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OFs gathered in Sydney to coincide with Roy Leckie’s (Ca 1985-1990) business travels. We were delighted to hear that Louie Skinner (CW 1988-1993), Carl Longmore (SH 1978-1983) and Nicola Miethke neé Mackay (CE 2001-2006) were able to join Roy on 17th May for some fun reminiscences of their Fettes days.

Borders, St Boswell’s

On 24th May a vibrant group of 12 gathered in the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswell’s to firmly re-instate the OF Borders gatherings after a gap of several years. It was a very entertaining evening, culminating in watching the exceedingly high tech Peter Sandison (Gl 1965-1970) stun the waiting staff by paying for his supper with his watch! Huge thanks to the fabulous organisation of Philip Church (JS, Gl 1985-1993) and his wife Alexandra who were joined by Peter Sandison and wife Shirley, Graham Watt (Ki 1950-1955) and his wife Carolyn, Amanda Forsyth née Baker (Ar 1982-1984), her husband Adam and their daughter Sandy (PS, Ar 2009-2018), Jamie Macpherson (Ca 1985-1990) and his wife Annie and Karen Jones neé Houston (Ar 1989-1991), Development Manager at Fettes.

South Africa, Johannesburg

The Gauteng Branch of the South African OFA enjoyed a delightful OF reunion lunch at the Glenvista Golf Club, south of Johannesburg on 26th May, kindly hosted by Willie (Gl 1967-1972) and Maureen Rankin.

It was a beautiful autumn day, overlooking the golf course and the typical South African braai was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to Willie and Maureen for organising the excellent venue and lunch.

They were delighted to welcome three new members to their group, namely Regan Ryan (Ca 1997-1998) and Richard (Mo 1985-1990) and Dorris Simpson. They hope these new members will join them for many more years to come.

The lunch was attended by Andrew (K 1957-1961) and Lorna Spence. As the most senior OF in attendance, Andew ably delivered the Fettes grace in Latin, as has become tradition at this  gathering. The other attendees were John (CW 1962-1966) and Fiona Rollason and their daughter Fleur Rollason (Gap Year, Staff 2005 -2005), Hitesh Desai (SH 1976-1981), Elena Kachkova (Staff 1993-2002) and her husband Nigel Wilkes and Stephen (SH 1980-1981) and Maria Fish.

We must also extend our thanks to the hosts’ extensive support team of sons, Christopher (Gap Year, Staff 2009-2009), William and Alistair Rankin.

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