News headlines – September 2020

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30 Sep 2020    Virtual open morning on Saturday 3 October
21 Sep 2020    David Winn OBE 1940-2020
18 Sep 2020    Video of College open evening available online
17 Sep 2020    Old Eastbournians enjoy West Country golf tour
15 Sep 2020    Film by Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) at New York film festival
14 Sep 2020    Eastbourne College Highlights brochure now available online
10 Sep 2020    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) to perform 'Great Expectations' in Eastbourne
7 Sep 2020    Old Eastbournians making podcasts during lockdown
4 Sep 2020    Eastbournian Society September newsletter
1 Sep 2020    Former professional Suzy Larkin joins College tennis coaching team
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30 September 2020 - Virtual open morning on Saturday 3 October

The College is holding a virtual open morning event for families looking at Years 9 to 12 entry this Saturday 3 October from 9.00am to 10.00am.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends and family, and anyone who might be interested.

The event is interactive in the style of a webinar and comprises a live panel formed of the headmaster, members of his leadership team, and sixth form pupils.

Registering and accessing the event is very easy and can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Click on the link below and follow the on-screen instructions. We will go live on air at 9.00am sharp this Saturday and look forward to welcoming you to what we hope will be an enjoyable and informative hour of presentations and live Q&A.

Eastbourne College Virtual Open Morning Access Page

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21 September 2020 - David Winn OBE 1940-2020

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of David Winn (School House 1954-59). Our deepest condolences go to Chris and James and the rest of the Winn Family.

David will be known to so many of you and his record of association, service and loyalty to the College is unrivalled in modern times:  College Governor 1982-2015, College Vice-President 2016-20, Chairman of the OEA 1980-2001, President of the OEA 2002-12, and President of the Eastbournian Society 2012-20.

The Chairman of Governors Philip Broadley writes: 'David Winn's contribution to Eastbourne College - as a governor for over 30 years, as a parent and grandparent, as President of the OEA and Eastbournian Society and as the charity's greatest benefactor - was truly unique. David was an eternal optimist and any occasion was lifted by his presence. The College has lost a true friend.'

Headmaster Tom Lawson says: 'Those who knew him will testify to his abiding love for Eastbourne College, his sense of humour, modesty and belief that this school can go from strength to strength. The building that bears his name represents only part of his legacy of giving the College both resources and his wisdom over many years. The College flag will fly at half-mast for the duration of this week.'

We will of course let you know when we hear of arrangements to celebrate David’s extraordinary life.

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18 September 2020 - Video of College open evening available online

The College held its first virtual open evening, for those interested in sixth form entry, on Thursday 17 September, and a recording of the event is now available for those unable to watch it live.

The video includes a welcome from Headmaster Tom Lawson and presentations from Deputy Head (Academic) Jonny Gilbert, Deputy Head (Co-curricular) Anthony Lamb, Head of Futures Sarah Gordon, and Assistant Registrar Louisa Cluskey. There is also a panel Q&A discussion which involves senior prefects Henry Drew and Stella Grover.

You can access it from the College website at

A short film about the College starts at 11:48. You can move through the different sections of the video by clicking on the indicators in the time bar at the bottom of the video screen.

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17 September 2020 - Old Eastbournians enjoy West Country golf tour

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic – but taking due care of all the government restrictions – a group of both men and ladies OE Golf Society (OEGS) members, guests and partners, enjoyed a highly sociable three-day golf tour in September in the West Country.

They played the highly rated North Devon courses of Saunton (ranked number 32 in the Golf World Top 100 courses) and Royal North Devon (the oldest course in England and one of Golf World's Top 100 'must play courses') and the top number-one-ranked Somerset course, Burnham & Berrow.

OEGS Secretary, David Burt (Gonville 1966-70), who organised the tour, said:

Despite the huge difficulties we face in the country at the moment, the group were determined that the tour went ahead, especially as this year we have had to cancel nearly all our golf fixtures and events.

The three courses we played in the West Country are all very special and really only accessible at a reasonable cost for golf societies like the OEGS. The tour was a great success, helped by some warm weather, plenty of laughter and the added bonus of everyone going home with at least one prize!

Next year we hope to return to our normal programme of events, when we will be playing some of the top golf courses in the South of England, including Royal St George's, Walton Heath, Rye, West Sussex, St George's Hill Weybridge, West Surrey and Royal Eastbourne, in addition to our annual weekend playing Royal West Norfolk and Hunstanton in Norfolk.

While our lower handicap members play in the annual Halford Hewitt, Grafton Morrish and Cyril Gray tournaments, all our other fixtures are open to players of mixed ability.

Membership is open to all OEs, current and former parents and staff and members of the Eastbournian Society. If you would like to know more about the OEGS and are interested in joining, visit our website – – or email me on

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15 September 2020 - Film by Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) at New York film festival

A short film made by Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) about living with Parkinson's Disease is being shown at The Queen's World Film Festival in New York this week.

The film, Parkinson's: The Funny Side, was made by the BBC in 2016, and Paul was named best documentary presenter at that year's Grierson Awards, which celebrate the UK's best documentaries.

The film festival is highlighting a number of short films about Parkinson's, and Paul will be interviewed at a Facebook Live event at 9.00pm in the UK (4.00pm in New York) on Wednesday 16 September, which you can watch at You can also see the documentary, along with other 'Parkinson's Stories', at, where it starts at 46 minutes, 45 seconds in.

Paul is also a member of an international group campaigning for better treatment and a cure for people with Parkinson's.

He says: 'We're called PD AVENGERS. Absurd I know to name ourselves after a bunch of Superheroes - my only superpower is the ability to dribble at will - but we'd love as many people as possible to join us. We do not want money, we want to show the powers-that-be that loads and loads of people care about people with Parkinson's.'

