04 Apr New pulpit falls for King’s College Chapel

KCCFalls91A relationship lasting over 300 years has been further strengthened with the dedication of a set of magnificent pulpit and readers’ falls in King’s College Chapel.

The presentation took place at the annual service celebrating the historic link between the University of Aberdeen and the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, which dates back to the time of Dr William Guild, Principal of the University, who became the first patron of the Trades in 1632.

Current Deacon Convener, David N Parkinson, said: “We were approached by the University’s Chapel Committee in October 2012, about sponsoring new pulpit falls. We engaged Ian Dale, of Angus Weavers, in Brechin – a member of the Weaver Incorporation – and a design was agreed for the pulpitfalls, reading desk falls and bible markers embroidered with gold coloured silk and braid fringing to match.”

Ex-Deacon Ian Dale also offered University Chaplain, Rev Dr Easter Smart, a new preaching scarf, embroidered with the same consecration crosses as on the pulpit falls.

In each of the set of four, the silk damask background in the four liturgical colours of white, purple, red, and green, is woven on a jacquard handloom, with the fine gold thread detail brocaded and embroidered during the weaving process. (more…)

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15 Mar New Patron portrait unveiling


On Tuesday 21st January 2014, Deacons and members of the Seven Incorporated Trades, along with their wives and partners, congregated at Trinity Hall for the unveiling of Rev. Iain Thomson’s portrait. This was an important event for Trinity Hall as Rev. Iain Urquhart Thomson is only the 28th Patron of the Incorporated Trades in nearly 400 years. (more…)

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04 Mar City Burgesses experience “Trinity Hall”

Dean of Guild & Deacon ConvenerThe Deacon Convener accompanied 25 city Burgesses on the 27 February 2014 for a tour through Trinity Hall, explaining the history of the Seven Incorporated Trades from the 1500’s to date. Also included in the tour were various anecdotes and information relating to the artefacts and essay pieces. The tour lasted just over 2 hours and was finished with tea and coffee in the minor hall with some questions being put to the Deacon Convener regarding points raised during the evening.

Fred Dalgarno in thanking the Deacon Convener for an informative evening commented that this was his third formal tour through Trinity Hall and that he has learned something new on each visit, he then presented a certificate noting the visit. In response David Parkinson thanked those present for their interest and stressed that the Burgesses of Guild were very important to the city but were far better known within Aberdeen than the Burgesses of Trade which are made up of the members of the individual Incorporated Trades. It is hoped that this will not be the last visit by the Burgesses of Guild and new Burgesses will have the opportunity to visit Trinity Hall in the future.

Pictured above Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno presenting a certificate to Deacon Convener David N Parkinson after a visitation of Aberdeen Burgesses of Guild to Trinity Hall.

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10 Dec Santa Visits Trinity Hall

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the 7th December the annual children’s party was held for member’s children and grandchildren. This event is organised and run by the office bearers wives and is one of the most popular events in our calendar. Around 50 children attended this year and apart from the traditional games and activities the children were entertained by local magician Garry Seagraves.

At the end of the afternoon we had a visit from Santa and presents were distributed to all children attending.

Thanks must go the Mrs Angela McKinnon for organising and the Deacon’s wives for the help on the day along with the Patron Rev Iain Thomson and his wife, Christine. (more…)

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15 Nov Convener Court attend Divine Service

Kirking 2013The members of the Convener Court of the Seven Incorporated Trades attended Divine Service on Sunday the 10th November 2013. After attending the Remembrance Service and wreath laying at the War Memorial outside the Cowdray Hall, the members of the Trades processed to St Nicholas Church for their Kirking Service.
Being led into the Church by Deacon Convener David N Parkinson, Master of Trades Hospital Sandy Mckinnon and Patron Rev Iain Thomson, the members of the Convener Court sat in the gallery pews during the service, the seats normally allocated to the Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen. During the service conducted by Reverend Stephen Taylor, the first reading of Scripture was given by the Deacon Convener and the second by Major P E G Carter MBE. The sermon from The Right Rev Dr Robert Gilles, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, gave mention to craftsmanship and also the effect of war on the returning community.
After the Service at St Nicholas Church a short wreath laying service was carried out at Trinity Hall by the Patron of the Incorporated Trades Rev Iain Thomson, before the invited guest assembled for a buffet lunch. Representatives from all walks of life including the Armed Services were welcomed.
At the end of lunch the Deacon Convener spoke of the importance to the Trades of the Kirking. (more…)

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08 Nov Convener Court Election Dinner 2013

On Saturday the 2nd November, the 426th Convener Court Election Dinner of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen was held in Trinity Hall in celebration of the completion of the Elections of each of the Seven Trades: Hammermen, Bakers, Wrights & Coopers, Tailors, Shoemakers, Weavers and Fleshers.
Both, Master of Trades Hospital, Sandy McKinnon and Deacon Convener, David N Parkinson were re elected to a second term of office.
The Deacon Convener spoke of his involvement representing the Trades at many events throughout the city involving the Universities, the Council and the local business community and has been welcomed in to other Trades houses in Scotland and York.
At the end of the evening the Deacon Convener thanked all those that had assisted in making the evening a success including those who spoke at the Dinner.


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08 Nov Ladies Afternoon Tea

Trinity Hall WidowsOn Friday 1st November 2013, our Patron Rev Ian Thomson and his wife hosted an afternoon tea for a number of the widows of former members of the Incorporated Trades.

The Tea was held in Trinity Hall with both the Master of Trades Hospital, Sandy McKinnon and Librarian, Ex Deacon Philip Taylor being present.

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31 Oct The Order of St Lazarus – Fund Raising Event for the Lord Provost’s Fund Aberdeen

StLAZ DINNERTrinity Hall hosted the first Dinner of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, North-East section in the Minor hall on the 28th September 2013. The evening was very successful with members of the order and guest enjoying a dinner followed by a presentation by Prof Mike Ross.

David Parkinson, of the Seven Incorporated Trades gave Prof Ross a short tour of the Hall prior to a brief presentation on the history of the Incorporated Trades to the guest, who were then piped through to dinner by one of the Orders members, Gordon Casely.

Albert Thomson one of the members also gave a presentation on heraldry. After the event he commented, “Our guests who visited the hall for the first time were most impressed with the venue, the quality of the meal and the exceptional standard of service throughout the evening”.

Photograph shows Prof Mike Ross – Main Speaker of the Evening, Duncan Cameron and Deacon Convener David N Parkinson.

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25 Oct Deacon Convener welcomes Master of York Butchers’ Gild

Masters on TourOn 27th June 2013, Deacon Convener David N. Parkinson welcomed the Master of York Butchers Gild and his wife to Trinity Hall, where he gave a fascinating tour, detailing the history of the Hall and in particular, the Fleshers Incorporation.

As a token of thanks, York Master presented David with a copy of the History of the York Gild of Butchers and a bow-tie.

Please feel free to read the whole article, as published on page 5 of the York Butchers’ Gild Newsletter, which we have kindly been given permission to use.

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25 Oct Trinity Hall features in “Trend Aberdeen”

Trend MagThe latest issue of “Trend Aberdeen” has recently been published and features an interesting article charting the history of Trinity Hall, from when the trade guild starting back in the 1200’s up to the present day.

Trend Aberdeen is a complimentary, full colour, glossy magazine produced bi-monthly. Each issue has a rich mix of articles and reviews from local and surrounding businesses, and people in and around Aberdeen

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