News headlines – March 2021

15 Mar 2021    Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86) appointed new Development Director
10 Mar 2021    Noah Canby (Powell 2017-19) helps raise £2800 for RNLI after beach rescue
5 Mar 2021    Martin Lulham (Powell 1991-96) features in CRN Rising Stars 2021 report
4 Mar 2021    Statue planned for First World War pilot Hardit Singh Malik (Blackwater 1910-12)
1 Mar 2021    Eastbournian Society March newsletter
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15 March 2021 - Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86) appointed new Development Director

Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86) has been appointed as the new Development Director at the College. In an email today to members of the Eastbournian Society, David Stewart said:

I am absolutely delighted to inform you that the College has appointed Emma Garrett to be my successor. She will already be known to a number of you and it is very fitting and exciting that an OE has been appointed to take on this role.

For those of you who don’t know Emma, Eastbourne and the College are in her blood; she is the daughter of Philip and Sally Le Brocq and was at school at Ascham Pre Prep and Beresford House before joining the College.

Some may think that by this stage she might have had enough of Eastbourne but after a degree at the University of Warwick she married Rich Garrett OE (Reeves 1980-85).

After travelling and living and working abroad for a while she has more recently been living with her family in Bedford and running several marketing and social media businesses. She has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for her work within the local community.

She will be moving back down to Sussex later in the summer and in the meantime will be making regular visits to the College and St Andrew's where she will begin the process of welcoming the Androvian community into the Eastbournian Society.

I know you will join me in congratulating Emma, in wishing her the best of luck and making her feel welcome. Your support and friendship will make all the difference.

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10 March 2021 - Noah Canby (Powell 2017-19) helps raise £2800 for RNLI after beach rescue

Noah Canby (Powell 2017-19) was one of three surfers who helped raise over £2800 for the RNLI following a dramatic beach rescue earlier this year.

In February Noah, together with fellow surfers Liam Harris and Joe Pert, was involved in rescuing a woman trapped on a beach which had been cut off by the incoming tide, close to Birling Gap.

They waited for the inshore lifeboat to arrive and managed to retrieve a lifejacket for the woman to wear, but the rigid inflatable boat (rib) which was meant to rescue her was caught by the heavy waves and crashed on to the beach. They then had to wait for a rescue helicopter to arrive, meanwhile keeping the woman afloat on two of the surfboards.

During the incident Noah's surfboard was smashed on the rocks, and a fundraising page was set up to help pay for a new one. The response was so good that the money raised paid not only for a replacement board but left a further £2,821.17 which was donated to the RNLI to go towards the cost of replacing the damaged rib.

A spokesperson for the lifeboat crew said, 'We were extremely grateful they were there to help on that day. The response to the GoFundMe appeal has been astounding. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who so kindly donated, we are blown away and very humbled by all the donations [...] towards the repair cost of £5,450.'

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5 March 2021 - Martin Lulham (Powell 1991-96) features in CRN Rising Stars 2021 report

Martin Lulham (Powell 1991-96) features as one of the CRN Rising Stars in their recently published 2021 report.

Martin is CEO of M-Tech, a managed service provider based in Eastbourne, which offers a wide-range of IT and technology solutions.

In the report Martin comments that, having seen a 54 per cent rise in revenue in the year to 30 September 2020, the company is now ready to launch its acquisition strategy.

He says: 'By the end of 2021 we aim to have completed at least two strategic acquisitions; I genuinely believe that we are an excellent platform to absorb companies that have similar growth ambitions.'

He adds that M-Tech has focused its efforts over the last few years on evolving intellectual property with own-brand services. This enabled them to deliver excellent customer service they control themselves while also making the company flexible to their customers’ needs.

Asked about the prospects for the year ahead Martin concludes: 'With respect to the business, M-Tech is going into 2021 with all guns blazing; acquisition, innovation, unity and culture our top priorities.'

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4 March 2021 - Statue planned for First World War pilot Hardit Singh Malik (Blackwater 1910-12)

Plans have been announced for a statue of Hardit Singh Malik (Blackwater 1910-12), the first Indian pilot to serve with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War.

The memorial is to be dedicated to the black and ethnic minority service personnel who lost their lives in the two world wars.

A sketch of the statue, which is to be installed near Southampton's Sea City Museum, is shown here.

Malik became known as the 'Flying Sikh' as he wore a specially designed helmet that fitted over his turban. He served on the Western Front, flying a Sopwith Camel on combat missions across France and Italy.

At the College he was in the cricket 1st XI in 1910, 1911 and 1912, scoring centuries and topping the batting averages. He also played a few times for Sussex.

He was a keen self-taught golfer and played at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, where he was a member from 1914 and won the Club Gold Medal in 1921.

In 1912 he won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, to read history. When the war started he attempted to join up but was told there were no vacancies for Indian students in the army. Instead he initially worked as an ambulance driver for the French Red Cross before getting his RFC commission.

During one combat mission he crash-landed with over 400 bullet holes in his plane and a number of bullets in his leg, which remained there for the rest of his life.

After the war he had a distinguished career in the Indian civil service and later the Indian diplomatic service, becoming the High Commissioner to Canada and then Ambassador to France. He died, aged 90, in 1985.

An article about Malik by Michael Partridge was published in the Old Eastbournian magazine in 2000.

One Community Hampshire and Dorset (OCHD) and the Southampton Council of Gurdwaras has approved the design for the monument which will be created by West Midlands-based artist Luke Perry.

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1 March 2021 - Eastbournian Society March newsletter

The March newsletter has been sent by email to members of the Eastbournian Society. David Stewart writes:

With blues skies and glorious sunshine here on the Sussex Riviera and the first sounds of a mower on College Field, what better time to be writing to you. Things are looking up!

By now you should all have received a copy of the magazine and our thanks and congratulations go to David Blake who does such an amazing job in putting it all together. Several of my colleagues in similar schools always say that our magazine is the envy of schools around the country and we are lucky in having David to produce this flagship publication. Someone from Melbourne has just emailed to say how much they have enjoyed reading it so I’m assuming it has arrived everywhere. It is particularly good news that this year’s publication has been printed by a company owned and run by a College family.

Because of the cumulative effect of lockdown and the amazing nationwide vaccination programme there are real reasons for optimism. First and foremost the College will be in situ as of Monday 8 March for the final two weeks of term having started on 4 January only to be sent home the day after. What a miserable and dispiriting time it has been for the young but our staff and pupils have done brilliantly to make the most of their teaching and learning in the circumstances. One of the things I love about the College is the resilience of the people involved and of the place itself; it’s part of the school’s story and our history and it has served us well over this last year.

Thank you also, on behalf of all members of the Eastbournian Society, to the OEs and current and former parents who work in the NHS and who have been on the frontline against the virus - we salute you. The College has a distinguished record of producing medics and long may that continue.

As and when the rules allow we will of course let you know about our programme of events and the two dates that we need to bear in mind in terms of opening up are 17 May and 21 June. Don’t forget that all the latest information can always be found on www.eastbourniansociety.org and the team here in the office can always answer your questions. My thanks as ever to them for all that they do and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible at future events.

An update on our planned theatre trip to Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre in London at 2.30pm on Thursday 1 July: we have reserved 30 seats and a group of some 20 have shown interest. If you would like to join them, please let John Thornley know at jt@eastbourne-college.co.uk. We will keep you informed, as we hear of them, of any Covid-19 precautions that may be announced by the theatre.

Thank you for your wonderful support and friendship over the years – ex oriente salus!

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