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

Sat 23 Jun    Foundation Day
Thu 28 Jun    1st XI v MCC and evening cricket dinner
Sat 30 Jun    ES reception on Speech Day
Sat 30 Jun    Cricket: OEs v 1st XI
Fri 6 Jul    Foundation Golf Challenge
Tue 10 Jul -
  Fri 13 Jul
   OECC cricket week
Wed 11 Jul    Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Sat 8 Sep    Old Eastbournian reunion day 2018
Thu 20 Sep    Events planning meeting
Sat 22 Sep    The annual London walk
Thu 27 Sep    Eastbournian Society committee meeting
Sat 6 Oct    Reception for parents of new pupils
Tue 16 Oct    Eastbourne in the 1950s and 1960s
Sat 26 Oct    Old Eastbournian Lodge
Fri 2 Nov    150th anniversary laser light show
Sat 3 Nov    150th anniversary laser light show
Sat 8 Nov    Eastbourne informal pub evening
Thu 13 Dec    Christmas carol service
Sat 15 Dec    150th anniversary winter ball
Wed 2 Jan    Snow White
Tue 12 Feb    The history of Harrods

Business / Career Networking Events

Fri 5 Oct    The London business lunch
Wed 10 Oct    Banking, broking and asset management networking
Wed 14 Nov    Insurance networking

Open Events at Eastbourne College

Sat 15 Sep    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.

OE Golf Society fixtures

Click here for the 2018 fixture list of the OE Golf Society

Foundation Day for benefactors and Devonshire Society members Saturday 23 June
Eastbourne College

Foundation Day is an opportunity for the College to say thank you to members of the Devonshire Society and other major benefactors. This event is by invitation only.

The Devonshire Society is the College's legacy club. Bequests and other donations made to the College help fund bursaries, awards and scholarships, as well as providing funds for capital projects.

The programme for the day is:

11.45am   Service of thanksgiving, Chapel
12.15pm   Champagne reception in the Warren Atrium, Nugee Building
12.40pm   Musical interlude
1.00pm   Luncheon in the Christopher Kirk-Greene function room
After lunch   Cricket match on College Field, art and design technology exhibitions, tours of Project 150

If you would like to know more about the Society or are interested in making a donation to the Foundation please see How you can support the College.

Contact: Christine Todd
01323 452316

Cricket: 1st XI v MCC, followed by evening dinner Thursday 28 June
Eastbourne College

The 1st XI take on the MCC in this annual fixture, starting at 11.30am. Following the end of play a drinks reception will be held at 6.30pm in the Long Room of the Howell Pavilion, before dinner in the Dining Hall (Winn Building) at 7.30pm.

We are delighted that Richard Halsall, the newly appointed Director of Sussex CCC Academy, will be the guest of honour at the dinner. Richard’s recent roles include:

  • 2014-17 Bangladesh assistant head coach
  • 2011-14 England assistant coach
  • 2007-11 England specialist fielding coach specialist fielding coach at Sussex CCC

Richard is a qualified PE teacher who trained here in Eastbourne at the University of Brighton and at Cambridge University and was Director of Sport at Wellington College before entering the world of professional cricket. He was 'man of the match' at Lords when Eastbourne CC won the National Club Final. Richard will do a Q and A for us and you are invited to ask him questions in and around three main areas:

  • Insights into the life and pressures within the England team and international cricket
  • The changes in and development of coaching over the last 15 years
  • The future of the game – where next? And how will the competing pressures in the game be best resolved?

The dinner is open to all cricket enthusiasts, not just MCC members, and will include pre-dinner drinks, a three-course meal and wine. The dress code is smart daywear.

Places cost £35 each. Please contact Lulu Brown to reserve your place and for further details.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Eastbournian Society reception on Speech Day Saturday 30 June, 12.15pm
Warren Atrium, Nugee Building

Speech Day marks the end of the summer term and the school year. As part of the day's activities, all parents, pupils and Old Eastbournians are welcome to an Eastbournian Society reception from 12.15pm to 1.30pm.

