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26 January 2012

REPORT: OB London Drinks, January 2012

The great risk of turning up early or on-time for these gatherings is that you are inevitably faced with the prospect of some time alone at the bar looking pretty sad… or worse still being stuck with some frightful character whose company quickly becomes tedious.

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14 January 2012

Sgt. Major Chris O'Connell eulogy

"On behalf of the wider O’Connell family, especially Shirley and Doreen I would like to wish you all a very warm welcome and thank you for attending today, to celebrate the life of Sergeant Major Chris O’Connell BEM. This large gathering clearly reflects the love and status with which Chris was undoubtedly held.

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14 January 2012

Sgt. Major Chris O'Connell Memorial Service

The Sgt. Major Chris O’Connell Memorial took place on a freezing January afternoon, but the warmth of feeling amongst the Old Brightonians who came to celebrate Chris’s life staved off the cold. Two former Headmasters were in attendance, Bill Blackshaw and John Leach, and Brighton College was represented by various staff including Deputy-Head John Weeks, Elizabeth Cody and Common Room President Steve Radojcic.

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09 January 2012

Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) opens the College's new fitness and conditioning suite

Old Brightonian Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) England wicketkeeper and two-time Ashes winner, returned to the College on Wednesday 30th November 2011 to open, officially, the new fitness and conditioning suite housed in what was previously the pre-prep school hall.

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08 December 2011

Pioneers Club London Luncheon, December 2011

Le Café Anglais proved a spectacular setting for the Pioneers Club London Luncheon where Old Brightonians gathered together on Thursday 8th December. Friends were reunited for our gathering, and many a peel of laughter was to be heard over the wonderful array of photographs brought in.

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05 December 2011

OBs judge the 2011 College’s House Entrepreneurship Competition

What a joy and privilege it is to preside over the College’s annual House Entrepreneurship Competition. This was the second time that the same panel of Robin St Clair Jones (D. 1973-77), Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83), Emma Wimhurst (F. 1982-84) and Rob Little (A. 1982-87) had adjudicated the competition, and again we witnessed an extraordinary display of creativity and (occassionaly rudimentary) business acumen.

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18 November 2011

OBs provide careers advice to current pupils at Careers Day

On Friday 18th November the 4th form and the L5 had the opportunity to hear various professionals talking about their career fields.

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16 November 2011

Brighton College Senior School Presents "The Mikado"

Even before the final bars of the first night performance had been played by the quite magnificent 34 piece orchestra, which had been carefully assembled by Mr Carter and inspirationally led by our brilliant Musical Director Mr Chenery, the audience had started to applaud and cheer in response to a production overflowing with talent and exuberant energy.

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13 November 2011

REPORT: Remembrance Service 2011

Old Brightonians, including previous members of the Common Room and other ex-Brighton College staff, pupils, masters and parents came together for a moving Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November.

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11 November 2011

Ceremony of Remembrance, 2011

More than 1000 staff and pupils of Brighton College, its prep and pre-prep schools filled the College's historic quadrangle to join with the nation in observing silence at 11.00am on Friday 11th November 2011.

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10 November 2011

OB London Drinks, Nov 2011

The Ebury has recently become our bar of choice being so close to Victoria Station, rather charmingly planted in the leafy streets of Belgravia, Pimlico, and so terribly convenient for our London and Brighton OBs. It does have one particular problem though, in that it has a namesake around the corner, and hence some of our OBs went on a little tour of drinking establishments before finding the correct Ebury. However, this didn’t dampen our evening on Thursday 10th November, and the eclectic range of OBs that find their way to the London Drinks had a suitably good time.

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08 November 2011

Planning Permission Granted for Diamond Jubilee Pavilion

We are delighted to announce that planning permission was granted last week for the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion to be built on the New Ground in East Brighton Park. The one-storey building will have large changing rooms, a stunning café-bar overlooking the New Ground and an impressive entrance foyer, providing a warm and welcoming environment for pupils, staff and spectators. Other groups are also set to benefit as the new facilities will also be made available to other sporting groups from around the community.

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20 October 2011

Brighton College Rugby Report 2011 - great video!

