Flesher’s Office Bearers for 2015/2016

The Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation held their annual Boxmaster Accounts Audit and Election of Office Bearers on Wednesday 7th October at Trinity Hall, accompanied by Deacon Convener Sandy McKinnon and Master of Trades Hospital George Esson, and enjoyed the traditional election supper that followed.

The re-elected Officers for 2015/2016 are:

  • Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
  • Boxmaster: Malcohm Hetherington
  • First Master: Andrew J Paxton
  • Master: Richard Leith
  • Master: Neil Montgomery
  • Master: Kenny Milne
  • Late Deacon: Gordon L Chalmers
  • Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

Enjoyable Fleshers Business Tea

On Tuesday 15th September 2015, the Fleshers Incorporation hosted a business tea, with around 70 Members of the seven Trades and their guests.

Following an enjoyable meal, Guests enjoyed a talk by Mr Brian Pack OBE, who gave an interesting insight into todays UK meat industry.

Mr Pack. who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999 for services to agriculture, food and marketing, is an independent member of the Rural Affairs Food & Environment Delivery Board chaired by Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead. This Board was established in response to a recommendation in Brian’s final report on reducing red tape and bureaucracy for farmers and land managers. The Board will monitor the progress made in implementing Brian’s 61 recommendations – 59 of which were accepted.
Brian has previously chaired an inquiry into future support for agriculture in Scotland. Its final report helped advise Scotland’s position on CAP Reform and has been involved in the follow up discussions. …

“Coats for Kids” given a boost by Aberdeen Fleshers

Fleshers/Coats for Kids Handover

As hard as it is to believe, hundreds of local children will be going to school without suitable warm clothing this winter. No hat, no scarf, no boots, no winter coat.  Many families in our area have to choose between buying food, heating their home and buying essential clothing. Shocking isn’t it?

Therefore, during their recent Annual Dinner Dance, the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation chose to support Northsound Radios “Cash for Kids”, which has launched an appeal for “Coats for Kids“, with the aim of raising £30,000 to ensure that no child in our area goes without the most basic of winter clothing.

Members and guests alike donated generously so Deacon Ian A MacIntosh met with Cash for Kids representative Emma Kemp to hand over their donation.  If you feel you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit Cash for Kids.

2014 Annual Aberdeen Fleshers Election Dinner Dance

Aberdeen Fleshers Dinner Dance 2014Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation held its annual Election Dinner Dance at Trinity Hall on Saturday 22nd November to celebrate the election of the 2014/2015 Office Bearers: Deacon Ian A MacIntosh, Boxmaster Malcohm Hetherington, First Master Andrew J Paxton and Late Deacon Gordon L Chalmers.

After enjoying a delicious meal,  Deacon Ian A MacIntosh proposed a toast to the guests, whose well received humerous reply was given by Mrs Linda Morrison.

During the course of the evening, donations were generously given towards the Aberdeen Fleshers chosen charity – Northsound Radio’s Coats for Kids, which aims to raise £30,000 to provide hundreds of local children with suitable warm winter clothing, such as hats, scarves, boots and winter coats.

The entertainment was provided by “Mixed Company”, who kicked off the proceedings with a traditional Grand March, followed by a wide selection of numbers, from  ceilidh to chart topping hits, all of which kept the dance floor full the entire night.

2014/2015 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Monday 13th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly elected Officers for 2014/2015 are:
• Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
• Boxmaster: Malcohm Hetherington
• First Master: Andrew J Paxton
• Master: Richard Leith
• Master: Neil Montgomery
• Late Deacon: Gordon L Chalmers
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

Fleshers “Grace”

GraceEach of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen have their own Grace, which is delivered extempore at the various Dinners and official occasions in the life of Trinity Hall.

According to the “Book of Traditional Graces” publication, the Fleshers Incorporation Grace, which was used up until 1989, was:

Whilst we do sheep and oxen slay
Frail mankind here to feed.
Help’s Lord to pray Our Father this day
Give us our Daily Bread

The Patron in 1989,  Rev. Ian Douglas, questioned if these traditional Graces were actually meant to be read in this manner so set out to write Graces which would reflect something of the tradition and emphasis on each Trade.  He based his new Graces on the themes of the stained glass windows on display in the Major Hall, with the Fleshers window depicting “The High Priest offering up a Sacrifice”.  Therefor, since 1990, the Fleshers Incorporation Grace has been: …

Fleshers support “Cash for Kids”

Aberdeen FleshersFollowing their annual Dinner Dance, Boxmaster Ian MacIntosh of the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation handed over their generous donation to Emma Kemp, the representative of Northsound Radios “Cash for Kids“, a charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18 throughout the Grampian area, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

E.C. Matheson & Son Ltd in 1950

EC Matheson & Son 1950On 22nd May 2014, the Press & Journal featured this picture on their Past Times page.  It shows the staff and vans lined up outside E.C. Matheson & Son Ltd butcher’s shop in Aberdeen around 1950.  Do you know the men pictured?  If so, please write to The Boxmaster, Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation, c/o Trinity Hall, Trinity Corner, Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6DA

The McDonald Prize for Carpentry, Joinery & Glazing Studies

Fleshers Mortcloth case in Oak, designed and made by Tom Ironside

In 1997 Tom Ironside of the Aberdeen Wrights & Coopers Incorporation won the McDonald Prize for the design and manufacture of the Fleshers Mortcloth case in Oak.
The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow presents prestigious annual prizes for excellence in Carpentry, Joinery and Glazing work.
The work put forward for judging must be the finished article in wood or glazing which demonstrates the skill of the entrant as Carpenter, Joiner or Glazier. There is a first and second prize for Carpentry and or Joinery Work with an additional prize for Glazing. For the full article, please click here.

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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