News headlines – February 2017

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26 Feb 2017    Old Eastbournians take on the College in charity hockey match
26 Feb 2017    Carl Spencer (Powell 1955–57) celebrates 100 years of jazz
24 Feb 2017    150th anniversary celebrations start with a bang
24 Feb 2017    Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85) to run the Brighton Half Marathon
23 Feb 2017    Three Old Eastbournians on tour with Lloyd’s CC
21 Feb 2017    Talk on English antiques in the 17th and 18th centuries
9 Feb 2017    Sales, marketing and PR networking event
8 Feb 2017    Tour of the Nugee Building for local society members
6 Feb 2017    BBC Radio 4 newsreader Howard Philpott (Reeves 1966–71) has died
4 Feb 2017    The Eastbournian Society annual quiz night and dinner
1 Feb 2017    Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange
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26 February 2017 - Old Eastbournians take on the College in charity hockey match

A group of Old Eastbournians got together for a charity hockey match against College pupils and staff at the Beresford Astroturf pitch on Sunday 26 February.

The match was being played to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), and was organised by Lower Sixth pupil Georgia Yarnell (Nugent), who had been inspired by her cousin Jonny Robinson (Craig 2008–13).

Jonny had received care at GOSH as a teenager, and was captain of the 1st hockey side while at the College.

He was one of the OEs who returned to play in the charity match, alongside Tom Bloor (Powell 2010–12), Will Francis (Reeves 2005–10), Natasha Gale (School 2011–16), Phoebe Gale (School 2011–16), Georgia Horsman (Blackwater 2011–14), Imran Iqbal (Reeves 2005–10), Toby Marriott (Pennell 2008–13), Richard Pilbeam (Reeves 2009–11) and Matt Robinson (Craig 2005–10).

Helping out with the OE side was Jamie Francis, as well as Bill Collins and Sam Leonard from Eastbourne Hockey Club.

The mixed team played a side made up of College staff and pupils, and the final score was 3–2 to the College. Imran Iqbal and Jonny Robinson scored for the OEs. Over £1000 was raised through match fees, sponsorship and food sales.

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26 February 2017 - Carl Spencer (Powell 1955–57) celebrates 100 years of jazz

Carl Spencer (Powell 1955–57), trumpeter, vocalist and leader of Spencer’s Nighthawks, contributed to a feature in the Sunday Express today celebrating 100 years of jazz.

What is regarded as the first jazz record was made on 26 February 1917 when the Original Dixieland 'Jass' Band (ODJB) made a recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.

In 1969 the BBC televised a concert from the Hammersmith Palais to mark the 50th anniversary of the ODJB's first performance there, and Carl's band, then known as the Washboard Kings, helped recreate the original ODJB sounds. They are pictured here in 1968 during a summer season at the Central Pier, Blackpool.

Carl later formed Spencer's Nighthawks, and has now compiled a five-CD, 122-track set of their recordings, including some homages to the ODJB.

If you are interested in buying them you can visit his website at www.spencersnighthawks.com or contact Carl on 07836 258974.

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24 February 2017 - 150th anniversary celebrations start with a bang

The College's 150th anniversary celebrations started with a bang on Friday night with a spectacular fireworks display on College Field.

Some 2,000 people, made up of pupils, parents, Old Eastbournians and local residents, gathered on Grange and Blackwater roads and around the edge of College Field for the 15-minute display at 7pm, and many expressed delight at what they said was one of the best fireworks shows they had ever seen.

The event was organised by Event FX Limited, a company operated by two Old Eastbournians, Harry Guthrie (Pennell 1996–2001) and Owain White (School 1992–97).

Following the fireworks there was a curry evening held in the dining hall. Over 200 OEs, parents and staff came together to enjoy a curry buffet, with music provided by College pupils and entertainment (in the form of a short quiz) from David Stewart.

Some pictures of the curry evening are in the members area of the website and you will have to be registered and logged in to view them. For details of how to do this, please see the Members Area page.

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24 February 2017 - Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85) to run the Brighton Half Marathon

Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85) is running the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 26 February.

Alex will be supporting Global Radio's Make Some Noise charity, which gives a voice to small projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Alex, pictured here during last year's race, says: 'The training has been going well, but I could do with some more sponsorship for this very worthwhile charity. Any donation however big or small will be greatly received.'

You can read more about Alex and make a donation by following this link to his fundraising page.

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23 February 2017 - Three Old Eastbournians on tour with Lloyd’s CC

Three Old Eastbournians were part of the Lloyd’s Cricket Club side which toured South Africa recently.

Angus Stewart (Craig 2003–08), Fred Florry (Gonville 2004–06) and Jack Skinner (Wargrave 2008–13) were all in the squad which toured the country from 8 to 19 February.