Every team has had its successes and failures which have made them stronger, and we present here a wonderful compilation of video clips and photos from the season.

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11 October 2011

Golf Day in aid of the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the Brighton College Golf Day Friday 30th September 2011. With a back drop of the beautiful Albourne Countryside, Old Brightonians and parents headed to the fairway for a day at Singing Hills Golf Course.

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06 October 2011

Golf Society Autumn Meeting 2011

This year’s Autumn Meeting was held at the beautiful Mannings Heath Golf Club. We were greatly indebted to local member Tom Hayward (D. 2002-06) for organising an excellent day at a heavily discounted rate.

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16 September 2011

Gravetye Gardens Tour & Luncheon

OBs enjoyed a beautiful morning at Gravetye Manor Gardens on Friday 16th September with inspiring Head Gardener Tom Coward.

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15 September 2011

OB Business Networking Drinks (City & Finance)

The first City & Finance networking drinks went off well last week although apologies must be extended to the OBs that we lost along the way, as the venue (Rocket, City) was bursting at the seams on a busy Thursday evening.

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11 September 2011

REPORT: Sam Griffiths Foundation Event

The College hosted a fund-raising event on Sunday 11th September for the Sam Griffiths Foundation, which has been set up in memory of Sam Griffiths (School, 2005-8) who died in January 2009.

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19 August 2011

Old Brightonian visit to Ridgeview Champagne Vineyard at Ditchling

Twelve of us gathered on a beautiful summer morning to be given a most interesting tour of the Ridgeview Estate Winery at Ditchling. After an introduction by Matt Stragnell, the vineyard manager, to the vines which cover some 8 hectares growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes we were given a tour of the whole process by which the ‘Champagne’ is produced. The stainless steel grape storage tanks and champagne press were of particular interest, as was the bottling line.

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28 July 2011

Simon Smith London Drinks, 28th July 2011

A small but entertaining gathering of Old Brightonians welcomed Simon Smith at London drinks last week at The Ebury, Pimlico Road. OBs young and not quite so young joined to celebrate Simon’s inaugural event as a fellow Old Brightonian. To mark his 38 years of teaching at the College, he was presented with Pelican cufflinks and the honorary Pelican lapel badge by past OB President David Gold (S. 1986-91). Messages of good will were passed on from those who couldn’t make it, and a good time was had by all!

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25 July 2011

Malcolm Paris (A. 1951-8) awarded MBE

Old Brightonian, Malcolm Paris (A. 1951-8), Chairman of Abbeyfield Brighton and Hove Society has been awarded an MBE for his services to the charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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30 June 2011

REPORT: Graduation Day 2011

Thursday night saw the Graduation Service and Ceremony for Brighton College Upper Sixth Leavers – the formal event to mark their departure from the College, in advance of the informal festivities of the Leavers’ Ball at the Hilton Metropole on Friday evening. Family, friends and staff crowded into the Chapel to celebrate the achievements of each and every member of the Upper Sixth, punctuated with some humorous and engaging reminiscence, provided by Theo Bunce and Emma Langmead.

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28 June 2011

"Grimm Tales" from the Lower School

Conventional seating was dispensed with and instead the audience stood in the middle of the performance space whilst the actors performed the dark fairy-tales around them. The acting was exemplary, with remarkable performances from so many, as Nancy Gladwin and George Oxley, as narrators, led us through this dark world. Congratulations to Dermot Keaney and Harry Ashbee for directing and staging such an original and breathtaking piece of theatre.

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25 June 2011

REPORT: Reunion of 1991

Twenty years is quite a long time, especially when the current Y13's at our alma mater were two years of age when we left in 1991. Time is a very odd concept and what it does to you, either through the graceful ageing process or the fact that going back to Brighton last Saturday made us all feel as if it was just yesterday we left... and what a day we had!

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21 June 2011

REPORT: Brighton College Dance Spectacular

This year's annual Brighton College Dance Show was a roaring success. One hundred and ninety six pupils took to the stage and wowed the audience with their street dance, classical ballet, musical theatre and tap dance routines.

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17 June 2011

Brighton College Dance School Celebrates Record Results!

