News headlines – October 2016

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24 Oct 2016    Nugent Housemistress Vicky Burford to run Afghanistan marathon
19 Oct 2016    Silent auction for cancer charity in memory of Tom Lewis
18 Oct 2016    Simon Quinton Smith (Reeves 1967–72) embarks on charity trek in Nepal
14 Oct 2016    The London business lunch
5 Oct 2016    Talk on Eastbourne Streetscapes for Eastbournian Society members
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24 October 2016 - Nugent Housemistress Vicky Burford to run Afghanistan marathon

Nugent Housemistress Vicky Burford will be spending her half-term break in Afghanistan preparing for, and then running, a marathon at 3000m above sea-level.

Vicky will be flying to Kabul on 28 October and then joining a group of international runners in Bamiyan.

The entry fees paid by the international runners enable the Afghan people to take part, thereby promoting running, especially for women, in the country. Last year Vicky went on a reconnaissance trip to Afghanistan, so she knows what she is letting herself in for!

Vicky has also set herself the additional challenge of raising £2000 for charities which mean a lot to her.

She says that memories of her mother and sister, both of whom died prematurely of cancer, have kept her going during her long training runs, and she will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.

She is also raising funds towards the College appeal for Project 150, the transformative redevelopment project which is currently being built, and which will provide new sports facilities, a new school shop, an IT suite, improved dining and social space and over 30 additional classrooms.

If you would like to support Vicky, or simply learn more about her challenge, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/victoriaburford1

Vicky says: 'Please dig deep and spare what you can - every little does help.'

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19 October 2016 - Silent auction for cancer charity in memory of Tom Lewis

On Friday 21 October at 2.45pm, the third Tom Lewis Memorial Rugby Match will be played on College Field between the 1st XV and the Tom Lewis XV, which includes a number of OEs who were Tom's classmates at school.

Tom Lewis, an enthusiastic rugby player, was in the Lower Sixth in Craig House when he died of cancer in April 2014.

The match on Friday is an opportunity for the whole school to pause, reflect and remember his life, as well as to enjoy a game of rugby.

Some items of rugby memorabilia have been donated by Ben Youngs, the England rugby player, who met Tom and kept in touch with him during his illness.

These include an England v Australia 2016 match shirt and a rugby ball from the England v Scotland 2016 Six Nations game (both signed by the England team), and Ben Youngs' match shirt with logo.

A silent auction is being held for all items and all money donated will go to Cancer Research.

If you would like to make a bid for any item please contact Jennie Lathbury at jalathbury@eastbourne-college.co.uk before the match on Friday.

More details and pictures of the items in the auction are on the College Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EastbourneCollege

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18 October 2016 - Simon Quinton Smith (Reeves 1967–72) embarks on charity trek in Nepal

Simon Quinton Smith (Reeves 1967–72) is embarking on a 23-day trek in Nepal on Sunday 23 October in aid of the charity Greenfingers, which creates inspiring gardens for children's hospices in the UK.

Simon writes:

Last year I was invited to join a friend on a 23-day trek in Nepal. Always up for a challenge I said yes, only to then find out I would be living under canvas for the duration!

I will have no home comforts and very little contact with the outside world. No wine with dinner, no comfortable mattress, only primitive facilities and a demanding trek, so it's going to be a real personal challenge.

I leave the UK for Kathmandu on Sunday 23 October and will hopefully arrive back home in one piece on Sunday 20 November. This is a long time away from my business but it will continue to run as normal with my dedicated and reliable staff covering for me.

Yes it's going to be tough, but I am doing it to support a great cause. As a supporter of Greenfingers, I have seen the difference the charity makes to the lives of children living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The charity creates magical, inspiring and therapeutic gardens for children and their families who spend time in hospices and they have a waiting list of hospices who need their help now.

By sponsoring me your donation will go towards Greenfingers 'A Million Moments Appeal' which aims to raise £1m to enable the charity to build 15 more gardens right across the UK.

I am funding this trek myself but raising money for Greenfingers via JustGiving so if you would like to support me and Greenfingers please visit my JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Simon-Quinton-Smith1

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14 October 2016 - The London business lunch

The annual London business lunch was held on Friday 14 October.

The venue was the Phoenix, a gastropub in Victoria, which was chosen again as it proved to be a popular location last year.

It was good to see a number of younger OEs attending what is a great opportunity for networking and careers advice.

Three more careers and business networking events are taking place in a few weeks, covering insurance (17 November), banking and asset management (24 November) and property (1 December). Full details of all of these are on our Forthcoming events page.

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5 October 2016 - Talk on Eastbourne Streetscapes for Eastbournian Society members

Eastbournian Society members enjoyed a talk by local historian Paul Jordan, pictured right, in the afternoon of Wednesday 5 October.

The talk was held at the Eastbourne Heritage Centre in Carlisle Road, which is currently hosting an exhibition of Paul's ink and water-colour drawings, called Eastbourne Streetscapes.

Paul's pictures depict a number of streets in the town, showing how the buildings have changed over the years.

What were originally residential terraces of Victorian villas have become streets of shops and cafes as the town centre has expanded and the population grown.

Paul spoke about his influences in creating the pictures and the detailed research he has to undertake to make sure they are accurate, including old photos, maps, street directories, newspaper reports and adverts.

If you were unable to attend the talk you can still see the exhibition, which is on at the Heritage Centre until the end of the year.

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