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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15 May Weavers welcome new Burgess of Trade

Neil Armour With Late Deacon Convener David Parkinson accepting his Burgesses CertificateThe newest member to the Aberdeen Weavers Incorporation was admitted as a Burgess of Trade on the morning of the 13th May 2015 at a ceremony in the City Council Chambers in the Towns House.

The Late Deacon Convener, standing in for Deacon Convener Sandy McKinnon, presented the applicant to the Depute Provost:

“Depute Provost, may I present as an applicant for admission as a Free Burgess of the Burgh of Aberdeen of his own Craft only:

Neil Anthony Armour, Weaver, Aberdeen

The applicant meets the requirements for admission and has undertaken to pay the relevant dues to the Common Good of the Burgh and to the Guild Box, together with the customary token of five shillings Scots in a white purse to the Lord Provost.” (more…)

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11 May VE Day commemorated by Aberdeen

VE_imageA Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day was held in The Kirk of St Nicholas on Sunday 10 May 2015. Members of the Convener Court, along with partners, joined together with Lord Provost George Adam, Lord Dean of the Guild Colin Taylor, Councillor Jennifer Laing, our Patron Rev Iain Thomson, members of our Armed Forces and Civic leaders as Rev Stephen Taylor lead the Aberdeen City Councillors’ Service, accompanied by Rev James Stewart and Rev Dr Henry Sefton.

Councillor Jennifer Laing gave the first reading of Scripture, followed by Lessons, read by Lord Dean Colin Taylor and Lord Provost George Adam. The sermon which followed, given by Rev James Stewart, gave the congregation an insight into the celebrations of VE day through the eyes of a child and were the personal memories of his childhood growing up in a suburb of Glasgow.

During the service, Ms Yvonne Morton, accompanied by Ms Eileen Pike on piano, provided a musical reflection by performing wartime songs such as “We’ll meet again” and “A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square”.

The full VE Day Thanksgiving Service can be viewed here

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07 May RGU Architecture students map changing face of City Street

Bon Accord 1954Architecture students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen have brought the historical development of one of the city’s streets to life.

The Stage 3 students have been working with the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen to track the development of Bon Accord Crescent, using documents dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The students have built up 3D images and models of the changing face of the street over the past 150 years, with the help of documents provided by the Seven Incorporated Trades.

Using urban design appraisal techniques to sift through the information showing various planning decisions on issues such as form, density, façade and skyline, the students then linked these elements to the historical background of how the neighbourhood transformed through decades.

They also used laser scanning to capture very detailed information about the current architecture in the street, technology that the university also employed during the recent Look Again Festival in Aberdeen.


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29 Apr Turriff & District Ladies enjoy Trinity tour

Turriff & District Ladies CircleOn 23rd April 2015 a tour round Trinity Hall was directed by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson for Turriff & District Ladies Circle.  The photograph was taken at the end of the evening  and Moira commented on the e-mail sending the photo ‘Please find attached our photo from our fantastic evening with you, We can’t thank you enough for giving up your time to show us round your amazing building and all its contents, we were all in awe of the passion and honour behind your organisation.  It was a night we will all remember.  Thank you so much’

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