News headlines – June 2016

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30 Jun 2016    The College hosts donors on Foundation Day
23 Jun 2016    MCC cricket dinner welcomes Chris Cowdrey as guest speaker
16 Jun 2016    Eastbournian Society visit to Hampton Court Palace
13 Jun 2016    Camilla Kruger (School 2000–05) to compete at Rio Olympics
12 Jun 2016    OECC win first round match in the Cricketer Cup
9 Jun 2016    Project 150 reception at Tunbridge Wells
7 Jun 2016    Eastbournian Society 'Mapp and Lucia' walk in Rye
5 Jun 2016    The Pennell House celebration lunch
4 Jun 2016    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) wins Sky Arts outstanding achievement award
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30 June 2016 - The College hosts donors on Foundation Day

The College invited major donors and members of the Devonshire Society to lunch on Foundation Day, which was held on Thursday 30 June.

Following a drinks reception in the Birley Centre, the guests were treated to a musical recital by pupils in the Jennifer Winn Auditorium, after which they posed for the group photograph here.

They then headed to the College Theatre for lunch.

After words of welcome from Philip Broadley (Wargrave 1974–79), our guests enjoyed a superb meal prepared by the College catering team.

They also heard from the Heads of School, Jaspal Singh (Reeves 2011–16) and Tianyu Wang (Watt 2011–16), who spoke about the opportunities they have had during their time at the College, their appreciation of the teaching and pastoral care, and their gratitude to members of the Devonshire Society and other donors for their generosity in supporting the College.

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23 June 2016 - MCC cricket dinner welcomes Chris Cowdrey as guest speaker

The annual MCC cricket dinner was held on Thursday 23 June in the College Dining Hall.

Unfortunately the cricket match between the College 1st XI and the MCC, scheduled for earlier in the day, had to be cancelled following overnight heavy rain, which had left the pitch waterlogged.

However, the dinner went ahead as planned with nearly 70 guests, including parents of current and former pupils, Old Eastbournians, members of the MCC and friends of the College. They were later entertained by guest speaker Chris Cowdrey, the former Kent, Glamorgan and England cricketer, and son of Colin Cowdrey.

Chris is pictured here on the right with David Stewart, Eastbournian Society Director, and Mirren Mace. Mirren is the daughter of Peter Bibby, in whose memory a College bursary is awarded to a promising young cricketer who would otherwise might not have an opportunity to attend the College. You can read more about the Peter Bibby Award and the forthcoming Foundation Golf Challenge, which also raises funds for the award.

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16 June 2016 - Eastbournian Society visit to Hampton Court Palace

The Eastbournian Society organised a trip to Hampton Court Palace on Thursday 16 June.

The group made their own way to London and met for lunch first, before assembling for the guided tour, after which some of them were able to look at the exhibitions and visit the gardens.

The group are pictured here by the main gate.

This is the latest in our series of visits to places of interest. In September there is a guided walk in London, visiting the Unknown East End.

If you would like to suggest any other places for future trips, please let John Thornley know at Our next events planning meeting is on Thursday 22 September.

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13 June 2016 - Camilla Kruger (School 2000–05) to compete at Rio Olympics

Camilla Kruger (School 2000–05) will be competing in the equestrian events at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Camilla will be representing Zimbabwe, the first equestrian from that country to qualify for Olympic competition.

Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Camilla says she starting riding at a young age on the family farm, and had always had the dream of going to the Olympics.

She will be taking part in the eventing competition, riding her horse Biarritz, who is more familiarly known as Sam.

She says that with a consistent performance she hopes to finish in the top 15, but is already thinking ahead to the 2020 Olympics, for which she has big plans.

You can read more about Camilla at her website

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12 June 2016 - OECC win first round match in the Cricketer Cup

The Old Eastbournian Cricket Club (OECC) won their first round match in the Cricketer Cup on Sunday 12 June.

The match against Haileybury Hermits was played on College Field in a 20/20 format owing to the poor weather.

Nigel Wheeler reports: 'The OEs, captained by Angus Stewart (Craig 2003–08), scored 144 thanks to a powerful half century from Jack Skinner (Wargrave 2008–13) and some strong hitting all down the order. Spinners Jacob Smith (Craig 2010–15) and Fred Florry (Gonville 2004–06) bowled tightly despite the very short boundary and they were well supported by Charlie Hobden (Wargrave 2008–13), Ed Miller (Craig 2001–06), Ben Barter (Powell 2004–09) and Chad Chisholm (Reeves 2000–05). Haileybury were 25 short and certainly Eastbourne looked the better side in all departments on the day.'

