News headlines – January 2018

16 Jan 2018    Charles Compton visits the College during his round-Britain walk
9 Jan 2018    Professor Soddy Awards available for highly gifted pupils
8 Jan 2018    Charles Compton (Powell 2001-06) embarks on round-Britain coastal walk
4 Jan 2018    Dick Whittington at the London Palladium
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16 January 2018 - Charles Compton visits the College during his round-Britain walk

Charles Compton (Powell 2001-06), who is walking round the coastline of Britain to raise money for and awareness of the Mental Health Foundation, visited the College during the afternoon of Tuesday 16 January.

Charles, who was on a rest day after seven days' walking, was welcomed to the College by Headmaster Tom Lawson (pictured) and Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart.

He had a chance to look round the Nugee Building and tell us about the progress he has made so far since starting the walk two weeks ago.

You can follow Charles's route on his website www.charleswalk.squarespace.com where he is keeping a daily diary with photographs. You can also find links to make a donation or contact Charles if you are able to offer help or hospitality along the way.

We wish the Charles the best of luck for this worthwhile and inspirational challenge.

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9 January 2018 - Professor Soddy Awards available for highly gifted pupils

Eastbourne College has announced that it is offering fully funded sixth form places to highly academic pupils as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

Professor Soddy Awards (named after the eminent former pupil and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry) are open to pupils from the state sector who wish to attend the sixth form, either as day pupils or boarders, starting in September 2018.

This is a superb, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for highly gifted pupils who will gain from, and contribute to, the academic soul of the school as well as school life in general.

Gifted pupils from across the country may apply. The awards will cover 100% of the fees and some additional costs at the College.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12 February 2018. For further details and an application form please visit the Academic Bursaries page on the College website.

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8 January 2018 - Charles Compton (Powell 2001-06) embarks on round-Britain coastal walk

Charles Compton (Powell 2001-06) has embarked on a solo round-Britain coastal walk to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

Charles started at Tower Brige in London on 2 January and has worked out a schedule for the 6,118-mile walk which he plans to finish by the end of November, back at Tower Bridge.

He says: ‘I will aim to walk an average of 120/125 miles a week, walking six days each week and having one rest day. The rest day being to recuperate my body, allow me to keep my blog up to date and enable planning for the subsequent week. I will be carrying camping equipment with me and the majority of the time I will be staying under canvas, whether this be on a campsite, with permission on private land or wild camping. Other accommodation options that I will use are: walking hostels, bothies in Scotland and kind offers from friends and strangers.’

He has a personal reason for raising funds for the mental health charity. He says: ‘Unfortunately since December 2013 my life has been significantly changed with the onset of my mental health issues. I went from being a relatively happy/positive person, in a job I liked (bridge structural engineer), in a house I liked and with enough friends, to being an unhappy/negative person, having to quit my job, being essentially homeless at points and feeling completely isolated from the world, seemingly with no trigger and for no reason. It has driven me to the very edge and occasionally almost beyond.’

He says that the challenge of the walk is partly selfish because being active is one of the few things that helps his mental health and his physical wellbeing.

You can follow Charles’s progress at his website www.charleswalk.squarespace.com where he is writing a daily diary, and if you are able to offer your support along the way you can get in touch with him through the site.

You can also donate via Virgin Money Giving at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharlesCompton.

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4 January 2018 - Dick Whittington at the London Palladium

The first Eastbournian Society theatre trip of the year was to the London Palladium to see the pantomime Dick Whittington.

This lavish production, starring Elaine Paige, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Charlie Stemp, was a popular choice with ES members.

With so many people going to the theatre it was impossible to get the ES group together for the traditional photo as the street outside was too crowded. So we hope that this general shot of the theatre that afternoon will suffice.

The Palladium panto may become an annual trip for ES members - please check our events page for details of all our forthcoming activities.

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