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



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PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO AGENDA: All OFs are very welcome to visit the College on Saturday the 25th and Sunday 26th June for the OF Sports Weekend. It will be the perfect opportunity to mix with other OFs while supporting alumni hockey and cricket matches. Please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy in the school grounds.

Saturday 25th June 2pm-7pm:
• Mixed Hockey Tournament on Inskips – Old Framlinghamians v Old Woodbridgians. Contact OF organisers Nick Whitehead or Emily Wilford if you would like to play
• CANCELLED: Unfortunately the opposition were not able to provide a team. OF v OW Netball Matches on Moreau Courts. Contact OF organiser Kat Twentyman if you would like to play.
• Bar, refreshments and BBQ in the marquee on The Back - Bar open from approx. 3pm
• OF Tours available between 2pm-4pm. Contact Jane Easey to book

Sunday 26th June 11am-7pm :
• 10:15am-10:45am - 150th Chapel Service in the College Chapel followed by coffee in the marquee on The Back 
• OF v College 1st XI on The Back
• 1970s Reunion Buffet Lunch. Contact SOF President Chris Essex for more information
• OF Tours available at 11am and 12pm. Contact Jane Easey to book
• 2pm-4pm Swimming pool open exclusively to those attending 
• Bar, refreshments and BBQ in the marquee on The Back

For further information click here or to let us know you will be attending one or all of the above events please contact Jane Easey 

OF to undertake relief work on Syrian border

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Anna Thorne (M04-10) writes :  "I'm raising money for a project that several OFs are supporting. In September, I am moving to Jordan for a year to work with Relief International and UNICEF in schools on the Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps near the Syrian border. They recruited me after I completed an English Language and Lit degree at Oxford, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course, and 8 months of part-time teaching in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps, which I did alongside my full-time job this year. I am trying to raise as much money for Relief International and this project as possible before I leave in September, and would be really grateful for any assistance OFs might be able to give me. 

I'm available via email any time or my mobile on 07415672840." 

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Memorial Service for Distinguished OF John Birt (S59-63)

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As many of you will be aware, John Geoffrey Birt (S59-63) died in Bandkok, Thailand on 21 May 2016.  His Thai friends gave him a Buddhist send off the following weekend on Koh Samui.  John was a distiguished soldier, sportsman and businessman and was "our representative" in Thailand for many years.  A memorial service will be held in the UK at the Royal Military Academy Chapel at Sandhurst for a service at Noon on Friday 30th September 2016, followed by a reception in the Indian Army Memorial Room.

For security reasons, we need to provide a list of all those who are likely to attend.  If you would be interested in attending please email his brother Stewart to let him know, so that you can be put on the list.

John's brother Stewart has just sent me this link which features the house he built from recycled teak in Thailand. His Thai friends persuaded him to have the house blessed by the local Buddhist Monks and these photos were taken by the husband of one of his Koh Samui staff.

'On an eminence': Celebrating 150 years of Framlingham College

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UPDATE : Just a reminder that copies of this excellent book are still available. If you would like a copy then please e-mail Jane Easey (V87-89) at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk. 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. This link includes a few taster pages .

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OF Shooter to represent GB

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James Mehta (S67-75) has been selected to represent the GB Rifle Team, touring and competing in Canada and the US later this summer. They have a training weekend at Bisley on 25/26 June 2016 which sadly means that he will have to miss 1970s leavers reunion lunch.  We wish James all the very best and look forward to publishing a full report on his return.

News on Danielle Maran (M99-11)

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Her mum writes to tell us that Pilot Officer Danielle Maran went on to study Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst studying at University, she was a member of the University of London Air Squadron, where she completed a basic freefalling course and flew the mighty Tutor. She also organised and took part in a Guard of Honour for her Majesty the Queen, at Royal Holloway. Danielle  started Initial Officer Training in April 2015 at RAF College Cranwell and graduated as a member of the Queen's Squadron on 17th December 2015.  She is currently at RAF Boulmer completing her phase two training to become a qualified Aerospace Battle Manager.

Mike Garnett OAM ASM (R53-55) gets additional award in Australia

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In 2001 Mike's contribution to tennis in Australia was recognised by the awarding of the Australian Sports Medal (ASM).

On 13 June 2016 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List he was additionally awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for service to veterans, to tennis and to the community.  Click here to see Mike's entry in the Distinguished section of the website that gives more details.

David Mason (S55-59)

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UPDATE : The funeral took place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June and was attended by around 160 including 18 OFs and many of their partners.   A tribute was given to David by his son Simon and a poem was read by his other son James.  Psalm 23 was read by his brother Richard.   OFs known to have been present were - Richard Mason (brother), Chris Essex (President), Norman Porter (Hon Sec), Bill Collard, John Ellerby, Jon Ford, Peter Golding, Michael Holden, Chris Keeble, Barry Lorkin, Paul Mason, Tim Mitchell, Andrew Moore, John Rankin, James Ruddock-Broyd, Brian Smith, Clive Smith, Michael Smy and John Waugh.  Given David’s 30 year service as an SOF Trustee it was fitting that all 4 current trustees were present.  Amongst the apologies were  - Jim Blythe, Simon Dougherty, John Edwards, Ian Howard, Richard Sayer, Paul Taylor and Andrew Wright.  Here is the front cover of the Order of Service.

ORIGINAL : It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Mason (S55-59).  He passed away on the morning of 13th May 2016 at home in Wallington, Surrey. As many of you will know, David had been ill for some time, and had been in hospital, as well as receiving ongoing treatment. He was a Trustee of the Society for many years, many of those years as conscientious Chairman and custodian of the Society's funds. He was also a recent Past President. Being elected to this position meant a great deal to him - as did the recent award of the BEM for services to Charity. The Society and the College owe him a great deal and we salute his memory, while offering our most sincere condolences to his wife Anne, and family.

The funeral will take place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June at 2.15pm

Silent Auction @ Music on a Midsummer's Evening - Wednesday 29 June 2016

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Mark Robinson (Deputy Head - Co-Curricular - enrichment) reports that as part of this year’s Music on a Midsummer’s Evening on the Back, the College will be holding a Silent Auction in order to help raise funds for the chosen College charity of the term, Annie’s Challenge, along with the complementary Kathmandu-it Project.

Annie’s Challenge (www.annieschallenge.org - registered charity number 1166362) as many of you will know, is run by Nick and Madeleine Dunham and their family, and is designed to help raise funds for brain tumour research as well as various organisations responsible for looking after those diagnosed with terminal illnesses. The Kathmandu-it project (www.kathmandu-it.uk) is devoted to raising funds for the same charity, primarily through the sponsorship of two OFs, Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp, walking the 6,500 miles from sunny Suffolk to Kathmandu. They were guests of the SOF at the London dinner in January and you can read more about them in an earlier news item here.

Should you wish to contribute to either of these hugely worthwhile charities independently of the Silent Auction, you will find a link on both websites to a Just Giving donation page. If you prefer to sponsor Henry and Sam on their highly ambitious undertaking, please contact Nick Dunham at ndunham@clarkeandsimpson.co.uk.

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London Supper - Tuesday 5 July 2016

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The second of this year's London Suppers will take place at The East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LH on Tuesday 5 July 2016. Pre and post meal drinks will be in the Clive Room from 6:30pm, supper in the same room at 7:30pm. 

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 email confirmation of payment to me at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com