News headlines – April 2017

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27 Apr 2017    Theatre trip to 'The Wipers Times'
26 Apr 2017    The opening of the Nugee Building
23 Apr 2017    Pennell House completes 1500km walk for charity
21 Apr 2017    150th anniversary sundial installed
18 Apr 2017    Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) comes third in Marathon des Sables
12 Apr 2017    Big fight screened live to raise funds for the Matthew Hobden Trust
11 Apr 2017    Two Old Eastbournians compete in gruelling Sahara Desert foot race
10 Apr 2017    OE Golf Society take part in Halford Hewitt competition
3 Apr 2017    Ian Mortimer (Wargrave 1980–85) publishes latest history book
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27 April 2017 - Theatre trip to 'the Wipers Times'

The Eastbournian Society's latest theatre outing was to see The Wipers Times at the Arts Theatre in London.

The play, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

It had transferred to the West End for a limited run following a sell-out tour.

Pictured are a few of the society members who went along.

Our next theatre trip is to see An American in Paris on Wednesday 7 June.

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26 April 2017 - The opening of the Nugee Building

The President of Eastbourne College The Duke of Devonshire, the Duchess of Devonshire and Miss Patricia Nugee were guests of honour at the opening of the Nugee Building on 26 April.

The Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Miss Nugee, visited the Birley Centre to listen to a musical performance by pupils, and discussed GCSE and A level art projects before being shown round the Nugee Building by Heads of School Katya Goodwin and Walter Huchu.

Eighty guests, many of whom are College benefactors, were welcomed to the official opening and thanked for their support by Headmaster Tom Lawson.

Patricia Nugee, daughter of John Nugee, Headmaster 1938-56, after whom the building is named, unveiled the plaque in the Warren Atrium.

The Duke of Devonshire congratulated the College on its vision in providing outstanding facilities and referred to Eastbourne College as the jewel in Sussex’s educational crown.

Pictured are Tom Lawson, the Duke of Devonshire, Patricia Nugee, The Duchess of Devonshire and Jess Lawson.

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23 April 2017 - Pennell House completes 1500km walk for charity

On Sunday 23 April the boys, staff and friends of Pennell House joined together to run or walk a collective distance of 1500km across the South Downs.

The event was organised to raise funds for two charities - Linking Lives Eastbourne and Project 150. They hope to raise £3000.

Linking Lives Eastbourne is a new charity, set up by Old Eastbournian Byron Stevens (Powell 1989–94), which seeks to respond to the needs of the lonely and isolated in Eastbourne.

Pennell House is named after Dr Theodore Pennell who, after leaving Eastbourne College and qualifying as a medical doctor, travelled to Bannu in what is now Pakistan where he set up a school and a hospital. He was born in the same year that the College was founded.

So in celebration of the birth of both the College and Theodore Pennell 150 years ago and in recognition of Dr Pennell's philanthropic work, the residents and friends of Pennell House took on this challenge to raise money for those in need in our community.

The run/walk was blessed with spring sunshine and the participants successfully completed their 1500km target - 10 km for every year since 1867!

Anyone wishing to support these two charities may do so by visiting the Pennell House Just Giving page.

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21 April 2017 - 150th anniversary sundial installed

A sundial to mark the College's 150th anniversary has been installed on the south wall of the Nugee Building.

The sundial, funded by the Arnold Embellishers, was created by David Harber, one of the world's leading sundial designers, whose projects include wall-mounted designs at Windsor Castle and Oxford and Yale universities.

The Arnold Embellishers is a group of past and present pupils, parents, staff and friends of the College who collaborate to enhance the life of the school through imaginative projects beyond those which the school might feel essential.

Embellishers Chairman Vicky Henley commented, 'We wanted as a group to provide a lasting celebration of this magnificent Nugee Building opened in the College's 150th anniversary year. We are all delighted that David Harber has designed for Eastbourne College a stunning work of art that invites educational curiosity.'

