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Heroes old and new

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
9 September 2016

'Heroes old and new'

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

We are coming in to Six Nations season, so we will be sending you an email next week with dates and ticket prices - get your diaries out!

For those who had difficulties with last week's newsletter pictures of the new Merchiston Astro, do not worry, we have an amazing video for everyone here.

Sticking with the Astro, Kenny Campbell (84-90) will be presenting at our next Edinburgh Business Breakfast on 30 September 2016.  Kenny is the Contracts Manager for SportsMasters UK Ltd, who built the Astro.  Come and hear first hand the challenges of building on the back pitch with a 5 meter corner to corner fall! Book here.

Thank you to the classmates of Niall McDiarmid (79-85) who spotted him on the BBC sharing his photography journey with the BBC. You can read the BBC story here.  Take a look at Niall's website to see more.

For anyone following Gavin Reid (01-06), he has now completed the round the world yacht race, which included a daring rescue off the coast of Australia.  Gavin and the Mission Performance crew received the Henri Lloyd Seamanship award for their courageous actions.  Watch out for the full story in the Club magazine.

On Tuesday 6 September the School paid its respects to John Ronald Seth Pringle-Pattison (1910-1915) by placing a special Battle of the Somme wreath under the name plaque for him outside of the Memorial Hall.  Ronald, who entered Sandhurst in 1915, fell on his first fight at 19 years of age and Tuesday marked 100 years since his death. 

It was a real pleasure to give Guy Warren (57-60) a tour of the School to see what was new and what was still here from his day. Take a look at a photo here.  If you are visiting Edinburgh and would like a trip down memory lane, please contact me.

George Ogilvie (07 -12) is starting work in Abu Dhabi as a Part 1 Graduate Architect with KEO International Consultants for a year and is keen to play for a local cricket club and meet up with any Merchistonians in Abu Dhabi or Dubai as well as any information about accommodation/flat shares in Abu Dhabi.  Email George if you are able to help.

Merchistonian brothers; Fergus (10-14), who is currently in his third year at Durham reading Theology was proud to be watching his younger brother  Jamie (12-14) compete at Lords on Tuesday 6 September.

Congratulations to Chris Sole (07-12) who made his first class debut in the '2015-17 ICC Intercontinental Cup' on 9 August 2016 against the United Arab Emirates, in which the teams drew.  He also made his ODI debut in the '2015-17 ICC World Cricket League Championship' on 16 August 2016, also against the United Arab Emirates, where Scotland won by 7 wickets with 14 balls remaining. Below is Chris getting congratulated after his third wicket on debut.

Please take a look at the upcoming events on the right hand side and continue to get in touch with any news. 

Have a lovely week.

Kind regards,

The Merchistonian Club

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Upcoming Events

30 September 2016 
Business Breakfast
Colinton Castle Squash Club

7 October 2016
Class of 2006 10 Year Reunion 

8 October 2016
Golf Club Autumn Meeting

29 October 2016
Rugby Supporters Lunch

11 November 2016
The Merchistonian Annual Dinner

26 November 2016
Rugby Supporters Lunch

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