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


Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner – 28 March 2015 at Pembroke College, Cambridge
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Simon Dougherty writes: Next year, we will be holding the Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner on Saturday 28 March 2015 at Pembroke College, Cambridge in recognition of Framlingham College’s sesquicentenary celebrations. As many will know, the land on which Framlingham College was built was donated by Pembroke College.

Members of the Society together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event. Priority booking will be available only until 10 January 2015. Requests for seats received after that date are unlikely to be successful. However, cancellations without financial penalty will be possible until 13 March 2015, and early booking is encouraged.

A drinks reception will take place from 7 o’clock, with diners taking their places at 7.30pm. Brief speeches will be made prior to diners being served a 3 course dinner, with wine. A vegetarian option will be available. Dress is black tie or equivalent. Tickets will cost £50 per head which is excellent value-for-money for such a significant event. The tables will be seat up to 50 diners and reservation of a table for smaller groups will not be possible. Nonetheless, every effort will be made to seat diners close to colleagues and friends – just fill in the application form as appropriate.

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London Supper with guest speaker - 27 January 2015

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A London Supper will be held at The Royal Air Force Club (128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY) on 27 January 2015. Pre and post meal drinks will be in the Club Bar (ground floor towards the rear of the building) from 7:00pm and Supper will be served in the Millennium Suite (downstairs from reception) at 7:30pm.

There will be a guest speaker at this dinner - Neil Flowerdew Hon OF – who is the great nephew of Lt Gordon Flowerdew who posthumously was awarded the VC in France in a battle on 30 March 1918.

Supper tickets are priced £37 each, payable in advance. Please contact organizer 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 20th January) .

Two OFs in the news
Ed Sheeran - BBC-Music-Awards-Live
At the inaugural BBC Music Awards Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) won the most prestigious award of Artist of the Year. He is also among nominees for Best Album of the Year at the Grammys (Award Ceremony in L.A. on 8 February 2015).

Also Laura Wright (M02-08) has announced that she will be embarking on her first solo tour starting in March 2015, with concerts in Cardiff, Gateshead, Birmingham, London, Manchester & (of course!) Ipswich.

Scorecards from nearly 150 years ago discovered
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To mark 150th anniversary, the College have recently discovered some cricket scorecards dating back to as early as 1866, just a year after the first boys entered through the doors of the College. These have all been placed in the Gallery under the 1880s folder. To gain access to the Gallery you need to be registered and signed in on our website.

As a little taster here is a link to the first one dated 9 May 1866. Many of the scorecards have interesting notes at the bottom of the page.

Looking for some stocking fillers?
On An Eminence - poster - small
To mark 150th anniversary, the College have two items that will be popular with OF this Christmas.

Firstly copies of On an Eminence are available at just £34 plus £4.50 p&p or free collection. While also looking at the early history of the College, much of the book focusses on the last fifty years, right up to the present day. Click here to read a recent review in the Suffolk Norfolk Life Magazine.

Secondly the College had cases of Albert Memorial Ale but it has been so popular that stock as run out but more will arrive in January. This beer was specially brewed by Earl Soham Breweries to again commemorate the 150th anniversary. A case of 12 is available for £30 plus p&p or free collection.

If you would like either of these items please contact Jane who can arrange easy payment and dispatch.

WW1 Chapel Memorial
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To mark 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and Remembrance Sunday in 2014, biographies were completed on all 144 OFs and 4 teachers named on the Chapel War Memorial. These are available to read on-line on the SOF website here . For over 90% there is also a photo of their grave/memorial but you can see a list of the missing ones here. A paper copy in 3 folders was also presented to the College so that pupils and visitors alike could browse and get to know a bit more about these men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Anyone who has additional information on any of those named or can supply a photo for any of the missing ones, should get in touch with  Chris Essex.

OF Painting Exhibition Open
Peter Rodulfo Exhibtion - November 2014
Peter Rodulfo is currently putting on an exhibition of his work at a gallery in Great Yarmouth - see more details here . Try and get along to see his exhibition, which is on until 29 November.

OF unveils statue to Kyneton Light Horse
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As many of you will know, the April 2015 Australia/NZ dinner in the Hunter Valley will not only mark 150th anniversary of the first boy going to the College, but will also mark 100th anniversary of the ANZACs in Gallipoli. A number of OFs died in Gallipoli serving with the ANZACs and preparations for their involvement began in 1914. I therefore thought OFs would be interested to know that Mike Garnett (R53-55), one of the main organisers of this dinner, has recently been involved with the construction of a statue to the Light Horse in Kyneton in Victoria. Mike says “The ceremony was on 31 October 2014, the day prior to the huge commemorations at Albany, Western Australia from which town the Light Horse departed in 1914. Here is an edited text from my speech which explains why Kyneton and the Light Horse have such a close connection. The pictures included show me with the current (and former) C/O of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse, and their RSM, me with Rob Curtin (without whom this statue would never have been constructed) and me giving my address at the unveiling.”

OF Shooters on tours around the world
James Mehta writes : Several members of the OF Rifle Club have been away on tour having been selected for some pretty serious teams. I've managed to get them to write some reports which you can read here . Note that this represents fifty years of OF shooting! (When you look at the start and leaving dates!)

South East Supper Report
Neil Flowerdew
James Ruddock-Broyd(G46-52) writes : OFs and their spouses had dinner together at the Piltdown Golf Club near Uckfield on 25 October 2014. Guest speaker was newly installed Honorary OF Neil Flowerdew, who was present with his OF tie at the dinner. Click here to see full report and photos.