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 25 Jan    OE Lodge
Sat 9 Feb    Annual quiz night and dinner
Tue 12 Feb    The history of Harrods
Sat 2 Mar    Eastbournian Society AGM
Thu 14 Mar    Company by Stephen Sondheim
Thu 21 Mar    BBC Proms Dubai
Fri 22 Mar    Dubai brunch reception
Wed 27 Mar    The Price by Arthur Miller
Fri 26 Apr    OE Lodge
Mon 29 Apr    The Eastbournian Society London dinner
Mon 13 May    The Over-60s Lunch
Sat 18 May    Grandparents visit and reception
Thu 23 May    Events planning meeting
Sun 2 Jun    50 years of girls celebration lunch
Fri 21 Jun    OE Lodge
Sat 22 Jun    Foundation Day
Thu 27 Jun    MCC match and cricket dinner
Sat 7 Sep    Reception for parents of new pupils
Sat 14 Sep    The annual London guided walk
Thu 26 Sep    Events planning meeting
Sat 28 Sep    OE reunion day 2019
Fri 25 Oct    OE Lodge
Thu 12 Dec    Christmas carol service
     

Business / Career Networking Events

Tue 26 Feb    Legal networking
Fri 1 Mar    Futures convention
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 9 Mar    Eastbourne College Open Morning
Sat 15 Jun    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.


Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 25 January, 4.30pm
Masonic Hall, South Street


The first 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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Eastbournian Society annual quiz and dinner Saturday 9 February, 7.00pm
Dining hall function rooms, 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 is £15.

***UPDATE: The quiz is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any cancellations please contact John Thornley***

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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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
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Legal networking Tuesday 26 February, 6.00pm
4 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3RJ
 

A legal networking event for current pupils, Old Eastbournians and College parents is being held in Lincoln's Inn on 26 February.

The event will be at the chambers of barrister Richard Liddell (Reeves 1989-94), who will be our guest speaker for the evening.

Richard (Rick) Liddell is a former head of school at Eastbourne College and was called to the Bar in 1999 after studying law at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is a barrister and his practice covers four main areas: commercial disputes (including international arbitration), professional negligence claims, construction claims and sports law. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including in the Supreme Court and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. The legal directories describe him as 'a superb advocate' and Rick is going to give us some insights into a career in law.

Tom Shepherd (Powell 1996-2001) will also say a few words. He was head of house and studied Law and French at the University of Bristol and the Bachelor of Civil Laws at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Tom was called to the Bar in 2008 and specialises in commercial litigation, including civil fraud and insolvency and financial services. He recently acted for the successful defendants in the first case in English legal history of alleged malicious prosecution of civil proceedings since the recognition of the tort by the Supreme Court. The legal directories say that he is 'very punchy' and 'an unbelievably good advocate for his level of call'.

The event is free and drinks and nibbles will be provided. Please let Lulu Brown know if you would like to attend.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbournian Society futures convention Friday 1 March
College Theatre and Nugee Building


Year 11 and Lower Sixth pupils and their parents are invited to attend the annual futures convention, to meet representatives of professions, industries, universities and gap year companies. It will take place in the College Theatre and the Nugee Building.

Old Eastbournians who are able to offer advice on either higher education or their own career and who would like to take part can contact Lulu Brown.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbournian Society committee meeting and AGM Saturday 2 March, 10.00am
Snowden Room, Howell Pavilion


The AGM
All members of the Eastbournian Society are welcome to attend the AGM. If you would like to attend, please let us know by 5.00pm on Friday 22 February. The meeting will be held in the Snowden Room of the Howell Pavilion, adjacent to the Nugee Building.

AGM Agenda
1. To receive and, if thought fit, to approve the Hon. Treasurer's Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2018.
2. To elect Officers for the coming year, and to fill vacancies on the Committee.
3. To consider any other business.

The committee meeting
The committee meeting is for ES committee members and others by invitation only. An agenda and minutes of the last meeting will be sent out separately.

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

Saturday 9 March, 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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Company Thursday 14 March, 2.30pm
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
 

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical comedy about life, love and marriage has had five-star reviews and stars Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie.

At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and why can’t she settle down and have a family?

Featuring the award-winning songs Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive.

We have seats in rows E and F of the dress circle, reduced from £79.50 to £39.50, and we need to confirm our reservation by 10 January.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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BBC Proms Dubai Thursday 21 March
Dubai Opera
 

The BBC Proms in Dubai are taking place from 19 to 22 March 2019, and we are pleased to announce that Old Eastbournian Mark Le Brocq (Craig 1979-84) will be taking part.

Mark, a tenor, will be one of four soloists performing Beethoven's choral symphony, no 9, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers and the Dubai Festival Chorus. This is Prom 3 on Thursday 21 March.

We are hoping to organise tickets for OEs and other members of the Eastbournian Society who live or work in the Middle East. For the moment please put the date in your diary and we will update this page with more details once confirmed.

 
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Dubai brunch reception Friday 22 March
Venue to be confirmed
 

We are planning a brunch reception in Dubai to coincide with OE Mark Le Brocq's performance in the BBC Proms at the Dubai Opera. At this stage we asking you to keep the date in your diary and we will update this page with more details of venue and time once they have been confirmed.

In the meantime if you would like to register your interest in being kept informed about this event, please contact Christine Todd.

Contact: Christine Todd
01323 452316
ct@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The Price by Arthur Miller Wednesday 27 March, 2.00pm
Wyndham's Theatre, London
 

Two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, one a New York cop nearing retirement, the other a successful surgeon, meet for the first time in sixteen years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York apartment building.

Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they have paid for heart-breaking decisions made decades earlier. Overseeing the psychological battlefield is the wily veteran appraiser, Gregory Solomon, who has his own demons to conquer as well as securing the best possible price for the Franz family possessions.

Starring David Suchet, this is the fiftieth anniversary production of Arthur Miller's richly affecting play which has transferred from a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Bath where it was hugely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

We have reserved group rates tickets in the Royal Circle at £45 (reduced from £67.50). We need to confirm the booking by 10 February so please contact John Thornley if you are interested in going.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 26 April, 5.00pm
Masonic Hall, South Street


The second 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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The Eastbournian Society London dinner Monday 29 April, 6.30pm
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD
 

The Eastbournian Society annual London dinner is the perfect opportunity to catch up with your College friends while enjoying a superb meal in elegant surroundings.

The event enables us to celebrate Eastbournian achievement and we are pleased that in the year in which we celebrate 50 years of girl pupils at the College, our guest speaker will be Patti Clark (Nugent 1983-85) who, under her professional name Patti Clare, is best known for portraying Mary Taylor in Coronation Street, a part she has played for 10 years.

We will also be paying tribute to Paul Lowden, who will be retiring from the College in summer 2019 after 32 years as a teacher of English and housemaster of both Pennell and Blackwater houses, not to mention director of many a school drama production.

Demand is always high for this event, so if you would like to book a table for you and your friends, please do so as soon as possible.

The costs of this dinner are subsidised by the Eastbournian Society.

  • Venue: The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD
  • Time: Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6.30pm, with dinner at 7.30pm.
  • Cost: £78 (discounted price for OEs who are aged 29 and under: £50) which includes a pre-dinner champagne reception, three-course fine dining meal with coffee and half a bottle of house red or white wine.
  • Payment: Please send a cheque payable to 'Eastbourne College' to us at Eastbournian Society, Headmaster's Office, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JX or call Lulu Brown on 01323 451911 to pay by credit or debit card.
    Payments by BACS can be made to Eastbourne College Incorporated (account number 00058400, sort code 30-92-86). Please use the reference: C350.
  • Guests and seating arrangements: Please let us know the number of places you are buying and the names of any guests for whom you are paying. If you would like to be seated with a particular person, group of friends or house/year group, please let us know.
  • Dress code: Formal evening wear ('Black tie').
  • Diets: If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know in good time so that the caterers can be informed.
  • Access: If you have any access requirements, please let us know.
Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The Over-60s lunch  Monday 13 May, 12.30pm
St George’s Hill Club, Weybridge


The Over-60s lunch is being held at St George's Hill Club, Warreners Lane, Weybridge, KT13 0LL. This is an opportunity for all senior OEs to meet for a convivial meal and has become firmly established as a popular annual event.

His Honour Judge Graham Boal (Powell 1957-62) is our speaker at the lunch and will talk about his life in the legal profession. Judge Boal was called to the bar in 1966 and took silk in 1993. He was appointed as a circuit judge, sitting in the Central Criminal Court, in 1996. He retired in July 2005.

The meal costs £45 per person and includes a drink on arrival, three-course lunch with wine, followed by coffee. Please contact Lulu Brown to reserve your place.

The nearest station is Weybridge and train services are operated by South Western Railway between London Waterloo/Clapham Junction and Woking/Basingstoke.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Grandparents visit and reception Saturday 18 May, 11.00am
Eastbourne College


Grandparents of current pupils are invited to visit the College to see the school in action on a typical Saturday.

Meet at the Birley Centre foyer (Carlisle Road entrance) for a guided tour, after which there will be a reception at 12 noon back in the Birley Centre.

Please let John Thornley know by Monday 13 May if you plan to attend.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Events planning meeting Thursday 23 May, 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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50 years of girls celebration lunch Sunday 2 June, 12.30pm
Dining hall, Winn Building
 

This year’s summer lunch celebrates 50 years since girls first joined the College in 1968-69.

All Old Eastbournians, former and current staff, and other friends of the College are invited to join us, together with their husbands, wives or partners.

Dress code: Smart daywear/Jacket and tie.

The cost is £25 per person for a two-course lunch with wine and coffee.

Contact: Lulu Brown
01323 451911
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Eastbourne College Open Morning

Saturday 15 June, 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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Old Eastbournian Lodge Friday 21 June, 5.00pm
Masonic Hall, South Street


The third 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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Foundation Day for benefactors and Devonshire Society members Saturday 22 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 will be updated on this page in due course

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
ct@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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Cricket: 1st XI v MCC, followed by evening dinner Thursday 27 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.

Details of our guest speaker will be updated on this page as soon as they are confirmed.

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.

Please contact Lulu Brown to reserve your place and for further details.

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, 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
vlbrown@eastbourne-college.co.uk
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The annual London guided walk - Brunel's London Saturday 14 September, 11.00am
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 river boat trip to the Isle of Dogs, a riverside walk and a short DLR journey south of the river, finishing at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe.

We meet at the riverside exit of Embankment underground station at 11.00am. The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day, but there will be an additional (discounted) charge for the boat trip, and a voluntary donation for the museum. It is recommended that you use an Oyster card or have a one-day Travelcard to cover the cost of the DLR journey and to travel across London from Rotherhithe if you are returning home via Victoria station.

Please contact John Thornley to book a place.

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314
jt@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
12.40-1.30pm Lunch (self-service), Winn Building dining hall
2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV, College Field
3.00pm Guided tour of the College; meet at Reception in the Winn Building
3.00-5.00pm School shop open for sale of 150 anniversary and OE gifts and clothing
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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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 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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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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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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