On 15th June 2013 the Deacon, together with June Lockhart and ex-Deacon Duncan Cunningham with his wife Annemieke, attended the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section at Bardowie Loch Milngavie. During the celebrations, June named the Access Dinghy for disabled sailors which the craft recently purchased for the CCCDS “The Glasgow Cooper”. Annemieke named a second dinghy ‘Access Ability’ in recognition of the crafts’ relationship with the club which began in 1996 when the craft donated the dinghy ‘The Wee Cooper’.
The annual Coopers’ Dinner Dance was held on Friday 1 March. Almost 200 members and guests were in attendance including a healthy contingent of London Coopers. The evening was chaired by our Deacon, Iain Lockhart and the Deacon Convenor Col John L Kelly MBE was in attendance. Mr Bryan Pickering, Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, was presented with his City of Glasgow Burgess Ticket and the toast to “The Trades House of Glasgow” was given by Mr Jack Westwood. We were ably visited by representatives of the Hammermen. A night of good humour and fellowship was had by all with music, singing and dancing making the evening complete. The event raised £2400 for our chosen charity, the Quarriers Epilepsy Centre, bringing the total from three years of fundraising to an excellent £16,000. The Deacon announced that this would be made up from our reserves to £50K, thus meeting our pledge to Quarriers.
Photo shows (l to r): Mr Scott Hill; Ex Deacon Bill Scott; Deacon Iain Lockhart and Rev Graham Foulis Browne
The London Coopers Burns Supper 2013 was held in the magnificent architectural surroundings of the Royal College of Surgeons. A fair number of Glasgow Coopers attended, with Ex-Deacon Pat Kelly hosting a table. The Glasgow Coopers donated an auction lot of golf and whisky distillery tour which raised the sum of £1000. The Deacon, standing in for Ex Deacon Alastair Campbell, delivered the Immortal Memory in his own inimitable style. The evening raised the grand total of £16K for the Coopers hall. The ongoing good relationship with the London Coopers has led to many new friendships being formed and good collaborative working on each other’s charitable activities. Hopefully this great co-operation will continue to grow.
Due to the currently burgeoning whisky trade there have been a record number of presentations to cooper apprentices in 2011-212. The presentations of tool-sets and cooper materials had exceeded 30 by September 2012 and this photograph of Deacon Balding and two successful apprentices from Speyside Cooperage is just one example of this programme’s success. We are very proud to have been able to support our trade in this way – uniquely in the UK, and perhaps the world!
(The players pictured at Killermont Clubhouse – left to right – Alan Watt, Pat Kelly, Scott Hill, Ian Elliott, John Hughesdon, Bill Scott, Jim Mearns, Perry Bousfield, Iain Lockhart, Peter Timms & Tom McInally – Adrian Carroll is the photographer.
What wonderful weather with clear blue skies and temperatures of 25C – was this really Scotland in May? – what wonderful courses in superb condition – what great company.
London Coopers arrived with 4 players and 2 wives and Glasgow fielded 5 players on Thursday and 8 players on Friday.
We played Glasgow Gailes Links in 3 x 3 balls and Glasgow Killermont in 4 x 4 balls in a London v Glasgow match with Bill Scott and Pat Kelly playing for London as they are also members of the Worshipful Company – London won the event 5 holes up.
We had dinner in Glasgow City Centre on Thursday with 10 attending and on the Friday evening we dined in Killermont Clubhouse with 21 attending included many of our ladies as well as our non-golfing Deacon.
The two days were a huge success and allowed us to get to know each other better in a very relaxed atmosphere.
We anticipate a repeat event next year – most likely in Scotland especially if we are able to guarantee the weather
On May 3rd the Master Courts of both the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow and the Worshipful Company of Coopers agreed to formalise a Co-operation Agreement on Youth and Education which was signed in the presence of the Earl of Wessex. On the same day, the Earl, already an Honourable Member of the Incorporation became the first member of the Royal Family to be clothed in the Livery of the Coopers’ Company. At a reception in the Coopers’ Hall Museum, the Earl spoke with some young Coopers’ sponsored people. They had earlier talked to the meeting about their recent activities, hopes for the future and how they had benefited from being associated with the Companies. Leading Cadet Kimberley Jamieson represented Glasgow Sea Cadet Unit, T.S.Galatea, based at the Tall Ship. She is applying to the Royal Navy to become a mine warfare specialist.
