News headlines – May 2016

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31 May 2016    Headmaster Simon Davies completes Project 150 cycle ride in Paris
25 May 2016    Headmaster Simon Davies to embark on fundraising cycle ride to Paris
24 May 2016    Project 150 campaign reception in Mayfair
23 May 2016    Old Eastbournian Over-60s lunch
18 May 2016    Theatre trip to see 'Funny Girl'
14 May 2016    Grandparents visit the College
12 May 2016    Alex Partridge (Powell 2001–06) to speak at BBC social media workshop
11 May 2016    Legal networking event in London
8 May 2016    OE Golf Society elects new captain at AGM
7 May 2016    Service of thanksgiving for the life of Robin Harrison
5 May 2016    The Eastbournian Society champagne heritage tour
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31 May 2016 - Headmaster Simon Davies completes Project 150 cycle ride in Paris

Headmaster Simon Davies has completed his fundraising cycle ride from Dieppe to Paris, raising over £10,000 in the process.

Having taken the ferry from Newhaven on Friday evening, Simon set off from Dieppe early on Saturday morning, braving torrential downpours to finally arrive in Paris on Monday.

He logged his progress on Twitter @EBCollegeLife, reporting at one point on Sunday:

'After lunch, it got VERY wet; forest paths became impassable; map turned to mush; iPhone battery died. Limped into Maison Lafitte at 2000'.

Once in Paris, he was joined by College parent Thierry de Bailliencourt (on the left in the photo), who guided him to the Eiffel Tower.

The ride was to help raise funds for Project 150 and to establish the 'Unknown Teacher' room in memory of teachers through the ages who have made a significant positive, perhaps even transformational, impact on those they have supported and challenged.

There is still time to sponsor Simon; please visit his Virgin Giving page Simon Davies - 150kg over 150 miles. And please don't forget to nominate a teacher.

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25 May 2016 - Headmaster Simon Davies to embark on fundraising cycle ride to Paris

Headmaster Simon Davies is to set out on an unsupported cycle ride from Dieppe to Paris to raise funds for Project 150.

He will board the Newhaven ferry shortly before midnight on Friday 27 May - just after half-term begins - and ride off in Dieppe before dawn on Saturday 28 May to embark on his personal marathon. He aims to have lunch in Paris on Monday 30 May and will be joined there by his wife Robina and friends.

The ride is to help raise funds for Project 150 and more specifically to establish the 'Unknown Teacher' room in memory of teachers through the ages who have made a significant positive, perhaps even transformational, impact on those they have supported and challenged.

Those individuals who sponsor the ride are invited to nominate such a person and each teacher put forward will have their names recorded in the room for posterity. Already there are current and former College teachers on that list as well as teachers from all over the world. Some are still teaching, some are retired and some are sadly no longer with us, but each one is remembered and valued for the impact they had on the lives of the person who nominated them.

If you would like to sponsor Simon please visit his Virgin Giving page Simon Davies - 150kg over 150 miles. And please don't forget to nominate a teacher.

Simon, both personally and on behalf of the College and future generations of Eastbournians, is very grateful for all support.

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24 May 2016 - Project 150 campaign reception in Mayfair

The latest in the series of Project 150 campaign receptions was held in London on Tuesday 24 May.

The event was held at 20 Grosvenor Street in Mayfair, and our thanks go to College governor and vice-chair of KPMG in the UK, Melanie Richards, who arranged for the venue to be made available.

Headmaster Simon Davies, Chairman of the Project 150 campaign committee Philip Broadley, and Foundation Director David Stewart spoke about the Project 150 development and there was also a chance to see the specially commissioned and privately funded film about the plans for the new building.

Around 50 people attended the event, the latest in a number of receptions which have been held in Eastbourne, London, the USA, Asia and Australia.

The next one will be held in Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 9 June, so if you have been unable to attend one of the earlier presentations and would like to come along, please see further details on our events page.

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23 May 2016 - Old Eastbournian Over-60s lunch

The annual Over-60s lunch for Old Eastbournians was once again held at St George's Hill Club in Weybridge.

We are grateful to Peter Jamieson (Blackwater 1960-63), the current Chairman of the Club, who kindly agreed to host the occasion on our behalf.

This is an opportunity for all senior OEs to meet for a convivial meal and to hear from a guest speaker.

This year Philip Broadley (Wargrave 1974–79), who is the Chairman of the Project 150 campaign committee, focused on how much progress can be made when financial institutions are able to get involved in the developing world. His optimistic view for the future was based on personal experiences in this field and was linked back to the importance of his own formative educational experience at the College.

Some of the attendees are pictured here relaxing with a pre-lunch drink.

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18 May 2016 - Theatre trip to see 'Funny Girl'

The Eastbournian Society's latest theatre trip was to see Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre in London.

