News headlines – November 2021

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24 Nov 2021    Insurance networking in the City of London
24 Nov 2021    The Mirror and the Light
17 Nov 2021    Eastbournian Society members meet Emma Garrett
17 Nov 2021    Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) attends Queen's Award reception at Windsor Castle
11 Nov 2021    Pub evening at the Stage Door
10 Nov 2021    Banking, broking and asset management networking
4 Nov 2021    Eastbournian Society November newsletter
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24 November 2021 - Insurance networking in the City of London

After a break of some two years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we were pleased to return once again to the City of London for an evening insurance networking event, which was held at Davy's at Plantation Place in Mincing Lane.

These events are organised by the Eastbournian Society to bring together Old Eastbournians, parents and current pupils with a common interest in a particular profession or industry.

Those working in insurance were able to offer their advice and expertise to pupils keen to explore their career options. 

The guest speaker was current College parent Danyalle Brinsmead, who is a divisional director in the Financial Lines Group in Howden. Originally from Australia, she is now based in London, where for the last 20 years she has focused on placing insurance programmes for private equity firms and their investee companies.

Our thanks go to all those OEs and parents who came along and passed on their knowledge and experience to the sixth form pupils who travelled up from Eastbourne.

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24 November 2021 - The Mirror and the Light

The Eastbournian Society's latest theatre trip was to the Gielgud Theatre on Wednesday 24 November to see the matinee performance of The Mirror and the Light.

The play, the highly anticipated final chapter of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Trilogy, stars Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII.

The historical drama focuses on Cromwell, as he continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

Before the performance Development Director Emma Garrett had a chance to catch up with Old Eastbournian Giles Taylor (Gonville 1981-86), who was also in the cast playing Archbishop Cranmer, and they are pictured here outside the theatre.

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17 November 2021 - Eastbournian Society members meet Emma Garrett

A group of long-standing Eastbournian Society members had a chance to meet Development Director Emma Garrett on Wednesday 17 November.

It was also an opportunity for our loyal supporters to review recent trips and discuss ideas for future events.

For many it was the first time they had visited Tim's, the College cafe on Old Wish Road, where they enjoyed teas and coffees along with Emma (standing left), John Thornley (standing right) and Helen Medlycott, the latest recruit to the ES team (seated far right).

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17 November 2021 - Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03) attends Queen's Award reception at Windsor Castle

Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03), managing director of Identity, the Eastbourne-based creative production and events agency, attended a reception at Windsor Castle on 10 November to celebrate winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in October 2020.

Hosted by the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex, as well as other members of the royal family, the reception was arranged to congratulate and celebrate The Queen’s Award winners of 2020 and 2021. Guests of the reception at Windsor Castle were representatives from 205 winning businesses, as well as Secretary of State for Business, Kwasi Kwarteng MP.

He is pictured here on the right with fellow award winners Samuel White from Glentham Life Sciences Ltd (left) and Tom Parling from Ocere (centre).

Michael said: 'I was delighted to represent the hugely talented team at Identity at Windsor. It was a great honour to receive the Queen’s Award last year but of course, our celebrations at the time were somewhat muted due to the pandemic. Thank you to the Royal Family for making it a very memorable afternoon – it was wonderful to be in the company of so many representatives from the very best of British business.'

The award recognises a company based on its actions and contributions within the following areas: innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility. It is the highest honour in the UK for any company to receive a Queen’s Award as it recognises their performance and services to the country. The award is reputable worldwide and is often described as the gold standard for a company to receive.

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11 November 2021 - Pub evening at the Stage Door

It was good to see a big turn-out for the Eastbournian Society's first informal pub evening in two years, which was held at the Stage Door pub in Eastbourne on 11 November.

These evenings have always been popular events in the ES social calendar, and it was good this time to try out a new venue.

With OEs, staff, parents and other friends of the College coming along it was a chance for a convivial drink in good company.

Keep an eye on our future events listing as we plan more pub evenings in the future.

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10 November 2011 - Banking, broking and asset management networking

The return of the Eastbournian Society's series of business and career networking events proved to be a great success with some 28 sixth form pupils making the trip up to London to learn about prospects in banking, broking and asset management.

We are grateful to OE and College governor Darren Meek for arranging for the event to be held at the offices of PwC, with its spectacular view towards Tower Bridge.

The guest speaker was Will Peters (School 1987-92), managing director of Moelis & Company, the global independent investment bank, where he focuses on M&A and capital raising for clients in the telecom and tech sectors, specialising in communications infrastructure and fintech.

Before joining Moelis & Company, Will worked at Barclays Capital where he was a managing director in the firm’s TMT investment banking team in London. Earlier he had spent six years in the British Army, serving with the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Europe and the Middle East.

Also present were a number of OEs who were able to answer questions about their profession, and we are grateful to them for taking the time to offer pupils advice and insights and the benefit of their experience.

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4 November 2011 - Eastbournian Society November newsletter

Development Director Emma Garrett writes:

We've had some stunning autumn days this month - cold crisp air, beautiful bright sunshine, the smell again of wood smoke in the air and the spooky faces of carefully carved pumpkins glimmering in the early evening light. The clocks have gone back of course which afforded us an extra hour's sleep at the weekend and brighter mornings for a short time.

