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Flying High - Merchistonian News

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
26 October 2018

"Flying High - Merchistonian News"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Welcome back after a short break. This week's newsletter brings news of Merchistonians, from publishing books to travel adventures.
We also have the latest updates on events happening over the next month.


2018 Merchistonian Annual Dinner

A last call for Merchistonians to sign up for the Annual Dinner on Friday 9 November.
The evening will be a more relaxed, informal dinner than last year with a return to the formal dinner in 2019.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm Pre-dinner drinks at Indigo Yard
7.00pm Arrive at La P'tite Folie
7.30pm Welcome from Matt Gray followed by dinner
9.00pm Presentation of the Merchistonian Award
9.30pm Speeches from selected guests

If you haven't already signed up, please book your tickets from Eventbrite here.




Merchistonian Journey

Ian Suren (43-47) has been in touch and had a lovely story to share about his recent visit back to the UK from his home in Australia.

On his trip to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at RAF Coningsby he spotted, amongst the 'old' aeroplanes in their loving care, an Avro Lancaster, serial number PA 474.

"Way back in my RAF days, 1953 found me based in Nairobi, flying Lancasters engaged on aerial survey work of what was then British Africa. 

Browsing through one of my flight log-books, I found that one of the Lancasters on our squadron was none other than PA474 and on which I had flown at least 500 hours as the navigator on survey flights."

With his son Peter, also an ex-RAF pilot, Ian spent a wonderful few hours accompanied by the boss of the Memorial Flight and found it hard to believe that he was looking at an aircraft in which he had flown some 65 years ago.

Ian also sends his best wishes to the School and the Merchistonian community.




Merchiston Business Network

Oliver Crowther (06-10) has been in touch to advise PE/VC company True is recruiting for a Commercial Analyst in London and looking for University Graduates. For information on the role and the company visit www.true.global/talent



Business Breakfast

The next Business Breakfast will be held on Friday 30 November at Tigerlily on George Street, Edinburgh. Starting at 8.00am in the same format as previous events with tea/coffee and bacon rolls accompanying an informative talk.

Speaking at the Breakfast will be Matt Gray (79-85) and Daryll Morrow (08-10) who will be presenting on the Merchistonian Business Network, where the venture currently stands and the plans for the Network in the short and long-term.

If you are interested in attending, then please send an email to Daniel Pratt or call on 0131 312 2237.




Gemmano

Merchistonian David Will (70-76) has published a book inspired by the war experiences of his father Jock Will (34-38).
The novel is called Gemmano, the name of a hard-fought battle fought on the Gothic Line in Italy in 1944.

Jock Will won a Distinguished Service Order during the action, and kept a detailed diary of the terrible experiences he encountered there over a period of about ten days.

Armed with the diary, David travelled to Gemmano, discovering a beautiful hilltop village that actively remembers the suffering caused by the battle, and commemorates it annually as an example of the worst effects of war.

David was able to speak to some of the local community members who, as young men, had actually watched the battle.

Their memories and descriptions were vivid. David was struck by the wave of violence, in the form of the advancing front, that swept over this peaceful community and destroyed it, making instant refugees of its inhabitants, and so was inspired to write the novel from the Italian perspective.




Swimming Gala

Douglas Rodger (73-77) has been in touch and shared good news that Surgeons at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh have said that he can start swimming again, 122 weeks after surviving horrific a head-on car accident.

Douglas is wondering if any great Merchistonian swimmers would like to take on the current boys at a swimming gala next Merchistonian Day 2019.  He is hoping his swimming friends Douglas Oliver (71-76) and Simon Hindshaw (70-75) will join him.




Napier Remembrance Service

On Saturday 10 November there will be a brief wreath laying ceremony at the site of the Old School at Merchiston tower, now Napier University.

This is where the School was in WW1 and all our fallen Merchistonians from that era went there.
The ceremony will take place at 2.30pm and if you would be interested in joining please get in touch.




That's all for this week's newsletter.

As always, we hope you have enjoyed reading and if you have any stories of your own, please do get in touch!

Best wishes


Dan, Merchistonian Club Secretary
E: merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk
T: 0131 312 2237



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9 November 2018
Merchistonian Annual Dinner

10 November 2018
Class of '08 Reunion


11 November 2018
2018 Remembrance - 100 Pipers and Drummers


30 November 2018
Business Breakfast - MBN

15 March 2019
Pre-Calcutta Cup Dinner
 
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