29 Aug 2014 Gorrod Team Bowling Competition

Hammermen accepting the Gorrard TrophyThe Members of the Incorporated Trades gathered at Summerhill Indoor Bowling Club on Wednesday 27th August to play the annual Gorrod Team Bowling Competition.  The Hammermen Incorporation was successfully in winning this year with sadly the Tailors Incorporation coming in at the bottom of the scoring.  Although the teams of four are made up of some serious bowlers, the novices who only play once a year also enjoyed the experience, with large amounts of light banter and comment. The Deacon Convener presented the prizes and in his short speech thanked both Cyril Sainsbury for his organisation and arrangements and also Summerhill staff and caterers for a very tasty meal.


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29 Aug Golf Outing 2014

Individual winner - David KilgourThe Seven Incorporated Trades held their annual Golf Outing at Alford Golf Club on Wednesday 20th August 2014.  Seventeen members and five guests, one of whom was the Patron, played golf and twenty in total enjoyed a two course supper in the Clubhouse.

Despite recent heavy flooding the course was in excellent condition.  The weather was dry and quite pleasant so all, successful or otherwise, enjoyed their game to the full.  The warm and cheery welcome from the staff at Alford Golf Club together with excellent catering and service provided the ideal atmosphere for further relaxed fellowship.

The Littlejohn Trophy was won by David Kilgour (Hammermen). The runner-up, and winner of the Assessors Cup, was Alistair Raitt (Bakers). The Team Cup was won by the Bakers.  (more…)

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22 Aug Alan Law Admitted as Burgess of Trade

Alan Law and Deacon Convener David N ParkinsonOn the 20th August 2014,  Alan David Law completed his entrance as a new member of the Aberdeen Hammermen Incorporation.   Alan was presented to a full Council Meeting by Deacon Convener David N Parkinson as a Free Burgess of the City of Aberdeen of his own craft and undertook to meet the requirements for admission as a Burgess of the City.   This is the final part of the admission process which now grants the appropriate rights and privileges as a full member of the Hammermen Incorporation.   In joining, Alan completed his Essay Piece (more…)

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31 Jul AIYF entertains Members and Guests

On the evening of 28th July 2014, the Incorporated Trades one again hosted a concert for members and guests with entertainers from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
The Aberdeen International Youth Festival is now a truly international event, with participants travelling from all four corners of the globe to take part, it is also committed to supporting emerging talent from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Over the years the festival has hosted more than 25,000 young people from around the globe, making it one of the biggest and most successful gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the world.
Aberdeen International Youth Festival continues to offer some of the most intimate classical and chamber music performances in Scotland through its series of ‘Up Close and Musical’. The Festival also delivers an ‘extended’ programme of events, where our artists take their shows out to communities in rural areas and further afield around Scotland. (more…)

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19 Jun It’s time to look out the bicycle clips again!

Graeme Nicol2Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol’s granddaughter Morven has the cystic fibrosis condition, which is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene.  This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the body’s cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.   More than 2.5 million people in the UK carry the faulty gene, around one in 25 of the population. There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis but many treatments are available to manage it, including physiotherapy, exercise, medication and nutrition. Each week five babies are born with cystic fibrosis.
The family are fortunate that Morven was diagnosed at birth and so has had the benefit of the care and guidance of the specialists at ARI and the ongoing investment in research made by The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and keeps well.  But there is no cure for this life limiting condition and so there is a need to keep research funding going.
Since Morven’s birth, the family have been active fund raisers for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Graeme’s contribution this year will be to cycle from Dover to Cape Wrath, a full traverse of the United Kingdom from SE to NW, a distance of 1000 road miles.  The route will see him head from Dover into Essex and onwards through Cambridge, Lincoln, York and then over to Carlisle.  The midpoint day will see him cross the border aiming for Sanquhar. (more…)

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01 Jun Convener Court: Election Dinner Toast

