News headlines – April 2016

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30 Apr 2016    Project 150 reception held at Birley Centre
28 Apr 2016    The history of Eastbourne College explored in archivist's talk
25 Apr 2016    Old Eastbournians run the London Marathon
24 Apr 2016    Eastbournian Society Chorus take part in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius
18 Apr 2016    Gonville House boys and staff complete South Downs walk for charity
13 Apr 2016    Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) speaks at the ES annual London dinner
11 Apr 2016    OE Golf Society at the Halford Hewitt Tournament
5 Apr 2016    Paul Haines (Gonville 1963–67) completes Walk for Peace
4 Apr 2016    Project 150 continues with work on the new pavilion
1 Apr 2016    Tom Page (Craig 2010–15) promotes World Autism Awareness Day
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30 April 2016 - Project 150 reception held at Birley Centre

The Birley Centre was the venue for the latest Project 150 reception on Saturday 30 April.

It was an opportunity for parents and local people to hear about the transformative development, the first stage of which is currently being built.

Project 150 Campaign Chairman Philip Broadley introduced a short film about the fundraising campaign which was shown in the Jennifer Winn Auditorium.

Development Director David Stewart was also on hand to talk about the plans for the building, and he is pictured here with guests at the drinks reception in the Donald Perrens Foyer.

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28 April 2016 - The history of Eastbourne College explored in archivist's talk

College archivist Michael Partridge (Blackwater 1946–51) gave a talk on Thursday 28 April in which he explored the history of the College.

Michael showed how, from its beginnings in 1867, the school has developed over almost 150 years, and looked at some of the more interesting College personalities – both staff and pupils – who have made an impact throughout its history.

One of the attendees was Julian Paxton (Blackwater 1951–55), who comes from a distinguished Old Eastbournian family, whose members over a number of generations have attended the College, the earliest starting as a boarder in School House in 1891. Julian, a near contemporary of Michael's in Blackwater House, brought with him a number of artefacts for the College archives.

Michael is pictured here, left, with John Wilmot (School 1954–59), centre, and Julian Paxton on the right.

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25 April 2016 - Old Eastbournians run the London Marathon

Our congratulations go to a number of Old Eastbournians who took part in the London Marathon yesterday.

So far we are aware of seven OEs who were running:

William Attwood (Wargrave 2005–10) and Jack Hunter Blair (Wargrave 2003–08), who were raising funds for Epilepsy UK in memory of Tom Sibree (Pennell 2003–04), who died last year; Becky Stewart (Blackwater 2001–06), running on behalf of The Samaritans; Nick Deane (Blackwater 1980–83), running for the Severn Hospice; Amy Davies (School 2002–07); Imogen Maxwell (Blackwater 2003–08); and Olly Hyne (Craig 2005–10).

If there is anybody who we have missed out, please let us know at

Pictured here is Becky Stewart, on the approach to Tower Bridge.

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24 April 2016 - Eastbournian Society Chorus take part in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

Described by audience members as a performance long to be cherished, some 90 singers and 60 players performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius on Sunday 24 April in St Saviour’s Church, Eastbourne.

The Eastbournian Society Chorus and the Eastbourne Symphony Chorus joined forces with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the College’s former Director of Music Graham Jones.

OE Andrew Wicks (Powell 1977–81) took the part of Gerontius. The ES Chorus comprises many singers who have links to the College, as do some of the orchestra players.

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18 April 2016 - Gonville House boys and staff complete South Downs walk for charity

Over the final weekend of the Easter holiday, the boys and staff of Gonville House challenged themselves to walk 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne along the South Downs Way in just 48 hours.

They were raising funds for two charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and Project 150.

With senior boys walking for 12 hours each and junior boys walking six-hour shifts, the Gonville House Challenge team walked day and night to complete the 100 miles in just 44 hours.

In total 38 boys and 14 staff took part in the walk. For the final leg from Birling Gap to the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront, the number of walkers rose to over 70 as the boys were joined by families and friends of Gonville. 

The whole Gonville team would like to thank all those who have gave up their time, energy and money to support this challenge.

As the time of writing, the total raised (including Gift Aid) is close to £16,000. If you would like to show your support and make a donation to the two charities please visit the Virgin Money Giving page.

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13 April 2016 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) speaks at the ES annual London dinner

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) was the special guest at the Eastbournian Society annual London dinner on 13 April.

The dinner, which this year was held at the In & Out Club in St James's, is an occasion for us to celebrate Eastbournian achievement. 

Johnny is the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, a seat which he won in the May 2015 general election. He has already made a considerable impact in the Commons with his campaigning for better support for war veterans, particularly in the field of mental health.

