News headlines – June 2019

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27 Jun 2019    The annual cricket dinner and MCC match
22 Jun 2019    A thank you to benefactors on Foundation Day
22 Jun 2019    Endurance runner Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) interviewed by 'The Times'
21 Jun 2019    Dame Katherine Grainger opens the Winn Building
20 Jun 2019    Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005-08) rides to victory at Ascot
17 Jun 2019    Spencer House and da Vinci at the Queen's Gallery
5 Jun 2019    Man of La Mancha
2 Jun 2019    Lunch to celebrate 50 years educating girls
2 Jun 2019    Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) plays for England against Barbarians
1 Jun 2019    Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright 1940-2019
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27 June 2019 - The annual cricket dinner and MCC match

The College 1st XI took on the MCC in their annual fixture on Thursday 27 June and, following the end of play, a drinks reception was held in the Long Room of the Howell Pavilion, before dinner in the Christopher Kirk-Greene function suite in the Winn Building.

The dinner was for all cricket enthusiasts, not just MCC members, and the guest speaker was James Tredwell, who joined the College's coaching team in October 2018.

James recently retired after a successful 18-year career. A prominent figure on the county cricket circuit, he also played two Tests for England, returning match figures of 6-181 against Bangladesh in 2010 and 5-140 in the West Indies in 2015.

During the dinner a Q&A session, hosted by Director of Cricket Rob Ferley, enabled James to reminisce about his life in cricket.

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22 June 2019 - A thank you to benefactors on Foundation Day

Foundation Day this year was held on Saturday 22 June; the day is an opportunity for the College to say thank you to the many Devonshire Society members and other major donors who have pledged money to help fund bursaries, awards and scholarships, as well as providing funds for capital projects.

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. After the drinks there was a musical interlude provided by pupils and staff, with choral singing, a violin solo and the College jazz band supplying a more up-tempo end to the proceedings.

Luncheon in the Christopher Kirk-Greene function rooms was next, with a welcome from Chairman of Governors Philip Broadley (Wargrave 1974-79). During the meal, the guests also heard from Joe Pocklington, one of the current heads of school, and recipient of the Peter Bibby Award. Joe expressed his thanks to all the benefactors who enable him and many other pupils to have access to a life-changing education at the College.

The day was also an opportunity for one of the guests, Tim Freshwater (School 1958-63), to visit Tim's, the cafe next to the dining hall which is named after him. He is pictured here with Jenny Lush, widow of John Lush, master-in-charge of cricket from 1951 to 1976. The photo behind them hangs on the wall of the cafe and is of the 1962 1st XI cricket team; Jenny is pointing to John and Tim to himself!

Some further pictures of the day are carried in our full report on Foundation Day 2019.

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22 June 2019 - Endurance runner Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) interviewed by 'The Times'

Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10), the endurance runner, has been interviewed by The Times about his incredible success in ultra-running over the last few years.

About to embark on the Western States 100 next weekend, where he will be racing 100 miles, including an ascent of 5,500m followed by a 7,000m descent in the mountains and canyons of California, Tom says that he would like to become the world's best endurance runner.

Tom's record - third in the gruelling Marathon des Sables across the Sahara in 2017, and winning the Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (CCC) race last year - is the result of his dedication to training, understanding the importance of nutrition and having the right mental attitude.

He says that his time as a captain in the Welsh Guards has definitely helped him, saying that 'as an officer in the British army you are a problem solver... It's not just the fittest person winning the race in an ultra. It's knowing what to do when things go wrong.'

He also admits that he likes to explore extremes, concluding: 'I want to keep testing myself. I can't do anything in moderation.'

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21 June 2019 - Dame Katherine Grainger opens the Winn Building

Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, opened the Winn Building, part of the Project 150 development, in a ceremony on Friday 21 June.

Dame Katherine also visited both the Winn and Nugee buildings, and was led on the tour by Aimee Helyar and Joe Pocklington, the current heads of school. She saw the dance studio, the sports hall, swimming pool, 32 new classrooms and the new pavilion overlooking College Field.

Just before lunch, she addressed pupils of both the College and St Andrew's Prep, giving an inspirational speech in which she urged the pupils to be open to new ideas and said that it was important for them to take every opportunity they get and nurture it.

The official opening then followed, with Dame Katherine unveiling a plaque outside the Winn Building in front of an audience of Project 150 donors including David Winn OBE, after whom the building is named. Local dignitaries were also present including Stephen Lloyd MP, the Mayor of Eastbourne, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the CEO of Eastbourne Borough Council.

A full account of the day is on the Eastbourne College website, where you can also watch a video of Dame Katherine's talk to pupils.

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20 June 2019 - Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005-08) rides to victory at Ascot

Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005-08) caused an upset at Ascot by winning the Britannia Handicap today, riding Biometric, the 28-1 outsider.

In doing so he beat Frankie Dettori, who was aiming for his fifth win of the day, on Turgenev, the 7-2 favourite.

Two furlongs from home Turgenev was two lengths clear, but Biometric made a sustained run from the back to take the winning position.

The website reported Harry saying: 'I've been riding here a long time and have had quite a few rides here over the years, so it's so good to get on the board. It's so tough. Any meeting at Ascot – not only the Royal meeting – it's incredibly hard to ride winners here, just because of the competitiveness of the races. It's so special – a day I won't forget. I know I've upset a few people there, so I'm probably not the most popular winner of the day!'

The OE connections don't end there as Dettori's horse Turgenev is trained by John Gosden OBE (Gonville 1965-69), one of the most successful trainers of his generation, having had over 3,000 winners worldwide.

