At the Incorporation’s Annual General Meeting held on the morning of 21 September 2018, Professor Gordon Masterton, OBE was installed as Deacon for 2018-19. His first official duty, after the Collector’s Breakfast, was to represent the Craft at the Annual Dinner of the Incorporation of Masons that same evening. His wife Lynda accompanied him.
Deacon is representing Trades House at commemoration of centenary launch of HMS Hood at Clydebank on 22 August. HMS Hood was lost in action with the German Warship Bismark South West of Iceland in May 1941. Of her ship’s company of 1400 only 3 survived.
Deacon is also attending the Coopers box opening social event on 23rd August
On 24th August the Deacon is attending the Hammermen of Stirling Burns Supper at Golden Lion Hotel commemorating Robert Burns visit there in August 1787.
On 25th August is the Hammermen Service Group outing to Peebles for pensioners and beneficiaries of all the fourteen incorporated crafts.
The period since April has been very busy. A re-scheduled Coopers dinner, School Prizes, Arrol Bursaries awards. On top of this have been visits to the annual launch of University of Glasgow Formula Student Racing Team’s new car and the Fem Eng Rwanda project. I visited HMS Defender in HM naval base Portsmouth to present awards.
We visited the Glasgow Subway, City Chambers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Clydeside Distillery. The Deacon was also a guest at the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood Palace.
April and May 2018 also saw the Prince Philip Prizes awards and the Scottish Engineering joint award and deciding among an excellent field of applicants. Greg Stark of BAe Marine Ships won the Scottish Engineering award which was presented by the Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP.
Work continues on our artefacts and researching and preserving our history. We found in our records details of a Miss Margaret Coats who was operating a brass foundry in Saracen Street Lane in 1794. Although she did not join the Hammermen (lacking a burgess ticket but only after some debate and with her agreement) she paid a freedom fine to trade under our jurisdiction and was excused from presenting an essay or sample of her work. Perhaps the first female engineer.
An impressive 39 new members were collected during the year. We still seek new members to join our Master Court so if you are interested please email the Deacon at email@example.com