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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32)
Pickard - small photo
UPDATE :As a result of the article appearing, Brian Rosen contacted France’s English-Language Newspaper “The Connexion” and on 27 February 2015 they published this story to tie in with a TV programme that night on French channel RMC.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : For those of you interested in the amazing exploits of Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32) and in particular the raid on Amiens Jail, might like to read an article written by Bill Collard (S55-58) and published by editor Brian Rosen (S40-46) in the Royal Air Force Association Newsletter - Lyon Branch. You will read that a campaign is underway for Pickard to be posthumously awarded the French Legion d'Honneur and the Croix due Guerre and perhaps one day the VC that was denied him at the time.

You can read the article on pages 29-32 of the full distinguished biography on Pickard’s amazing life.



Essex Supper and AGM - Friday 10th April 2015

Essex_Supper_invitation 2013 - ECCC_Ground
John Rankin writes “This year the Essex Supper will once again be held at The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Ground after the Council Meeting and Society AGM. The address is New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0PG which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Station, which is on the mainline from Liverpool Street to Ipswich and beyond.

You can download an invitation here or give me a ring on 01255 503835."



Moreau Scholars: Just Doing Their Thing

Keen observers of the Moreau Leaving Scholarships programme may recall that, in 2013, the Society awarded three scholarships rather than the more usual two, because the selectors were so impressed by the qualities of the short-listed candidates, they found they couldn't reasonably exclude any one of them. Eighteen months later, Jasper Maberly, Charlotte Gower and Alex Myers-Allen have each been extraordinarily busy developing their future careers, but have always found time to keep in touch with each other and the rest of their year group.

Just after the new year, they had a great response from a host of 2013 leavers (and a good few others) for an impromptu gatheriing at The Crown Hotel, Framlingham.

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OF Named BT Sports Photographer of the Year
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Last summer we reported on Simon Stacpoole (K1990-2002) amazing six-week trip to Brazil to photograph his second FIFA World Cup and we provided this link to read his report and to see some of his amazing photos.

On 5 February 2015 Simon was awarded the prestigious title of BT Sports Photographer of the Year and you can read about the award here and see a few more of his stunning photographs. Huge congratulations to Simon.



Olivia Castle launches debut jazz album
Olivia Castle - Siren Song
Ex-Head Girl OF Olivia Castle (M06-11) featured in the EADT on 3 February 2015. She has embarked on a career as a professional singer, hoping to become the female equivalent of Michael Buble. Her debut album Siren Song was recorded recently. She says “I’ve always loved jazz and there’s a growing demand for the sophisticated glamour of the genre, which is now starting to appeal again to modern, contemporary audiences. There’s a gap in the industry for female singers and that’s where I’m hoping to fit in.”

Check out her website for more info at www.oliviacastle.com.


FramSoc: The Inspiration of Prince Albert: Nick Ross ~ Thursday, 12th February: College Chapel: 7.30pm

FramSoc
FramSoc is looking forward greatly, to welcoming Nick Ross back to the College to speak to us about the influence of Prince Albert on the school and on the arts in Great Britain. Many of you will remember his exquisite and witty exploration of Love and Marriage in the Renaissance, presented in October 2013 and I know we are in for another treat on Thursday.

Director of Art History Abroad, author and television presenter, Nick has taught in Italy for over 20 years tutoring students and adults. He has kindly agreed to help us celebrate the College's 150th anniversary by turning his attention to the man whose statue has overseen events at the school since it first opened its doors to pupils in 1865.

Nick’s illustrated talk will trace the history of Albert and his achievements and, at the same time, show how Albert remains so relevant today. In researching his presentation, he writes, 'Albert is perhaps the most remarkable man I have read of in history and this came as quite a shock, bearing in mind that I have read of so many great men and women. The College is tremendously lucky to have Albert at the centre of its foundation. There is only one other school in the world founded in his memory and that is The Royal Alexander and Albert School in Surrey, originally two schools which merged in 1947. Clearly there are schools founded with great historical figures in mind, Wellington for example, but Albert offers achievable inspiration to the young and that is what is so good about him.'

This is going to be a fascinating and highly entertaining illustrated lecture. If you are planning to be there, could you just drop Amanda the briefest of emails (ajt@framcollege.co.uk) to help us with our catering for the evening.

Yearbook 2014
College Crest
The 2014 Yearbook has now been posted to Members.

An electronic copy is available to logged-on website users here.

Earlier editions are accessble via the Members's Area > Publications page.



OF Archives Online
College Crest
Thanks to the wonders of Information Technology the OF website team has converted into digital format three significant OF publications that will greatly help OFs researching the history of the school and its alumni. Saved in PDF format, each file's search facility neatly replaces the inadequacies of the books' indexes. Registered OF website users can now view, or download in PDF format, the following:

"The First Sixty Years" (1925) A history of the College by John Booth (1898-1903) [31.2 MB]

Framlingham College Register (1968) The "Green Book" that is the last of a succession of such books providing a snap-shot of the College and post-College careers of its alumni OFs. Edited by John Booth (1898-1903) [11.9 MB]

"The Second Sixty Years" (1992) A history of the College by Leslie Gillett (Hon OF) [86.4 MB]

See: Members' Area > Publications

Note that, if you're viewing these books online, you can search for specific text. If you're on a Windows machine, Ctl + F will bring up a little text-search panel.



Two OFs in the news
Ed Sheeran - BBC-Music-Awards-Live
At the inaugural BBC Music Awards Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) won the most prestigious award of Artist of the Year. He is also among nominees for Best Album of the Year at the Grammys (Award Ceremony in L.A. on 8 February 2015).

Also Laura Wright (M02-08) has announced that she will be embarking on her first solo tour starting in March 2015, with concerts in Cardiff, Gateshead, Birmingham, London, Manchester & (of course!) Ipswich.



Scorecards from nearly 150 years ago discovered
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To mark 150th anniversary, the College have recently discovered some cricket scorecards dating back to as early as 1866, just a year after the first boys entered through the doors of the College. These have all been placed in the Gallery under the 1880s folder. To gain access to the Gallery you need to be registered and signed in on our website.

As a little taster here is a link to the first one dated 9 May 1866. Many of the scorecards have interesting notes at the bottom of the page.