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What Does The OEA Do?

College at lunchtime
College at lunchtime

The Old Elizabethan Association was founded in 1891 and has an elected Committee which includes a President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Its aims are:

  • To further the interests of Elizabeth College
  • To promote mutual fellowship amongst Old Elizabethans and good feeling between past and present members of the College
  • To improve the amenities of the playing fields
  • Any other such objects as the Association shall from time to time determine

The Association is custodian of a substantial archive of material and memorabilia relating to the College's history. Elements are displayed from time to time and access to the archive is available for research by arrangement.
The Association has a busy schedule of events including two annual dinners, in Guernsey in the summer and in London in the autumn. Regular sports events include Football, Hockey, Cricket and Golf matches against the Elizabeth College teams. The Committee also run more informal social events which are often open to partners. Details can be found elsewhere on this site.
OEA Awards are made to deserving College pupils, usually for off-island courses and expeditions. These have included RYA Advanced Sailing Courses; Outward Bound Courses; expeditions to Andorra; Zimbabwe; Malawi; Belize; Kyrgyzstan; Greenland; Queensland; Alaska; Britsh Colombia; Svalbard; Andorra; Equador; Mississippi; cricket courses to Sussex; football courses to Morecambe and Gothenburg; hockey courses in the West of England; athletic courses; fencing championships at Crystal Palace; shooting in Canada; Scout Patrol leaders courses at Lake Windermere and a Jamboree in Holland; music courses in Hungary and England; drama courses with the National Youth Theatre in London and stage lighting courses at Chichester, among myriad others.
From time to time, the OEA has undertaken major fundraising projects. In 1969 it raised funds externally for the building of the swimming pool and subsequently for the provision of solar panels to heat the pool. More recently, in 1989, it raised a large amount of money to fund the construction of the all-weather pitch at Foote's Lane.

In 1978 the former Vice Principal F G Manchester left his entire estate to the OEA to be administered for the benefit of the students and school.  Historically the fund was used to provide grants to students, a function now superseded by the OEA Awards.  The Manchester Fund has been donated to the College to support two significant recent developments of great benefit to current and future students, namely the F G Manchester Refectory and Perrot Court.

Click here to see the Rules of the Association.

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