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Rosemarie and Edith photo - summer 1961

ELC Blog | ESOE class of 1961

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In June 2013, we had a visit from two of our former students. Rosemarie Dehning and Edith Fuester met and became lifelong friends at Eastbourne School of English. They came to Eastbourne in 1961 to prepare for a Cambridge examination. 52 years later, they visited the place that has held some of their most treasured memories. 

Eastbourne School of English was founded in 1936 so it is steeped in history. Some of this history is recorded in books and photos, gathering dust in a dark cupboard. To hear first-hand experience of what like was like at ESOE in the 60s was a treat and it could not go uncaptured!

Some of our favourite facts:

  1. The school garden was overgrown for the best part. However, it did house a large conservatory in which all the vegetables that fed the students were grown.

  2. Girls boarded at the school and boys stayed in host families in Eastbourne town.

  3. The girls were allowed to go out in the evening but they were only allowed a key to come back late for one night per week.

  4. Miss Batchelor, the founder of the school, was aged 83 in 1961. She would invite the teachers to gather round her bedside every day at 11am to collect their programme for the school day.

Thank you Edith and Rosemary for sharing your experiences with us!


Pictured: the class of 1961 with Rosemary, Edith circled in red and Miss Frances Batchelor in purple.

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Group name is "ones upon a time in United Kingdom"
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We were in ESOE in late 70's and we still in touch with all our group and we have a page on facebook call "ones upon a time in England" if you see it you would be amaze...we've had a great football team called "trinity tiger" and you can see team's pics on our page ,I was the captain of the team ...hope our loving teacher Mr Clive is still around as well as Doroty...we are originally from Istanbul Turkey but we have had friends from all over and last 35 years we have been keeping in touch with each others even we have some love affairs after 35 years ...it is some thing that I can not describe...also remember Mr&Mrs Angelo whom every ESOE student used to love and respect.
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