Service Group

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 are:

Chairman: Robin M Brown
Secretary: Gordon Maclennan
Treasurer: Norman Hamilton
Summer Outing Convener: Robin M Brown
Pantomime Outing Convener: 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.

Hammermen Summer 08-12

Members of the Service Group at a recent outing