News headlines – November 2015

30 Nov 2015  – Banking, broking and asset management networking event
25 Nov 2015  – Insurance networking in the City
20 Nov 2015  – OE university drinks evening in Newcastle
19 Nov 2015  – Project 150 reception in Los Angeles
19 Nov 2015  – Old Eastbournian get-together in Hong Kong
18 Nov 2015  – Matilda the Musical
17 Nov 2015  – Project 150 reception in New York
12 Nov 2015  – Eastbourne pub evening at The Dolphin
11 Nov 2015  – Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers
11 Nov 2015  – Letter from the Headmaster
10 Nov 2015  – Biography of Donald Perrens DSO OBE DFC published
6 Nov 2015  – Project 150 presentation in the Birley Centre
5 Nov 2015  – Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) wins 'Speech of the Year' at Spectator awards
4 Nov 2015  – Project 150 reception in the City of London
3 Nov 2015  – Pitch perfect accolade for Memorial Field

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30 November 2015 - Banking, broking and asset management networking event

A number of current pupils took the opportunity to attend a networking event for the financial services industry, specifically the banking, broking and asset management sectors. 

The event, on Monday 30 November, was hosted at PwC's offices in More London, and our thanks go to College Governor Darren Meek (Blackwater 1982–87) for providing the venue.

Mark Astaire, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Chairman of Corporate Broking at Barclays Capital, spoke during the evening and provided some perspectives on the equity and M&A markets.

It was an opportunity for Old Eastbournians and parents to pass on careers advice to the pupils, as well as discussing business with their contemporaries.

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25 November 2015 - Insurance networking in the City

The insurance networking event was held at Davy's Wine Bar in Mincing Lane in the City of London on Wednesday 25 November.

This was the latest in the Eastbournian Society's series of career and business networking events, at which pupils, Old Eastbournians, parents and staff can meet to discuss job and work experience opportunities.

Guest speaker was David Ross, CEO of Towergate Insurance, who was previously responsible for all broking and underwriting operations outside the US as CEO of Arthur J Gallagher International.

Our thanks go to Julian Ball (Powell 1985–89) of Marsh UK who kindly sponsored the evening.

It was good to see a large number of current pupils make the journey up from Eastbourne. One Year 11 pupil later commented: 'I thoroughly enjoyed it and was able to get a much better view of what insurance was and how it worked. I met some very interesting people and got a few contacts for work experience.'

Gonville housemaster Richard Bunce said: 'What a fantastic evening it was... super atmosphere and the pupils were full of it on the way home, really inspired!'

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20 November 2015 - OE university drinks evening in Newcastle

Old Eastbournian students in the north-east were invited to a social drinks evening on Friday 20 November.

James Wooldridge, Head of Mathematics at the College, was on hand to buy the drinks and catch up with recent leavers.

The get-together was held at the Pitcher and Piano in Newcastle, and is the latest in a regular series of pub evening for university students around the country.

Pictured here are just some of those who turned out on Friday.

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19 November 2015 - Project 150 reception in Los Angeles

David Stewart, Foundation Director, continued his trip to the USA with a visit to Los Angeles on Thursday 19 November.

A reception and dinner for Old Eastbournians was held at The Jonathan Club, courtesy of the general manager Matthew Allnatt (School 1976–81).

A number of OEs and family members based in the western half of the USA came along to hear David talk about Project 150, the largest redevelopment the College has undertaken.

It was also an opportunity for Judee Fraser to present David with an Emmy award, one of a number which had been won by her late husband Ian Fraser (Pennell 1945–51) during his career as a music arranger in Hollywood. The award will now go on display at the College as an example of Eastbournian achievement.

Pictured here are David (left) with Ian Fraser's family: his son Neal, wife Judee, Neil's wife Amy and Ian's daughter Tiffany.

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19 NOvember 2015 - Old Eastbournian get-together in Hong Kong

A pre-Christmas get-together of Old Eastbournians and other supporters of the College was held in Hong Kong on Thursday 19 November.

The event, held at the Hong Kong Football Club, was organised by the OE rep in Hong Kong, Jeremy Newton (Gonville 1964–69).

He is pictured in the centre of the group in white shirt and OE striped tie.

Following the drinks reception, some of the group went on to enjoy a meal at the adjoining restaurant. 

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18 November 2015 - Matilda The Musical

The latest theatre trip for Eastbournian Society members was to see Matilda The Musical on Wednesday 18 November.

The show was on at the Cambridge Theatre, London, and we had managed to gets seats in the stalls at a discount rate.

Inspired by the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, the award-winning musical from the RSC features songs by Tim Minchin.

It certainly proved to be a hit with our group, some of whom are pictured here outside the theatre.

If you would like to suggest a show for a future theatre trip, please let us know by coming along to an events planning meeting or letting John Thornley know at jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk.

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17 November 2015 - Project 150 reception in New York

Old Eastbournians in North America were invited to a reception in New York on Tuesday 17 November.

The Union Club on E 69th Street was the venue for the reception and presentation about the College's Project 150 redevelopment.

The guests were able to view the specially-commissioned short film about the project and hear how the fundraising campaign has got off to a good start.

David Stewart, Foundation Director, and Philip Broadley, Vice-Chairman of the College's Board of Governors and Chairman of the Project 150 Campaign Committee, were both on hand to explain how the project is the biggest redevelopment that the College has undertaken.

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12 November 2015 - Eastbourne pub evening at The Dolphin

The latest pub evening for Old Eastbournians and other Eastbournian Society members was held on Thursday 12 November.

The venue was The Dolphin in South Street, which has established itself as our favoured watering hole for these informal events.

We had a good mixture of OEs, parents of former and current pupils, members of staff and other supporters of the College.

The picture shows a selection of those who attended.

