News headlines – January 2019

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18 Jan 2019    Old Eastbournian Golf Society launches new website
16 Jan 2019    Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange
9 Jan 2019    Donald Perrens celebrates his 100th birthday
3 Jan 2019    Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980-85)
2 Jan 2019    Snow White at the London Palladium
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18 January 2019 - Old Eastbournian Golf Society launches new website

The Old Eastbournian Golf Society (OEGS) launched a new website in January which can be found at

The secure interactive website makes it possible for members to link with each other through the Members Directory, apply online to play in the fully described fixtures and for match managers to assemble their teams online.

News and results sections, together with photos, also make for a modern digital website enhancing the profile of the society.

If you are interested in joining the OEGS or would like any more information about the society please contact the club secretary by email to

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16 January 2019 - Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange

The shipping industry evening has become firmly established in the series of career and business networking events organised by the Eastbournian Society.

As in previous years, the venue was the Members Bar at the Baltic Exchange in London, and we are grateful to Mark Jackson (School 1975–77), CEO of the Baltic Exchange, for arranging this for us.

The networking events enable Old Eastbournians, parents, staff and current pupils to meet, discuss career options, get advice and make business contacts. In the past this has led to College leavers getting work experience, which in some cases has resulted in job offers and training opportunities.

We are always grateful to those who attend and pass on their knowledge and expertise.

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9 January 2019 - Donald Perrens celebrates his 100th birthday

Wg Cdr Donald Perrens DSO OBE DFC was 100 on 1 January, and today he enjoyed a special celebratory lunch at the College as the guest of Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jess.

He is pictured here, with the help of his daughter Pip Kirtley, blowing out the ten candles (one for each decade!) on his birthday cake.

We were delighted to pass on a large number of cards and congratulatory emails that had been received in the ES office from Old Eastbournians and former staff worldwide.

Donald was appointed to the College staff by Headmaster John Nugee in 1939 but the Second World War intervened before he could finally take up his post in 1946. He was on the staff until 1981, during which time he ran the RAF section of the CCF before becoming commanding officer in 1954. He was also at various times head of science, housemaster of Blackwater, acting headmaster and second master in the early 1970s, as well as a coach for tennis and hockey.

In the war Donald was initially commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment in 1940 and posted to France with the British Expeditionary Force, but managed to escape on one of the last allied boats to leave Cherbourg. By November 1941 he had transferred to the Royal Air Force and, after basic flying training, went with 225 Squadron to North Africa, where he provided reconnaissance support during the Tunisian campaign.

Later the squadron moved to Sicily, then by the winter of 1944-45 he was flying Spitfires with 208 Squadron, based near Florence. During a reconnaissance mission near Bologna Donald’s plane was hit by enemy fire and he managed to crash-land in the allies’ forward defence lines, where he was dragged from the wreckage with a fractured spine and skull. After hospital treatment he returned to operational duty in March 1945, shortly before the end of the war.

Donald has been a regular visitor to the College in recent years and has been particularly interested in the Project 150 development, the culmination of many changes he has witnessed in his 80-year association with the school.

Present at the lunch and pictured here, left to right, with Donald at the front, are Col Anthony Lamb MBE DL VR, Contingent Commander of the CCF; David Stewart, Director of the Eastbournian Society; David Winn OBE (School 1954-59), President of the Eastbournian Society; Jess Lawson; Headmaster Tom Lawson; Pip Kirtley; and Forbes Wastie MBE, College staff 1961-98 and Contingent Commander of the CCF 1968-73.

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3 January 2019 - Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980-85)

We are sad to announce the death of Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980-85).

Richard died peacefully on 22 December 2018 at St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, after living with cancer for some time, which he had borne with much courage. Our thoughts are with his family: wife Emma and their children India, Josh, Toby, Sam and Tess.

Richard had spent ten years in the army, having been commissioned into the Light Infantry in 1990. He followed this with 11 years working in airline and airport operations, before joining Bedford School's management team in 2010, as Director of the Bedford School Association.

In this role he worked with the Old Bedfordians Club and the school's Foundation office and played a key part in helping the school raise very considerable sums of money, helping to deliver a number of key capital projects, as well as supporting many pupils via an extension of the scholarship and bursary programme.

Richard had strong connections to Eastbourne, with both his father Christopher and brother Nick being Old Eastbournians. His wife Emma, also an OE, is the daughter of Philip and Sally Le Brocq, long-serving members of staff at the College.

A thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday 17 February at 2.00pm in the Bedford School Chapel and will be followed by afternoon tea in the School’s Great Hall.

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2 January 2019 - Snow White at the London Palladium

The first ES theatre outing of the year was to see Snow White, and it attracted our biggest number of theatregoers, with some 72 people coming along and taking advantage of the discounted group ticket rates.

With so many people it was impossible to photograph one large group shot so here is a representative sample of just a few ES members outside the theatre.

The Palladium show has established itself as London’s must-see panto, and with Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, as well as Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia, it featured all the sparkle, scale and spectacle London has come to expect from the West End’s most lavish festive production.

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