5th of November!

5th of November!

5th of November

The 5th of November is a BIG day for the club. Firstly we welcome Dundee to the fortress of Stewart’s Melville Rugby with the hope the first & second XV can get the W. Then later in the evening we are along to Murrayfield for our Annual Ball. The biggest fundraising night for the club. We have some awesome prizes up for auction.


A big thank you to everyone who has sponsored the club, supported and donated prizes for the event!

Below is our list of Prizes (If you would like to pre-bid prior to the night or can not make the evening but would like to help please email nickmccashin@gmail.com)


Main Auction

One Week in Elie, Fife

One week holiday in Elie, Fife in fantastic luxury beach apartment (sleeps up to 6).

This self-contained upper half of what was formally a coastguard cottage stands in an elevated position with stunning sea views and situated a mere 30 yards from the harbour beach as well as 30 yards from the local pub and restaurant The Ship Inn. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy a week away from every day stresses and strains!

(Excluding first 2 weeks in August and must be used by 30/11/2017)

Donated by C J Anderson

Adam & Company Dinning experience for 10 Hosted by Jim and Fin Calder

Private fine dining and wine experience for 10 with pre-dinner drinks reception. Hosted by Jim and Fin Calder two former British & Irish Lions.

Donated by Adam & Company

Traditional Spanish Apartment for 2 weeks

Traditional whitewashed Spanish apartment located in the beautiful village of Cannilas de Aceituno with astounding views of the Axarquian mountains. This holiday home is suited to those looking for a relaxing, chilled out time in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world.

The apartment is located just one hour from Malaga Airport and consists of 4 bedrooms (2 double and 2 single), 2 living rooms, kitchen, bathroom, dining room and patio space. There is a large roof terrace with fridge and kitchen area where you can soak up the sun during the day or enjoy the beautiful mountain views in the evenings.

Donated by Charles Allan

HONG KONG 7s Exclusive Package for 2x PEOPLE

This is a new prize for the year. Tickets to all three days are hard to come by.

Friday – Full Hospitality food and drink, tickets and access, Saturday & Sunday get into the party atmosphere with general admission tickets. Perfect to use on the way to the Lions Tour and an excuse to combat the jet lag. Insanely good value for a one time exclusive package to Stewart’s Melville RFC. Prize valued at £2200 reserve £1200.

Matchpoint Hospitality


One Week in Bansko, Bulgaria

A beautiful one bedroom apartment in Bulgaria (sleeps 4) for one week in the ski/golf resort Bansko is on offer.

Bansko resort is lovely in all seasons. It provides excellent ski and snowboard facilities in the winter and features the best ski centre and the longest ski season of all Bulgarian ski resorts.

A variety of activities in summer time are available for everyone to enjoy.  Renowned golf courses, hill walking and extreme sports for the more adventurous! (users to cover heating & cleaning costs)

Donated by Graham Pole

4 Edinburgh Rugby Hospitality Places + Kicking Masterclass for 6 kids with Nick McCashin & his Edinburgh Rugby friends Phil Burleigh, Jason Tovey & Sam Hidalgo-Clyne + Exclusive behind the scenes tour of Edinburgh Rugby for 6

A unique one off bundle. Exclusive to Stewarts Melville Rugby Club community. 4 Full hospitality places at one Edinburgh home game.

1 hour of goal kicking, punting, drop kicking and fun with the lads. Venue is flexible and timing flexible. 6 Tickets and behind the scenes tour of Edinburgh Rugby for one home game.

Donated by Scrum Magazine and Nick McCashin

Exclusive Breakfast, Dinner & Overnight Stay at Gilmerton House

This fabulous auction prize consists of dinner, bed and breakfast for 10 couples!

Gilmerton House is a magnificent home in Athelstaneford, near North Berwick owned by the Kinloch family, whose ancestors have lived there for twelve generations. Famous guests include David Beckham who recently stayed there to celebrate his anniversary after filming the Haig Club Whiskey advert at Gilmerton House.