The second round match will be against Old Tonbridgians at Tonbridge on Sunday 26 June and any support you can give the team would be much appreciated. If you would like to play please contact Angus Stewart at

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9 June 2016 - Project 150 reception at Tunbridge Wells

The latest of our Project 150 receptions took place at Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 9 June.

It was hosted by Neville and Nikki Brauer, parents of former College pupils, at their home in Camden Park.

College parents and other friends and members of the Eastbournian Society were able to hear about the plans for the new building and how they can help to support it.

Philip Broadley, Chairman of the Project 150 Campaign Committee, and David Stewart, Foundation Director, both spoke about the fundraising campaign, and a specially commissioned film about the project was shown.

For more details about how you can support Project 150 and the College please see our fundraising page.

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7 June 2016 - Eastbournian Society 'Mapp and Lucia' walk in Rye

A small group of society members enjoyed a day in Rye on Tuesday, taking in a guided tour of the town. They are pictured here at the Lookout just before the tour started.

The walk took in the buildings and places on which EF Benson based his fictional town of Tilling, the home of Mapp and Lucia.

Allan Downend from the EF Benson Society was a knowledgeable guide, and took the group to some of the filming locations used in the television adaptations of the books, both the 1980s Channel 4 series and the more recent one on BBC1.

Afterwards the group had lunch, a number of them joining John Thornley at The George Hotel.

Our next guided walk is in London on Saturday 24 September, meeting at Whitechapel for a tour of The Unknown East End.

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5 June 2016 - The Pennell House celebration lunch

Our annual summer Sunday lunch this year celebrated Pennell House, and guests included OEs, former staff and other friends and associates of the house.

It is 30 years since the move into 'new' Pennell House in 1986, after 65 years' residency in the original Pennell in Grassington Road.

We were pleased to see a good representation across the generations, including Robin Brown, Robin Grey and Robert Stapylton-Smith, all of whom were at Pennell from 1945 to 1950, up to the present day housemaster Ben Jourdain, his wife Lydia and their daughters Isla and Alyssa.

David Stewart welcomed the guests and spoke of the importance of 'family', paying tribute to the former housemasters and their families who had been able to attend: Culain Morris (housemaster 1980-88);  Lisa Young, Richard Young and Ros Ford (wife and children of Mike Young, housemaster 1965-80); and Fiona Storrs and Alison Charman (daughters of Robert Storrs, housemaster 1933-53).

Ben Jourdain spoke of the legacy of the house and how he felt that he and Lydia were merely custodians of Pennell, continuing the traditions and values that had been established by earlier generations.

Jo Shubber, who was in Pennell from 1965 to 1970, paid affectionate tribute to his housemaster Mike Young, who died in June last year, a man who was firm but fair, and greatly appreciated by the boys in the house.

The College archives team had mounted a display of photos and text showing the history of the house, its staff and the achievements of some Pennell boys over the years; the exhibition generated a lot of interest and prompted many reminiscences.

With fine sunny weather we were able to assemble on the lawn by the Dining Hall for a group photo. More photos of the day are available in the members area of the website. To access these pictures you will need to be registered and logged in to the website. If you have not yet registered, you can do so by following the instructions on the registration page.

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4 June 2016 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) wins Sky Arts outstanding achievement award

Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975–80) has been announced as the winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award recognizes lifetime contribution to British arts, and previous winners have included Tracy Emin, Harold Pinter, JK Rowling and Julie Waters.

Eddie is the 20th recipient of the award, which will be made at a ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel on Sunday 5 June.

It will be broadcast at 8pm on Wednesday 8 June on the Sky Arts channel in the UK.

Host of the ceremony, Melvyn Bragg, said: 'Eddie Izzard is a marvel. He works across such a wide waterfront with an unmatchable, often uncatchable style and wit. We're delighted that he joins the ranks of those who have won this outstanding achievement award.'

Earlier this year Eddie ran 27 marathons in 27 days to raise money for the charity Sport Relief.

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