News headlines – March 2016

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31 Mar 2016    Ronnie Corbett and Eastbourne College
22 Mar 2016    Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians at Hartland Shipping
21 Mar 2016    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) completes 27 marathons in 27 days
17 Mar 2016    The inaugural Eastbournian Society Channel Islands lunch
12 Mar 2016    Eastbournian Medical Society meeting at the Royal College of Surgeons
11 Mar 2016    Appointment of new Headmaster
9 Mar 2016    Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians at Global Re Group
8 Mar 2016    Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–14) nominated for Greene King IPA Player of the Month
7 Mar 2016    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) talks about Parkinson's Disease in BBC documentary
4 Mar 2016    The Eastbournian Society careers convention 2016
3 Mar 2016    Talk on the history of gramophones and phonographs
1 Mar 2016    Old Eastbournians welcome current pupils to Oxford University
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31 March 2016 - Ronnie Corbett and Eastbourne College

The death of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers, Ronnie Corbett CBE, was announced earlier today. He was 85.

What many may not know is that Ronnie played a small part (no pun intended) in the history of Eastbourne College.

In July 1982 he was the guest of honour at the school's summer fete, which was raising funds for the rebuilding of Big School following the devastating fire of the previous November. He is pictured here at the fete with Headmaster Chris Saunders.

That day £10,000 was raised towards the rebuilding costs, and this was no doubt partly due to Ronnie's appearance in front of the crowds.

There will be many tributes paid to Ronnie in the next few days; this is our thank you for his support 34 years ago.

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22 March 2016 - Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians at Hartland Shipping

Chris Ohlson (Gonville 1973–78) has been in touch with news of some work opportunities at the London offices of Hartland Shipping Services, where he is Managing Director.

The first is for an intern to work during the summer, which would suit somebody looking for experience in the shipbroking sector.

The second is for an apprentice role working on the company's sale and purchase desk.

This would initially involve some data inputting, working for the brokers and getting to understand the industry. This is likely to suit a recent school leaver (aged 18-20) who has completed their A levels but has not gone on to university.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Chris at hr@hartlandshipping.com.

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21 March 2016 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) completes 27 marathons in 27 days

Our congratulations go to Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80), who has completed 27 marathons in 27 days, raising over £1.35m for Sport Relief.

In order to complete the challenge he had to run a double marathon on Sunday, finishing at the statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.

Celebrating afterwards, Eddie said: 'That was very, very tough. Thank you to everyone who has donated... don't do this at home.'

The 27 marathons reflected the 27 years Mr Mandela had spent in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president.

Eddie's contribution has helped raise the Sport Relief total to almost £57m this year.

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17 March 2016 - The inaugural Eastbournian Society Channel Islands lunch

The inaugural Channel Islands lunch for members of the Eastbournian Society was held in Jersey on Thursday 17 March.

The Royal Yacht Hotel In St Helier was the venue for the lunch, with Old Eastbournians and former members of staff in attendance.

David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society, and Philip Broadley, Project 150 Campaign Chairman, were both on hand to talk about the latest developments at the College including the current building work as Project 150 takes shape.

This was the first of what we hope will become a regular Channel Islands get-together.

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12 March 2016 - Eastbournian Medical Society meeting at the Royal College of Surgeons

The latest of our professional networking events was for those working in or interested in a career in the world of medicine.

We were pleased to see eleven current College pupils make the journey up to the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln's Inn Fields, where they were able to meet Old Eastbournians in the medical profession.

College parent Scarlett McNally, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Eastbourne District General Hospital and a Council Member of the RCS, gave a presentation on Surgical thinking: ‎simplicity and streamlining; and how to prevent dementia, diabetes and failure of the NHS.

Following the networking session, the attendees had a chance to take a private tour of the Hunterian Museum, followed by a buffet lunch.

The picture shows Scarlett McNally (in red), and Dr Aleck Brownjohn (Powell 1958–64) (on right), with pupils from the College.

For more pictures from the meeting please go to the event report in our members area. You must be registered and logged in to the members area to access the report.

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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11 March 2016 - Appointment of new Headmaster

Mr Thomas Lawson to succeed Simon Davies as Eastbourne College’s 17th Headmaster

Eastbourne College is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Thomas Lawson to succeed Simon Davies as Headmaster of Eastbourne College from September 2016.

Tom joins the College from Christ’s Hospital where he has been Deputy Head since 2013.

Tom graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1997, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He taught Economics and Humanities at Winchester College for fifteen years, where he was a Housemaster for eight years and Under Master for two years.

Tom is married to Jessica, who currently teaches Biology at Christ’s Hospital, and they have two children, Xanthe (8) and Hector (6).

