In 1972, a group of the younger
members of the Craft founded the Service Group with the intention
of providing direct services such as house decoration or gardening
to older members and their dependants who might not otherwise have
been able to tackle these activities.
The group evolved into organising
an outing to the Kings Theatre pantomime in early January each year
and a summer day trip normally on the third Saturday in August.
This facility, originally provided only to the beneficiaries of the
Craft was extended in the late 1980's to all fourteen Crafts and to
the Trades House grantees.
As a consequence, approximately 140
grantees and their friends are treated to a pre-theatre dinner in a
Glasgow hotel and then ferried by members transport to the Kings
Theatre for an evening of entertainment complete with chocolates
and ice creams each year. A similar number will generally
depart Glasgow for well known resort hotels such as; The Old Course
at St. Andrews, Crieff Hydro, Gleneagles or Turnberry to name but a
few, where they are treated to lunch, afternoon tea and free time
before returning to Glasgow in the late afternoon.
The benefit of the outings are
extended to a number of "friends" of the Craft being members and
widows of members, who may not require financial assistance but
through circumstances, may benefit from the social exchange which
these outings provide.
The Deacon Convener, The Collector
of the House, The Late Collector and their wives are also invited
to attend these events.
Over the years, the fully voluntary
committee has remained reasonably static with about half of the
current committee members having joined as founding members, and
now having served some thirty five years.
The current senior officials
||Robin M Brown
||Robin M Brown
||James W Morris
Although the outings are organised by the Service Group,
nominations to attend are generally received from the Clerk of each
Craft, to whom the individual should apply if they wish to attend
one of the outings.
Members of the Service Group at a