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18 April 2017 - Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) comes third in Marathon des Sables 

Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) has become the highest-ranking Briton in the Marathon des Sables, after taking third place out of 1183 runners.

The race is described as the most gruelling one in the world, with competitors running the equivalent of a marathon a day over six stages.

The terrain, in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, is challenging, with both sand dunes and rocky hills to cover, and the temperature can be higher than 45 degrees C.

In an interview on the Marathon des Sables website, Tom said that it had been a real privilege and pleasure to run with the greatest desert runners in the world.

Tom, who is a captain in the Welsh Guards, is running on behalf of his regiment charity, which supports fellow soldiers and their families in times of extreme need. You can lend your support by visiting Tom's JustGiving page.

Photo (c) Alexis Berg/MDS 2017

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12 April 2017 - Big fight screened live to raise funds for the Matthew Hobden Trust

Matt Hobden (Craig 2009–11) was a talented county cricketer who died suddenly at the age of 22 in January 2016.

The trust created in his name aims to support the cricketers of tomorrow, and a fundraising event is being held on Saturday 29 April at the Kia Oval cricket ground.

On that day, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will be boxing in one of the most anticipated fights of the century and the match will be screened live at the cricket ground.

As well as a chance to see the fight on the big screen, it will also be an opportunity to celebrate Matt's life.

Doors will open at 7pm, and the dress code is suits and dresses. Food is included and seating will be available.

Tickets are available to buy at www.notjustaticket.com/events/904 and further information about the Matthew Hobden Trust can be found at www.facebook.com/matthewhobdentrust.

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11 April 2017 - Two Old Eastbournians compete in gruelling Sahara Desert foot race

Two Old Eastbournians are currently competing in the gruelling Marathon des Sables, described as the toughest foot race in the world.

Tom Evans (Wargrave 2005–10) and Ed Lewis (Craig 2008–13) have both taken on the challenge of competing in the 254-km, six-day event, which crosses the Sahara Desert in Morocco with temperatures as high as 45 degrees C.

Taking place between 9 and 14 April, it is the equivalent of running six marathons.

Tom, who is a captain in the Welsh Guards, is running on behalf of his regiment charity, which supports fellow soldiers and their families in times of extreme need. You can lend your support by visiting Tom's JustGiving page.

Ed is also running for charity, on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Ed's brother Tom was a Lower Sixth pupil in Craig House when he died of cancer in April 2014, and Ed has also lost his mother to the disease. You can contribute to his fundraising at his JustGiving page.

After the first two days, Tom was lying in fourth place, an incredible achievement. You can follow both runners as the race unfolds by visiting the official website at www.marathondessables.com.

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10 April 2017 - OE Golf Society takes part in Halford Hewitt competition

The Old Eastbournian Golf Society took part in the annual Halford Hewitt tournament over the weekend.

A magnificent hard fought 3-2 win against Clifton College came from the first match being won on the 20th green and matches 4 and 5 on the 18th.

The team lost 1-4 to a very strong Tonbridge team in the next round.

Pictured here are Chris Walker (School 1968–73), Adrian Sharpin (Craig 1987–92, captain), Geoff Campbell (Reeves 1998–2003) and Angus Stewart (Craig 2003–08) at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal.

Other members of the team were Paul Wickman (School 1969–73), Grant Leonard (School 1986–91), Richard Day (Gonville 1983–87), Ben Dawson (Powell 1986–89), Mark Stewart (School 1980–84) and Ben Burrows (Gonville 1975–79).

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3 April 2017 - Ian Mortimer (Wargrave 1980–85) publishes latest history book

Ian Mortimer (Wargrave 1980–85) has had his latest history book in the Time Traveller's Guide series published.

The new volume, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, covers the period from 1660 to 1700.

With the civil wars over, this was the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London; bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II; Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science.

Ian takes a look at how daily life is changing for ordinary people, how things felt, tasted and smelt, what clothes they would wear and what food they would eat.

The book has already received good reviews in the both The Times and Sunday Times.

It is published by The Bodley Head in the UK and Pegasus in the USA.

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