News headlines – July 2019

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30 Jul 2019    Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) made Minister for Veterans' Affairs
18 Jul 2019    Cricket reigns supreme!
11 Jul 2019    Nugee and Winn Buildings win Sussex Heritage Trust Award
10 Jul 2019    Theatre trip to '9 to 5 The Musical'
9 Jul 2019    Alex Halliday memorial cricket match on College Field
8 Jul 2019    Michael Keall, Headmaster of Ascham 1969-77
5 Jul 2019    Another successful Foundation Golf Challenge
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30 July 2019 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) made Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) has been appointed Minister for Veterans' Affairs in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

The new Office of Veterans' Affairs will sit inside the Cabinet Office and Johnny will be a parliamentary under-secretary in both the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence.

A former army officer, Johnny has long been a campaigner for veterans' rights and has been fiercely critical of the legal pursuit of former service personnel, particularly those who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

In his new position, he will work with other departments to coordinate and drive government policy on veterans' welfare, spanning mental and physical health, education and employment.

Commenting on his appointment, Johnny said: 'I am delighted with the role, and am resolutely determined to reset this country's relationship with her veterans. I entered parliament to do precisely this; I am grateful for the opportunity this prime minister has given me to do this, and I look forward to getting on with the task at hand.'

Photo: UK Parliament

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18 July 2019 - Cricket reigns supreme!

Nigel Wheeler, OECC Chairman, writes:

England pulled off a sensational victory against noble opposition, New Zealand, and the Old Eastbournians were dominant in their three-match, three-wins festival last week. Heroically organised by George Burrough, players enjoyed sunshine and fun on College Field.

For the first game (reported last week), the OECC faced a side representing the variety of clubs for which Alex Halliday played during his successful and sadly uncompleted career of sport. James Hamblin (Hampshire and Eastbourne CC) captained a star-studded XI. Their total of 235 for 8 declared included a lusty 67 from local player Paul Stevens.

Impressive OE bowling centred round Jack Casebourne 3-39 and Jacob Smith 3-76. In reply, we witnessed a powerful display of fine hitting by Giles Robinson (126) ably supported by Mark Lock (33) finding his whites for the first time in four years and showing as ever what an outstanding sportsman he is. Rugby's gain was cricket's loss.

Add Alex Simcox (Cambridge Blue, 100 at Lords), Tim Mynott (England Over 60s Ashes XI) and captain Jamie Freeland (Sussex 2nd XI) to an array of very useful young players and all enjoyed a splendid day and a win for Alex's old school.

On Wednesday, Oundle Rovers found Giles Robinson scoring another splendid century (117), George Hopkins (41), Will Wheeler (25) and Ben Barter (29*) helped set a stiff score of 272 in 50 overs. Oundle fell well short, all out for 194. Joe Pocklington 3-36, Giles Robinson 3-14, captain Ben Twine 2-18, George Hopkins 1-27, Ben Barter 1-52 did the damage.

In Thursday's game Uppingham Rovers batted first, scoring 204 in 50 overs. Louis Barron 4-55, Peter Wooldridge 3-35, Jack Casebourne 3-38. The OE reply was led by George Burrough (63), captain Ben Twine (63), Peter Wooldridge (45), enjoying a profitable return to College Field cricket after too many years of back injury and George Hopkins (18*). The OEs therefore won the Thwaites (Ian)/ Ashworth (David) Trophy by six wickets.

Thank you to all who played in the three matches. Cricket is the only OE sport to enjoy annual hospitality from the College and the club would like to thank the headmaster, the bursar, the caterers, porters and ground staff for making the days possible.

There are various issues that concern the OECC; not least the problems of finding a team for the first round of the Cricketer Cup. We reached the final only two years ago and yet struggled this year to find 11 players prepared to journey up to Bedford in June. Do we want to stay in the competition? Do we wish to expand the fixture list in July back to four or five matches and attract more players? How do we encourage the fine, young players coming from the College to offer their services? The committee needs a shake up and lots of questions need asking and answering in the months ahead.

Bravo to all concerned!

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11 July 2019 - Nugee and Winn Buildings win Sussex Heritage Trust Award

The Nugee and Winn Buildings, which make up the recent Project 150 development, have won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in the Public and Community category.

Sussex Heritage Trust is a registered charity established in 1977 to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural heritage of Sussex.

The Public and Community category recognises projects which provide or improve facilities for the community. As well as providing the College with a number of new facilities including 32 state-of-the-art classrooms, a new pavilion, the school shop, a Sports England-compliant sports hall, a six-lane Olympic standard swimming pool, two squash courts, a dance studio, a fitness suite and a dining hall with a function suite and cafe, the buildings have also been used by the wider Eastbourne community.

One recent example of this was during the recent Nature Valley International Tennis Championship at Devonshire Park. The College welcomed players to use the fitness suite and treatment room, while the dining hall served-up healthy food to the 200+ coaches, officials and ball crew throughout the week.

