To book an event over the phone, please ring the Office on 0131 556 4270 and have your debit or credit card handy.
Please note that refunds will only be made if the places returned can be resold, and no refunds for any event will be made less than 48 hours in advance.
|Speakers Lunch Monday 19 September 12.00 for 12.30 pm
Mike Robinson, CEO Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Mike holds a large number of voluntary roles, with particular expertise in project management, fund-raising, renewable energy and environmental issues. He has delivered around fifteen large capital projects in the past twenty years, most recently as Development Manager for RBGE in delivering the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
|Club Racing Dinner Saturday 24 September 7.00 for 7.30 pm
A delicious 3 course dinner and most importantly, some inside tips! Top TV racing pundit Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson is guest speaker and he will be recounting some of his many hilarious anecdotes from his years as a TV presenter and racing commentator, as well as going over the following day’s race card. Dinner includes half a bottle of wine or two bottles of beer.
We are also delighted to have the use of the Lothian Suite again in the Queens Stand at the racecourse. To gain access to this beautiful room where you can watch all the horse racing action, there will be a small supplement of £6.50, making the Lothian ticket £25.00. And of course there will still be the great value normal entry ticket for £18.50, which also includes parking and a voucher for a burger and a drink. Buy a ticket for the dinner and the races, and you will get a 10% discount!
|Evening Lecture Monday 3 October 7.00 pm
FREE to attend
The Pentland Way: A Walk with History
Bob Paterson, a founder member of the Friends of the Pentlands, will be talking about ‘The Way’, which runs from Dunsyre to Swanston and will be talking about who has lived, travelled through, or appreciated these hills, and perhaps been inspired by them long before ourselves.
|Young Musician's Concert Tuesday 4 October 7.00 for 7.30 pm
£15 for members, non-members also welcome for £18
No doubt these brilliant youngsters will be getting ready for their inaugural concert, sure to impress once again. Having had expert advice from their mentors, (as seen in the Masterclasses), this is sure to be a special evening which will involve all the young musicians and mentors.
The evening begins with a drinks reception at 7.00, with the concert starting at 7.30. Please come along and support these wonderful young musicians.
|Fireside Chat Tuesday 11 October
“No more Champagne: Churchill and his Money”
Club member Roddy Martine will be chatting to David Lough, a retired banker and history scholar of Oxford University, about his fascinating book that can be found in the Club Library. The chat will start at 6.30 pm, followed by a glass of wine or soft drink, a warming buffet hotpot then coffee or hot chocolate and some sweet treats.
|Speaker's Lunch Monday 17 October 12.00 for 12.30 pm
Mr David Windmill, Chairman of the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick
David has significantly developed the wildlife conservation, education and research work of the Centre. As Honorary Consul General for Norway in Scotland, he hopes to help develop the links between the Scottish Seabird Centre and Norway, as the Centre is currently providing advice for the proposed national Seabird Centre on Norway’s north coast.
|Evening Lecture Monday 7 November 7.00 pm
FREE to attend
Tony Bray on The Museum of Flight at East Fortune
This talk will show how the National Museum of Flight offers the visitor a superb insight into the development of aircraft and aviation, both commercial and military. Tony Bray is an active club member and will take you on a well-illustrated journey through 100 years of powered flight.
Tony is a Volunteer Aircraft Guide at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune and has had a life-long interest in aviation. He first flew in an RAF Chipmunk at 15, a year later flew solo after a week’s RAF gliding instruction course and later he qualified as a Private Pilot,
He has flown in most types of aircraft – fixed wing, helicopters, hot air balloon, in an airship over the Boden See, and supersonic in Concorde. His latest flying adventure is learning to manoeuvre a DJI Phantom 3 drone around the skies over East Fortune!
