News headlines – August 2014

31 Aug 2014  –  Hockey fundraising day for Charlie Howden
26 Aug 2014  –  Eastbourne College to be Team Base for South Africa in Rugby World Cup 2015
25 Aug 2014  –  OE Stags at the Cronk-Cunis Tournament
13 Aug 2014  –  Matt Wilkinson (Powell 2004–09) appears in 'Young Vets' documentary on BBC2
4 Aug 2014  –  Robin Hindle-Fisher (Reeves 1973–78) named as Chairman of the Extra Costs Commission
1 Aug 2014  –  Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005-08) is Ambassador for Goodwood Racecourse

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31 August 2014 - Hockey fundraising day for Charlie Howden

On Sunday 31 August, Rob Hill, Director of Hockey and ex-GB Olympian, helped Matt Copping (Reeves 1992–97) and friends to arrange an afternoon of top hockey on the College's state-of-the-art Beresford hockey pitches.

Matt, along with peers from his school days at the College, was raising funds for a fellow OE, Charlie Howden (Reeves 1992–97), who is currently receiving treatment in the USA for pancreatic cancer.

Two matches were played. The first saw the College's U18 girls team (that had in the previous year achieved a ranking of fifth in the country) meet an OE side, pictured. It was an end-to-end thriller that ended in a very close 1-0 win for the fleeter, fitter and younger team.

The second match saw two OE men's teams battle for supremacy. Unsurprisingly, the winning side contained England U21 Keeper Sam Brooks (Craig 2007–12)! Ian Sands (Powell 1988–93), who is also a Cambridge Blue, 1st XI coach and the Housemaster of Reeves, officiated.

Players and spectators enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of hockey and a considerable sum of money was raised to help Charlie.

If anyone would like to learn a little more about Charlie's struggle, or to make a donation to his treatment, please visit his page at Go Fund Me.

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26 August 2014 - Eastbourne College to be team base for South Africa in Rugby World Cup 2015

The College is delighted to announce that the school and University of Brighton will be a Team Base for South Africa (ranked number two in the world) during the Rugby World Cup 2015. The College will provide an outdoor training pitch with the University providing the indoor training facilities. The South African team will use the Memorial ground whilst they are in Eastbourne for a number of days preparing for their group matches in September/October 2015.

It has been quite a long journey to reach this point as we have engaged in an open tender process that started in May 2013. We have worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation that we will be a Team Base.

Over the next year and during the tournament, Eastbourne will have the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event. To have the world No. 2 ranked team coming to town is fantastic.

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25 August 2014 - OE Stags at the Cronk-Cunis TOURNAMENT

The 18th annual Cronk-Cunis Under-21 Tournament for old boys' rugby teams was held on Bank Holiday Monday at Richmond Athletic Ground.

With 50 teams entering, this prestigious tournament involves over 70 matches on seven pitches, in 15-a-side, 15-minute-each-way, Cup, Plate, Bowl, Vase and Shield knockout competitions.

Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) reports:

The only way to describe the conditions for the Cronk-Cunis Tournament was mildly torrential. As the last time the Stags entered this tournament was 2008, there was always going to be an element of trepidation.

It was Old Colstonians up first, who the Stags played on Richmond A pitch in front of a capacity stand. A bruising encounter, with Max Hamid (Gonville 2007–12) leading the troops into battle and putting in a true captain’s performance. The OCs eventually edged it 5-8 with the last kick of the game – excruciatingly close.

Hampton up next in the plate; a number of good open plays with Fabian Pearce (Powell 2006–11) linking up well with Tom Biltcliffe (Craig 2007–12) providing the flair at fly half. 12-0 by half time; however, with a nil–nil second half, pride was restored.

Harvey Ferrari (Powell 2009–14) proved to be our sole try scorer in the final game against Old Whitgiftians, with a well drilled back line commanded by Tom Houchin (Wargrave 2008–13) and facilitated by Hector Veasey (Reeves 2009–14), whose footwork would not have looked out of place on a soccer field – purely mesmerising!

The MOM tankard went to Carwyn Jones (Powell 2006–11), whose reliability with the boot and constant resilient play at scrum half or in midfield – or wherever he was needed for that matter – proved invaluable.

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13 August 2014 - Matt Wilkinson (Powell 2004–09) to appear in 'Young Vets' documentary on BBC2

Matt Wilkinson (Powell 2004–09) is one of the participants in the new BBC2 documentary series Young Vets, which follows ten students at The Royal Veterinary College through their final year.

The series shows the students as they take what they've learnt in the classroom and put it to the test for the first time in practices, farms and animal hospitals.

Since the programme was filmed Matt has completed his training and he graduated as a veterinary surgeon in July.

The programme will be shown at 7pm on BBC2 on weekday evenings, starting on Tuesday 19 August.

Matt is pictured here, fourth from the right, with the other students who took part in the series.

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4 August 2014 - Robin Hindle-Fisher (Reeves 1973–78) named Chairman of the Extra Costs Commission

Robin Hindle-Fisher (Reeves 1973–78) is to lead a year-long independent inquiry to explore the extra costs that disabled people face in England and Wales. As Chairman of the Extra Costs Commission, supported by the charity Scope, Robin says: 'From higher transport costs to get to work to the cost of an electric wheelchair; from higher energy costs to a lack of access to affordable home contents insurance, disabled people and families with disabled children often pay more than the rest of society to live independent lives.'

Robin has worked in the financial services sector for over thirty years including in senior positions at Phillips & Drew Fund Management and Henderson. He is currently a non executive director of Ruffer LLP and a business coach at Hay Hill Partners where he works with senior executives across a wide variety of industry sectors, including transport, financial services and the public sector. 

Robin was born with physical disabilities caused by the drug Thalidomide and has been involved in supporting families with disabled children since 1999, first as a trustee of the Lady Hoare Trust and Contact a Family and currently as vice chair of the Family Fund - a national organisation that distributes grants to families with disabled children.

More information about the campaign is on the BBC News website.

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1 August 2014 - Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005–08) is Ambassador for Goodwood Racecourse

Harry Bentley (Wargrave 2005–08) is featured in the August edition of Sussex Life magazine, where he talks about his life as a jockey.

He is currently Goodwood Racecourse's 2014 Ambassador, and says that the Glorious Goodwood Festival is one of his favourites during the flat season.

Harry has always had a keen interest in horses, having started riding at the age of three. He grew up locally to Goodwood in Sullington, just outside Storrington in West Sussex.

Harry spent the first three months of 2014 riding for Ismail Mohammed’s Millennium Stables during the Dubai International Carnival. 

On returning to the UK for the start of the flat season, he has been the retained second jockey to His Highness Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, retained rider to trainer Olly Steven’s Robins Farm and first retained jockey to Ahmed Al Shaikh.

A career highlight was riding six winners in an evening meeting in Qatar in January this year.

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