29 Jul Maggies Culture Crawl 2017

On Friday 23 June the Hall was delighted to play host to participants in Maggies Culture Crawl, a fund-raising event in support of Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen, which offers support to cancer sufferers and their families. Some 400 people undertook a 10 mile walk from Maggie’s Centre at A.R.I., starting at 5 p.m., visiting a number of notable sites in Aberdeen including St Machar Cathedral, Duncan Rice Library, Footdee and more central venues, Trinity Hall, and ending at Duthie Park about midnight. Entertainment and refreshment was provided at various venues, with our offer of a seat and a cup of tea very gratefully received by many. Albacapella sang a capella (unaccompanied) harmonies of their favourite songs for two hours to lift the spirit of the weary walkers as they took on the last mile.

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29 Jul North East College Degree Show

Earlier in the academic session 2016-2017 the Incorporated Trades were delighted to welcome Textile  students from North East College to Trinity Hall to look at our building and artefacts, which were to be adopted by the students as the inspiration or theme for developing a portfolio of work. Some of the results were displayed by students at their Degree Show on 13 June 2017. The photograph illustrates part of the presentation of one of the students.

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29 Jul Trades Awards 2017 sponsorship

Friday 9th June 2017
Trades Awards 2017
Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

In 2017, on the back of other support projects over the last few years with the Trades Awards Aberdeen, The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen to sponsor an award.

Best Trades Innovation Award.  – Sponsored by The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen

Winner – Granite City Ceilings

Presented by – Eddie Day (Hammermen)

13minutes 35 seconds in to the video.

Message from the event organisers:

On behalf of Mearns & Gill, I would like to say a huge and very genuine thank you for supporting Trades Awards 2017. We are hugely grateful for your sponsorship, as the Trades Awards could not go ahead without it, and I truly hope that we managed to express this gratitude across the evening.



Trades Awards 2017, sponsored by Stewart Milne Group from Mearns & Gill on Vimeo.

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06 May York Weekend May 2017

The second weekend in May2017 is the weekend that the Deacon Convener is invited to attend the election of the Master of the Cordwainers of York.  This event has been visited for the last few years by David N Parkinson who as Deacon Convener and Late Convener represented the Seven Incorporated trades of Aberdeen.  He was latterly joined by Deacon of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation, Mervyn Donald who is now Master of Trades Hospital of the Incorporated Trades.  This year the current Deacon Convener George Esson could not attend due to prior arrangement so David & Mervyn represented the Aberdeen Trades again this year.

After travelling down on the Friday an invitation was extended to attend a dinner at the Grange Hotel with the Masters and Clerks of the London Guilds attending the Cordwainers Election and some of the other Scottish Conveners.


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21 Nov 2016 Career Enhancement Awards

The following article is taken from the Robert Gordon University website and was written by Jonathon Milne, the Communications Officer.

(L to R): Kirsty Brownlee, Deacon Ian Dale, Laura UkstinaA historic North-East trade body has hosted an award presentation in honour of the talented students at Gray’s School of Art.

The Weaver Incorporation, one of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have been presenting their annual Career Enhancement Awards at Trinity Hall since 1987.

Each year, the award is given to an outstanding student on the Fashion & Textiles degree course at Gray’s and it reflects the commitment of the Weaver Incorporation towards supporting the development of skills and helping students prepare for a career in textiles.

The 2016 prize was won by Kirsty Brownlee, with Laura Ukstina receiving the runners-up award, at a ceremony hosted by Deacon Ian Dale.


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19 Sep Doors Open Day 2016

5-giveWe welcomed visitors to the Hall at Doors Open Day on Saturday 10th September. Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland, every weekend in September.

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30 Aug Littlejohn Trophy 2016

Mark McCueOn the 17th August, 32 members and guest of the Incorporated Trades took part in the annual golf competition for the Littlejohn Trophy, Assessors Cup and Team competition.  Played at Alford golf course on one of the best days of summer an enthusiastic group played over 18 holes with the eventual winner of the individual prize and winner of the Littlejohn Trophy, Mark McCue of the Shoemakers incorporation.  The Assessors cup was won by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson of the Tailors Incorporation and the Team trophy by the Bakers Incorporation.

Thanks must be noted to Ian Logan who again organised the day.

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30 Aug Gorrod Bowling 2016

Gorrod 2016The annual bowling competition of the Incorporated Trades was held on the 24th August 2016 at Summerhill Indoor Bowling Club and organised by Graeme Duncan.

The evening commenced with tea and the bowling followed, The competition was an inter Trade round robin tournament which was won by the Tailors Incorporation, Michael Morrice, Ian Webster, Ed Shaw and Philip Sainsbury. The evening rounded off with the Tailors being presented with the Gorrod Trophy.

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30 Aug Tailors’ Weekend Jaunt

Tailors 2016On the weekend of 19th August 2016, six Members of the Tailors’ Incorporation and their wives headed off to Kingussie for their Annual Weekend Jaunt.

Our Boxmaster arranged accommodation at the Duke of Gordon Hotel for two nights.  As we were all arriving at different times, it was arranged that we meet up in the Bar for pre-Dinner drinks.

The rooms, allocated on arrival were found to be comfortable, with the Deacon being allocated one of the larger rooms which helped with the hosting of the pre-Dinner drinks on the Saturday night.  The food at the Hotel was excellent with a large choice of dishes available,  served by friendly, efficient staff who ensured that we would enjoy our stay.

The members took part in a host of activities on the Saturday at Kingussie  which included golf, a ride on the Strathspey Railway line, trip up the Cairngorms, Shinty and general sight-seeing and coffee breaks!

The weather was really kind to us for what was an enjoyable weekend with excellent company, good food and the occasional drink.

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