Increasing Support of Apprentices

The Incorporation continues to support the causes of the coopering industry and encouraging apprentices by providing a full set of tools to all individuals who complete their indenture papers and enter the training programme. The investment by the Craft amounts to £1000 per set of tools with each apprentice also being presented with a Croze on completion of his/her apprenticeship. This is proving very successful as the National Cooperage Federation anticipate a total of 39 apprentices within the programme in 2013-14 compared with 21 in 2010. Since September 2013 the Deacon has presented 10 sets of tools to newly indentured apprentices; 13 books to mid training apprentices and 9 crozes to apprentices who have completed their training. The Deacon also had the pleasant duty of making a presentation to Mr Stewart Farmer of the Broxburn Cooperage in Alloa in December to mark his completion of 50 years as a working Cooper.

Launch of ‘The Glasgow Cooper’

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 Dinner Dance 2013

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.

London Coopers Burns Supper Jan 2013

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.

Presentations to Cooper Apprentices

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!

Glasgow London Golf Competition May 2012


(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

Coopers’ Closer Co-operation: Meeting of the Master Courts

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.

Coopers Golf Success

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.

Coopers Dinner Dance

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.