Welcome to the Old Ardvreckians’ home page. As this section of the website develops, we will celebrate some of the successes and achievements of OA’s in this section. We would like to continue to develop strong links with old Ardvreckians in the UK and abroad and we always like to hear news about where you are now and what you are doing.  If you have any news (including births, deaths, marriages, achievements etc) that you would like to share with us, please email [email protected]. We are constantly updating the OA database and would very much like to hear from all OAs to ensure that we have the correct contact details for you, including email!  Please email [email protected] with your details. If you would like your news to appear in the news section below, then please do let us know and we would be delighted to include it.

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OA News

Ruari (Ru) Cannon continues to carry on the good work started at Ardvreck. Since returning from the USA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts) with the top actor award Ru was picked up by a London Agent (Ruth Young of United Agents – also agent for James McAvoy and Sophie Ellis Bextor…..and for those who remember her, Claire Grogan!). Ru got a part in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z and whilst filming in Glasgow got to meet the great man. More recently Ru did a 4 month run at the Old Vic playing opposite Kim Cattrall as “Stuff” in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth. This summer Ru was filming with Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson and Ray Winston in the soon to be released Legend of Barney Thomson. And right now he is playing the male lead in Lady Windermere’s Fan in London.

 

The Old OA’s Duffers Shoot (as penned by Colin Maitland-Dougall)

On a beautiful August day with clear skies and sharply etched hills over Ardvreck in the distance, eleven OAs met at Gleneagles shooting school to see if they could shoot clays. Although no proof of age was sought we were all probably sub eighty and no one much under seventy so no Olympic records were at risk. As most of us had been at Ardvreck during the 1939-1945 War perhaps it should have been entitled Old Buffers Day Out. With some recourse to school records we divided ourselves into Greeks and Trojans and battle commenced. Our very patient instructors showed us how to load and where to find triggers. We were then faced with little black objects flying and running rather faster than Usain Bolt. Some of the ‘stands’ seemed a little unrealistic but others were very sporting; indeed rather too sporty for many. Tactfully not too much attention was drawn to the final scorecards but it would be less than charitable not to mention that the Gold was awarded to Willie Scott and the Silver to George Presslie. A Greek calculated that they had won by one shot but what else does one expect of Greeks! However the margin was so close that perhaps there will have to be a re-match. Guns were finally restored to their sleeves and we retired for a well-deserved lunch. All in all a very happy reunion and our thanks to those who made it happen.  Do it again!

From left to right the participants are (standing) – W Berry, G W S Presslie, W T Scott, J L C Provan, D A G Reid, D G S Macmillan, J P O Gibb, P H Thomson, C I MacLeod and (seated) – C Maitland-Dougall, D N H James.