News headlines – July 2017

23 Jul 2017    OE Cricket Club reach final of the Cricketer Cup
13 Jul 2017    Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) named Person of the Year in Sussex Heritage awards
9 Jul 2017    OE Cricket Club advance to semi finals of the Cricketer Cup
7 Jul 2017    The Foundation Golf Challenge
1 Jul 2017    Eastbourne College Speech Day
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23 July 2017 - OE Cricket Club reach final of the Cricketer Cup

The OE Cricket Club has reached the final of the Cricketer Cup after beating Old Bedfordians in the semi-final on Sunday 23 July.

The Cricketer Cup, now in its 50th year, is played between 32 of the top independent school alumni teams in the country. The OECC joined the competition only six years ago and this is their most successful year to date.

They beat the Old Bedfordians by 115 runs, the final score being 259 for 6, with the OBs on 144.

They will now take on Old Wellingtonians in the final, which will be played at the beautiful and picturesque Arundel Castle cricket ground on Sunday 6 August.

Play starts at 11.00am and all support will be appreciated. The Eastbournian Society will be delighted to provide supporters with some suitable refreshment, so please bring a picnic and enjoy a great day out. 

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13 July 2017 - Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) named Person of the Year in Sussex Heritage awards

Richard Crook (Powell 1966–70) has been named Person of the Year in the Sussex Heritage awards.

Richard is the senior partner at John D Clarke Architects in Eastbourne, and specialises in the restoration of listed buildings. He has been architectural adviser of local heritage group the Eastbourne Society for more than 40 years.

Chairman of Sussex Heritage Dr John Godfrey said: 'There is little doubt of Richard Crook's commitment to the heritage of Sussex, in his day-to-day work as an architect. However, it is his love for Eastbourne and particularly Victorian architecture, which truly validates him as the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year.'

The award was one of 26 announced at a luncheon held at at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe, on Thursday 6 July. The awards seek to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

Richard is pictured here with a piece of Ascham architectural history - one of the windows from the prep school's tower which he rescued when it was demolished in 1977. He brought it along to the Ascham and Radley lunch at the College on 31 May 2015.

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9 July 2017 - OE Cricket Club advance to semi finals of the Cricketer Cup

The OE Cricket Club had a convincing win against the Old Wykehamists at Winchester on Sunday 9 July.

The OECC scored 251-7 in their 50 overs with Jacob Smith (Craig 2010–15) making 70 and Angus Stewart (Craig 2003–08) making 55.

In reply Old Wykehamists could only manage 163, undone mainly by the 3-28 of Charlie Hobden (Wargrave 2008–13).

The club now face Old Bedfordians in the semi-final on Sunday 23 July, which will be played at the Memorial Ground in Eastbourne.

This is the first time that both teams have advanced this far in the competition, both being relative newcomers, having only joined the tournament six years ago.

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7 July 2017 - The Foundation Golf Challenge

The 2017 Foundation Golf Challenge was held in gloriously sunny weather on Friday 7 July at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club.

Following registration, coffee and bacon rolls, there was a shotgun start to accommodate the 19 teams taking part.

The winners were the team from M-Tech.

In the evening the golfers and other guests enjoyed a dinner, followed by the fundraising auction, the proceeds of which go towards the Peter Bibby Award, which helps fund a bursary for a talented local cricketer to have a College education. More than £15,000 was arised, a figure that is likely to rise as more donations are confirmed.

Our thanks go to M-Tech, who sponsored the event, together with all those who sponsored holes and made donations towards prizes and auction items.

Further pictures of the day, including all the teams who took part, are on our 2017 Golf Challenge page.

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1 July 2017 - Eastbourne College Speech Day

On Saturday 1 July the whole College community enjoyed a day of celebration at Speech Day 2017.

The day started with a full-school event in St Saviour's Church, where pupils were joined by parents of choristers and Year 13 pupils to enjoy an uplifting service. The choir was superb and the singing by the rest of the College was truly impressive.

After visitors had enjoyed coffee and pastries, Year 13 leavers joined parents from all year groups for Speech Day presentations by departing Heads of School, Katya Goodwin and Walter Huchu (pictured), followed by addresses by Philip Broadley, new Chairman of Governors, and Headmaster Tom Lawson. This was the occasion to celebrate the success of Year 13 pupils and the presentation of academic prizes.

On conclusion of the formal proceedings, pupil and parents gathered in house groups on College Field to enjoy celebratory drinks and family picnics, followed by a cricket match.

Musical entertainment was provided by pupils from the balcony of the new cricket pavilion and there was an opportunity to view various creative arts exhibitions during the afternoon, as well as visit the exhibition of 150 years of College history in the Warren Atrium, where the Eastbournian Society held a drinks reception.

Copies of the speeches made by the Headmaster, the Chairman of Governors and the Heads of School are available on the website but you have to be registered and logged in to be able to access them. More details of how to do this are in the Members Area.

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