News headlines – May 2019

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23 May 2019    Alice Turnbull (School 2001-06) captains Sussex women's rugby team to Twickenham final
22 May 2019    Nick Garrett (Reeves 1976-81)
18 May 2019    Grandparents visit the College
13 May 2019    The Over-60s Lunch in Weybridge
8 May 2019    Remembering Richard Garrett and raising funds for Macmillan
7 May 2019    Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) takes part in record-breaking game of rugby - on Everest!
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23 May 2019 - Alice Turnbull (School 2001-06) captains Sussex women's rugby team to Twickenham final

Alice Turnbull (School 2001-06) has captained her Sussex team mates to reach the final of the Gill Burns County Championship, the highest level of women's rugby outside international representation.

The match will be played at Twickenham Stadium at 10.00am on Sunday 2 June, before the England men's and women's games. The team face Yorkshire, who will be defending the title they won last year.

The Sussex side has seen victories over teams from East Midlands, Surrey, Kent and Berkshire to reach the final.

Alice, who works as a sports therapist in Hove and has helped as a physio at recent College sports events, played in the girls rugby team at the College, and was captain in the 2005-06 year.

Unfortunately the date of the final clashes with our lunch to celebrate 50 years of educating girls at the College, but we will certainly be wishing Alice success on the day.

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22 May 2019 - Nick Garrett (Reeves 1976-81)

We are sad to announce the death of Nick Garrett (Reeves 1976-81).

Nick served as headmaster of the Abbey School, the preparatory school for Woodbridge School in Suffolk, for 18 years from 1997 until 2015. Before that he had worked at St Andrew's in Eastbourne. After leaving the Abbey School he became headmaster of a school in Abu Dhabi.

Many former pupils of his at the Abbey School have paid tribute, describing him as an inspirational, kind and gentle teacher.

Nick leaves a widow, Ruth, and two daughters, Anna and Lara, who are both teachers. His father Christopher is an Old Eastbournian as was his brother Richard, who sadly died in December 2018.

Nick died in Eastbourne General Hospital on Wednesday 15 May, having been treated for acute myeloid leukaemia for the past 18 months. The funeral is to be held at St Nicholas Church in Pevensey at 2.30pm on Thursday 6 June.

You can read Nick's obituary in the East Anglian Daily Times and also see the tribute on the Woodbridge School website.

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18 May 2019 - Grandparents visit the College

Saturday 18 May was the date for our annual reception for grandparents of current pupils at the College.

Always a popular occasion, it gives an opportunity for the more senior members of College families to see the school in action on a typical Saturday.

Guided by their grandchildren, the guests were given a tour of the College, and also had a chance to meet Headmaster Tom Lawson at a drinks reception in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building, pictured.

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13 May 2019 - The Over-60s Lunch in Weybridge

It was a gloriously sunny day for the Over-60s lunch on Monday 13 May, and St George's Hill Club in Weybridge was the perfect location for this annual get-together.

With around 40 guests, the event proved very popular, and the chance for an al fresco pre-lunch drink was much appreciated.

The guest speaker was His Honour Graham Boal QC (Powell 1957-62) and he gave a talk entitled Miscarriage of Justice: From Barnstaple to Birmingham.

Judge Boal was called to the bar in 1966 and took silk in 1993. He was appointed as a circuit judge, sitting in the Central Criminal Court, in 1996. He retired in July 2005.

Pictured here are Peter Jamieson (Blackwater 1960-63), Keith Ross (School 1958-63), Graham Boal, Rosemary Ross and Dougal Graham (School 1957-61).

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8 May 2019 - Remembering Richard Garrett and raising funds for Macmillan

Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86) and a group of Old Eastbournians will be walking from Brighton to Eastbourne next month in memory of Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980-85), while helping to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Richard died in December 2018, having been diagnosed with bowel cancer nine years previously.

Emma tells us: 'It’s a 25-mile walk he and I did many moons ago as schoolkids as a fundraiser for Eastbourne College’s Big School after it burnt down in 1981. Rich also ran school cross-country races along this route for many years. When we were 'courting' we would often walk this way and, in recent years, many a blustery family walk has taken place on the South Downs Way. It holds many precious memories.'

A group of ten, calling themslves 'Garrett's Garrison', will be taking part in the walk on Saturday 8 June. Among them will be OEs Belinda Le Brocq (Nugent 1986-88), Fenella Troup (Nugent 1986-88), Fiona Lock (Nugent 1986-88), Katie Seymour (Nugent 1986-88) and Greg Lunn (School 1976-81), as well as Emma's daughter Tess.

Emma, pictured here with Richard, has set up a JustGiving page and would be grateful for any sponsorship and messages of goodwill:

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7 May 2019 - Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) takes part in record-breaking game of rugby - on Everest!

Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) was one of a number of intrepid rugby players who recently took part in a match over 6,000m up Mount Everest.

The world record-breaking achievement was for the highest game of rugby, at 6,331m above sea level. It was part of the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge, raising money for charitable projects for children in the UK and Ireland.

The players included international rugby players, leading business executives and a diverse range of people from the rugby community. Among the participants were internationals Lee Mears (England) and Shane Williams (Wales).

The group had spent two weeks acclimatising, dealing with altitude sickness, the symptoms of which include severe headaches, lack of sleep and loss of appetite. Having successfully played the highest ever game of touch rugby at Everest Base Camp (5,119m), the challengers progressed to Advanced Base Camp (6,200m) and then on to the East Rongbuk Glacier on Tuesday 30 April, where they set up a full-sized rugby pitch, including flags and make-shift posts, in accordance with Guinness World Record specifications.

Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby, later said that the challenge had raised over £250,000 for disabled and disadvantaged children.

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