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Diamond and China

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
2 November 2018

"Diamond and China - Merchistonian News"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

We are busy preparing for a busy week of Merchistonian Events, with the Annual Dinner, Remembrance Service and a 10 Year Reunion all taking place next week. But we still have time to bring you all of the best Merchistonian news from around the globe!

2018 Merchistonian Annual Dinner

A last call for Merchistonians to sign up for the Annual Dinner on Friday 9 November.

The food order will be placed Tuesday 6 November so please make sure you have signed up before then!

The evening will be a more relaxed, informal dinner than last year with a return to the formal dinner in 2019.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm Pre-dinner drinks at Indigo Yard
7.00pm Arrive at La P'tite Folie
7.30pm Welcome from Matt Gray followed by dinner
9.00pm Presentation of the Merchistonian Award
9.30pm Speeches from selected guests

If you haven't already signed up, please book your tickets from Eventbrite here.

2018 Remembrance Service

Hopefully you will have received an email regarding the 2018 Remembrance Service and the Parade of 100 Pipers and Drummers. 

If you plan to attend the Service, please complete the online form by noon on Wednesday 7 November: 


Merchistonians v Watsonians - Rugby

A group of Merchistonians took on Watsonians last week and in the words of PK Young (77-82) "It all went to plan, with most matches being good competitive contests and all of them played in good spirit, unlike some of the league matches some of us have experienced over the years."

Andy Duff (76-79) added that plans are underway for a return fixture in the New Year.

Merchiston International School (MIS) in Shenzhen

Thanks to Andrew Law (09-13) for popping in to the opening ceremony for MIS in Shenzhen. Andrew has been living and working in Guangzhou since September after graduating from Durham this summer.

He is pictured here meeting former Headmaster Andrew Hunter.

Congratulations - 60 years

Congratulations to Jeanette and Graham McConnochie (46-50) who celebrate their Diamond wedding anniversary this month.

Caring Christmas

Andrew White (11-16) has been in touch on behalf of the Bethany Christian Trust with this project.

Every home needs a Christmas tree, but more importantly, every person needs a home. Bethany Christian Trust's Caring Christmas Trees provides beautiful Christmas trees for your home while supporting life-saving services for the homeless in Scotland.

• Trees are sustainably and ethically grown
• Nordman Fir trees 
• Starting from only £35
• 100% of proceeds go towards Bethany's winter projects

Purchasing a Caring Christmas Tree could help save a life this Christmas. For more information visit www.caringchristmastrees.com or email info@caringchristmastrees.com

Merchistonians v Stewart's Melville - Squash

Andy Duff (76-79) is planning a squash match against Stewart's Melville on Thursday 13 December, if you are interested please do get in touch!

Rugby Camp 2019

The 2019 Rugby Camp details have been released. The camps will be led by Roddy Deans (Director of Rugby and former Scotland u16 Head Coach) and David Blair (Assistant Director of Rugby, who played with Scotland A, Edinburgh and Sale Sharks).

For more details click here.

Merchiston 'Fun Weekend'

The School's 'Fun Weekend' is an excellent opportunity for boys to get a taste of School life and to meet current and prospective pupils of similar ages.

The weekend offers two options to experience Merchiston: a Fun Day (for boys who are considering a day place at Merchiston) or a Fun Sleepover (for boys who are considering boarding). For younger boys (aged 6-9 years) the morning will include sporting activities, arts and crafts, and a magic show.  For older boys (aged 10-12 years) there is the opportunity to join classes with current pupils.

For more details click here or contact, Megan White, External Relations Assistant on 0131 312 2236.

That's all for this week's newsletter.

As always, we hope you have enjoyed reading and if you have any stories of your own, please do get in touch!

Best wishes

Dan, Merchistonian Club Secretary
E: merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk
T: 0131 312 2237

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9 November 2018
Merchistonian Annual Dinner

10 November 2018
Class of '08 Reunion

11 November 2018
2018 Remembrance - 100 Pipers and Drummers

30 November 2018
Business Breakfast - MBN

15 March 2019
Pre-Calcutta Cup Dinner
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