News headlines – May 2014

26 May 2014  –  Mark Le Brocq (Craig 1979–84) praised for operatic performance
19 May 2014  –  Over-60s lunch at the Caledonian Club
15 May 2014  –  Matt Hobden (Craig 2009–11) signs professional contract with Sussex CCC
10 May 2014  –  Medical Society lunch held at the College
8 May 2014  –  London pub evening in Mayfair
3 May 2014  –  Grandparents visit the College to see the school in action
2 May 2014  –  Philip Le Brocq opens new building at Victoria College, Jersey
1 May 2014  –  Benefit dinner held to honour rugby career of Hugo Southwell (Wargrave 1993–98)
1 May 2014  –  Trinity House plays host to the shipping networking event

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26 May 2014 - Mark Le Brocq praised for his performance in Schoenberg opera

Mark Le Brocq (Craig 1979–84) has received excellent reviews for his performance in Welsh National Opera's production of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron at Cardiff's Millennium Centre. Mark is a tenor and held a choral scholarship at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music and became a Company Principal with English National Opera.

Andrew Clements in The Guardian commented: 'The suave, plausible Aron was Mark Le Brocq, whose performance had so much assurance and authority it was hard to believe that he is the understudy, and had only known he was appearing a few hours earlier.'

Similarly, Stephen Walsh, writing on the online arts review site The Arts Desk, said 'Mark Le Brocq’s smooth-talking, shallow-thinking Aron, taken over at the last minute from an indisposed Rainer Trost, but sung with an assurance that belies the extreme difficulty of music whose lyricism is constantly moulded to a fixed and somewhat angular sequencing of notes. Le Brocq, though understudying the role, had I gather never sung it with the orchestra or on stage. You could hardly have known.'

You can read more about Mark at his website

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19 May 2014 - Over-60s lunch at the Caledonian Club

Following the success of the first Over-60s lunch last year, a group of senior Old Eastbournians once again got together at the Caledonian Club in London for a convivial meal. Our thanks go to Colin McKerrow, a member of the club, who suggested the venue.

Pictured from left to right around the table are:
Peter Robinson (Wargrave 1949–53)
Rowan Planterose (Powell 1967–72)
Forbes Wastie (College teaching staff 1961–98)
Colin McKerrow (Wargrave 1947–51)
Neill Kinsey (School 1950–53)
Robin Bishop (Powell 1965–71)
Brian Jay (Gonville 1955–59)
David Stewart (Eastbournian Society Director)
Peter Jamieson (Blackwater 1960–63)
Robert Hall (Wargrave 1955–59)
Grant McIntyre (Reeves 1957–62)
John Bones (Wargrave 1950–53)
Ian Strange (Blackwater 1960–64)
Michael Fish (Reeves 1958–62)
Clifford Mould (Reeves 1956–60)

John Thornley from the Eastbournian Society was also there and took the photograph. (He and David Stewart would like to point out that they do not yet qualify for the 'over-60' label!)

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15 May 2014 - Matt Hobden signs for two years at Sussex CCC

Matt Hobden (Craig 2009–11) has signed a new two-year professional contract with Sussex County Cricket Club, having graduated through the club's academy and signed a junior professional contract last June. Matt, 21, gained first-class experience with Cardiff MCCU at the beginning of last season before going on to make his List A debut for Sussex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over eventual winners Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Matt said, 'It’s really nice to have the security of a new contract until the end of 2016. It’s great that Sussex are backing me for that length of time, especially having come back from injury and I can now pace myself in terms of getting back to full fitness. I can solely concentrate on cricket now as I am about to finish University, so I’ll be looking to prove myself in the second team and hopefully knock on the door of the first eleven very soon.'

Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, 'Matt is an exciting young player, who if he keeps his feet on the ground, should have a good career. He is working hard to get back up to fitness and should be soon starting to compete for a place in all forms of the game. We look forward to watching him develop over the next couple of years.'

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10 May 2014 - Medical Society lunch

The Eastbournian Medical Society held its annual lunch at the College on Saturday 10 May. Aleck Brownjohn (Powell 1958–64) has agreed to take over the reins as President of the society for the next two years. Aleck was Head of School and Consultant Physician and is Senior Lecturer in Medicine in the University of Leeds, specialising in Nephrology at Leeds General Infirmary.

Following a short presentation in the Jennifer Winn Auditorium of the Birley Centre, the group headed to the Dining Hall for lunch. This event was the latest in the Eastbournian Society's series of career and networking sessions, which give OEs and current pupils the opportunity to discuss their profession, make contacts and offer career advice to those just starting out.

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8 May 2014 - London pub evening in Mayfair

The latest of our London pub evenings took place in the Cellar Bar at the King's Head in Stafford Street, Mayfair.

We hold two London pub evenings each year and they are open to all OEs, parents, staff and other members of the Eastbournian Society – with the first drink on us!

The next London pub drink will be held in November and we will announce the date and venue nearer the time.

If you are interested in suggesting a venue for a future pub get-together, please contact Lulu Brown at

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3 May 2014 - Reception for grandparents

Some grandparents of current pupils visited the College on Saturday 3 May, and had a chance to see the school in action.

Accompanied by their grandchildren, they were taken on a tour of the College, returning to the Long Room for a drinks reception and a chance to meet Headmaster Simon Davies.


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2 May 2014 - Philip Le Brocq opens new building at Victoria College, Jersey

Philip Le Brocq, who taught at Eastbourne College from 1962 to 1988, has opened a new classroom block named after him at Victoria College, St Helier, Jersey.

Philip has been Foundation Chairman at Victoria College since 2002 and has overseen a fund raising programme which has helped to raise £1.2 million towards the development of the new classrooms.

Fittingly the new rooms will be used by the English department, the subject that Philip taught at Eastbourne.

Pictured here are, left to right,  Philip and Sally's children Belinda (Nugent 1986–88), Mark (Craig 1979–84) and Emma (Nugent 1984–86), wife Sally, Philip, and Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980–85), Emma's husband. 

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1 May 2014 - Benefit dinner held for Hugo Southwell

A benefit dinner was held to honour the rugby career of Hugo Southwell (Wargrave 1993–98) on Thursday 1 May.

The dinner, held at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, was a chance for friends and colleagues to celebrate Hugo's time playing for Bristol, Worcester Warriors, Edinburgh, Stade Français and London Wasps, where he became captain in 2012. In his international career with Scotland he won 59 caps, making him the most successful rugby international that the College has produced.

We were delighted that the College was able to organise a table at the dinner to show our support.

In February 2014 Hugo announced his retirement from rugby on medical advice, having sustained a pre-season injury. He said at the time: 'It has been an absolute honour to play at Wasps for the last three years, and to be named captain last year was certainly one of the highlights of my career.'

Proceeds raised at the dinner will go towards 'Making Waves for Alex' a charity set up to help and support Alex Wood who sustained a tragic brain injury following rugby training in 2011. More details are at .

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1 May 2014 - Shipping networking event

The latest networking event was for those working in the shipping industry. In previous years these have been held at the Baltic Exchange, but as the Baltic Bar was unavailable on the planned date we changed the venue to the Prince of Wales room in Trinity House.

Chris Ohlson (Gonville 1973–78), managing director of Hartland Shipping, was the guest speaker, and he brought along a number of his colleagues to chat with Old Eastbournians. Our thanks go also to Nigel Prentis (Craig 1971–76), who helped with the arrangements for the evening.

More photos from the evening are in our members area, which is available only to those who have registered on the website. If you have not yet registered, please go to the login page and click on 'New user registration'.

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