News headlines – June 2014

29 Jun 2014  –  Nasser Judeh (Blackwater 1975–79) interviewed on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show
28 Jun 2014  –  Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day
26 Jun 2014  –  Nearly 70 guests join us for Devonshire Society Day
19 Jun 2014  –  Two winners for John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) at Royal Ascot
17 Jun 2014  –  City of London churches and gardens walk
15 Jun 2014  –  The OE Cricket Club play in the Cricketer Cup
14 Jun 2014  –  The OE Stags play at the Egham 7s
14 Jun 2014  –  Jonathan Shalit (Gonville 1975–78) awarded OBE
9 Jun 2014  –  Chris Porter (Gonville 1974–79) raises £30,000 for charity
1 Jun 2014  –  Sunday lunch in honour of Forbes Wastie

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29 June 2014 - Nasser Judeh (Blackwater 1975–79) interviewed by Andrew Marr

Nasser Judeh (Blackwater 1975–79), the Jordanian Foreign Minister, was interviewed on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning.

He was asked about a number of issues in the Middle East, including the current situation in Iraq and the refugee crisis in Jordan's neighbour Syria. At the end of the interview Andrew Marr described Nasser as 'admirably relaxed'.

Later, one of his guests, Bénédicte Paviot, UK correspondent of France 24, commented: 'I felt a real strong influence of a very good British education. I don't know which public school he went to but he was very well spoken and as cool as a cucumber.'

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28 June 2014 - Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day

On the last day of the summer term, the Eastbournian Society held a reception in the College Theatre (Big School) to which all our members - pupils, parents, staff and Old Eastbournians - were invited.

Over a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice, guests were able to look at a display of recent society activities and peruse the development plans for Project 150.

There was also an archives display on the life of Alan Hayes Oxley, an Old Eastbournian casualty of the Great War, who was killed in action in December 1917.

Among the OEs who dropped by was the actor Vernon Dobtcheff (Powell 1948–52), who was at the College to present the literature prize named in his honour. He is pictured here, second left, between David Stewart (left) and Philip and Sally Le Brocq and John Thornley on the right.

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26 June 2014 - Devonshire Society Day

Nearly 70 members of the Devonshire Society attended the 2014 Devonshire Society Day, at which the College says thank you for their generosity in pledging a legacy to development and bursary funds.

Following a drinks reception in the foyer of the Birley Centre, the guests enjoyed a variety of musical performances by College pupils in the auditorium before heading to the College Theatre for a three-course lunch. Joint Head of School Matt Ginno, a recipient of the Bernard Drake Award, expressed his thanks on behalf of all pupils who are able to enjoy a College education through the generosity of bursaries funded by benefactors.

The afternoon continued with a chance to enjoy watching cricket on College Field, with the 1st XI taking on the MCC in their annual fixture.

To see more pictures taken on the day, please see this report.

Further information about the society is on the Devonshire Society page.

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19 June 2914 - Two winners for John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) at Royal Ascot

Horse racing trainer John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) has had two successes at Royal Ascot this week. On Tuesday, Kingman won the St James's Palace Stakes by a length, and on Wednesday The Fugue triumphed in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, with the much-fancied Treve coming in third place. The Fugue, ridden by William Buick, also broke the track record.

The decision to race the mare was made last Saturday, although Mr Gosden commented in The Guardian that if the ground conditions had not been right then she would not have run: 'The Fugue doesn’t like soft ground. She has little feet like a ballerina so, if it’s soft, we don’t run', he said.

John has won over 2,500 races around the world, including over 100 Group 1s (Grade 1s). He trains at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket.

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17 June 2014 - City of London churches and gardens walk

The latest of our London trips was a guided tour though the churches and gardens of the City of London.

Meeting at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am, and with Wren expert Tony Tucker as guide, the group set off to visit five Wren churches, including St Stephen Walbrook and St Mary-le-Bow, where they stopped for lunch.

A visit to One New Change, the new office and retail development, gave them the opportunity of a panoramic view across the City skyline, taking in church spires, skyscrapers and of course St Paul's Cathedral. Later a number of the group went to Westminster Abbey for Evensong.

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The next guided London walk is on Saturday 13 September when we will be visiting the canals and streets of Little Venice. Click here for more information and details of how to book.

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15 June 2014 - The OE Cricket Club in the Cricketer Cup

Angus Stewart (Craig 2003–08) reports on the OECC's first-round match against Repton Pilgrims in the Cricketer Cup, played on College Field:

Repton 235-9 / OECC 205 all out

The day started with the home side losing the toss and being asked to field first. Fred Florry (Gonville 2004–06) and Henry Smith (Powell 2009–13) opened the bowling with the latter dismissing one of the Repton openers for a golden duck (a long day for him). Will Ripley (Gonville 1999–2004), who ended with excellent figures of 5-50, got two other early wickets to leave the away side innings in a bit of strife at 35-3. Jonathan Batty (formerly of Surrey) left a full ball when on about 5 that nipped back off H Smith which amazingly was given not out - Batty later admitted he was plumb. He went on to make 70, probably being the difference between the sides, before Cameron Smith (Powell 2009–13) got revenge for the Smith twins, getting him caught behind with a good catch from Ben Green (Craig 2007–12). This allowed Repton to scramble to a respectable score of 235 for 9 from their 50 overs. I can honestly say it was the best fielding performance from an OE team I have ever seen; we probably saved 40/50 runs at least through diving stops and a great run out from Pete Wooldridge (Reeves 2006–11) and Charlie Hobden (Wargrave 2008–13).

