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On Friday 18 September the Choosing Day and AGM were held. Mr Jim Mearns was elected Deacon of the Indorporation for the year 2015-16. An alumnus of both Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, Jim has had a career in central and local government working on matters as varied as criminal justice statistics, transport policy, performance management and governance. A former Adviser to the Lord Provost of Glasgow and Clerk to the Liuetenancy Jim had some involvement with the Trades House before joining the Coopers in 2007.

His main hobby is archaeology, the subject of his first degree and he currently edits the Scottish Archaeological Journal for Glasgow Archaeological Society of which he is a Past President. He also served as aTrustee of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He plays chess, golf, keeps fit with regular gym sessions and sings with the Kelvin Choir. He is supported by his partner Kenneth MacAskill who recently joined the Incorporation.


On 8th September the Coopers Admission ceremony was held and 7 of this year's crop of new members were presented with their Burgess Tickets and membership certificates by Deacon Margaret McCafferty. There then followed a wine tasting and barrel building competition. The new members and guests were also able to  view the Coopers Box with its various interesting artefacts and papers.


 The Annual Business Dinner was held in the Trades House on 14 May. There were around sixty guests including the Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones. Late Deacon Tom McInally welcomed and introduced the keynote speaker for the evening, Lord George Robertson. Lord Robertson gave an excellent talk on current affairs and took part in a lively question and answer session afterwards. The raffle raised almost £1000 for the Incorporation's charitable funds.


The Deacon's Choosing Dinner and Dance with Deacon Margaret Mccafferty in the chair was held on Friday 6 March in the Trades House. With around 160 guests present including a large contingent from the Worshipful Company of Coopers in London, representatives of the coopers of Aberdeen and Irvine and in the presence of the Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones an excellent evening was had by all, Our London friends were led by their Honourable Master Dr Ian Frood. Speeches and entertainment were enjoyed by all and around £2000 was raised for the Coopers' charitable funds.


The Incorporation has a long and healthy relationship with the working cooperages in Scotland. In conjunction with the Federation of Coopers the Incorporation supports new craft apprentices throughout the length of their apprenticeships. This year Late Deacon Tom McInally and Collector Jim Mearns visited cooperages in Alloa, Craigellachie, Loch Lomond, Girvan and Tain to distribute tools, certificates and books to apprentices at relevant stages of their training.