News headlines – January 2016

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28 Jan 2016    Foundation stone for Project 150 unveiled by David Winn OBE (School 1954–59)
16 Jan 2016    Trip to see 'Waste' at the National Theatre
12 Jan 2016    Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) appears on 'Great British Railway Journeys'
5 Jan 2016    Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) appointed to Racehorse Owners Association
3 Jan 2016    Matthew Hobden (Craig 2009–11)
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28 January 2016 - Foundation stone for Project 150 unveiled by David Winn OBE (School 1954–59)

A ceremony was held on Thursday 28 January to unveil a foundation stone for the Project 150 development, building work for which is now underway.

David Winn OBE, Old Eastbournian, President of the Eastbournian Society, Vice President of the Board of Governors, and the College's most generous benefactor, used an engraved silver trowel to tap the foundation stone, which recognises his contribution to the College over a number of years.

Present at the ceremony were Headmaster Simon Davies, Chairman of Governors Sir Kevin O'Donoghue (Powell 1961–66), Heads of School Jaspal Singh and Tianyu Wang, Jason Griffiths (Regional Director, VINCI Construction UK Ltd), Amy Gordon (Partner, Miller Bourne Architects), other governors and members of staff from the College Facilities and Development departments.

It was also an opportunity to thank a number of major donors to the ongoing Project 150 appeal and to praise those staff who have been involved in the meticulous planning which is enabling the College to continue operating without major disruption while the building work is taking place.

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16 January 2016 - Trip to see 'Waste' at the National Theatre

Our first theatre trip of 2016 was to the National Theatre to see Waste by Harley Granville Barker.

Banned by the censors in 1907, the play was revised in 1927, but it was not until 1936 that it was first staged in public.

Exposing the cynicism of the political elite when threatened by public scandal, the play shows how the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic independent MP.

The revival, at the Lyttelton Theatre, stars Charles Edwards as Henry Trebell MP.

Pictured here are a few of the group of Eastbournian Society members who went along.

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12 January 2016 - Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) appears on 'Great British Railway Journeys'

Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) appeared on BBC2's Great British Railway Journeys on Monday 11 January.

The programme, in which presenter Michael Portillo travels around Britain by train with a copy of Bradshaw's Guide, showed him en route between Dover and Lewes, stopping in Eastbourne on the way.

There he met Richard, who was asked about the town's Victorian heritage and the designs of architect Henry Currey under the patronage of the Seventh Duke of Devonshire.

Richard is pictured on the left with Michael Portillo in the grounds of Devonshire Park.

Richard, himself an architect, is also architectural adviser to the local heritage group, the Eastbourne Society and is co-author of the recent publication 'Eastbourne in Detail'.

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5 January 2016 - Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) appointed to Racehorse Owners Association

Nick Cooper (School 1964–68) has been appointed as Acting President at the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA).

He joined the ROA in 1995 and the most successful horses to carry his own colours were Eulogy, winner of the 1999 Whitbread Gold Cup, and Champion Hurdle-placed I'm Supposin. His wife, Philippa, owns and runs Normandie Stud.

Following a meeting in November 2015, the board of the ROA unanimously nominated Cooper as the ROA's Acting President, to hold office from the first board meeting of 2016 on 4 February.

The ROA membership will then be invited to ratify the nomination at its Annual General Meeting on 28 June following which his three-year term as President would commence.

Cooper said: 'I am thrilled to become the ROA's Acting President and am incredibly excited about working with my fellow board members to improve all aspects of racehorse ownership. British racing will only thrive if it retains its existing owners and attracts new ones. This will require a concerted effort from many parties within the sport but, supported by the recent signing of the Members' Agreement, I am heartened that racing has never been more united.'

Current President Rachel Hood, who will remain on the ROA Board until June, said: 'I am delighted to be handing over to Nick, who will make an exceptional ROA President. As well as being a major investor in the sport, his financial knowledge and business acumen will be a huge asset to the ROA. He has the vision and ideas to grow racehorse ownership and the ROA.'

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We are greatly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Matt Hobden (Craig 2009–11) has died suddenly at the age of 22.

Matthew's death was announced by Sussex County Cricket Club on Saturday.

He had played for Sussex since his first-class debut in 2014.

The club said: 'Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex's Youth and Academy ranks.'

He had been earmarked as a possible England player and had been selected to take part in the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) to train alongside the national side.

As a mark of respect England players will wear black armbands on day two of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.

The College flag will fly at half mast on Monday and Tuesday as pupils return for the start of the Lent term.

Our thoughts are with Matthew's family at this difficult time.

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