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Sand, Sea and Reels

The Merchistonian Newsletter
6 May 2016

'Sand, Sea and Reels'

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Week two as Club Secretary, it is May already but at last, the snow has gone from the Pentlands. After being dominated by the election over the last few weeks, it is time to take a break from politics, put the kettle on and catch up on Merchistonian news.

Hot off the press - Bwani Junction will be returning to the School to make a special appearance alongside some of the School's talented rock musicians. The 'Rocks and Reels' event will take place in the Marquee on 25 June 2016. It will be a night not to be missed so make sure you reserve your tickets.  If you cannot wait until June and want to sample some Bwani Junction now you can hear them here

Michael Ferndale

In April we told you that Michael Ferndale (86-92) was competing in the Marathon des Sables. Despite the worst that the Sahara could throw at him, Michael survived the gruelling multi-stage adventure. Congratulations to Michael for on his incredible achievement! It is not too late to show your support and help Michael reach £20,000.  You can do so here.

Sand storm

Another Merchistonian willing to put his body through the paces for charity is Alasdair Glennie (96-01). Alasdair will be taking part in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race on 20 May 2016 with a team of family and friends. The race begins in Oban and covers 160 miles of sailing and 60 miles of running over Mull, Jura and Arran. Having finished in last place when he last took part in the event with the School in 2000, he is hoping to do better this year and we wish him all the best. You can support Alasdair here.

For anyone who is in or visiting Edinburgh, we would recommend taking the time to appreciate the exhibition of major unrealised projects in Edinburgh. Rod Binns (85-92) and the Edinburgh Architectural Association have co-curated the exhibition, which shows unbuilt major projects in Edinburgh from the last 250 years. It runs for a period of three weeks and is based at the Canongate. Full details provided here.

Turning to golf, there are still spaces left for Merchistonians of all abilities at the East v West Golf match on 22 May at Gullane. Whether you are a keen golfer or looking to rekindle your love of the game, make sure you take a look at the fixture list and email contacts Graham Fisher (76-82) (gf@dandfcontracts.com) or Graham Hardie (81-86) (mailto:g.hardie198@btinternet.com) to ensure your place.

In preparation for the annual match between MRFC and Edinburgh Accies on 4 June 2016, MRFC has revealed its new team kit. 


MRFC kit

We think it looks great! Huge thanks to sponsors : Bonk & Co, Mackie's Potato Crisps, MAKE Summer School, Cask 88, Anderson Strathern Solicitors and Rule Valley Simulated Game. Put 4 June 2016 in your diary to come along on the day to support to the players. There will be lots of fun for all of the family. You can find out more and book your ticket for the dinner that follows the game here.

Celebrating their 35 years since leaving School, Class of 81 will be meeting up for their reunion tonight.  I look forward to meeting some more of you there, and will of course give you a full update in next week's newsletter. If any of you are in Edinburgh and able to pop in to say hello the reunion will be starting at Indigo Yard from 5.30 pm and we would love to see you there.

I just want to remind everyone of the benefits of using 'Easyfundraising'. Each time you shop online you could be raising a free donation for the School. All you need to do is sign up here.  It is so simple and does not cost you anything.

Now that the votes are in and counted, you have had your cuppa and caught up on the news, relax and enjoy your weekend. Please do send on any of your feedback and stories and keep up to date with The Club's developments by following us on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn.

Kind regards


The Merchistonian Club





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27 May 2016
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