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 6 Sep    Wine tasting evening
Sat 7 Sep    Reception for parents of new pupils
Sun 8 Sep    First World War battlefields tour
Sat 14 Sep    The annual London guided walk
Thu 26 Sep    Events planning meeting
Sat 28 Sep    OE reunion day 2019
Sat 28 Sep    Arnold Embellishers AGM
Tue 1 Oct    Eastbournian Society committee meeting
Tue 15 Oct    The history of Harrods
Fri 25 Oct    OE Lodge
Wed 20 Nov    Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers
Thu 21 Nov    Eastbourne in the Second World War
Thu 12 Dec    Christmas carol service
Tue 17 Dec    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Wed 25 Dec    Christmas Day Family Communion
Sat 1 Feb    ES annual quiz night and dinner
     

Business / Career Networking Events

Wed 18 Sep    Sales, marketing and PR networking
Wed 9 Oct    Banking, broking and asset management networking
Fri 18 Oct    The London business lunch
Wed 20 Nov    Insurance networking
     

Open Events at Eastbourne College

Sat 14 Sep    Eastbourne College Sixth Form Open Morning
Sat 5 Oct    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.


Wine tasting with Guy Boursot Friday 6 September, 7.00pm
Staff room, Winn Building
 

An evening of wine tasting hosted by Guy Boursot, entitled 'The Ups and Downs of Burgundy'. Guy will look into the complex world of buying Burgundy wine as well as the various different regions of the appellation. The tasting will involve four whites and four reds.

Guy runs a wine business in Ardres, just south of Calais, and has wide-ranging experience in wine retailing in both the UK and France. He is a wine writer, lecturer, consultant, wine merchant and vineyard tour operator.

We will be tasting the wine in the College staff room, adjacent to the dining hall in the Winn Building. If the weather is favourable we will also be able to use the outside terrace.

As we have limited capacity for this event you must book beforehand with Lulu Brown. The price (including wine and nibbles) is £15 per person.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Headmaster's and Eastbournian Society reception
   for parents of new pupils
Saturday 7 September, 11.00-11.45am
Birley Centre


Parents of pupils who have joined the school in the Michaelmas term are invited to join us for a reception and hear about the many activities and events that the Eastbournian Society has to offer. At 11.00am there will be a presentation from David Stewart, Eastbournian Society Director, and Headmaster Tom Lawson.

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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First World War battlefields tour Sunday 8–Tuesday 10 September
Ypres, Thiepval and the Somme


Departing Eastbourne at 8.00am, we will take a coach via the Channel Tunnel to France for a three-day trip visiting Ypres, Thiepval and the Somme. The cost per person is £444, which includes coach travel, tour guide, hotel room (with breakfast) and all other meals except lunch on Day 1. The single room supplement is £79 per person.

The proposed itinerary for the trip, which may be subject to change, is:

   Sunday
08:00  Depart Eastbourne College
11:20  Eurotunnel crossing
13:00  (local time) Arrive Calais
pm  Lijssenthoek
 Langemarck Germany Cemetery
16:30  Ypres - The Menin Gate
17:30  Check-in at hotel
20:00  Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres
20:30  Evening meal in a restaurant in Ypres
   Monday
08:30  Depart hotel after breakfast
am  Sunken Lane / Redan Ridge
 Hawthorn Ridge Crater
 Old Beaumont Road
13:00  Buffet Lunch – Ocean Villas Tea Rooms
pm  Delville Wood
 Thiepval Memorial
16:30  Return to Ypres
19:30  Evening meal in a restaurant in Ypres
                Tuesday
09:00  Check out of hotel after breakfast
09:30  Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
am  Battlefield Walk from Railway Wood to Hooge – Entry Point East
13:00  Hooge Crater Museum – Lunch and museum visit
pm  Tyne Cot Cemetery
17:00  Ardres - Guy Boursot wine merchant
19:20  Eurotunnel crossing
19:00  (UK time) Arrive Folkestone
21:00  Return to Eastbourne College
   
Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbourne College Sixth Form Open Morning

Saturday 14 September, 9.00am-1.00pm
Eastbourne College

For an excellent introduction to Eastbourne College for any prospective sixth form 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
admissions@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The annual London guided walk - Brunel's London Saturday 14 September, 10.30am
Meet at Embankment tube
 

The annual London guided walk is always a popular event with members of the Eastbournian Society. This year's walk, led by an expert guide from the London Walks Company, is entitled Brunel's London, and includes a Thames Clipper river boat trip to the Isle of Dogs, a riverside walk and a short train journey south of the river, finishing at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe.

We meet at the riverside exit of Embankment underground station at 10.30am (**note earlier start time to that previously advertised**). The cost is £15 per person, payable on the day, and this will include a discounted charge for the boat trip and a donation for the museum. We suggest that you have a one-day Travelcard to cover the cost of the train journey and to travel across London from Rotherhithe if you are returning home via Victoria station. You can of course use Oyster cards or make contactless payments for travel within London if you prefer.

Since booking the trip we have been told that the Great River Race will be taking place on the Thames that morning. We are starting earlier so as to catch the boat at 10.44am; however, it is possible that there may be delays as the Harbour Master of the Port of London Authority has to give permission for the Thames Clipper to leave while the river race is on. If so, then Embankment Pier is a great vantage point for the river race while we are waiting.

Please contact John Thornley to book a place.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Sales, marketing and PR networking event Wednesday 18 September, 6.00pm
Weber Shandwick, 2 Waterhouse Square,
140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE


We are holding another networking event for Old Eastbournians, parents and current pupils interested in sales, marketing and PR.

