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A little whisky was tasted

A selection of our former staff enjoying the whisky tasting and talk given by Rory Souter from the Whisky Society. We even had whisky cake, courtesy of Auria, to add to the enjoyment!

Fittingly, it was an educational as well as enjoyable event, held in the Upper Apex cafe at Merchiston. Star of the show, undoubtedly, was Richard Honour, former head of Publishing and Printing. His appearances at events have been sparser of late, due to the difficulty of negotiating his wheelchair. But the venue was completely accessible, and he was able to meet friends and colleagues again.

Rory coped admirably with questions from the audience, ¬†blending knowledge with wit and humour. There were requests for a follow up, so please, if you’d like to pitch in with ideas or information, just contact one of us.


Charlie Geddes

Dr William Charles Geddes has passed away. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Chemical and Physical Sciences and had a particular interest in Polymers.

The Funeral Service will be held at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday, February 19, at 11 am.

He and his wife Sheena were good supporters of the Former Staff Association and he will be sorely missed.

Christmas Lunch 2015

P1000349_DxO_DxOP1000348_DxO_DxOP1000347_DxO_DxOP1000346_DxO_DxOThe Christmas Lunch was held on Wednesday 16 December 2015 in the Rivers Suite, Craiglockhart Campus. Thirty two members and partners attended the event and it was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues over an enjoyable meal.

Many thanks to David and his staff from Catering Services and to Sandy Brown for organising the lunch.

Former Member


Have just been advised that Alistair McLeod who was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design has passed away. His funeral service will be held at Warriston Crematorium on Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 2.30pm.

Spring events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh provides free events throughout the year, sometimes too many to keep track of! Luckily Eventbrite collects them together. Here are those listed for the next few months.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: impressionist music, Nat. Library of Scotland, Tues 12 Jan 6pm

Jane Tulloch: our best attention, Blackwells, Thurs 14 Jan 6.30

Peter May – Coffin Road, Central Library, Wed 20 Jan 7-8

Billy Kay, The Scots in Russia, University of Edinburgh, Thurs 21 Jan 6pm

Nuala O’Connor- Miss Emily, Central Library Thurs 21 Jan 7-8

Tycoon and the bard: how can a poet influence a businessman? Wed 27 Jan, National Library of Scotland, 2-3pm

Christine de Luca-Edinburgh’s Makar Thurs, Central Library Thurs 18 Feb 9pm

Bodysnatchers to lifesavers: three centuries of medicine in Edinburgh, Wed 9 March National Library of Scotland, 2pm

Andrew Tannahill lecture 2016: Scottish Literature and power, Thur 17 March, National Library of Scotland, 6pm

Dan Mulhall- Easter Rising, Mon 2 May Central Library

You can get more details of these events, and register for free tickets at eventbrite

or contact Fran at Francesanderson@me.com if you have any questions or need more information.



Foodies get together

Have you heard of the Edinburgh Scran salon? On the first Monday of the month a disparate group get together to discuss all things food. More details on the December event and tickets here:


Christmas lunch

Join us for a chance to catch up with old friends, or make some new ones. Here are the menu, venue and cost. Contact Sandy Brown, who is organising it, to book a place and for any further information.

Christmas Lunch: Wed 16 December 2015
Rivers Suite Craiglockhart

On Arrival

Glass of Sparkling Wine or Soft Drink

To Start

Tomato & Lentil Soup served with Petit Pan (v)

Melon & Parma Ham

Fan of Melon (vegan)

From the Carvery

Roast Crown of Turkey with Sage &
Onion Stuffing & Cranberry Sauce

Prime Roast Beef with a Rich Red Wine Jus

Mushroom & Courgette Stroganoff with Wild Rice (v)

Roasted Butternut Squash stuffed with Jewelled Cous Cous (vegan)

Garlic & Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Buttered Carrots & Brussels Sprouts


Christmas pudding served with Brandy Custard

Sticky Toffee Pudding served with Caramel Sauce

Lemon Posset served with Seasonal Berries (vegan)

Tea/Coffee served with Chocolate Mints

Cost £26.00
Wines and soft drinks etc. are available, charged, at the bar.