News headlines – September 2015

27 Sep 2015  – Paul Feiler painting appears on 'Antiques Roadshow'
19 Sep 2015  – The annual London walk – A Village in Piccadilly
16 Sep 2015  – Dinner with the Springboks at the Grand Hotel
16 Sep 2015  – Jim McCue (School 1977–81) to discuss T S Eliot at British Library
12 Sep 2015  – Reception for parents of new pupils
11 Sep 2015  – Rugby World Cup curry evening
10 Sep 2015  – Charlie Howden (Reeves 1992–97)
9 Sep 2015  – College features on ITV local news
5 Sep 2015  – Old Eastbournian reunion
2 Sep 2015  – James Neilson Graham (Gonville 1959–64) publishes book on working with choirs
1 Sep 2015  – Webb Ellis Cup to visit College Field

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27 September 2015 - Paul Feiler painting appears on 'Antiques Roadshow'

A painting by Paul Feiler appeared on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme on Sunday 27 September, the second time this year that one of his works has been on the show.

Paul Feiler was Head of Art at the College from 1942 to 1945, during its wartime evacuation to Radley.

Born in Germany, he had come to England in 1933 but was interned when war broke out and sent to Canada, returning in 1941.

The painting, an abstract view of St Ives, where Feiler was based for many years, was evaluated by art expert Philip Mould, pictured here alongside the painting.

He commented that Feiler's work was 'greatly regarded these days' and estimated that it could be worth up to £50,000.

A work of Feiler's also appeared on the programme in April; it later sold for £25,000.

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19 September 2015 - The annual London walk - A Village in Piccadilly

Every year the Eastbournian Society arranges a guided walk in London, and this year we explored the area around Piccadilly.

Starting at 11am at Piccadilly Circus, we met our guide, appropriately named Richard Walker, from the London Walks Company.

Richard took us on a tour down Haymarket and into Pall Mall, through St James's Square and into Jermyn Street, where we stopped at the Floris perfume shop.

Then on to the Royal Academy and Burlington Arcade, finishing at the chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker, in Royal Aracde, just off Old Bond Street, where we were able to sample some delicious chocolates.

The group are pictured here outside the In and Out Club in St James's Square.

Our thanks go to Jenny Lush for organising the walk for us.

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16 September 2015 - Dinner with the Springboks at the Grand Hotel

Eastbourne College was proud to host a dinner with members of the Springboks squad at the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, on Wednesday 16 September.

The College is a Rugby World Cup team base for the South Africans, with Memorial Field being used for training in the build up to their first match against Japan on Saturday.

Our thanks go to David Winn (School 1954–59) and Chris Winn (School 1985–90) for the sponsorship provided by Denso South Africa (Pty) Ltd, part of Winn & Coales International.

The Springboks were represented by hooker Schalk Brits, scrum-half Rudy Paige, number 8 Duane Vermeulen, assistant coach Ricardo Loubscher, scrum coach Pieter de Villers, kicking coach Louis Koen and consultant Richie Gray.

Proceeds from the dinner will go towards the founding of a bursary, The Robin Harrison Rugby Award.

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16 September 2015 - Jim McCue (School 1977–81) to discuss T S Eliot at British Library

Jim McCue (School 1977–81) will be discussing the poetry of T S Eliot at the British Library next month.

Jim, who is joint editor with Christopher Ricks of the new critical edition of Eliot's poetry, will be hosting the discussion on Monday 12 October.

The new edition, published by Faber, is intended to establish an authoritative text for all of Eliot's poems, including many from his youth that were only published decades later, as well as others that saw only private circulation in his lifetime.

The discussion will also consider the poet's working processes, his reading, his influences and his vision.

For further details and to book tickets, please visit the British Library website at http://www.bl.uk/events/t-s-eliots-poetry

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12 September 2015 - Reception for parents of new pupils

A reception for parents of pupils new to the College was held on Saturday 12 September in the College Theatre.

After welcome drinks and a chance to chat with other parents, David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society, gave a presentation on our many activities and events.

David explained how the society comprises a broad spectrum of those connected to the College: Old Eastbournians, current and former staff, pupils and, of course, parents.

