News headlines – March 2020

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11 Mar 2020    The annual London dinner celebrates Eastbournian endurance
6 Mar 2020    Old Eastbournians and parents offer careers advice at the Futures Fair
5 Mar 2020    Another Varsity hockey triumph for Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16)
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11 March 2020 - The annual London dinner celebrates Eastbournian endurance

The Eastbournian Society annual London dinner on Wednesday 11 March celebrated two examples of endurance: ultra-runner Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005-10) and College stalwart John Thornley, who recently completed 41 years and half a term teaching in the Modern Languages Department.

The dinner was held at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly, a fitting venue for Tom, a former captain in the Welsh Guards.

Following a drinks reception in the Field Marshals' Room the attendees proceeded upstairs for dinner in the elegant Coffee Room which overlooks Green Park.

The guests were welcomed by Eastbournian Society Chairman Hugh Price (School 1961-66), before a short tribute to JT by one of his earliest pupils, Mark le Brocq (Craig 1979-84) who reminisced about how John was regarded as something of an exotic creature because he came from the north (actually Nottingham, but anywhere north of Polegate was regarded as somewhat dubious).

JT responded with some amusing anecdotes about life teaching French at the College and his experience being in charge of one of the school's minor cricket teams, returning from one away match with no idea which side had won.

After the main course Headmaster Tom Lawson addressed the guests and thanked OEs for their continued support for their old school.

The final part of the evening was introduced by David Stewart with a short video about Tom Evans' approach to ultra-running, followed by a question-and-answer session with Tom, conducted by his former housemaster Nick Russell. Please click here to see the video.

Tom was inspirational in describing how he deals with the physical and mental pressures of his sport. His incredible success in the last few years has seen him placed as the best European runner in the gruelling Marathon des Sables across the Sahara Desert (coming third in 2017) and more recently winning the Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (CCC) in 2018 and coming third in the 100-mile Western States race in California in 2019.

We look forward to hearing about more of his exploits as he continues to develop his ultra-running career.

Further photos of the evening are available to those who are registered and logged in to our members area.

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6 March 2020 - Old Eastbournians and parents offer careers advice at the Futures Fair

This year's Futures Fair was an opportunity for Year 11 and sixth form pupils to get careers advice from Old Eastbournians, parents and other professionals.

With a large range of industries represented, from accountancy to veterinary medicine, the sports hall was packed with not only College pupils but also others from local schools which are part of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership.

As well as professions, there were a number of representatives from universities and gap year providers, as well as others offering advice on interview techniques and getting ready for the world of work.

We are grateful to all those who gave up their time to attend the evening and to the College staff who helped set up the stands in the sports hall, as well as the Eastbournian Society and Futures Department for their organisation and administration.

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5 March 2020 - Another Varsity hockey triumph for Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16)

Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16) has helped the University of Cambridge to another Varsity hockey win, his second in two years.

The annual Varsity match was played on Sunday 1 March at Southgate Hockey Club.

Playing as goalkeeper, Toby helped Cambridge retain the Varsity crown which was taken away from Oxford last year in an extremely tight 3-2 win. This year, Cambridge won convincingly 5-0.

As we reported last year, Toby's winning ways run in the family, as his older brother Sam Brooks (Craig 2007-12) was part of the winning Cambridge team three times, also playing as goalkeeper.

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