News headlines – July 2015

23 Jul 2015  – Old Eastbournians to do fundraising cycle ride in honour of Pete Westropp (Pennell 1996–2001)
21 Jul 2015  – Don Wales (Blackwater 1974–77) celebrates 90th anniversary of Blue Bird land speed record
20 Jul 2015  – Allan Willett (School 1950–53), former Lord Lieutenant of Kent, dies aged 78
14 Jul 2015  – First class degrees for Old Eastbournians
4 Jul 2015  – Rowing reunion at Henley Royal Regatta
2 Jul 2015  – Record number of teams in Foundation Golf Challenge
2 Jul 2015  – Lord Richards (Wargrave 1965–70) visits Old Eastbournians in Hong Kong

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23 July 2015 - Old Eastbournians to do fundraising cycle ride in honour of Pete Westropp (Pennell 1996–2001)

A group of Old Eastbournians are planning a cycle ride to raise funds for the Peter Westropp Memorial Trust, in honour of their schoolfriend who was killed in a freak accident in August 2011.

The OEs, Tom Robinson (Gonville 1996–2001), Oli Cripps (Wargrave 1999–2001), Stuart Dunk (Craig 1996–2001), Freddie Southwell (Wargrave 1996–2001), David Morehen (Reeves 1996–2001), Rowland Stripp (Wargrave 1996–2001), Charlie West (Craig 1996–2001), Thady Voorspuy (Reeves 1996–2001), John Bradford (Reeves 1996–2001) and Toby Brown (Reeves 1996–2001), will embark on the 'Tour de Pete' on Friday 14 August, which would have been Pete's 32nd birthday.

Starting at 8am from College Field, the 600-mile cycle ride will head first to Bromley where Pete grew up, on to Oxford where Pete studied, then up to Leeds where Pete partied (and went to uni), then back down to the Emirates football stadium where Pete supported his beloved Arsenal.

They hope to finish by Saturday 22 August and therefore, average 75 miles a day.

A big part of Pete's life was his empathy for other people. Whether he was with family, friends, or making a first introduction, Peter appreciated and connected with those around him.

Pete's family and friends have set up The Peter Westropp Memorial Trust which supports the many carers who provide unpaid assistance to family and friends unable to cope on their own. The Trust donates directly to charities, such as the Carers Trust, whose role it is to help the carers cope with the emotional and physical strain of caring by providing comfort and encouragement. The Trust also hopes to go some way to increasing the awareness of carers and the invaluable contribution they make to the lives of others.

If you would like to support 'Tour de Pete' and, more importantly, The Peter Westropp Memorial Trust, please click here to find out how you can help.

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21 July 2015 - Don Wales (Blackwater 1974–77) celebrates 90th anniversary of Blue Bird land speed record

Don Wales (Blackwater 1974–77) has recreated the moment when his grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record in his Sunbeam 'Blue Bird' ninety years ago.

In 1925 Sir Malcolm set the record at more than 150 mph at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire, which is where Don drove the car, albeit at a slower pace.

The car had not been driven for over 50 years until it was rebuilt last year at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

Don, who was dressed as Sir Malcolm would have been in 1925, said: 'I was only travelling at 50mph but my grandfather was doing three times that. It is not an easy car to drive but feeling the wind in your hair like that was a great experience.'

He also said he was grateful for all the work that the museum had put in to rebuild the car.

Don is himself a world speed record holder and you can read more about him at his website www.donwales.co.uk.

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20 July 2015 - Allan Willett (School 1950–53), Former Lord Lieutenant of Kent, dies aged 78

Allan Willett, who was in School House 1950–53, died peacefully at home on Saturday 18 July, his family have announced.

A business entrepreneur, public sector leader and philanthropist, he was Lord Lieutenant of Kent from 2002 to 2011.

Born in India of tea planter parents from Kent, he returned to Britain at the age of two and was brought up on Thanet farms during the Second World War. He played rugby for the College, as well as for Kent as a schoolboy.

He was then commissioned in The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) and served with the King's African Rifles fighting the Mau Mau in Kenya.

In 1962 he formed his own company, which evolved into Willett International Limited and developed the world's first micro processor controlled labelling machine and the first inkjet printer for cartons. It became the fourth largest electronic coding and information labelling company in the world.

