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Gold Standard - Merchistonian News

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
30 November 2018

"Gold Standard - Merchistonian News"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

From the current crop of School rugby stars to Merchistonian medal winners, this week's newsletter is packed full of success. We hope you enjoy reading the best stories from around the Merchistonian community this week.

Business Breakfast

The Club have been busy working on plans to make use of the great contacts within the Merchistonian network. Matt Gray (79-85) and Daryll Morrow (08-10) were on hand to present the short and long-term vision of the 'MBN' at this morning's Business Breakfast and it was great to see Merchistonians attending to support the initiative.

Initially the Merchistonian Business Network has created a list of mentors who cover many sectors and industries, from which the mentors will be paired up with Merchistonians who are after advice, business expertise or general information.

The Network will also cover many locations and for those who are looking for local knowledge, the 'MBN' will be a great source of expertise, whether you're looking for help moving abroad, travel advice or just the best restaurants in town.

The long term vision is that the 'MBN' will be hosted online and an app can be used for signing up to be a mentor, receiving advice, leaving feedback and even just finding local Merchistonians wherever you may be.

Once the Merchistonian Business Network is up and running, the Club are keen to roll this out to current pupils at Merchiston and be able to offer career advice, work experience and more.

If you are interested in being a mentor, would be willing to be a familiar contact, or would like to receive advice please do get in contact with the Merchistonian Club by emailing Merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk

Let's paint Murrayfield Blue, Red and White - Schools' Cup Final

Next Wednesday 5 December, Merchiston's U18 Rugby team will be playing St Aloysius' College in the Scottish Schools' Cup Final at BT Murrayfield. This will be a wonderful occasion for the players, their families and the wider communities of both schools.

Our team have applied themselves to a comprehensive training schedule to prepare for this event and all the boys are looking forward to playing in what should be an exciting game of rugby. We hope that the school communities taking part in the evening will come together to support and respect the teams in an atmosphere which reflects the values of each school.

BT Murrayfield will be managing the evening and please note that there are No Alcohol and No Pressurized Container Air Horns Policies in force within the stadium and we would respectfully request that all our visitors adhere to these policies. This is a school-centred event, so please be mindful of the role of all adults in giving a lead by displaying enthusiastic and positive support for both teams throughout. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all of us in the Merchiston family to show others our shared sense of sportsmanship and community.

Both the U18 and U16 Cup finals take place on the international pitch:

6.00pm     U16 Cup Final            George Watson's College    v    High School of Dundee
7.45pm     U18 Cup Final            Merchiston Castle School     v    St Aloysius' College

Let's all enjoy the occasion together and give our players a lift by painting the stadium Blue, Red and White - get out your old School kit, scarves, School blazers. 

Public parking is available in the Saughtonhall car park accessed via Saughtonhall Avenue. Parking is on a first come first served basis and a space cannot be guaranteed.

Entry is free so come along to find out who will be lifting this year's silverware! For anyone wishing to join our group before going into the stadium, we will congregate at the Murrayfield Hotel from 6.00pm.

Rugby Camp 2019

The 2019 Rugby Camp details have been released, the camps will be led by Roddy Deans (Director of Rugby and former Scotland u16 Head Coach) and David Blair (Assistant Director of Rugby, who played with Scotland A, Edinburgh and Sale Sharks).

For more details click here.

Unveiling of the 'Winkle' statue

Neil Burnet (52-57) has been in touch with a wonderful story from the unveiling of the statue in memorial of Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown.

"Twenty one former Squadron members attended the unveiling of the statue by Prince Andrew. Eleven of the members, the son of Eric 'Winkle' Brown and the sculptor, are shown in the picture with the statue. I am second from the right. In all there were three Merchistonians at the unveiling, who were former Squadron members. Myself, Roger Baird (73-78) and Andy Marjoriebanks (55-59)"

Neil also provided an email from Keith Dunbar - Historian of the Edinburgh University Air Squadron Association.

"Well we did it!  After two years of organising, thousands of emails and over a year of fund-raising, the memorial statue to Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown was unveiled at Edinburgh Airport by HRH Prince Andrew on July 2.

With the great financial support of many former squadron members, private individuals and corporate donors, together with invaluable assistance from the management of Edinburgh Airport, the first phase of the memorial project which was to install a bronze statue of Winkle at Edinburgh Airport has now been completed. 

The statue which is located on the plaza to the east of the main terminal building depicts Winkle as a young pilot in 1930's style flying gear, striding towards his aircraft. The airport management reckons it will be seen by upwards of 10 million passengers per year.  An honour guard was provided by some of the current generation of student pilots from the East of Scotland University Air Squadron and a contingent of Naval Cadets."


Merchistonian International Success

The Scottish Men's Curling team were in action at the European Curling Championships held in Tallinn, Estonia this week.

Merchistonians Hammy McMillan (75-80) and Grant Hardie (05-10) helped the team beat Sweden 9-5 in the final to secure the Gold Medal. A fantastic achievement for the boys and for Scotland!

You can read a full report here or watch the highlights of a great match here.


Piping across the world

Jimmy Hendrick (46-49) couldn't join in with the 100 Pipers and Drummers Parade but was with us in spirit as he explains here:

"The Merchistonian community may be interested in this photo in relation to the 100 Pipers and Drummers project. I was a member of the school pipe band in 1947-1949.

This photo shows myself and my son David also a piper, but not a Merchistonian, outside our village church before the memorial plaque. My father Charles Hendrick (1915-1916) also a piper was a Merchistonian but was killed in Malaya during the onslaught of the Japanese in December 1941.

Best wishes for the 100 Pipers and Drummers project. David and I are with you in spirit."

Thank you for your support Jimmy!

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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