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21 Aug Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2013

On Monday the 29th July the Incorporated Trades held a concert for members with entertainers from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
Now in its 41st year the Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the premier arts festivals in the world. The Seven Incorporated Trades are happy to continue their sponsorship of such an important part of Aberdeen cultural activities.
The concert held in Trinity Hall commenced with a performance from Maya Tarasova, a young opera singer from St. Petersburg, Russia who has begun to make a name for herself in her home city through winning a major schools competition in 2012. This is her second visit to Aberdeen International Youth Festival and to Scotland and she is able to come here with support from the St. Petersburg forum. On her visit in 2012 she auditioned for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was well received. However, at only 16 years old she is still too young to be awarded a place at the moment but hopes to try again in the future and we wish her well in her endeavours.

A buffet meal was then followed by a prize draw with the funds raised being used as part of our charitable donations to local charities. (more…)

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26 Jul University of Aberdeen – Graduations July 2013

At the beginning of July 2013 the senior office-bearers of the Incorporated Trades were privileged to take part in the Graduation ceremonies at the University of Aberdeen. In the past the Deacon Convener was invited to be part of the platform party and in 2012 Deacon Convener George Ross asked the members of Dr Guilds Managers (the Deacons of the Seven Individual Trades) to assist him and the Master of Trades Hospital in attending to help spread the load. This has been extending to include our Patron (Rev Iain Thomson).
Along with the Deacon Convener a number of the Deacons, the Patron, the Late Deacon Convener and an Ex Deacon Convener attended therefore covering all the Graduation ceremonies.

Our links with the University through our First Patron Dr William Guild are very important to us as organisation continuing our historic partnership. (more…)

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19 Jul Sea Cadets replace Bell Pull on Monastery Bell

sea cadetsThe Bell Pull of the Monastery Bell, used in Trinity Hall at functions, was recently replaced by a new one, commissioned by the Aberdeen Sea Cadets.  Deacon Convener David N. Parkinson is shown here with one of the Sea Cadets and the Monastery Bell.

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04 Jul Trinity Tour for Westhill Lifers

Westhill Lifers with David ParkinsonIn June 2013, Deacon Convener David N Parkinson guided the Westhill Lifers around Trinity Hall, which all the gentlemen found very interesting and they were also very impressed, which caused great discussion going home in the bus.

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13 Jun New Chancellor at the University

Dr Guilds Managers and Rev Iain ThomsonOn Monday the 10th June, Dr Guilds Managers (the Deacon Convener, Master of Trades Hospital, Late Deacon Convener and the Deacons of the individual Trades) were joined by our Patron, Rev Iain Thomson, to attend the installation of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Rothesay as Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Her Royal Highness succeeds Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, who stepped down at the end of December having served since 1997.
The morning event started with a procession of guests, led by a piper, University alumni, staff, students, supporters, civic dignitaries along with representatives from other Scottish universities, in attendance.
Prior to the installation as Chancellor, Her Royal Highness was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law. After the installation ceremony, the new Chancellor bestowed honorary degrees on six outstanding individuals for their academic and personal achievements.

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13 Jun Celebrate Aberdeen 2013

Celebrate_AberdeenOn Saturday 8th June 2013 the Incorporated Trades took part for the third year in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade.
In supporting the charity sector the Incorporated Trades reinforce the work that has been done by them since 1587 in the City of Aberdeen to help those less fortunate. We have over the years changed from an organisation that only looked towards the wellbeing of our own membership to the benefaction of the wider community with an emphasis on youth and children’s charities based in the local area.
Not only is the charitable aspect of our voluntary work important but also the preservation of the historical links with the city and the historical and educational institutions.

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23 May York Welcomes Deacon Convener

Informal group photo

On the weekend of the 11th & 12th May 2013 the Deacon Convener and his wife were invited to attend the livery dinner and charter service following the installation of the new Master of the Company of Cordwainers in York.

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. 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 a tour of York Minster along with some of the other guests attending the weekend, followed by light lunch in the Treasurers Hall, a few minutes from the Minster. After a free afternoon we met in The Medieval Hall of the Merchant Taylors for dinner.

The Scottish Trades were well represented at the function with members from the Irvine and Kircudbright Trades in attendance along with Master of Guilds from York and London.

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23 May Inner Marches Day 2013

Arbroath Abbey

On Saturday 18th May 2013 thirteen members of the Hammermen Incorporation along with the Deacon Convener visited Arbroath as part of the Inner Marches day.

After meeting at Trinity Hall for breakfast, the Deacon, Bruce Campbell, informed those present of the programme for the day. Prior to departure he asked the Deacon Convener to talk about the portrait of King William the Lyon on display in Trinity Hall.
Boarding the minibus, we then set off for Arbroath Abbey. On arrival we were given a guided tour of the Abbey buildings. Founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion,
King William, who died at Stirling, was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214. (more…)

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23 May Fashion and Textiles comes to Trinity Hall

It was with pleasure that on Friday 26 April 2013 the Aberdeen Weaver Incorporation and the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen jointly hosted with The Robert Gordon University, Gray’s School of Art 2nd and 3rd Year Fashion and Textiles Degree Fashion Show. Infront of an audience of over 150 people in the magnificent surroundings of Trinity Hall the audience viewed the models showcasing a comprehensive collection of fashion items that had been designed and produced by the students from the degree course. The show itself followed a number of themes to reflect the fashion statements including tweeds, silks and tartans.

The evening started with drinks and canapés with guests being given the opportunity to catch-up with old friends and make new. Following welcome speeches from Georgina Lowen, 3rd year student from Gray’s school of Art and Deacon David Henderson of the Weaver Incorporation it was lights, cameras and action and to the back drop of pulsing beats the show began. With eight different themes displayed throughout the show the audience were given a first hand taste of the varying styles and outfits that had been designed and crafted by the students.

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28 Feb Naval Regional Commander tours Trinity

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn 26th February 2013 the Deacon Convener, David N Parkinson gave a tour round Trinity Hall to Captain Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander Scotland & Northern Ireland. After the tour the Deacon Convener presented Captain Smith with a Gavel and Stand made on an old Drummond lathe circa 1920 from Leith Docks workshops by one of the members of the Wrights & Coopers, Alan Steele, using materials from Trinity Hall furniture off cuts.

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