Forthcoming events

The Eastbournian Society provides a series of social, sporting and cultural events as well as career and business networking opportunities. Click on the links below for more details.

Social & Cultural Events

Tue 17 Aug    Jersey wine tasting and lunch
Fri 27 Aug    Old Eastbournian Lodge
Fri 27 Aug    Reception for 2020 and 2021 leavers
Sat 11 Sep    Old Eastbournian reunion
Thu 16 Sep    Anything Goes
Sat 18 Sep    Reception for parents of new pupils
Sat 18 Sep    Class of 2011 reunion
Sat 25 Sep    London walk: Classic Greenwich
Sun 3 Oct    Evensong and Harvest Supper
Thu 7 Oct    Events planning meeting
Wed 13 Oct    Memorial service for Donald Perrens OBE DSO DFC
Thu 22 Oct    Old Eastbournian Lodge
Thu 11 Nov    Eastbourne informal pub evening
Thu 16 Dec    Christmas carol service
Sat 18 Dec    Eastbournian Society Winter Ball
Sat 25 Dec    Christmas Day Family Communion

Business & Career Networking Events

Wed 10 Nov    Banking and broking networking

Jersey wine tasting and lunch Tuesday 17 August, 11.30am
La Mare Wine Estate, St Mary, JE3 3BA

Members of the Eastbournian Society with links to the Channel Islands are invited to a tasting and lunch at La Mare Wine Estate.

The tour and tasting will take about an hour and a half and will start at 11:30am, followed by lunch at 1:00pm in the main restaurant.

The tour and tasting will enable us to see first-hand how the vineyard harvests grapes and apples to produce their own white, red and rose wines, and cider. We will be able to see the distillation process and also learn more about La Mare’s award-winning gin and apple brandy.

The tour and tasting cost £14.95 and the lunch is £35.00 for a three-course set menu. Please book by completing the form at

If you have any questions about the event please contact Tim Nelson, our OE rep in Jersey.

Contact: Tim Nelson

Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 27 August, 5.30pm
Masonic Hall, South Street

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

The meeting will be followed by a meal at the Cumberland Hotel.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Eastbournian Society reception for
     2020 and 2021 leavers
Friday 27 August, 6.00-9.00pm
Waldorf Hilton, London, WC2B 4DD

College leavers from summer 2020 and 2021 are invited to a black tie drinks and canapés reception that we are hosting in the beautiful Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on the Aldwych in London.

As the Cornflower Ball in 2020 was cancelled and this year's ball did not go ahead in its normal format, we hope that this will enable recent leavers to celebrate properly their departure from the College.

Parents and partners are also invited as guests.

The price is £62.50 per person and the Eastbournian Society is very happy to be subsidising this event. Please complete the booking form at to confirm your attendance and to make payment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

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 are welcome as 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. All meals are free, except for the evening drinks and dinner, for which there is a charge of £25 per person, payable in advance. The provisional timetable is as follows, but may be subject to alteration:

All day Register and collect badge at Reception, Winn Building, Old Wish Road
All day Tim's Cafe, Old Wish Road, open for refreshments
11.15am-12.45pm House rugby, College Field and Memorial
12.40-1.30pm Lunch (self-service), Dining Hall, Winn Building
2.00-3.15pm Rugby: OE Stags v Merlins, College Field; OE tennis, Powell House courts
3.30-4.30pm Guided College tours, meet at Reception
4.00-5.00pm Tea, College Theatre (Big School)
4.45-5.45pm Guided tours of houses (meet guides in Big School during tea)
5.45-6.15pm OE singers practice, Chapel
6.15-6.45pm Evensong with OE singers, Chapel
6.30-7.15pm Drinks reception, Dining Hall, Winn Building
7.15-11.00pm Reunion dinner, Dining Hall, Winn Building (£25 per person for drinks and dinner)

If you wish to attend please let us know as all visitors to the College must be registered at Reception and issued with a badge. We also need to know which meals you would like so that we can organise the catering.

The simplest way to book your place(s) is to fill in the online booking form at

Alternatively please call or email Lulu Brown to book or if you have any questions.

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 

We have over 30 in the group for this event. Please let us know if you would like to join us and we will enquire whether there are more seats available at the reduced rate.

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

You are welcome to join us for a complimentary drink in the Barbican Theatre bar after the show.

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

Class of 2011 reunion Saturday 18 September, 1.00pm
The Falcon, 33 Bedford Road, Clapham, SW4 7SQ

College leavers from summer 2011 are invited to an informal reunion at the Falcon pub in Clapham, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm on Saturday 18 September. 

This event is being organised by Sam Lowden (Craig 2006-11), so please contact him if you would like to go along.

Contact: Sam Lowden

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. 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.

If you are interested in reserving a place please contact John Thornley.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

Evensong and Harvest Supper  Sunday 3 October, 6.30pm
Eastbourne College

The Eastbournian Society is pleased to host Evensong and a harvest supper for all ES members.

Evensong with the Chamber Choir will take place in the College Chapel from 6.30pm. This will be followed by a drinks reception at 7.15pm and the harvest supper at 7.30pm in the function rooms of the Dining Hall (Winn Building).

We hope to have a guest speaker from the farming community to entertain us at the meal.

If you are interested in attending, please let Lulu Brown know. Ticket prices and more details will be updated here shortly.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

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

Memorial service for Donald Perrens OBE DSO DFC Wednesday 13 October, 3.00pm
Eastbourne College Chapel

A memorial service for Donald Perrens is to be held on Wednesday 13 October at 3.00pm in the College Chapel, followed by a reception in the Birley Centre, 4.00-5.00pm. Donald died, aged 101, on 10 April 2020.

Donald Perrens was a long-serving member of staff as a teacher of physics from 1945 to 1981. He became head of science in 1950, house tutor in Gonville from 1955, housemaster of Blackwater 1960-72, acting headmaster 1972-73 and second master 1973-75.

He also coached tennis and hockey and ran the RAF section of the CCF from 1954 to 1973, when he took over command of the CCF. He had originally been appointed to the College staff in 1939 but the war intervened before he could start. During the war he served as a Spitfire pilot, flying many low-level reconnaissance sorties over Italy and North Africa, for which he was awarded the DFC.

The Donald Perrens Foyer was named in his honour when the Birley Centre opened in 2011, and the reception will be held there, during which will be an unveiling of a memorial to Donald.

Please let us know if you would like to attend by contacting John Thornley.

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

Banking, broking and asset management
networking event
Wednesday 10 November, 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.

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

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

The Eastbournian Society Winter Ball Saturday 18 December, 7.00pm
Dining Hall, Winn Building

The Eastbournian Society is delighted to present a winter ball on Saturday 18 December.

This formal event will be for all Eastbournian Society members: Old Eastbournians, Old Androvians, parents, staff and anybody else with a College or St Andrew's Prep 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 and joyful colour!

Tickets cost £60 per person (over-18s only), which includes the champagne reception, the three-course meal and entertainment. Book a table of ten and receive one place free!

To book your places please complete the form online at

Please contact Lulu Brown to make your booking or if you have any questions.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911

Christmas Day Family Communion Saturday 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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