Meet the team and hear about the social activities, networking events and other ways in which we bring the family of Eastbournian Society members together. Refreshments will be provided in the Warren Atrium of the Nugee Building.

A new souvenir publication Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures will also be available for sale.


Cricket: 1st XI v OEs Saturday 30 June
College Field

The traditional Speech Day game of cricket sees a team of Old Eastbournians against the College 1st XI.

It will be played on College Field during the afternoon and be a T20 match.

In 2017 the OE side was run by the previous year's 1st XI captain, with a team of recent leavers and a lively game ensued.


The annual Foundation Golf Challenge Friday 6 July
Royal Eastbourne Golf Club

The annual fundraising golf challenge, open to OEs, parents, staff, pupils, local businesses and other supporters of the College. Proceeds from the day go towards the Peter Bibby Award, which provides bursary funding for a place at the College for a talented local cricketer.

In the evening, join us for dinner and the charity auction.

If you are interested in playing, sponsoring or donating prizes or auction items, please contact us.

Contact: Christine Todd
01323 452316

OECC cricket week Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 July
Eastbourne College

The Old Eastbournian cricket week is an opportunity for a number of matches against other 'old boys' sides and the schedule for this year (all home matches) is as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 July - v Old Malvernians
  • Wednesday 11 July - v Oundle Rovers
  • Thursday 12 July - v Uppingham Rovers
  • Friday 13 July - a possible three-sided T20 day for OEs

There will also be an opportunity to play golf at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club during the week.

Contact: Ed Miller

Strictly Ballroom The Musical Wednesday 11 July, 2.30pm
Piccadilly Theatre, London

Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the uplifting story based on Baz Luhrmann’s multi award-winning movie Strictly Ballroom.

Featuring a company of over 30 led by Will Young in the new role of Wally Strand, Jonny Labey as Scott and Zizi Strallen as Fran, this new West End musical is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.

When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. Featuring the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

We have purchased a set of tickets which have now all been allocated. Further tickets may be available, depending on availability, at £39.50 each, reduced from £72.50. Please call John Thornley who will contact the theatre.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbournian Society reunion for Old Eastbournians Saturday 8 September
Eastbourne College

The 2018 OE reunion takes place on Saturday 8 September, culminating in an evening meal. This year the reunion dinner will be the inaugural one in the new Dining Hall in the Project 150 development, as we approach the end of our 2017-18 150th anniversary year.

Rather than restricting attendance to a particular cohort, the 2018 reunion will be open to Old Eastbournians of all eras, as well as former members of staff. 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 lunch or tea, but there will be a charge of £25 per person for the evening dinner.

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

  • details of which meals you would like to have: lunch (free) / tea (free) / drinks reception and three-course dinner with wine (£25 per person)
  • any dietary preferences
  • any access requirements
  • the names of any guests who are coming with you

Further information, including the timetable of events on the day, will be updated on this page in due course.

To see a list of attendees below you have to be registered and logged in to the website.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Eastbourne College Open Morning Saturday 15 September, 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

Events planning meeting Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm
Venue to be decided

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.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

The annual London guided walk - Old Marylebone Saturday 22 September, 11.00am
Meet at Bond Street underground

The annual London guided walk is always a popular event with members of the Eastbournian Society. This year's walk takes us round Old Marylebone, with an expert guide from the London Walks Company, who say:

London specialises in hiding the best of itself. Old Marylebone’s a case in point. Here you’ll lose your way and find your heart … get gratifyingly lost and get London back the way it was. The way it was at the time of the American Revolution! The way it was just after the Napoleonic Wars – for this is Regency London at its best! The way it was for Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett – we’ll see the old church where they were married. What else? Well, this one’s fascinating because it’s so unexpected – a quirky old village in the heart of the West End; delightful because it’s our greenest walk; revealing because it takes us into one of the private worlds London excels in, stimulating because it’s like a series of flashbacks to every bit of old London you’ve ever seen; brilliant because of the olde mansion we’ll go into for a quick look at a couple of world famous paintings; and, finally, satisfying because everything locks into place like the lines of a sonnet.

