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15 December 2018 - The 150th anniversary Winter Ball

The grand finale of the College's 150th anniversary celebrations was held on Saturday 15 December with a magnificent Winter Ball.

Over 260 people came along to the dining hall in the Winn Building to enjoy a champagne reception (with musical accompaniment from the College Jazz Band), followed by a three-course meal and then dancing to a live party band to complete the evening.

With a mixture of Old Eastbournians, College parents, members of staff and other friends and supporters of the school, it was a great occasion for bringing the College community together to celebrate not only the 150th anniversary but also the completion of Project 150 this year.

During the evening the original Stag painting 'Ex Oriente Salus 150' by Nicola King was auctioned for £2600. A prize draw was also held, the first prize of which was print number 1 of a limited edition of 200 prints of the Stag picture. This raised a further £1800. The proceeds of both of these are going towards the Foundation Bursary Fund, which helps support pupils with funding towards their education at the College. Our thanks to all of the guests who contributed.

After the meal the guests were entertained by the ten-piece band, The Big Kahuna, with a great selection of party music which got them dancing until just before midnight.

Our thanks go to Lulu Brown, Events Organiser with the Eastbournian Society, who co-ordinated the whole event; to David Stewart, who hosted and acted as auctioneer, to John Thornley for taking the photos, to Christine Todd for organising the prize draw, to Rachael Clarke and her catering team for providing a superb meal, to Sarah Chu for running the cloakroom, and to everybody else, including the bar staff, the College facilities team, the porters and the reception staff who all helped make the event such a success.

More pictures of the evening are in our members area. To see these you will need to be registered and logged in to the website and you can find out how to do this on our members page.

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13 December 2018 - Christmas community carol service

The College held a Christmas community carol service at 6.00pm on Thursday 13 December.

The service, at All Saints' Church, was for a wide spectrum of the community, including members of the Eastbournian Society, members of staff, parents and families of pupils, as well as College friends, neighbours and supporters.

The singing of the College Choir was much appreciated by all who attended.

Afterwards a reception was held in the foyer of the Birley Centre (pictured), where attendees were able to enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.

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