News headlines – February 2016

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26 Feb 2016    Eastbournian Society reception and brunch in Dubai
25 Feb 2016    Theatre trip to see 'The Patriotic Traitor'
23 Feb 2016    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) embarks on 27 marathons in 27 days
17 Feb 2016    Ken Ohlson (Gonville 1937–41) awarded Légion d'honneur
16 Feb 2016    Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians
11 Feb 2016    'History of an Eastbourne family' talk
10 Feb 2016    Shipping industry networking event
7 Feb 2016    Oli Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) reaches summit of Mount Aconcagua
3 Feb 2016    Project 150 reception for Old Eastbournians aged under 35
3 Feb 2016    Rugby ball signed by Jonah Lomu being auctioned for Project 150
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26 February 2016 - Eastbournian Society reception and brunch in Dubai

The Delphine restaurant and bar in The H Hotel was the location for an Eastbournian Society reception in Dubai on Friday 26 February.

With over 25 Old Eastbournians, College parents and their families attending, it was an opportunity for Development Director David Stewart to talk about the latest news from the College, where the Project 150 development is underway.

A short film about the Project 150 campaign was shown, followed by brunch at the hotel.

Our thanks are due to Ed Atkinson (Pennell 1979–84), the OE rep in the UAE, who organised the venue and spread the word about the event to the ES community in the area.

Further pictures of the day are available in the members area of the website. You must be logged in to access this page. If you have not yet registered on the website you can do so by following this link to the Registration page. Once registered and logged in you can also check the contact details we hold for you and visit other members-only pages.

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25 February 2016 - Theatre trip to see 'The Patriotic Traitor'

Our second theatre trip of 2016 was to the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park to see The Patriotic Traitor, written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, well-known as the co-author of the BBC comedy Yes, Minister.

The play tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in the Second World War.

This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun; and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.

In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? The play, starring Tom Conti as Philippe Pétain and Laurence Fox as Charles de Gaulle, takes place as Pétain waits for the verdict.

Pictured here are, in the top picture, some of the group who went along.

The bottom picture shows Jane Slade (Nugent 1975–77), Daily Mail theatre reviewer Quentin Letts, Vicky Henley (Nugent 1975–77) and Patrick Davidson-Houston (Reeves 1977–82), who works for Bob & Co, the production company who put on the play.

Quentin, a friend of Jane's, gave the play a five-star review in the Daily Mail, calling it 'scintillatingly topical, beautifully written and magnificently acted'.

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23 February 2016 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) embarks on 27 marathons in 27 days

Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) has taken on the challenge of running 27 marathons in 27 days to help raise money for the charity Sport Relief, where it will be used to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.

Eddie is running in South Africa, and the 27 marathons reflects the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison.

His route will trace the story of Mandela's life, starting at his birthplace, going to the school and university that he attended, then on to Cape Town and Robben Island where he was imprisoned.

If successful, the challenge will end on Sunday 20 March at Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Mandela gave his inaugural speech as the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994.

Eddie previously attempted a similar feat in South Africa in 2012 but had to pull out for health reasons. In 2009 he ran 43 marathons in 51 days in the UK, and raised £1.8 million.

The marathons are being covered exclusively on the online channel BBC Three. If you would like to sponsor Eddie and find out more about the challenge, please see the Sport Relief website.

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17 February 2016 - Ken Ohlson (Gonville 1937–41) awarded Légion d'honneur

Ken Ohlson (Gonville 1937–41) was among a group of 16 British Second World War veterans who were presented with the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest distinction, during a ceremony at the French Ambassador’s Residence in London on Tuesday 16 February.

The medals were presented by Ambassador Sylvie Bermann and Rear Admiral Patrick Chevallereau, the French Embassy’s Defence Attaché. The veterans were honoured for their role in securing France’s liberation during the Second World War, many of them having taken part in the D-Day Landings in June 1944.

Ambassador Bermann said: 'I feel privileged and incredibly moved to award these veterans with France’s highest distinction, which is our way of thanking them for the tremendous service they did to our country in the Second World War. We shall never forget the courage of those who fought for France’s liberation over 70 years ago. To them, France owes its freedom.'

