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The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
4 May 2018

"Time Flies - Merchistonian News"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

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Steve Smith (85-90) and Tim are pleased to welcome you to La Manga Vacations. 

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Jimmy Hendrick (46-49)

"I now indulge myself in personal interests such as walking the beautiful Quantock Hills to watch the wildlife, including the large herd of Quantock red deer, gardening and trying for self-sufficiency in vegetables, working out my family genealogy on the internet and writing up my reminiscences of a wonderful life with HMOCS and the various governments whom I served."

Click here to read Jimmy's colourful CV which was written for the Imperial College of Agriculture Association, Trinidad, which he attended in 1956/7. 

Jimmy would love to hear from Merchistonians from his vintage. 

The Royal Reunion 

Class of '66, '67, '68, '69 and '70 "50 Year Reunion"

It is getting close! 

Join Graeme Robertson (63-67), Barclay Low (63-68), Colin Crabbe (64-69), David Broadfoot (65-70) and many others on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May for an action packed weekend. Click here to book your ticket before it is too late. 

School Cricket Team Bowled over by Merchistonian Support

Ben Property is an Edinburgh based property management company run by Merchistonian, Jamie Kerr (88-93). Jamie was a successful 1XI cricketer at the School playing as wicket keeper batsman and had a successful career at Carlton CC gaining one cap for his country along the way. Ben Property is kindly sponsoring the School's 1XI for 2018.

Rory McCann, Director of Sport and Head of Cricket says:

"We are very grateful to have Jamie's support this year for the 1XI and School Cricket programme. As a major sport at the School in the Summer Term we are continuing to look for ways to further enhance participation and competition. Jamie will have benefited from this support when he was at the School and it is great to see him giving back further down the line."


Old Sedberghians Report 

Match Manager, George Walker (69-74) provides an update:

"The team consisting of Niall Ballantyne (82-87), Richard Duncan (94-00), Colin Barbour (78-83), Stephen Biggart (96-03), Sandy Corstorphine (59-64), Will Biggart (94-01) and Alastair Milligan (58-63) and I took on the OS team at Muirfield on Sunday 19 April. 

In wonderful weather and with a course in great condition for early spring the team managed to wreak revenge.

The morning matches ended 2-2 with wins for Niall/Richard and Colin/George which were offset by narrow losses from Stephen/Sandy and Will/Alastair (the Captain). 

After an excellent lunch, the afternoon matches were comfortably won by MGS, 3-1. The Biggart brothers got us off to a flying start, soon followed by Alastair and Richard, who was making his MGS debut. Sandy/Colin succumbed, but Niall/George secured the final point."


Tempus Fugit 

Mike Smart (60-65) on his flying visit to Cape Town where he managed to catch up with old school chum Robin Hall (60-64):

"I am just back from two weeks in Cape Town; I lived in South Africa for five years in the Seventies and have visited regularly over the years so it is very much a home from home. I took the opportunity of contacting the Merchistonian South Africa Representative Robin who had been at Merchiston at the same time as me. 

We exchanged emails before I arrived and arranged to meet up. Robin was good enough to take me out for an excellent dinner. Our wide ranging discussions over dinner covered a variety of hilarious situations and characters that we remembered from our time at school tinged with momentary sadness at the early passing of several of our contemporaries." 

Click here to read the rest of Mike's update.  


Launching a New Venture

Brilliant to see Daryll Morrow (08-10) presenting at Robert Gordon University this week. Daryll was giving an update on his innovative platform which links students with employers.  Udrafter is Daryll and brother Luke's (07-09) start-up platform business spun out of RGU. It is an on demand, real time recruitment platform where businesses can post one-off jobs to be completed by skilled students within hours, even minutes.
"The whole process has been extremely tough since leaving university, but to see where we have come in such a short space of time gives me a huge amount of motivation to make the dream become a reality. I didn't think I would ever find a job that was meant for me, or that I would enjoy for the rest of my life - but I can say with confidence that it doesn't feel like a job when you love what you do." 

Read the full update here

Merchistonians in the Derby

What a game! 4 Merchistonians involved in the Scottish derby. Fraser Brown (01-07) - Glasgow Warriors. Magnus Bradbury (11-13), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (01-07) and James Johnstone (02-08) - Edinburgh Rugby. Click below to watch a snippet of the match. 

Sunshine on Leith

Big congratulations to Merchistonian FC who won The Bowl against Leith last Saturday 42-7. For a full update on the day's events, click here. Good luck to the team taking part in the Musselburgh 7s this Saturday.  


Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary

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