A Royal Visit

On Monday 13th November, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex visited Trades Hall in his biennial presentation of the Earl of Wessex Awards to apprentice Coopers, City of Glasgow Sea Cadets and the students from Govan High School, who had completed each of their various projects.

Visit to Newcastle Coopers, 2016

Deacon Jim Mearns had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Stewards and Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 18 January 2016. Welcomed to the city Guildhall by David Hughes Senior Steward and Dr Peter Blenkinsop Junior Steward  of the Coopers Company of the Freeman of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Deacon and Master Vivian Bairstow of the Worshipful Company of Coopers of London witnessed  the first stage in admitting new members to the crafts in the presence of the Lord Mayor. The Senior Steward then provided the Deacon and Master with an excellent tour of central Newcastle. This first historic visit of the crafts will hopefully lead to further links between our own and other cooper organisations across the country.

Box Opening Dinner 2015

Deacon Jim Mearns welcomed around thirty-five guests to the Incorporation’s Box Opening Dinner on Wednesday 9th December. The dinner was held in the Princess Alexandra Room of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, St Vincent Street. Guests, including the Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman were entertained with music by two students of the Royal Conservatiore and had an opportunity to view the contents of one of the the Incorporation’s historic boxes. The Deacon in line with long standing tradition placed two items in the box whci represent key events during his term in office – a newspaper report of the result of the General election held in May 2015 and a commemorative set of stamps celebrating HM The Queen becoming the longest serving monarch in British history in September 2015.

Earl of Wessex Awards 2015

The Incorporation was delighted to welcome Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex to the Trades House on 23rd November 2015. More than 100 guests and award winners were present to see the Deacon welcome the Earl and to witness the Earl’s presentation of Awards to 9 Apprentice Coopers, the Sea-Cadet of the year Tiffany Chambers and 16 Earl of Wessex Award winners from Govan High School. Following the presentations Award winners and guests enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by the Incorporation before Prince Edward returned to the Grand Hall to speak with each of the guests.

Election of Deacon 2015

On September 18th 2015 Choosing Day Mr Jim Mearns was elected Deacon of the Incorporation of Coopers for the year 2015-16. An alumnus of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities Jim has had a career in the civil service and local government where he worked on matters as varied as criminal justice statistics, transport policy, performance management and governance. A former Adviser to the Lord Provost and Clerk of the Lieutenancy of Glasgow Jim had some involvement with the city’s craft and Trades House.before joining the Coopers in 2007. His main hobby is archaeology, the subject of his first degree, and he currently edits the Scottish Archaeological Journal for Glasgow Archaeological Society of which he is a Past President. Jim also plays chess and golf, keeps fit with regular gym sessions and sings with Kelvin choir. He is supported by his partner Kenneth MacAskill.


The Master Court is committed to supporting Jim during the coming year.

New Members Evening 8th Sept 2015

When the Coopers’ Admission Ceremony was held in the Trades Hall, 7 new members were presented with their Burgess Ticket and Membership Certificate, before enjoying a wine tasting and barrel building competition. The new members and guests were also able to view the Coopers box with its varied and interesting historic artefacts and papers. Deacon Margaret McCafferty welcomed and congratulated the new members.