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


Patrick Spraggs (G04-09) wins Suffolk PGA and now Eastern Counties Championship
Patrick Spraggs photo - 2015 - small
UPDATEPatrick has now just become Eastern Region Champion. He is now two away from the BMW PGA at Wentworth next year with McIlroy etc.

Original Story : Congratulations to Patrick Spraggs (G04-09) on winning the Suffolk PGA Championship at Stowmarket Golf Club on Thursday 14th May. Patrick had rounds of 68 (-1) and 71 (+2) to win by 2 shots. He also won the Trainees Championship. Despite a triple bogey in his morning round, he finished with 3 straight birdies to lead the field by two shots and a steady afternoon round, saw him seal victory. Patrick has now won all 3 of the Suffolk Major titles; Amateur, Open and PGA.

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OF Shooters coach the College
SOF Shooting - helmets - cropped
James Mehta and other OFs, coached the College earlier in the year, you can read Jamesís report by clicking here.

London Supper - Tuesday 7th July 2015

The second of this year's London Suppers will take place on Tuesday, 7th July, at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL at 6.30pm for 7.30pm.

The price of a ticket is £37, payable in advance. For further details, please email londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

The closing date for applications is 24th June, so act fast!

OFGS Spring Meeting 2015
Golf Society The OFGS Spring Meeting took place at Frinton Golf Club on Thursday, 7 May. This was our first visit to Frinton and attracted a good field of 25 players who were well looked after by the Professional and other staff.

There were three new faces in Ian and Matthew Low, members of the home club, and John Ellerby. Guy Lennox, who had not played in recent years, made a welcome return to OFGS golf. As can be seen from the results below the new boys did rather well!

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OF Shooter represents NRA UK
Kimberley Pope
Kimberley Pope (Moreau 2004-9), a member of the OF Rifle Club, has been selected for the NRA UK team to tour the Channel Islands at the end of May. You can read about Kimberely on page 18 of the special brochure . As well as the College advertisement on page 17, the Society has provided a grant of £250 to Kimberley.

We wish her well and look forward to hearing how she gets on.

150th Anniversary San Diego Weekend
San Diego - IMG_2114
Continuing the 150th anniversary events, after much hard work by Jules and Nick Arthur, there was a wonderful weekend of events over 24 & 25 April 2015. The weekend kicked off with a cocktail party hosted by Jules and Michele at their home. This was followed Saturday lunchtime by a beach party hosted Nick & Paddi Arthur at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, where activities such as kayaking, surfing and boche ball were available that you donít get at your average OF event in the UK! Then in the evening it was cocktails at sunset followed by dinner at Eddie V's in La Jolla, where most attendees were staying.

Click here to see photos taken and a fuller report.

Invite to 150th Anniversary Event in Germany
German Dinner - small
Kim Dickel (M97-98) and Jens Kippenberger (G91-92) are organising a first ever German OF event to mark the College's sesquicentenary celebrations.

There will be a supper on Friday 10 July 2015 in Hamburg and you can see more details by clicking here, followed by other activities on Saturday.

Please get in touch with Kim or Jens by 31 May if you would like to attend. The SOF President and Hon Sec and their wives will be going and it is hoped that the Headmaster and his wife will also be there.

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150th Anniversary ANZAC Event
After 3 years in the planning, the 150th Anniversary events continued with a gathering of 56 in the Hunter Valley Australia. The guest of honour was Trish Evans, the widow of Len Evans (G42-48), who had vineyards in the Hunter Valley and was responsible for popularising Australian wine around the world.

Also amongst those attending were 7th and 14th oldest OFs at 93 and 92 Ė Peter Bailey (K34-38) and Peter Simpson (K32-40) who amazingly had beds next to each other over 80 years ago. It was also great to have David Ashton, Deputy Academic Head present from the College.

A fuller report will be published in due course, but in the meantime click here to see just a few photos taken over the weekend.

Some OFs were together for up to 5 days and the one item that wasnít meticulously planned by Chris Shaw (K50-56), Rebecca and Mike Garnett (R53-55) was the weather, which, after the event, turned into the worst April weather experienced in the area since records began.

SOF's Linkedin Group Tops 600
It's taken a while to get there, but the Society's private user-group on Linkedin.com has recently topped 600. This should provide a critical mass of Old Framlinghamians, of all ages, and in varying stages of their career paths, to provide help and support, both to each other, and to younger Framlinghamians taking their first steps as they prepare to move on from the College to university or employment.

If you're interested in finding out more, please take a look at "Career Networking", which you'll find under "About us" on the main OF Website menu.  All SOF members are entitled to membership of our private user-group, and if we hold your email address, you're probably already approved for Group membership. However, if you find that you can't complete LinkedIn's registration process, just send an email to Admin.

Tony Lawrence - Singer at FA Cup Final!
Tony Lawrence (Hon. OF) is set to follow in Laura Wright’s footsteps, and sing on the  hallowed turf of Wembley!

If you’re watching the 2015 F.A. Cup Final, on 30 May, keep a sharp lookout for Tony, who, as a member of the 'Songs of Praise' Football Fans Choir, will be singing 'Abide with Me' ahead of the match.

Tony was selected, together with 63 other fortunate fans, one from each club which contested this season's 3rd Round of the Cup. You can't miss him; he’ll be draped in Sheffield Wednesday colours (quite possibly with a large blue & white owl on his shoulder!). Bob Williams (who contributed this piece and is also an Hon. OF) also submitted an entry, reflecting his 45 year adherence to ITFC, in the hope that it might prove a 'double' for former Common Room veterans, but sadly, it was not to be!

To see Tony's rather moving submission as to why he deserved to be his Club's representative at Wembley, follow this link.