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Reunions ay Ready - Merchistonian News

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
14 September 2018

"Reunions ay Ready - Merchistonian News"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

This week we have some great stories of arrivals, reunions (planned and unexpected) and updates of all the Merchistonian events that are happening.

Reunion for the Class of '88

We look forward to welcoming back the Class of '88 for their reunion this weekend. Graham Gibson (83-88) has been organising and the class will be visiting the School to take in some rugby action before reviving memories with a tour and lunch.

2018 Merchistonian Annual Dinner

This event offers the chance to catch up with old friends, greet new faces and celebrate together as Merchistonians.

Friday 9 November from 7pm at La P'tite Folie Edinburgh.
What better weekend to be in Edinburgh?

Kick the weekend off with drinks at Indigo Yard and an informal Merchistonian dinner. Your dinner will take place at La P'tite Folie, a great new venue for the Merchistonian Dinner! Rally up your friends, it is about time for a get-together!

"La P'tite Folie is a lively and charmingly cosy place to enjoy great, traditional French cuisine. Located in the midst of Edinburgh's West End, this delightful venue offers authentic French dining in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere."

On Saturday 10 November Scotland will be taking on Fiji in the Autumn Internationals at Murrayfield.

Finish the weekend off by watching 100 Merchiston and Merchistonian Pipers and Drummers parade together at the School on Sunday 11 November.

Sign up for the Merchistonian Annual Dinner here.

Golf Autumn Meeting

On Saturday 25 August the Club gathered for its annual autumn meeting at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society.  There were 33 golfers involved in the day and thereafter there were 38 people for dinner.

Golf Secretary Bob Forman (89-94) provided the report:

The weather was very kind to us and the course was in fine condition considering all the changes that it has been going through.
As usual there were various winners of a number of prizes.  However, the main prizes were won as follows:-
The silver medal for the handicap prize was won by Neil Armstrong with a net 64 and in second place was Chris Dudar with a net 66.
The under 30's scratch was won by Freddie Ward with a 70 and in second place was Pete Legget with a 79.
The over 50's scratch was won by Chris Cowan with a 72 and the runner up was Graeme Dickie with a 77.
The over 60's scratch was won by George Walker with an 85 and the runner up was Morison Zuill with an 87.

Of most importance was the club championship gold medal and that was won for a 5th year running by Mike Rolland with a 67 gross; the runner up was Freddie Ward with a gross 70. 

All in all it was a fantastic day as usual and many thanks to Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society for giving us the courtesy of their course and also for their hospitality and the catering at lunchtime and with dinner.

As ever should you wish to be involved then please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary.  

Magazine Notices

The annual Merchistonian Club magazine is going to print soon and we would welcome your notices.

If you have any births, deaths, marriages or engagements to announce, please do get in touch with Jo Tennant at jtennant@merchiston.co.uk

The deadline for submissions is 24 September 2018 and there are also opportunities available for advertisements should you wish to do so.

New Arrival

We are delighted to announce that Club Secretary Gill Imrie has given birth to a beautiful baby girl.

Matilda Rose Macaulay was born 10 August 2018 weighing 7lb 4oz.
Gill is doing well and says "Matilda is keeping me very busy but I'm absolutely obsessed with her". 

Newcastle Golf and Drinks

We are back for our second year of Golf followed by a meal and a night on the Town, for those with the stamina, on Friday 26 October 2018.

We are starting at The Northumberland Golf Club, again, as this proved a very popular venue last year. It will be an earlier start of 10:00am for bacon butties and coffee, with tee off at 11:00am.

As the course takes approximately four and a half to five hours to get around, we will have a few drinks at the Golf Club and then move on to Gosforth High Street for dinner, meeting at the Italian restaurant San Lorenzo at 6:00pm. The dinner is open to all Merchistonians, so those who are unable to make the golf can come along and have a great Merchistonian night. After dinner we will make our way over to The County, also on Gosforth High Street, for further drinks and to continue the night of good company.

There may be a slight alteration to the times, but we will keep you posted on any updates.

In the meantime, book your place for golf, dinner or drinks and for those of us who can, all three.

Thanks for visiting

Dr Andrew M Barclay (62-67) paid Merchiston a call on Thursday, over from Kansas for his 45th University of Dundee reunion. Andrew is the representative of our US Foundation which has given the School tremendous support for the Sports and Leisure Appeal. Andrew is pictured in front of the new artificial pitch, the first of the School's new sports facilities.

Merchistonian Discount

Another exclusive Merchistonian offer:
10% discount at Rule Valley Simulated Game Shooting

Visit www.rulevalley.com for more on Rule Valley and what they have to offer.

For a list of all the Affinity Discounts click here.

Letter from a Merchistonian

Upon news of his retirement, previous Headmaster Andrew Hunter received a letter from Antoine Magré (10-14) with an update on life after Merchiston.

"Since the news of your retirement, I wanted to write to you to thank you for what you and the Merchiston community have done for me. Exactly four years ago, I finished four amazing and life changing years in Merchiston, and yesterday, I graduated from Cambridge University with a BA Hons in Natural Sciences and a MSci in Systems Biology (2.i for both). 
During these last four years in Cambridge, I experienced the highest highs and lowest lows, but a number of ideas and principles I learnt in Merchiston assemblies and around the School kept me going: the most important one being GRIT. I have always been a competitor and a perfectionist, so living and studying with some of the brightest minds of my generation required so adjusting to!  The academic challenges of the Cambridge undergraduate course often made quitting seem the more desirable option, but fighting until the end and never giving up was the first and most important lesson from Merchiston. 
I will now start working in London in a strategy consulting company specialised in life sciences and healthcare called Candesic, starting a new chapter of life, but I am sure the life lessons I have learnt so far will continue to apply and guide me in the years to come.
I would therefore like to wish you and Mrs Hunter the best in the years to come, and thank you and the Merchiston community for what you have done for me, but also my younger brother Adrien and all the boys that continue to benefit so much from Merchiston.
Best wishes,
Antoine Magré" 

New Places, Old Faces

We're pleased to see the Merchistonian connections continue around the world and Duncan Murray (54-59) has been in touch to let us know of his chance encounter with Neil Donaldson (68-73).

"While in Italy on holiday last week in the small town of Ostuni I heard a Scottish voice, enquiring further as to the home of such accent it turned out to be St Andrews.
Further investigation revealed the speaker to be one Neil Donaldson and it then transpired that we had a mutual alma mater!  Neil told me his uncle was Bill Donaldson who was teaching during my period at school. A few celebrated names came up such as MSP  before we went our separate ways after posing for the below photo!
Merchiston's tentacles reach far and wide."

That's all for this week's newsletter, thanks for reading!
Best wishes

Dan, Merchistonian Club Secretary

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