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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

  • To administer the Manchester Fund

  • Any other such objects as the Association shall from time to time determine

 
In 1978 the former Vice Principal F G Manchester left his entire estate to the OEA to be administered for the benefit of the school. This sum was very wisely invested and has been managed by OEs, and has enabled major grants to be made in support of the school - examples being target rifles and shooting jackets; school mini-buses; a grand piano; library equipment for Elizabeth College Junior School (ECJS) Acorn House; wi-fi microphone system for ECJS at Beechwood and recently it provided funds towards the purchase of a high-tech mower for the two playing fields.
 
A proportion of the Fund has traditionally been used for Manchester Awards, now known as OEA Awards. 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 also undertaken major fund raising 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.
 
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 organises two annual dinners, in Guernsey in the summer and in London in the autumn and other occasional social events which are often open to wives and partners. Details can be found elsewhere on this site.
 
Click here to see the Rules of the Association.

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