News headlines – February 2019

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26 Feb 2019    Legal networking at Lincoln's Inn
12 Feb 2019    Talk on the history of Harrods
11 Feb 2019    Old Eastbournians raising money for the CharChar Trust
9 Feb 2019    The annual quiz night and dinner
4 Feb 2019    The Old Eastbournian magazine for 2018 has been published
4 Feb 2019    Photography competition launched
3 Feb 2019    Alex Partridge (Powell 2001-06) speaks at TEDx event in Manchester
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26 February 2019 - Legal networking at Lincoln's Inn

The latest in the Eastbournian Society's series of career and business networking evenings was held on Tuesday 26 February and focused on the legal profession.

Hosted by barrister Richard Liddell (Reeves 1989-94) in his chambers in New Square, Lincoln's Inn, the event was an opportunity for current pupils, Old Eastbournians, parents and College staff to meet and discuss career prospects and opportunities.

Richard spoke to the attendees, explaining how he had got into the legal profession, and gave an overview of the work in his practice, which covers four main areas: commercial disputes (including international arbitration), professional negligence claims, construction claims and sports law.

Tom Shepherd (Powell 1996-2001) also spoke about his career in commercial litigation, including civil fraud and insolvency and financial services.

We are grateful to all the OEs who came along to share their advice and experience with College pupils.

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12 February 2019 - Talk on The history of Harrods

An entertaining and informative talk on the history of Harrods attracted more than 40 members of the Eastbournian Society on Tuesday.

The talk, in the Long Room of the Howell Pavilion, was given by Merton Cox, who worked in the antiques department of the famous store for some years.

As well as telling the story of how the shop developed from humble beginnings in the Brompton Road in 1849, Merton also had a few anecdotes of his own, with insights into some of the staff and customers he had known.

Merton has previously given a series of talks on the history of English antiques and furniture, and this latest one proved just as popular with the audience.

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11 February 2019 - Old Eastbournians raising money for the CharChar Trust

Nicky Robertson (Nugent 1980-82) and Sally Nelson (née Glenister) (Nugent 1980-82) are fund raising for The CharChar Trust, a small charity making big changes to little people's lives in Malawi.

The CharChar Trust makes sure primary school children become literate in a country of high illiteracy. Nicky and Sally are planning to trek up Sapitwa peak of Mulanje Mountain, the highest point in Malawi at over 3000m, while helping to raise funds and awareness at the same time.

If there are any other OEs who would like to join them, they would be most welcome. They will be travelling to Malawi on Friday 28 June and staying there until Sunday 7 July 2019.

Nicky says: 'We'll visit a couple of schools to learn more about both the challenges to education and the solutions The CharChar Trust is supporting, we'll do the trek, visit a game park and have an interesting experience.'

For more information please contact Nicky on 07972 803473 or by email:

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9 February 2019 - The annual quiz night and dinner

Saturday night saw a record number of people attending the Eastbournian Society annual quiz night, with over 70 competing for the chance to win the star prize... of a Mars bar.

This was the first time the quiz night had been held in the function rooms in the Winn Building.

As well as a bumper set of quiz questions, the ten teams also enjoyed a curry meal and a glass of wine or two.

The winners were Celtic Fringe, a team that represents the wide range of membership of the society, being made up of two generations of an OE family, a former College employee, a current volunteer and other friends of the College.

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4 February 2019 - The Old Eastbournian magazine for 2018 has been published

The Old Eastbournian magazine, the journal of the Eastbournian Society, has been published and is being posted out to members this week.

A PDF version can also be downloaded from the Old Eastbournian magazine page.

The magazine reviews our events and activities throughout 2018, and also includes news and features about OEs and members of staff, OE sports reports and College highlights for the 2017-18 academic year.

The cover shows three stills from the 150th anniversary 3-D video mapping show that took place last November, and there is a further report on this inside, along with features on other events that took place during a busy year: the London dinner, the Wargrave lunch, the OE reunion and the Winter Ball, to name but a few.

Society members who are UK residents should receive their copy within the next two weeks. If you do not receive one, this may be because we do not have a current address for you or because you have previously asked to read the magazine online rather than receive a hard copy by post.

Society members who live outside the UK may have to wait a few weeks before their copies are delivered by post.

Please contact David Blake on 01323 452262 or by email to if you have any questions about the magazine or want to check whether you are on the mailing list or not.

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4 February 2019 - Photography competiton launched

The College's third annual photography competition has been launched, and all members of the Eastbournian Society are invited to take part.

Embracing the theme 'Journeys', the shortlisted submissions will be printed and displayed in the Warren Atrium (Nugee Building) where, at the private view on Friday 3 May, the winner of the pupil and adult categories will be announced and prizes awarded.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 24 April (the first day of the summer term) and the following terms apply:

  • one submission per entrant
  • submissions must relate to the theme
  • entrants must have a connection with Eastbourne College
  • images must be saved at the resolution 300dpi
  • images must be saved as a high quality JPEG
  • post-editing is allowed
  • include name on the file name

Images are to be emailed to Samantha Martin, Teacher in charge of photography ( who can also answer any questions you night have about the competition.

Alternatively, the platform WeTransfer allows you to send images that are bigger than 2MB.

Submissions will be judged by the headmaster and a professional photographer.

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3 February 2019 - Alex Partridge (Powell 2001-06) speaks at TEDx event in Manchester

Alex Partridge (Powell 2001-06) spoke at a TEDx event in Manchester on Sunday 3 February, with the theme of 'Unconventional Wisdom'.

TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events with a variety of speakers, intended to spark deep discussion and connection in the audience.

Alex, who is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of social media content in the UK, spoke about the inception of the brands Unilad and LADbible, which he founded, the tactics used to grow the business and ultimately the legal dispute about the ownership of the company, which he won.

He was speaking at the Bridgewater Hall alongside a number of other contributors, in front of an audience of some 2,300 people.

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