Charlie House benefits from Seven Incorporated Trades

Charlie House is celebrating today following a substantial donation of £400,000 from the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, via its Trades Widow Fund Charity. The generous donation, which is the single biggest donation in the history of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, will go towards funding the specialist support centre’s spa pool area which will feature in the new building.

Donation’s to Local Children’s Charities

The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen

The Trades Widows Fund Charity

Charities Across the North East are to receive a share of a £35,000 donation as part of a recently registered charitable organisation. Established in 2015, The Trades Widows Fund Charity is repeating the generous donation again this year in time for Christmas. The main focus of the gift is to donate capital to charities that will benefit children in the local area.

Cheques will be presented to the various charities representatives at Trinity Hall, Holburn street, on the 20th of December.

Charities that are to benefit from the donation include Charlie House, Wooden Spoon Scotland, Down Syndrome Scotland, Me Too!, Northsound Cash for Kids, Community Food Initiatives North East and SensationALL.

Tailors Incorporation fundraising Bingo evening

On Friday 20th September the Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation held a fund raising Bingo evening in the function suite of the Ashvale Fish Restaurant to raise monies towards the funding of the annual Profession Development Awards for textile students at Gray’s School of Art.  The monies raised ensured that the project will continue for a number of years.  Around 70 family and friends of the Tailors members attended.

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation Donate To UCAN

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation, part of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have donated monies towards UCAN. UCAN are a local charity that was launched 10 years ago and they do fantastic work in raising awareness and for providing Urological care for patients and families right here in the North East of Scotland.

The monies were raised at the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation Annual Dinner Dance.

The Tailors’ decided that the monies raised should go to a local worthy cause and UCAN was their unanimous choice.

Gayle Stephen, Office Manager at UCAN, commented “On behalf of UCAN I would like to thank everyone involved with the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation for the very generous donation to the UCAN charity Phase 3. This gift will be used to help UCAN focus on a multi strand approach including sharing of knowledge of the UCAN model, increased patients involvement, establishing outcomes of most importance to patients, establishing Aberdeen as a “centre of excellence” for education and training, strengthening of the UCAN specialist nurse position and continued fundraising for specific equipment including an updated MRI fusion system.”

The cheque was presented to Gayle Stephen of UCAN on 23rdJune 2017 by First Master Derek Simpson and Deacon Mike Morrice of the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation.

Cheque presentation to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society


On 3 September 2016, Deacon Convener George M Esson presented a cheque to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society at Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre in Inverurie.   The Society were holding a Games afternoon for hearing impaired children from the north east, who can suffer a sense of isolation in main stream schooling.   They were led by role models, young adults from the hearing impaired community in our area.  The donation represented the proceeds of a draw held at a concert in Trinity Hall in association with Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

The presentation was featured in the Inverurie Herald in October 2016.

Tailors ‘Riding of the Marches’

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.
Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation undertook a “Riding of the Marches” on the 23rd June 2016.  This ancient ceremony was originally carried out on an annual basis but is now part of the acceptance of new members into the Tailors’ Incorporation.  The name ‘March’ derives from the 16th century meaning of a boundary and is usually indicated by stone markers.

Comparatively new members Richard Sainsbury and Philip Sainsbury were ‘douped’ (Doupin is to drop or dump someone down smartly on the buttocks, specifically in the initiation of burgesses by bumping them on the boundary stones) helping to instil in the memory of the new members the position of the boundary stones.

The Tailors’ Douping stone is situated on Gallows Hill next to the Trinity Cemetery overlooking Pittodrie.

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