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Twice the Agony

The Merchistonian Newsletter
22 April 2016

'Twice the Agony'

Cricket screens, talk of athletics and of exam timetables - the boys are ready, ay, ready for the Summer Term.

Her Majesty's 90th birthday was, of course, marked on Thursday.  There was a morning service, small amount of cake and, under the watchful eye of a housemaster, 6 of the boys took turns to ring out the School bell 90 times. 

With time away for Easter, we're not far off the end of April already which means that it'll be the Edinburgh Business Breakfast next Friday 29 April at The Fern Suite, Holiday Inn, Edinburgh City West, Queensferry Road.  Colin Crabbe (64-69) will be giving us an insight on this fascinating part of the world 'Shifting Sands: what next for the Middle East.' Colin is International Senior Manager at Scottish Development International, Middle East High Growth Markets Unit. If you would like to join us then please get in touch just so we know to expect you.

Staying in the Middle East, Craig McLaren (74-79) has very kindly agreed to take on the role of the Club rep in Dubai.  He is in country periodically and would be pleased to meet up with any other Merchistonians.  Craig can be contacted here or you can forward a message through the Club office.

The Hong Kong Sevens (8-10 April) was the occasion that brought together Merchistonians (L-R) current pupil Drew, James Fisher (05-11), James Johnstone (02-08), Daniel Moussa (00-02)(Hong Kong rep), and Graham Fisher (76-82).

Back at School, on a flying visit this week from Hong Kong, was Rory Forbes (84-88) and wife Anita.  Glad you could pop into the office for a catch up.

At the end of this winter season, the Merchistonian Curling Team finished fifth in the Wanderers League.  The full report can be found here.  The Team plays regularly near Paisley so if you are interested in giving it a try then Alastair Campbell (62-67) would love to hear from you.

And for anyone still mulling over Scotland's 6 Nations performance Frank Hadden has some views here.

Over the Easter break, the Merchistonian golfers headed to Kent for the 7th Halford Hewitt competition.  Unfortunately, it was twice the agony for the team of Martin Stein (84-89), Jamie McIntosh (02-09), Chris Cowan (79-85), Dougie Cowan (84-91), Charlie Simpson (94-98), John McKean (75-81), Chris Smith (96-02), Robbie Bremner (85-91), Harry Thomson (72-78) and Mike Rolland (98-03). They were beaten 3-2 in the first round by a strong Cranleigh team.  They were bitterly disasppointed with this result, but all was not lost as 6 of the team then had the opportunity to compete in the Plate Competition at Princes Golf Club.  In the first round of the Plate, the team beat Aldenham 2/1 in a good quality match.  In the next round the team played Malvern, one of the consistent top-performing school sides in recent years and won 2/1.  Their next opposition was Berkemstead in the last eight, who they again beat 2/1 setting up a semi-final against Felsted.  Again, the team prevailed with Martin and Jamie winning 2/1, Charlie and Milke halved their match and Chris and Robbie  won 7/6.  Unfortunately, a very good run in the Plate came to an end against The Leys, who rode their luck over the last five holes of the deciding match, and beat Merchistonians 2-1.  Well done to the whole HH team on another impressive year at Deal.  The detailed report can be found on the Club website here and we wish the team good luck for their next match this Sunday against Sedburgh at Muirfield. 

Monday sees the arrival of your new permanent Club Secretary Gillian Imrie.  Gillian is coming to us from Virgin Money Giving and very much looking forward to meeting many of you at future events.

So that means that this is my final weekly newsletter.  I thought I might finish with one of Ronnie Corbett's jokes about a man, woman and a desert island - I think it's funny but just in case it might offend...

I have enjoyed sharing Merchistonian news with you over the past 7 months and thank you for sharing snippets of your lives with me.  It has been fascinating to be reminded what an interesting world is beyond the gates in Colinton. I'm now ready, ay, ready for my next challenge!

Kind regards


Acting Secretary
The Merchistonian Club





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