Thursday, October 10, 2019

Deacon Convener's Dinner

There was a goodly turn-out of Cordiners at Deacon Convener Bruce Reidford's Dinner last night: Ex-Conveners James Y. Miller and Alistair Dorward were on the top-table, while Deacon Dr Beverly Bergman was supported by Late Deacon Professor Ewan MacDonald OBE,  Ex-Deacons Dr Christine Linnell, Trevor Paterson, James Roulston, and Dr Iain Lennox, and Ex-Deacon Liam Devlin presided at the piano while Ex-Deacon Dr Adrian Pierotti was master of ceremonies at the Partners' Dinner downstairs.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Body and Sole Impact Assessment

An important aspect of the B&S charitable programme is its potential for evaluation - this because the Education Department gathers data on the hours of exercise undertaken by pupils in PE or in the Duke of Edinburgh programme. 

A preliminary meeting with Glasgow University researchers was organised by Late Deacon Professor Ewan Macdonald and ex Deacon Dr Iain Lennox , - to discuss how the impact of the charitable giving could be established.

It was agreed that the first step would be to track the number of students supplied with footwear, and the amount of activity generated. It is hoped that a public health Masters student can be deployed to undertake preliminary research on the programme.


Election of the new Deacon Convener

The Cordiners were represented at the election of the new Deacon Convener of the Incorporated Trades of Glasgow this morning by Deacon Bergman, Late then Ex-Convener Dorward, Late Deacon MacDonald and ex-Deacons Lennox and Devlin.

In the course of the Meeting. the last of the "Old House", Cordiner Late Deacon Convener, Dr Alastair Dorward, became an Ex-Convener and Ex-Deacon Devlin stood down from the House.



The new House had its first meeting later in the morning. The Cordiner representation to the House, on which as one of the four oldest Crafts, we have six places, will now be:
Deacon Dr. Beverly Bergman, Ex-Convener Dr Alastair Dorward, Collector Brian MacAlinden CBE, Late Deacon Professor Ewan MacDonald OBE, Ex-Deacon Dr Iain Lennox and Ex-Deacon Dr Adrian Pierotti. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mastercourt of the Incorporation of Cordiners in Glasgow

The Mastercourt of the Cordiners met this evening in the Trades Hall, Deacon Bergman in the chair.

 We heard of the growing success of our Body and Sole initiative, which provides footwear for children who could not otherwise afford them to take part in  range of activities. 

Incorporation of Wrights

On 2 October 2019 Deacon Beverly Bergman represented the Cordiners at the Choosing Dinner of the Incorporation of Wrights, enjoying a delicious menu.  The Visiting Craft was the Incorporation of Bakers, and in keeping with tradition, there was a second visitation by the Incorporation of Masons.  The two crafts, Wrights and Masons, both Visit each other’s Choosing Dinner, irrespective of the Visitation by any other Craft, in recognition of their heritage as a single Craft.   Guest speaker Bobby Shaw provided a hilarious after-dinner treat in the form of his inimitable style of Glasgow humour.




Saturday, September 21, 2019

Incorporation of Masons

The Cordiners were represented by Deacon Bergman yesterday evening at the Choosing Dinner of the Incorporation of Masons. Some twenty students from City of Glasgow College and South Lanarkshire College were presented with prizes in a wide range of skills including tiling, plastering and bricklaying. The innovative Principal of City of Glasgow College, Dr Paul Little, gave a stirring address.






Friday, September 20, 2019

Incorporation of Cordiners AGM

The Incorporation of Cordiners held its Annual General Meeting this morning in the saloon of the Trades Hall. The following were duly elected to the Master Court for 2019-2020:

Deacon:  Dr Beverly Bergman
Collector: Brian McAlinden CBE
Late Deacon: Professor Ewan MacDonald OBE

Ex-Conveners:    Dr Alistair Dorward, Roy A. Johnson, James Y. Miller

Ex-Deacons:   Dr. Iain Lennox, Liam Devlin, Dr Christine Linnell, Duncan Norman, Trevor Paterson, Dr. Adrian Pierotti, James H. Roulston

Masters:  Jonathan Wright, Jocelyn O’Shaughnessy, David McClements, Liam Entwhistle

The outgoing Deacon, Professor Ewan MacDonald, placed the chain on Deacon Bergman who proceeded to thank him for a wonderful year as Deacon during which many new members were recruited.


Our Clerk, Tom Monteith, then swore in the new Collector, the distinguished educationalist, Brian McAlinden CBE.


The Clerk was warmly thanked for all his work this year and unanimously elected to continue in that capacity.



Sunday, July 7, 2019

Shoes in the Attic

The National Museums of Scotland has a very interesting blog item today on the hiding of a shoe in houses for luck.

It can be read HERE.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Box-Opening Supper - Monday May 20th 2019 6.30 p.m.

A date for your diary! The Cordiners' Annual Box Opening Supper, at which there will be plenty of entertainment, a buffet and presentations to our prize-winners and apprentices, will take place in the Trades Hall Saloon on Monday 20th May 2019 at 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m.



Tickets priced £30 are available NOW from the Clerk, using the form on the TAB at the top of the page. 

Cordiners reach year 461!

2019 marks the Centenary of our Royal Charter and the 450th anniversary of our second charter, granted by the Provost, Town Council and Magistrates of Glasgow on June 27th 1569 under their Common Seal, confirming the pre-Reformation seal of cause of 1558.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Meister der Schuhmachern

We congratulate our good friend Frank Nyfeler on his election as Master of the Guild of Shoemakers of Basel. The presence of members of the Basel Shoemakers has been a joyous feature of our Choosing Dinners for several years and their hospitality to successive Deacons on return visits to Switzerlnd has been peerless.



Deacon Convener's Dinner

There was a goodly turn-out of Cordiners at Deacon Convener Bruce Reidford's Dinner last night: Ex-Conveners James Y. Miller and Alistai...