Ken was a captain in the Royal Artillery and won an MC for his actions in France on 12 February 1945, when he was in charge of an observation post team in support of a mobile column, which was subjected to heavy mortar and shell fire. Part of his citation reads: 'By his coolness and efficient action he not only quelled the enemy fire, which was considerable, but also extricated a number of the infantry who would have been otherwise isolated.'

Ken is pictured above, seated third from the right, with Ambassador Bermann in the centre of the row behind. Picture courtesy Ambassade de France à Londres.

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16 February 2016 - Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians

The Eastbournian Society has been told about two forthcoming job opportunities which may appeal to Old Eastbournians.

The first is for a recent graduate who is looking for a job in the defence sector. It is a junior commercial role at MBDA Missile Systems, based at their headquarters in Stevenage, helping to run the company's global sales campaigns.

The second is for a young, enthusiastic and well organised person to work at Sport Arabia, the sports tour company based in Alfriston, East Sussex.

UPDATE: As these job opportunities are now out-of-date, the links to the application forms which were previously on this page have been removed.

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11 February 2016 - 'History of an Eastbourne family' talk

The final part of local historian Paul Jordan's series of talks on an Eastbourne family took place on Thursday 11 February.

Local members of the Eastbournian Society joined Paul in Powell House Dining Room for the talk, which this time covered the years 1966 to 1985.

Paul has invented a fictitious family and shows how they react to changes in the town, but all the events mentioned, whether local, national or international, are based on fact.

This talk is one of a number that we organise during the year. The next one, on the history of gramophones and phonographs, is on Thursday 3 March at 4pm.

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10 February 2016 - Shipping industry networking event

The latest of the Eastbournian Society's career and business networking events took place at the Baltic Exchange in the City of London on Wednesday 10 February.

A number of pupils travelled up from the College to benefit from the advice and experience of Old Eastbournians currently working in the shipping industry.

Leo Askaroff (Wargrave 2001–03) spoke about the importance of persistence and persuasiveness in building a successful career, and the pupils had a chance to build up useful contacts as they start considering their futures at university and beyond.

For more pictures from the evening please go to the event report in our members area. If you have not yet registered on the website you can do so by following this link to the Registration page. Once registered and logged in you can also check the contact details we hold for you and visit other members-only pages.

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7 February 2016 - Oli Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) reaches summit of Mount Aconcagua

Oli Boggis (Powell 1997–2002) has reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina as a way of raising funds for charity.

The mountain, located in the Andes, is the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere, at 6,961 m (22,838 ft).

Oli was climbing it to support the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and raised almost £5,000.

He tells us that three of his team got to the summit and says: 'It was a tough expedition with severe weather and temps as low as -30º. Less than 10% who attempt it have got up this season and we were the first British team to do so.'

He is pictured here at the summit in December. He now plans to take on two more climbs: Mount Elbrus and Mount Denali.

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3 February 2016 - Project 150 reception for Old Eastbournians aged under 35

The Northcote gastro pub in Battersea was the venue for a reception for OEs aged under 35, which was held on Wednesday 3 February.

As well as being a fun social evening, it was also an opportunity to hear about the College's major redevelopment plan, Project 150.

Hosted by Foundation Director David Stewart and College teacher Jon Bathard-Smith (Powell 1988–93), the event included the showing of a specially commissioned and privately funded film about the project.

With almost 40 guests attending, it was good to see so many OEs taking an interest in their old school.

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3 February 2016 - Rugby ball signed by Jonah Lomu being auctioned for Project 150

Lulu Brown (Nugent 1980–82) is putting a mini rugby ball signed by Jonah Lomu up for auction on eBay to raise funds towards Project 150.

Lulu tells us: 'In 1997 I was lucky enough to meet Jonah Lomu at the Eden Park ground in New Zealand when he unveiled his wax figure for the Madame Tussaud's Australia exhibition, which had just opened in Melbourne. We flew the figure over from Australia so the great man himself could be photographed with it and some of the Madame Tussaud’s team, including myself. Jonah signed a mini Gilbert All Black Rugby ball and gave it to me.'

The signed ball is now on eBay and will be there for ten days.

Lulu asks that if you know of any rugby fans who might be interested then please spread the word.

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