For over 20 years the house has operated as a successful exclusive use private venue and offers an exceptional level of accommodation and comfort. Matched with their professional and experienced service; the house is suited to any private, social or corporate event.

Gilmerton House RESERVE £2900


Experience Champagne Taittinger with Mark O’Bryen MW

‘Since 1932 Champagne Taittinger has grown and taken its place among the great Champagne houses, imposing with audacity an innovative style particularly influenced by Chardonnay’ This is a money can’t buy opportunity for you and up to 7 guests to be taken through the history and styles of one of Reims most prestigious producers. Your host for the evening will impart years of experience working with Taittinger in the UK, and his knowledge of technique and nuance from the Master of Wine accreditation after his name. From the benchmark NV Brut that this Grand Marque built an untouchable reputation on, to visiting the family’s project on the West Coast of California, the journey will continue through Grand Cru vineyards, exceptional years, all the way to the legendary Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc, made in less than half of all vintages since its inception in 1952.

Vino Wines RESERVE £1500


Silent Auction:

Rugby & Golf

Lot 1:

6 Nations 2017 Hospitality – Scotland v Italy for 2 people

Hospitality Village with broadcaster Caroline Henderson and guests

Gold match ticket within the west stand, an arrival drink, Interactive Q&A with past and present rugby stars, fully inclusive bar pre and post-match. Three course, pre-match, fine dining lunch created by BT Murrayfield Executive Chef Paul Smith, hearty post-match pies, official commemorative menu booklet & complimentary match programme

Donated by The Murrayfield Experience

Lot 2:

4 Ball at The Burgess Golf Club, Edinburgh

Your chance to play the oldest golfing society in the world and one of only 10 “Royal” golf clubs in Scotland. (Reserve £50)

Donated by J Rigby           


Lot 3:

4 Ball at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick (TBC)

Relish the beautiful views of North Berwick whilst taking in a great game of golf with friends.

Donated by Bobby Clark


Lot 4:

Golf for 3 with lunch at Southerness GC + Accommodation for 3

Dumfriesshire plus overnight bed & breakfast at The Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill. Look out for Andrew Hannay he is a burglar!!

(Reserve £100)

Donated by Andrew Hannay              


Lot 5:

Golf at Archerfield for 2 people hosted by Jim Calder

A unique golf experience at the exclusive Archerfield golf course. A once in a lifetime experience with a former British Lion. Is his golf as good as his Rugby you will need to bid to find out? Great prize for that important client or person in your life.

Donated by Melville Independent & Jim Calder


Lot 6:

4 x Tickets Edinburgh Business Club, Dinner, Meet some players and watch the one home game

(Reserve £50)

Donated by Scrum Magazine 


Lot 7:

4 Ball at The Fairmont, St Andrews.

Your chance to play golf on either of the Torrance or Kittocks courses. Two stunning courses on the lovely Fairmont Hotel resort just outside St Andrews, the home of golf.

Donated by Ross Smith & Borland Insurance


Lot 8:

4 Ball at Kilspindie Golf Club

Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the finest, lying hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay and the teaming waters of the Firth of Forth.

Donated by Gordon Henderson


Lot 9:

4 Ball at Murrayfield Golf Club

One of Scotland’s most famous golfing destinations and one of the world’s top tourist attractions. Views towards Edinburgh Castle from several of the holes at Murrayfield, are simply sublime and not matched anywhere else in the city.

Donated by Tony Kelly



Lot 10:

Table of 10 at Stewarts Melville RFC Lions Tour of New Zealand Dinner

A new event in 2017 Stewart’s Melville RFC will host a large number of past and present Lions players for a Q & A. There is a possible All Black attending (tbc). This will include your dinner, entry ticket and secure a table at an event which will be a sellout.

Donated by Stewart’s Melville RFC




Lot 11:

Signed Merchandise -Rugby World Cup 2015 Scotland Jersey

Donated by Craig Docherty & SRU


Lot 12:


One of the best finishes to a sevens game in history. Scotland’s first team to win a trophy on a world stage at Rugby which included our very own Stewart’s Melville Former player Scott Riddell.

