News headlines – August 2018

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30 Aug 2018    Witness for the Prosecution
29 Aug 2018    Brian Prentis
22 Aug 2018    Eastbourne Rainbow group enjoy tour of the College
17 Aug 2018    Thinking of a career in residential property?
8 Aug 2018    One month to go until the Old Eastbournian reunion
3 Aug 2018    Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998-2003) in new Mamma Mia! movie
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30 August 2018 - Witness for the Prosecution

Before term started, the cultural arm of the Eastbournian Society was busy with a theatre trip to see the much-acclaimed Witness for the Prosecution in the former London County Hall building.

Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal was presented in a unique courtroom setting in the former council chamber, with some members of the audience sitting in the jury box.

Others, including our group, had seats in the gallery, offering a dramatic perspective unlike that found in a normal theatrical presentation.

In the play, Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth.

The stakes are high - will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

It was much appreciated by the ES members who went, including former pupils across the generations (one recent leaver, one of the first female pupils in 1969, and an OE from the 1950s), some of whom are pictured here.

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29 August 2018 - Brian Prentis

We are very sorry to report that Brian Prentis died on the morning of 23 August 2018.

The funeral will be held at St Mary the Virgin Willingdon at 11.00am on Monday 3 September. Those who knew Brian and who know the Prentis family are most welcome to attend.

Brian joined the staff in 1955 and retired in summer 1991. He was a key member of the Mathematics department and Housemaster of Powell from 1972 to 1985. He was in charge of hockey from 1959 to 1979 and coached the 1st XI between 1959 and 1976.

His great love of both cricket and hockey and College sport in general ensured that he continued to be one of our most loyal supporters in his retirement. He was on the boundary or the touch lines of College matches until very recently.

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22 August 2018 - Eastbourne Rainbow group enjoy tour of the College

Members of Eastbourne Rainbow, the local social group for LGBT residents aged 50+, enjoyed a tour of the College on Wednesday 22 August.

Starting with a visit to the Chapel, the group heard about the history of the College from the school's archivist Paul Jordan, who also showed them the war memorial panels and the oldest part of the College, the building known as Larkfield, now part of School House.

They were then shown into the Nugee Building to see the juxtaposition between old and new, with the Warren Atrium which connects Big School to the Project 150 development.

David Blake of the Eastbournian Society then took them round the Winn Building, where they were impressed with the sports hall and swimming pool, as well as the other numerous sports and fitness facilities. The tour finished in the dining hall and a chance for coffee and biscuits.

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17 August 2018 - Thinking of a career in residential property?

The careers department at Eastbourne College has been contacted by Nick Goble (Powell 1978-82), Managing Director of Winkworths estate agents in Battersea.

Nick tells us that he is looking for a number of residential sales consultants for his Battersea and Clapham offices. No experience is necessary and training will be given. Young OEs looking for a start in a career in property are welcome to apply.

If you are interested, please send your CV to

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8 August 2018 - One month to go until the Old Eastbournian reunion

The Old Eastbournian reunion takes place on Saturday 8 September, just one month to go!

There is still time to book your places at the reunion, and you can come to as many or as few of the day's events as you wish.

This year, the reunion is open to OEs from all eras, an opportunity to celebrate as we approach the end of the College's 2017-18 150th anniversary year.

There will be a chance to have a guided tour of the Project 150 development, which includes the new sports hall, swimming pool, dining hall and function suite, as well as numerous new classrooms, the IT centre and the school shop.

There will also be two rugby games on College Field, with the OE Stags at 11.00am and the 1st XV against King's Canterbury at 2.30pm.

You are welcome to come to lunch, tea and dinner. Both lunch and tea are free, and there is a £25 charge for the reception drinks and dinner in the evening. If you would like to come along, please let us know which meals you would like, whether you have any dietary preferences and if you are planning to bring a guest. Husbands, wives and partners are all welcome.

Click here for more details on our events page.

Please contact Lulu Brown at on 01323 451901.

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3 August 2018 - Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998-2003) in new Mamma Mia! movie

Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998-2003) is in the follow-up to the Abba musical Mamma Mia!, which has recently been released in cinemas.

In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Hugh plays the younger version of Harry, who was portrayed by Colin Firth in the first film. He is seen here with Lily James, who takes the role of the young Donna, Meryl Streep's character in the original.

In various interviews Hugh has commented that taking on the role was quite intimidating, but he focused on the part rather than trying to imitate Colin Firth.

Hugh's singing ability will come as no surprise to those who remember him in the College's production of Little Shop of Horrors, when he played the lead role of Seymour. He also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar, when The Eastbournian magazine at the time praised his 'real vocal dexterity and theatrical presence'.

Hugh has had a busy few years, having played Will in the BBC comedy W1A, Unwin Trevaunance in Poldark, and Harry in the tragicomedy Fleabag. He also appeared as Prince William in the satirical comedy The Windsors on Channel 4 and as a first officer in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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