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Beer, Book and Bravery

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

This is my first newsletter on only my second day at Merchiston. I am looking forward to getting to know Merchistonians and Friends wherever you are, and would love to hear your stories as I have a magazine to write - so I'm told! My thanks to Jo for compiling the newsletter in the interim.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of VE day, we remember with affection and admiration, Merchistonians who served during the Second World War, and in other conflicts, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, and others who went on to lead a life of distinction following their war service. School Chaplain, Nick Blair is representing the School at the VE day celebrations this weekend and recently enjoyed a fascinating discussion with J Michael Paton (33-38), one of the remaining Merchistonian WWII veterans.

Peter Muir (60-63), keen reader of the weekly news, got in touch to say he has been working in Nigeria for the past 6 years. Currently President of the Nigeria Britain Association, Peter presented the end of School Prizes at the British International School in Lagos on Thursday. Last year three of the School's students were "Top in the World" so clearly an exceptional school with Merchiston being one if its destination schools. How appropriate that a Merchistonian should be presenting prizes to their boys. Congratulations to all!

Club social media followers will know that Simon Hannah (88-95), ably supported by Charles McLean (65-69) more usually renowned for his expertise in all things whisky, has recently set up a new business venture exporting Scottish Craft Beer around the world called The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland. For anyone in Hong Kong 'The Clan' are attending a trade show HOFEX from 6 - 9 May. If you are craving a taste of home, join Simon in the Scotland Pavilion, Stand 3B-420.

Hamish Johnston is celebrating the life of his great-great-grandfather, Professor Matthew Forster Heddle (1842-45) with his biography of Professor Heddle, to be published on 28th May. Professor Heddle led a most interesting and varied life, and is still regarded as Scotland's greatest mineralogist and author of the bible of Scottish mineralogy, The Mineralogy of Scotland (1901).

An important date for your diary:

As well as supporting the School development plans, at the Merchiston Gala Ball, to be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, on Friday, 2nd October, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Merchistonian Club. The night promises to be a wonderful evening of music, dance entertainment and camaraderie - booking details to follow.

Before I end up the way of many of today's political leaders I shall now sign off and bid you farewell until next week.

Kind regards

Jane Denholm

Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

t/ 0131 312 2262
e/ merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk
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