Johnny previously served in Afghanistan as a captain in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He won the 'Speech of the Year' award at the Spectator magazine's Parliamentarian of the Year awards in November, receiving much praise for his maiden speech in June.

Johnny gave an amusing and heartfelt speech in which he talked about how College life was beneficial for him in terms of character building, his experiences in the army and how he became an MP, somewhat to his surprise, as he had been told that he would be unable to win what had been a staunch Labour seat.

The dinner was also a chance for us to pay tribute to Simon Davies, who is stepping down as Headmaster at the end of this academic year. Simon was presented with gifts of an Old Eastbournian tie and cufflinks by ES chairman Hugh Price (School 1961–66), who conferred on him the status of Honorary Old Eastbournian.

With almost 100 guests, the dinner was an opportunity for OEs to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their time at the College.

Pictured here are, left to right, Hugh Price, Johnny Mercer MP and Simon Davies.

For more pictures from the evening please go to the London dinner page 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 April 2016 - OE Golf Society at the Halford Hewitt Tournament

The OEGS enjoyed its most successful campaign at the Halford Hewitt since 1992.

The team won two rounds at Royal St George’s Sandwich, beating St Bees and Merchant Taylors, before losing to Bradfield in the third round at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club at Deal. 

The Halford Hewitt has been described by the golf writer Nick Tremayne as 'the greatest of all truly amateur tournaments'.

Founded in 1924, it is competed for today by the old boys of 64 English and Scottish public schools which each field five foursomes pairs, making 640 competitors in all. The sheer size of the field - plus the hundreds of supporters who routinely turn up - is part of what makes the 'Hewitt' a unique sporting event. The tournament has a rich history, frequently pits average golfers against famous internationals, and produces moments of golfing pressure simply not experienced by amateur players elsewhere.

The OE team were: Mike Sands, Ben Burrows, Ian Sands, Ben Dawson, Chris Walker, Angus Stewart, Mark Stewart, Adrian Sharpin, Paul Wickman, Grant Leonard and Richard Day.

On the first day they were ably supported by the President of the OEGS, Brian Meaby, David Barnes and Nigel Wheeler, and David Barnes again on the third day.

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5 April 2016 - Paul Haines (Gonville 1963–67) completes Walk for Peace

Paul Haines (Gonville 1963–67) has recently completed a Walk for Peace from Rome to Jerusalem, carrying messages of support from the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and many others.

Paul said: 'It was an extraordinary experience during which time I met so many people, including Syrian refugees fleeing from war, and inspirational people in Israel and Palestine working hard to bring people together in very difficult circumstances.' You can read more about it here:

He is raising funds for the Children of Peace charity and is now one of their Goodwill Ambassadors. He is pictured here with Rena Shimoni, the charity's Israeli regional representative, in Jerusalem.

Paul also tells us that he is currently organising an event at Truro Cathedral as part of a global initiative for choirs around the world to sing for peace on UN World Peace Day on 21 September 2016. Any choirs can join in and are encouraged to sign up on the One Day One Choir website at .

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4 April 2016 - Project 150 continues with work on the new pavilion

Project 150 construction work is well under way, and at the end of March concrete was being laid on the first floor of the new pavilion.

This view, from the second floor of the Headmaster's House, looks down on the builders as the concrete was pumped from the mixer parked in Old Wish Road.

In the background the ground staff can be seen making sure that College Field will be in prime condition for the summer term.

The first part of the building to be completed will be the classroom block, which runs from the pavilion along Old Wish Road and behind Big School, up to roughly where the old gym used to stand.

This will be over three storeys and, as well as the pavilion and long room, will provide room for a number of classrooms, the school shop, IT support, new toilets and catering facilities and an atrium linking Big School with the new building.

For more about Project 150 and information about how you can support it, please see our Project 150 page.

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1 April 2016 - Tom Page (Craig 2010–15) promotes World Autism Awareness Day

Tom Page (Craig 2010–15) appeared on BBC Breakfast News this morning as part of the programme's coverage of World Autism Awareness Day.

He spoke about how he deals with being the brother of a person with autism, and how difficult it is for families when people don't understand and give looks of judgement.

He is pictured here, on the left, with Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager of the National Autistic Society, and BBC Breakfast presenters Charlie Stayt and Sally Nugent.

Tom wrote and appeared in a play, The Bula Loop, about a family coping with autism which was produced at the College last year. It is being put on again at the Brighton Festival from 5 to 8 May, and you can find out more about it on Facebook at

Tom has also written about his brother Ben in an article on The Tab, the online platform for young journalists: I’m lucky to have a brother with autism. In it he comments: 'Autistic people are so fascinating, friendly and funny. Yes life isn’t easy for them, but you can make a difference by simply changing your attitude.'

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