Arbroath Guildry inducts new members

New members of Arbroath Guildry were presented with their certificates at the meeting in Arbroath library on Monday evening. Pictured standing are, from left - Ian Ballantyne, Karen Willey, Arthur Bywater, Don Clark, Kath Ferrie, Kevin Curran, Dawn Stewart, William Lawrie, Maurice Napier and Gordon Mitchell: seated are Ian Lamb dean of the guild and Mike Sawdon.
New members of Arbroath Guildry were presented with their certificates at the meeting in Arbroath library on Monday evening. Pictured standing are, from left - Ian Ballantyne, Karen Willey, Arthur Bywater, Don Clark, Kath Ferrie, Kevin Curran, Dawn Stewart, William Lawrie, Maurice Napier and Gordon Mitchell: seated are Ian Lamb dean of the guild and Mike Sawdon.

ONE OF the longest established organisations in the town, the Arbroath Guildry, this week inducted 10 new members into its company.

Recently appointed Dean of the Guildry Ian Lamb welcomed each of the new members to the organisation on Monday evening in Arbroath library.

He presented them with their parchments admitting them as “a freeman of Aberbrothock (Arbroath)”.

The Arbroath Guildry Incorporation was founded in 1725, and for many years exercised many of the powers since taken over by the local authority council.

Today its main functions are as a charitable trust, promoting civic pride and community spirit in the town, and arranging or supporting public events that fall into those categories.

Mr Lamb paid tribute to outgoing Dean, Angus Roberts who had done so much to modernise and rejuvenate the Guildry during his four-year term of office.

“I’m confident that in the future, the last four years under his Deanship will be recognised as a significant turning point in the Guildry’s history and he leaves me a difficult chair to fill,” he said.

In his first address to the Guildry, Mr Lamb said he intended to build on Mr Roberts’ work in raising the Guildry’s profile and increasing its membership.

“I hope to inaugurate an annual Guildry lecture to help broaden knowledge of our community’s past or on some aspect of significance and importance to the town,” he added.

The meeting agreed to grants totalling £2,000.

The Arbroath Guildry is one of 11 surviving Guilds in Scotland and the Dean sits on the Court of Deans of Guild, Scotland, which was formed in 1984.

Scotland has other Guilds in Aberdeen, Ayr, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Brechin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark, Perth and Stirling.