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Where there's a will, there's a wave

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
27 April 2018

"Where there's a will, there's a wave"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

May Business Breakfast

In the run up to Brexit, Eoghan Mackie (89-95) will talk about his organisation, Challenges Worldwide.  Their latest offering is to provide support for UK business and social enterprise to access Africa.

Building on their 1,000-strong Sub-Saharan African SME client base, Challenges has been conducting market analysis, piloting, and launching some exciting UK businesses in Africa over the last few months...and they are keen to engage more.

From product to service companies, whether it is procurement from, or supply to African markets, Eoghan will go through some examples, and he would be keen to hear ideas from Merchistonians about other opportunities that Challenges could try out.

Join us on Friday 25 May from 8.00am-9.00am at Challenges Worldwide, 7 Montgomery Street Lane, and breakfast will be provided by Valvona and Crolla.
Let me know if you would like to sign up (this is the last BB until after summer!). 

Affinity Discount

Another company on board!

Gilchrist Recruitment Partnership

Graham Gibson (83-88) is offering a reduced fixed rate for all Merchistonians and their associated companies. Gilchrist Recruitment Partnership is Scotland's only dedicated recruitment agency for creative, digital advertising and marketing roles. With over 20 years' experience they can offer a bespoke dedicated service focusing on all your marketing needs from web designers to Marketing Directors.

You can get in touch with Graham on graham@gilchrist-recruitment.com

Click here to view all discounts available to you. 


Making a Splash in Edinburgh! 

Wavegarden Scotland, the company that will develop Scotland's first artificial surf park, received the news this week that the planning application to redevelop Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh into a world-class surfing and family leisure facility has been given the green light!

Andy Hadden (93-00), the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, who is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: "We are thrilled that the plans for Wavegarden Scotland have been approved.  We believe that this facility will deliver many benefits for the local community and for Scotland by offering world-class adventure leisure amenities alongside a wonderful country park, for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy."

Click here for the full story

London Scottish Schools Golf Society

Join Michael Ferndale (86-92) on Tuesday 26 June at the Denham Golf Club for this networking opportunity. 

The event is open to all golfers, educated at a Scottish school.  Teams of four will represent their school, or individuals can play in Wanderers teams of four. The three best scores from each team will count in the morning 18-hole Stableford competition for the Anniesland Trophy.

Click here for more information and the entry form.  Please let Michael know if you would like to take part.


Dream Course

It was lovely to hear from Andrew White (11-16) recently.  After leaving Merchiston, Andrew was accepted on a Veterinary Medicine course at Liverpool University and is really enjoying it!  I look forward to hearing about what you get up to after university! 


Halford Hewitt 2018

Golf Club Captain, Alastair Milligan (58-63) provides an update on the Halford Hewitt:

"A team of Chris Cowan (79-85), Harry Thomson (72-78), Martin Stein (84-89), Mike Rolland (98-03), Robbie Bremner (85-91), Charlie Simpson (94-98), Ross Crummey (06-09), Jamie McIntosh (02-09), Freddie Ward (07-11) and Peter Legget (03-11) arrived in Deal in an optimistic mood but realised the draw had not been kind to us as a number of the better schools had been drawn in the same quarter."

Read the full report here


MFC News

North Berwick 7s

Freddie Main provides an update on the team's efforts at the North Berwick 7s last Saturday. 

"The squad of nine players assembled at the clubhouse at North Berwick and spent time getting to know each other ahead of the first tie. The team, led by Cammy Gray (13-15), put in a cracking performance for a scratch team against Dunbar, scoring six unanswered tries through Gray (3), Nigel Kelly (2), and Campbell Wilson and looked strong for the cup quarter final against the tournament hosts."

Click here to read the full update and full squad list. 

Leith 7s

The team were out training this week for the Leith 7's tomorrow! Good luck team!  

Summer Touch 

It is all go, go, go! Touch is back up and running!  Join the team every Monday evening from 6.45-7.45pm on the School's Astro.  Trainers only! 


The 'Fab Four'…plus one

Iain Wright's (60-65) 'Back to the Beatles' presentation announcement has triggered some memories for Mike Pancheri (61-66).

"The only time I ever bought Beatles music must have been in 1963. I had to go into Edinburgh and my friend asked me to get him the new Beatles single called 'Please Please Me'. I remember going into John Menzies on Princes Street, and asking if they had this record by this weirdly-named group (six shillings and fourpence I think). 

I wonder if any Merchistonians were at the famous Beatles gig in Glasgow which coincided with half-term in 1963? When the curtains opened, the Beatles were shown first in silhouette, and there were five people on stage instead of the expected four.  It turned out that the fifth one was actually a drunk who had managed to get past all the officials and was wandering around the stage while the 'Fab Four', to their eternal credit, took absolutely no notice and carried on their performance as if nothing odd had happened."    


A Sporting Start

Freddie Main lost a dear friend, Martin Macari, last year and has set himself the challenge of learning a new game and trialling for the National Touch Squads in Martin's honour. 

"I was fortunate to make it into the Scotland Over 35 Touch Squad for this summer's European Championships in Nottingham, and am working hard with all of my amazing teammates to ensure we represent our country, families and friends to the best of our abilities.

We are aiming to raise money for kit and training costs for the team, which is all self-funded, and also wish to raise money and awareness for the   
'Sporting Start' charity set up in Martin's name."

If you would like to support Freddie on a personal or corporate level please click here


Good luck to those taking part in the golf match at Muirfield on Sunday against Old Sedberghians. 

Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary

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