News headlines – April 2018

11 Apr 2018    A tribute to Alan Caffyn (Powell 1946-51)
6 Apr 2018    Three OE siblings, three countries, three marathons (and more)
1 Apr 2018    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) promoted to Labour Party's National Executive Committee
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11 April 2018 - A tribute to Alan Caffyn (Powell 1946-51)

We are saddened to report that Alan Caffyn (Powell 1946-51) died on 4 April.

Alan was well known in Eastbourne and Sussex, having joined the family company Caffyns in 1956, before becoming joint managing director in 1972, chairman and chief executive in 1981, and then honorary president from 2003.

The family had strong connections to Eastbourne College, with his two sons Simon and David, daughter Fiona and four of his five grandchildren being Old Eastbournians.

Alan loved all sports but his lifelong passion was for cricket. An outstanding wicketkeeper and batsman, he captained Eastbourne Cricket Club, played the occasional game for Sussex Club and Ground, played for the Free Foresters and, among others, the OEs, Caffyns, Ovals and Perambulators.

He was chairman of Eastbourne Saffrons Sports Club, president of Sussex County Cricket Club, and went on to serve as Sussex CCC’s chairman from 1990 to 1997. In 2012 he was appointed a director of the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club, a position from which he retired earlier this year.

Following in the footsteps of previous generations in his family, Alan became an important figure in a number of organisations. In honour of his great contribution to the county, Alan was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 1993. He served as vice president of BEN, the automotive industry’s support service and benevolent fund, as president of the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, and as a committee member of St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne.

In July 1992 he was appointed chairman of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, a role he continued until March 1998. He was chairman of the Macmillan Nurses South Downs Branch, a board member of the Sussex Branch of St John’s Ambulance, patron of the Hailsham Branch of Crossroads Care, chairman of Eastbourne War Memorial Housing Association, and a member of Ian Gow’s special fundraising committee for The Chaseley Trust.

In addition to his enthusiasm for sport, Alan’s interests were varied and many. He was a keen and accomplished gardener, a talented pianist and a devotee of ballet, choral music and opera. He was an ardent follower of horse racing too, and owned and part-owned two racehorses, trained by Josh Gifford.

Alan died peacefully in hospital, surrounded by Ann, his wife of 58 years, and their three children. He was 84.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at All Saints' Church in Eastbourne on Wednesday 23 May at 12 noon. The family has asked for donations, instead of flowers, to the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.

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6 April 2018 - Three OE siblings, three countries, three marathons (and more)

Old Eastbournians Sam, Alice and Emma Lowden are separately running marathons to raise funds for The Royal Marsden who cared for their cousin Caroline before she died, aged 29.

Sam (Craig 2006-11), aged 25, has been fitting training around duties with the Scots Guards before taking on the 250km Marathon des Sables (MdS), starting on 6 April. This is regarded as the toughest foot race in the world as it consists of six marathons in six days in the Sahara Desert with competitors required to carry all their food and equipment.

Alice (Blackwater 2007-12), aged 23, has been running before work at 6.00am most mornings to get the miles in as well as spending her weekends pounding the Thames towpath. She is running the Brighton marathon on the day Sam finishes MdS.

Emma (Blackwater 2010-15), aged 20, is flying the flag in Edinburgh for the marathon in May and has been battling sub-zero temperatures, snow drifts and horizontal sleet in preparation for the big day.

They have collectively clocked up over 1800km in training in order to ensure they complete the challenge they have set themselves. They’d all massively appreciate any support, regardless of the amount!

To donate or read more about the challenge, please go to

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1 April 2018 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) promoted to Labour Party's National Executive Committee

Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) has been promoted to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee (NEC) following the resignation of Christine Shawcroft on Saturday.

Eddie, who has been a party member for 20 years, originally ran for election to the NEC in January 2018, but failed to get enough votes. Shawcroft's resignation, in the middle of a row about anti-semitism within the party, meant that he automatically replaced her on the committee.

In a Twitter statement, Eddie said: 'Although this isn't the manner in which I had hoped to join the NEC I'm honoured to step up and represent Labour members at the heart of our party. This is a very important time for the Labour Party and we must stamp out completely the stain of anti-semitism from a minority of members.'

The NEC has 33 members and consists of the Labour leader, deputy leader, shadow cabinet members, representatives from trade unions and constituency parties, councillors and Labour MPs.

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