News headlines – October 2020

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26 Oct 2020    Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) wins Queen's Award for Enterprise
22 Oct 2020    The first black British officer killed in the First World War was an Old Eastbournian
13 Oct 2020    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) awarded MBE for Parkinson's work
13 Oct 2020    Old Eastbournian 'Oboes' meet together in Sydney
13 Oct 2020    Anthony Wallace (Blackwater & Gonville 1991-96) wins war correspondent award
12 Oct 2020    Edward Hammond (Wargrave 1977-82) awarded MBE in Birthday Honours
9 Oct 2020    Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) signs for Sussex County Cricket Club
7 Oct 2020    OE golfers triumph in UK hickory championships
5 Oct 2020    Video of virtual open morning available online
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26 October 2020 - Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) is the managing director of events agency Identity, which has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Identity was given the award for its ongoing success in delivering live events in the UK and international markets.

It was presented at the company's headquarters in Westham by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, who said:

'This award is considered the highest accolade to be bestowed upon a UK business and recognises Identity for having shown outstanding achievement in trade, innovation and sustainable development.'

Michael commented: 'The enforced pandemic lockdown presented Identity with a choice; stand still or completely transform and invest in an even more dynamic model for the business. We chose the latter and have just recently re-launched as the first ever 'human experience' agency. By further investment and a strategic recruitment programme, Identity now provides a vastly enlarged creative offering of live, virtual and hybrid events.'

Pictured are the Lord Lieutenant with Michael, holding the cut glass rose bowl award.

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22 October 2020 - The first black British officer killed in the First World War was an Old Eastbournian

It is fitting that during Black History Month we have discovered that the first black British officer to be killed in action in the First World War was an Old Eastbournian, Euan Lucie-Smith (Gonville 1905-06).

This has come to light because the memorial plaque honouring Lt Lucie-Smith is to be auctioned next month in London.

Not only was Lt Lucie-Smith the first black officer casualty of the war, but he is also believed to be the first black officer to be commissioned into a British army regiment during the war, in September 1914. His story has essentially rewritten the black history of the First World War, as it was previously thought that the first black officer casualty was Walter Tull, who was killed in March 1918.

Lt Lucie-Smith was born in Jamaica in 1889, the son of John Barkley Lucie-Smith, the Postmaster of Jamaica, and Catherine 'Katie' Lucie-Smith (née Peynado Burke). He had a mixed heritage background; his father was a white colonial civil servant and his mother the daughter of the distinguished Jamaican lawyer and politician Samuel Constantine Burke.

He was educated in England, initially at Berkhamsted School, before joining Gonville House at the College for one year, before returning to Jamaica. He served with the Jamaica Artillery Militia from 1911 until he was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

He arrived in France on 17 March 1915 and it was just over a month later on 25 April, that he was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres, aged 25. His name appears on the Old Eastbournian war memorial in the Memorial Arch at the College.

The memorial plaque is being auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb on Thursday 12 November with an estimate of between £600 and £800.

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13 October 2020 - Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) awarded MBE for Parkinson's work

The comedy writer and producer Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) has been awarded an MBE in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to people with Parkinson's disease and cancer.

Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson's nearly 10 years ago and has been a dedicated campaigner on behalf of the charity Parkinson's UK. He has made an award-winning film about the funny side of living with the disease and had a successful stand-up show about it at the Edinburgh Festival which subsequently went on tour around the country.

Steve Ford, chief executive at Parkinson's UK, said: 'Paul has been an incredible advocate for the Parkinson's community. He is a role model for so many people with the condition, trusted to speak honestly about what living with Parkinson's means for him and admired for his dedication to remain positive in the face of adversity.

'His passion to inform people about what it's like living with a complex, progressive condition is inspirational. We are thrilled that Paul's tireless efforts have been recognised in this way, and send him many congratulations and thanks for everything he continues to do for the 145,000 people living with Parkinson's in the UK.'

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13 October 2020 - Old Eastbournian 'Oboes' meet together in Sydney

A group of Old Eastbournians and their partners met up in Sydney recently, making use of an old acronym for their group - Oboes (Old Boys Of Eastbourne College in Sydney). Tony Hilton (Blackwater 1955-60) writes:

During a telephone conversation with Martin Benge discussing, amongst other things, the recent demise of David Winn, and Oboe John Penn, we floated the idea of a get together of the Oboes with our partners. We had not had such an event since Michael Young (Monty) and his sister came to Tony Booth’s home back in the late 1980s. Prior to that there had been several such events.

Sam Miller, our local OE rep, organised the event to be lunch at Gumbaya, a restaurant near my home that I and my family have used many times. Gumbaya is the local Dharawal Aboriginal word meaning meeting place, so it seemed appropriate.

I met Sam and Therese for a coffee and a chat at the local al fresco coffee shop at 11.30am on a beautiful spring day with a gentle zephyr blowing. We then walked down to the venue for the 12.00pm start.

Due to the Covid restrictions of ten people maximum, it was necessary for us to have two tables. Present were Sam Miller, Tony Booth, Ken Raphael, Martin Benge, David Anderson, their respective partners and myself. After the meal, we went the short distance to my home, where we assembled around my rather large dining table.

I had decorated it with a basher from Radley (my Uncle Brian Unwin’s from Pennell House who was evacuated there during the war and later killed on active service in Italy), and an Eastbourne basher on an OE cravat. Also on the table were membership tickets I had printed at the College press, so everyone was enrolled into the Light Music Society for the Lent term 1958! I forgot to show the two Blue Books I had on the sideboard from my first (1955) and last years (1960) at the College.

