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

Thu 1 Jul    Walk: Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea
Thu 16 Sep    Anything Goes

Business & Career Networking Events

There are currently no business and career networking events scheduled.

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

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

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