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

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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 memoire 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



Essex Supper - Friday 22nd April 2016

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John Rankin writes “This year the Essex Supper will once again be held at The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Ground after the Council Meeting. 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.

Subsidies are available for some OFs under 30 on a first come basis.

For more information and to download an invitation click here or give me a ring on 01255 503835 or email at johnrankin359@gmail.com ."

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Two OFs to walk a quarter of the way round the world!

Kathmandu on foot

Intrepid OFs Henry Dunham (S01-06) and Sam Crimp (K02-12), are undertaking a truly amazing challenge.  They write "On Tuesday the 26th January, we had the privilege of addressing the OF society at their London dinner at the RAF Club. It was a fantastic evening full of great anecdotes and wonderful memories. For our part, we would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in future events, both young and old!

The reason why we were invited to come along is that later this year we are walking from the UK to Kathmandu. Yes, you read that right! Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s 6,500 miles, 13 million steps, or in other words a quarter of the way round the world. Now, it’s not because we are looking for an extended holiday - this will take us the better part of a year - but instead it’s because in July Henry’s sister, Annie, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This trek is a fund raiser for a Framingham based charity, Annie’s Challenge, designed to fund research into brain cancer.

Together we are funding the majority of the trip with our savings, but we are still a little short and are in the process of looking for some corporate sponsorship. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any company to get on board with an adventure that is already garnering global interest. So here is a, not so subtle, plea to anybody who thinks they might be able to help to get in touch!!

We have produced a short promotional video - 2 minutes long - that we encourage you all to take a look at - click here "

You can read much more about this trip and how to get involved at the website they have set up www.kathmandu-it.uk



Popular Framlingham businessman to run London Marathon

Bill Bulstrode

Well known OF Bill Bulstrode (K62-69) got in touch to say "I'm taking part in the Virgin London Marathon 2016 on 24 April 2016 to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. I'm going to be raising money in memory of Maurice Cobb​, my late father in law​.  It's easy to donate online with a debit or credit card - just visit my JustGiving page . JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer's Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more."

Bill runs the ever popular home, style and fun shop in the centre of Framlingham and is a member of OF Council.  Bill's shop was facing closure after 45 years but was reprieved due to popular demand!



Soprano Christina Johnston-Myachin interviewed

Christina Johnson - article - west essex life - photo

Tom Huggins (Marketing Officer at the College) recently interviewed Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) for West Essex Life.  You can read the full article on page 93 here.



Spring Ball for 21st Century Leavers - 16 April 2016

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The Young OF Committee, in conjunction with the College, have arranged a fantastic inaugural ball for all OFs who have left the College in the Twenty First Century. This idea was born out of the first Young OF Committee meeting held at the College in October 2015 and we very much hope that this will be strongly supported.

This will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016 at the College and tickets will cost £40 per head including drinks reception, 3 course meal and entertainment.  Dress is black tie or equivalent.

Full details are given here and tickets and table wine pre-orders can be placed here

Please send any questions to Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk



Amazing London Marathon Challenge by OF

John Barton (Z74-81) for the first time since he asked to be sponsored for a 15-mile sponsored walk when he was 10 is looking for sponsors for the London Marathon on 24 April 2016.  This is a major physical challenge for John as he can’t run anymore and his walking “isn't so hot either”.  John has two progressive neurological conditions: Parkinson's and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

John will be raising money for Parkinson's UK (75%) and CMT UK (25%) and he would really appreciate any donations, however big or small, for this amazing challenge he is undertaking.

Please visit his donation page for more details on the challenge and how to donate.



The original founders/houses

Sir Edward Kerrison

We are very grateful to James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) for researching the backgrounds and families of each of the original founders and the houses named after them.  These can be read within the Distinguished section of the website here.



Group Captain Percy Pickard's (G26-32) RAF Log Books examined

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UPDATE : Following the original article, it was specifically circulated to OFs who were at the College when Pickard visited.  You can read all their memories here.

ORIGINAL :Thanks to the kind permission of ‘Lord Ashcroft and the Ashcroft Medal Collection’, Bill Collard (S55-58) and James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) have been able to research and photograph the three RAF log books that once belonged to Group Captain Percy C Pickard DSO** DFC and Czech Grand Cross (G26-32).

Some fascinating information and facts have been found including the exact date of Pickard’s visit to the college in WW2. Some mystery has always surrounded this trip with alleged records of Pickard flying into the nearby USAAF base in a US bomber or buzzing the college in his Tiger Moth. In fact he arrived at Parham airfield during the afternoon of 19th November 1943 flying his famous ‘F for Freddie’ Mosquito in which he would tragically lose his life some three months later. Read the full report here including James's analysis of the log books. You can also read the full biography on Pickard in the distinguished section of the website here.

Brian Rosen (S40-46), who was at the College at the time Pickard made his wartime visit, thought it might be interesting to hear recollections of this visit, so we have emailed this story to 29 OFs with an email address who were at the College on 19 November 1943 and we will publish later.

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OF London Supper - 26 January 2016

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The first London Supper of 2016 will be held at The Royal Air Force Club (128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY) on Tuesday 26 January. Our guest speakers will Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp, two young OF’s who will talk about their forthcoming project "Walk on the wild side - London to Katmandu 6500 miles in 10 months". Pre and post meal drinks will be in the First Floor Victoria Bar from 6:30pm and Supper will be served in the President's Room at 7:30p.m.

Supper tickets are priced £38 each, payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Nigel Burnip at Dunard Lodge, St Nicholas Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8NE. shown below OR use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by  LDN SUP and then your Surname. Please contact organiser Nigel Burnip if you would like to come at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis. The last date for booking acceptances is 7 days before the event (Tuesday 19th January).