Forthcoming events

The Eastbournian Society brings together all those with a College connection: parents of current and former pupils, current and former staff, Old Eastbournians, friends, neighbours and local businesses.

The society provides a series of social and cultural events as well as career and business networking opportunities which are of interest and benefit to the whole College community. Click on the links below for more details.

Social, Sports and Cultural Events

Fri 25 Oct    OE Lodge
Thu 7 Nov    Eastbourne informal pub evening
Wed 13 Nov    The Man in the White Suit
Wed 20 Nov    Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers
Thu 21 Nov    Eastbourne in the Second World War
Sun 1 Dec    Advent carol service
Thu 12 Dec    Christmas carol service
Tue 17 Dec    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Wed 25 Dec    Christmas Day Family Communion
Thu 9 Jan    Events planning meeting
Wed 15 Jan    Waitress the Musical
Fri 24 Jan    OE Lodge
Sat 1 Feb    ES annual quiz night and dinner
Sat 7 Mar    ES AGM and committee meeting

Business / Career Networking Events

Wed 20 Nov    Insurance networking
Fri 6 Mar    Futures convention

Open Events at Eastbourne College

Sat 29 Feb    Eastbourne College Open Morning

Arts Events at Eastbourne College

Please see the arts programme for details of arts events at Eastbourne College, including art, dance, design, drama, music, and talks.

All events are open to Eastbournian Society members and public audiences and include shows from local and professional groups, as well as College pupils.

Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 25 October, 5.00pm
Masonic Hall, South Street

The fourth quarterly meeting of the Old Eastbournian Masonic Lodge No. 4946 will be held at the Masonic Hall, 15 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UJ.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbourne informal pub evening Thursday 7 November, 6.00pm
The Dolphin, South Street

Old Eastbournians, parents, College staff and members of the Eastbournian Society are invited to come to an informal pub evening at the Dolphin in South Street, Eastbourne.

The ES team will be there to buy the first drinks and food will be available from the bar. There is no need to book – just turn up on the evening – but if you need further details please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

The Man in the White Suit Wednesday 13 November, 2.30pm
Wyndham's Theatre, London

The Man in the White Suit was a classic Ealing Studios film comedy and is now coming to the West End for the first time.

Starring Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston, it tells the story of Sidney Stratton, who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. With textile manufacturers and trade unions up in arms what will become of our plucky hero and his controversial invention? Can Daphne the mill owner's daughter save him? Or will it be game over for The Man in the White Suit?

The cast also includes Old Eastbournian Ben Deery (Powell 1998-2003).

We have stalls tickets (rows H, J, K and L) for just £39.50, reduced from £72.50. Note these are for the matinee performance at 2.30pm. Please contact John Thornley as soon as possible to book as these seats are reserved for a limited time.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers Wednesday 20 November, 12.30pm
The Tappit Hen, 21-23 St Swithin's Lane, London, EC4N 8AD

This year's reunion lunch is a special one as it will mark the 40th anniversary for those who left the College in summer 1979. It is being held at The Tappit Hen, a wine bar and restaurant in the City, a minute's walk from Cannon Street station.

Chris Porter (Gonville 1974-79) is organising the lunch and has reserved a private space in the bar/restaurant area that can hold up to 60 people. The cost is to be confirmed but is likely to be about £30 per person for three courses. All drinks can be purchased separately from the bar.

Chris has told us that he is compiling a suitably appropriate late-70s soundtrack to play in the background, but would welcome any suggestions. Feel free to bring along photos and anecdotes as well to help with the reminiscences!

If you would like to attend, please contact Chris at for more details and to book your place.

Contact: Chris Porter

Insurance networking event Wednesday 20 November, 6.00pm
Atrium Underwriters, Lloyd's Building, London EC3M 7DQ

A networking event for OEs, parents and current pupils interested in the insurance industry. The event is free of charge to all attendees. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Our guest speaker will be Richard Harries, the chief executive of Atrium Underwriters. Richard began his career at Stewart Wrightson in 1987 having graduated from Nottingham University with an engineering degree. After the takeover by Willis he worked in the Willis Energy Division, designing, developing and placing insurance programmes for all participants in the energy industry from major oil companies to the smallest oilfield contractor.

In 1992 Richard went to Dubai to establish an energy practice for Willis in the Middle East. He was an executive director of Willis when he resigned to join Atrium in 1997. At Atrium Richard was in charge of the Upstream Energy Book and developed it so it became a significant part of the syndicate account. Richard led the Syndicate Management Group in 2005 and was made active underwriter in 2008. In 2012 he became active underwriter of the merged syndicates of 570 and 609. He was promoted to CEO of Atrium Group effective from July 2014.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Eastbourne in the Second World War Thursday 21 November, 4.00pm
Long Room, Nugee Building

Local historian Paul Jordan will be giving a fully illustrated talk on Eastbourne during the Second World War. Eastbourne was the most bombed town on the south east coast, and Paul will show the effects this had on the main shopping area and residential districts of the town. He will also show the anti-invasion defences put along the seafront (including cutting the pier in two) and talk about air raid shelters, rationing and evacuation.

