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OE News: November 2020

News from around the network.

Two OEs featured in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list; Paul Whitfield (7032) was awarded an OBE and Mat Dorrian (8457) was made a MBE. Paul, who is the Chief Executive of the States and is responsible for over 5,000 employees, was awarded the OBE for his 40 years of public service and was “shocked and humbled” by the honour. Mat, a GP who has been pivotal in the island’s Covid-19 response, was awarded the MBE for the coordination and effective response to the virus, saying he felt “slightly unworthy in a way and surprised”. Congratulations to both.

American soccer professional Callum Chapman-Page (9732) who plays for FC Tulsa has helped his side to progress to the USL Championship playoffs in America’s second tier with El Paso Locomotive.

Alex Bates (10876) is planning an ambitious film project regarding the bombing of the White Rock in 1940 during WWII. Alex, who graduated from the Northern Film School in Leeds, has been nominated for a Bill Vinten GTC University Award for his graduation piece called Badges. This latest project is due to start filming in January 2021, and Alex has already confirmed the services of Matthew Stockreiter (10889) as cinematographer, Elliott Cockett (10082) as drone operator and Jamie Mills (1099) as co-producer.

The most successful Island Hockey Coach of all time, Andy Whalley (8305), has called it time on his leadership. He is looking to concentrate on the playing side, and hands the Island reigns over to Elizabeth College Hockey Coach Andy Good (8950).

Continuing the theme, some familiar hockey faces came out formidable winners of the Inter-Club Am Am golf tournament at L’Ancresse. Adie Peacegood (8218), Emile Thompson (9792), Tim Creasey (8555) and James Tee (8336) finished 8 points clear of their nearest rivals.

Charlie Buchanan (9092) won the Fox Art Competition 2020, held in St James, with her watercolour entitled “Returned”. The theme of the title refers to the evacuation of the island during WWII and the reconnection with family following lockdown. The picture depicts Charlie’s eight year old daughter, Beatrix, with her grandmother, Bobby Scott.

OEs continue to shine the in the world of full-bore shooting. Adam Jory (7916) and Nick Mace (8274) both did well at the rescheduled Imperial Meeting at Bisley coming 55th and 57th respectively, with Nick coming 4th in the Gunmakers Aggregate at 100 yards. Back in Guernsey Nick Kerins (10358) won the Albergies Trophy, pipping Peter Jory (7823) and Rob Waters (9818) to the title. Ollie Hudson (10092) won the W.P. Mahy Trophy, narrowly edging out Matt Le Vasseur (10201) and Adam Norman (10156).

“Thoughtful and Generous” David Grut (5471) has retired from the Jurat’s bench. His experience of public life began when he served St Saviour’s parish for nearly 20 years, spending 5 years as a Douzaine Representative in the States before being elected as a Deputy for the West district. He served on the Education Council and then the Children’s Board. David is looking forward to spending some time travelling (when possible) although he will be continuing in the capacity of Jure-Justicier de la Cour Royale.

Sam Culverwell (11088) continues to progress in the world of professional cycling within the Trinity Road Racing team. His main role is to support the more experienced riders within the team, although he is relishing the challenge of racing in the UCI category two Ronde de I’Isard race in France. Riders who have done this race as U23s and done well have moved onto World Tour level.

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