Dance school pupils are celebrating record results in their Modern, Jazz and Tap examinations. Thirty three pupils took exams with twenty four achieving Distinctions and nine achieving Merits. Well done to all. Particular congratulations to College pupils Harriet Vans Agnew, Phoebe Lower, Beth Kelly, Keziah Fish, Zoe Halford and Francesca Douglas who achieved Distinctions for Grade 5 Modern and to the Primary and Grade 1 Tappers who also attained a full set of Distinctions.

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01 June 2011

The OB Golf Society at the Cyril Gray Tournament (2011)

In this year's Cyril Gray Trophy (team scratch matchplay foursomes for the more mature golfer) Brighton faced a tough battle against regular finalists Stowe in the 1st Round. So it proved. Warwick Sabey (B. 1959-65 )and Geoffrey Bush (H. 1965-70) played first pair and lost to some very steady par play. Nigel Dearsly (L. 1960-65) and Robin Colbourne (H. 1960-65) played second and went down quite close to home. Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) and newcomer Adrian Wood (A. 1971-76) played well and were all square after 17 and called it a half when the top two games had gone. 2½ - ½ to Stowe.

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27 May 2011

Head Master’s Garden Party 27th May 2011

Although the weather disrupted the planned croquet on the lawn, it certainly did not dampen spirits at yesterday's Head Master's Garden Party.

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22 May 2011

Sussex Old Boys 20/20 Cricket Cup

Old Brightonians Cricket took part in the inaugural Sussex Old Boys 20/20 Cup at Lancing College on 22 May 2011. Teams participating were Old Brightonians, Lancing Rovers, Old Eastbournians and Old Blues.

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16 May 2011

A Sweet Surprise for Monster Publishing

This year's Young Enterprise company, Monster Publishing, won the coveted prize for Best Product at last week's area finals for their hugely popular children's book ‘The Monster Guide to Brighton: A Sweet Surprise'.

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14 May 2011

Gala Fundraising Dinner at Lords

The Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground was the spectacular setting for the College's Gala Dinner Saturday 14th May, to help raise funds for the New Ground Pavilion.

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10 May 2011

Brighton College Cricket Report - 1st XI beat Sussex Martlets

On Sunday 17th April the College 1st XI cricket side took on the Sussex Martlets as their season opener. The College got off to a good start with an opening stand of 188 between Eswar Kalidasan and Yass Bahemou. Excellent running between the wickets from Hugh Richards and a quick fire 20 off 13 balls from Jethro Menzies led to a competitive total of 270 for 4 being set.

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10 May 2011

Halford Hewitt 2011

Arguably the strongest OB team ever assembled were in boisterous spirits during the practice days. There were strong grounds for optimism that we would win our first round for many a year.

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10 May 2011

Lodge Newsletter May 2011

Large numbers attended the Installation banquet last August and we were delighted to receive the Provincial Grand Master for Sussex at our meeting, a rare honour. We were most grateful to the catering staff at the College, under the direction of Ben Cable, who turned round the Great Hall from our meeting place to a dining room in a 30 minute transformation without fuss.

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05 May 2011

REPORT: OB Golf Society Play the College

The Brighton College golf team took on the Old Brightonians Golf Society last Thursday. The event was held at the Dyke Golf Club. Both sides fielded a slightly depleted team - as a result of injuries or important cricket fixtures.

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05 May 2011

REPORT: The Pioneers Club, May 2011

Well what a wonderful time our Pioneers had in the Chapel Music Room, or Room D, or as it is now known it the Hordern Room after OB Michael Hordern (C. 1925-30).

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04 May 2011

Brighton College Choral Society Festival Concert

Congratulations to all musicians who took part in the college's Festival Concert on Wednesday 4 May in St George's Church, Kemptown.

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28 April 2011

Brighton College Royal Wedding Street Party

In what was probably the second most anticipated event of Royal Wedding week, the front quad was decked out in red, white and blue on Thursday 28th April to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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21 April 2011

1st XI took on the OBCC in a Twenty20 cricket match

As part of the 1st XI’s Twenty20 preparation in the early part of the season, the OBs challenged them to a match on the Home Ground. The OBs batted first and last year’s captain Adam Davies (L. 2005-2010), set the tone for his innings with a sweetly timed drive for four off the first ball of the innings.

