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

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Dennington Cricket Reunion for 2017 Leavers

Dennington Cricket Reunion - August 2018 - photo (170x128)
Moreau Scholar Renee Bahar (M12-17) writes :"The cricket match on Saturday went ahead and was a huge success! We had a good turnout with huge amounts of enthusiasm for the game and it was so lovely to see so many people there. Special thanks go to JoJo’s Maberly's parents for buying all the food and drink and organising the venue, as well as Mr. Skitch for umpiring. All credit has to go to JoJo (P04-17) for organising it as well, she really did a brilliant job!

We managed to use the cricket pitch and village hall tables and chairs for free which was great. All the food and drink came to £50, which includes the drinks which some people had back at JoJo’s house after the match and we are grateful to OFs for paying this."

Click here to see some photos



Laura Wright (M02-08) encounters bush fires and snakes on "African Wild Ride"

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Laura has just finished a 400km cycle ride through a remote African region, raising thousands to help protect endangered species.  Read the full story in the EADT here



WW2 Veteran Leonard "David" Brook dies

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Leonard David Brook (S36-40) died on 9 August 2018 at the age of 94.  Following a private family cremation there will be a Service of Celebration for his life at Sts. Peter & Paul’s Church, West Mersea, CO5 8QD at 12 noon on Wednesday 19th September. After the service all are invited to West Mersea Yacht Club for drinks and a buffet lunch.

David was last at the College at the Fowler Pavilion opening on 21 October 2017 and had a first meeting with Ken Mayhew  (R29-34). David was a Glider Pilot on the main push over the Rhine in Operation Varsity  on 24 March 1945 and edited the GPRA Eagle magazine for 30  years.



A Suffolk Town in Wartime - Framlingham 1939 to 1945

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Local OF John Bridges (S57-66), will be launching his new book on Saturday 22 September at Framlingham library, which tells the amazing story of the town during the Second World War. There is much about the College, including headmaster William Whitworth and his attempt to assist with the Dunkirk evacuation, the move to Repton when invasion seemed imminent, and his ultimate departure after refusing to act as a civilian rather than a combatant.

Framlingham was a Nodal town and defended with pill boxes, tank traps, road mines, machine guns, and mortars to hold up enemy forces following invasion. All is revealed in John’s book, containing 152 pages and over 160 images, many in colour - click here for a wonderful aerial view. Signed copies of the book, which costs £20, will be available at the launch where there will also be military vehicles and wartime displays. For information and to order a copy, please contact: framww2@gmail.com or telephone 01728 723557.



OF Golf Society News - Cyril Gray & Grafton Morrish reports

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has been busy again with golf competititions.

In the Grafton Morrish Tournament a mix of youth and experience represented the OFs at this year’s Qualifying Tournament held at Gog Magog, Cambridge on 13th May. The bar for qualifying in recent years has been increasing, and this year it was raised again, with the top team totalling 93 points and the lowest qualifying with 80 points. Our team had two debutants playing, Harvey Finbow and Ben Swinburn, along with Harry Bush, Jack Westcott, Barry Hitchcock and Martin Lamb. Well done to our experienced duo of Captain Barry Hitchcock & Martin Lamb who were the highest scoring pair for Framlingham. Weather was good and the course in excellent condition. Unfortunately we failed to qualify but we will try again next year, but thank you to those who gave up their time to play.

In the Cyril Gray Tournament (21st – 23rd June 2018) we played against Stonyhurst, but unfortunately came out second best. Martin Lamb and Robin Anderton lost on the 18th, Hugh Curle and Mike Schneidau halved and Roger Wharton and Barry Hitchcock also lost. In the Plate we were drawn against St Bees and this turned out to be a very close and convivial match which we lost 2-1. Hugh Curle and Mike Schneidau lost, Martin Lamb and Barry Hitchcock eventually won on the 19th hole and the Robin Anderton and Roger Wharton match went to the 21st hole where, unfortunately, they also lost. If any OF’s would like to be considered for inclusion for the Cyril Gray tournament you must be a minimum of 50 years of age and play to a reasonable standard of around 12 handicap or less. Please email Mike Schneidau at mike@stocklandestates.com to confirm your interest. The competition is played at Worplesdon GC near Woking in late June each year. Next year’s dates have been confirmed as 27th - 29th June 2019.