Sir Kevin O’Donoghue, Chairman of the Board of Governors, commented: 'The Governors are very pleased to be able to appoint Tom from a strong and extensive field of candidates who were attracted by the opportunity to lead Eastbourne College. Tom joins us with a wide range of experience of leadership at Christ’s Hospital and previously at Winchester.

As we approach the College’s 150th anniversary Tom will lead the College as it continues to provide a broad and distinct education to its pupils while maintaining Eastbourne’s ethos and its commitment to serve the wider community.'

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9 March 2016 - Job opportunities for Old Eastbournians at Global Re Group

Peter Matthews, CEO of Global Re Group, has contacted the Eastbournian Society with news of job opportunities for Old Eastbournians interested in working in the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

He says: 'We are in the market for bright young people to join our organisation (at least one and maybe two). Ideally they will have completed a degree and got at least a 2:1 and be looking for their first opportunity locally rather than in London. Alternatively they might have decided that university is not for them but got good grades and have a head for business on them.'

Global Re Group's main office is in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, and more details about the company can be found on their website www.globalre-group.com.

Peter is the father of two OEs and is a regular delegate at the careers convention held each year at the College.

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8 March 2016 - Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–14) nominated for Greene King IPA Player of the Month

Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–14) has been nominated for the Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month and needs your vote to help him win.

Piers, who currently plays fullback for Bedford Blues, is on loan from London Wasps, where he is a player in their Senior Academy.

He also played for England U20s in the Six Nations tournament in 2015.

To vote for Piers, please visit the Player of the Month page on the England Rugby website.

Everybody who votes during the competition will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win a day at Twickenham for them and up to nine friends.

The prize includes a day of touch rugby in May, followed by a pitch-side BBQ.

 

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7 March 2016 - Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) talks about Parkinson's Disease in BBC documentary

Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) has appeared in a BBC TV documentary in which he talked about how he is living with Parkinson's Disease.

Paul, who was diagnosed with the disease five years ago, is well-known as a comedy script writer and producer, and co-author of The Vicar of Dibley. He was also a regular visitor to the College in recent years when he would talk about TV comedy to the sixth form in the Circus series of talks.

The documentary was shown as part of the regional series Inside Out on BBC1 South on Monday 7 March. In it Paul spoke to others who have Parkinson's and showed the variety of treatments and therapies available, including a dance class he attends which not only helps with physical therapy but is an opportunity to socialise as well.

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4 March 2016 - The Eastbournian Society careers convention 2016

The annual careers convention organised by the Eastbournian Society was held on Friday 4 March in the Birley Centre.

Pupils from Year 11 and the Lower Sixth attended, along with their parents, and had the chance to chat to representatives of a wide range of professions.

There were 79 delegates, of which 26 were Old Eastbournians, 15 parents, 12 gap year organisations, six staff and the remainder made up of friends and supporters.

More than 30 career areas were represented ranging from the creative sector (product design, graphic and web design, fashion, writing, acting, film casting, publishing, advertising, PR), building design and construction (architecture, surveying, town planning), engineering (manufacturing, mechanical, chemical, environmental), health (medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary science, pharmacy, radiotherapy), hospitality management, aviation, armed forces, recruitment, accountancy, banking, law, teaching, civil service and insurance.

As ever, we are very grateful to the OEs, parents and others who gave up their time to offer advice and pass on their experience to current pupils. This is one of a number of careers events that the Eastbournian Society organises during the year. Further details of our networking events are on the Networking page.

More pictures of the careers evening are in the members area of the website. You have to be logged in to view these pictures; if you have not yet registered please do so by going to the Registration page.

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3 March 2016 - Talk on the history of gramophones and phonographs

Eastbournian Society members were entertained with a fascinating talk on Thursday 3 March about the history of recorded sound.

The talk, one of a number we hold each year on a variety of subjects, was given by local phonograph enthusiast and collector Dave Homewood.

He covered the history from the late 1880s to the 1960s, mentioning more recent equipment such as the Dansette and the reappearance of the vinyl record. Dave had brought along a number of devices which he demonstrated to the appreciative audience.

Another talk is planned which will continue the story; details of this will be updated on our events listing page in due course.

Dave is pictured here, standing behind the HMV dog, with some of the audience.

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1 March 2016 - Old Eastbournians welcome current pupils to Oxford University

A group of 31 Year 11 and Year 12 College pupils visited Oxford University at the weekend and were able to catch up with a number of OEs while they were there.

They visited the departments of material sciences and chemistry, the Bodleian Library, toured St John’s and Oriel Colleges, and had a meeting with an admission tutor.

They also had meals in two different college halls, visits to museums and a play at the Oxford Playhouse, and spent time with OEs currently studying at Oxford.

Pupils left with a strong feel for life at Oxford, inspired by the surroundings, and better informed about their own personal preparation in anticipation of a potential application.

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