News headlines – April 2014

24 Apr 2014  –  The property networking event hears about developments at King's Cross
19 Apr 2014  –  OE Stags plate runners-up at the Caterham Rugby 7s
13 Apr 2014  –  OE Stags win against Battersea Ironsides
8 Apr 2014  –  Dame Mary Hogg DBE speaks at the first law networking event
3 Apr 2014  –  Eastbourne Rainbow group take a tour of the College
2 Apr 2014  –  Job opportunity for Old Eastbournian at Sport Arabia
2 Apr 2014  –  Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998–2003) appearing in spoof BBC documentary 'W1A'

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24 April 2014 - Property networking event

OEs, parents and current pupils attended the latest networking event for those interested in the property sector, which was held at the offices of AECOM in High Holborn. 

The guest speaker was Richard Howard, Head of Central London Agency at DTZ, who gave a brief presentation on the regeneration project by developer Argent at King's Cross.

The evening was a great opportunity for OEs to meet others in property and for current pupils to get an insight into a possible future career. Our thanks go to Tim Mote (School 1983–88), who hosted the evening at AECOM, and to Alex Brown (Blackwater 1980–85), who helped organise it and spread the word amongst his industry contacts.

One current pupil wrote afterwards: 'I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening and got a lot out of it. I now have a much better understand of courses and universities to apply for next year. All of the OEs were very happy to talk to us... a few gave out their contact information and also even offered a week of work experience in the summer. The evening was also very well thought out and I was very interested by the talk about the regeneration of King's Cross by Richard Howard.'

Pictured here are Alex Brown, Richard Howard, Angus Graham (School 1983–86) and Tim Mote.

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19 April 2014 - OE Stags at the Caterham Rugby 7s

The OE Stags were the plate runners-up at the annual Caterham Rugby 7s on Saturday 19 April. Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports.

Old Caterham Rugby Club provided the venue for a rather balmy 53rd National 7s tournament. The OE Stags found themselves in a somewhat ‘pool of death’, with John Fisher School (second in the country at their age level), Warlingham RFC and Old Cats Amateurs subsequently failing to show. A 10–10 half time showing against the eventual winners of the competition – Warlingham – with an incredibly jinxy try from Patrick Graham (Powell 2002–07) buoyed the spirits; however, no cigar as they turned on the heat in the second half. Through to the plate to face Old Cats 2s with Toby Lewis-Donaldson (Gonville 2003–08) providing phenomenal running power in the centre, linking up with Ben Barter (Powell 2004–09) and Ryder King (Craig 2007–12) for numerous tearaway tries! A comprehensive 34–0 victory was enjoyed by all. The final of the plate entailed heart-break all round, with captain for the day Alex Stimpson (Wargrave 2001–06) not able to ground the ball, which proved decisive in a 14–12 loss to the ‘Cow Tipping Penguins’. The tankard for player of the tournament was gladly picked up by Patrick Graham, a wonderful day enjoyed by all. The OE Stags were eventual runners up in the plate competition with silverware in tow and a cash prize which will go directly into the OE Stags hydration fund.

Pictured with the plate are Oscar (left) and Alex.

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13 April 2014 - OE Stags win against Battersea Ironsides

Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports on the latest OE Stags rugby match:

A glorious south west London afternoon in April saw the youngest herd of OE Stags yet take on Battersea Ironsides 3s. A special mention and thank you has to go to Cameron Saunders’ father Neil – a highly qualified referee himself – who, when the arranged referee failed to show, without hesitation was off to the boot of his car, changed, whistle in hand and we were off! With a hard surface underfoot, the OE Stags were buoyed by an early bullocking try from Rob Flett. His younger brother’s shorts were definitely in question, but his hand-off skills certainly were not. Captain for the day Chris Grant commanded the back-line superbly linking up with Fabian Pearce for a couple of very well finished tries. Oscar Orellana-Hyder linked well with James Higgins and Conrad ‘The Salmon’ Rhodes in the line out, providing ball for Sam Hyne and Carwyn Jones to crash the ball up the field in powerful fashion. It finished 29–5, with Flett picking up the Man of the Match tankard. A fantastic day enjoyed by all and the beginnings of a new wave of OE Stags is very exciting.

Future fixtures include:  
19 April Old Caterham 7s, Caterham
9 June Egham 7s, Englefield Green
25 August Cronk Cunis U21 XVs Festival, Richmond Athletic Ground
6 September College 1st XV, College Field


If you are interested in playing for the OE Stags, please contact Oscar Orellana-Hyder at sudy3@hotmail.com.

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8 April 2014 - Law networking event

The latest of the Eastbournian Society business and career networking events took place in London on 8 April. This was the first time we had a get-together for those in the legal profession, and we were delighted that Dame Mary Hogg DBE, who is a High Court Judge in the Family Division, was there to say a few words about her own career and progression through the ranks of the judiciary. Dame Mary is both married to an OE and the mother of an OE.

We were grateful to College Governor Jonathan Watmough (Craig 1981–86) who hosted the event at the Tower Bridge offices of the law firm RPC, where he is the Managing Partner.

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3 April 2014 - Eastbourne Rainbow group take a tour of the College

David Blake of the Eastbournian Society took a group from Eastbourne Rainbow on a historical tour of the College on Thursday 3 April.

The group was shown how the College buildings had developed around the original house on the College site, Larkfield (now the home of the housemistress of School House), taking in the Memorial Hall where the names of the College's war dead are inscribed, the Chapel, the Cloisters, the Memorial Building, Big School and the Birley Centre.

David also spoke about how the College has grown through the benefaction and generosity of Old Eastbournians and others, and talked about plans for future developments.

The group are shown here in front of the Memorial Building, just before setting off on the tour.

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2 April 2014 - Job opportunity at Sport Arabia

Roger Myall, director at Sport Arabia, which organizes sports tours to Dubai and the UAE, has been in touch with us concerning a job opportunity for a young OE. He writes: 'Sport Arabia is expanding fast and we are looking to bring someone in to the company to coordinate our UAE operation. Ideally someone that is very organised, flexible, with a love of sport and happy to travel, they would spend around three months on the ground in the UAE coordinating suppliers, running tours, meeting school contacts re fixtures and nine months in our Alfriston office setting up arrangements. I believe that this could ideally suit a young, recently graduated OE.'

UPDATE (8 MAY 2014): This vacancy has now been filled.

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2 April 2014 – Hugh Skinner in spoof BBC documentary 'W1A'

Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998–2003) is currently appearing in the BBC2 spoof documentary series W1A, set in the BBC's headquarters at New Broadcasting House.

Hugh is playing the part of Will Humphries, described as 'the young, not especially bright but tremendously well intentioned young intern who might well be working at the BBC because he is someone’s nephew. Will spends most of his time wandering round plugged into his MP3 player trying to find out what it is he’s supposed to be doing, and is occasionally given menial tasks by various people when they remember that he’s actually there.'

Hugh was recently in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre, London, and previous television appearances include The Wipers Times in 2013 and the part of Lionel Mountstuart in Channel Four's Any Human Heart in 2010. He is also well known for playing Joly in the 2012 film Les Misérables.

He is pictured here in W1A as Will, failing to notice his new boss Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). 

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