QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 25

GRADUATES’ A S S O C I AT I O N NEWSLETTER By Elaine Acaster, Graduates’ Association President The Graduates' Association, which celebrated its centenary year in 2014-2015, welcomes new members at any time following graduation from the colleges which formed QMU, and from QMU as we know it today. Members of staff are also most welcome to join. Life Membership costs only £45 (£35 in the year of graduation) and gives the opportunity to join social networking events and also the opportunity to rent Madras Lodge, the Association's seaside house at Gullane, East Lothian. Contact details for membership enquiries are provided below. Recent Events It has been a busy few months for the Association with members from far and near enjoying our events in and around Edinburgh. These included a boat tour on the Firth of Forth on a glorious day, when we were able to have a close-up view of the progress of the new Forth Crossing, while a visit to the Secret Herb Garden at Lothianburn was as informative as it was entertaining. In November, we opened Madras Lodge for a committee meeting and visits by members, and could not help but be impressed by the improvements which have been made, overseen by the hard working Madras Lodge Committee. It is no surprise that 2016 was an outstanding year for Madras Lodge bookings. 2016's events culminated with Christmas lunch, planned, prepared and served by QMU's International Hospitality & Tourism Management (IHTM) students at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. 2017's events began in February with an interesting visit to the Scottish Parliament hosted by local MSP Colin Beattie. Gullane beach Madras Lodge for a relaxing break From beach walks and delicious pub lunches to birdwatching, world-class golf or wind surfing, Gullane, and the surrounding area of East Lothian, has something to offer everyone. Why not book Madras Lodge for your next family break or for a class reunion? Madras Lodge in Gullane, is a fantastic holiday retreat for use by members of the QMU Graduates’ Association. Members can rent accommodation that is split into the house (sleeping 5) or the loft (sleeping 4). A member can stay there with friends and family for a break - be that a family holiday of one or two weeks or a relaxing weekend. Costs are very reasonable - ranging from £115 for a two night break in the loft, to £405 for a whole week’s rent of the house in the height of summer. There are reduced rates and extra nights available for bookings in the low season. Bookings for 2017 started last November, but there is still availability, particularly outside of the peak summer period. Check your Graduates’ Association status with the membership secretary and then contact the Madras Lodge booking secretary to arrange your break. Details are available through the QMUGA website and through the Madras Lodge page on Facebook. Enjoy Madras Lodge for your next break and share your memories with us on Facebook or Twitter. Programme of Events Spring - Summer 2017 The Association thrives on the involvement of members, so if you haven't been able to join us for a while it is never too late to take the first step to re-engage. You will be most welcome! TH U R S DAY 2 0 TH A PR I L at 5p m: Reception, exhibition and sale of botanical paintings by Lady Ann Fraser and Dr Kathy Munro at Queen Margaret University. Association members have been invited to this event, which features the work of two outstanding botanical artists. There is no charge, and a percentage of sales will be donated to the University's Student Development Fund. THURSDAY 1ST JUNE at 5.45pm: Opera Unwrapped, La Boheme at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, a short (1 hour) taster session offering highlights from the music and insights into the production. No charge. Book with Social Secretary by 12th May. FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017 - Queen Margaret University Graduates' Association Annual General Meeting (QMUGA AGM) will be held at Queen Margaret University. This break with tradition is to encourage members to become familiar with the outstanding work of the University and to have the opportunity to visit on a working day. 10.45 -11.15 Coffee prior to the AGM hosted by the University 11.30 - AGM including presentation on the work of the University Buffet lunch - Cost £22.00 including a glass of wine or fruit juice Afternoon - Presentation on Speech and Language Therapy, one of the flagship disciplines of the University, and the opportunity to stroll around the attractive grounds. Please book for attendance at AGM and also for lunch with Dorothy Finlayson, QMUGA Social Secretary T: 0131 669 5341, no later than Wednesday 31st May 2017. Also by Wednesday 31st May 2017 please make payment for lunch to Treasurer Anne Scagell, 11 Titania, Pavilion Gardens, Alloa, Clacks FK10 2UJ T: 01259 214668. Cheques are payable to QMUGA; Electronic payments to QMUGA Sort Code 80-02-77, Account 00707066 ref your family name/ AGMLUNCH Madras Lodge contacts: Bookings via: Anne Vokes T: 07817328035 E: mlbook@qmuga.org.uk Follow Madras Lodge on: Facebook: @madraslodge Twitter: @madraslodge Q.M.U.G.A. CONTACTS President Elaine Acaster E: elaineacaster@gmail.com T: 07816 661561 Social Secretary Dorothy Finlayson T: 0131 669 5341 Membership Secretary Sylvia Northcott E: sylvia@thenorthcotts.net T: 01968 674161 Treasurer Anne Scagell E: annescagell49@gmail.com T: 01259 214668 QMYOU / Graduates' Association 25