News headlines – June 2015

27 Jun 2015  – A tribute to Michael Young
27 Jun 2015  – Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day
25 Jun 2015  – Ed Giddins (Powell 1984–89) special guest at MCC dinner
25 Jun 2015  – A thank you to donors on Foundation Day
25 Jun 2015  – Plaque unveiled by Sir Christopher Leaver GBE JP (Blackwater 1951–55)
18 Jun 2015  – London pub evening at the Mayfair Exchange
13 Jun 2015  – OE Stags in charity rugby sevens competition
12 Jun 2015  – Tour of the Houses of Parliament
11 Jun 2015  – A tribute to Robin Harrison
8 Jun 2015  – Seb Nagle-Taylor (Gonville 2007–12) signs for England Rugby 7s
7 Jun 2015  – Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) interviewed in Sunday Telegraph
4 Jun 2015  – Tour of Southwark Cathedral and Bankside
3 Jun 2015  – 30-year reunion for 1985 leavers
3 Jun 2015  – Oliver Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) is raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association
2 Jun 2015  – Old Eastbournian appears in David Hockney portrait
1 Jun 2015  – Chris Roberts OE appointed as England Counties U18 rugby coach

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27 June 2015 - A tribute to Michael Young

It is with sadness that we announce that Michael Young, who taught modern languages at Eastbourne College from 1955 to 1990, died on 23 June 2015.

As well as his language teaching, sport also played a large part in Michael's life. He ran boxing at the College for ten years, was master-in-charge of swimming, and assisted with rugby, hockey, cricket and rowing. He also played rugby, both for Eastbourne RFC and at county level.

He sang in the Chapel Choir and took over command of the CCF from Donald Perrens.

From 1965 to 1980 Michael was housemaster of Pennell House, which he ran with his wife Lisa (pictured here at the OE dinner in 1991). They had three children, Richard, Rosamund and Bob.

On Michael's retirement in 1990, Headmaster Christopher Saunders wrote: 'Michael was arguably the best-read member of the Senior Common Room - an intelligent, kind, sensitive and charming man with an impish sense of humour.'

Michael and Lisa moved permanently to their house at St Germain-sur-Ay, Lower Normandy, on his retirement. A family funeral is being held in France.

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27 June 2015 - Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day

The end of the school year is the time for Speech Day, when pupils and parents can enjoy a picnic on College Field, enjoy music from the pavilion, visit creative arts exhibitions and watch the 1st XI play cricket.

It is also the time that the Eastbournian Society holds a drinks reception in the College Theatre so that pupils, parents, Old Eastbournians and other friends can meet the ES team and see the variety of activities that we have promoted over the year.

This year our display showed that with career and business networking, social and cultural events, OE sports, pub evenings, reunions, lunches, dinners and theatre trips, there is something for everyone who has an interest in the College.

For more details of our activities please visit our Forthcoming events page.

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25 June 2015 - Ed Giddins (Powell 1984–89) special guest at MCC dinner

Following a day's cricket in which the College 1st XI took on the MCC on College Field, a dinner was held for MCC members.

After reception drinks, the guests enjoyed a three-course dinner in the College Dining Hall.

Special guest was Ed Giddins (Powell 1984–89), pictured, who played for England, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Warwickshire. Ed entertained the diners during the evening by taking part in an amusing Q&A session.

The MCC cricket dinner has now become an established fixture on the Eastbournian Society calendar of events.

If you are interested in booking for next year's dinner, which will be held in the last week of the summer term, please contact Lulu Brown on vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk.

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25 June 2015 - A thank you to donors on Foundation Day

The College invited major donors and members of the Devonshire Society to lunch on Foundation Day, which was held on Thursday 25 June.

Following a drinks reception in the Birley Centre, the guests were treated to a musical recital by pupils in the Jennifer Winn Auditorium, after which they posed for the group photograph here. They then headed to the College Theatre for lunch.

After words of welcome from Philip Broadley (Wargrave 1974–79), special guest Sir Christopher Leaver (Blackwater 1951–55) expressed his thanks to the College for the plaque which had been unveiled in his honour in the Cloisters, details of which are carried in a separate news item. He then proposed a toast to the College.

After lunch, the guests had an opportunity to enjoy the cricket match on College Field between the 1st XI and the MCC.

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25 June 2015 - Plaque unveiled by Sir Christopher Leaver GBE JP (Blackwater 1951–55)

Former Chairman of College Council Sir Christopher Leaver GBE JP (Blackwater 1951–55) unveiled a plaque in his honour during Foundation Day on Thursday 25 June 2015.

