News headlines – June 2017

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29 Jun 2017    Cricket dinner welcomes Les Lenham as guest of honour
29 Jun 2017    Foundation Day for Devonshire Society members and benefactors
25 Jun 2017    Entertaining talk on Laurence Olivier with Derek Granger OE
22 Jun 2017    Visit to Banqueting House and Westminster Abbey
7 Jun 2017    Theatre trip to 'An American in Paris'
4 Jun 2017    Eastbournian Society lunch celebrating 150 years
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29 June 2017 - Cricket dinner welcomes Les Lenham as guest of honour

Former Sussex and England cricketer Les Lenham was the guest of honour at the cricket dinner held on Thursday 29 June.

The dinner followed the 1st XI match against the MCC earlier in the day, and was preceded by a drinks reception in the Long Room and balcony of the new pavilion, which opened this year as part of the Project 150 development.

Les took part in a Q&A session with Nigel Wheeler, the former master i/c cricket. Les played for Sussex from 1956 to 1970 and appeared in 300 first-class matches as a right-handed batsman who bowled off breaks. He scored 12,796 runs, including seven centuries, and had a highest score of 191 not out.

Pictured here are Nigel Wheeler, Tim Mynott (Powell 1968–73), who recently played in the England Over-60 cricket squad, Les Lenham and Andy Waller, the College's cricket professional.

Further pictures of the reception and dinner are on our Cricket dinner report page. To access this you must be registered and logged in to the website - more details of how to do this are in our Members Area.

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29 June 2017 - Foundation Day for Devonshire Society members and benefactors

The College welcomed members of the Devonshire Society and other major benefactors to the annual Foundation Day on Thursday 29 June.

Foundation Day is the opportunity for the College to say thank you to those generous donors who have pledged to leave a legacy to the school, and others who have already made substantial contributions.

Following a service in Chapel, the guests were treated to a drinks reception in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building, with musical accompaniment from College pupils under the guidance of Director of Music Dan Jordan.

Lunch followed in Big School, with a welcome speech from Chairman of Governors Philip Broadley. Later Head of School Walter Huchu spoke about his gratitude to those benefactors who provide bursary funding to allow pupils like him to have opportunities to excel at the College.

The day finished with a guided tour of the facilities in the Nugee Building, the first phase of the Project 150 development, followed by a chance to watch the 1st XI take on the MCC in a cricket match on College Field.

Some further pictures of the lunch are on the Foundation Day report page.

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25 June 2017 - Entertaining talk on Laurence Olivier with Derek Granger OE

Old Eastbournian Derek Granger (Powell 1935–39) gave an entertaining talk about Laurence Olivier on Sunday 25 June.

Derek worked with Olivier as literary consultant at the Old Vic in the early days of the National Theatre, then as co-producer on a series of famous plays at Granada Television, and finally as executive producer on Brideshead Revisited, in which Olivier played Lord Marchmain.

He talked about the serendipitous way in which his life had intersected with Olivier's, with a number of amusing anecdotes and witty insights into the character and working methods of the great actor.

The talk, in the Jennifer Winn Auditorium of the Birley Centre, was illustrated with photos and clips from some of Olivier's performances.

Afterwards there was a drinks reception in the foyer where the audience were able to chat further with Derek, who is pictured here, centre.

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22 June 2017 - Visit to Banqueting House and Westminster Abbey

Eastbournian Society members enjoyed a visit to Westminster on Thursday 22 June.

The day began with Old Eastbournian Captain Jack Pile (Reeves 2002–07), who was on hand to give a behind-the-scenes account of the Changing of the Guard. He is pictured here with some of the group on Horse Guards Parade.

The group then crossed Whitehall to Banqueting House to embark on a guided tour there.

After a break for lunch, the visitors reassembled for a visit to Westminster Abbey and a further guided tour, with the day coming to a conclusion with evensong in the Abbey.

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7 June 2017 - Theatre trip to 'An American in Paris'

The latest Eastbournian Society theatre trip was on Wednesday 7 June to see An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London.

Telling the story of a young American soldier striving to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war, who meets a beautiful young dancer, it is a modern musical romance of art, friendship and love.

Inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, the show features many of George and Ira Gershwin's timelessly popular songs and music, including I Got Rhythm, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, The Man I Love, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and ’S Wonderful.

Pictured here are some of the ES members who took advantage of the group discount rate that we were able to get for some excellent stalls seats.

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4 June 2017 - Eastbournian Society lunch celebrating 150 years

The Eastbournian Society held a lunch on Sunday 4 June, the latest in a series of events helping to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College.

Around 100 Old Eastbournians, parents, staff and supporters gathered for drinks in the dining hall, where they were welcomed by ES Director David Stewart. He introduced Headmaster Tom Lawson, who spoke about the continuity of the College's ethos and values since its foundation in 1867.

In the dining hall, guests had a chance to look at an exhibition celebrating the school's history, which had been compiled by the College archives team.

After the carvery lunch, some of the visitors took a guided tour around the Nugee Building, the first part of the Project 150 development, which opened earlier this year. They are pictured here in the Warren Atrium.

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