News headlines – January 2020

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29 Jan 2020    Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange
29 Jan 2020    Mgr John Klyberg (Gonville 1945-50)
28 Jan 2020    Dr Chris Waller 1942-2020
15 Jan 2020    Waitress serves up a treat
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29 January 2020 - Shipping industry networking at the Baltic Exchange

The Eastbournian Society held a careers and business networking evening for the shipping industry on Wednesday 29 January.

The event, at the Members Bar of the Baltic Exchange in the City of London, welcomed Old Eastbournians, parents, staff and pupils, who were able to discuss career prospects and meet new business contacts.

The guest speaker was Denis Petropoulos, Chairman of the Baltic Exchange Council, a position he has held since June 2019, having worked in ship broking for some 40 years.

After giving an overview of the importance of the shipping industry in global trade, Denis said how important the ES careers events are in giving young people the opportunity to network, build up relationships, develop their personalities and improve their communication skills.

Some further pictures of the evening are in our members area. You will have to be registered and logged in to the website to view these.

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29 January 2020 - Mgr John Klyberg (Gonville 1945-50)

We are sorry to report the death on 16 January of Monsignor John Klyberg (Gonville 1945-50).

John remained profoundly grateful for the education he received and was a regular visitor to the College as a loyal Old Eastbournian, benefactor and member of the Devonshire Society.

He maintained lifelong friendships with fellow Gonvillians and others and his sense of humour never left him.

His obituary, published by the Diocese of Westminster, says, 'His ministry was characterised by an endearing genial robustness.'

His funeral took place in Hythe on Wednesday 29 January.

A full obituary will appear in next year’s copy of the Old Eastbournian magazine.


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28 January 2020 - Dr Chris Waller 1942-2020

It is with great sadness to report that Dr Chris Waller, who was a member of the Modern Languages Department from 1991 to 2002, died on Friday 17 January in Worcester.

He passed away suddenly on the way home from the library where he was working on turning his PhD on German First World War poetry into a book.

After Eastbourne, Chris taught at Clifton College before retiring to Worcester. Many OEs have much to thank Chris for, including insisting on high standards and rigorous accuracy in his French and German lessons, and his coaching of the U14A cricket team.

He introduced the Lectern Society for the sixth form where many Eastbournians, in this supportive environment, overcame their fear of public speaking. He was also resident house tutor in Pennell.

His funeral will be on Monday 10 February at 12.15pm at St Mary’s Church, Kempsey, Worcester, and afterwards there will be a reception at the Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Chris's family have said that they would be pleased to welcome any former colleagues or Old Eastbournians to the service and reception. Please RSVP to Claire Waller at or call 07798 772646.

They have also said: 'To honour Dad’s love of words and writing, if you would like to write a postcard with any memories or thoughts you wish to share, please bring them with you on the day. We will treasure these forever.'

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15 January 2020 - Waitress serves up a treat

Over 40 members of the Eastbournian Society were served up a treat at the Adelphi Theatre with a production of the hit musical Waitress.

We had arranged group tickets for the matinee performance of the show on Wednesday 15 January, and had excellent seats towards the front of the stalls. Just a few of those who went along are pictured here outside the theatre.

Desi Oakley played the lead, having been flown in from New York at the weekend after three members of the existing cast (Lucie Jones and two understudies) had all fallen ill.

Her performance as Jenna, the waitress and expert pie-maker who finds that laughter, love and friendship are the perfect recipe for happiness, was outstanding. She and the rest of the cast received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the show.

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