Places at the talk cost £5 each and include light refreshments: tea or coffee, sandwiches and cakes.

Please book your place with John Thornley beforehand. We will meet at the College reception in the Winn Building at the end of Old Wish Road, where you will be asked to sign in before being taken to the Long Room.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Advent carol service Sunday 1 December, 7.00pm
St Saviour's Church, Eastbourne

All are welcome to join us at the carol service with the College Choir and the Chamber Choir.

There will be a selection of readings, antiphons and carols for Advent Sunday.


Christmas carol service Thursday 12 December, 6.00pm
All Saints' Church, Eastbourne

OEs, ES members and neighbours are welcome to join us at the College carol service for visitors.

The service will be followed, from 7.00pm, by refreshments in the foyer of the Birley Centre; please let John Thornley know by Monday 2 December if you are planning to attend.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tuesday 17 December, 2.30pm
London Palladium

Enter a world of wonder at the home of pantomime, as the magical Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to the West End for Christmas! The London Palladium will be transformed into a sensational circus, where everything is possible and anything could (and will) happen.

This festive extravaganza is packed with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts, international circus acts and an all-star cast including Paul O'Grady who rejoins Palladium favourites Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, alongside Matt Baker.

We have a few seats available in the Grand Circle, reduced from £44.50 to £27.50. Please contact John Thornley to book.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Christmas Day Family Communion Wednesday 25 December, 10.00am
Eastbourne College Chapel

College Chaplain the Revd Daniel Merceron will be taking the traditional Christmas Day family service in the Eastbourne College Chapel, starting at 10.00am.

All are welcome.



Events planning meeting Thursday 9 January, 7.00pm
Long Room, Nugee Building

Eastbournian Society members are invited to join us for an informal meeting to discuss future events, including theatre trips, London walks, visits to places of interest and talks.

We welcome your suggestions, but if you are unable to come along to the meeting, please contact John Thornley with any ideas.

Refreshments will be provided. Please meet at the Reception in the Winn Building to pick up a visitor's badge. You will be met here and taken to the Long Room.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Waitress the Musical Wednesday 15 January, 2.30pm
Adelphi Theatre, London

Waitress is a romantic musical comedy which has been described as 'warm, witty, wise and hilarious', featuring 'one of the best scores in years'.

Jenna is a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

We have group rate tickets available in stalls rows C and D, reduced from £65.00 to just £39.50. These are being held for a limited time so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 24 January, 4.30pm
Masonic Hall, South Street

The first quarterly meeting of the Old Eastbournian Masonic Lodge No. 4946 will be held at the Masonic Hall, 15 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UJ.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbournian Society annual quiz and dinner Saturday 1 February, 7.00pm
Dining hall function suite, Winn Building

Once again it's time to enjoy the annual Eastbournian Society quiz and dinner, which will be held in the function rooms next to the dining hall in the Winn Building.

This fun event is never taken too seriously, which is why the winning team gets the magnificent prize... of a Mars bar each. All are welcome, not just Eggheads and Masterminds! We split into teams of six people (eight at a squeeze!), but don't worry if you are not part of an existing team because we will find a team that you can join.

The charge per person for the quiz, food and wine or soft drink will be updated on this page nearer the time.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbourne College Open Morning

Saturday 29 February, 9.00am-1.00pm
Eastbourne College

For an excellent introduction to Eastbourne College for any prospective pupils, the open morning, one of three such events held every year, is an opportunity for parents and their children to come and see the school in action.

At our open events pupils take you on a personal tour, staff are available to answer questions and the Headmaster gives a talk about the College.

For more information and to book a place at the open morning, please visit the College website.

Click here to see an interactive version of the prospectus and the annual information booklet.

Contact: Admissions Office
01323 452323

Eastbournian Society futures convention Friday 6 March
Sports Hall, Winn Building

Year 11 and sixth form pupils and their parents are invited to attend the annual futures convention, to meet representatives of professions, industries, universities and gap year companies. It will take place in the sports hall in the Winn Building.

Old Eastbournians who are able to offer advice on either higher education or their own career and who would like to take part can contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Eastbournian Society committee meeting and AGM Saturday 7 March, 10.00am
Snowden Room, Howell Pavilion

All members of the Eastbournian Society are welcome to attend the AGM. If you would like to attend, please let us know by 5.00pm on Friday 28 February. The meeting will be held in the Snowden Room of the Howell Pavilion, adjacent to the Nugee Building.

AGM Agenda
1. To receive and, if thought fit, to approve the Hon. Treasurer's Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2019.
2. To elect Officers for the coming year, and to fill vacancies on the Committee.
3. To consider any other business.

The committee meeting
The committee meeting is for ES committee members and others by invitation only. An agenda and minutes of the last meeting will be sent out separately.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

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