News headlines – November 2019

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22 Nov 2019    Eastbourne College in the top 100 schools for cricket
21 Nov 2019    Eastbourne in the Second World War
20 Nov 2019    Insurance networking at the Lloyd's Building
20 Nov 2019    40 years on: Reunion for 1979 leavers
13 Nov 2019    The Man in the White Suit
8 Nov 2019    Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) wins 'Women of the Future' award
7 Nov 2019    Eastbourne informal pub evening
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22 November 2019 - Eastbourne College in the Top 100 schools for cricket

The Cricketer magazine has released its Schools Guide for 2020 and Eastbourne College is delighted to be included in the Top 100 senior schools for cricket in the UK for the fourth year running.

The College maintains its position after an exhaustive process which saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide (last year there were over 350 entries). All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, with the chosen schools having outstanding facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.

The coaching team includes Director of Cricket Rob Ferley, former Kent and Notts county professional; James Tredwell, Kent and England international player, who has 18 years' experience at the highest level; Sussex Cricket junior coach and seam-bowling specialist Aaron Watson; and wicket-keeping coach Andy Hodd (Sussex, Surrey and Yorkshire CCCs).

The magazine includes an interview with current Upper Sixth pupil Tawanda Muyeye, who has already scored two double-centuries for the 1st XI since joining the school in 2018, breaking a number of College records along the way. He pays tribute to the coaching team, saying that they know 'exactly what it takes to be a successful cricketer.'

For more information about the College's cricketing success please see the story on the College website.

21 November 2019 - Eastbourne in the Second World War

On Thursday 21 November over 40 members of the Eastbournian Society attended a talk on Eastbourne during the Second World War.

The fully illustrated talk was given by College Archivist Paul Jordan, who explained how in the early days of the war, the threat of invasion meant that Eastbourne became a defence zone, with tank traps and barbed wire on the seafront.

Originally it was thought that the town would not be a target for German bombers but in fact it did suffer frequent raids and by the end of the war had become the most-bombed town on the south-east coast. Paul showed the audience pictures of the bomb damage around the town centre, which resulted in the loss of a number of shops, hotels, banks and public buildings.

He also talked about the human cost, with some 180 civilians being killed. They are now commemorated on a memorial stone in the Peace Garden by the Wish Tower on the seafront.

At the end of the talk a number of the attendees contributed their own memories and family stories of the war years. Some of the group are pictured here in the College reception when they arrived for the talk.

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20 November 2019 - Insurance networking at the Lloyd's Building

College pupils joined Old Eastbournians at the latest Eastbournian Society business and career networking event on Wednesday 20 November, which focused on the insurance industry.

The guest speaker was Richard Harries, the chief executive of Atrium Underwriters, which hosted the event in the Lloyd's Building in the City of London. Richard started at Stewart Wrightson in 1987, and then had a variety of roles with Willis before joining Atrium in 1997. In 2012 he became active underwriter of the merged syndicates of 570 and 609. He was promoted to CEO effective from July 2014.

Richard gave a brief introduction to the insurance industry, giving the pupils an insight into a career in the profession. They then had a chance to talk with him and other colleagues, as well as with Old Eastbournians who are currently working in insurance. The pupils were also taken on a tour of the Lloyd's trading floor.

These events are not only a great opportunity for current pupils to expand their knowledge of particular careers, but they are also a useful forum for networking and for OEs to meet with fellow professionals.

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20 November 2019 - 40 years on: Reunion for 1979 leavers

A reunion lunch marking the 40th anniversary for those who left the College in summer 1979 was held in London on Wednesday 20 November.

Chris Porter (Gonville 1974-79) organised the lunch at The Tappit Hen, a wine bar and restaurant in the City, close to Cannon Street station.

He told us: 'We had a very enjoyable anniversary lunch... Many stories old and new and much merriment had by all!' He had also compiled a suitably appropriate late-70s soundtrack to play in the background.

This is the latest in a series of reunion get-togethers that the Class of '79 have organised in recent years, and Chris has told us that plans are already afoot for next year's event.

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13 November 2019 - The Man in the White Suit

The Eastbournian Society's latest theatre outing was to Wyndham's Theatre on Wednesday 13 November, to see The Man in the White Suit.

The show, based on the Ealing Studios film comedy of the same name, tells the story of idealistic young scientist Sidney Stratton, who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. But with the textile mill owners and the trade unions up in arms about his invention, there are many comic escapades for the plucky hero.

One of the cast was Old Eastbournian Ben Deery (Powell 1998-2003), who played the part of Michael Corland, in charge of one of the rival mills who are after Sidney's new fabric. Ben joined some of the ES group after the show for a chat and a drink in a neighbouring pub, and is pictured here, third from right.

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8 November 2019 - Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) wins 'Women of the Future' award

Dr Siobhan Gardiner (Watt 2003-08) has won the Commonwealth Award in the Women of the Future Awards 2019.

Siobhan, who is Global Sustainable Technology Manager at Unilever, works on delivering sustainable solutions across the company, from smart agriculture to empowering people to make changes in their own communities.

She works with young adults, policy think-tanks, schools and NGOs, and has actively pushed for access to education as a means of challenging gender inequality.

The Commonwealth Award is for women achieving developmental goals through the Commonwealth's network of nations, providing practical support to others facing challenges or obstacles.

At university Siobhan studied biochemistry and genetics, specialising in how plants produce chemical signals in response to disease and damage. While researching her PhD at Cranfield University she was shortlisted by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for the 'Innovator of the Year' award in 2018 for her work on improving resilience in vanilla quality and sustainability.

On the Unilever website, Siobhan explains that growing up on a small farm gave her an interest in the insects and birds which hindered the growth of fruits and vegetables, saying, 'the importance of this micro-universe would come up time and time again in my research in the years ahead.'

She also says: 'My childhood taught me that smallholder farmers speak a common language with three principles common to all: land, family and income. If one suffers, the rest follow suit. So if we protect the land and the crop together, we protect livelihoods and families too.'

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7 November 2019 - Eastbourne informal pub evening

The latest Eastbournian Society pub evening took place on Thursday 7 November.

Held at The Dolphin pub on South Street, these informal occasions are a popular event on the ES social calendar.

The evening was a chance for Old Eastbournians, College parents, staff (both current and former) and other friends to relax and enjoy a convivial drink.

A few of those who came along are shown here, enjoying the cosy atmosphere despite the cold and rain outside.

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