Report of the 2016-17 Deacon

Report of the Deacon for the year ended 30 June 2017

 I was delighted to take up office as Deacon for a second time.

 As Deacon, I join with the Late Deacon, Late Collector and the Collector as 4 of the 56 Trustees of The Trades House. The Trustees along with the 'Platform' (The Deacon Convener, the Collector of the House, the Late Convener, the late Collector of the House and 2 ex Conveners) and the Clerk of The House' meet quarterly to formalise House business. This has been a busy year!

The Deacon Convener, Keith Brown OBE, produced a brochure called "Reaching Out" to market the House activities. The House Platform was revised in accordance with new governance rules - two Ex Conveners join the Late DC, the DC, Late Collector and Collector and. in addition, Bruce Reidford took up the new position of Collector Nominate, a new role that gives the incumbent a year on the Platform before taking on the duties of Collector.

The Chain Gang attended the Lord Mayors Show in London in November and we were transported on a bus as part of the parade. It rained heavily throughout the day, not least when we were on our open topped bus!! We were able to use the new Trades House umbrellas and despite damp feet we all enjoyed a wonderful day. On the evening of the 11th November, we had a private tour of the Tower of London and witnessed The Ceremony of the Keys which ended with a very poignant playing of "The Last Post".

I attended all the craft dinners, including the DCs Dinner at which HRH the Prince Edward attended. Funds were raised for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. The Trades House Burns Supper was held in January.

The Deacon Convener has kept us all busy. With the help of the "Chain Gang" he organised a Business Dinner, a 4 Ball golf tournament at Loch Lomond in April, and a summer ball in June. I sat on the organising committee for the Ladies Afternoon tea and fashion show held on 2nd April. I will attend a dinner to be held in London in September for members of all crafts who live in that part of the world.

My Charity for the year was the "Good Morning Service", a charity in Glasgow that phones the elderly who live on their own to ensure they are OK. Any problems are followed up. Referrals are made by GPs, social workers are others. We had a highly successful annual Dinner and Dance with some 140 in attendance. We presented a cheque for £1,000 to the "Good Morning Service" at our Box Opening Dinner.

In addition, we gave prizes to Medical, Dental, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students. We held our annual Dental Competition where 4th year students present the findings of their research. This year we enjoyed the presentations of six students, finding a winner who is given membership of the Incorporation. Each January we host a reception for our new members and prize winners.

The Deacon is invited to Graduation ceremonies at Glasgow and Caledonian Universities. The annual 'Craftex' awards is hosted by the Trades House in the Trades Hall, Students from across the Colleges in Glasgow enter their craft pieces and awards are presented from the different Crafts. We awarded certificates and prizes to Glasgow College Hairdressing and Barber students. School citizenship awards are made every year and the youngsters breathe new life into our ancient institution.

I handed over a cheque for £400 to the "Homeless barber", Steven Thompson. This was donated by members at the Box Opening. Steven, who has been homeless himself, cuts hair in a number of hostels for anyone who is homeless. It is clear from his stories that he helps his clients to recover their self-esteem and gives them hope for the future. On his Facebook page, Steven wrote "Just want to thank Ian and Jan as well as everyone from the incorporation of barbers for your generosity." Steven is hoping to convert his good work into a Charity and help is needed to set up the governance around this.

I am pleased to advise that a barbering apprentice was identified by the City of Glasgow College and placed with Slicks Barbers of Burnside starting on 4 January 2017. The salon is owned by Greg Forrest and the apprentice is Cameron Wray who was 17 on 18 January 2017. I met Cameron and Greg and was very satisfied that the project would be a success. We were pleased that our sponsorship secured his place in the salon. As well as his work at the barbershop, Cameron attends the City of Glasgow College to take his Level 2 qualification in Barbering. As the shop is close to my home I am able to drop in and see the progress Cameron is making. His father is now brave enough to have his hair cut by Cameron!!!

The highlight though was the visit to Basel and the Zunft zum Goldenen Sternen. My husband, David, and I were welcomed by Statthalter Cristophe Haller and taken to dinner. The next day was the Zunftfahrt 2017 which took place in the medieval town of Murton with a parade led by pipes and drums...The lunch hosted by Meister Dr Raoul Furlano, welcomed new members. There was singing, music and speeches throughout the day. I presented the Meister and Stathalter with a Trades House tie and whisky to fill the Quaich (previously given to them by the Barbers) which was enjoyed by those attending the lunch I managed to say a few words in German to the assembled company. We have a wonderful connection with our friends in Basel and hope to repay their hospitality when they visit us in Glasgow.

For hundreds of years, the Incorporation of Barbers has been part of the fabric of the great city of Glasgow. It continues to be so and indeed, contributes significantly to the wellbeing of its citizens. I look forward to new initiatives and new directions as the years go by.

Jan Dobson