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


SOF Annual Dinner - Saturday 19 March 2016, Royal Air Force Club
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The Society of Old Framlinghamians will return to the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY for the 2016 Annual Dinner on Saturday 19 March 2016. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event.

Tickets will cost £50 per head including wine which is excellent value-for-money for such a significant event in London - and £5 less than 2013! Younger OFs, under the age of 30 on 19 March 2016, may apply for a subsidised place at £25 - only 20 places at this reduced rate will be available. The tables will be seat up to 10 diners. Every effort will be made to seat diners close to colleagues and friends - just fill in the form as appropriate.

Dress is black tie or equivalent.

Full details are given in the Notification Letter which may be downloaded here. An application form may be downloaded here and an aide memoir with outline details can be downloaded here.

Members of the Society are encouraged to book early. The closure date for applications will be Monday 29 February 2016 . Cancellations without financial penalty will be possible until 11 March 2016, and early booking is encouraged.

It is possible that transport from Framlingham College to the RAF Club and return may be arranged. This is unlikely to stop at any other locations. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk

Please address any questions to Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk or to Simon Dougherty on 01206735224 or by email to annualdinner@oldframlinghamian.com

Year 12 London Careers Event - Friday 13th November 2015
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UPDATE: This very successful event was held and a huge thank you to all OFs who were able to support in any way. Particular thanks to Matt Truman (R92-97) for allowing us to use his offices for hosting the evening reception and the SOF Trustees for financing the food and drink provided.

Please click here to read Catherine Cranmer's report on the whole day and to see a few pictures.

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Brian Aldiss (36-39) reaches 90

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Brian Aldiss (36-39) was 90 in August 2015 and the Daily Telegraph magazine published on 31 October 2015 includes a 2 page article and pictures on him entiled "The world of Brian Aldiss, science-fiction writer".

You can read this as part of an updated biography on him here.

Overseas Bag – Spring/Autumn 2015

Mallorcan Gathering - 15 March 2015
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: Firstly an apology. For the first time in 10 years I failed to publish on the website a Spring 2015 Overseas Bag and the newsletter only carried some news on the 150th anniversary events. This edition and the 2015 Yearbook therefore contain a bumper crop of articles from over 500 emails received/sent. I have published the full version of the Overseas Bags for Spring/Autumn 2015 in the People section.

The highlight of the last year has clearly been the number of overseas events that have been organised to mark 150th anniversary of the first boys entering the College in April 1865. A huge thank you to all the organisers who came forward to get these off the ground and to everyone who was able to attend. The website already contains full stories and pictures on each of these events so please read them there and summary will appear in the Yearbook so this Overseas Bag only makes occasional passing reference to these wonderful events..

I hope these events will continue to be held on an annual or bi annual basis going forward, some on a more local basis like in Australia and Germany. I will still be trying to encourage new events in the likes of Belgium, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Kenya/Uganda, Nigeria, France, Spain, Thailand, east coast USA. If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch. As in the case of a number of events held in 2015 I will try and attend if possible. Email Chris Essex

OFGS v The College
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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: “A battle royal took place with the College in the annual fixture on Friday, 9th October!

On a lovely autumn afternoon, lunch was enjoyed at Aldeburgh Golf Club with Dougal Lyon, Head of Golf, Tom Huggins, Marketing Manager, Susan Wessels, Deputy Head and Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport at the College joining us. Tom and Dougal then played in the afternoon.

Twelve singles matches took place, with the OF's running out narrow victors 7-5. Click Read more for further details of who played and the scores.

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OFs Running the Great Eastern Run Half Marathon

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UPDATE Ben & Will would like to say a big thank you to all the OFs that have sponsored them. All together, they have raised £33,000 for the charity Hunts Community Cancer Network so far. Here is a photo of 'Team Kim', who all completed the Great Eastern Half Marathon on Sunday. Many OFs ran and supported on what was a fantastic day!

If any other OFs would still like to donate, see links below.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Ben (R96-06) and Will Hayes (R93-03) write : "We thought it might be of interest to the OF Society to let you know that a large group of OFs are running together in a half marathon called 'The Perkins Great Eastern Run' for charity on Sunday 11 October in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. We would also like to ask if you could help us gain awareness amongst other OFs."

Their father died of prostate cancer in April 2015. Click Read more for further details if you would like to support them.

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James Ruddock Broyd Surprise 80th

James Surprise 80th Party
The President and eight OFs were delighted to attend a “Surprise Garden Party” in honour of James 80th Birthday (G46-52). The whole event had been organised by Christine in secret and unbeknown to James 130 guests were due to arrive on the day.

Click here to see a write up by Christine and some wonder photos taken by Ian Marsh (S49-52).

Haileybury Hockey Sixes
Once again Josh Cutting (G97-09) got together a small number of OFs to enter a hockey team in this competition. He reports as follows :“Great Day with good hockey in glorious weather. Only difficulty, which indirectly affected us was the last minute non-appearance of RGS Guildford which meant altering matches and Pools which delayed the Programme.

The standard was high and the semi finals were between St Edwards v Framlingham and Haileybury v Tonbridge. The final was won by St Edwards against Tonbridge. Unfortunately we had to get back and were unable to participate in the play off for 3/4th places. St Edwards had a really strong team including two University players and were hardly tested scoring a hatful of goals. The umpiring worked out well and all seemed to enjoy the day. Sadly Seaford had last minute difficulty in completing a side and withdrew in the last week.

The OF team consisted of James Ince (gk) (R02-08), Olly Cutting (G95-07), Tom Dunnett (R07-09), Josh Cutting (G97-09), Ben Gowing (R04-09) and Sean Collins (G99-09).

Postscript to ANZAC Anniversary Dinner
At the Commemorative Dinner in the Hunter Valley, Australia in April 2015, Mike Garnett (53-55) told us about a fascinating story that has an unusual Framlingham/ANZAC association. We thought we would share this with all OFs. The speech he gave and the presentation he and Chris Shaw (K51-56) made at the end of the dinner are included this article which also gives details of the life size statue Mike was responsible for organizing near his home town in Victoria, Australia.

The statue that was presented to the SOF President now resides in the Headmaster’s study and has become quite a talking point for prospective new parents!

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Inaugural OF event in the Northants/Leicestershire area

Lilford Hall
SOF President Chris Essex (K69-75) says “I’m delighted to invite you to the inaugural OF event in the Northants/Leicestershire area. Charles Micklewright (S67-77) and his wife have generously offered to host us at their wonderful home, Lilford Hall, just south of Oundle on 14 November 2015.

Please see the attached invite for full details and to ensure your presence at this event please get back to me as soon as possible as numbers are strictly limited."

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