News headlines – August 2017

9 Aug 2017    The Project 150 crane is removed
6 Aug 2017    Cricketer Cup Final result
3 Aug 2017    Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) speaks about his experiences in Afghanistan
1 Aug 2017    James Gardner (Pennell 1966–71) publishes book on football legend Johnny Haynes
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9 August 2017 - The Project 150 crane is removed

The giant tower crane that has dominated the building site since March 2016 was removed today, another milestone in the College's Project 150 development.

The crane, which stood 30m high and had a jib spanning 56m, stood on a 250 tonne concrete base.

Phase 2 of Project 150 has been built around it; this comprises the sports hall, swimming pool, additional classrooms and the new dining hall.

A mobile crane was brought in to remove the jib and other sections of the crane to ground level, where they were loaded on to lorries and transported away.

It has been a highly skilled job which has taken weeks of planning and preparation.

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6 August 2017 - Cricketer Cup Final result

The Old Eastbournian Cricket Club were the youngest ever side to have played in the Cricketer Cup final, which took place on Sunday 6 August at Arundel Castle Cricket Club.

Their opponents were Old Wellingtonians, who won the toss and elected to bat. There was some good fielding from the OEs and the OWs finished their innings all out for 182.

The OEs then had to contend with some tight bowling from four OW left arm spinners, and notched up 102 all out. Congratulations to the OWs for winning a tightly fought contest.

We are grateful for all the College staff, OEs, friends and families who turned out to support the OECC. We are already looking forward to next year!

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3 August 2017 - Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) speaks about his experiences in Afghanistan

Johnny Mercer MP (Pennell 1995–2000) has been interviewed by the BBC about his experiences on active service in Afghanistan and his life as an MP.

Speaking to BBC Parliament's Booktalk programme, Johnny explained how he decided to stand for Parliament because he was fed up with the way servicemen are treated. He said that there was an appalling gap between what politicians say about military action and the realities of war.

He was first elected as the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View in 2015 and held the seat in the 2017 general election with an increased majority.

Before that he served in the army for 12 years and was a captain in 29 Commando, making three tours of Afghanistan. He has written about his experiences in a new book: We Were Warriors: One Soldier's Story Of Brutal Combat, which was published in June this year.

Veteran war correspondent Robert Fox, reviewing the book in the Evening Standard, said: 'His story of the intimacy and uncertainty of daily battle, dicing with friendly or hostile villagers, makes this one of the best accounts of Afghanistan’s latest war', adding 'this is a remarkable book by a man remarkable in his humanity and courage – and clearly, with a lot more to offer.'

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1 August 2017 - James Gardner (Pennell 1966–71) publishes book on football legend Johnny Haynes

A book written by James Gardner (Pennell 1966–71) about footballer Johnny Haynes has been published.

Johnny Haynes: Portrait of a Football Genius is the biography of one of England's greatest ever footballers, who was capped 56 times, 22 as captain.

His international career covered the last days of Stanley Matthews and the first days of Bobby Moore, and he was the David Beckham of his day, achieving celebrity status when he was the first player to be paid £100 a week.

However, he finished his playing career in South Africa and retired in relative obscurity, living the last 20 years of his life in Edinburgh, where he tragically died in a car accident in 2005.

The book tells his life story through the recollections of family, team mates, journalists and celebrities, and includes a foreword by Sir Michael Parkinson.

It is published by Pitch Publishing and is available through Amazon and Waterstone's online.

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