The Coopers have had an excellent year of golf. Our team, Ex-Deacon Bill Scott (above left) and new Master Court member Scott Hill were victorious in the spring, winning the Trades House Shield, lifting the trophy for the Coopers for the first time in twenty years. The team of Ian Strathdee and Iain Elliot came in second. In September at the Borland Trophy competition, Scott Hill won the individual trophy rounding off a great year. Hopefully our golfers will return in strength next year to fight to retain these trophies.
A very successful Dinner Dance was enjoyed by around 175 guests in the Trades Hall on Friday 2 March. The Deacon welcomed some 42 guests from the Worshipful Company of Coopers, also members of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen (Wrights & Coopers) and Irvine Incorporated Trades (Coopers). An excellent key-note speech and toast to “The Trades House of Glasgow” was given by James Wardrop OBE DL and a fulsome reply was provided by John R Steele, Deacon Convenor. The company welcomed a visitation by the Deacon and Collector of Incorporation of Tailors in Glasgow. Collector Iain Lockhart provided the Toast to the Ladies and the evening ended with dancing to the music of The Rhythm Kings Jazz band. The event raised around £2000 for the Quarriers Scottish Epilepsy Centre being built at Govan.
The Deacon, Late Deacon and Collector attended the opening of a new Cooperage. This was a significant event made more so by the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex as guest of honour. It is hoped that another cooperage will be built near the Cambus Cooperage in the next few years.
The year co-incides with that of Alderman Ian Luder as Lord Mayor of London, who is a Cooper, and His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, Common Serjeant of the City of London and Senior Old Bailey Judge, as Master Cooper. Apart from this unique situation 10 days in November must go down as one of the most active in the Incorporation’s history.
On Tuesday 4th November, His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex received Honorary Membership of the Incorporation and allowed his name to be associated with the Coopers’ annual awards. He then made the first presentations of the Earl of Wessex Awards at the Trades House in the presence of members of the cooperage trade, the Master Court, ex- Deacons and other guests including the Lord Provost and the Deacon Convener.
A few days later on Saturday a group from the Incorporation participated in the Lord Mayor’s Show alongside the Coopers of London. They were the only group in the Show fully used to parading in such wet conditions! Again a first for the Incorporation and The Lord Mayor was delighted by our participation.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Coopers to lay the wreath at the Remembrance Parade inGeorge Square which was carried out by the Late Deacon Alasdair Beaton.
On the following Monday, the Deacon and his Lady, Rita were guests at the Guildhall Banquet and were surprised to be greeted enthusiastically by the Prime Minister – the trews, a Prince Charlie jacket and a Coopers’ chain clearly identified a kindred spirit!
Back to Glasgow on the Tuesday for the Box Opening Dinner with topical mementos to place in the box – photos of the Coopers presenting honorary membership to The Earl of Wessex, the Coopers of Glasgow in the Lord Mayor’s Show and a signed copy by the Lord Mayor of his Show programme.
To end this hectic 10 days, the Deacon was guest at the Coopers’ Banquet at Mansion House attended by a record number to mark the Mayoralty of a Cooper Lord Mayor, with a special welcome to the Deacon from Glasgow.
As we enter 2009, preparations are well underway for the Annual Dinner and Dance at the Trades Hall where the Lord Mayor of London and the Master of the Coopers’ Company will be the principal guests. The relationship between the London and Glasgow Coopers is very special and this was confirmed by a generous donation of £15,000 by the Coopers of London to the Marie Curie Appeal, launched by the Incorporation in Glasgow, which is now well on the way to achieving its £100,000 aim.
The strong link between the two institutions will be marked by a special dinner at Coopers’ Hall in London in February which will be attended by both Courts with the Earl of Wessex as principal guest