Donated by Scott Riddell (and a lot of arm twisting)



Lot 13:

Wales v Scotland 1982 Big Sheet – Signed by Jim Calder

This is a framed Bill McLaren Big Sheet of the 1982 game in Cardiff when Scotland scored five tries in an enthralling 34 – 18 win. It took Bill 35 hours to prepare one sheet and the information within the sheet is fantastic. A superb piece of rugby memorabilia. One of the tries that day was scored by Jim Calder and Jim has kindly signed only 10 copies of this sheet. On display.

Bill Mclaren Foundation



Lot 14:

Candy Bar Cocktail Masterclass and Dinner for 5

An unforgettable night out with the girls or your closest friends. You will learn to make 2-3 cocktails from the fantastic staff at Candy bar. Dinner will be provided by the team with their mouth-watering medley of healthy superfood salads and chunky sandwiches to sizzling fajitas and burgers straight off the grill.  Candy has a late license (1am). It is a party pad perfect for midweek drinks, special celebrations and weekend dancing with our resident DJ.

Donated by Neil Bowie – Candy Bar


Lot 15:

Wine & Cheese experience for 8 people 3hours

Start the night the right way with this amazing experience. Be looked after by a top wine sommelier and learn the flavour profiles and right cheese to accompany your wine. An exclusive experience like no other. Perfect as a gift, treat or family occasion.

Vino Wines & I.J Mellis


Lot 16:

Ultimate Private Connoisseur Chocolate Experience for 8 People

You will learn about chocolate and taste a variety of sublime samples, the process of making chocolate from ‘bean to bar’, tasting cocoa nibs and cocoa butter in its pure state. You will discover the history of the most delicious food from its very origins. Find out what chocolate tempering means and how it is achieved by the chocolatiers. Learn what is REAL chocolate.

Donated by Nick McCashin & McCashin Media


Lot 17:

Dinner for 4 and 2 bottles of Wine at Badger & Co

Another fantastic dining experience ideal for a night out with friends or family. With a menu inspired by local and seasonal produce, an exclusive private dining room where you can feast on beasts and a trip to our outdoor riverbank area there is so much to be discovered at Badger & Co

Donated by Badger & Co & Adam Howie


Lot 18:

Private Whisky tasting for 6 people in Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar

Whisky tasting for 6 people in Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar with breathtaking views over the waters of the Firth of Forth. 28 Queen Street is a four-storey Georgian building, comprising a suite of modern and elegant rooms

Donated & Hosted by the Scottish Whisky Society





Lot 19:

Weekend for two – four at a luxury cottage on Blairmore Farm, Perth

Voucher is for a £240. It can be redeemed at any of the Blairmore Farm cottages.

Donated by Blairmore Farm


Lot 20:

Dinner for 4 plus wine at Whighams Wine Bar

Enjoy a great night out with friends – great food and a cheeky glass of vino to top it off. (Reserve £50)

Donated by Whighams Wine Bar    


Lot 21:

Edinburgh Gin Making Experience

Exclusive Edinburgh Gin making for 3 hours and receive a bottle of gin as you leave. A unique look at the process of spirit making.

Donated by The Mighty 3s


Lot 22:

Craft Beer Kitchen Experience 40 Litres 4 people- 2-3 Hours

Ever wanted to brew your own beer and have it in bottles with bespoke labels?

This voucher gives you and up to 3 friends the opportunity to come along, choose a style of beer and customize it to your tastes. You will then brew your beer under the guidance of our brewers. This voucher is for a 40 litre brew session, which will produce 60-72 bottles of beer. The brew session lasts 2-3 hours.

Donated by The Mighty 3s


Lot 23:

2 Tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks- Ross Bandstand + Dinner & Wine at Rollo Restaurant for 2

Enjoy dinner at Rollo in Stockbridge before the fireworks -set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s Historic castle. This spectacular event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics.