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18 April 2011

Fran Gladwin (C. 2005-10) writes to us from Nepal

For the last month I have been living in rural Nepal, which has been amazing. For a start, the view from my bedroom window is an open meadow, and I am woken up every morning at 5.30 by the squeals of the pig tethered just outside. At the end of the meadow is dense forest, eventually backing onto the mountains. All water is sourced from the handpump in the front garden, and the toilet is no more than a hole in the ground. I have eaten Dahl, rice, vegetables and occasionally goat without exception for the last month, and the only other European face I have seen is that of Mr John Spencer. He stayed in the SOS school for two weeks, coaching cricket and teaching English. 

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18 April 2011

Brighton College Rugby Report, 2011

The 1st XV have had another excellent year. Beating Daily Mail Champions Whitgift (23-22) along with Epsom, Cranleigh and Dulwich has enabled them to come top of this years Evening Standard League. A huge amount of credit should go to all the players but in particular Joe Beckett and Pahymahn Seyed-Safi who have both been in the 1st XV for the 3 years. The 1st VII also won the Reigate Norton Rose Sevens and the Worth Sevens beating Epsom and Tonbridge in the final respectfully.

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03 April 2011

Secretary’s Cup

The inaugural “Secretary’s Cup” was held on Sunday 3rd April in glorious spring sunshine at the beautiful West Sussex Golf Club. The event has been created in honour of Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) who has been Secretary of OBGS for 32 years having been handed the position from his father-in-law. Unsurprisingly the event was very well supported containing many generations of OBs. The delight of OBGS golf is that every generation of OB can participate and this creates a super atmosphere within the Society.

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19 March 2011

REPORT & GALLERY: New York Dinner, 20th March 2011

On a beautiful, early spring evening in the middle of March, 20 OBs and their partners gathered together in the beautiful Lotos Club, just a few blocks away from New York’s Central Park, to mark the re-birth of the “USA Friends of Brighton College”.

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25 February 2011

REPORT & GALLERY: Oxbridge Dinner 2011

The Fellows’ Dining Room at Balliol College, Oxford was the venue for this year’s Oxbridge Dinner on Friday 25th February.

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24 February 2011

Vice-Presidents Luncheon 2011

The sun shone gloriously through the windows of the library of The Army & Navy Club, lending delightful views of St James’ Square below as we gathered for the sixth annual Vice-Presidents’ Luncheon.

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19 January 2011

REPORT: London Drinks, January 2011

What an evening! Far and away the most successful and well attended London gathering we’ve had so far; several folk had come “out of the woodwork” for the first time in very many years!

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27 November 2010

REPORT & GALLERY: Annual Dinner 2010

I arrived at my last annual dinner ‘in charge’ on an extremely cold evening thankful that, at least, we had no snow. After a short panic attack about missing table decorations, which turned up elsewhere in the school, I joined a packed Café de Paris for pre-dinner drinks before we repaired to a slightly chilly Dining Hall for dinner.

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08 October 2010

OB judges attend the College's Entrepreneurship Programme

The College's innovative Entrepreneurship Programme was attended by a panel of OB judges today as part of the ongoing process to choose 3 business propositions that will receive the funding required to realise and commercialise.

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28 September 2010

OBA Lodge Newsetter, September 2010

The past year has been a difficult time as our meeting places have been of necessity changed several times. For many years the Lodge has enjoyed the hospitality of the College for which we are extremely grateful. However, recently the College has been unable to help due, we suspect, to the huge success of the school and the enlargement of its boarding numbers.

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27 August 2010

REPORT: Head Master's Dinner for the OBA Committee

Never one to miss out on a free meal, it was with great enthusiasm that I responded in the affirmative to the Head Master’s invitation to dinner on Friday 27th August, and with considerable bounce in my step that I boarded a train out of Clapham Junction towards the mighty City of Brighton and on to the hillside Principality of Kemp Town.

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