The OE chase started positively with contributions from the top order Stewart (65) and Jack Skinner (Wargrave 2008–13) (30) leaving us 110-3 at the halfway mark. Unfortunately we constantly lost wickets, never really putting together a large partnership. This allowed the Repton spinners to set good ring fields when new batsmen came in. Late runs from Hobden and Henry Smith saw us to 205 all out in the 48th over, knocking us out of the competition.

This is clearly a frustrating result for all involved. However there are a lot of positives to show how our side is shaping up for the years to come. The average age of team must have been around 21 with Ripley being the elder statesman at 27! Most of the boys are playing Saturday cricket which should mean if we stick together as a group and keep improving the results will come. Thanks to all the players, Matt Banes, Mike Barford and David Stewart for making the day happen. We go again next year!

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14 June 2014 - The OE Stags at the Egham 7s

Oscar Orellana Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports on the OE Stags' latest tournament.

The 8th Annual Egham Hollowegians Sevens is where the OE Stags congregated on one of the muggiest days of the year so far. With the surfaces underfoot leaving a lot to be desired, the OE Stags conquered in their opening fixture against the hosts 29-10 with Ed Houchin (Wargrave 2012–14) providing a fantastic clean ball for Ryder King (Craig 2007–12) to run in under the posts in one of the highlights.

Alex Hinchliffe (Craig 2004–09) proved to be somewhat of a handful for opponents all day, scoring a delightful brace against Worth Old Boys in a closely contested, yet painful, 7-10 loss. Qualifying second in the group led us to face Woking RFC who were clearly well drilled and tired us rapidly.

The Man of the Tournament Tankard went to Alex Hinchliffe for his gazelle-like step and dainty side step.

Next up, we take on The Cronk-Cunis National U-21 XV Tournament on 25 August in Richmond.

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14 June 2014 - Jonathan Shalit (Gonville 1975–78) awarded OBE

Jonathan Shalit (Gonville 1975–78) has been awarded the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2014. The award is for services to the entertainment industry.

Jonathan is the chairman and founder of ROAR Global, the career management company for the entertainment, sport and media sectors. He is probably most famous for his discovery in 1997 of the singer Charlotte Church, and for launching her successful recording career.

He is the trustee of a number of charities and a patron of the Royal Television Society, and was recently awarded an honorary professorship by Henley Business College to help mentor MBA students studying aspects of the entertainment business.

He told Music Week that he was 'beyond thrilled', saying: 'I am privileged to work in one of the most exciting industries in the world with amazing talented people. So often I find myself in situations where I have to pinch myself to make sure it is not a dream. Being awarded an OBE is one of those moments.'

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9 June 2014 - OE Chris Porter raises £30,000 for charity

Chris Porter (Gonville 1974–79) has raised £30,000 for The Benevolent, the drinks industry charity, by visiting all 91 football league grounds within two weeks - without using a car.

With a combination of trains, trams and a fold-up bike, Chris set out on 12 May from Norwich FC, finishing on 25 May at Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace, where he is pictured with a well-deserved pint. Chris has supported Crystal Palace since he was a boy so it felt very much like coming home.

Chris says that it was great fun but very tiring. He commented: 'I have been touched by the words of encouragement from friends, family and colleagues, as well as the many complete strangers who I have met, who have since become part of the life of this challenge. They re-affirmed my belief that there is a lot of good will and charitable spirit out there and that much can be achieved just by talking to each other and finding a way through life together.'

Chris is currently chairman of The Benevolent, and all the donations he has received will go directly towards helping vulnerable members of the UK drinks industry facing medical or financial hardship.

You can read more about his trip in a daily blog he wrote during the challenge at

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1 June 2014 - A lunch in honour of Forbes Wastie

On Sunday 1 June 2014, the College welcomed former pupils and staff, friends and colleagues who were there to pay tribute to Forbes Wastie, whose contribution to College life dates back some 53 years.

A member of the teaching staff from 1961 to 1998, Forbes was also Head of Biology (1965–83 and 1985–88), Contingent Commander of the CCF (1968–73), Head of Science (1971–73), Housemaster of Blackwater (1972–83), and Second Master (Deputy Head) from 1983 to 1998. Forbes returned to oversee the appeal for the new Science Centre in 2000, later becoming the first Director of the College Foundation from 2002 to the end of 2004. He continues to play an active role in College life and has proved to be a wise counsel and advisor in the planning for Project 150.

Over 100 guests joined Forbes and his wife Di for lunch in the Dining Hall. After a welcome from Headmaster Simon Davies, speeches were made by former colleagues Philip Le Brocq and Nigel Wheeler. Later Forbes himself reminisced about his time at the College, and Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85) concluded the tributes with his own thoughts – in rhyme – of Forbes as Housemaster.

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