News headlines – November 2017

16 Nov 2017    Insurance industry networking in the City of London
12 Nov 2017    Donald Perrens visits the College on Remembrance Sunday
2 Nov 2017    History of Caffyns talk proves very popular
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16 November 2017 - Insurance industry networking in the City of London

The latest networking event for Old Eastbournians, parents and current pupils interested in the insurance industry was held on the evening of Thursday 16 November.

The venue was the The Factory House wine bar at 37 Leadenhall Place in the City of London.

We were pleased to welcome as our guest speaker Old Eastbournian Jamie Garratt (Wargrave 1999-2004), Head of Digital Underwriting Strategy at Talbot Underwriting.

Jamie spoke about the exciting changes in the insurance market at present and gave some insights about getting a job and starting out in the industry as a graduate trainee.

These networking events, which are free, give current pupils an opportunity to meet OEs and others working in various professions, to discuss career prospects and gain an insight into the world of work.

Jamie is pictured here, right, with Simon Barnes and Hugh Price.

Some other photos of the evening are in a report carried in our members area. To access this you need to be registered and logged in to the website. Further details of how to do this are on our members area page.

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12 November 2017 - Donald Perrens visits the College on Remembrance Sunday

The College paid tribute on Remembrance Sunday to those killed in conflicts throughout the world.

The service in the College Chapel included an address delivered by Contingent Commander of the Combined Cadet Force Anthony Lamb, who spoke about how any loss of life is a tragedy, no matter how big or small the scale.

Cadets were used to illustrate the scale of losses in the First World War.

This was followed by the Act of Remembrance on College Field with the Corps of Drums sounding off before a rendition of 'The Last Post' by pupils Emma Smith and Loic Bass Gualbert, playing bugles that had been presented to the College in 1915.

The College was delighted to welcome many parents and friends, but in particular Wing Commander (Retired) Donald Perrens DSO OBE DFC and Sgt Walter (Joe) Wright.

Wing Commander Perrens was a College teacher, housemaster and contingent commander from 1946 to 1981 and flew with the RAF in the Second World War. He is pictured here with his daughter Pip Kirtley and Anthony Lamb.

Sgt Wright is the grandfather of the College receptionist and served in the Royal Signals at Bletchley Park and in Africa and Germany through the Second World War.

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2 November 2017 - History of Caffyns talk proves very popular

Over 50 people turned out for the latest Eastbournian Society talk, which was about the history of Caffyns, the well-known Eastbourne motor dealer.

Old Eastbournian David Stone-Lee (Reeves 1957–60) is a former employee of Caffyns, and explained how the firm has been part of the town since 1865.

He described the different premises that have been used over the years, as the company expanded.

Throughout its history, Caffyns has been associated with a number of trades: from 'ironmonger, tinman and brazier' via electric telephones and gas fitting to vehicles and coachbuilding.

The Saffrons Rooms, situated above the showroom where the talk was held, provided a sprung dance floor and facilities for wedding receptions and concerts.

The talk was followed with light refreshments and a chance to look at (and sit in!) the vintage cars on display in the showroom.

Pictured here are David Stone-Lee on the right in the back, alongside Merton Cox, with Vicky Henley and John Crawshaw in the front.

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