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


Newmarket Supper - 9 April 2018

Ian Fulcher (G73-77) has organised this year’s Newmarket Supper at the Bedford Lodge, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX. The dinner will start at 7.30pm with drinks before in the bar. The cost of the meal will be £29 per head.  Please contact Ian if you are interested in attending.

Prior to the dinner the Trustees will be meeting at 2pm, followed by the Finance Committee at 4.30pm and Council at 5.30pm.

OF competing in Britcar Endurance Championship

Jon Watt photo (170x170)
Jon Watt (S04-15) has announced that he will be competing in the 2018 Britcar Endurance Championship. He says "I will be campaigning in the Moss Motorsport BMW M3, supported by Mintex Brakes UK & Ireland, Lakeside Hire, Upminster Panelcraft ltd, Morris Lubricants, NGK Spark Plugs (UK), and Autoglym. In a one-off outing in the car last year we took a class pole, podium and fastest lap so I'm hoping to build on this performance to be a championship contender!"

Watch out for him when the Britcar season kicks off at Rockingham on 14 April.

Gordon Flowerdew VC (1894-99) Centenary Stone Laying

Gordon portrait (106x170)
Richard Sayer (S56-61) reports : At Noon on 10 April 2018 the Flowerdew centenary stone will be laid in the churchyard of St Leonard's at Billingford, some 300 yards from Billingford Hall, where the 15 Flowerdew children, including Gordon, grew up in the late 19th century. St Leonard's is therefore "the Flowerdew Church" and memorials to the family are on the interior walls.  Click here to read about the 10 Flowerdew boys who went to the College.

The event is organised by Sue Redgrave, a long time local resident and PCC member, with help from Ray Flowerdew who will be in charge of the displays. These will include material which the College will provide - photographs, old letters, the replica VC and Death Penny etc.

Lord Strathcona's Horse, Gordon's Canadian Regiment, will be represented, as will the College (although the date falls in the Easter school holidays); the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Norfolk, the local Mayor and Council will be present, as will local people, a number of the family, and we hope a good turn out of OFs. An indication of OF numbers would be very helpful for catering purposes.

Refreshments will be served after the formal stone-laying, for which a tent in the churchyard will offer protection.

BBC East are showing a short film about Flowerdew on Maundy Thursday, which will include shots of the College.

OF and grandson of Sawbwa of MongMit visits COllege

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David Hkio (R58-63) is an OF and visited the College with his wife, Elizabeth on 22nd February 2018 and was delighted to find his photo on the May 1959 school photograph in the corridor and also to see the picture of his father and grandfather prominently displayed in Paul's Court.

Click here to read and see pictures of the visit.

Click here to read a biography on his grandfather the Sawbwa of MongMit

OF Lodge celebrates 70th anniversary

Old Framlighamians? Lodge 6646 7- logo (170x170)
Gary Duce (K72-78) as secretary of the OF Lodge has been in touch to say that there is going to be a special anniversary meeting at the College on Saturday 14 April 2018 to mark 70th anniversary of the consecration of the Lodge.  All are welcome to attend to find out more about Freemasonry.


Click here for more details including photo taken at 40th anniversary in 1988.

Wartime letter discovered under Sussex school dorm links to OF

Donald James MacBride - Wartime letter - picture (128x170)
The College were contacted by Sarah Monaghan of Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School near Worthing in Sussex about a wartime letter belonging to an OF that has recently been unearthed after 80 years from beneath dormitory floorboards at their school.

The school has traced its owner across continents to Australia and revealed details about his family's past which was unknown.  The OF was Donald James "Jim" Macbride (S40-43) who also attended the College with his brother David (S38-42). The letter has fascinated the pupils of Sompting Abbotts school and will be placed on display and used as a 'real' teaching resource, with a special relevance to them as it was written to a fellow pupil so many years ago.

We are grateful to Sarah for sharing this fascinating story with us which you can read in full here. As you will read he was a stalwark of the Melbourne OFs and he and his brother's names are on the Melbourne Sundial presented to the College in March 1983 and now located in a quiet area by the old headmaster's house - see picture here

The obituary for "Jim" Macbride in 2003 can be viewed here.

OF launches book after near fatal accident

Tim Leach with Timinology - small
On 10 February 2007, OF Tim Leach (Z93-97) experienced a near fatal skiing accident in France, where he was doing a ski season. He broke his neck and back and hit his head so hard that he had to be placed in an induced coma for three weeks.

Since his accident, Tim – who had been planning to become a lawyer – has rebuilt his life with adventures along the way which have included launching a clothing brand and endeavouring to find love with the help of a PUA (pick up artist). Over the past ten years, he has discovered life tools which have made him happier today than he has ever been and he’s now written a book called Timinology which is being published on March 12 (to coincide with Brain Awareness Week).  Tim says: “I view my accident as a blessing in an extraordinary disguise.”

The book can be pre ordered on Amazon here.

Bletchley Park honour organised by OF

James Ruddock Broyd - Bletchley Park photo (170x110)
James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) now lives in Richmond Witney Retirement Village and has got involved in bringing the contribution of a fellow resident to public attention and recognition.

Click here to see a recent article in the Oxford Mail that was also included in the Witney Gazette.

Death of former College Chaplain Richard Law

College Crest
We are sad to announce that Rev'd Richard Law, Chaplain at Framingham College 1972-1983 (known as Wag) passed away on Sunday 14 January 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He died peacefully with his immediate family around him.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at Manormead Supported Housing Chapel, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA at 11am. A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held at St Michael's Parish Church,Framingham on Saturday 9 June 2018 starting at 11am  - click here for details. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SOF President John Ellerby and OF Adrian Orchard were present at the Requiem Eucharist on 7 February 2018 - click here to see the front cover.

Newspaper cutting from 1871

1871 Advert - 11.Bury and Norwich Post - Tues 12 Sept 1871 - cropped (170x93) (2)
Peter Howard-Dobson's wife Catherine was doing some research for Aldeburgh Museum when she came across an advertisement from The Albert Memorial College, looking for a new Headmaster for £350pa – click here to see full page in column two, about half-way down or click here to see the specific advert.

Also if you look across to the forth column you will see what happenned to his predecessor - click here!