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…)

Read More

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…)

Read More

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…)

Read More

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

Read More

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…)

Read More

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…)

Read More

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…)

Read More

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.

Read More

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…)

Read More