News headlines – September 2021

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25 Sep 2021    The London guided walk in Greenwich
18 Sep 2021    Leavers from 2011 have London reunion
18 Sep 2021    Reception for parents of new pupils
16 Sep 2021    Theatre trip to Anything Goes
11 Sep 2021    Welcome back to Old Eastbournians on reunion day
6 Sep 2021    Eastbournian Society September newsletter
3 Sep 2021    Tim's, the College café, has re-opened on Old Wish Road
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25 September 2021 - The London guided walk in Greenwich

The London guided walk is always a popular event in the Eastbournian Society calendar.

This year's walk, led by an expert guide from the London Walks Company, took a group of ES members around the streets and green spaces of historic Greenwich.

Starting by the Cutty Sark at 11.00am, the two-hour walk included a visit to the Old Royal Naval College, where the group, pictured here, enjoyed a visit to the Painted Hall and Chapel.

The Painted Hall has one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe.

The incredible ceiling and wall decorations were conceived and executed by British artist Sir James Thornhill.

The epic painting scheme, known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’ took 19 years from the start of the commission to its completion in 1726.

We are grateful as ever to ES member Jenny Lush who liaised with the London Walks Company to book the walk and the guide.

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18 September 2021 - Leavers from 2011 have London reunion

The class of 2011 got together on Saturday 18 September for a reunion to mark ten years since they left the College.

The group met up at the Falcon pub in Clapham to enjoy a drink and a lot of reminiscing about their school years. One of the OEs there said afterwards: 'People hugely enjoyed it and it’s sparked a lot of old connections.'

Emma Garrett and John Thornley were also on hand to buy a few drinks on behalf of the Eastbournian Society.

Our thanks go to those who organised the get-together and helped spread the word about the event.

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18 September 2021 - Reception for parents of new pupils

The Eastbournian Society held a reception on Saturday 18 September for parents of pupils who have recently joined the College.

This year's event, held in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building, also included parents of pupils who joined in 2020, as we were unable to hold a similar reception last year.

They were welcomed by Headmaster Tom Lawson and Development Director Emma Garrett, who explained that all parents are automatically members of the Eastbournian Society and are welcome to come to our diverse range of events.

Benefits for pupils include regular business and career networking events at which Old Eastbournians, parents and other industry professionals offer advice and mentoring in a number of careers, including medicine, property, insurance, banking and finance, marketing and shipping.

For those parents unable to attend, you can see the speeches made by Tom Lawson and Emma Garrett by clicking here.

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16 September 2021 - Theatre trip to Anything Goes

After a long break with all theatres closed for many months, the Eastbournian Society was very happy to resume its programme of theatre trips with a popular outing to see the musical Anything Goes.

Some of the group are pictured here at the Barbican Theatre, which presented the latest revival of this classic musical with the music and lyrics of Cole Porter. 

With a cast including Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot, the show, which has had extremely positive reviews, was a great hit with all the ES members who attended.

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11 September 2021 - Welcome back to Old Eastbournians on reunion day

Saturday 11 September was the day when we were finally able to get OEs together for a reunion at the College. It was two years since our last reunion, with the one planned for 2020 having to be cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.

We decided not to restrict the reunion to one particular cohort, but invited all OEs and their families to come along, and it was great to see so many from all generations enjoying the day.

As well as watching Stags rugby on College Field, guests also had a chance to join guided tours of the Project 150 development, and some continued to re-visit their old haunts elsewhere on the campus. After tea in the College Theatre (more familiarly known as Big School to many), OEs were invited to have a look round their former houses.

Later, a number enjoyed Evensong in the College Chapel before a drinks reception in the dining hall in the Winn Building, followed by a carvery dinner. Headmaster Tom Lawson welcomed all the guests and then Development Director Emma Garrett spoke, saying who wonderful it was for OEs to be able to socialise again after so many months of restrictions.

More photos of the day can be found here, in the members area of the website and you can see a short video below.

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6 September 2021 - Eastbournian Society September newsletter

Development Director Emma Garrett writes:

It’s a very busy time for us here at Eastbourne College.

New teachers were in last Monday, staff were opening up their classrooms on Tuesday, pupils were back on site on Wednesday, and school started in earnest on Thursday. Old-style uniforms have been phased out completely and we are trying hard to get back to some sort of normality. Covid restrictions have eased, for now, the sunshine is shining and it all feels rather wonderful! 

It is full speed ahead in our new offices at Craven Cottage for the Michaelmas Term and there is much to tell you.

