President's Blog July 2018


27 July 2018
 Dear Old Citizens,


Time has certainly flown by. It’s now just over six months into my JCC Presidency and I’m delighted that so much has been achieved this year thanks to the great efforts of many on the JCC Committee and Old Citizens. In this post, I wanted to summarise some of this year’s organisational progress along with an overview of our networking and sporting activities.

As many of you will be aware, earlier this year we simplified the committee structure of the JCC and reinforced our aims to a) strengthen our communications and partnership with the school, b) build a more sustainable programme of industry/ professional and alumni reunion networking opportunities, c) strengthen our social media and website content and d) reinforce support for our Sporting clubs (three of whom celebrated 125 year anniversaries this year). I’m pleased to say that we have made good progress in all these areas although there is still far more to do and we will of course keep you informed over the coming months.

 Our programme of reunions started in March with a lunch for alumni who left School in the 1950s, for many of whom it was their first visit to the ‘new’ school. A less formal get-together for 2014 – 2016 leavers followed in April at The Paternoster. Our intention is to host about four reunions a year for different year groups, interspersed with professional networking events. JCC Committee member, Old Citizen Anthony Gee, is liaising with the School to organise speakers and regular careers/professional development events, involving Old Citizens, recent leavers and senior pupils.

Another cohort of six-formers leaves the School this Summer and my thanks go to Stephen Kelly, JCC Treasurer, who stepped in and gave the JCC address to this year’s leavers in my absence.

Aware of the importance of using social media to keep in touch with the younger contingent of Old Citizens, we have ramped up our Facebook and Twitter presence. More than 100 OCs have joined the JCC Facebook Group in recent months, bringing the total to 723 and our Twitter following has increased by 50 to 165. We have a JCC LinkedIn Group with more than 550 members and individual LinkedIn sector groups. The JCC website is now up-to-date with a regularly changing homepage featuring JCC news, updates from Old Citizens and the latest results from our sports clubs.

To maintain this dynamism, we’d like to hear more from you, our Old Citizens – about what’s happening in your life at home or at work; something you’d like to share with other alumni. Old Citizens featured recently include Neil McPherson (CLS 1981 – 1986) whose theatre continues to win accolades, Duncan Barrett (1994 – 2001) who’s latest book will be published this summer, David Saunders (2007 – 2014) who has been raising money for a good cause, and Alex Brown (2003 – 2011) who has produced a play that premiered recently in London. Send in your news to Karen Sage, our Alumni Communications Officer, and she will upload it to our website.

The JCC’s sports clubs continue to thrive. We had an excellent turnout to the Annual Sports Dinner in April, excellently organised for the Old Citizens’ Cricket Club by Bill Barnes, where a number of clubs were represented and summarised their successes (and near misses) during the evening.

 One of the highlights this year has been the Old Citizens’ Football Club topping Division 3 of The Arthurian League, signalling their promotion to Division 2 next season. This is a fantastic result. Congratulations to Captain Will McKenna and his team.

May 4th marked a momentous day in the history of The OC Eton Fives Club when it celebrated its 125th anniversary. The day started with the Adams Cup competition, which saw a record 34 entrants, including one Old Citizen who had come from as far as Istanbul. A celebratory lunch followed, prior to the main event -  dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground. I was among 180 Old Citizens, CLS teachers and guests who enjoyed a rousing evening of conversation and speeches. Thanks to Stephen Kelly who organised the event and John Reynolds, Club Captain and inspiration to past and future generations of OC’s. The OC 2nd team also won the Division 3 title.

Some of the future events are mentioned elsewhere in this bulletin but I wanted to close by  thanking the JCC Committee, Karen Sage, the many Old Citizens who have contributed their time and energy to the events listed above along with Alan, Richard , Rebecca and others at the School for their partnership, help and support over the past 6 months. I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of the summer and look forward to reporting on further progress and successes over the remainder of the year.


Best wishes


John Gee-Grant

JCC President