News headlines – February 2015

28 Feb 2015  –  Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–13) scores try for England in U20 Six Nations match
28 Feb 2015  –  Tour of BBC Broadcasting House
27 Feb 2015  – Old Eastbournian pub evening in Bristol
27 Feb 2015  – Old Eastbournian lunch in Bristol
14 Feb 2015  – Old Eastbournian social evening at Cambridge University
12 Feb 2015  – Talk on the history of Eastbourne
8 Feb 2015  – OE Stags triumph over Old Sherborne Pilgrims

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28 February 2015- Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–13) scores try for England in U20 Six Nations match

Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009–13) scored a try for England in the U20 Six Nations rugby match against Ireland on Friday 27 February.

Brought on as a replacement at the break, Piers wasted no time in making an impact, taking just three minutes into the second half to score.

England went on to win the game 19–14, putting them at the top of the U20 table.

Their next two matches are against Scotland on Friday 13 March (kick-off 5.30pm) and then against France on Friday 20 March (kick-off 7.55pm).

Both games will be shown live on Sky Sports.



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28 February 2015 - Tour of BBC Broadcasting House

A group of Eastbournian Society members joined a tour of BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place on Saturday 28 February.

The tour started with a view of the state-of-the-art newsroom and a chance to see a live weather bulletin being broadcast.

There was then a visit to the studio used by the BBC1 evening magazine programme The One Show, where the group posed for a photograph.

The tour then continued to the Radio Theatre, formerly the BBC Concert Hall, in the original Broadcasting House building, stopping on the way to take part in making a short radio play, complete with sound effects.

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27 February 2015 - Old Eastbournian pub evening in Bristol

The latest of our pub evenings for Old Eastbournians at university was held at the Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol, with people coming from a variety of locations in the south-west.

David Stewart and James Wooldridge were on hand from the College to buy the first drinks.

Pictured here are four of the OEs who went along: Max Hamid (Gonville 2007–12), Peter Wooldridge (Reeves 2006–11), Ryder King (Craig 2007–12) and Ben Stevens (Craig 2007–12).


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27 February 2015 - Old Eastbournian lunch in Bristol

David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society, took advantage of a visit to Bristol to invite some local OEs to a lunch at the Hole in the Wall pub.

Pictured here are Anton Horne (Pennell 1985–90), Louise Hanson (née Pain) (Nugent 1982–84), Robert Anderson (Gonville 1960–65) and David.

In a busy day for David he then went on to meet some other OEs at a pub evening in the city, a report of which appears above.


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14 February 2015 - Old Eastbournian Social evening at Cambridge University

Old Eastbournians at Cambridge University enjoyed a social evening at The Hawks Club, the latest in our series of get-togethers for students around the country.

Some of the OEs who attended are pictured here.

As well as Cambridge we have also held a number of such events in Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle in the past year.

If you would like to suggest any future venues for a university drinks evening, please contact David Stewart at

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12 February 2015 - Talk on the history of Eastbourne

Local historian Paul Jordan presented the second in his series of talks on the history of Eastbourne in the Long Room on Thursday 12 February.

Telling the story through the eyes of a fictitious local family, Paul used photos and newspaper reports to illustrate the changes in the town from 1926 until the outbreak of war in 1939.

Of particular interest was the visit of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, who came to the College in 1931.

He is pictured here being accompanied by Headmaster Gordon Carey as they walk past Big School.

Paul will continue his talks with the third in the series on Thursday 21 May, which will cover 1939–50.

If you are interested in coming along please let John Thornley know on Tickets cost £5 each, including refreshments.

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8 February 2015 - OE Stags triumph over Old Sherborne Pilgrims

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

A beautifully crisp February morning saw the OE Stags convene in Regent's Park once more, to defeat the Old Sherborne Pilgrims 26–11. With the squad re-invigorated by a live BT Sport appearance, we eventually had 22 players wanting to get on the field. An early onslaught from the opposition saw The Stags go down a penalty and a well-executed try within the first 15 minutes of the opening half.

Heads never slumped, the gents roused by a captain's ‘word in the ear’ from Tom Saunders saw the mighty men in maroon bounce back in the form of a Richard Anderson (Reeves 2003–08) left wing break go over. Suitably followed by Sam Hyne (Craig 2008–13) adding the extras from the touchline – Sam’s kicking was superb all afternoon missing one from four efforts, most out on the widths of the pitch.

A tight up-front battle ensued with gargantuan efforts from Ibi Fashawe (Gonville 2006–11) and James Thrower (Craig 2002–07), ably supported by Jonathan Burbidge (Wargrave 1998–2003) and his brother Adam (Wargrave 2003–08), both at lock. Many men played out of position; Ryder King (Craig 2007–12), often playing with the mentality of a centre, sniped and tussled all afternoon culminating in a well-taken intercept run away try from the half way – superb.

Momentum had swayed and The Stags were very much in the driving seat. Angelo Errigo (Reeves 2009–14) commanded the troops up front very well with his accomplice Simon Wheeler (Pennell 2005–10) constantly providing problems for the opposition midfield, often supported by his marauding cousin William Wheeler (Wargrave 2004–09). A well worked backs move resulted in another Richard Anderson try – one for the old fashioned flyers, well taken and the killer instinct remains burning bright.

From a silky duck and weave in the corner to a few plays later with a purist's catch and drive off a line-out over the other side of the field, driven on and rallied by Oliver Hyne (Craig 2005–10) all day, giving way eventually to Ibi Fashawe going over in the corner which was the cherry on top to a joyous performance. One of my favourite Stags days to date with a great bunch of young gentlemen who played for each other.

The Man of the Match tankard went to Max Hamid (Gonville 2007–12) who, suffering with a back injury, played the full 80 minutes, with a relentless work rate in the scrum and the loose, and seemed to be everywhere on the field and never faltered. Well done all involved.

 Next up: Hastings & Bexhill, Memorial, Saturday14 March.

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