News headlines – November 2019

13 Nov 2019    The Man in the White Suit
8 Nov 2019    Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) wins 'Women of the Future' award
7 Nov 2019    Eastbourne informal pub evening
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13 November 2019 - The Man in the White Suit

The Eastbournian Society's latest theatre outing was to Wyndham's Theatre on Wednesday 13 November, to see The Man in the White Suit.

The show, based on the Ealing Studios film comedy of the same name, tells the story of idealistic young scientist Sidney Stratton, who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. But with the textile mill owners and the trade unions up in arms about his invention, there are many comic escapades for the plucky hero.

One of the cast was Old Eastbournian Ben Deery (Powell 1998-2003), who played the part of Michael Corland, in charge of one of the rival mills who are after Sidney's new fabric. Ben joined some of the ES group after the show for a chat and a drink in a neighbouring pub, and is pictured here, third from right.

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8 November 2019 - Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) wins 'Women of the Future' award

Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) has won the Commonwealth Award in the Women of the Future Awards 2019.

Siobhan, who is Global Sustainable Technology Manager at Unilever, works on delivering sustainable solutions across the company, from smart agriculture to empowering people to make changes in their own communities.

She works with young adults, policy think-tanks, schools and NGOs, and has actively pushed for access to education as a means of challenging gender inequality.

The Commonwealth Award is for women achieving developmental goals through the Commonwealth's network of nations, providing practical support to others facing challenges or obstacles.

At university Siobhan studied biochemistry and genetics, specialising in how plants produce chemical signals in response to disease and damage. While researching her PhD at Cranfield University she was shortlisted by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for the 'Innovator of the Year' award in 2018 for her work on improving resilience in vanilla quality and sustainability.

On the Unilever website, Siobhan explains that growing up on a small farm gave her an interest in the insects and birds which hindered the growth of fruits and vegetables, saying, 'the importance of this micro-universe would come up time and time again in my research in the years ahead.'

She also says: 'My childhood taught me that smallholder farmers speak a common language with three principles common to all: land, family and income. If one suffers, the rest follow suit. So if we protect the land and the crop together, we protect livelihoods and families too.'

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7 November 2019 - Eastbourne informal pub evening

The latest Eastbournian Society pub evening took place on Thursday 7 November.

Held at The Dolphin pub on South Street, these informal occasions are a popular event on the ES social calendar.

The evening was a chance for Old Eastbournians, College parents, staff (both current and former) and other friends to relax and enjoy a convivial drink.

A few of those who came along are shown here, enjoying the cosy atmosphere despite the cold and rain outside.

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