The Society Welcomes its Latest Moreau Leaving Scholars

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Speech Day 2018 was, as ever, a joyful event tinged with sadness as a new leaving-group started to go their separate ways. Archie Winter and Coral Langridge, the Society’s latest Moreau Leaving Scholars have, as a vital part of their role, the responsibility for helping to sustain and nourish the bonds of friendship that have grown through the years, and have both expressed their enthusiasm and determination to succeed. You can follow this LINK to read their Scholar Profiles.

On receiving their scholarships from the distinguished surgeon, Miss Nicola Fearnhead, they immediately became members of the Society of Old Framlinghamians, members of its Council, and members of the Young OFs committee.

Our scholars were welcomed into the Society by SOF President, John Ellerby; former presidents, Richard Sayer, Norman Porter and Simon Dougherty; David Mallett, Chairman of Selectors; Nick Whitehead, Member of the selection Panel, Archie’s Mentor, and Chair of the Young OFs Committee; and Peter Howard-Dobson, mentoring co-ordinator.

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70th Anniversary of Brandeston Hall Garden Party

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On Friday 29th June 2018 Brandeston Hall hosted a Garden Party on the terrace to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Prep School, now known as Framlingham College Prep School. The turnout was amazing and in glorious sunshine, exactly the same condition when the school opened in 1948. Guests were treated to cream teas, tours, music, poems, speeches and the cutting of the cake.

Among the many guests were those who were the first boys through the door in 1948 and Mr Jim Blythe (K48-54) entertained those in attendance with a spirited, racy and enthusiastic delivery. He was brilliant!
Eloise Dearling, a pupil at FCPS performed a poem she had written, 'How things have changed?' which was apt and well received and the new headmaster, Mr King was a perfect host together with heads of School, Ruby Boddy and Will Lamprell.

Explore this photo album by the College on Flickr by clicking here



OF wins prize for best set production and lands film job

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Recently graduated this summer, with a First from Wimbledon College of Arts, one of the prestigious colleges that comprise UAL, (University of the Arts London), Helena Anthony (V08-13) also won the prize for the best ‘set production’ for her work this year. Her degree in Set Design for Screen has secured her a position as one of the set production team with the filmmaker of the sixth detective drama series of Endeavour, which is being made this summer. Her degree work focused on highly detailed model making at 1/10 scale and the production of an animated film based on a 1979 song by Squeeze, Up the Junction. The model she has made, a suitably grimy interior of a basement flat, reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s digs in a London suburb, was used to create the film by stop-frame animation and varied lighting.



Appointment of new Head at the College

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As many of you will be aware, Paul Taylor will be retiring as Head at the end of Summer Term 2019.  After an extensive search, Bill Rimmer Chair of Governors has announced the appointment of Mrs Louise North as the new Head of Framlingham College from September 2019.  She is currently Senior Deputy Head at Oakham School, a large co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 10 to 18 and with many similarities to Framlingham.

See full story on the College website here.



OF completes amazing canoe trip - the wrong way!

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UPDATE:  Peter completed his quest on schedule on 10 June when he paddled gently into Old Forge, New York State in perfect weather to bring to a close a journey that has seen some highs, some lows, and probably more hard and sustained paddling than he thought was possible. Until someone proves otherwise, this is the first recorded east-west through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and, as last time, he did it solo and completely self-powered. Read all about his battles with the wind and see some wonderful photos on his website here.

ORIGINAL STORY : Five years ago Peter Macfarlane (Z73-81) who lives in Vermont USA, completed an amazing challenge, that very few have ever completed solo before, to canoe the entire 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, from Old Forge New York State to Fort Kent in Maine State. What made the achievement possibly unique was that he completed it in a boat he designed and built - see previous story.

So how do you better that? On Monday 14 May he will be repeating this trip but doing it the wrong way round and using the same canoe he built 5 years ago for the first trip.  You can follow his trip via this link and see his canoe website here. He hopes to complete the trip on 10 June.