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

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OF Sports & Social Day - Sunday 26th June 2022

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 We are delighted to share with you an invitation to the OF Sports & Social Day at Framlingham College on Sunday 26th June 2022.

We look forward to welcoming former pupils to this fun and social event.

Please RSVP to Kate on kjackson@framlinghamcollege.co.uk



Grafton Morrish East Midlands Qualifying - 15 May 2022

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Framlingham once again competed in the Grafton Morrish qualifier at Gog Magog, Cambridge. Team selection was beset by injury, illness and work commitment. The qualifying bar was once again high

The pairings were:           

            Peter Watts/Rob Atton
            Jonny Newton/Daniel Clementson
            Hugh Curle/Jake Swinburn

Click here for the full report.



OFGS Spring Meeting 2022

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The OFGS Spring Meeting took place in beautiful spring like weather at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club on Friday, 6th May. This was our second visit there and attracted a field of 18 players. This was a rather disappointing number, but some of our usual regular players were unable to play for various reasons. We were pleased to welcome Nick Gandy, Director of Sport at the College. Unfortunately, Neil Jackson was unable to play at the last moment because his car and clubs were stolen from his driveway overnight.

Click here for the full report.



Major exhibition of Sir Alfred Munnings' (1891-92) work

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  A major exhibition of Sir Alfred Munnings' (1891-92) work, described as "the most important" to date, is set to open in Newmarket. 

Munnings was renowned as one of England's greatest painters of horses, as well as horse racing and hunting, and was also a war artist with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade during the First World War and painted distinguished OF Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew VC (1894-99). .  

The exhibition is made up of around 40 paintings, watercolours, and drawings spanning 60 years of the artist's career.

The 'A Life of His Own' exhibition is currently on display in the Osborne Studio Gallery, in London until May 14, but will then make its way to the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, from 24 May to 12 June 2022. Click here for  EADT article and pictures.



Annual Dinner 2022 Report

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The Society’s Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner were held at the RAF Club on Saturday 2nd April 2022 – the first Annual Dinner held since 2019. 

Click here for the full report and some great photos.



OF awarded prestigious and rare award

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Chris Sneath MBE (K51-56) has had a distinguished career in the building engineering, heating, ventilating and allied industries, including being Chairman of the Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance.  In 2019 he was awarded awarded the St Michael Medallion by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’.  The St Michael Medallion was inaugurated in 1951 and is awarded for exceptional service and has only been presented 27 times before. His recent actual presentation was delayed because of COVID.

Click here to read about his fascinating career in the Distinguished section.



Christina makes number one in the charts

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  The EADT has run a great story on the life of Christina Johnston (V01-06).  What's more her recently released single, A Million Tears, made it to number one in the classical charts a couple of weeks ago, beating Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli to the top spot.

Click here for the article and photos.



SOF ANNUAL DINNER - 2 APRIL 2022

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Simon Dougherty writes: The Society’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY on Saturday 2 April 2022.  Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its AGM at 6.15pm - click here for agenda, minutes etc. While this is being held, partners and guests will be able to relax in the Churchill Bar which will be open from 6.00pm.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Churchill Bar from 7 o’clock, with dinner being served in the first floor Queen’s Room at 7.30pm. Dress is Black Tie or equivalent.  Full details of the dinner may be downloaded here.

After dinner, Christina Johnston (V01-06), the well-known coloratura soprano, will give a short recital.

The cost of the dinner is £50 per head excluding drinks.  Younger OFs will be subsidised – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 2 April 2022, to apply and pay for places, will be charged only £25!  A vegetarian option or any other dietary requirements should be stated on the Application Form which may be downloaded here.  Tables will be arranged to seat 10, so you can reserve a table for your group or apply for individual tickets – just fill in the form as appropriate.

The closure date for applications is noon on Friday 25 March 2022.  Cancellation without financial penalty may be made until the same date.  Transport from Framlingham College to the RAF Club and return has been arranged. This is unlikely to stop at any other locations.  If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Kate Jackson (+44 (0)1728 727 227 or kjackson@framlinghamcollege.co.uk).

Please book early to make sure you have a seat! I look forward to seeing you on the night.  Should you have any questions, Kate Jackson OF Coordinator on +44 (0)1728 727 227 or by email at kjackson@framlinghamcollege.co.uk.



Service for former College Chaplain

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Following the service we are pleased include here the eulogy given by Rev Brynn Bayman (Hon OF) - click here

Rev Michael Booker (Hon OF) died on 28 November  2021.  He was Chaplain at the College from 1984 to 1999 and the father of Rachel Hotz (nee Booker) (P83-85). A Service of Thanksgiving for his life and ministry will be held in St Michael’s Church, Framlingham on Wednesday 16th March at 2.30pm. All welcome.



CANCELLED: SOF Newmarket Supper - Thursday 28th April 2022

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Ian Fulcher writes : Hopefully we are over the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic and returning to an element of normality again. As such, we are pleased to announce that the Newmarket Supper will be taking place on Thursday 28th April at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX.

Unfortunately, with very few bookings, this event has been cancelled - as of 12th April 2022

Please click here for more details.

Please complete and return the Application Form

I very much hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing many of you in person again, after such a long period of absence of SOF gatherings.