News headlines – May 2018

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23 May 2018    The Winn Building
22 May 2018    ES members enjoy latest instalment of the history of antiques
21 May 2018    The Over-60s lunch
12 May 2018    Grandparents take a tour of the College
9 May 2018    Trip to Normandy and the D-Day landings
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23 May 2018 - The Winn Building

The opening of the Winn Building, named after the College's greatest living benefactor, David Winn OBE (School 1954-59), completes the second phase of Project 150. The College's £33m enhancement offers ground-breaking, state-of-the-art facilities, marking a pivotal moment in the College’s 150-year history.

Click below to see a short video about the superb new facilities.

The development is located in the heart of the College campus and provides:

  • academic accommodation: 32 state-of-the-art classrooms, fitted with Prowise screens and intelligent heating and lighting systems
  • new sports facilities comprising a new sports hall, FINA certified swimming pool, squash courts, fitness suite, multi-purpose dance studio and changing facilities
  • dining facilities: accommodating up to 600 in one sitting, with the new kitchens fitted with the very best in modern equipment, which are comparable to prime business and industry sites in London
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22 May 2018 - ES members enjoy latest instalment of the history of antiques

On Tuesday 22 May, 16 members of the society enjoyed the latest talk in a series that Merton Cox has delivered over the past two years.

Merton, formerly of Harrods antiques department, covered the period from 1880 to the present day, looking at English furniture, silverware and paintings.

Touching on the arts and crafts movement, art nouveau and art deco, as well as more contemporary styles, the talk was an interesting overview of the development of art and design from the late Victorian era, and included illustrations of some of Merton's own collection.

At the end of the talk, Merton showed the group two of his own favourite items: a silver honey pot in the shape of a bee, and a piece of tortoiseshell that could be used as a small tray on a dressing table.

Merton is pictured here (centre, wearing the white shirt) with the group.

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21 May 2018 - The Over-60s lunch

The annual lunch for senior OEs and members of the Eastbournian Society was held on Monday 21 May at St George's Hill Club in Weybridge.

The host was Peter Jamieson (Blackwater 1960-63), chairman of the club, and we are grateful once again for his assistance in providing such a popular venue.

With a record number of attendees, perfect weather for al fresco pre-lunch drinks, and a superb meal, the occasion was much appreciated by the guests.

Peter was also the guest speaker this year, and gave a witty and interesting account of his life and career as a senior executive in the music and television industries in seven countries.

More pictures from the day are available in our members area. To access this you must be registered and logged in to the website. To do so, please go to the members area page and follow the instructions there.

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12 May 2018 - Grandparents take a tour of the College

Grandparents of current pupils visited on Saturday 12 May for an opportunity to look round the College.

This annual event allows the guests to be escorted on a tour by their grandchildren to see the school in action on a typical Saturday morning.

A particular highlight this year was the chance to see the newly opened Winn Building, part of the school's Project 150 development, and many were impressed by the new facilities including the sports hall, swimming pool and dining hall.

A drinks reception in the foyer of the Birley Centre followed the tour, where the visitors had a chance to meet and speak with Headmaster Tom Lawson, pictured here addressing the group.

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9 May 2018 - Trip to Normandy and the D-Day landings

Following the success of recent trips to the First World War battlefields in 2014 and the champagne region in 2016, the Eastbournian Society's latest venture was to Normandy and the site of the D-Day landings. David Stewart writes:

'Forty-six members of the Eastbournian Society set off for Portsmouth to catch the overnight ferry to Caen on Sunday 6 May. Supper was enjoyed on a glorious early summer’s evening at a variety of hostelries at Gunwharf Quay before embarkation and meeting our tour guide Philip Pearce.

At 6.15am the following morning we made the short journey to Pegasus Bridge to be served breakfast by Arlette Gondree at Cafe Gondree; the first house to liberated in the early hours of 6 June 1944. After a tour of the fascinating Pegasus Bridge museum we went on to the Merville Battery and then on to the CWGC cemetery at Ranville. A wreath was laid on the grave of Patrick Horton OE, formerly of the Parachute Regiment, who was killed towards the end of the battle for Normandy.

We then drove by Sword beach before stopping for lunch at our restaurant overlooking Juno beach. During the afternoon we visited Gold Beach and Arromanaches and saw the very powerful and moving film in the 360 degree cinema before arriving at our hotel in the centre of Caen.

The following morning we visited Pointe du Hoc, Utah beach and the American St Laurent Cemetery which features so prominently in the opening minutes of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Lunch was taken in Bayeux after which some visited the famous tapestry and others the magnificent mediaeval cathedral before we gathered in the Bayeux Cemetery to lay a wreath at the grave of Monty Horley OE. He was in command of the first British tank that got ashore on D-Day and was killed shortly afterwards.

Before our return through the tunnel we squeezed in a visit to Guy Boursot’s wine shop in Ardres and unsurprisingly the boot was rather full by the time we departed back home to the College.

The trip proved to be a huge success and was varied, informative, at times moving, and most importantly great fun. Suggestions for and interest in the next trip are already underway.'

More pictures from the trip are available in our members area. To access this you must be registered and logged in to the website. To do so, please go to the members area page and follow the instructions there.

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