Sir Christopher served as Chairman of the Council (now the Board of Governors) for 16 years from 1989 to 2005.

The plaque, positioned in the Cloisters by College Field, was commissioned by the present governors to honour his contribution to the College.

Pictured here are headmaster Simon Davies; Philip Broadley (Wargrave 1974–79), Vice Chairman of the Board; Sir Christopher; Lady Leaver; and their son Benedict Leaver (Wargrave 1999–2004).

Sir Christopher thanked the governors for commissioning the plaque when he spoke at the Foundation Day lunch later in the day. The annual lunch serves as a way of thanking members of the Devonshire Society and other benefactors for their generosity in supporting the College.

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18 June 2015 - London pub evening at the Mayfair Exchange

The summer London pub evening for Old Eastbournians and other friends of the College was held on Thursday 18 June.

Once again the venue was the Mayfair Exchange in Brook Street.

These get-togethers are a chance for OEs, staff, parents and other members of the Eastbournian Society to socialise in an informal atmosphere.

We aim to have at least two pub evenings in London each year, with two more held in Eastbourne.

The next Eastbourne evening is at the Dolphin in South Street on Wednesday 8 July.

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13 June 2015 - OE Stags in charity rugby sevens competition

Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports:

In a relatively new tournament, WSM Accounting & Tax Partners held their third annual charity sevens competition on 13 June. Raising money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, the event attracted some high profile teams, including HSBC, London Welsh Amateurs, The Cobras and defending champions the King Prawns of Salcombe. The mighty OE Stags congregated quietly.

First up, a 33-10 victory against the hosts, WSM Wolverines. Hong Kong U20s international Anson Wong (Gonville 2009–14) opened our account early with Ryder King (Craig 2007–12) a constant force providing our second, and Fritz Unützer (Gonville 2009–14) following suit. A strong first victory to settle the nerves and to ease some fuzzy heads within the pack.

A much closer contest in the second fixture – Chipstead Seniors provided grit and an edge which they played on for most of the 14 minutes. An early dump tackle on (captain for the day) Alex Boggis (Powell 2006–11) riled the Stags and a constant bite eventually boiled over seeing brother Olly Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) and one of the players sent to the bin. Harry Clarke (Reeves 2010–12) was the star here with two runaway tries – getting scragged far too late on his second resulted in another yellow for Chips. A lack of composure and discipline led to three unanswered tries from the opposition and a 28-12 loss.

Loans2Go provided little challenge with relentless pressure from Alex Stimpson (Wargrave 2001–06) scoring two athletic breakaway wingers tries. Despite questionable haircuts, credit must go the Boggis brothers for providing a constant pressure and threat around the breakdown, with multiple turnovers and providing that physical edge when needed. This resulted in Olly Boggis picking up the Man of the Match tankard for his efforts all day. A 19-10 win for the Stags.

A heart-breaking loss to The Baltic Exchange in the quarter final of the plate saw us go down 14-7. A great day all round with some scintillating tries and a great energy amongst this exciting group of players.

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12 June 2015 - Tour of the Houses of Parliament

Over seventy Eastbournian Society members enjoyed a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament on Friday 12 June, and are pictured here in Westminster Hall.

With so many people attending, they were split into three separate groups for their tours, which took in the chambers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

There was also a chance to visit the Jewel Tower, built around 1365 to house King Edward III’s treasures and known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’.

One of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834, the tower features a 14th century ribbed vault.

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11 June 2015 - A tribute to Robin Harrison

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former pupil and long-serving member of the Senior Common Room, Robin Harrison.

Robin was a pupil at the College (Pennell House) from 1942 to 1947. He was Head of House and Head of School.

After gaining a geography degree and a rugby blue at Cambridge, Robin returned to teach at the College in 1953 and retired from the teaching staff in 1989.

During his 36 years as a member of staff, Robin was responsible for College rugby from 1955 to 1974, Head of Geography from 1966 to 1979, Housemaster of Craig House from 1978 to 1986 and Master-in-Charge of Golf from 1978 to 1986.

In 1976 he was appointed Secretary of the Old Eastbournian Association and continued in this role until 2006. This is a record of quite extraordinary service to Eastbourne College.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

There will be a private family funeral. A memorial service at Eastbourne College will be held at a later date.

