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Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas appeal

This year the Trades House of Glasgow is once again supporting Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas appeal and will be

donating 30 gift bags for young people aged 13-16 to Barnardo’s Easterhouse.

Anyone is welcome to donate alongside the Trades House, either financially or with appropriate gifts.

Gifts could include the following:

A Baker heads Trades House of Glasgow

Bruce Reidford was elected Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow and 3rd citizen of Glasgow by fellow members

yesterday (9 October 2019).

Bruce worked for Tunnocks, the family-run baker based in Uddingston, as Company Secretary for 30 years, retiring earlier in 2019. He is Ex Deacon of the Incorporation of Bakers, one of Trades House’s 14 Crafts, after joining them in 2009. The Bakers have close links with the Glasgow colleges, assisting with educational events and awards, and also give money to various charity organisations.

The 14 Crafts are ancient trade organisations, most of which were formed in the 17thCentury, that gave support to workers in rapidly growing industries in Glasgow such as baking, shoemaking, cooperage, carpentry and metalwork. Today they are independent charities giving assistance, educational support and funding to their own areas of interest. Over £750,000 is awarded annually to deserving individuals and organisations by the Crafts and Trades House.

Trades House Affiliation with Greater Glasgow Police

Deacon Convener Tom McInally and Collector Ken Dalgleish signed an affiliation with Greater Glasgow Police at the

beginning of October, undertaking to work together with common purpose and in mutual respect. The Greater Glasgow Police was represented by Chief Superintendant Hazel Hendren and Assistant Chief Superintendant Bernard Higgins.

The affiliation is a reconfirm of the close respect which the Trades House has for the Police and the long association since members of the Trades House helped to establish the City of Glasgow Police as the first Police Force in the United Kingdom in 1788 and which was later approved by the UK parliament in 1800.

Third Force News publishes article on The Big Project

A great write up in Third Force News about Trades House's Big Project.

Read it here.

History made at Maltmen AGM

Eight new Members were sworn-in at the Inc. of Maltmen AGM, six of them women including the Lord Provost of Glasgow -
the first women to be sworn-in (and the only remaining Craft to have, up to now, been 'men only'!).

Why do people join one of the 14 Crafts? The majority have a desire to assist in the charity or educational work that the Crafts do - it is good to give back! Sometimes they have long standing family connections to them, or work in a connected industry (such as hospitality in the case of the Maltmen), whilst others have ancestors who worked as actual Maltmen in Glasgow in years gone by.

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The economic impact of the Trades House of Glasgow, identifying both the contribution to the Scottish economy as well as its support to the most deprived areas of Glasgow.

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