News headlines – June 2018

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30 Jun 2018    Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day
28 Jun 2018    The annual cricket dinner
23 Jun 2018    Foundation Day guests are welcomed to the College
19 Jun 2018    Eastbournian Society members take a tour of the Project 150 buildings
17 Jun 2018    The OECC in the Cricketer Cup
14 Jun 2018    The Moderate Soprano
8 Jun 2018    Wine tasting evening proves popular
2 Jun 2018    Wargravians celebrate 130 years of Wargrave House
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30 June 2018 - Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day

Saturday 30 June was the last day of term at the College, which involved the traditional Speech Day events.

The Speech Day service for all school pupils, staff and U6 parents took place at St Saviour's Church at 10.00am.

Speeches by the Headmaster and the Chairman of Governors followed in All Saints' Church at 11.30am, to which all parents were invited. The distribution of U6 prizes then took place.

With a gloriously sunny day, many parents then enjoyed drinks in house groups on College Field before the OEs v 1st XI cricket match later.

Pictured are a few of the people who attended the Eastbournian Society drinks reception in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building; also on show there was a display of 150 years of College history in pictures.

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28 June 2018 - The annual cricket dinner

The annual cricket dinner at the College was held on Thursday 28 June.

Following the match between the 1st XI and the MCC on College Field, a drinks reception was held on the Long Room balcony, and some of the guests are pictured here.

The dinner started at 7.30pm in the function rooms in the Winn Building.

The guest speaker this year was Richard Halsall, the newly appointed Director of Sussex CCC Academy.

During the evening, Richard took part in a Q and A session in which he gave insights into the England team and international cricket, and spoke about the changes and development of coaching over the last 15 years, while considering the future direction of the game.

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23 June 2018 - Foundation Day guests are welcomed to the College

Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jess were delighted to welcome guests to the College's annual Foundation Day on Saturday 23 June.

Foundation Day is the College's way of saying thank you to generous benefactors and members of the Devonshire Society who have pledged to leave bequests to the school in their wills.

The day started with a service of thanksgiving in the College Chapel, followed by a Champagne reception in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building.

During the reception, guests were treated to a variety of musical delights provided by current College pupils, which were greatly appreciated.

They then moved to the Christopher Kirk-Greene function rooms in the Winn Building to enjoy luncheon. Upper Sixth pupil Eleanor Chapman (Blackwater), the current beneficiary of the Trevor Pescud Award, spoke about the opportunities she has had in her two years at the College and about her plans for the future. She also thanked, on behalf of all recipients of bursary and scholarship funding, all the guests for their generosity.

Following lunch, a number of attendees took advantage of the chance to have a guided tour around the Winn and Nugee buildings, which make up the Project 150 development.

Further pictures of the day are on our Foundation Day page.

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19 June 2018 - Eastbournian Society members take a tour of the Project 150 buildings

Around 35 members of the Eastbournian Society were taken on a tour of the Winn and Nugee buildings on Tuesday 19 June and are pictured here in the College's new reception area.

The great interest in the new buildings has been shown by the popularity of these tours. This is the second one that we have organised - the first was on Wednesday 6 June when we had over 50 members who were shown round in three groups.

With a chance to see the new sports hall, swimming pool, dance studio, gym, dining hall and function rooms, many of the visitors said how impressed they were with the development, and how lucky current pupils are to have such a range of state-of-the-art facilities.

The tours finished with tea, coffee and cookies in the dining hall, and a chance to buy the College's souvenir book, 150 years in pictures.

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17 June 2018 - The OECC in the Cricketer Cup

The OE Cricket Club faced Oundle Rovers in the first round of the Cricketer Cup on Sunday 17 June. In 2017 the OECC reached the final of the competition, but this year sadly their progress was halted early. Club chairman Nigel Wheeler writes:

A 31-run loss was a fair result as Oundle Rovers were 31 runs better than the OE with the bat, the ball and in the field. Chasing a total in this competition is not the OEs way of playing. Post a good score, bowl tight and give nothing away in the field. Not to be.

Oundle batted sensibly with their county player Smith scoring a sound 85. The OEs dropped a few catches and did not dominate in the field. 220 was a reasonable score for the situation.

Jacob Smith and Giles Robinson set off briskly, 38 off 5 overs, Brad Evans struck some hearty blows (23) and a mature partnership between senior men Max Finzel (44) and captain Angus Stewart (66) moved the score from 83 for 4 to 160. With Ben Twine, Angus steered the OEs to 185 - 35 to win, five wickets in hand, 50 balls left to bowl. Victory looked a possibility.

A run out turned the game and with Angus brilliantly caught a few balls later, the tail fell apart, 31 runs light. Thank you to players and spectators. A nuisance to drop out so early in the competition but the talented nucleus of this side will be back to fight another day!

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14 June 2018 - The Moderate Soprano

The latest theatre trip organised by the Eastbournian Society was to see The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York's Theatre in London on Thursday 14 June.

A total of 34 members took advantage of the reduced price tickets we were able to purchase at group rates.

The play, by David Hare, tells the story of John Christie, the founder of Glyndebourne Opera House, and his passion for a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten.

Starring Roger Allom and Nancy Carroll, the play interweaves an intense love affair with the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

It was thoroughly enjoyed by the group, some of whom are seen here outside the theatre.

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8 June 2018 - Wine tasting evening proves popular

The Eastbournian Society held its first wine tasting evening on Friday 8 June, an event which proved very popular with society members.

Over 50 people came along, including Old Eastbournians, members of staff and current parents, to enjoy a selection of French wines provided by Guy Boursot.

Guy runs a wine business in Ardres, just south of Calais, and has wide-ranging experience in wine retailing in both the UK and France. He is a wine writer, lecturer, consultant, wine merchant and vineyard tour operator.

He expertly led the guests through three reds, three whites and a rosé, a perfect accompaniment to a summer evening.

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2 June 2018 - Wargravians celebrate 130 years of Wargrave House

A special celebration lunch was held on Saturday 2 June in honour of the 130th anniversary of the founding of Wargrave House.

Wargravians young and old, together with former housemasters and house tutors, gathered in the Winn Building for a drinks reception and carvery lunch.

It was fitting that the meal took place in the newly opened Christopher Kirk-Greene function room, named after a former teacher who was house tutor in Wargrave from 1952 to 1962.

Around 90 guests attended and they also had an opportunity to look at a display of photos chronicling the history of the house from its beginnings in 1888 to the present day. Our thanks go to the College archives team for researching and mounting the exhibition.

Following the meal some of the guests were taken on a guided tour of the new buildings which make up the Project 150 development, before having a chance to look around Wargrave with the present housemaster Rob Hill.

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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