News headlines – March 2015

26 Mar 2015  –  Property networking event
14 Mar 2015  –  OE Stags triumph 71–0 on Memorial Field
13 Mar 2015  –  Pub evening for OE cricketers
12 Mar 2015  –  Marketing and PR networking event
9 Mar 2015  –  Sam Brooks 'hero of the hour' as Cambridge win Varsity match
6 Mar 2015  –  Careers evening for College pupils
5 Mar 2015  –  Harriet Cox (Nugent 1990–92) to do charity bike ride in memory of her son Bobby
4 Mar 2015  – Sam Brooks (Craig 2007–12) to play in 115th Varsity hockey match
3 Mar 2015  – Anthony Crook (Craig 2005–10) reports from Antarctica
2 Mar 2015  – Memorial service for Ian Fraser (Pennell 1945–51)

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26 March 2015 - Property networking event

The latest Eastbournian Society careers and business networking event was for those involved or interested in the world of property, and was held at The Clubhouse in Grafton Street, London.

The event was kindly sponsored by Dan Moloney (School 1985-89) and Deverell Smith, which provides leading property recruitment solutions and an executive search service.

The guest speaker was Victoria Fairhall, Head of Commercial Development at Battersea Power Station Development Company, who is pictured here with Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85) and David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society.

More pictures from the evening are in our members' area. To see these you will need to be registered on the website and logged on. If you have yet to register, please go to the Login page and click on 'New member registration'.

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14 March 2015 - OE Stags triumph 71–0 on Memorial Field

Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports on The Stags' latest match against St Leonards (Cinque Ports) RFC:

The 14th of March saw a homecoming of sorts for The Stags – on Memorial Field for the first time in ten years or so for many of the team – which proved to be fruitful in more ways than one.

The opposition were a late call up from a mutual club without a fixture who played in a lower league and were happy for the opportunity to play some rugby rather than provide a substantial contest for the Stags.

The end score was irrelevant to a certain extent as the final whistle blew 10 minutes before full time with The Stags scoring eleven tries and eight conversions. A walloping.

However, what we take from the day were five debuts for the Stags ranging from Jack Pettit (Reeves 2001–06) - back from his troubles putting in a great shift at lock – to Anson Wong (Gonville 2009–14) doing a sterling job at wing, flying over for a delightful score in the corner after a well worked try through the backs.

One appearance to highlight was Jeremy Dodge (Powell 1980–85), another debutant at scrum half providing plenty of clean ball for the likes of Hector Veasey (Reeves 2009–14) and co in the centre. The one area of persistence from the opposition was the scrum, and the front row in particular had a strong day – so often doing the unsung work. With constant pressure being put on them, controlling and containing the opposition was managed well.

Dom Wilson (Pennell 2005–10) was voted Man Of The Match and went home with the tankard for his 70 minutes at prop. Hector Veasey impressed at fly half, creating numerous breakthroughs and offloads for Jamie Adams (Reeves 2009–14) and Curtis Suggitt (Pennell 2009–14) to penetrate in midfield.

It was an incredibly pleasing afternoon, with some flair rugby on show from The Stags. With ages ranging from 18 to 48 in the squad, it just goes to show that all OEs are welcome to join in. These are exciting times for this progressive club.

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13 March 2015 - Pub evening for OE cricketers

A pub evening organized by the Old Eastbournian Cricket Club was held on Friday 13 March in London.

Cricketers, together with friends and supporters of the OECC, gathered at The Antelope pub in Eaton Terrace.

As well as a chance for a social get-together, it was also an opportunity to discuss future plans for the club as the new season approaches.

Some dates for your diary: The OECC will be playing in the first round of the Cricketer Cup on Sunday 14 June against the Eton Ramblers at Eton College. OE cricket week will be from Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 July with matches played on College Field.

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12 March 2015 - Marketing and PR careers and networking event

The latest Eastbournian Society networking event was held on Thursday 12 March at Champagne Charlie's Wine Bar near Charing Cross, London.

Nigel Gatehouse, College parent and founder of Quant Marketing (standing at right), was the guest speaker and shared some of his experiences of the world of marketing and PR.

A number of College pupils were able to attend and get an insight into a profession which will help inform them as they start thinking about university and career choices.

