The Eastbournian Society brings together Eastbourne College’s extended family of Old Eastbournians, current and former parents and staff, local people and businesses and other friends and supporters. Our aim is to maintain close links with any person or organisation who wishes to be associated with the College.


26 October 2020 - Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) is the managing director of events agency Identity, which has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Identity was given the award for its ongoing success in delivering live events in the UK and international markets.

It was presented at the company's headquarters in Westham by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, who said:

'This award is considered the highest accolade to be bestowed upon a UK business and recognises Identity for having shown outstanding achievement in trade, innovation and sustainable development.'

Michael commented: 'The enforced pandemic lockdown presented Identity with a choice; stand still or completely transform and invest in an even more dynamic model for the business. We chose the latter and have just recently re-launched as the first ever 'human experience' agency. By further investment and a strategic recruitment programme, Identity now provides a vastly enlarged creative offering of live, virtual and hybrid events.'

Pictured are the Lord Lieutenant with Michael, holding the cut glass rose bowl award.


26 Oct 2020    Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) wins Queen's Award for Enterprise
22 Oct 2020    The first black British officer killed in the First World War was an Old Eastbournian
13 Oct 2020    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) awarded MBE for Parkinson's work
13 Oct 2020    Old Eastbournian 'Oboes' meet together in Sydney
13 Oct 2020    Anthony Wallace (Blackwater & Gonville 1991-96) wins war correspondent award
12 Oct 2020    Edward Hammond (Wargrave 1977-82) awarded MBE in Birthday Honours
9 Oct 2020    Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) signs for Sussex County Cricket Club
7 Oct 2020    OE golfers triumph in UK hickory championships
5 Oct 2020    Video of virtual open morning available online

> Click here for all 2020 news headlines and our news archive

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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

You can buy it in person from the Eastbournian Society office or the school shop, or order a copy to be posted to you.

The price including postage and packing (UK) is £7.70. For postage costs outside the UK please enquire for details.

Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

You can pay by credit card over the phone or send a cheque, made payable to Eastbourne College Incorporated, to Eastbournian Society, Headmaster's House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JX.

Forthcoming events

We organise social and cultural events, including lunches, dinners, theatre trips, walks, talks and visits to places of interest. These are for all Eastbournian Society members: Old Eastbournians, parents, pupils, staff and other friends of the College. In addition there are career and business networking events where OEs, parents and current pupils can meet to offer and receive advice and build up business contacts.

Comprehensive details are in the listings on our Forthcoming events page.

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