News headlines – November 2017

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28 Nov 2017    Professor Lord Winston gives 150th anniversary lecture
27 Nov 2017    An Evening with Maurice Trapp
27 Nov 2017    Singalongasingsong
24 Nov 2017    Topping-out ceremony in the new Winn Building
22 Nov 2017    Theatre visit to Drury Lane for '42nd Street'
22 Nov 2017    The Class of 1979 reunion lunch
20 Nov 2017    Ultra-marathon runner Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) inspires College pupils
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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28 November 2017 - Professor Lord Winston gives 15oth anniversary lecture

The College was delighted to welcome Professor Lord Winston as the guest speaker at our 150th anniversary lecture in All Saints' Church on Tuesday 28 November.

Earlier, Professor Winston had spent an hour in the science centre, observing young scientists conducting experiments, talking to them about their work and career aspirations, and even showing the pupils how to slice the thinnest of samples for observation under a microscope.

One Lower Sixth pupil commented: 'I really enjoyed meeting Professor Winston. I was thrilled when he took the time to look down the microscope and ask me questions on the practical I was doing, and showed genuine interest when he asked me about my future career plans. The lab session was wonderful, giving me insights into Professor Winston’s work into fertility and his thoughts on how he chose his field. He is an inspiration.'

After the lab lesson, the whole College, including members of the Eastbournian Society, gathered for the lecture and question and answer session, in which Professor Winston shared some of his experiences, wisdom, and predictions for the future, along with his passion for science, particularly his first love, supporting the very first stages of life.

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27 November 2017 - An Evening with Maurice Trapp

Old Eastbournian Maurice Trapp (Gonville 1962-67) spoke to an audience of current pupils, OEs, parents, staff and friends of the College at the Birley Centre on 27 November.

Maurice described his journey from being captain of the 1st XV at Eastbourne to becoming the President of New Zealand Rugby, with insights into coaching techniques, leadership skills and his rugby philosophy.

The entertaining and inspiring talk was much appreciated by all who attended.

It was followed by a drinks reception and a chance for the attendees to ask further questions.

Pictured here with Maurice are some of the OE guests who came along: Toby Brown (Reeves 1996-2001, 1st XV captain), Richard Canham (School 1961-67, 1st XV captain), Maurice Trapp, Philip Hepburn (Blackwater 1961-66, 1st XV), Simon Taylor (Gonville 1959-64, 1st XV captain) and John Ashcroft (Reeves 1960-65, 1st XV captain).

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27 November 2017 - Singalongasingsong

An evening of community and congregational singing took place at St John's Church in Waterloo on the evening of Monday 27 November.

John Thornley writes: Some 50 singers of varying abilities met for a fun singalong hosted by the incomparable Nigel Wheeler and with a congregational practice taken by Harvey Brough of Harvey and the Wallbangers.

Harvey is a friend and Cambridge contemporary of Mark Le Brocq (Craig 1979-84), who had flown in from China to take part.

Along with former staff Philip and Sally Le Brocq, Adrian Twiner and John Thornley, current governors Claire Locher (née Payne) (Nugent 1978-80) and Victoria Henley (Nugent 1975-77), many OEs and other friends of Nigel, the choir performed hymns in unison and harmony, ably accompanied on the piano by John Capaldi (Craig 1974-79), to an enthusiastic audience of three.

The aim of the evening was to have a jolly time and that was exactly what it was. More are planned, so watch this space.

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24 November 2017 - Topping-out ceremony in the new Winn Building

On Friday 24 November the Headmaster Tom Lawson, the Chairman of Governors Philip Broadley and Vice-Chairman Jonathan Watmough were joined by members of the Project 150 Campaign Committee and the Heads and Deputy Heads of School for the topping-out ceremony of Phase 2 of Project 150, which will be known as The Winn Building.

The ceremony was led by Jason Griffith, Regional Director of building contractors VINCI, and the tour was led by senior members of the construction team. The group are pictured here in what will become the new dining hall.

The size and scale of the new development is breath-taking and it was clear to those present just how transformational Project 150 will be in terms of improving and enhancing everyone’s experience at the College.

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22 November 2017 - Theatre visit to Drury Lane for '42nd Street'

Our most popular theatre visit was on Wednesday 22 November when over 70 Eastbournian Society members went to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the matinee performance of 42nd Street.

This production was a real hit with the audience, with its spectacular tap-dancing routines, stunning costumes and memorable songs.

Just a few of the ES group are pictured here outside the theatre.

Two new theatre trips have just been announced - Lady Windermere's Fan and Strictly Ballroom The Musical - so please book early to avoid disappointment. Full details are on our Forthcoming events page.

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22 November 2017 - The Class of 1979 reunion lunch

Eastbourne College leavers from 1979 got together for a reunion lunch on Wednesday 22 November.

Organised by Rob McNeilly (School 1974–79), Paul Mansell (School 1974–79) and Richard Vidal (Gonville 1974–79), the lunch was held at The Surprise gastropub in Chelsea.

Our picture shows that it attracted a good number of Old Eastbournians and it looks as if this has now become established as a popular annual event.

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20 November 2017 - Ultra-marathon runner Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) inspires College pupils

Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) spoke to an audience of sports scholars, staff and parents at the Birley Centre on Monday 20 November, giving a fascinating insight into his achievements in ultra-marathon running.

Earlier this year Tom was the highest-placed Briton in the gruelling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, when he reached third place.

Since that remarkable run, he has competed in the mountain ultra-marathon known as the CCC (Courmayeur, Champex, Chamonix), which is a 101km run with a 6250m climb.

It followed part of the international path Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc, starting in the Italian Alps then entering Switzerland and finishing in France, so as well as protein gels and other liquids, he needed his passport too!

He again broke the records by finishing fourth, the best ever performance by a British runner. He is now ranked third in the world for ultra-running.

In his talk, Tom demonstrated that with the right mental strength, attitude and a phenomenal amount of hard work, it is extraordinary what one can achieve.

Tom is pictured here, centre, with Anthony Lamb, Assistant Head (Co-curricular), and Vicky Burford, Nugent housemistress, who herself has recently reclaimed her title as the female winner of the Marathon of Afghanistan.

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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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