In the public sector he was a Director of Locate in Kent, the East Kent Enterprise Agency and Chairman of the East Kent Initiative and Forum. In the early 1990s he became the Founding Chairman of the Industrial Development Board for London and the South East, and in 1998 he established the Regional Development Agency for the South East of England (SEEDA).

In January 2004, he created The Allan Willett Foundation which has since made charitable donations totalling some £4 million to a great many causes ranging from Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, the New Marlowe Theatre and the Turner contemporary to a number of community organisations and to medical research.

He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Kent in 2002 and set out to modernise the ancient role, defining his Lieutenancy's aims as being to provide a focus for county identity, unity and pride, give a sense of stability, recognise achievements, success and excellence, and promote service to others. He retired as Lord Lieutenant, as is customary, on his 75th birthday in August 2011.

Among his many honours, Allan Willett was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 1997 and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours List June 2011. He was also a Knight of Justice in the Order of St John, an Honorary Freeman of the City of Canterbury, an Ambassador for Kent, and was a former Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

He leaves his wife Anne, three children, three stepchildren, and 16 grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at Canterbury Cathedral on 2 October 2015.

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14 July 2015 - First class degrees for Old Eastbournians

We are pleased to offer our congratulations to five Old Eastbournians who have recently been awarded 1st class honours degrees:

  • Sam Brooks (Craig 2007–12) - BA (Hons) Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. While studying at Cambridge, Sam has also been the vice-captain of the university's 1st XI men's hockey team and an England hockey U21 goalkeeper
  • Dominic Clark (Gonville 2006–11) - BSc (Hons) Business Management from the University of East Anglia
  • Amy Corfield (Watt 2007–12) - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia
  • Kristian Fleming (Wargrave 2005–10) - BA (Hons) Business Management with International Studies at the University of Exeter. Kristian also received the Dean's Commendation for Exceptional Academic Performance
  • Priya Shanmuganathan (Watt 2007–12) - BA (Hons) English from the University of Warwick
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4 July 2015 - Rowing reunion at Henley Royal Regatta

A group of Old Eastbournians who had rowed for the College got together for a reunion at Henley Royal Regatta on Saturday.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1st IV winning the Fours Cup at the National Schools Regatta held in Nottingham in 1995, only the second time that it had done so.

Former head of rowing Chris Alcock got a number of rowers back together, including some from that winning team, for a picnic at the regatta, partly to commemorate the win, but also to raise awareness of the contribution to College sport that the Boat Club has made since its inception in 1928.

Pictured here are, left to right, James Crates (Gonville 1991–96), Peter Fellows (Powell 1993–98), Nigel Sargant (Reeves 1990–95), Chris Alcock, Paul Steen (Powell 1990–95), Ed Winton (Gonville 1991–96) and John Henton (Powell 1996–98). John's wife Faye also attended.

Chris tells us that he plans to repeat the event next year and hopes to contact all those who rowed or coached at the famous Wallers Haven, even if they didn't compete for the College. He says that current rowing coaches and pupils would also be welcome.

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2 July 2015 - Record number of teams in Foundation Golf Challenge

This year's Foundation Golf Challenge attracted a record number of 24 teams to the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course on 2 July.

Once the early morning rain had cleared, teams had registered and bacon rolls had been consumed, the day's golf began with a shotgun start at 12.30pm.

After a couple of rogue showers, the weather steadily improved during the afternoon.

Once all the scores had been totted up the winning team was declared as Stewie's More Stars.

In the evening the teams enjoyed a dinner in the clubhouse and the charity fundraising auction.

Each year we aim to raise money for the Peter Bibby Award, which funds a bursary for a talented local cricketer to attend the College. Through the generosity of this year's participants we are pleased to announce that we raised over £20,000 for this worthwhile cause.

More pictures of the event are on the 2015 Golf Challenge page.

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2 July 2015 - Lord Richards (Wargrave 1965–70) visits Old Eastbournians in Hong Kong

General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL (Wargrave 1965–70) paid a visit to Old Eastbournians in Hong Kong recently.

Lord Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff, is a College Vice-President and the President of the Project 150 Campaign.

He managed to meet a number of OEs on an informal basis, including his contemporary Charles Dickson (Wargrave 1965–69) and his wife Bernadette.

They are pictured here with Lord Richards on the left, his wife Caroline, Lady Richards, standing alongside Bernadette, and Charles.

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