News headlines – January 2015

31 Jan 2015  –  Annual quiz night and dinner
26 Jan 2015  – TV appearance for OE Stags
21 Jan 2015  – Theatre trip to see 'Made in Dagenham'
14 Jan 2015  – James Down (Wargrave 2005–10) completes walk across Europe
2 Jan 2015  – Nicholas Cooper (School 1964–68) awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list

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31 January 2015 - The Eastbournian Society quiz night and dinner

The annual quiz night and dinner for Eastbournian Society members was held in the social common room on Saturday 31 January.

Always a fun occasion which is not taken too seriously, there was still a competitive edge to the evening, the teams being spurred on by the thought of winning the star prize... of a Mars bar each.

Our thanks go to the College catering team, who provided a splendid carvery meal, to John Thornley, our host and quizmaster, and to Lulu Brown, who helped with the organization and distribution of the question sheets.

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26 January 2015 - TV appearance for OE Stags

Six of the OE Stags appeared on BT Sport's 'Rugby Tonight' show on Monday 26 January 2015.

They were part of the audience for the live show, which takes an informal look at the world of rugby.

Pictured here are Oscar Orellana-Hyder (Reeves 2002–07) and Charlie Hinchliffe (Reeves 2002–07), standing behind Austin Healey and Ben Kay.

The next fixture for the Stags is against The Old Sherborne Pilgrims in Regent's Park, London, on Sunday 8 February. If you are in the area please do go along and give them your support.

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3 March 2015 - Anthony Crook (Craig 2005–10) reports from Antarctica

Anthony Crook (Craig 2005–10) is currently in Antarctica as a research assistant for the British Atlantic Survey  (BAS) and has written his first blog recounting his experiences.

Anthony, who studied for an BSc in Marine Zoology and then an MSc in Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University, is now carrying out research on benthic marine invertebrates. He is based at the BAS research station at Rothera.

On the day of his departure he visited Sir Ernest Shackleton's former home at 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, and is pictured here outside. He commented: 'As I walked down the path from his house, I was literally walking in his footsteps!'

You can read more about Anthony's time in the Antarctic in his blog post on the Newcastle University website.

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21 January 2015 - Theatre trip to see 'Made in Dagenham'

The first Eastbournian Society theatre trip of 2015 was to the Adelphi Theatre in The Strand to see 'Made in Dagenham'.

This new musical, starring Gemma Arterton, tells the story of the strike in 1968 by women machinists at the Ford car factory in Dagenham, when they discovered their pay grade was being dropped to 'unskilled'. The story of their struggle for equal pay and recognition was made into a hit film on which this production was based.

One part of the show involves the leader of the strike addressing the TUC conference (being held in Eastbourne that year), so we were pleased to see that the town had a musical number of its own: 'Viva Eastbourne!'.

Some of the group who went are pictured here outside the Adelphi Theatre.

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14 January 2015 - James Down (Wargrave 2005–10) completes walk across Europe

James Down (Wargrave 2005–10) has just completed a five-month walk from Kardamyli in Greece back to his home in East Sussex.

Having graduated with a degree in Marketing from Newcastle University, James set out by flying to Greece in July 2014.

At the time he said he was planning on 'sleeping in my tent, under haystacks, or in cowsheds as I go. I will be travelling on a rough route through, Greece, (possibly) Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France and finally good ol’ Blighty.'

He says his inspiration to do the walk came from a personal hero of his, Patrick Leigh Fermor, an author, war hero, adventurer, and wandering scholar, who undertook a three-year walk through Europe when he was only 18.

He plans to write up his experiences in a book but in the meantime you can read the chronicle of his journey in a blog at www.jamesdown.tumblr.com .

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2 January 2015 - Nicholas Cooper (School 1964–68) awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list

Nicholas Cooper (School 1964–68) has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours List 2015.

Nicholas, who is Chairman of Sterling Insurance Group Ltd, was awarded the honour for services to Philanthropy in Higher Education and the Arts.

He is pictured here at the Eastbournian Society insurance networking evening held in the City of London on 17 October 2013, when he spoke to OEs and current pupils about career opportunities available to them in the insurance industry.

The picture shows, left to right, Hugh Price (School 1961–66), Chairman of the Eastbournian Society; Neil Eckert (College parent); Nicholas Cooper; and Forbes Wastie (College teaching staff 1961–98).

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