Please contact John Thornley to book a place. The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day. We will meet at Bond Street underground, Marylebone Lane exit, by the Disney Store.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbournian Society committee meeting Thursday 27 September, 5.00pm
PwC, More London Riverside, London

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

The London business lunch Friday 5 October, 12 noon
The Phoenix Victoria, 14 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA

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.

The venue is the Phoenix Victoria gastro pub and we have booked the private dining room on the first floor. The lunch will have 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 cost will be updated on this page in due course.

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

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Headmaster's and Eastbournian Society reception
   for parents of new pupils
Saturday 6 October, 12.30-1.30pm
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. It will also be an opportunity to meet Headmaster Tom Lawson.

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Banking, broking and asset management
networking event
Wednesday 10 October, 6.00pm
PwC, 7 More London, 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. 

The event is kindly co-sponsored by Darren Meek (Blackwater 1982–87), parent and College governor, and is free of charge to all attendees. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

The nearest mainline and underground station to More London is London Bridge.

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

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Eastbourne in the 1950s and 1960s Tuesday 16 October, 4.00pm
Long Room, Nugee Building

Local historian Paul Jordan presents an illustrated talk on life in Eastbourne during the 1950s and 1960s. Following the war and the end of rationing, how did people's shopping habits change? With more money in their pockets for leisure activities, how did they spend their free time? And how did the townscape change as new shops and theatres were built?

The talk costs £5 per person and includes tea or coffee, sandwiches and cake. As there is limited space please book beforehand with John Thornley.

Please meet at the reception in the Winn Building at the end of Old Wish Road where you will be asked to sign in before going to the Long Room for the talk.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 26 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.

Festive Board at 7.00pm.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

150th anniversary laser light show Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November
Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College is presenting a world-class laser projection show as a finale to the 150th anniversary celebrations of 2017-18.

Still and moving images from 150 years will be projected on to the side of the Memorial Building accompanied by a soundtrack of music and voices, in celebration of the College and its people: pupils, staff, parents and Old Eastbournians.

All are invited to enjoy this spectacular event as our celebratory year draws to a close.

The show will be presented on two consecutive nights, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November.


Eastbourne informal pub evening Thursday 8 November, 6pm
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

Insurance networking event Wednesday 14 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.

Details of the venue and the guest speaker will be updated on this page in due course.

If you wish to attend, please contact Lulu Brown.


Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Christmas carol service Thursday 13 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 3 December if you are planning to attend.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

150th anniversary winter ball Saturday 15 December, 7.00pm
Dining Hall, Winn Building

The grand finale of our 150th anniversary celebrations is a winter ball on Saturday 15 December.

This formal event will be for all Eastbournian Society members: Old Eastbournians, parents, staff and anybody else with a College connection, including supporters and friends.

A champagne reception will be held from 7.00pm, with a three-course dinner from 7.45pm, followed by coffee. There will be a pay bar and dancing to the Big Kahuna party band. The dress code is formal evening wear ('black tie') - but feel free to add a touch of festive colour!

Tickets cost £50 per person (over 18s only). Please contact Lulu Brown to book your places and for further details.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Snow White Wednesday 2 January, 2.30pm
London Palladium

Dawn French stars alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia in Snow White, London’s must-see panto. From the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award-winning pantomime, Snow White will feature all the sparkle, scale and spectacle London has come to expect from the West End’s most lavish festive production in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.

We have reserved the last 33 seats which are available at group-discount price. They are in the upper circle in rows D and F. £39.50 reduced to £25. We can reserve them only until Friday 1 June. Please contact John Thornley as soon as possible to reserve your seats.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

The history of Harrods Tuesday 12 February, 4.00pm
Long Room, Nugee Building

Merton Cox will be presenting an illustrated talk on the history of Harrods, the world-famous Knightsbridge department store.

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

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