I've been inspired by the early morning light to get up and greet the day with a dog walk or a run - 'I caught this morning's morning minion' - and feel so much better for fitting that in to my day. Wellbeing and mindfulness are such big parts of what we teach College pupils and staff too - we have to look after ourselves before we can look after others.

The quote from Gerard Manley Hopkins' The Windhover always comes to me on mornings like this and I am indebted to the College, and indeed for my father who taught me English A-level, for instilling in me my love of poetry. It still comes as a wonderful surprise to me when lines from plays or poems burst into my thoughts and take me right back to Room 8. In the first lockdown I sent a poem a day to a friend who was struggling with the isolation, and many of these were poems I first read at school - healthy learning for the long term clearly as integral to the culture of the College then, as it is now.

When out and about I often ask our OEs and OAs what is the one thing you are most grateful to the school for, your abiding memory? So many of these memories came forth at Donald Perrens' Memorial Service on 13 October which was truly wonderful. He clearly inspired many people and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories; thank you to everyone who joined us and, for those who couldn't make it, I hope you enjoyed watching the service via the live stream or recording.

The Eastbourne College Steeplechase (pictured above) is one of the abiding memories that people often mention - more frequently as their worst! I myself cannot recall ever running it so either I have blocked this out of my memory or I somehow managed to extricate myself from the compulsory challenge! I take my hat off to all the staff and pupils who ran it this year, including the sports scholars from St Andrew's who joined us on a stunning Sussex day.

The OA lunch at the beginning of the month and the Evensong and Harvest Supper were both lovely events bringing our community together.

We also welcomed the Atlantic rowing team Ocean Dadventure to the school - Helen and I both tried out the sleeping quarters!

Helen is going great guns connecting with our community, especially some of our younger OEs and OAs who are coming forward to become Ambassadors.

We are also delighted to be able to offer help and support in the office to sixth formers wanting to connect with ES members in particular industries. Our new accessible location means it is easy for them to come and see us and we are encouraging all pupils to engage.

Our London networking events are back and the first two are for Banking and Broking on 10 November, and Insurance on 24 November. If you are in these industries, please do join us. We have a record number of pupils signed up and we are keen to make it an incredibly worthwhile occasion for them as they start to think about careers, and learn how to network successfully.

A more informal opportunity for a gathering is our pub gathering in Eastbourne which is taking place at the Stage Door (formerly the Buccaneer) next Thursday. I'll be there ahead of going to the Grove Theatre to see Tim Marriott's one man show Shell Shock which starts at 7.30pm. 

There are three other theatrical delights that I really must highlight here.

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
Wednesday 24 November at 2.30pm
Gielgud Theatre, London
Old Eastbournian Giles Taylor (Gonville 1981-86) is in the cast, and we hope to meet him after the show. Tickets are £42.50 each, discounted from £85.00. Booking deadline: Wednesday 10 November.

Pantoland at the London Palladium
Wednesday 8 December at 7.30pm
Starring Donny Osmond and Julian Clary, with Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Discounted price of £45.00 each, reduced from £75.00 (stalls) and £89.50 (dress circle). Booking deadline: Friday 5 November.

Sleeping Beauty
Sunday 2 January at 7.00pm
Devonshire Park Theatre. Eastbourne
We have 33 seats reserved in the stalls at £21.50 (adults), £19.50 (children) and £20.00 (aged 65+). Booking deadline: Friday 5 November.

Our very own Les Misérables is taking place at the school on 8, 10 and 11 December. You can book your tickets directly with the College Box Office ( £10 for adults and £5 for children. Please let us know if you are coming as we'd love to say hello in the interval on Friday or Saturday night.

Remembrance Day. If you'd like to join us after the Remembrance Service in the chapel on Sunday 14 November for the Act of Remembrance on College Field, please do so. This year we are asking any parents, other College friends and also any pupils not in the CCF who wish to be part of the day to focus on the Act of Remembrance that follows the service rather than attending the service itself.

There is plenty of room around the Cloisters in front of College Field for people to join us from about 10.50am and, as part of our College community, you are warmly welcomed to share in this poignant moment. There is no need to let us know if you joining us, just turn up and, given that the Act of Remembrance is outside, there is no need to have pre-tested for Covid; face coverings are optional.

You may not realise it but there is a great deal of information on our website here, including updated and revised Rolls of Honour with stories about our involvement in the First and Second World Wars, which make humbling reading. We are extremely grateful to our archivist Paul Jordan and his team of volunteers for their painstaking work in keeping the Archives in such great shape; do take a look at what is online. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to meet Paul, or if you have any burning questions about your time at the school please feel free to 'Ask the Archivist'. Just drop Paul an email at and he will endeavour to answer your question, however obscure.

And finally... I would very much like you to join us for our Winter Ball which takes place on 18 December. We urge you to gather a group of friends / colleagues / family together and book a table of 10, or we can easily add you to a table if you are on your own or in a couple.

More details are here and the booking form is here, but in essence:

- Saturday 18 December. Drinks from 7.00pm. Winn Building, Eastbourne College

- Champagne reception, three-course meal, dancing to the Big Kahuna (10-piece party band)

- Over-18s only. Black tie – with a touch of festive colour

- £60 per head. Book a table of 10 and get one place free

Term will have ended for us the day before, and we'd love to be able to wish you a happy holiday in person!

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