Just inside the North gate of St. Nicholas churchyard one will find a most handsome monument, well befitting the towering figure of distinction whom tonight we honour. The inscription is in Latin, with which I shall not trouble you, but, in its English translation, it reads as follows –

Consecrate to the most holy and undivided Trinity and to the pious memory of William Guild who. being born and educated in night. this town, and from his tender years nourished in holy studies, first was advanced to the cure of souls at the Kirk of King Edward, and having filled the same for the space of twenty three years was called into this town by the magistrates thereof, having formerly been Doctor of Divinity and Chaplain to King Charles. He served the ministerial function here for the space often years, when he was translated to the King’s College, where he sustained the Principal ship for ten years, till affairs being troubled among us his integrity did not escape the envy of the times. Leaving, therefore, that place, he made a resting place for his old age here, where he had his cradle. Yet he was not addicted to idle slothfulness, but by mouth, pen and spotless life was exemplary to others. The far greater part of ample and innocently acquired patrimony he bequeathed to pious uses. His wife devoted what was hers to the same uses. He lived to 71 and upon the 26th day of July, in the 1657, in hope of a most wished for resurrection, fulfilled his mortality. (more…)

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13 May Aberdeen Shoemakers enjoy hospitality of York Cordwainers

Deacon Mervyn Donald and Master Mathew ReidOn the weekend of the 10th & 11th May 2014, the Deacon Convener and Deacon of the Shoemakers Incorporation, along with their wives, were invited to attend the livery dinner and charter service following the installation of the new Master of the Company of Cordwainers in York, Mr Mathew J Reid.

The Company of Cordwainers is one of the seven York Guilds & Companies, The Guilds, founded in the medieval period or earlier, have retained traditions that stretch back into the mists of time and add greatly to the rich pattern of life in the City of York. However, by 1808 for unknown reasons the Company ceased to function but in 1977 a number of people connected with the footwear and leather trades revived the Company. The Original letters of Ordnance are held in the York Minister Library. Cordwainers were shoemakers and derived their name from the Spanish city of Cordova, which manufactured the finest leather from goat’s skins.

The weekend started with an evening meal with the Masters and Clerks of the London Livery Companies who were also attending as guests of the Master Elect. The meal organised by the Livery Company of Saddlers was an excellent opportunity to meet fellow guest and there partners and to talk over similarities within our various organisations.

Representatives from Scotland also included the Deacon Convener from Dundee, The Deacon Convener from Irvine, a Past Deacon from the Kirkcudbright Trades and the Late Deacon and Ex Deacon of the Cordwainers of Glasgow. (more…)

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06 May Business Tea with SCAA

Business teaOn 30th April 2014, around 75 Members and Guests enjoyed a talk by Mr Gavin Davey, Chief executive of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, following a tea in the Major Hall.  Based in Perth, Mr Davey explained the charitable work  strategy review, charity governance, estates, grant-making, finance and HR policy and procedures involved in running such an organisation since its launch on 22nd May 2013.  The base at Perth Airport is well positioned geographically to reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes and can also reach some of Scotland’s remotest areas within a 15 to 30 minute timeframe and fly time-critical emergencies across Scotland.

A question and answer session was held at the end of the presentation with Mr Davey explaining and expanding on various points of his presentation.

The Deacon Convener, in his thanks, summed up the support required in keeping such an organisation running and further information can be found on the charity pages of the SCAA website.

The evening was arranged by Master of Trades Hospital Sandy McKinnon who had asked Mr Davey to speak at the tea

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06 May Gray’s School of Art exhibition

Gray's School of ArtOn Monday 28th April 2014, the Tailors Incorporation in partnership with Dr Guilds Managers hosted an exhibition in the Major Hall of artworks produced by students from Gray’s School of Art. The students studying contemporary Art Practices stage 3, approached Trinity Hall to hold the exhibition as part of the continuing relationship with Robert Gordon’s University and the Tailors Incorporation were keen to assist in part sponsoring the event. (more…)

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