First and foremost, an enormous welcome to Helen Medlycott who has joined us as our Alumni and Community Engagement Officer. She is extremely well-qualified for the role and could not be a better fit with her own career journey as well as the added bonus of being married to an OE who teaches at the school, with a daughter at St Andrew’s and a son who has just started at the College. Not only that but her experience in retail makes her the perfect person to spearhead our new merchandise campaign, and her insatiable appetite for new challenges and adventures (and good coffee and posh biscuits) means she fits in well with the rest of the ES team as we move forward. We hope that those of you coming to our reunion on Saturday will make a point of introducing yourself to her.

We have had a truly fantastic response to our Reunion Day invitation for 11 September and many of you have booked, thank you. We hope that those of you who are visiting the school on Saturday will make the most of Tim’s Café, situated in Old Wish Road opposite the Cabbage Patch car park (in what was the old School Shop). It really is a lovely addition to the school facilities and is open to all visitors.

We also hope you will join us for the chapel service and particularly to come and sing! There will be a scratch rehearsal before the service at 5.45pm for half an hour – JT and I will be there, please come and keep us company in the choir stalls – it must be 35 years since the two of us sang in chapel choir together so we’ll need all the help we can get. No need to tell us you are coming to sing in advance, we sincerely hope you will turn up on the day.

The other thing I need to make you aware of is the updated visitors policy regarding lateral flow tests, details of which are in the reunion listing on our Events page.

And now a message from JT. We hope you will join us for the Annual London Walk on Saturday 25 September. I understand this event usually attracts about 25 people and I am really looking forward to this exploration of the streets and green spaces of historic Greenwich. We will meet our London Walks Guide at the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Cutty Sark at 11.00am. The walk will include a visit to the Painted Hall and Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, and is expected to take up to two hours in total. The cost, inclusive of the guided walk and entrance fee to the Painted Hall and Chapel, is £21 per person. We are also planning a lunch after the walk at a nearby hostelry! If you have missed such gatherings in recent months, or never joined the ES for one of these walks before, please do book, it is a lovely opportunity to explore a stunning historical part of London and all ES members are very welcome. There are many new parent members of the ES with the recent new intake of pupils at St Andrew’s and the College and this is a great opportunity to meet other members of the ES family. Just contact JT on JT@eastbourne-college.co.uk to book.

And now a very quick round up of recent events:

On Friday 27 August we held our reception at the Waldorf Hotel for our 2020 and 2021 leavers who had missed out on the traditional Cornflower Ball celebrations due to the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. It was a joyous occasion with parents, staff and alumni delighted to be able to dress up and gather in the stunning Palm Court. Much fun was had in the photobooth and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the young OEs and find out what they had been up to since leaving school. I was so impressed by them all – from fashion aficionados to veterinary students and young entrepreneurs to enthusiastic gap year adventurers and bio chemists – who all demonstrated the charm, appreciation and quiet confidence that epitomizes our alumni.

Yesterday morning I joined members of the Old Eastbournian Golf Club at Cooden Beach for a breakfast ahead of their game. I almost choked on my hash brown when a certain David Dunn (Powell 1968-73) told me that my mother had taught him everything he knew about sex! After further interrogation, it became clear that as the wife of a young teacher at the school, she was roped in to offer some evidently rather rudimentary (but clearly very memorable) sex education to David and his Lower Sixth colleagues. My daughter has just started in the Lower Sixth herself; it will be interesting to see how her sex education compares! If you aren’t yet a member of the OEGS but are interested in joining, they would love to hear from you. You can find out more on their website http://www.oegolf.uk or just email them at: secretary@oegolf.uk. Membership for recent leavers is very heavily discounted and the club is extremely active, playing some stunning courses. Next year they celebrate their 90th birthday so there is much to look forward to.

I went into school after the golf as I wanted to get some semblance of order in my new office and as I left I had to take a snapshot of College Field, which you can see at the top of the page. It made my heart sing to see the groups of boys and girls sitting on the grass in the early evening light, chatting, laughing, hanging out together, no masks, no bubbles, just a bit of normality. Long may it last.

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3 September 2021 - Tim's, the College café, has re-opened on Old Wish Road

Tim's, the College café, has recently re-opened in a new location on Old Wish Road, the previous location of the school shop.

It is named after OE and generous benefactor Tim Freshwater (School 1958-63), who recently visited the café while it was in the finishing stages of being refurbished.

The former site of Tim's, on the second floor of the Winn Building, now houses the Futures Centre.

The College welcomes visitors to Tim’s. There is currently no need to formally sign in or produce photo ID at Reception, as the café is a self-contained space with direct public road access.

However, as it is an indoor College venue inside our own Covid-testing bubble, we would ask visitors to be prepared to show evidence of a negative antigen test within the previous 72 hours if they are wishing to enter. If visitors are having to visit other indoor areas of the College, they would have to sign in fully, with photo ID at Reception.

Pictured here is Development Director Emma Garrett enjoying the ambience with a delicious coffee.

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