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Double Decker

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
9 March 2018

"Double Decker"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

What a fantastic veiw over Merchiston! The snow has melted around campus but we can still see it on the Pentlands. Thanks to Richard Nicholls (90-97) at Swift Films for sending this in to us.

Dander for Doddie

Ian Fraser (96-02)
is heading to the Italy v Scotland match and is helping to organise a mass walk on Saturday 17 March from the Piazza del Popolo to the stadium to mark the end of fundraising during the 6 Nations.  

"As a supporter of Doddie5 Foundation I have been taking part in Doddie Gump, an online exercise challenge open until the end of the 6 Nations, raising more for Doddie5 Foundation for MND research. As the 6 Nations comes to a close in Rome for Scotland, and as part of the super Saturday, a march to the Stadio Olympico from the Piazza del Popolo will take place for Doddie Gump. I will be taking part and extend an invitation to members of The Merchistonian Club travelling to Rome to join in! 

The walk will be gathering from 10:30 local time in the Piazza del Popolo, moving on to the ground en masse at around 11:00. Doddie style head bands are the only prerequisite and I look forward to seeing anyone who would like to take part.  For anyone still able to sign up to Doddie Gump challenge it's not too late, all miles and donations are gratefully received. Go to @MNDoddie5 or @doddiegump to join in."


7s and the Main Event

The Merchistonian Football Club has a busy and exciting schedule this season, and with new additions to the committee, including Hugh Fraser (12-14) as Club Captain and Freddie Main (CR 01-present) as Director of Rugby, it will be the start of great things to come. Please click here to register your interest and availability for the various 7s tournaments and the big match against Accies! There will be training in preparation for these fixtures, and if you simply want to come down and get involved without playing contact rugby, there's always the option of joining in with the touch games on a Monday evening on the Astro at school. Keep up to date by following MRFC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Singapore Rep Update - Benjamin Dunnett (96-02)

Do you live in Singapore, are you stopping by for a visit, or do you need some general advice? Email Benjamin to meet up:

After leaving Merchiston, Benjamin studied English at Oxford University where he also received a full Blue for rugby league. He graduated in 2006 before taking a job in the City as a broker with Guy Carpenter Ltd, the financial risk and reinsurance advisory arm of Marsh and McLennan Group. He now lives in Singapore and is happily married to his wife Beth with whom he has two daughters. He still secretly hopes for a boy to send to Merchiston!


Merchistonian Car Badge

Annie Henderson, a friend of Russell Paterson (70-75), has been in touch to say she is looking for a Merchiston enamel car badge for Russell.  He had one for many years but when his car was sold the badge was accidentally left on. Annie says that it has always been a source of real loss to him and she would dearly like to replace the car badge for him as a surprise.  Does anyone have one of these badges that they could give, sell, or loan so a copy could be made, to Annie? Please get in touch if you can help!


Ian Suren (34-47) Checks In

It was great to hear from Ian who has been living in Australia since taking early retirement in 1968.

"Although getting a bit long in the tooth, I'm keeping fit and still play 9-holes twice a week with our local club.  Oddly enough, I'm the oldest (89 in April).  As I once said to one of your predecessors, life at school during the war wasn't a particularly pleasant time.  Numbers were down, and one of the houses (think it was Rogerson West) was closed to provide accommodation for servicemen." 


Affinity Discount

More companies offering you discount!

Bonk & Co, #TheStovesFamily.  They have been warming hearts and homes since 1976 and they are offering all Merchistonians and their families £100 against any stove and 10% off accessories, parts and fuel for the whole of 2018. See their website www.bonkandco.com and quote READYAYREADY before you make your purchase.


McLean Forth -
property management and letting agents covering Edinburgh and Fife are offering you for the first month FREE Management and 10% off cost of inventory.
"With over two decades' experience in managing residential leased property we can provide expertise in Property Management, Property Letting & Buy-to-Let investment. Ask for Mark Bargeton (84-89) & quote READYAYREADY."  See their website for more information: www.mcleanforth.com.


Merchistonian Golf Club v Edinburgh Academical Golf Club - 17 February 2018

"The annual match v the Accies is the "season opener" for most people in terms of competitive golf. An excellent day as always, we were lucky with the weather which was dry with a testing south westerly breeze. We were more than equal to the task and managed to secure a 5.5 - 2.5 win (2-2 in the afternoon).  A special mention to Logan Mair (80-86) who had made the long trip north to play, and managed to secure two points. All in all, a very positive performance that bodes well for the Wayfarers and the Halford Hewitt (we had four members of the HH team in the team on Saturday)".  Rob Forman (89-94), Golf Secretary 


7s in the City 

Matthew Clark (07-13), Donald Crawford (06-11)
and Cameron Coutts (07-14) are organising an invitational rugby 7s tournament at Inverleith Park on Saturday 2 June.
As well as all the matches, they will have a beer tent offering live music and DJs throughout the day, a street food village, gin and prosecco gardens, pop-up shops, other entertainment, and the event will conclude with an after-party to round off the day. To get your Early Bird Ticket click here.  


Scotland U20s

Brilliant win for Scotland! Congratulations to Finlay Richardson (12-17), Stafford McDowall (14-16) and the rest of the Scotland U20s squad.


Preparation is Key

Great picture of Tom (09-14) and Chris Sole (07-12) out in Zimbabwe with Scotland, preparing for the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in March.


Cherry on Top

David Cherry (02-09)
signs for Edinburgh on a one year deal. Read the story here.


Merchistonian Club AGM

Don't forget the Club AGM will be held on Monday 12 March from 6.30pm in classroom E5.  Please let me know if you are coming along.

We look forward to sharing an update on the annual shoot match against the school next week. Hopefully this year the Merchistonians will be victorious! Enjoy the rifle and clay shoot day tomorrow gents!

Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary
Louise, Development Assistant

Headmaster's Headlines
Sports Desk 



10 March 2018
Rifle and Clay Shoot Day

10 March 2018
Stenhouse Quaich (Wayfarers)

5 April 2018
Halford Hewitt

21 April 2018
North Berwick 59th Annual Sevens Tournament

28 April 2018
Leith v Merchistonians FC

5 May 2018
Musselburgh 7s - Merchistonian FC

12 May 2018
Perth Rugby Festival - Merchistonian FC

19 May 2018
Class of '66 - '70 Reunion

20 May 2018
Golf Academy Taster Day

25 May 2018
Edinburgh Business Breakfast

2 June 2018
Edinburgh 7s - Merchistonian FC

9 June 2018
MFC v Accies

16 June 2018
Stay Strong Stu - Merchistonians FC

21 June 2018
Cyril Gray

22-27 July 2018
U13-U16 Summer Rugby Camp

22-27 July 2018
Summer Golf Camp

25 August 2018
Golf Autumn Meeting

15 September 2018
Class of '88 Reunion
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