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Arnold Embellishers

The Arnold Embellishers is a society whose purpose is to add to the beauty and dignity of the College environment through a variety of 'embellishments'.

Please read all about us below and contact us to find out more on how to become involved.

Email: Telephone: 01323 451901

Recent embellishments

It is impossible to walk for more than a few metres within the school precincts without coming across an embellishment. These range from the provision of Head of House boards for Nugent and Arnold; curtains behind the altar in the Chapel to hide technical equipment and substantial improvements to the Memorial Hall including the erection of bronze panels to commemorate the 174 OEs who died in the Second World War. A few of the more recent embellishments include:

Beresford scoreboard

An electronic scoreboard was added in 2022

College Field clock

The clock was added above the College Field entrance to the Design Technology centre

Nugent Head of House board

Bringing Nugent in line with other houses by recording their Heads of House

OE case studies

Photographs of recent OEs celebrating interesting careers to provide inspiration and an incentive to current pupils.

Literature timeline

Timeline for the English Department corridor in the Nugee Building

Benches, planters, and landscaping

Benches, planters and landscaping in the area outside the new reception entrance and the undercroft

Scoreboard on Memorial

Electronic and situated on the front of the Brian Harral Pavilion, where it can be seen by players and spectators

150th anniversary sundial

Featured on the prominent south wall of the Nugee Building

Pavilion benches

Paved area in front of the Pavilion on College Field for four benches donated in memory of OE cricketers and former members of staff

Thomson windows

The stained glass Thomson windows 'Dancing into Light' for the dance studio in the Winn Building were installed in 2019. They were designed and crafted by Jessica Lambinet

Bunbury door

Restoration of worn memorial stonework with new carvings above the Bunbury door in Chapel Yard. Erected in 1920 in memory of Geoffrey Bunbury (School 1908-12) this was the AEs' first embellishment and its restoration in 2019 was one of our centenary projects



The original Embellishers League first met under the chairmanship of Mr EC Arnold on 29 June 1919. It was a secret society with membership by invitation only. The Arnold Embellishers is today a thriving 'open' society with 140+ members drawn from OEs, parents, staff and friends of the College.

Their subscriptions help to improve the life of the school in imaginative ways beyond the remit of the chief operating officer. They enhance the College precincts, working in conjunction with the headmaster and the COO.

With the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the College in 2017 and our own centenary in 2019, the Arnold Embellishers have had the opportunity to fund a number of exciting and significant embellishments.

Annual General Meeting

This is usually held at the College on the day of the OE reunion in September, followed by a convivial lunch together in the dining hall.


We very much welcome newcomers to our ranks which are open to OEs, staff and friends of the College. Members subscribe annually whatever sum they see fit, generally not less than £20 per annum; life membership is also available. As a legal component of Eastbourne College Incorporated, the society is able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations and subscriptions. We meet socially once a year for an Annual General Meeting on the Saturday of the OE reunion and entrust our ongoing management to an elected committee.

Please send membership enquiries by email to Address: The Arnold Embellishers, Marlborough House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JY. Telephone: 01323 451901.

The bird motif

In 1924 Mr EC Arnold, former headmaster of the College and a notable ornithologist, published a book, British Waders, which included a watercolour drawing of an American stint, which was also reproduced on the cover of the book.

We decided to adopt this as our emblem and it can be seen on the small plaques positioned next to some of our embellishments. There is also a society tie and scarf/tie pin both of which have the bird motif on them.

Current committee

Chairman: Vicky Henley (née Crawshaw) (Nugent 1975–77)

Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Chris Nicholson (Wargrave 1961–65)

Secretary: Jenny Lush (former College staff)

Committee members

Richard Bugler (former College staff)

Matthew Clover (College staff)

Jody Deans (Powell 2010-12)

Roger Fendall (Blackwater 1954–58)

Paul Jordan (College staff)

Michael Partridge (Blackwater 1946–51)

David Ruskin (College staff)

Roger Sloley (Powell 1954–57)

John Templeton (Blackwater 1955–59)


The Arnold Embellishers have published a number of books in recent years, which can be ordered by contacting us at Arnold Embellishers, Marlborough House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JY. Telephone: 01323 451901. Email:

Maverick Airman

The biography of Frederick Minchin, OE by Michael Partridge. Minchin, with his CBE, DSO, MC and Bar and three mentions, is the College's most decorated First World War serviceman after Lionel Rees VC.

He afterwards became one of the first civil airline pilots and died in 1927 in a valiant attempt to become the first to fly the Atlantic from east to west.

This fully illustrated hardback book, A5 format, is available to OEs and the College community at the special price of £10.00 (normal price £12.00).

Nobody's Business

The autobiography of Gordon Carey, College Headmaster 1929–38; chorister at King's, Cambridge; scholar, Stag and head of school; scholar of Caius; rugger blue and Barbarian; educational secretary at the Cambridge University Press; infantry officer 1914-18 (Croix de Guerre); fellow of Clare; RAF staff officer in the Second World War; subsequently editor, indexer and man of letters; yet in his own eyes a 'Nobody'.

This is an extraordinary story of a distinguished, complex Old Eastbournian. For sale at £10.00. 320 pages, 30 illustrations, A5 format, hardbound.

Eastbourne College in the Second World War

In December 2010 the Embellishers published this book, an anthology of writings about the College’s life and survival in the Second World War.

Extensively illustrated with never-before-published photos of staff, boys and events from those momentous days, most of which have been captioned with the aid of Radley-era OEs, this 80-page A4 book is a bargain at just £5.00.


Registered Charity Number: 307071

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