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8 June 2015 - Seb Nagle-Taylor (Gonville 2007–12) signs for England Rugby 7s

Seb Nagle-Taylor (Gonville 2007–12) has joined the England Rugby 7s programme for the 2015/16 season, the RFU has announced.

While at the College Seb captained the 1st XV and the 7s team. 

He has also represented England Students and England Counties U20, as well as Middlesex U20 and Kent U20, having first played at the age of nine for Valley Fort RFC in Hong Kong.

He is pictured here in action in an England U20 game against Georgia in May 2014.

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7 June 2015 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) interviewed in Sunday Telegraph

Johnny Mercer (Pennell 1995–2000), the newly elected MP for Plymouth Moor View, has been interviewed in the Sunday Telegraph.

Johnny made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on Monday 1 June, in which he spoke about his experiences of combat in Afghanistan as a captain in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

He recounted how a close friend and comrade, Lance Bombardier Mark Chandler, was shot in the face in an attack by the Taliban and later died.

He also used the speech to champion the cause of better support for returning veterans, particularly in the area of mental health, reminding MPs of L/Sgt Dan Collins of the Welsh Guards, an Afghanistan veteran who took his own life after suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Johnny says that it is only recently that he took an interest in politics: 'I thought "how am I going to change veterans' care, how am I going to change mental health? Right, I'll try and become an MP". It was a mad idea.'

You can read the full interview here

You can see a video of Johnny's maiden speech on YouTube.

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4 June 2015 - Tour of Southwark Cathedral and Bankside

Sixteen members of the Eastbournian Society enjoyed a trip to Southwark on Thursday 4 June.

The group met their guide at 11.45am and were taken in two groups along the south side of the Thames.

The walk included the Golden Hinde, Clink Prison, Shakespeare's Globe and the Rose Theatre.

After a break for lunch, there was a one-hour tour of the cathedral itself from 3pm, where this picture was taken.

John Thornley then took some of the group to Westminster Abbey for Choral Evensong.

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3 June 2015 - 30-year reunion for 1985 leavers

A pub reunion for College leavers in 1985 was held on Wednesday 3 June in London.

Rich Garrett (Reeves 1980-85) and Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980-85) organised the gathering for OEs at The Phoenix, a gastropub close to Victoria Station.

Nearly 30 people attended and it was a great opportunity for everyone to catch up and reminisce about their time at the College.

Pictured here are just some of the attendees.

More pictures and a list of attendees are on the 1985 reunion page, which is available only to those who have registered and are logged in to the website.

If you have not yet registered, please go to the Login page, click on 'New user registration' and follow the instructions.

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3 June 2015 - Oliver Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) is raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Oliver Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) is to host a black tie charity summer ball in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The ball will be held at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond-upon-Thames on Thursday 27 August, and Oliver is trying to drum up as much support as possible.

There will be a champagne reception, a three-course dinner with wine, a charity auction and a raffle, with a signed England rugby shirt and five-star breaks up for grabs. There will also be a guest speaker and a dance after dinner.

Tickets are £90 each, with discounts for tables of more than six.

Oliver tells us: 'I am also climbing the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, in December to raise money and promote awareness. If anyone would like to come to the ball or donate an auction prize please get in touch by my email, ob@moon-tree.co.uk .

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2 June 2015 - Old Eastbournian appears in David Hockney portrait

Philip Le Brocq (College teaching staff 1962–88) has been in touch to alert us to an Old Eastbournian who is one of the subjects in an exhibition of David Hockney portraits.

Jonathan Mills (School 1972–77) appears in a number of pictures in Hockney's exhibition 'Painting and Photography' at the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery in London.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 27 June 2015, and more details can be found at the Annely Juda website.

Philip sent us this picture of himself in the gallery, pointing out one of the pictures of Jonathan.

Jonathan is himself an artist and you can see examples of his work at his website 'The Illuminated Jonathan Mills' at http://jonathanmillsart.com.

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1 June 2015 - Chris Roberts OE appointed as England Counties U18 rugby coach

Chris Roberts (Blackwater and Gonville 1991–96) has been appointed England Counties U18 forwards coach.

Chris, who was captain of the College 1st XV in the 1995–96 season, says that this is 'the culmination of a lot of hard work but also the support of a large number of people'.

He takes up the post in September 2015 and will assist in the planning of the coaching programme for the season.

He will also be responsible for providing a positive and successful playing environment in which players can progress from club level to playing for the national team.

 

 

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