The musical is based on the life of Fanny Brice, the comedienne and Broadway and film actress, portraying her rise to fame and her tempestuous relationship with Nick Arnstein, a well-known entrepreneur and gambler.

The show features the musical numbers 'Don’t Rain on my Parade', 'I’m The Greatest Star', 'People' and 'The Music That Makes Me Dance'.

Natasha J Barnes played the part of Fanny, standing in for Sheridan Smith, who is currently on a break of a few weeks from the role.

Some of the society members who went along are pictured here outside the theatre.

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14 May 2016 - Grandparents visit the College

Saturday 14 May saw a large number of grandparents of current pupils visit the College.

They had been invited to see the school in action on a typical Saturday and, after coffee in the Birley Centre, were taken on a tour around the campus by their grandchildren.

This is an annual event and it has become more popular each year. It was good to see so many people attending.

Following the tour the guests returned to the Birley Centre for a reception at which they were able to meet Headmaster Simon Davies (pictured here, second left).

 

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12 May 2016 - Alex Partridge (Powell 2001–06) to speak at BBC social media workshop

Alex Partridge (Powell 2001–06) will be one of the speakers at a forthcoming social media workshop, sponsored by BBC Radio 1.

The workshop, entitled 'How to make great social media content' is taking place at the Exeter Phoenix, in Gandy Street, Exeter on Tuesday 17 May.

Alex was the original founder of the website Unilad, which he started while at Oxford-Brookes University, and he later launched Lad Bible, which is now the UK’s largest online entertainment website.

He has since been recruited as the internal Head of Facebook by the marketing agency Social Chain, which owns and manages almost all of the biggest social media pages across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Steve Bartlett, the CEO of Social Chain, says that Alex has a wealth of first-hand experience working with digital platforms and has indispensable knowledge of social networking channels. Alex is pictured, left, with Steve.

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11 May 2016 - Legal networking event in London

The latest Eastbournian Society career and business-networking event was held in London on Wednesday 11 May.

Old Eastbournians, parents and pupils with an interest in the legal profession were invited to the informal evening at The Bunghole Cellars in High Holborn.

The guest speaker was Joanna Smith QC, who recently won a Supreme Court case that has changed the law on an aspect of commercial drafting.

She spoke about the freedom of working for yourself and the ability to really make a difference to people’s lives, saying that you become a specialist in a variety of bizarre things in a very short time for each trial.

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8 May 2016 - OE Golf Society elects new captain at AGM

The AGM of the OE Golf Society was held at Piltdown Golf Club on Sunday 8 May.

Chris Walker (School 1968–73) retired as captain and Jo Grey (School 1965–69) was voted in as his successor.

Following the AGM, 20 members of the society enjoyed a delicious lunch before venturing out on the golf course for their spring meeting.

Retiring captain Chris Walker won the scratch trophy and took away the silverware.

Pictured here are, left to right, David Wells (Powell 1966–70), Anthony Ross (Wargrave 1993–98), Colin Farrant (Gonville 1969–74), Jo Grey, Chris Walker, Brian Jay (Gonville 1955–59) and David Burt (Gonville 1966–70).

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7 May 2016 - Service of thanksgiving for the life of Robin Harrison

A service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of Robin Harrison was held in the College Chapel on Saturday 7 May.

Robin was a pupil in Pennell House from 1942–47. He returned to teach at the College from 1953 until 1989, during which time he was responsible for College rugby from 1955 to 1974, Head of Geography from 1966 to 1979, housemaster of Craig House from 1978 to 1986 and master-in-charge of golf from 1973 to 1989.

In 1976 he was appointed Secretary of the Old Eastbournian Association and continued in this role until 2004.

Following the service, the congregation, made up of Old Eastbournians, former staff, colleagues and friends, attended a reception in Big School, where archive photos and details of Robin's lifelong commitment to the College were on show.

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5 May 2016 - The Eastbournian Society champagne heritage tour

The Eastbournian Society organised a three-day champagne-tasting trip in and around Reims from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 May.

After an early start on Tuesday, the group were taken by coach to France via Eurotunnel, stopping for lunch in Ardres. This was followed by a visit to Grande Marque Champagne House Taittinger, and dinner that evening at Restaurant L’Apostrophe in Reims.

The second day saw visits to Champagne Tribaut Haut Villiers and a discussion of vinification, and to Champagne Richard-Dhondt where the group learnt about regular and organic vine cultivation.

Lunch at Restaurant Clos-Saint Georges in Ay included tasting of the chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meuniere grapes. A return to Reims gave the group the opportunity of visiting the cathedral.

On Thursday, a demonstration of wine barrel making was given at Tonnellerie Hermonville before lunch on the way to Ardres.

The guide throughout the trip had been Guy Boursot, who runs a wine shop in Ardres from which a number of purchases were made, before the coach set off for the return trip to Eastbourne.

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