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Hello, everyone from the 1950s/1960s,

Toby Carvery

114 St John’s Street, Corstorphine

Thursday 31st May 12:00


You will remember that, in December 2013, we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Club instituted way back in 1888.

The celebrations culminated in a spectacular gala in the Royal Commonwealth Pool and 4x50 metre medley handicap teams from each decade racing against each other. Of course, the celebrations continued in the bar upstairs in true Warrender tradition.

We are proud to say that our 50s/60s members have continued to keep in touch by joining together for an informal lunch in Edinburgh from time to time.

This year, we are trying the Toby Carvery West, 114 St. John’s Road, Corstorphine, as the Mercure is being refurbished. There is ample free (for customers) parking behind the restaurant and a bus stop right outside the front door. After kicking off with a drink at the bar, we can choose from a selection of attractive lunch dishes including a help-yourself roast selection for £6.95 in an informal setting.

It would be helpful if you could confirm your attendance so that the hotel may know rough numbers. And so, if you are likely to come, please reply by 20 May to Stuart’s email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone number 0131 556 3872 or mobile 07758 480390.

We really do hope that as many as possible will come along and renew old acquaintances.

“One for all and all for one.”

Stuart Baillie Strong (Breaststroke) and Jim Hill (Backstroke)

The Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket was the setting again for the Gentleman’s Dinner and 85 members and guests gathered for this year’s event. Honorary Vice President, Past President and Life Member, Graham Burden chaired the evening which he did with good humour and aplomb.

The Apex staff did an excellent job in providing us with a meal consisting of Cream of Cullen Skink, followed by Breast of Chicken Balmoral and then a delicious sweet of Frangipane Tartlet or a large platter of cheese and biscuits. This was followed by coffee, mints and liqueurs. The service was slick and we were all soon very satisfied.

The evening’s entertainment started with “The Presidential Oath” which was given by Keith Johnston in a very amusing way , as usual, and received by the Chairman. Keith had only returned that morning from a holiday in Cuba, which had been marred by a terrible cycle accident which resulted in Alison, Keith’s wife, receiving a broken femur and collar bone. We all wished her a speedy recovery.

Robert Heatly then toasted Scottish Swimming with an interesting address and Eddie Wilmot the President responded with a few stories on some of the past characters in Scottish Swimming. We then, were richly entertained by the Quartet consisting this year of Duncan and Ally MacGregor, Connor Mollison and Ali Ramm. As usual, many attendees got their legs pulled and an encore was essential and “then they really had to go”. It is hoped that Ali Ramm can be persuaded not to go into retirement!!

Ian Wright then entertained us richly with his Toast to “ Warrender Baths Club” and it was interesting to hear that the enlarged History of the Club, covering 125 years which Ian is writing, will be available early next year. Graham then responded by thanking those who had made the evening a success and two plaques were awarded to two long standing contributors of many Dinners, Malcolm Mathieson and Dennis Seatter. Malcolm has organised the Dinner for a long number of years and Dennis has played the piano and regaled us with his stories for over 30 years. Their contribution to the Dinners over the years cannot be measured.

Craig McNally then offered a toast to the Chairman and it was interesting to see that instead of a piece of paper, Craig used his IPhone! That was a first for the Warrender Dinner. Finally Dennis led us in “Auld Lang Syne” and the formal part of the evening came to a close, followed by everyone adjourning to the bar for a night cap.

It was a most enjoyable evening and good to have support from all sections of the Club, including the swimmers and as they were called “The Swim Dads”!! The “Warrender Square” was in operation and was won by Lionel Wilson, who very kindly donated his winnings back to the Club. 

To ensure that the Dinner is held next year we need some members or “Swim Dads” to assist Grant Cook in forming a committee of 3/4 people. Those who are interested in coming on to the committee should email Grant Cook at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without delay. Please offer your services NOW.

Roll on Next Year’s Dinner


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