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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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17 Sep Doors Open Day 2013

On the 14th September we at Trinity Hall took part in the Doors Open Day, an initiative arranged by Scottish Civic Trust which takes part throughout Scotland in September each year and is organised in Aberdeen by The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, The Aberdeen Civic Society and Aberdeen City Council.
We at Trinity Hall have been involved with this event for a number of years and are glad to open to the public as part of our outreach and awareness programme where we can provide tours to individuals who may not be aware of the history and importance of the Seven Incorporated Trades involvement in the history of the City of Aberdeen.

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03 Sep ‘Gorrod Trophy’ Bowling Competition 2013

On the evening of Thursday 29th August 2013, the annual Trinity Hall Bowling Competition for the Gorrod Trophy took place at Aberdeen Indoor Bowling Club.

All Trades were represented along with a team from the Convener Court. A lively evening of round robin matches ensued with the Bakers Incorporation being the eventual winners by one point with four other teams in second place.

Following a meal the prizes were presented by the Deacon Convener. Special thanks were noted to Cyril Sainsbury who had arranged the whole evening.

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03 Sep Seven Incorporated Trades Golf Outing 2013

The 2013 golf outing was held at Alford Golf Club on Wednesday 1st August.
Fifteen members and three guests attended. The weather was warm and sunny for most of the afternoon and, although it dulled down a bit later on, we were fortunate not to have any more than a few spots of light rain. The course at Alford is ideally suited to an outing of mixed abilities golfers. It is not too long and quite forgiving but still sufficiently challenging to offer interest and rewards to the better player. As usual, the course was in excellent condition. It was a real pleasure to play and much enjoyed by all. The enjoyment continued over an excellent two-course supper efficiently and politely served in the friendly and relaxed ambience of the Alford Clubhouse.
The Littlejohn Trophy, awarded for the best individual stableford score, was won by Keith Campbell (Hammermen) and the Assessors Cup, awarded for the individual runner up, was won by Arthur George (Tailors).
The Team Cup was won by the Bakers with Michael Gillan, Duncan Love and Ian Brown being the players whose scores counted for this trophy.
Thanks are due to Keith Campbell, his guest Jim Lyon, and to Miller & Co. for their generous donations of prizes.
A good day was had by all !

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21 Aug Lord Mayor of London visit to Trinity Hall

On Sunday the 11th August 2013we were honoured to host a visit from Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of London, James North, Swordbearer and George Gillon, Chief Commoner.

A tour of Trinity Hall was given by Deacon Convener David N Parkinson and Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol. In 2009 George Gillon spoke at Ex Deacon Convener Nicol’s Election Dinner, toasting the City of Aberdeen.

Once the tour had concluded the senior office bearers met with the Lord Mayor and his party for a buffet and drinks reception in the Minor Hall. The Deacon Convener presented each of the guests with a set of cuff links with the crest of the Convener Court and the Lord Mayor with a Gavel and Stand made by Boxmaster Alan Steele of the Wrights & Coopers Incorporation.

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