|Remembrance Day Sunday Lunch Sunday 13 November 2016 12.00 pm
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|Speakers Lunch Monday 21 November 12.00 for 12.30 pm
Simon Milne, Regius Keeper, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Simon Milne is also Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Scottish Wildlife Trust which has a great reputation for pioneering practical, policy and advocacy work. He has also served with the Royal Marines, from Bosnia and Northern Ireland to the jungle, Arctic and Whitehall. He was appointed MBE in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
|St Andrew's Night Dinner Friday 25 November 7.00 for 7.30 pm
We are thrilled to announce that the special guest speaker at this annual dinner is Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
A graduate of Edinburgh & Glasgow Universities, Ruth has worked as a BBCjournalist and was also a signaller in the Territorial Army. Ruth won a seat in the 2011 Scottish
Parliament election and that same year became party leader. Ruth has raised the profile and popularity of the Conservative Party enormously in Scotland, and is recognized as an outstanding and engaging speaker. There will also be musical entertainment from the Club’s young musicians and a cappella group, ‘The Silver Darlings'
|Members' Christmas Lunch Tuesday 13 December 12.30 pm
Another fun-filled festive lunch, with turkey, raffle, carols - and mistletoe! Come and jingle your bells with us to start off the season. If you haven’t attended before, why not come along for your first turkey of the season!
|Members Christmas Carol Singing and Readings Tuesday 20 December 7.00 pm
Followed by wine and mince pies
|Evening Lecture Monday 9 January 2017 7.00 pm
FREE TO ATTEND
Gemma Wild, Scottish Waterways Trust's Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage
Gemma will be speaking about the amazing engineering feats that are our Scottish canals. The focus will be on the Union Canal which runs from the heart of Edinburgh to the Falkirk Wheel, and will touch on some fascinating historic buildings and archaeological sites along the way.
|RSC Burns Supper Friday 20 January 2017 6.30 for 7.00 pm
We have Alistair Hutton, voice of the Edinburgh Tattoo and author, lined up for The Immortal Memory, and literary couple Alan Taylor and Rosemary Goring will be delivering the Toasts. There will, of course, be recitations and musical entertainment to make it an evening to remember.
|RSC Burns Lunch Wednesday 25 January 2017 12.30 pm
A great way to celebrate the Bard, with all the usual food and entertainment but without the late night.John will be piping and Jim will be fiddling, with lots of stuff in between.
|Evening Lecture Monday 6 February 2017 7.00 pm
FREE TO ATTEND
Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art on Suffragettes
In early 1914 the British female suffrage movement was at its militant height. Denied the right to a democratic vote, suffragettes engaged in a range of violent activities devised to draw attention to their cause. Window-smashing and arson were common tactics. On 10th March a new form of militancy was adopted: iconoclasm. Mary Richardson entered the National Gallery and slashed the Diego Velázquez masterpiece The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus) with a hatchet. Her action scandalised the nation, and stimulated a wave of assaults on paintings in museums and galleries that would last for five months. This lecture examines the suffragettes’ iconoclastic campaign in depth, exploring the actions and motives of the women responsible, and investigating contemporary responses to the attacks. Dr Helen Scott is Curator of Fine Art at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. Her doctoral research focused on acts of iconoclasm carried out by members of the public in Western museums and art galleries.
|A Literary Supper with ‘The Femmes Fatales’ Thursday 9 February 2017 7.00 pm
A fantastic evening with not one, but three great crime writers. Lin Anderson, Alex Gray and Alanna Knight will join us to talk about their popular Scotland based crime fighting characters.
Femmes Fatales exemplify the huge variety that is current Scottish Crime writing. Alex Gray specialises in contemporary police procedurals featuring DS William Lorimer. Alanna Knight MBE, crime writer extraordinaire, writes the Inspector Faro series set in Victorian Edinburgh, and Lin Anderson’s thriller series stars Dr Rhona MacLeod, a forensic expert. As three founder members of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival, they will leave no question unanswered.
Come and listen to these fascinating authors, before being served a delicious supper and an opportunity to chat with them. If you are a fan of crime thrillers, this is not an evening to miss!
|Speakers Lunch Monday 20 February 12.00 for 12.30 pm
Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport