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


Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner – 28 March 2015 at Pembroke College, Cambridge
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Simon Dougherty writes: Next year, we will be holding the Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner on Saturday 28 March 2015 at Pembroke College, Cambridge in recognition of Framlingham College’s sesquicentenary celebrations. As many will know, the land on which Framlingham College was built was donated by Pembroke College.

Members of the Society together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event. Priority booking will be available only until 10 January 2015. Requests for seats received after that date are unlikely to be successful. However, cancellations without financial penalty will be possible until 13 March 2015, and early booking is encouraged.

A drinks reception will take place from 7 o’clock, with diners taking their places at 7.30pm. Brief speeches will be made prior to diners being served a 3 course dinner, with wine. A vegetarian option will be available. Dress is black tie or equivalent. Tickets will cost £50 per head which is excellent value-for-money for such a significant event. The tables will be seat up to 50 diners and reservation of a table for smaller groups will not be possible. Nonetheless, every effort will be made to seat diners close to colleagues and friends – just fill in the application form as appropriate.

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WW1 Chapel Memorial
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To mark 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and Remembrance Sunday in 2014, biographies were completed on all 144 OFs and 4 teachers named on the Chapel War Memorial. These are available to read on-line on the SOF website here . For over 90% there is also a photo of their grave/memorial but you can see a list of the missing ones here. A paper copy in 3 folders was also presented to the College so that pupils and visitors alike could browse and get to know a bit more about these men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Anyone who has additional information on any of those named or can supply a photo for any of the missing ones, should get in touch with  Chris Essex.

OF Painting Exhibition Open
Peter Rodulfo Exhibtion - November 2014
Peter Rodulfo is currently putting on an exhibition of his work at a gallery in Great Yarmouth - see more details here . Try and get along to see his exhibition, which is on until 29 November.

OF unveils statue to Kyneton Light Horse
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As many of you will know, the April 2015 Australia/NZ dinner in the Hunter Valley will not only mark 150th anniversary of the first boy going to the College, but will also mark 100th anniversary of the ANZACs in Gallipoli. A number of OFs died in Gallipoli serving with the ANZACs and preparations for their involvement began in 1914. I therefore thought OFs would be interested to know that Mike Garnett (R53-55), one of the main organisers of this dinner, has recently been involved with the construction of a statue to the Light Horse in Kyneton in Victoria. Mike says “The ceremony was on 31 October 2014, the day prior to the huge commemorations at Albany, Western Australia from which town the Light Horse departed in 1914. Here is an edited text from my speech which explains why Kyneton and the Light Horse have such a close connection. The pictures included show me with the current (and former) C/O of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse, and their RSM, me with Rob Curtin (without whom this statue would never have been constructed) and me giving my address at the unveiling.”

OF Shooters on tours around the world
James Mehta writes : Several members of the OF Rifle Club have been away on tour having been selected for some pretty serious teams. I've managed to get them to write some reports which you can read here . Note that this represents fifty years of OF shooting! (When you look at the start and leaving dates!)

South East Supper Report
Neil Flowerdew
James Ruddock-Broyd(G46-52) writes : OFs and their spouses had dinner together at the Piltdown Golf Club near Uckfield on 25 October 2014. Guest speaker was newly installed Honorary OF Neil Flowerdew, who was present with his OF tie at the dinner. Click here to see full report and photos.

Retirement of Barbara Hamilton & Farewell Gathering

Barbara Hamilton, after 23 years loyal service, will be retiring from Brandeston Hall at the end of this term. Barbara is one of our longest serving members of staff and her involvement with Brandeston Hall and the children has been enthusiastic and tireless, giving generously of her time and energy in so many extra-curricular activities, in addition to her very full timetable within school.

We will be organising a Farewell Gathering and Presentation for Barbara with afternoon tea and cakes in the Rowley Hall at Brandeston Hall, on Monday, 8th December at 4pm after the Inter-house Cross Country. If you would like to attend please contact Lucy Bryanton on 01728 685331 or office@brandestonhall.co.uk

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Overseas Bag - Autumn 2014

James Campbell 50th birthday cake
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: With the deadline for the 2014 Yearbook now passed I have published the full version of the Overseas Bags for Autumn 2014 in the People section.

As always it’s been great to get so much correspondence from OFs overseas and its only possible to include a small proportion in the Yearbook. I strongly encourage you to read it in full and hear what your fellow OFs have been up to around the world, including who 50th birthday cake this is. A small clue is he loves diamonds and ballet!

As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to. Alternatively I’d love to hear from any overseas OFs who are prepared to organise an event in their country next year to celebrate 150th anniversary of first boys going to the College. Some are already in planning with more to follow.  Email Chris Essex.

OFGS-v-College – Aldeburgh Golf Club, Friday, 10th October 2014
Golf Society OFGS, with six home club members, had an excellent and enjoyable match in beautiful autumnal conditions against the College at Aldeburgh, winning 5½ - 3½.

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SOF Norfolk Supper - Thursday 13th November 2014 at 7pm
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The Supper will again be at Bawburgh Golf Club, near Norwich. This is being jointly organised by Colin Wigg and Norman Porter.

Our special guests at the Supper will be Ken and Trish Mayhew. Ken, as everyone will know, is one of our most eminent Old Framlinghamians, veteran of the D Day landings, regular supporter of OF occasions, and still playing golf well into his 90s. An example to us all! Ken, typically, is insistent that this should be a low key occasion, but it is your opportunity to show your esteem and affection by supporting this special Supper. We do hope you will come and join us. If you are in touch with other local OFs, please encourage them to come too.

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