News headlines – October 2017

16 Oct 2017    Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) remembers the Great Storm of 1987
11 Oct 2017    Celebrating the 150th anniversary at St Bride's Church
3 Oct 2017    ES members enjoy latest talk on antiques
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16 October 2017 - Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) remembers the Great Storm of 1987

In a number of newspaper and TV interviews this week, weather forecaster Michael Fish (Reeves 1958-62) has been reminiscing, 30 years on, about the day of the Great Storm, 16 October 1987.

Michael has gone down in history for his comment on a forecast the day before, when he said: 'Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way – well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn’t!'

Michael maintains that technically he was correct, but also points out that the forecast was based on a computer prediction from the Met Office over which he had little say.

He says: 'We were told the emphasis had to be on heavy rain. So I played down the heavy wind and focused on the rain instead.'

He also points out that in 1987 the technology was limited compared with the superior computer modelling and information from weather satellites that we have today.

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11 October 2017 - Celebrating the 150th anniversary at St Bride's Church

The latest event to help celebrate the 150th aniversary of Eastbourne College was Evensong at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London.

Parents, staff, Old Eastbournians, Eastbournian Society members and other College friends and supporters were invited to attend the service at which the College Chapel Choir sang. It was followed by a drinks reception in the church.

The service included God be in my Head (Rutter), Preces and Responses (Radcliffe), Psalm 6, Canticles – Stanford in C, Jubilate (Peter Melville Smith) and the hymn Christ the Dawn of our Salvation.

Pictured is Director of Music Dan Jordan rehearsing with the choir during the afternoon.

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3 October 2017 - ES members enjoy latest talk on antiques

Eastbournian Society members enjoyed the third in a series of talks on English antiques given by Merton Cox at the College on Tuesday 3 October.

Merton, formerly of Harrods antiques department, spoke about English furniture and clocks between 1760 and 1820, showing the development of styles and design, as well as advances in horology.

His entertaining and informative talk was much appreciated, and we hope to invite Merton back for a further talk in spring 2018.

Full details will be on our forthcoming events page as soon as the date is confirmed.

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