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17 June 2019 - Spencer House and da Vinci at the Queen's Gallery

On Monday 17 June a group of around 30 members of the Eastbournian Society enjoyed a day in London, with a tour around Spencer House in St James's and then a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Queen's Gallery.

Spencer House, built between 1756 and 1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, is London’s finest surviving 18th-century town house.

The group was split into two smaller groups for private tours with two knowledgeable guides, who explained how a number of rooms had been recreated as they would have been in the 18th century. Some of the furniture, fireplaces and decor were accurate reproductions of the originals, but it was difficult to see what was new and what was antique, so good was the craftsmanship.

There was a chance for lunch and, as it was a fine day, some of the group enjoyed sandwiches in Green Park, before heading to Buckingham Palace and the da Vinci exhibition in the Queen's Gallery.

Marking the 500th anniversary of his death, the exhibition brings together more than 200 of da Vinci's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of his work in over 65 years. The group was lucky enough to arrive just before a short talk by one of the curators, and were then able to take their own time in looking round the exhibits.

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5 June 2019 - Man of La Mancha

The latest theatre trip for Eastbournian Society members was to see Man of La Mancha on Wednesday 5 June.

The musical, a universal tale of love, hope and adventure, stars Kelsey Grammer as Cervantes, who is being held prisoner awaiting trial from the Spanish Inquisition.

In his defence he transforms the world around him into that of Don Quixote, resplendent with chivalrous knights, grand quests and unabashed love.

The cast also included West End star Cassidy Janson in the dual role of Aldonza/Dulcinea and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Innkeeper and Governor.

The show, famous for the song The Impossible Dream, was well received, and the group had excellent seats in the stalls at a reduced group rate. Some of those who went along are pictured here outside the London Coliseum before the show.

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2 June 2019 - Lunch to celebrate 50 years educating girls

The year 2018-19 marks 50 years since the first girl pupils arrived at Eastbourne College and we were delighted to help celebrate this milestone with a lunch on Sunday 2 June.

The venue was the Christopher Kirk-Greene function suite in the Winn Building and, with the weather being so good, we were able to have drinks on the outside terrace before sitting down for the meal.

Former pupils and staff came together with memories and a lot of laughter, and they also had a chance to view an archives exhibition of co-education at the College on display in the dining hall.

Headmaster Tom Lawson welcomed the guests and said that the first girls had helped lay the foundation of what the school has become, with girls now taking part, and achieving, in all aspects of school life.

There followed a few reminiscences and anecdotes, with those formerly in charge of Nugent House, David Charman and his wife Ann, along with Vaughan and Jane Schulze, remembering some of the more amusing stories of their days looking after the girls. We also heard from a number of Old Eastbournians confessing to some of the rules they broke and the fun they had while at the College.

Further pictures of the lunch are available in the members area of the website, and you will have to be registered and logged in to see these.

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2 June 2019 - Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) plays for England against Barbarians

Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) was in the England XV in the Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday 2 June. In a thrilling match in front of 40,000 rugby fans, England won 51-43, having built up a strong lead at half-time.

Piers was part of a young England squad, and played alongside his Bristol Bears team mate Callum Sheedy in the midfield line-up. Piers is pictured here on the left with Callum, holding the trophy.

Head coach Jim Mallinder said: 'It's a tough thing to come together in a week and play as a team. We talked all week about sticking together and probably having to go the 80 minutes, and expect the unexpected - we defended with our lives and we scored some cracking tries. It's not about individuals, it is about how quickly can you come together and play as a team and I think that is something we did really well today.'

After leaving the College, where he played in the 1st XV, Piers signed a two-year contract with Wasps, progressing from the Junior to the Senior Academy in 2014-15. He was selected for the England U20 squad for the U20 Six Nations Championship, going on to win ten caps for England U20. Other premiership league clubs he has played for include Bedford Blues, Ealing Trailfinders and his current team Bristol Bears.

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1 June 2019 - Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright 1940-2019

We are sad to announce the death of Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright (School 1954-60), former headmaster of St Andrew's School, on 28 May 2019.

Born in India, Dod started prep school at St Andrew's in September 1949. By the time he left in 1954 he had become captain of cricket and shooting, and was head boy for his last two terms.

At the College, Dod was head of house and then head of school from 1959-60. He excelled at sports, on the track as a sprinter, on the rugby field and in the swimming pool, not to mention on the cricket pitch.

He was described by The Eastbournian as 'one of the outstanding schoolboy cricketers of his time'. He spent three seasons in the 1st XI, the last as captain, during which he scored over 700 runs at an average of 51. He would later become an enthusiastic and loyal member of the OE Cricket Club.

After studying at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he taught at St Andrew's for two years before joining the College staff, where he taught economics and history from 1965 to 1969. He was also house tutor in Wargrave, and a coach for cricket and other sports.

He became headmaster of St Andrew's School in 1969 at the age of 28, a position he held until 1984. During his tenure he improved the look and facilities of the school, introduced girls, and saw an uptake in pupil numbers and an increase in scholarships gained, building the school's reputation for academic excellence. He also oversaw the period when Ascham pupils were transferred to St Andrew's, following the closure of Ascham prep in 1977.

A change of country and career followed his departure from St Andrew's, when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to join the investment bank Smith Barney, before later retiring to Florida. He was married to Annie (pictured with him above), and they had two children, Mark and Sarah.

A family funeral will be held in the US, and a memorial service is planned for the UK later in the year.

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