page. Due to the response from members and their partners, this was split into two groups and on Thursday 21st May, Dr Page conducted a tour round the Chapel.

Dr Paige was an extremely interesting and knowledgeable guide. Knowing of the particular interest of the group she paid particularly interest in relation to the wood finishes and stained glass windows which was of interest to the members attending.

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15 May 2015 York Cordwainers Dinner

York Cordwainers Dinner Group PhotographThe second weekend in May, so it is the York Cordwainers Dinner.

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 Celebration Dinner. This is, however, a long way to go for only one evening so it’s normally a weekend away. As the Cordwainers include Shoemakers, a further invitation has recently been extended to the Deacon of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation.

After travelling down on the Friday, an invitation was extended to the Late Deacon Convener (who was representing the Deacon Convener) and the Deacon of the Shoemakers to attend an evening meal at the Grange Hotel with the reprehensive Master and Clerks of the London Guilds associated with the leather industry. (more…)

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