News headlines – September 2018

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22 Sep 2018    ES members brave the rain on the London walk
21 Sep 2018    Actor Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) visits the College
13 Sep 2018    'The King and I' at the London Palladium
8 Sep 2018    Hundreds enjoy the Old Eastbournian reunion
5 Sep 2018    Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) on tour in 'Rain Man'
3 Sep 2018    Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) wins 101km CCC trail running race
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22 September 2018 - ES members brave the rain on the London walk

The wet weather on Saturday 22 September did not dampen the enthusiasm of almost 30 ES members who turned up for the annual London walk.

Gathering at Bond Street underground station, the group were met by a guide from the London Walks company, who took them on a tour round Marylebone, north of Oxford Street.

Taking in the Wallace Collection, where they had a chance to see the famous Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, they then headed along Marylebone High Street, pausing at the Garden of Rest, which includes a memorial to John Wesley.

A stop at St Marylebone Church was then followed by a visit to Regent's Park, the other side of Marylebone Road. The group are pictured here outside the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square.

21 September 2018 - Actor Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) visits the College

Actor Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) visited the College on Friday 21 September and had a chance to look round the new Project 150 development.

Ed was in Eastbourne appearing at the town's Devonshire Park Theatre, where he was playing the role of Charlie Babbitt in Rain Man, which is currently on a UK tour. This is Ed's first stage role since his appearances in drama productions at the College.

Ed has made his name in numerous film and TV productions, including the blockbuster Eragon in 2006 and more recently the role of Jimmy Kent in Downton Abbey. He is currently appearing in Outlander as Stephen Bonnet, an Irish pirate and smuggler.

Foundation Director David Stewart showed Ed round the new buildings. Later he met Director of Drama Claudine Sinnett and Head of Partnerships Linda Salway on the terrace of the Winn Building, pictured here.

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13 September 2018 - 'The King and I' at the London Palladium

Some 24 members of the Eastbournian Society enjoyed a trip to the London Palladium to see the classic musical The King and I on Thursday 13 September.

The story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher who has been brought to Siam to teach his many wives and children, together with Rodgers and Hammerstein's score, including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, was guaranteed to be a big hit with the audience.

Anna and the King were played by the stars of the recent Broadway revival, Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe.

Some of the ES members who benefited from the discounted group ticket rate, are pictured here outside the theatre before the show.

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8 September 2018 - Hundreds enjoy the Old Eastbournian reunion

This year's reunion was a special one - as a means of celebrating the College's 150th anniversary, we invited Old Eastbournians and former staff from all eras to come to the school for a day of activities, culminating in a reunion dinner in the newly opened dining hall.

Over 330 people turned up throughout the day, and as well as watching 1st XV rugby on College Field (we beat King's Canterbury 32-17), guests had a chance to explore the Winn and Nugee buildings, which make up the Project 150 development.

We had realised that the one guided tour that we had originally planned would be overwhelmed by numbers, so we laid on a number of additional ones, all of which proved very popular.

Lunch in the new dining hall and tea in Big School (College Theatre) also attracted many visitors, and we were pleased to see so many taking advantage of extended opening hours at the school shop, where they could buy 150th anniversary merchandise and College clothing and gifts.

An exhibition of 150 years of College history, prepared by the archives team, was on display throughout the day and evening in the dining hall.

Following an evening Chapel service, over 225 guests came to the drinks reception and dinner. After a welcome from Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart there were speeches from Headmaster Tom Lawson and ES Chairman Hugh Price.

At the end of the meal, there was a surprise thank you from OE Alan Roberts, who told us that, as he is profoundly deaf, he had been unable to hear the other speeches, but wanted to tell everybody how much he had thoroughly enjoyed the day, a sentiment that was echoed by many others who gave him a rousing round of applause. 

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5 September 2018 - Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) on tour in 'Rain Man'

Ed Speleers (Wargrave 2001-06) is currently appearing in the touring production of Rain Man, and will be performing in Eastbourne later this month.

Ed, whose acting career began with his role in the fantasy film Eragon in 2006, has also appeared as Jimmy Kent in the ITV drama Downton Abbey, as well as in a number of other film and TV roles.

Rain Man, based on the hit film of the same name which starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, tells of what happens when salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers his long-lost brother, an autistic savant, has inherited the family fortune.

Ed plays Charlie and is pictured here (right) with his co-star Mathew Horne, who takes the role of his brother Raymond.

The play is on at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre from Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 September.

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3 September 2018 - Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) wins 101km CCC trail running race

Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) has confirmed his position as a world-class trail runner with his win in the 101km CCC race on 31 August.

Tom's time was 10 hours, 44 minutes and 32 seconds, finishing over 5 minutes ahead of the runner-up. He had been chasing the leaders for much of the race but took the lead himself on the way up to the La Flegere checkpoint, at 93km.

The Courmayer, Champex-Lac, Chamonix (CCC) event follows the Grande Randonnée trails of the Mont-Blanc, Aosta Valley, Haute Tarentaise and Beaufortain country around the French/Swiss border, reaching altitudes of 2500m.

At the finish in Chamonix Tom, who is an officer in the British Army, crossed the line with his now trademark military salute.

He later said: 'This has been my proudest moment in my running career. Taking the gold in the CCC is a dream come true!'

Last year he came third in the gruelling Marathon des Sables, the highest-ranking Briton in that event.

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