News headlines – April 2015

30 Apr 2015  – The annual London dinner
23 Apr 2015  – Legal networking event
20 Apr 2015  – Paul Feiler painting appears on BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'
19 Apr 2015  – Eastbournian Society choral concert: Haydn's Creation
17 Apr 2015  – Old Eastbournians enjoy brunch in Dubai
17 Apr 2015  – Christian Miller (Reeves 2006–11) commits to ten big fundraising challenges
7 Apr 2015  – Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) profiled in Insurance People magazine

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30 April 2015 - The annual London dinner

The 2015 London dinner proved to be very popular, with just under 200 guests attending, the largest number since the 1982 dinner at Mansion House.

Held at the Royal Over-Seas League in St James's Street, the dinner was an opportunity for OEs and members of staff to celebrate the 34-year College teaching career of David Hodkinson (on right of picture), who retires from full-time teaching at the end of this academic year.

After the drinks reception, long-time colleague David Miller (second left) paid tribute to 'Hoddy', who replied with words of his own.

The guest of honour and main speaker for the evening was Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, GCB CBE DSO DL, former Chief of the Defence Staff, and an Old Eastbournian who, as David Richards, was in Wargrave House from 1965 to 1970.

Lord Richards (right) is a College Governor and the President of the Project 150 Campaign.

He concluded his speech with the traditional toast to the College.


More pictures of the evening are available by following this link to the London dinner page.

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23 April 2015 - Legal networking event

The latest networking event for current pupils, Old Eastbournians, parents and staff was an opportunity to meet those in the legal field able to offer careers advice and insight.

The speaker was Tony Williams, formerly managing partner of Clifford Chance and now an independent consultant with Jomati.

The event was held at the offices of RPC at Tower Bridge House in London and some of those who attended are pictured here.

For more pictures from the evening please go to the event report in our members area. You will need to be registered and logged on to the website as this page is password-protected.

The Eastbournian Society holds a series of career and business networking events throughout the year. More details are on our networking page.

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20 April 2015 - Paul Feiler painting appears on BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'

An oil painting by former Head of Art Paul Feiler appeared on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow on Sunday 19 April.

Paul, who died aged 95 in 2013, was Head of Art at the College from 1942 until 1945, a period when the school had been evacuated during the war to Radley.

He went on to teach art in the west of England and became associated with the post-war modernists based in St Ives.

In the programme the painting, a view of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, was evaluated by expert Grant Ford, pictured here.

The owner had purchased the picture for £1,000 in 1984 but due to the increased interest in Feiler's work, it was estimated that it could fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 now. In fact, the picture was sold at Christie's in November 2014 (after the programme was recorded), for a sum of £25,000.

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19 April 2015 - Eastbournian Society choral concert: Haydn's Creation

The Eastbournian Society Chorus, together with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, performed Haydn's Creation at St Saviour's Church on Sunday 19 April.

The Eastbournian Society Chorus comprises singers with a College connection and other friends, some of whom have enjoyed singing in the annual concert for many years.

The concert, conducted by former College Director of Music Graham Jones, also included soloists Jozik Kotz (bass), Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (tenor) and Elizabeth Roberts (soprano). They are pictured here in rehearsal with Elizabeth on the left, Jozik in the centre and Andrew on the right.

For more information about the Chorus, including details of how to join, please email or call 07780 993801.

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17 April 2015 - Old Eastbournians enjoy brunch in Dubai

Old Eastbournians and other members of the Eastbournian Society enjoyed brunch in Dubai on Friday 17 April.

The brunch, hosted by local ES rep Ed Atkinson (Pennell 1979–84), was held at Delphine at the H Hotel in the city centre.

Sixteen guests, some of whom are pictured here, went along for the meal, the latest in a series of social gatherings that Ed has organised in the past few years.

Another event is planned for later in the year; keep an eye on our Events page for more details.

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17 April 2015 - Christian Miller (Reeves 2006–11) commits to ten big fundraising challenges

Christian Miller (Reeves 2006–11) has committed to completing ten big fundraising challenges on behalf of his nephew Theo.

Theo suffered severe brain damage at birth and, as a result, has cerebral palsy.

In order to fund life enhancing therapies and equipment, which become more and more essential as Theo grows older, family and friends are trying to raise £50,000.

Christian has already completed two of the challenges: the Bath Half Marathon (pictured) and the South Mud Run. The next one is the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 26 April.

He would welcome any support that you can give. Please see his blog at which has details of the remaining challenges and a link to his fundraising page.

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7 April 2015 - Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) profiled in Insurance People magazine

Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) is profiled in Insurance People magazine this month, and also appears on the cover, right.

Nick is former chairman of Sterling Insurance Group, which he founded in 1994, although he had initially qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974.

He was recently awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to higher education and the arts, and attended the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March.

The CBE recognised his support for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and London's Old Vic theatre.

He sat on the RADA Council for ten years and was Chairman of the Old Vic for five years from 2008.

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