News headlines – May 2021

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29 May 2021    Tawanda Muyeye (Gonville 2018-20) could become 'the best cricketer in the world'
21 May 2021    Year 13 leavers are welcomed to the Eastbournian Society
20 May 2021    OE golfers play College pupils at Royal Eastbourne
14 May 2021    G7 summit to be hosted by events agency Identity, run by Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03)
6 May 2021    Eastbournian Society May newsletter
1 May 2021    Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) makes first-class debut for Sussex v Lancashire
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29 May 2021 - Tawanda Muyeye (Gonville 2018-20) could become 'the best cricketer in the world'

Tawanda Muyeye (Gonville 2018-20) is profiled in today's Guardian newspaper, in which his College coach Rob Ferley says: 'I genuinely think he could be the best player in the world'.

Tawanda, who won the Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year award in his final year at the College, was recently signed to Kent CCC and has already made his first-class debut.

In the article he talks about how his ambition is to play Test cricket for England, having been granted the right to remain indefinitely in the UK.

He says: 'I'm an asylum seeker... My family are refugees, my mum is a refugee, I am a refugee. This is due to the human rights violations in Zimbabwe. For as long as it goes on I will speak up about it. I think it’s very wrong.'

Tawanda says that he is grateful to have 'the freedom and live in a place where you don’t feel threatened' and is grateful to Rob Ferley and James Tredwell at the College for their support and confidence in him, and to Paul Downton, Director of Cricket at Kent, for his help in the past year.

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21 May 2021 - Year 13 leavers are welcomed to the Eastbournian Society

The Eastbournian Society welcomed Year 13 leavers as its latest members by hosting a drinks reception in the Dining Hall on Friday 21 May. 

Development Director Emma Garrett spoke to the pupils, explaining the many benefits of the society: career and business networking events, social occasions such as reunions, lunches and pub get-togethers, OE sports teams, and access to a worldwide network of OEs who are able to offer support to younger OEs travelling or working in their localities.

Head of Futures Sarah Gordon congratulated the pupils, who have experienced an extraordinary two years in the sixth form, acknowledging that living through the pandemic has been tough, with remote learning, assessments replacing exams, and the interruptions of lockdowns. She urged them to stay in touch with the ES, pointing out that they will become the role models for pupils in the years below.

Emma concluded with her experiences as an OE herself, saying that she had stayed with an OE when travelling in Australia the year after she left the College, had got a job through an OE contact, had married an OE in the College chapel, and had two of her children christened there.

She said: 'So you see, once an Eastbournian, always an Eastbournian. I am full of gratitude to the school for shaping me into the person I have become, for supporting me in a number of ways on that journey and I am delighted to be giving something back now as part of my new role at the school.'

The reception was held in two parts, with the top picture showing pupils from Blackwater, Craig, Reeves, School and Wargrave, and the second picture showing pupils from Gonville, Nugent, Pennell, Powell and Watt.

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20 May 2021 - OE golfers play College pupils at Royal Eastbourne

The OE Golf Society (OEGS) played its annual fixture against College pupils on Thursday 20 May.

The players, who were at Royal Eastbourne Golf Course, were joined by the College's new development director Emma Garrett, who posed (centre) for this picture with the two teams.

The match resulted in a 2-2 tie, and was followed by drinks and sandwiches in the club bar, hosted by Alex Roberts, master i/c golf at the College.

A report on the match, together with more details about joining the society and the full fixture list, is on the OEGS website:

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14 May 2021 - G7 summit to be hosted by events agency Identity, run by Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03)

Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) is the managing director of local events agency Identity, which has been selected to host the forthcoming G7 summit.

The 47th G7 summit is taking place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, from 11 to 13 June, with attendees including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Biden, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel.

Michael said, 'This will be the largest multilateral summit that the UK will host following its departure from the EU and, indeed, the UK’s first international in-person event since the pandemic lockdown.'

A crucial element of the delivery is sustainability and support to local suppliers, with Identity and the government working together to engage local firms as much as possible in the delivery of the summit.

