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

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Arctic Adventure Lecture
Tracks in the snow
Adventure-minded OFs of all generations may be interested in a talk to be held in the Headmaster Porter Theatre on Thursday 29th October at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The talk is part of this autumn’s Framsoc programme.

An item in the Daily Telegraph on May 30th described how Alec Greenwell (son of Sir Edward Greenwell) and Ed Cooper recently followed in the footsteps of Alec’s Great Uncle, David Haig-Thomas*, who travelled 250 miles across Greenland in 1938. Sir Ranulph Fiennes was a patron of their expedition.

Alec and Ed will talk about their travels from North West Greenland to Ellesmere Island and Haig-Thomas Island, having embarked on this arctic adventure which pushed them to the limit, both spiritually and mentally. They faced temperatures of minus 40 degrees, and the threat of bear attack.

The talk is in aid of a special new bell for Cretingham Church to mark centenary of WW1, a project close to the heart of OF Vice President Robert Mayhew, who is a member of the PCC. Tickets are £12-50 from Pamela Pinner (01728685406).



Patrick Spraggs (G04-09) now wins Suffolk Open in addition to Suffolk PGA and Eastern Counties Championship
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FURTHER SUCCESS : Patrick has now won the Michael Faraday Cup as Suffolk Open champion for the third time in his career. He had two rounds of one over par 71 to force a play-off with Robert Salter which he won at the fifth extra hole at Haverhill. He won in 2010 and 2011 as an amateur at Stowmarket. Patrick is in his 2nd year as a trainee PGA Assistant a Professional at Woodbridge GC and is aiming towards competing in the Europro tour 2016. He is seeking sponsors to assist him on his exciting journey, offering them advertising on his apparel, golf equipment and car! Read full report here.

UPDATE: Patrick 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 President of Suffolk Show
Terry Hunt - 2015 Suffolk Show- Lt 015 SS day 1 grand parade 21
Terry Hunt (K68-75) had the great honour of being President of the Suffolk Show this year. He said: “My wife Jane and I had two hugely enjoyable, whirlwind days in the sunshine, meeting hundreds of people, all of whom seemed to having a great time. As someone who grew up in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, and first attended the Show more than 50 years ago, to be President is a huge privilege.”

Terry's role as President of the Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA), which organises the county show, is for one year until February 2016 – click to see some photos here . Away from the Show, Terry is playing a part in the SAA's educational crusade, to build greater awareness of farming among today's schoolchildren. This has included a new initiative called Tractors in Schools, in which more than 60 Suffolk farmers took their tractors into primary school playgrounds.

In his "day job'' Terry is Editor-in-Chief at Archant Suffolk, which includes the editorship of the EADT and Ipswich Star newspapers.



Christina wows at Summit
Christina Johnson - Photo

Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) has once again been singing at a summit in Prague, this time attended by health ministers and the vice President of China. Here is a link to and an article in the East Anglian Daily Times . She has also recently performed on Czech TV see link .



150th Anniversary Alaskan Event breaks records!
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Yes, you read that right, an Alaskan event!! Just when I thought the last SOF Overseas event to celebrate 150th anniversary had been held in Hamburg, I hear from Nick Carlton (G63-70) that a celebration was held in Alaskan waters on Saturday 8 August 2015. Nick as many of you will know is a long standing captain with Princess cruises and is currently captaining Grand Princess. On board for this latest cruise was OF Bryan Pearson (S45-47) and his wife Celestine. Bryan is the only OF based in Hawaii and has cruised with Nick as captain a number of times.

They decided to have an impromptu lunch to celebrate the 150th Anniversary in what was fittingly called College Fjord, which is the northern sector of Prince William Sound. At latitude 61 degrees North this is definitely the most northerly of the 150th celebrations and in fact the most northerly OF event ever. In what again must be a first, a special cake was also made by the onboard Italian Pastry Chef, Beniamino.

Click here to read a detailed report and see a number of photos of the scenery, food, cake and a couple of OFs resplendent in their OF ties.



SOF South East Supper Friday 25 September 2015 at 7pm
SE Supper - Piltdown photo
The 2015 supper will be at Piltdown Golf Club, near Uckfield, set in attractive Sussex countryside. Drinks at 7pm prior to sitting down at 7.30. Excellent value-for-money at £28 per head. Jacket and tie for males and the usual wide choice for females. Wives, husbands, partners, guests will be welcome.

For the Response Form download here . The speciality of the house, boeuf bourguignon, will be served, plus choice of dessert and coffee. Please note on the Form if you prefer poached salmon as a main course. Wine and drinks will be extra. Please send James Ruddock-Broyd the Response Form and your cheque payable to him by 11 September. A number of OFs have already committed to the event so please get your application in early.

Please address any questions to James Ruddock-Broyd: grevile22@virginmedia.com

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Group Captain Percy Pickard’s (G26-32) RAF Log Books examined
Pickard log books - photo of Bill and James - small
Thanks to the kind permission of ‘Lord Ashcroft and the Ashcroft Medal Collection’, Bill Collard (S55-58) and James Ruddock-Broyd (G46 – 52) have been able to research and photograph the three RAF log books that once belonged to Group Captain Percy C Pickard DSO**DFC and Czech Grand Cross (G26-32).

Some fascinating information and facts have been found including the exact date of Pickard’s visit to the college in WW2. Some mystery has always surrounded this trip with alleged records of Pickard flying into the nearby USAAF base in a US bomber or buzzing the college in his Tiger Moth. In fact he arrived at Parham airfield during the afternoon of 19th November 1943 flying his famous ‘F for Freddie’ Mosquito in which he would tragically lose his life some three months later. Read the full report here including James's analysis of the log books . You can also read the full biography on Pickard in the distinguished section of the website here.

Brian Rosen (S40-46), who was at the College at the time Pickard made his wartime visit, thought it might be interesting to hear recollections of this visit, so we have emailed this story to 29 OFs with an email address who were at the College on 19 November 1943 and we will publish later.



Peter Rodulfo (R70-75) Exhibition
Peter Rodulfo exhibition - pictures
Peter recently exhibited some of his work as part of the wonderful Creative Framlingham Exhibition at the College. He is exhibiting his paintings and sculptures again at the Halesworth Gallery from 15 August to 2 September 2015. Open weekdays and Saturday from 11am - 5pm and Sunday 2 – 4pm. Admission is free.

Here a link to his website.



OF Shooters Present “Astor la vista baby! (18)”
Shooting Report - July 2015 - we like this one - cropped
James Mehta (S67-75) writes : Please find attached a huge report after a particularly successful Summer! Make sure you scroll down to the end for some great photos.

This is an epic on-the-edge tale of gunfire, gold medals and Prosecco, by our Bisley Correspondent Steve McDowell (G82-86)



A Tribute to Peter Arbon (Hon OF)
Peter Arbon Memorial Plaque - cropped
As many of you will know, Peter Arbon (Hon OF) died on 12 April 2015. He gave his working life to looking after the grounds of Brandeston Hall and therefore many OFs will remember him well. There has recently been a service to mark his long association at Brandeston Hall and Bob Williams has been good enough to put together this tribute .