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RSC E-Newsletter 26.02.21

I can’t quite believe it is March next week, February feels like it’s gone in a blink of an eye. Lockdown stills looms arounds us, but the sun has been shining in Edinburgh and the spring flowers are starting to appear, something to celebrate.

I have had lovely messages from lots of you letting me know you have had your first vaccinations which is exciting. Better times are definitely on the horizon.

Our head Chef Bremner, has teamed up with a local supplier for Mother’s Day weekend and we are offering a special meal box to celebrate Mothers Day. More information is below, and we would be grateful for your support to make sure these are a success. Orders must be received by Friday 5th March. If these are successful we hope to offer Easter Lunch options and more in the future.

SOMETHING FOR YOUR DIARY - with social lives on hold we are also able to offer an entertaining evening commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech on Friday 5th March, hosted by Churchill’s Great Grandson, Randolph Churchill. Boisedale’s in London are offering our members 10% discount on their Virtual Churchill Dinner. Sign up and you will be sent a box with a three course meal and wine along with a link to join in what will be an excellent evenings entertainment. Orders must be placed before Sunday 28th February.

March marks the start of our zoom lectures once more and we have two for you to join us on this month. The first will be with Alison Kinnaird, a member of the Club and an exquisite artist who uses the medium of glass. You can take a look at her website here

The second is with John Fulton who has previously spoken at the Club, he is a retired lawyer with a lifetime’s interest in social history. His book ’66 Queen Street – The House that viewed the World’ came out last year to much acclaim. His book can be purchased from Scotland Street Presse here ahead of the talk if you wish.

As always, I hope you are all staying safe and well, and I get to see you on one of our Zoom

Ayesha and the team at RSC

Mothers Day Meal Boxes

We are thrilled to be able to offer a Mother’s Day Meal box. The box contains an easy, ready-to-go option, perfectly portioned for 2. Containing canapés, starter, main course, 2 side dishes and dessert, everything needed for a 4 course Mother’s Day treat.

The box is designed to require minimal effort, everything comes pre-prepared and ready to be cooked. Cooking instructions and timings are included in the box.

We are offering both a meat and vegetarian / low gluten box. Please note box contents can’t be mixed between the two.

All you have to do is chose either the meat box or the vegetarian box and email me with your request and contact details, I will then send you an invoice for payment. The boxes cost £55 each. Those local to Edinburgh will collect from the Club for free on Saturday 13th March between 11am and 2pm. Anyone further afield can order for delivery for a £9.50 fee, UK only. Cut off for orders will be Friday 5th March.

A great gift idea to send your loved ones as well if you can’t be with them, or order two for different addresses (£9.50 delivery per box/ free collection from the Club) and plan a zoom date to enjoy a meal together.

Boisdale Virtual Churchill Dinner

Friday 5 March from 7.30pm | The comfort of your own home| Black tie - optional

Join Boisdale, London’s best selection of restaurants, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech on 5 March 1948.

Choose your three course Boisdale dining kit featuring two bottles of stunning Argentinian wines to gain exclusive access to a virtual evening of sublime entertainment:

• Keynote speech by Winston Churchill’s great grandson Randolph Churchill

• Tasting panel with restaurant critic Tom Parker-Bowles and special guests

• Tutored tasting of the best Malbec in the world with legendary winemakers Martin Kaiser and Andrea Tansini

• Auction in aid of the International Churchill Society

Each dining kit serves two hungry guests and are priced at £139 + £9 delivery charge. Orders must be placed by this Sunday 28 February for nationwide delivery on Thursday 4 March. Enter code RSC10 at checkout for a 10% discount on all Churchill dining kits and upgrades.

Order here

The Remarkable Adventures of an Unconventional Soldier

At the start of the year I wrote to you with the sad news that Brigadier Charles Ritchie had passed away. Those of you who knew Charles will know that he was the life and soul of a Club event and always had a fascinating story to tell.

Charles’ wife, Araminta, has informed us that Charles managed to finish his book before he passed away and it is being published by Pen & Sword. We don’t have a release date yet but the title is “Laughter is the Best Weapon – The Remarkable Adventures of an Unconventional Soldier”.

Anyone who would like to reserve a copy can do so by sending their details to charles_book@btinternet.com

Zoom Lectures

We have a great selection of virtual lectures coming up. Find out all the details below along with links to book via Eventbrite. I do hope you can join us but if you are unable to, I will endeavour to record the lectures and share them in an upcoming newsletter.

Glass & light with Alison Kinnaird

Saturday 6th March 2021, 11am

Alison Kinnaird MBE has an international reputation as an outstanding artist in glass. Using the ancient technique of wheel engraving, she combines this with modern lighting technology such as LEDs, to create artworks which can be seen in many public and private collections. In 1997 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Art and Music. Alison will talk about her life as an artist working with glass, an unusual and beautiful medium that offers wonderful potential for artistic expression.

Book Here

Scotland’s Hidden Treasure

Saturday 3rd April 2021, 11am

The story of what happened to the oldest Royal Regalia in Britain. Hidden not once, but twice in two of Scotland’s great Castles. When? Who hid them? and Why?

Kathy Crawford Hay worked within the publishing industry for more than 40 years, before becoming a Consultant. She has been a guest speaker at colleges, universities, clubs and societies sharing her collection of fascinating historical stories. Not one to miss!

Book Here

66 - The House that viewed the World

Monday 15th March 2021, 7pm

John Fulton is a retired lawyer with a lifetime’s interest in social history. His book ’66 Queen Street – The House that viewed the World’ came out last year to much acclaim.

The book covers a broad swathe of Scottish History from the Enlightenment in the 1700’s to the Meltdown of the world economies in 2007. It does so by telling 14 self contained stories all connected with 66 Queen Street, a Townhouse in Georgian Edinburgh built in 1792. Join us to hear all about it from John himself.

Book Here

Behind the scenes with The British and Irish Lions

Monday 12th April 2021, 7pm

Club member, Guy Richardson, was an officer in The Royal Scots for 20 years and led soldiers on operations at the age of 22 experiencing operational service in Northern Ireland, 1st Gulf War, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Bosnia. On leaving the army in 2004 Guy joined The Scottish Rugby Union as the Manager for the National Team. During this time, he was involved in a couple of Rugby World Cups as well as touring with the British and Irish Lions to South Africa in 2009 on the backroom staff. In 2010 Guy became the Director of Operations for The British and Irish Lions accountable for the planning and delivery of everything off the field of play for the 2013 Tour to Australia. Learn how Guy planned the tour, brought the team together when only weeks before they had been in opposition and enjoy some funny stories about ‘Living with the Lions’ along the way.

Book Here

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