All are welcome to come along to our varied programme of events.

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11 September 2015 - Rugby World Cup curry evening

To celebrate Eastbourne College's involvement with the Rugby World Cup, a curry evening was held in the Dining Hall on Friday 11 September.

The College is a team base for the South African squad, so the evening had a Springboks theme, with many guests joining in with the green and gold colour scheme.

Guests of honour were Will Green (Gonville 1987–92), former Wasps and England player, and Seb Nagle-Taylor (Gonville 2007–12), who is currently part of the RFU England Sevens squad. They are pictured here with David Stewart, Eastbournian Society Director.

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10 September 2015 - Charlie Howden (Reeves 1992–97)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Charlie Howden (Reeves 1992–97).

Charlie, who played in the 1st XI hockey team at the College, had enjoyed an active lifestyle in Florida, including paddle-boarding and surfing.

It came as a great shock when he was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in August 2013, but he had strong support from friends and family.

Old school friends organised two fundraising hockey matches in 2013 and 2014 and the College was happy to host these at the Beresford astroturf. They helped raise money for the course of specialist treatment Charlie was receiving in the USA.

The College flag will be flying at half mast today as a mark of respect.

Our thoughts are with Charlie's family at this sad time.

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9 September 2015 - College features on ITV local news

The College was featured on ITV's local news programme on Monday 7 September as the build-up to the Rugby World Cup continues.

Head groundsman Richard Maryan (pictured) was interviewed about the preparations for the pitch at the Memorial field, which the Springboks will be using as a training ground during the championship.

He said that preparation work on the pitch had started at Easter and had to meet exacting international standards.

Headmaster Simon Davies spoke about the College's rugby history and said that the school had been the host to other touring sides in the past, including the All Blacks.

The news item can be viewed by following this link to the ITV News website.

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5 September 2015 - Old Eastbournian reunion

Saturday 5 September was the day for the latest Old Eastbournian reunion at the College.

This year's cohort was all OEs who were or would have been in the Upper Sixth in any year between 1995 and 2009, and we also welcomed back staff from that era too.

During the day there was a chance to watch the OE Stags play Old Brightonians on College Field, followed by the 1st XV match against Hurstpierpoint.

At 3pm John Thornley led a group on a tour of the campus, starting with a visit to the Memorial Tower. He also showed them the site where a number of College buildings have been demolished in preparation for construction of Project 150.

After tea in Big School, some OEs took the opportunity to look around their former houses.

Following evensong in the Chapel, there was a drinks reception followed by a carvery meal in the College Dining Hall.

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2 September 2015 - James Neilson Graham (Gonville 1959–64) publishes book on working with choirs

James Neilson Graham (Gonville 1959–64) has written a book called 'The Creative Choir - A Holistic Approach to Working with Singers'.

Starting from the idea that education underpins the rehearsal process, James delves into the theory and practice of working with singers. He considers how the individual can flourish in the midst of so many and how the conductor can facilitate the process.

After studying and writing (journalism and short stories), James encountered Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström’s School of Uncovering the Voice and embarked upon singing studies in England and Germany.

With the Trinity College Licentiate (music education) under his belt and lengthy spells coaching in Finland and teaching singing in England and Iceland, James has developed a pioneering approach to the art of choral conducting with the emphasis on the needs of singers.

The book costs £18.99 and is published by Temple Lodge Publishing. It is available to order from Booksource, 50 Cambuslang Road, Glasgow, G32 8NB; phone: 0141 643 3961 or email: orders@booksource.net.

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1 September 2015 - Webb Ellis Cup to visit College Field

The Webb Ellis Cup will be visiting Eastbourne College on Wednesday 2 September, as part of its national tour in the build up to the start of the Rugby World Cup.

All are welcome to visit the College to see the trophy, which will be on display on College Field from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Entry to College Field will be by the gate on Blackwater Road or from Old Wish Road. Please note that it may be quite busy and there will be a queuing system.

The College is part of the team base for the South African Springboks and will be providing use of the Memorial Ground as an outdoor training pitch while the team are in Eastbourne for a number of days preparing for their group matches in the tournament.

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