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CCF Celebration Dinner at the House of Lords

The special dinner was a complete sell-out
5 Feb 2024
Lord Richards addresses the guests
Lord Richards addresses the guests

The Eastbournian Society was proud to host a dinner celebrating 75 years of the CCF, which was held at the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords on Friday 2 February.

With a full house of 120 guests, the evening was a testament to camaraderie, tradition, and the enduring spirit of the CCF. As guests arrived adorned in their finest attire, the grandeur of the setting only served to enhance the sense of occasion.

What truly made the evening unforgettable, however, were the heartfelt speeches and toasts that resonated throughout the room. From poignant reflections on the history of the CCF to inspiring words about its future, each address encapsulated the essence of our organisation and the values we hold dear.

Lucy Ritson (Nugent 2016-18) writes:

Last Friday saw a battalion of OEs gather at the House of Lords to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the CCF at the College. Kindly hosted by General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL for the evening, we enjoyed unparalleled views over the Thames, reunions, new friends and celebrations of all the achievements of the CCF.

Our host of speakers did not disappoint, with the headmaster highlighting the important charitable role of Eastbourne College and all it offers; Brigadier Anthony Lamb telling of the role of the CCF in College life and that of our wider community; fellow OE Kieran Cheney speaking of his role as a member of the Household Cavalry over the last few years and his grounding in what Eastbourne offers. The evening was a lovely reminder of my time at the College, an opportunity to catch up with familiar faces, meet new ones and be reminded of the proud history of the College with the CCF and the bonds it builds between all those connected by the Sunshine Coast. With the closing toasts given by our Chairman of Governors, it was a highly enjoyable evening celebrating much of the College’s heritage and all that there is to come.

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