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Strike up the band - the boys are back!


Upcoming events.

The Annual Golf meeting: Bruntsfield Links on Saturday 12 September; The Business Breakfast: Friday 25 September at Indigo Yard; Rugby Supporters' lunches: Saturday 26 September and Saturday 7 November; The Merchiston Gala Ball: Friday 2 October at the Sheraton Hotel; Class of 2005 Reunion: Saturday 3 October; Class of 2015 Reunion: Saturday 7 November and the careers speed dating event: Thursday 5 November.

Welcome to the first Merchistonian newsletter of the 2015/16 term. We are delighted to see the boys back at School bringing the sunshine and happy chatter with them and we are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! We hope that you have had a brilliant summer too.  Please keep us in touch with all your news over the next few months!

It has been a wonderful summer of golf and despite the weather's best efforts, the Open at St Andrew's came to a thrilling conclusion although a day late. News that the School has been ranked No 1 in the ISGA Junior Golf School in the UK league table, gives great hope for the future and brings the prospect of Merchistonian involvement in the Open one day, ever closer.

To continue this theme , we are delighted to let you know that the Golf Club's annual meeting is to be held at Bruntsfield Links on Saturday 12 September. This is a change from previous meetings at Elie in an attempt to encourage younger Merchistonians to attend. There is a BBQ lunch followed by a Shotgun start to allow a timely finish for Dinner in the Clubhouse. There has been a good response but there are still some spaces which Sandy Corstorphine (59-64) would like to fill for what he calls "a fun day followed by a good party"! Those interested should contact the Secretary -  Robert Forman (89-94).

Excitement is building too in the rugby world, with Merchistonians too numerous to mention performing at the highest level in all aspects of the game and all looking forward to the Rugby World Cup starting next month. Honourable mention should go however, to a brand new Merchistonian Zach Mercer (13-15)who recently made a successful debut for Bath rugby. Our rugby future is more than assured!

If you are a supporter of the Scotland rugby team, no doubt you will be looking forward to the big match against South Africa at St James's Park in Newcastle on Saturday 3 October. The rugby gods have been good to us too, as the timing of this fixture means we can all enjoy the Merchiston Gala Ball the evening before at the Sheraton Grand Hotel! This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Merchistonian Club and the Ball will offer an evening of camaraderie and enjoyment for Merchistonians everywhere. There are still a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to secure your place!

And our final rugby related words come from Oli Green (99-07) who gives you early notice of MRFC games planned against Edinburgh Academicals and Watsonians in 2016 - dates have still to be confirmed but we are looking forward to fantastic sporting and social occasions not to be missed. If you are in training for these games, or any others - why not get hold of some new training kit? PSL Team sports are now kit suppliers for MRFC - information is available here.

You can see that all is well in the world of Merchistonian sport, but we also can boast about the entrepreneurial excellence of Stewart MacGregor-Dennnis (01-09) and Patrick Costello (01-09) who have set up Turing Email, a startup based in Menlo Park, California, developed to compete with Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, and others. After a year of developing the product, he and Patrick are bringing the product to market. As part of their sales cycle they would love to introduce it to the Merchistonian community and are keen to talk with anyone interested. Please check here for more information. You can also contact Patrick here.

Speaking of startups, we had a visit last week from
Stuart Paterson (83-88) who has grown his startup company - Scottish Equity Partners - co-founded some 15 years ago, into one of the most successful in the UK with investments in private high growth companies both here and in Northern Europe.  Stuart was accompanied by his wife Alison, and children James, Emma,  and Katie shown here savouring the atmosphere of the Memorial Hall. 

While we are justly proud of Merchistonian excellence in the sport, business and academic arenas, we know also that you are unstinting in your support of charities across the UK and beyond. Earlier this year Darren Scott (92-97) and his wife Amanda, received the heart breaking news that their daughter, Sophia, had been diagnosed with an extremely rare and life limiting, progressive genetic disease. Darren is now raising awareness of the disease and funds for future developments, research and trials which are commencing around the world.  Find out how you can help.

We will be putting together the 2015 Merchistonian magazine over the next few weeks and we would love you to submit your news, or ideas for features and profiles. It is your magazine and we would like it to be exactly what you want!

Have a lovely weekend!

Kind regards,


Jane Denholm

Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

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