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 & Cultural Events

Sat 26 Jun    ES reception on Speech Day
Thu 1 Jul    Walk: Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea
Sat 11 Sep    Old Eastbournian reunion
Thu 16 Sep    Anything Goes
Sat 18 Sep    Reception for parents of new pupils
Sat 25 Sep    London walk: Classic Greenwich
Thu 7 Oct    Events planning meeting
Thu 22 Oct    Old Eastbournian Lodge
Thu 11 Nov    Eastbourne informal pub evening
Thu 16 Dec    Christmas carol service

Business & Career Networking Events

There are currently no business and career networking events scheduled.

Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day Saturday 26 June, 12.15pm
College Field

Speech Day marks the end of the summer term and the school year. As part of the day's activities, we intend to hold an Eastbournian Society reception from 12.15pm to 2.00pm.

This year we will be positioned on the edge of College Field where you can come and meet us and enjoy some liquid refreshment.

There is no need to book - just turn up.


Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea - a guided walk Thursday 1 July, 2.30pm
meet at Venus Fountain, Sloane Square

Rick Jones, brother of the current head of St Andrew’s Prep, journalist and former classical musical correspondent of the Evening Standard, is a Blue Badge Guide for London and other parts of the UK and he will be our guide for the afternoon.

Rick says: 'The walk itself is 90 minutes, it's circular and we meet at the Venus Fountain in Sloane Square. We walk down the King's Road stopping at Sir Hans Sloane's statue (because the Sloanes were a product of Mrs Thatcher's premiership) and the Saatchi Gallery (because the Saatchi brothers helped her win), Wellington Square (because from the Iron Duke came her nickname the Iron Lady), the Methodist Church (because she remained a lifelong Methodist), Chelsea Manor Street (where the newlyweds Margaret and Denis Thatcher lived in the 1950s), Flood Street (where the grown-up family lived in the 1970s in the years before she came to power), the Royal Hospital Chelsea (where the Baroness went to church in the 2000s) and the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (where her grave is). At her grave I recite Tennyson's Ulysses, because young Margaret Roberts recited it at age 14 to win a poetry recitation competition. It also seems to me her progress from shopkeeper's daughter to world statesman was nothing if not a great odyssey. From the grave it is a short walk back to Sloane Square tube. (There are benches at Sloane Square and at Mrs Thatcher's grave, but otherwise nowhere to sit down en route. There are free toilets in Peter Jones overlooking Sloane Square.)'

The cost is £15 if there is a minimum of 12 in the group. The maximum is 15.

If you are interested in going please contact John Thornley (01323 452314 or 

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbournian Society reunion for Old Eastbournians Saturday 11 September
Eastbourne College

The 2021 OE reunion is planned for Saturday 11 September, culminating in an evening meal in the dining hall in the Winn Building. Please put the date in your diary!

As we were unable to hold a reunion in 2020, this year we are not restricting the day to a particular cohort, but are inviting Old Eastbournians from all generations to come along. Husbands, wives and partners can come as your guests. Members of staff, both former and current, are also invited.

You can come to as many or as few of the day's events as you wish. We are planning to provide lunch, tea and dinner (there is a charge of £25 per person for dinner but other meals are free). Rugby is scheduled on College Field, including a match with the OE Stags v Merlins, and we also plan to have guided tours of the new Project 150 buildings, a chance to visit your old house, and an evening Chapel service. There will also be a drinks reception before the evening dinner.

At this stage we are still finalising the timetable, but if you wish to register your interest in coming, 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

We will obviously be adhering to any Covid regulations in force at the time of the reunion, and will notify all attendees as soon as we can if this means we have to change any of the planned events or timings on the day.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Anything Goes Thursday 16 September, 2.30pm
Barbican Theatre, London

With Cole Porter's music and lyrics and PG Wodehouse's comic plot, this classic show stars Emmy Award-winning Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Tony and Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay. Also in the cast are Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot.

We have reserved stalls tickets in rows A, F, G and H, reduced from £60 to £55. If you are interested in going please contact John Thornley (01323 452314 or 

Please note that the date has been rescheduled by the theatre to Thursday 16 September. All those who have booked for the original date have been contacted.

You may be interested to know that the Barbican Theatre website states that the performance is planned to go ahead without social distancing. You can find out more details about the production at

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Headmaster's and Eastbournian Society reception
   for parents of new pupils
Saturday 18 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 Development Director Emma Garrett and Headmaster Tom Lawson.

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

The annual London guided walk - Classic Greenwich Saturday 25 September, 11.00am
Meet at Cutty Sark DLR

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, takes us around the streets and green spaces of historic Greenwich.

We meet at the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Cutty Sark at 11.00am. We hope to include a visit to the Painted Hall and Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, for which there will be an additional charge. The walk is expected to take up to two hours in total.

We are still finalising the cost of the tickets, but if you are interested in reserving a place please contact John Thornley.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Events planning meeting Thursday 7 October, 4.00pm
Eastbourne College

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

Today's meeting will also be an opportunity to meet our new Development Director Emma Garrett in an informal setting.

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 meeting venue.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 22 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 11 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

Christmas carol service Thursday 16 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 6 December if you are planning to attend.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

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