So please follow the link and sign up:

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14 September 2020 - Eastbourne College Highlights brochure now available online

The latest Eastbourne College highlights brochure, reviewing the academic year 2019-20, is now available online.

With an introduction from Headmaster Tom Lawson, the brochure includes features on recent developments at the College and this summer's A-level and GCSE results, alongside other academic highlights.

There are also sections covering Creative, Sport, Service, CCF, Partnerships and Futures, as well as features on lockdown learning and how the College community has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can see the brochure by clicking on this link:

if you think the brochure will be of interest to others please forward the link on to family or friends.

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10 September 2020 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) to perform 'Great Expectations' in Eastbourne

Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) is to appear in six solo performances of Charles Dickens' classic epic Great Expectations, at the Italian Gardens, Eastbourne.

The shows will be on from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 September, and will be performed in the open air in Covid-safe conditions, come rain or shine.

Eddie is performing in memory of Peter Pyemont (former headmaster of Bede's School) and in support of Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne, which has recently reopened after a fire.

These preview shows are of a current work in progress and will see Eddie relate a tale of convicts, mystery, friendship, rivalry, unrequited love, revenge and redemption. Tickets are currently sold out but you can put your name on a waiting list for returns by going to the De La Warr Pavilion website.

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7 September 2020 - Old Eastbournians making podcasts during lockdown

Chris Binge (Gonville 1970-75) and his wife Helen (Nugent 1973-75) have both been busy with podcasts during the Covid-19 lockdown.

They live in Lima, where Chris has been the Head of Markham College, pictured, for three years, and Helen works as a paediatric physiotherapist.

They tell us that they have been in the world's longest lockdown in Peru, with all the international borders closed, but they have been keeping busy and mercifully Covid-free.

They have both taken part in podcasts over the last few weeks, Helen speaking about living under lockdown and Chris on education matters. You can listen to the podcasts by following these links: Chris (scroll down to 7 July) and Helen.

Chris has also had a number of articles in International School magazine published by Bath University, which you can also read on his website

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5 September 2020 - Eastbournian Society September newsletter

Director of the Eastbournian Society David Stewart has sent this message to all ES members:

I hope everyone has been staying safe and sound over the summer months. And if you’ve been away for a holiday or had a staycation you feel suitably refreshed and ready to make the most of what remains of 2020. Let’s hope it’s another 100 years before we have another year like this!

At the College a new 'Covid Safe' school year is under way and huge credit goes to the team both in the front line and behind the scenes who have made it all possible. The preparation and risk assessments in making lessons and classrooms, life in boarding and day houses, bussing arrangements, chapel, meal times, rugby and hockey sessions, music and drama lessons and rehearsals 'Covid Safe', have been enormous and mind-boggling in their intricacy. And for the time being this is the 'new normal'. As you would expect both pupils and staff are raring to go and are looking forward to getting on with the fun of teaching and learning in as normal and safe a way as possible.

As far as Eastbournian Society events are concerned I am afraid we must wait until regulations allow us to resume our normal programme. Events with people from different parts of the country meeting up in London or at the College continue to be some distance away; please remember that the latest news on our events can always be found at Your committee will be meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 29 September and new volunteers, feedback and ideas are always welcome.

Having said that, some of you may be interested in joining John Thornley and a few other society members who will be taking part in a guided London walk in Westminster at 2.00pm on Thursday 1 October. This is a regular public walk organised by the London Walks Company (so is not exclusively for the Eastbournian Society as previous walks have been). Full details are at

Thank you so much to those of you who supported the Foundation’s 2020 Challenge and £16k was raised toward a stand-alone pandemic hardship fund. This will enable us to sponsor two pupils through the U6 and ensure they can complete their time at the College and take their A-levels. In the usual way the Foundation will be sponsoring a further 15 pupils during this academic year and thank you to those that make this all possible. If you would like to be part of this fantastic Eastbourne tradition of supporting boys and girls in their education then please let me know (

As ever please do keep us posted with your news and any stories of how the pandemic has affected you, your family or your working life. The last six months will be of historical interest to future generations and it will be fascinating to hear how those with a College connection have adapted to these unusual circumstances.

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1 September 2020 - Former professional Suzy Larkin joins College tennis coaching team

Suzy Larkin has been appointed as the performance tennis coach at Eastbourne College from 1 September. 

In her time as a touring professional (2016-18), Suzy reached a career high of 620 in the world rankings and 14 in Great Britain. She is the current Sussex County Champion and has enjoyed recent success in GB Tour events; she played nationally plus internationally as a junior. Suzy is an LTA and Professional Tennis Registry qualified coach, and has many years of club and performance coaching experience at home and abroad.

Earlier this year, Suzy began working with some of the top players at the College as they trained for GB Tour events, and she made an immediate impression with her technical coaching and ability to instil good training habits. Her supportive and approachable manner, as well as a deep understanding of the strategy and tactics needed for success at GB Tour level and beyond, have been invaluable to those who have been coached by her.

Suzy will join an experienced, highly qualified team of tennis coaches and teachers involved in tennis at Eastbourne College. Living on site and working full time in the role will allow Suzy to be a consistent day-to-day presence for our top squad players. As well as working on court individually and in small groups, Suzy will have oversight of the weekly tennis training programme, including fitness, strength and conditioning, and mental skills work.

Suzy also holds a mathematics degree (2.1) from Oxford Brooks University following A-level success in mathematics, government & politics, and economics & business. Her academic background means that she will also take on the role of mentor and tutor to pupils at the College.

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