News headlines – July 2018

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26 Jul 2018    Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) is on the run... for charity
11 Jul 2018    Strictly Ballroom The Musical
9 Jul 2018    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) to appear at Edinburgh Fringe
6 Jul 2018    Foundation Golf Challenge raises money for College bursary
5 Jul 2018    Eastbourne College wins Community Award in national contest
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26 July 2018 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) is on the run... for charity

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995-2000) is currently on the run, but it's all being done for a good cause.

Johnny is taking part in Celebrity Hunted, Channel 4's reality TV show in which contestants attempt to evade capture by a group of former police and intelligence officers. This celebrity version of the programme aims to raise funds for the charity Stand Up To Cancer.

Johnny is the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View and is a fomer army officer, having been a captain in the 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, serving three tours of Afghanistan.

He has been paired in the show with Sky News presenter Kay Burley, and the latest reports suggest that they are travelling in a boat in an attempt to disappear from view. You can follow their escapades at twitter.com/hashtag/celebrityhunted.

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11 July 2018 - Strictly Ballroom The Musical

The latest Eastbournian Society theatre trip proved to be a popular one, with 40 members taking advantage of discounted group rates to see Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.

The show, based on Baz Luhrmann’s multi award-winning movie Strictly Ballroom, tells the story of maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott, who defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, and teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way.

Featuring Will Young in the new role of Wally Strand, Jonny Labey as Scott and Zizi Strallen as Fran, the show was greatly appreciated by the group, some of whom are pictured here outside the theatre just before the start.

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9 July 2018 - Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) to appear at Edinburgh Fringe

Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) is to perform his first one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year between 1 and 26 August.

Paul, co-writer of the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley and producer and writer of many other comedy programmes on both TV and radio, will be appearing in Incurable Optimist at venue 302, the Underbelly in Bristo Square.

Paul has Parkinson's and made an award-winning documentary for the BBC called Parkinson's: The Funny Side. Since then he has appeared at London's Comedy Store (you can see a short clip here).

His show is about the therapeutic power of comedy: Paul is not contagious, but he is worth catching. Richard Curtis, his Dibley co-writer, says about the show: 'Very funny - and moving too'. It has also been picked by The Times as one of its 'top tickets' for the festival.

To find out more and to book tickets, please go to the Edinburgh Fringe ticket website.

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6 July 2018 - Foundation Golf Challenge raises money for College bursary

The annual Foundation Golf Challenge was held on Friday 6 July at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, helping to raise funds for the Peter Bibby Award.

Eighteen teams took part and had an enjoyable day's golf in very hot and sunny conditions. The day had started with registration and coffee and bacon rolls before the shotgun start at 12.30pm.

The players were kept refreshed on the course with supplies of water and beer, before returning to the club house for the traditional group photo.

Prizegiving followed, with the winning team being announced as AFC. This led in to the evening dinner, during which there was a charity auction, to help raise money for the Peter Bibby Award, which provides bursary funding for a place at the College for a talented local cricketer. Final figures are still being calculated, but the total amount raised through the auction, sponsorship and entry fees is expected to be at least £13,000.

Our thanks go to all who took part, donated prizes and auction items, and sponsored the event, including main sponsor M-Tech Systems.

To see pictures of all the competing teams please go to the 2018 Golf Challenge page.

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5 July 2018 - Eastbourne College wins Community Award in national contest

Eastbourne College received the Community Award at the 12th annual Education Business Awards, which were held in London on Thursday 5 July.

The award recognises the College’s work in founding and growing the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) which provides community, educational and sporting activities.

Comprising a group of 12 local maintained and independent schools, the ESP now accounts for 14,000 children in the surrounding area.

Headmaster Tom Lawson and Head of Partnerships Linda Salway were very pleased to receive the award from Susie Dent, lexicographer and long-term occupant of Dictionary Corner on Channel Four’s Countdown.

The College also received a special commendation in the Building Award category for the recently completed Project 150 development.

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