Michael is pictured here in Cornwall with Janet Dodds, director of live events at Identity, who said, 'We are honoured to have been chosen and trusted to deliver this very important and prestigious event. Once again Identity will be able to showcase its expertise in the smooth execution of a major, high-profile international event. From a delivery aspect, we will apply our best-in-class experience of working with world leaders and, at the same time showcase the very best of Cornwall.'

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6 May 2021 - Eastbournian Society May newsletter

Development Director Emma Garrett sent the following newsletter to ES members today.

She also included a video message which you can view here:

The text of the newsletter follows.

Greetings! I hope you all had a pleasant Bank Holiday weekend - the last month seems to have flown by and it is hard to believe that May is upon us. I'm spending a couple of days a week at the College where possible and had a very happy morning at St Andrew's last week - what a delightful prep school it is. The atmosphere was warm and vibrant and there was a palpable energy about the place - the children and the staff all seem absolutely delighted to be back. There is nothing quite like the sound of children in the playground at break - such carefree chattering and laughter; priceless. Having met both the outgoing headmaster Gareth Jones and his successor Tom Gregory (OA, OE), I can assure you the school is, and will continue to be in very good hands. I will be working closely with the team there, and look forward to linking up with OAs (Aschamians and Androvians) as part of my role.

I was recently sent this rather gorgeous photo - and there are many more like this in the St Andrew's archive curated by Chris Laughton. Do you recognise this play or these people (other than the reprobate standing fourth from the right, who happens to be related to me?!)

It has been lovely hearing from our OE reps overseas this month - thank you to those of you who have filled out the survey we sent out to you all, and to those of you who have volunteered to take on this role. If you live overseas and would like to act as a representative please get in touch at, and we will tell you a bit more about what the role entails.

Mental health awareness week is next week, and as the weather improves, and lockdown restrictions ease, the theme 'nature' seems very apt. How very fortunate we are in Eastbourne to be surrounded by such natural beauty, and what a boost it can be for our mental health to stop and breathe it all in. The U6 and Year 11 pupils have a month left of their assessments - they, more than anyone, will relish that opportunity to stop and breathe when the time comes. If you are on Instagram and follow @eastbournecollege, next week OE Emily Warburton Adams, mental health ambassador and social media influencer, will be taking over our stories and will be answering questions from the students on the topic of mental health. Emily can be found at @english_ems. We hope to share other OE stories with our community on Instagram in the future so please let us know if this is something you'd like to be part of.

We are so hopeful that Speech Day will be able to go ahead and that the Eastbournian Society community will join us for a drink outside Big School on 26 June. We are also planning the OE Reunion for 11 September based on England's roadmap out of lockdown which we hope will stand firm. We will be welcoming all OEs, from all houses across all years. It could be quite a day - after what we have all been through, I think we will all be ready for it and we'd particularly like to take a moment to celebrate the hard work of all the key workers in our community.

We are hoping to tour the P150 facilities with visitors, provide lunch, tea and a reunion dinner and offer tours of houses. There'll be a 1st XV rugby game on College Field as well as the OE side - the Stags - playing against the Merlins. In addition there will be an opportunity to go to a special Chapel service before the dinner.

More information will follow in due course, but at this stage do please save the date. And another date for those of you who left in 2011 - Sam Lowden and the other heads of houses from that year are planning an informal ten-year reunion in a London pub on 18 September. Please make contact if you would like to attend and we can put you in touch with Sam.

Last month I mentioned how I used to crawl through the hole in the wall as a toddler - I can now confirm that my days of crawling though the hole are officially over!

Take care, and I look forward to seeing you, in person, very soon.

With best wishes

Emma Garrett
Development Director

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1 May 2021 - Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) makes first-class debut for Sussex v Lancashire

Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) made his first-class debut for Sussex CCC in the county championship match against Lancashire at Hove on Friday 30 April.

The pace bowler was delighted to remove Lancashire's captain Dane Vilas for a duck.

He said: 'I can't really put into words what it was like to get my first wicket, especially as it was such an important one. I was so chuffed as my celebrations probably showed.'

Jamie signed for Sussex last year, having been a graduate of the Sussex Cricket Pathway.

He received a Matthew Hobden Trust scholarship to attend the College and also plays for Roffey CC.

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