Further pictures from the evening are in our members area, which you can access by logging on. If you do not yet have a username and password, please click on the link to 'New user registration' on the Login page.

Our regular networking events are for all Eastbournian Society members: Old Eastbournians, current pupils and parents. The next one is on Thursday 26 March and will focus on property. More details here.

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9 March 2015 - Sam Brooks 'hero of the hour' as Cambridge win Varsity match

Sam Brooks (Craig 2007–12) was hailed as the 'hero of the hour' as Cambridge won the Varsity hockey match on Sunday for the fourth year in a row. 

With the match being decided on penalty shuffles for the first time, Sam made three outstanding saves to deny Oxford victory after they had fought back from 2–0 down to send the game into a shootout.

Cambridge captain, Wes Howell, commented, 'Sam Brooks is a world-class keeper. He has played for England under-21s and he's a great guy, vice-captain this year, and he has been phenomenal. He deserved the credit for winning us the match in the last play.'

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Sam is pictured here, second left, celebrating with his team mates.

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6 March 2015 - Careers evening for College pupils

Another successful careers evening for College pupils was held on Friday 6 March.

With gap year organisations, universities, companies and professions all taking stands in Big School, the gym and the Long Room, there was plenty to interest both pupils and parents.

We are grateful to all those OEs, parents and other supporters who give up their time to attend the evening and pass on their experience and advice.

Meanwhile, our series of career and business networking evenings continues; you can see further details on our Networking page.

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5 March 2015 - Harriet Cox (Nugent 1990–92) to do charity bike ride in memory of her son Bobby

Harriet Cox (née Marcell) (Nugent 1990–92) is planning a charity bike ride in May in memory of her five-year-old son Bobby, who died of a brain tumour in July 2014.

Bobby was diagnosed with an aggressive medulloblastoma on 15 June and died just over two weeks later on 2 July. He was cared for at the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital in Oxford.

Harriet, who is a house mistress and biology teacher at Marlborough College, is hoping to raise £30,000 which will be shared between the hospital and The Brain Tumour Charity.

She says: 'On Sunday 24 May about 50 cyclists (friends, family and colleagues) will ride from Marlborough towards Oxford in a 100 km circular route and we will be thinking about Bobby all the way.'

Harriet (pictured here in the centre at the front) has already involved some fellow OEs including Ben Miller (Powell 1986–91) and Julia Hodgson (née Harrison) (Nugent 1986–88).

If you would also like to help with a donation please visit her fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/bobbycox

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4 March 2015 - Sam Brooks (CRAIG 2007–12) to play in 115th Varsity hockey match

Sam Brooks (Craig 2007–12) is to play in the 115th Varsity hockey match on Sunday 8 March.

Sam, who is reading natural sciences at Robinson College, Cambridge, will be playing in goal. It will be his second Blue and he will be vice-captain.

The match is being played at Southgate Hockey Club and Cambridge will be hoping to retain the trophy for the fourth year in a row.

More details are on the official website at www.varsityhockeymatch.com

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3 March 2015 - Anthony Crook (Craig 2005–10) reports from Antarctica

Anthony Crook (Craig 2005–10) is currently in Antarctica as a research assistant for the British Atlantic Survey  (BAS) and has written his first blog recounting his experiences.

Anthony, who studied for an BSc in Marine Zoology and then an MSc in Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University, is now carrying out research on benthic marine invertebrates. He is based at the BAS research station at Rothera.

On the day of his departure he visited Sir Ernest Shackleton's former home at 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, and is pictured here outside. He commented: 'As I walked down the path from his house, I was literally walking in his footsteps!'

You can read more about Anthony's time in the Antarctic in his blog post on the Newcastle University website.

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2 March 2015 - Memorial service for Ian Fraser (Pennell 1945–51)

A memorial service for distinguished Old Eastbournian Ian Fraser was held in Los Angeles on Sunday 1 March.

Ian was an Emmy award winning composer, arranger and musical director who worked in film, television and on Broadway. He died on 31 October 2014 in Hollywood.

Among the many who paid tribute to him at the service were Dame Julie Andrews, composer John Williams and songwriter Leslie Bricusse, as well as Ian's wife Judee, sister Mary and other family and friends.

For more details please see this report on the Film Music Society website.

An obituary was also carried in the 2014 Old Eastbournian magazine, which you can download here.

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