In making the award, the judges said: 'A landmark and transformative development providing extensive facilities for this school. The architects and client have worked brilliantly together to produce an enviable new building to fit with the older buildings of the site. Brilliantly conceived.'

The architects, who accepted the award, were Miller Bourne and the contractors VINCI Construction.

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10 July 2019 - Theatre trip to '9 to 5 The Musical'

The latest Eastbournian Society trip to the theatre was to see the musical 9 to 5, on Wednesday 10 July.

Inspired by the cult film and featuring an award-winning score by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, the girls plan to reform their office, but will it all unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Starring Louise Redknapp, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the show was a big hit with the Eastbournian Society members who went along, some of whom are pictured here outside the Savoy Theatre in the Strand. As usual, we managed to get discounted group rate tickets, this time with seats in the front stalls, giving everyone a great view of the show.

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9 July 2019 - Alex Halliday memorial cricket match on College Field

Nigel Wheeler, OECC Chairman, writes:

A beautiful summer's day brought back memories of Alex striking the ball elegantly and effortlessly around College Field. Alex's untimely death in November last year shocked and saddened all of us.

Twenty-two players assembled as representatives of the College he loved and the various clubs and schools he represented. This special match, played before his parents Charles and Juliet and brother William, served as a reminder of how he was respected and appreciated as a cricketer.

James Hamblin's XI consisted of MCC, Hampshire Hogs, Eastbourne Cricket Club, Radley, Pilgrim's School and Bristol players. The College selected a side of talented youth and impressive senior players.

An old-fashioned declaration game saw the All Stars amass 234-8 declared in 48 overs with Paul Stevens of Eastbourne CC top scoring with 67 and Jack Casebourne 3-39 and Jacob Smith 3-76. Giles Robinson's brilliant 126 set the tone for the OEs' chase that resulted in a two wicket victory for Alex's old school. A memorable day was capped by a warm-hearted dinner reception in town.

The OE XI: Alex Simcox, Giles Robinson, Mark Lock, Angus Stewart, Tim Mynott, Jamie Freeland (capt.), Ben Twine, George Burrough, Ben Barter, Jacob Smith, Jack Casebourne.

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8 July 2019 - Michael Keall, Headmaster of Ascham 1969-77

We are sad to announce the death of Michael Keall, who was the last headmaster of Ascham, the College's prep school, from 1969 until its closure in 1977.

Michael died in Cambridge on Sunday 7 July. He was born in 1931 and educated at King's College School in Cambridge where he was head chorister. He subsequently went to Culford School in Bury St Edmunds, where he was head of school.

After a year's national service as a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, he returned to King's College as an undergraduate in 1951, where he read history. He later trained as a teacher and became headmaster of the Junor School of Portsmouth Grammar School (1962-69), before joining Ascham as headmaster in 1969.

It was during his tenure that the College made the decision to close Ascham and, in 1977, Michael took up the headmastership of Westminster Abbey Choir School, staying there until 1987.

He returned to Cambridge in 1989 as junior bursar and as a fellow commoner at Magdalene College. He also took on the role of alumni secretary, which he held until 2012. He remained a fellow commoner and was actively involved in life at Magdalene.

Michael returned often to Eastbourne College, attending a number of lunches and reunions in recent years where he was delighted to meet staff and former pupils from his time at Ascham. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at Magdalene College Chapel at 1.30pm on Thursday 25 July. There will also be a memorial evensong at Westminster Abbey at 3.00pm on Saturday 28 September, at which Michael's ashes will be interred.

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5 July 2019 - Another successful Foundation Golf Challenge

The annual Foundation Golf Challenge on Friday 5 July proved to be a great success, helping to raise funds towards a College sports bursary, the Peter Bibby Award.

The Royal Eastbourne was once again the venue, and 19 teams from across the College and local community took part.

The day began with registration, coffee and bacon rolls in the clubhouse, before a shotgun start at 12.30pm. With the weather warm, sunny and dry, conditions were perfect for an enjoyable afternoon's golf. Once all the teams had returned a group photo was taken and prizes were announced.

Mirren Mace, the daughter of Peter Bibby, presented the prizes. The overall winners were Identity, with AFC in second place and HASbeens in third. Other prizes were awarded to David Twine (Team Twine) for the longest drive on the 1st, Sam Southon (Identity) for the longest drive on the 12th, Alicia Parris (Identity) for nearest the pin on both the 8th and the 18th, and Nick Richards (Gatland's Red Army) for nearest the pin on the 15th.

During the evening dinner which followed a charity auction was held, helping to raise money towards the Peter Bibby Award, which provides bursary funding for a place at the College for a talented local cricketer. Final figures are still to be announced but in excess of £18,000 was raised on the day.

Our thanks go to all who took part, donated prizes and auction items, and sponsored the event, including main sponsor M-Tech Systems.

More photos of the teams and prizewinners are on our Golf Challenge page.

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