We then enjoyed a good discussion, continuing from where we had left off when we had finished lunch. Tea and Belgian pralines were enjoyed to the sound of music Martin Benge had compiled onto a CD contemporary to our time at Eastbourne.

I then played some pianola music on my Duo-Art expression instrument. Sadly, my Steinway Grand had been sold only three weeks earlier, so was not available. Martin had previously made recordings of the Steinway on a Sony DAT machine back in 1995 for the Mastertouch company that was released as a CD.

After that, the ladies chatted amongst themselves, while the Oboes assembled on the balcony to admire the expansive view across Sydney and Botany Bay, while discussing many and sundry things!

From my perspective it was great to have so many friends in my home after the silence of lockdown, and I would like to thank everybody for making the effort to come down and make this such a successful event. I would especially like to thank Sam for organising it, to Martin for doing the music, and Sue says thank you for the lovely orchids too.

We all agreed we should do this again in some form, perhaps at the Graphic Arts Club at Mascot, in addition to the perhaps annual meeting of all the OEs in Sydney, that used to be inspired by David Winn’s visits.

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13 October 2020 - Anthony Wallace (Blackwater & Gonville 1991-96) wins war correspondent award

Anthony Wallace (Blackwater & Gonville 1991-96) has won the Public's Choice Award at the 27th Prix Bayeux Calvados-Normandie des correspondants de guerre, which recognises the work of war correspondents throughout the world.

Anthony is chief photographer for news agency AFP’s Hong Kong bureau, and he won the award for his series Hong Kong: A Popular Revolt, which covered the recent pro-democracy protests. He was also awarded second place by the international jury in the Photo trophy. You can see examples of his work on AFP's website.

He has also won a string of other awards during the year for his photography in Hong Kong: the Human Rights Press Award in May, the Prix Rémi Ochlik in July, and the Award for Excellence at the Society of Publishers of Asia (SOPA), one of Asia’s most prestigious journalism prizes, in August.

Anthony graduated with an MA in photographic documentation and photojournalism from the University of the Arts, London, before joining AFP as a photo editor intern. In 2016, he became chief photographer for the Hong Kong bureau, and has since covered a number of news events including the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand and the major earthquakes in Taiwan.

Anthony told AFP: 'I am deeply honoured to receive this award and dedicate it to the memory of my recently deceased grandfather, who flew three missions over the channel with the RAF on D-Day during WWII. My heartfelt thanks go to the twelve other AFP photographers and my bureau colleagues, with whom I covered this story as a team.'

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12 October 2020 - Edward Hammond (Wargrave 1977-82) awarded MBE in Birthday Honours

Edward Hammond (Wargrave 1977-82) has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Edward is a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and has been given the honour for services to medical education.

In 2007 he was appointed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) as joint clinical lead tasked with developing an e-learning programme for the RCoA in partnership with E-Learning for Healthcare, a centrally funded project to develop high quality e-learning for the NHS.

In 2009 he collected the gold award for 'best online or distance learning project' at the E-Learning industry awards ceremony in London.

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9 October 2020 - Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) signs for Sussex County Cricket Club

Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) has signed a two-year rookie contract with Sussex County Cricket Club.

Jamie is a graduate of the Sussex Cricket Pathway, and has bowled consistently well throughout the age groups since joining the club's pathway as an under-10.

He received a Matthew Hobden Trust scholarship to attend Eastbourne College and is a member of Roffey CC. He is pictured here on the left, alongside Jack Carson and Henry Crocombe, who have also signed rookie contracts.

Performance Director, Keith Greenfield said: 'Jack, Henry and Jamie are just three of a very exciting young crop of cricketers that are coming out of our Academy system under Richard Halsall’s guidance.

'Jack and Henry have both shown that they will be valuable assets to Sussex Cricket going forward in the squad with their skill and character that has been clear to see, and Jamie will show us exactly the same when he gets his chance with his extra pace and bounce. All three have exciting futures ahead of them here at the club.'

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7 October 2020 - OE golfers triumph in UK hickory championships

News has reached us from the OE Golf Society (OEGS) about two recent triumphs involving OE golfers in the UK hickory championships.

These events are organised by the British Golf Collectors Society (BGCS), with players using wooden shafted golf clubs, all of which must date from before 1935.

The first success was Ben Burrows (Gonville 1975-79) who won the Scottish Hickory Championship with a fine net 63 off a hickory handicap of 15 on a windy day at Kilspindie GC on 3 September.

Secondly, and in even more challenging weather conditions, Chris Walker (School 1968-73) won the English Hickory Championship at Rye GC on 2 October with 35 points off a hickory handicap of 13. Ben also played well in this event with 33 points for joint second place.

Pictured here are (left-hand picture) Nigel Notley of the BGCS with Chris Walker and (right-hand picture) BGCS captain Carolyn Kirk with Ben Burrows at Kilspindie GC.

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5 October 2020 - Video of virtual open morning available online

A video of the College's virtual open morning held on Saturday 3 October is now available online at the College website.

The video includes a welcome from Headmaster Tom Lawson and presentations from Deputy Head (Academic) Jonny Gilbert, Deputy Head (Co-curricular) Anthony Lamb, Deputy Head (Pastoral) Gwen Taylor-Hall and Assistant Registrar Louisa Cluskey.

There are also contributions from two current pupils and a panel Q&A discussion.

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. The Headmaster's welcome starts at 4:47 and there is a short film about the College which starts at 13:48.

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