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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 2020

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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 28 March 2020 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.  Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its AGM at 6.15pm. While it is being held, Partners and guests will be able to relax in the ground floor 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.  After dinner, Christina Johnston (V01-06), the well-known coloratura soprano, will give a short performance.

The cost of the dinner is £58 per head including half a bottle of wine.  We are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 28 March 2020, to apply and pay for places, will be charged only £29 – this is a remarkable offer!  A vegetarian option may be requested at the time of application.  We have arranged a bar extension in the Churchill Bar up to midnight, so there will be plenty of time to do this after the dinner.

A letter giving full details is here and an application form is 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 20 March 2020.  Cancellation without financial penalty may be made until the same date.  Transport from Framlingham College to the RAF Club and return has been arranged – full details of how to book this are in the linked letter.

Please book early to make sure you have a seat! I look forward to seeing you on the night.  Should you have any questions, please contact me, or Kate Jackson OF Coordinator as detailed in the attached letter.

Death of John Edwards (K45-55)

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It is with much sadness that we report the death of former SOF President and School Governor for many years, John Edwards (K45-55) on 12 January 2020 in Lister Hospital in Stevenage.  He was SOF President in 1977 & 1978.  He was taken into hospital a couple of weeks ago with a chest infection and never really recovered.  We'll push details of memorial service when known.

Daisy Cooper (P97-99) becomes 4th ever OF MP

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Congratulations to OF Daisy Cooper who was elected as a Lib Dem MP for St Albans in the recent general election and in January 2020 has been appointed their spokesperson on justice, culture, media and sport .  

Click here to read a brief biography of her life, which has now been added to the Distinguished section of this website.

SOF London Supper - The Lansdowne Club - 23 January 2020

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Alex Henney (Z84-95) has kindly taken over the organisation of future London Suppers and has found a fabulous new location at The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London. W1J 5JD on Thursday, January 23rd 2020.

The meal will cost £45 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  The first 10 to apply and pay who are under 30 will only pay 50% of their Supper cost. There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Thursday, 16th January 2020.

For more information please visit the Events page or click here.

SOF President awarded an MBE

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We are delighted to announce that our President Simon Dougherty (G60-67), has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service to the Armed Forces community and military charities, in the New Year Honours list. 

Simon said: "I was absolutely astounded and delighted. I feel that it is one for the superb team who work at all levels within the RAF Benevolent Fund, who deliver the help and support to members of the RAF Family.  I spent my career in the air force initially as a doctor and later at higher management levels but the objective was always to look after and ensure people are as fit as possible to do their jobs and that includes their welfare.“

He is the longest-standing trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund and following a 40-year career as a doctor in the Royal Air Force, joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and became Chairman of the Main Grants Committee and the Welfare Committee.

Alongside this work, he has been a committed supporter of several other military charities including as Governor (trustee) of Royal Star and Garter Homes for 15 years and Honorary Air Commodore of 4626 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

As well as being President of the SOF for the second time, he is also a governor at the College and serves as vice-chairman of his local parish council. He will receive his honour at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace next year.

This distinguished article link will be updated shortly on Simon's illustrious career.

OF launches first EP

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George Coulson (S02-15) on leaving the College moved to London to study Artist development in Stratford (where Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) attended) and then on to ICMP University in Kilburn to study Songwriting, where he recently graduated with a first. His band The Valla have just released their debut EP 'Just Chemicals'. The second single from the EP 'Anymore' was recently played on BBC introducing South, where they were selected a week later as ' BBC Radio South Introducing featured artist' and played on air for the second time!

Here is a link to the EP : https://album.link/gb/i/1488788986 and their website here www.thevalla.com

2019 Framlinghamian now available online

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An on-line version of The 2019 Framlinghamian, produced with improved software, is now available here.

Simon Dougherty, SOF President writes: The College is planning to switch publication of The Framlinghamian from a printed magazine to an on-line version. This change is not absolute, as a printed copy will be available to those who request it, as before. However, in the interests of reducing costs, it is hoped that many OFs will opt for the on-line version from 2020.

Because each individual’s default setting will remain a printed copy, it’s vital that you make clear your preference for an on-line version if the anticipated savings are to be realised. To make your choice, please complete this form and return to me by post to: President of the Society of Old Framlinghamians, c/o Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EY or send a scanned copy to me at President@oldframlinghamian.com. An early response would be much appreciated.

Overseas Bag 2019

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2019 Framlinghamian is now starting to land on doormats in the UK and will shortly start arriving abroad.  As usual it will contain a heavily edited version of all the news and photos I have received over the last year from OFs around the world.  For your Christmas reading I have now published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2019 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to 29 pages distilled from over 300 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.

The photo featured in this news article shows David Copeman (K42-49) with his wife Ann, being looked after by Bob Holland (R57-65) while visiting Malaysia on a world cruise.

I hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world in 2019.  As always I will help with mailing lists and publicity but can’t promise to be able to attend them all! If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch with me via email

Mullie Borrett dies 2 months short of her 100th birthday

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We are sad to report the death of Mullie Borrett (Hon OF and widow of Norman Borrett) on 17 November 2019.  She was just 2 months short of her 100th birthday.

The funeral will be at Weeley Crematorium, at 12.30, on the 10th December, which just happens to be the day that Norman Borrett died.  Afterwards will be at Frinton Golf Club for food / drinks etc..

Please let Richard Sayer know if you intend to attend by clicking here to emailing him.

SOF Suffolk Supper Report 2019

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On Saturday 19 October 2019, 59 attended the annual Suffolk Supper held at Framlingham College including Louise North, new Principal of Framlingham College and Head of the Senior School.

After the supper the President, Simon Dougherty introduced 5 new Hon OFs each of whom were presented with an OF silk scarf or OF tie as appropriate.  

You can read the full report and see photos by clicking here.