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11 November 2015 - Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers

An informal lunch for Old Eastbournians who left the College in the summer of 1979 was held on Wednesday 11 November.

Rob McNeilly (School 1974–79), Paul Mansell (School 1974–79) and Richard Vidal (Gonville 1974–79) organised the event and managed to encourage a good number of their contemporaries to come along.

David Stewart from the Eastbournian Society also attended.

They met for drinks at The Surprise, a gastropub in Chelsea, followed by the lunch and, judging by the photo, had a good turn-out.

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11 November 2015 - Letter from the Headmaster

The following letter from Headmaster Simon Davies was sent by email to members of the Eastbournian Society on 11 November.

Dear Member of the Eastbournian Society

Next August I complete 11 years as Headmaster of the College – which will be exactly half my teaching career. With Project 150 successfully launched, Robina and I have decided it is the right time for me to move on to fresh challenges. I have therefore tendered my resignation to the Chairman of Governors, from the end of this academic year, so he can begin the process of appointing my successor.

We have loved our time in this wonderful community and it continues to be a privilege and real joy to me to see Eastbournians develop, triumph, deal with adversity, grow, mature, make errors and set things right, form lifelong friendships and complete their voyages through school; it is also a privilege and joy to see OEs and other members of the College's extended family, the Eastbournian Society. We have been blessed by the fellowship of many OEs and friends of the College and greatly valued their generosity, kindness and support of this great school and for us personally. We shall miss the College and always be keen to follow its progress (from a discreet distance); we are sure, though, that this is the right way forward for us. Having changed career at 30, I am excited by the prospect of doing so again at 52!

Now the announcement has been made (and letters are going synchronously to pupils and their parents and the heads of feeder schools), I think it is very important we get on with making this academic year the very best it can be for us all.

Yours sincerely

Simon Davies

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10 November 2015 - Biography of Donald Perrens DSO OBE DFC published

Dennis Sawden (Powell House 1946–50) has researched and written a 40-page illustrated biography of Donald Perrens who, after six long years of distinguished service in both the army and the Royal Air Force from 1939 to 1946, taught at the College for 35 years, ending his career as Acting Headmaster and then Second Master.

Many OEs will recall his leadership of the CCF, as head of science, his role as housemaster of Blackwater, his coaching of tennis and hockey and many other things.

Donald, now 96, is in good health and lives in Steyning with Marian, his second wife.

This book, originally intended for just his family members and friends, focuses primarily on Donald’s wartime exploits in North Africa and Italy but includes other material about his early and later life.

Donald and Dennis, himself a post-war RAF pilot, have kindly agreed that we may reprint a number of copies of this biography and we are delighted to be able to offer it to OEs at the bargain price of £5 including p&p. Donald has asked that any profits arising from the sale of this book are donated to the charity Help for Heroes.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact Michael Partridge, College Archivist, by phone on 01323 451901 or by email to mp@eastbourne-college.co.uk for further details.

Donald is pictured here standing by his Spitfire in the desert in 1943.

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6 November 2015 - Project 150 presentation in the Birley Centre

Members of the Eastbournian Society and local supporters of the College were invited to a reception and presentation about Project 150 on Friday 6 November.

The Jennifer Winn Auditorium in the Birley Centre was an ideal place to show the specially-commissioned short film about the project.

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors and Chairman of the Project 150 Campaign Committee Philip Broadley spoke about plans for the new building, the biggest redevelopment that the College has undertaken.

Headmaster Simon Davies and Development Director David Stewart also spoke about the landmark project and how the fundraising campaign had already got off to a good start.

Pictured here are Simon Davies, Caroline Ansell MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, and Philip Broadley.

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5 November 2015 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) wins 'Speech of the Year' at Spectator awards

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) has been awarded 'Speech of the Year' at the 2015 Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards.

Johnny, who won the constituency of Plymouth Moor View for the Conservatives in the general election in May, was praised for his maiden speech in June, which was described by the Spectator as: 'theatrical, magisterial and moving'.

He had spoken about the treatment of war veterans, particularly in the area of mental health, and the high rate of suicide amongst returning members of the armed forces. 'A great stain falls upon our nation,' he said, 'when more soldiers take their own lives than die in action.'

Johnny previously served in Afghanistan as a captain in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

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4 November 2015 - Project 150 reception in the City of London

The City of London Club was the venue for a reception for members of the Eastbournian Society on Wednesday 4 November.

Guests were able to view the specially-commissioned short film about the Project 150 project and hear more about the fundraising campaign.

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors and Chairman of the Project 150 Campaign Committee Philip Broadley spoke about the landmark project, the biggest redevelopment that the College has undertaken.

Pictured here are College Economics and Business teacher Jon Bathard-Smith (Powell 1988–93), College Governor and parent of OEs Vicky Henley (Nugent 1975–77), Iqui Gelu (Pennell 1964–69), and Ian Hemming, father of a current pupil.

More pictures from the evening are in the event report in our members area.

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3 November 2015 - Pitch perfect accolade for Memorial Field

'It looks like Twickenham.'

That was the accolade paid to Memorial Field by Pitchcare, the magazine for groundsmen and groundkeepers, in its latest issue.

In a six-page feature, the magazine interviewed head groundsman Richard Maryan about the work he and his team took on to bring the pitch at Memorial Field up to international standard for the Rugby World Cup.

The ground was used as a training venue for the South African Springboks before their first round game at the nearby Amex Stadium in Brighton.

Richard explained that he had to meet very exacting standards to comply with the specifications and that work had started over a year ago with the first pitch inspection by RWC officials.

The magazine visited in early September, just before the Springboks arrived, and commented: 'It’s usually a well looked after under-16 pitch but, right now, it looks like Twickenham.'

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