The event will be held at the offices of Weber Shandwick, and the guest speaker will be Joe Walton, who heads the company's UK B2B and technology practice. In this role he manages a 40-strong team of B2B marketing specialists based in London that is focused on helping clients thrive in a complex, fast-changing communications landscape.

He has been with the firm for 12 years delivering international PR, digital and integrated marketing programmes for a range of blue chips including Capgemini, Epson, Honeywell, IBM, Microsoft and Symantec. In addition to his agency experience, Joe has twice been seconded to Microsoft to work as the in-house EMEA PR lead for the company’s former advertising business, managing strategy and communications across 13 markets.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, and the event is free of charge. If you would like to attend, please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Events planning meeting Thursday 26 September, 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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbournian Society reunion for Old Eastbournians Saturday 28 September
Eastbourne College
 

The 2019 OE reunion takes place on Saturday 28 September, culminating in an evening meal in the dining hall in the Winn Building.

This year we are inviting Old Eastbournians who completed the sixth form in specific years from each decade. If you were (or would have been) an Upper Sixth leaver in any of the following years you are welcome to attend, and husbands, wives and partners can come as your guests. Members of staff from any of these eras are also invited.

  • The 2000s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 2008 or 2009
  • The 1990s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1998 or 1999
  • The 1980s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1988 or 1989
  • The 1970s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1978 or 1979
  • The 1960s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1968 or 1969
  • The 1950s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1958 or 1959
  • The 1940s: Completed the Upper Sixth in 1948 or 1949

Spouses and partners are welcome to join us and you can come to as many or as few of the day's events as you wish. There is no charge for any part of the day.

To book your place(s), please contact Lulu Brown with the following information:

  • details of which meals you would like to have: lunch / tea / drinks reception and dinner
  • any dietary preferences
  • any access requirements
  • the names of any guests who are coming with you

Timetable (note that this is provisional and is liable to change)

All day Registration: Please collect your badge from Reception in the Winn Building
12.00 noon Rugby: 2nd XV v Reed's School, College Field
12.40-1.30pm Lunch (self-service), Winn Building dining hall
2.00pm Rugby: 1st XV v Reed's School, College Field
3.00pm Guided tour of the College; meet at Reception in the Winn Building
4.00pm Rugby: OE Stags v Merlins RFC, College Field
4.00-5.00pm Tea, College Theatre (Big School)
4.45pm Visits to former houses, guided by current pupils; meet in College Theatre (Big School)
5.15pm Choir practice for guests who wish to sing with the choir, Chapel
6.00-6.30pm Evening service with Chapel Choir, Chapel
6.30-7.15pm Pre-dinner drinks reception, Winn Building dining hall
7.15pm

Reunion dinner, Winn Building dining hall (Dress code: smart casual)

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Arnold Embellishers AGM Saturday 28 September
Eastbourne College
 

The Arnold Embellishers is a society whose purpose is to add to the beauty and dignity of the College environment through a variety of 'embellishments'.

A committee meeting and the AGM are traditionally held on the same day as the OE reunion.

The meetings are being held in the Christopher Kirk-Greene function suite, adjacent to the dining hall in the Winn Building. The timetable is:

10.00am   Committee meeting
11.00-11.30am   Coffee
11.30am-12.40pm     AGM
12.40-1.30pm   Lunch (self-service), Dining hall
     
 
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Eastbournian Society committee meeting Tuesday 1 October, 5.00pm
PwC, 7 More London Riverside, London SE1 2RT


The committee meeting is for ES committee members and others by invitation only.

An agenda and minutes of the last meeting will be sent to committee members before the meeting.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbourne College Open Morning

Saturday 5 October, 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
admissions@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Banking, broking and asset management
networking event
Wednesday 9 October, 6.00pm
PwC, 7 More London Riverside, London SE1 2RT


A networking event for OEs, parents and current pupils interested in financial services, specifically the banking, broking and asset management sectors, and professional services firms serving those sectors. A guest speaker will be announced in due course.

The event is free of charge to all attendees. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. The nearest mainline and underground station is London Bridge.

If you would like to attend, please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The history of Harrods Tuesday 15 October, 4.00pm
Long Room, Nugee Building
 

This illustrated talk on the history of Harrods, the world-famous Knightsbridge department store, was first given in February and, following its success, Merton Cox will be repeating it in October. We hope that all those who were unable to come on the first date will be able to do so this time.

Merton worked for many years in the Harrods antiques department, and has already given a series of popular talks to ES members on the history of English antiques and furniture.

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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The London business lunch Friday 18 October, 12 noon
Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ


The annual London business lunch is an opportunity for OEs and parents in business to meet for an informal meal. Young OEs are particularly welcome to talk about career prospects and build up business contacts.

We have a new venue this year which is even closer to Victoria Station. The lunch will be held in a private dining area of the Rail House Café.

There will be two courses (main and dessert), with a half-bottle of wine and service included. Additional drinks will be available to buy from the bar. The price is the same as last year at £48 per person. Spaces are limited to 24 so booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to attend, please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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 chris.porter500@ntlworld.com for more details and to book your place.

Contact: Chris Porter
chris.porter500@ntlworld.com
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Insurance networking event Wednesday 20 November, 6.00pm
Venue to be confirmed, London


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.

The venue for this event is still to be confirmed; please check this web page for updates. In the meantime if you are interested in registering your interest in attending, please contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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 left in the Grand Circle (row G) at the group discount price of £27.50, reduced from £44.50. Please contact John Thornley to book.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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.

 

 
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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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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