3 October 2021 - Evensong and harvest supper

The Eastbournian Society's first Evensong and harvest supper took place on the evening of Sunday 3 October, with guests including OEs, past and present staff, and parents of current pupils. College Chaplain the Revd Daniel Merceron conducted the service in the Chapel where the Chamber Choir sang beautifully, led by Dan Jordan.

After walking through the cloisters on such a blustery and wet evening, we were welcomed in the Dining Hall with warmth and prosecco – not combined! - and then a splendid supper of fillet-of-beef followed by apple and rhubarb crumble.

Stephen Carr, farmer, Private Eye columnist and the owner of the Sussex Ox, provided us with an amusing and thoughtful after-dinner speech, regaling us of his time spent at the College. Not always a happy student, he was prone to rebellion but it wasn’t until after leaving the College that his father suffered a severe heart attack and the success of the family’s 1000-acre farm suddenly rested upon his shoulders.

Stephen spoke movingly about how the College had not only ultimately prepared him amply for such a challenge, but also for what was to be his other career as agricultural columnist, a role at which he continues to succeed.


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