Donated By Malcolm MacColl & Cockburn Building


Lot 24:

Luxury Afternoon Tea for 10 people

Gilmerton House, a magnificent home owned by the Kinloch family, whose ancestors have lived there for twelve generations, has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for entertaining. There are few places as elegantly decadent or enchanting to enjoy a private afternoon tea with friends.

Reserve £390 Gilmerton House



Specialty Prizes


Lot 25:

Premium Champagne Case Reserve £300

Taittinger is a French wine family who are famous producers of Champagne. The estate is headed by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, a member of the consultative committee of the Banque de France. Taittinger is family owned and the Taittinger headquarters are in Reims, situated above magnificent 4th Century Roman cellars -Champagne Premium Bundle 2 x Taittinger Brut NV, 2 x Taittinger Brut Rose NV, 1 x Taittinger Vintage 2008, 1 x Comtes de Taittinger Blanc de Blanc

By Vino Wines



Lot 26:

Exclusive Scottish Whisky Society Membership-Pioneer –Donated by the Scottish Whisky Society- Value £122

Start your SMWS membership journey by exploring three exclusive 10cl single cask whiskies. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of membership as well as our welcome pack with 3 10cl bottles, a £10 e-voucher to use against a full 70cl SMWS bottling and you’ll be able to proudly wear our SMWS whisky club lapel badge.

Donated by the Scottish Whisky Society



Lot 27:

Hospitality box at the Racewall for any available SAT night in the 2016 racing season

Admission and refreshments included for up to 20 people. Easily accessible by train from Edinburgh. (worth £500). www.racewall.co.uk (Reserve £75)

Donated by Scott Brewster





Lot 28:

5 years free servicing from Peter Vardy

How good is this prize! Peter Vardy servicing for your car. Everyone who owns a car could save big time here. Know your car is getting that birthday treatment from the trusted car specialists Peter Vardy.

Donated by Peter Vardy



Lot 29:

10 x Pilates Classes with Pilates Plus

Pilates is a complete body work out which builds core strength, stamina and flexibility through low impact conditioning exercises. Pilates transforms poor posture and restores the body to balance, ensuring each muscle is doing the right job and helping you to combat the stress and strains of modern day life. Regular practice in Pilates shows enhancement in sports performance as well as prevention of injury.

Kindly Donated by Laura & Tessa at Pilates Plus



Lot 30:

2x People for 1 hour Yoga Class with Lotuslily

2 people for 1 hour Yoga class for Helens Tuesday night session. Suitable if you are advanced or a beginner. The session will help with your mobility, strength, aches, and pains, revitalising your body & mind.

Donated by Helen Singleton & LotusLily Yoga


Lot 31:

90 minute Hot Stone Massage

Relax, unwind and experience floating on a cloud without any worries in the world.

Donated by Emma Kendrick at Bamboo Boutique


Lot 32:

1 month Free Indoor Container Storage

160 sq ft storage at Bonnington Store, Newbridge.

Donated by www.storedge.co.uk


Lot 33:

2 Hours of Private Tutoring for One – By Tom Crombie Academy

2 hours private tutoring from Tom Crombie. Does your son or daughter need some extra tuition? Learn from one of the best!

Tom has ten years’ experience teaching in all subject areas. Highly professional, tailor made service aimed to enhance the learning, knowledge and enjoyment of children aged from 5 years to 11 years.

Donated by Tom Crombie


Lot 34:

Treatment at Zen Lifestyle

Custom 60 minute massage tailored to you and your individual preference. The best elemis oil and massage techniques to achieve the state of body and mind you desire. Special attention will be given to any areas of discomfort and tension.

Donated by Stewart’s Melville FP CLUB


Lot 35:

2 x Newcastle Football Tickets & Specialist Cake

Custom made cake to your liking & two tickets to one home Newcastle Football match

Donated by Seb Trotter &Trotters Family Bakery


Lot 36:

4 Bottles of Fine Wine (valued at £200)

Chateau Gruaud Larose 2007, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2007, Volnay Caillereyts 2010, Cuvee Sana 2012

Donated by Murray Allan


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