News headlines – January 2017

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20 Jan 2017    Maurice Trapp (Gonville 1962-67) welcomes Becky Stewart (Blackwater 2001-06) to New Zealand
11 Jan 2017    Captain Henry Singleton Pennell VC (1874–1907) commemorated
11 Jan 2017    Theatre trip to 'Half a Sixpence'
10 Jan 2017    The Nugee Building has opened
5 Jan 2017    Tim Lucey
4 Jan 2017    Rear Admiral Chris Gardner (Pennell 1976-81) awarded CBE
4 Jan 2017    Horse trainer John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) awarded OBE
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20 January 2017 - Maurice Trapp (Gonville 1962-67) welcomes Becky Stewart (Blackwater 2001-06) to New Zealand

Maurice Trapp (Gonville 1962-67) welcomed Becky Stewart (Blackwater 2001-06) recently when she was visiting New Zealand, and showed her round Waiheke, where he lives.

Maurice was elected Vice-President of New Zealand Rugby in 2015 for a two-year term, a unique honour for someone born in the UK. He is the former President of Auckland Rugby and was Auckland coach in 1987-91.

Maurice is also the OE rep in New Zealand; our reps throughout the world are available to offer advice about travelling or working in their localities, and they can also be a friendly face for fellow OEs who just happen to be visiting.

A full list of OE reps is available to those who have registered and logged in to the website. Simply follow the link from the Members Area.

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11 January 2017 - Captain Henry Singleton Pennell VC (1874–1907) commemorated

On Wednesday 11 January, the St Moritz Tobogganing Club held a lecture and exhibition evening to commemorate Capt Henry Singleton Pennell VC (1874–1907).

Pennell, one of our most distinguished Old Eastbournians, was the victim of the first fatal accident on the Cresta Run on 19 January 1907, and the evening had been organised to mark the 110th anniversary of his death.

The venue was the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly, London, and about 50 members attended.

The College archives were invited to mount an exhibition and participate. Archivists Michael Partridge and Paul Jordan took Pennell's replica medals and the dress helmet which was purchased by the Arnold Embellishers in 2013. They also mounted a display of photos and text which described his life, his military career and his time at the College.

Michael was one of three speakers to talk about Pennell's life. Headmaster Tom Lawson, Deputy Chairman of Governors Philip Broadley and Mrs Sheila Partridge all attended the event which was a great success.

Pictured here in front of the exhibition are Michael, Tom Lawson and Philip Broadley. Click here to see further pictures from the evening.

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11 January 2017 - Theatre trip to 'Half a Sixpence'

Our first theatre trip for 2017 was to see the musical Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.

Based on HG Wells’s disguised autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul, this new stage version is a completely fresh adaptation by Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey.

The story of the orphan Arthur Kipps, a draper's assistant, and his dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, was very well received by the society members who went along, and they praised the excellent cast, singing and choreography.

Some of the group are pictured here; they managed to get to London despite the lack of Southern trains from Eastbourne as a result of the latest Aslef rail strike.

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10 January 2017 - The Nugee Building has opened

Phase 1 of the Project 150 development has now opened and the mathematics and English departments have moved in to their new classrooms on the first and second floors.

The remaining parts of Phase 1, including the school shop, pavilion and ICT suites, are also close to completion.

The block will be known as the Nugee Building, in honour of John Nugee, who was the headmaster from 1938 to 1956.

Mr Nugee successfully managed the wartime evacuation of the College to Radley with three days’ notice in June 1940 and, even more importantly, planned for and achieved its return to Eastbourne in 1945.

The official opening ceremony of the building will take place on Wednesday 26 April and guests of honour will be His Grace The Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE DL, President of Eastbourne College Incorporated, and Tishy Nugee, the daughter of John Nugee. Attendance at the opening ceremony will be by invitation only.

Meanwhile, construction of Phase 2 of the development continues, with a large part of the steelwork already in place. This phase will include the sports hall, swimming pool, reception, dining hall, function rooms and kitchens and is due for completion in 2018.

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5 January 2017 - Tim Lucey

The College community was greatly saddened to hear that Tim Lucey, former Support Services Manager, died suddenly on 2 January 2017. Tim had only recently finished working at the College and was looking forward to his retirement.

Tim also served as School Staff Instructor for the College CCF, a position he had held since April 1992, following 25 years' service with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

In 2008 Tim was awarded a Lord Lieutenant's Award for Meritorious Service to the CCF, which was presented to him by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex in October that year. This photograph of Tim was taken during the award ceremony.

At the time, CCF Contingent Commander Lt Col Anthony Lamb wrote: 'WO2 (SSI) Lucey's contribution to adventure training, administration and the logistical support of the contingent is a key reason why Eastbourne College is considered one of the premier CCFs in the South East.'

Our thoughts are with Jacqui, his partner, and their family at this very sad time. The College and CCF flags will fly at half-mast this week and for the start of term.

UPDATE (16 Jan 2017): A memorial service for Tim is to be held at 3.30pm on Monday 6 February in the College Chapel..

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4 January 2017 - Rear Admiral Chris Gardner (Pennell 1976-81) awarded CBE

Rear Admiral Chris Gardner (Pennell 1976-81) has been awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours.

Chris was promoted to Rear Admiral in November 2015 and is now Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Ships and Chief Naval Logistics Officer in Navy Command, Portsmouth.

He is responsible for setting overall strategic direction and delivering through life capability management for the Royal Navy’s surface ships (excluding capital ships) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

He is a member of the Navy Command Operating Board and is the Senior Responsible Owner for the Batch 2 Ocean Patrol Vessel programme bringing new OPVs into service for the fleet.

Commenting on receiving the CBE, Chris said that it was 'much to my surprise and obvious delight. It is great to join the list of RN members of the order who are also OEs.'

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4 January 2017 - Horse trainer John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) awarded OBE

John Gosden (Gonville 1965–69) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for services to horseracing and training.

John has won over 3,000 races worldwide, including eight British Classics. His titles include the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Dubai Sheema Classic.

After leaving the College he read economics at Cambridge University, then worked in land development in Venezuela. He started his training career in California in 1979, where he trained over 500 winners.

He returned to England to train in 1989, originally at Stanley House Stables, then moved to Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket in 2006. He won the British trainers' crown in 2012 and then again in 2015.

Speaking to the Racing Post, he said: 'This award would have not come to be without the wonderful people who have worked with me and for me down all the years. I'm especially grateful to them all and to the many horses, of various abilities, which I have been fortunate enough to train during my career. I would like to thank them all.'

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