The club, which represents the Lloyd’s of London insurance market, won four of the six games they played in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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21 February 2017 - Talk on English antiques in the 17th and 18th centuries

Eastbournian Society members enjoyed the second in a series of talks on English antiques on Tuesday afternoon.

Merton Cox, formerly of Harrods antiques department, began with a recap of his previous talk, starting with the reigns of Charles II and William and Mary. The talk covered the period from 1680 to 1770, taking us up to the start of George III.

He spoke about the development of styles in furniture, with tables, chairs and cabinets becoming increasingly ornate as woodworking techniques developed and new woods and veneers became available.

Merton also showed pictures of clocks, barometers and looking glasses, as well as examples of silverware, including one piece from his own collection which he brought along to show the group.

A further talk on the series, covering 1760 to 1820, will be scheduled for later in the year.

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9 February 2017 - Sales, marketing and PR networking event

A careers and business networking evening for those interested in the world of sales, marketing and PR was held at Davy's at St James's wine bar in London on Thursday evening.

With a focus on social media, our guest speaker was Old Eastbournian Alex Partridge (Powell 2001-06), who spoke about how he got into social media, its ever changing landscape and the importance of adaptability.

Alex was the original founder of the popular websites Unilad and Ladbible, and is currently head of Facebook for Social Chain, a Manchester-based marketing agency. He has also worked for Loops and Red Raggy as a social media consultant. He is pictured here, centre, during his talk.

Around 50 guests attended the event, including a number of current pupils from the College, and this was an excellent opportunity for them to learn about the various aspects of marketing from OEs and parents.

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8 February 2017 - Tour of the Nugee Building for local society members

Local Eastbournian Society members had a chance to look round the recently-opened Nugee Building on Wednesday afternoon.

The building is Phase 1 of Project 150, a transformative development which coincides with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College.

With David Stewart, Eastbournian Society Director, as their guide, the group were shown the new maths and English classrooms on the first and second floors, which were opened in time for the start of term in January.

They also visited the full-height atrium which links the new building to the side and rear of the College Theatre, known to many as Big School. The tour finished with tea and cake in the Eastbournian Society office.

More tours of the building are planned for the future; if you are interested in joining one please contact John Thornley on 01323 452314 or jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk.

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6 February 2017 - BBC Radio 4 newsreader Howard Philpott (Reeves 1966–71) has died

Howard Philpott (Reeves 1966–71), a newsreader on BBC Radio 4, has died aged 63 after a short illness.

He joined the BBC World Service as a trainee studio manager in 1975 and went on to produce programmes for the African Service. After a break as a freelancer he rejoined the World Service around 1996 before working for Radio 4 on the Six O'Clock News.

Working as a continuity announcer meant that Howard had achieved a childhood ambition. He once said: 'I used to listen to Douglas Smith playing the announcer on Round the Horne, and dream of following in his footsteps.'

Senior Radio 4 announcer Chris Aldridge said he was a 'much-loved and respected' newsreader. Paying tribute, he said: 'He adored the medium of radio and was instinctive in the way he talked to the Radio 4 listener, mixing intellectual rigour with a ready wit. Away from the microphone he was delightful and self-effacing but with a steely resolve to uphold standards of grammar and pronunciation within the announcer team. We have lost a great friend and standard-bearer, and the BBC a dedicated servant.'

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4 February 2017 - The Eastbournian Society annual quiz night and dinner

It was a full house in the senior social common room on Saturday night as local members of the Eastbournian Society enjoyed the annual quiz night and dinner.

With eight teams battling for the grand prize of a Mars bar each, the tension mounted with the first place position switching between a number of contenders as the rounds progressed.

Pictured here are some of the team from the College archives, puzzling over a tricky question.

With quizmaster John Thornley firmly in charge, the winners were finally announced as the Meads Mountain Rescue Club.

Our thanks go to the College catering staff who provided a curry buffet for the evening.

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1 February 2017 - Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange

A number of current pupils were able to meet Old Eastbournians working in the shipping industry at a networking evening at the Baltic Exchange on Wednesday 1 February.

The latest in our series of career and business networking events, the evening was hosted by Mark Jackson (School 1975–77), pictured, who has recently taken over as CEO of the Baltic Exchange.

Mark spoke about the significance of shipping in world trade and the central role it plays in the global economy. The OEs who were present also spoke about their roles in the shipping industry, with contributions on marine insurance, legal aspects and maritime security.

Further pictures of the evening are available in our members area. You will have to be registered and logged in to see the photos.

Further networking events are planned throughout the year and you can see the full list on our Forthcoming events page.

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