News headlines – April 2019

10 Apr 2019    Archive editions of 'The Eastbournian' magazine now available online
9 Apr 2019    Jaqi Anderson (Nugent 1980-82) has debut novel published
4 Apr 2019    Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) interviewed in 'The Spectator'
3 Apr 2019    The 'Windsor Ten' meet for their 61st annual gathering
1 Apr 2019    You'd be a fool to miss out on the London dinner!
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10 April 2019 - Archive editions of 'The Eastbournian' magazine now available online

Archive editions of The Eastbournian magazine are now available to be viewed online.

Working with the digital scanning company SDS Heritage, the College archives have made available copies of the magazine from 1960 to 1991. We also have the complete first edition of the magazine from May 1870.

You are able to browse through issues on screen or search for specific text to retrieve an individual article.

The service is free for Eastbournian Society members to use; you just have to be registered on the Eastbournian Society website. If you have not already registered, please go to our Members page for information on how to do this. Once your registration has been processed and you are logged on, you can get access to the digital archive with details of the username and password by going to the Digital Eastbournian page.

We hope this will be a useful tool, not only for those interested in the history of the College but also for those Old Eastbournians who want to look back to their schooldays and see if their own name is mentioned in print!

The College archives are keen to add more issues of The Eastbournian, and would like to hear from you if there are particular years or decades that you would like added. This will help us decide how to expand the digital archive in the future. Please contact archives@eastbourne-college.co.uk with your suggestions.

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9 April 2019 - Jaqi Anderson (Nugent 1980-82) has debut novel published

Jaqi Anderson (Nugent 1980-82) has had her debut novel, The Grace Note, published, and will be signing copies at Waterstone's in Eastbourne between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday 13 April.

Jaqi, who was known as Jackie Gray when at school, says that she has taken to writing spectacularly late, partly due to her eclectic involvements as both musician and paediatric specialist; she is also mother to a disabled son.

The Grace Note tells the story of Kitty, whose life is turned upside down by a mysterious letter from a brother she never knew she had. Meanwhile she encounters the enigmatic and brooding Yani Belushi, a pianist who is carrying his own dark and sorrowful secret born out of a fractured childhood in former communist Albania. An inherited cello becomes the unlikely accomplice as their two worlds of music and adoption collide, each seeking resolution and discovery.

Having worked in a remote corner of Zambia with her medical husband, Jaqi says that she now lives in an almost empty nest, although she has recently become an infatuated grandmother. She hopes that some of the proceeds from The Grace Note will support causes dearest to her heart - the orphaned and disabled in Africa.

You can read more about the book at Jaqi's website www.jaqianderson.com.

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4 April 2019 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) interviewed in 'The Spectator'

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) has been interviewed in The Spectator magazine, which says that he 'has been tipped as a future leader' of the Conservative Party.

Johnny, a former army captain, is the MP for Plymouth Moor View, which he won in the 2015 general election and retained in 2017 with an increased majority.

In the interview he is described as openly despairing about the current state of government and predicts that if there is a snap election now, 'the party will get wiped out'. He has previously been critical of Conservative policies on welfare and veterans' rights and has not been afraid to voice his criticisms before it became fashionable to do so.

Regarding Brexit he says that he voted Remain in the 2016 referendum but now thinks that the right decision was made to leave the EU, and comments: 'we need to get on and see that through'.

As far as leading the party is concerned, he says that age and experience in politics are not necessarily requirements for the role: 'I'm afraid I'm not one of these people who thinks that years of cabinet service are a mandatory precursor to becoming prime minister. The idea that you can't learn about leadership and management and run big successful organisations anywhere outside of government is complete rubbish.'

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3 April 2019 - The 'Windsor Ten' meet for their 61st annual gathering

Members of the 'Windsor Ten' met in London recently for their 61st annual get-together. The group was formed in 1958 when, at David Winn's suggestion, ten senior members of School House agreed to meet every year at the Windsor Dive Bar at Victoria Station.

Alastair Graham, the group's hon sec, says of the ten: 'They are all alive and kicking in various parts of the world and seven of them met in March 2019 for their 61st AGM.'

Pictured here are, left to right, Pat Colbourne (1955-59), Duncan Wheeler (1953-57), Neil McWalter (1955-59), David Winn (1954-59), John Wilmot (1954-59), Alastair Graham (1954-59) and Tim Riordan (1954-58).

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1 April 2019 - You'd be a fool to miss out on the London dinner!

There are just four weeks to go before the highlight of the Eastbournian Society year - the annual London dinner, which celebrates Eastbournian achievement. You'd be a fool to miss out on this very special occasion!

This year we are returning to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Aldwych on Monday 29 April. The evening kicks off with a champagne reception from 6.30pm in the elegant Palm Court, followed by a three-course meal with coffee and petits fours in the Adelphi Suite. Also included in the cost is a half-bottle of red or white wine per person.

In the 50th anniversary year of educating girls at the College, we are delighted to welcome as our guest of honour the actress Patti Clare (Mary Taylor in Coronation Street), who at school was known as Patti Clark (Nugent 1983-85). We will also be honouring Paul Lowden, who retires in the summer after 32 years at the College. Paul taught English, was head of department, and housemaster of both Pennell and Blackwater houses, not to mention director of many a school drama production.

So we urge you to rally your OE friends for a fabulous night to remember!

To book places please contact Lulu Brown at vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk or 01323 451911. Places cost £78 per person (£50 for OEs aged 29 and under). The dress code is formal evening wear ('black tie'). All prices are subsidised by the Eastbournian Society.

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