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

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OF Northern Gathering 2020

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Douglas Thomson (K53-61) writes : The next OF Northern Gathering will be in Edinburgh on Saturday the 15th August 2020.  The gathering will be a lunch in The Douglas room at the Royal Scots Club and you can see my invite here.  Partners of OFs are strongly encourage to join us.  Please contact Douglas Thomson (douglas@ddathomson.co.uk) if you intend attending.

Following the lunch there is the opportunity to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Tickets for the Tattoo will be put on sale at 10.00am on 2nd December 2019 and you can apply here http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets/.  Application for tickets is now only by the internet or phone.   Tattoo tickets do sell out very quickly.



Christina Johnston performs charity concert in Ipswich

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Internationally acclaimed Classical Chart topper and OF Christina Johnston (V01-06), who has graced opera stages all over the world, will perform beautiful songs from Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber all under the banner of A Heavenly Gift, accompanied by the very talented pianist, Jade Hey. To hear Christina’s beautiful voice click here

This purpose of the evening is to raise vital funds for The Beehive charity, a home dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and loving support of vulnerable child-mothers and their babies in Nakuru, Kenya.

For more information on the concert and how to get tickets, please click here.



Remembrance Sunday 2019

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On Sunday 10th November 2019 the College held its traditional Remembrance Sunday service in the College Chapel.  Louise North, the Principal and Head of the Senior School, Framlingham College gave an address centred around 2019 being the 75th anniversary of the loss of distinguished OF Percy Charles Pickard (G26-32) when leading the famous bombing raid on Amiens prison in February1944.  You can read her full address by clicking here.

The audience in the College Chapel included the usual good number of OFs including Ken Mayhew RMWO (R29-34) who at the age 102 was a D Day veteran and close contemporary of Pickard’s.  He is pictured here laying a poppy on the College altar in a very poignant moment.  Remarkably, Ken's OF brother Jimmy will also be 100 on 22nd November 2019 and the SOF will mark this with a special birthday card designed by OF Chris Keeble.



SOF Norfolk Supper 2019 a very enjoyable affair

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This supper was organised again by Colin Wigg at the Bawburgh Golf Club on Thursday 7 November.  John Ling (S49-56) was amongst the guests and he gave a brief resume of his round the world trip and the OFs he met along the way.

Please click here to read the full report and see plenty of photos of a great evening gathering in Norfolk.

Huge thanks to Colin (and of course Liz) for organising again.



OF dies at the age of just 26 after very full life

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We are sad to report that Dominic James Church (S08-10) died on 29 June 2019 at the age of just 26.  A funeral service was held on 25th September for family and close friends at The Church of St Peter & St Paul in Wangford, Suffolk. His sister Gabby (P08-11) say that after leaving the college Dom travelled and worked in Australia for a year before returning home to see the family. During that time he was hit by a car which left him with life-threatening injuries. After recovering, a few years later he went back across the world to New Zealand where, among many other achievements, he became a qualified solo skydiver. 

Read Gabby's wonderful eulogy for her brother by clicking here.



75th Anniversary of Amien Raid

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UPDATE from Richard Sayer "Wednesday’s event was very well organised and set up – well done James. It was very well presented – well done Bill and James. Delighted to see Michael Woods representing the family, Andrew Payn representing the College, and support from a number of OFs and wives and a good few from the St Martin’s lay members Club Wednesday. Your hard work James in developing a strong relationship with St Martin’s archivist Michael Hellyer made it all happen. It was an honour to be present at a fitting remembrance this 75th year of the extraordinary bravery, commitment and sacrifice of Pickard, Broadley, Sampson and the Typhoon escort pilot. A nice touch that you included them all.

Remarkably, the day after the St Martin’s event, at the OF Norfolk Supper last night I found myself sitting at the same table as Michael Powlesland (at Fram 40-45) and Alf Wolton (42-47) both of whom vividly recall the two visits Pick made to the College in 1942 and again on 19 November 1943 when he talked to the pupils, having landed at Parham airfield."

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : James Ruddock Broyd has organised a meeting at No 6 St Martin’s Place WC2N 4JJ close to the Crypt Cafe of St Martin-in-the-Fields to mark 75th anniversary of the Amien raid and the death of Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32)

Please click here to see full details and a number of OFs are attending. There are just a couple of vacancies still left so please get in touch with James direct if you would like to go. You can read the full Distinguished article on Pickard here.



OF Golfers win Dick Watson Trophy again

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Jonny Newton (K85-92), OFGS First Team Captain says "We defended the Dick Watson trophy in style at Aldeburgh Golf Club, winning for the fourth consecutive year. This unprecedented run just shows how far the Old Framlinghamian Golf Society, and specifically the first team, has developed over the last few years."

Click here to see his full report and winning team photo.



A Mini Oxford Reunion

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A pilot OF Lunch was held at the Old Bank Restaurant Oxford on 10 October 2019. Those present and wives were: Bernard Bridges (S45-54) and Elsie, Hung Cheng (G50-54) and Elizabeth, James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) and Christine and Brian Smith (S53-56) and Valerie.

You can read the following report by clicking here.



SOF Norfolk Supper - Thursday 7th November 2019

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The supper is being organised again by Colin Wigg at Bawburgh Golf Club on Thursday 7 November.  John Ling (S49-56) will give a brief resume of his round the world trip and the OFs he met along the way.

Please contact Colin if you would like further details or see Event page.

If you are in touch with other local OFs, please encourage them to come along.



OF Golf Society vs College - October 2019

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This annual match was held on Friday, 4th October at Aldeburgh Golf Club where the course was hardly recognisable from that of the Autumn Meeting two weeks earlier, having greened-up following much needed rain.  7 OF’s and 3 College staff took on a team of 10 pupils, playing 6 singles matches and 2 foursomes matches. The OF team came out narrowly on top, with most matches being closely contested.

Click here to see full report.