News headlines – October 2017

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26 Oct 2017    Headmaster's reception in Singapore
25 Oct 2017    Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) appears in new film 'Breathe'
23 Oct 2017    Headmaster's reception in Hong Kong
20 Oct 2017    The annual London business lunch
19 Oct 2017    Banking, broking and asset management networking event
16 Oct 2017    Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) remembers the Great Storm of 1987
11 Oct 2017    Celebrating the 150th anniversary at St Bride's Church
3 Oct 2017    ES members enjoy latest talk on antiques
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26 October 2017 - Headmaster's reception in Singapore

The Singapore Cricket Club was the venue for an Eastbourne College reception on the evening of Thursday 26 October.

It was an opportunity for Old Eastbournians, parents of current and former pupils, and other friends and supporters of the College, to meet Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jess.

Also present were David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society, and Eloise Cheary, Director of Admissions.

A short film was shown about the College, and the guests had a chance to hear about the latest news and developments, including Project 150.

Our thanks go to the ES representative in Singapore, Richard Austen (School 1967-72), pictured here on the left with David Stewart and other guests.

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25 October 2017 - Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) appears in new film 'Breathe'

Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) appears in the new film Breathe, which is released in the UK this week.

The film tells the true story of Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield), who became paralysed from the neck down by polio at the age of 28.

Told that he only has three months to live, he is determined to escape the confines of his hospital bed and goes on to become an advocate for the disabled with the love and support of his wife Diana (Claire Foy).

Ed plays Colin Campbell, one of a group of friends who help the couple with their plans to live a full and satisfying life together. He is pictured here at the UK premiere of the film during the BFI London Film Festival earler this month.

Ed has also been in the news recently with the announcement that he is to join the cast of the TV series Outlander, playing Stephen Bonnet, an Irish pirate and smuggler. He will join the show in season four, which will be shown from autumn 2018.

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23 October 2017 - Headmaster's reception in Hong Kong

A reception for Old Eastbournians, parents of current and former pupils and other Eastbournian Society members in Hong Kong was held on the evening of Monday 23 October.

It took place at The Hong Kong Club, and was an opportunity for the guests to catch up with the latest news from the College, including the Project 150 development. A short film about the College was also shown.

Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jess were present, and they are pictured here, in the centre, along with Douglas Fergusson (Blackwater 1966-70), left, and Tim Freshwater (School 1958-63), right.

David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society, and Oliver Marlow, Head of External Relations, were also on hand.

We are grateful to Tim Freshwater for arranging for the event to be held at The Hong Kong Club.

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20 October 2017 - The annual London business lunch

The annual London business lunch took place on Friday 20 October.

The Phoenix Victoria was once again the venue for the gathering of Old Eastbournians and Eastbournian Society members; a chance for networking and building up business contacts.

The guest speaker was Ian Fletcher-Price (Blackwater 1976-80), who told the story of how he built his company Posturite.

Founded in 1991 with its HQ in the village of Berwick, the company now turns over £25 million and employs 200 staff.

The lunch was the latest in our series of business and career networking events aimed at OEs, parents and current pupils.

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19 October 2017 - Banking, broking and asset management networking event

The latest of our regular networking events was held at the London Bridge offices of PwC on Thursday 19 October.

Kindly co-sponsored by Darren Meek (Blackwater 1982–87), parent and College governor, the evening was for those working in or interested in a career in the banking, broking and asset management sectors. OEs, parents and current pupils were all welcome.

The guest speaker was Mike Prentis (Craig 1970-75), a senior UK equities fund manager. He is currently manager of BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc, and co-manager of the BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2005 Mike worked at 3i in both their asset management and private equity businesses.

We are very grateful to all those who make these networking events possible, as they are proving to be an increasingly important part of careers education at the College.

Mike is pictured here with a number of the current pupils who made the journey up from Eastbourne.

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16 October 2017 - Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) remembers the Great Storm of 1987

In a number of newspaper and TV interviews this week, weather forecaster Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) has been reminiscing, 30 years on, about the day of the Great Storm, 16 October 1987.

Michael has gone down in history for his comment on a forecast the day before, when he said: 'Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way – well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn’t!'

Michael maintains that technically he was correct, but also points out that the forecast was based on a computer prediction from the Met Office over which he had little say.

He says: 'We were told the emphasis had to be on heavy rain. So I played down the heavy wind and focused on the rain instead.'

He also points out that in 1987 the technology was limited compared with the superior computer modelling and information from weather satellites that we have today.

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11 October 2017 - Celebrating the 150th anniversary at St Bride's Church

The latest event to help celebrate the 150th aniversary of Eastbourne College was Evensong at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London.

Parents, staff, Old Eastbournians, Eastbournian Society members and other College friends and supporters were invited to attend the service at which the College Chapel Choir sang. It was followed by a drinks reception in the church.

The service included God be in my Head (Rutter), Preces and Responses (Radcliffe), Psalm 6, Canticles – Stanford in C, Jubilate (Peter Melville Smith) and the hymn Christ the Dawn of our Salvation.

Pictured is Director of Music Dan Jordan rehearsing with the choir during the afternoon.

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3 October 2017 - ES members enjoy latest talk on antiques

Eastbournian Society members enjoyed the third in a series of talks on English antiques given by Merton Cox at the College on Tuesday 3 October.

Merton, formerly of Harrods antiques department, spoke about English furniture and clocks between 1760 and 1820, showing the development of styles and design, as well as advances in horology.

His entertaining and informative talk was much appreciated, and we hope to invite Merton back for a further talk in spring 2018.

Full details will be on our forthcoming events page as soon as the date is confirmed.

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