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

Sat 26 Jun    ES reception on Speech Day
Thu 1 Jul    Walk: Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea
Sun 4 Jul—
   Thu 8 Jul
   OECC Cricket Week
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
Sun 3 Oct    Evensong and Harvest Supper
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
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

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

Speech Day marks the end of the summer term and the school year. As part of the day's activities, we will be holding an Eastbournian Society reception from 12.15pm to 2.00pm. This is for governors and any other College friends.

This year we will be positioned in front of the pavilion on the edge of College Field. Under current government Covid restrictions, this event will be limited to 30 people and we ask you to respect the guidance of 'hands, face, space' and maintain social distancing. Please do not attend if you have tested positive or have any symptoms of Covid-19.


Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea - a guided walk Thursday 1 July, 11.30am and 2.30pm
meet at Venus Fountain, Sloane Square

There will be two walks today, one starting at 11.30am and one at 2.30pm. 

UPDATE: We now have a full group for the 2.30pm walk. Please let us know if you would like to join the tour which begins at 11.30am. The morning tour is timed to allow anyone travelling from Eastbourne to catch the 9.35am train to Victoria, when off-peak tickets are available and senior railcards can be used. Super off-peak tickets are also available on this train, but note that these cannot be used for return journeys from London in the evening peak, 4.00-7.00pm.

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.

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.

To book, please contact John Thornley (01323 452314 or 

Contact: John Thornley
01323 452314

OECC cricket week Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 July
College Field, Eastbourne College

The Old Eastbournian cricket week is an opportunity for a number of matches against 'old boys' and other teams, together with associated social events. The schedule for the week is:

Sunday 4 July - Vice-Presidents' XI v OECC
The OECC will provide a hog roast for players, guests and families attending, a family-orientated, social day to start the week.

Monday 5 July - London New Zealand v OECC

Tuesday 6 July - Uppingham Rovers v OECC

Wednesday 7 July - Oundle Rovers v OECC
Followed by dinner at Pomodoro e Mozzarella restaurant

Thursday 8 July - Uppingham Rovers v OECC
Followed by the OECC tour dinner in the Dining Hall, Winn Building

All are welcome from the OE and ES community. Please contact OECC chairman Will Ripley for further details.

Contact: Will Ripley

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. 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
10.30-11.30am Coffee available for OEs, venue tbc
11.00am-1.00pm House rugby, College Field
12.40-1.30pm Lunch (self-service), Dining Hall, Winn Building
2.00-3.15pm Rugby: OE Stags v Merlins, College Field
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
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)

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

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

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

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

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!

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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