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


John Gooderham (K 1944-1953)
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We are saddened to announce the death of John Gooderham (K 1944-1953), former President of the Society, on 28 June 2014.

A Memorial Service will be held for John on Monday 4 August at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Bacton, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4LN at 14:00 hours. John's many Old Framlinghamian friends will be most welcome to attend. There will be a marquee on the field opposite for tea and cakes after the Service. A private family crematorium service will be held prior to this date. A full obituary will be in the 2014 Yearbook.

West of England Supper Report - 21 June 2014

Angel Inn Hindon
The West of England Supper was again held at the Angel Inn in Hindon on Saturday 21 June 2014.

Click here to see a full report and photos.

SOF London Supper - Tuesday 1 July

College Crest
The London Supper of the Society of Old Framlinghamians was held at The Royal Air Force Club on 1 July 2014 when 32 members attended.  Richard Sayer, President of the Society, was in the chair.   Susan Wessels, Senior Deputy Head Framlingham College, provided an interesting update on recent sporting and other activities at the College. All enjoyed a tasty traditional meal in the splendid surroundings of the President’s Room.

The following were present: R J H Albright, A H Baker, E R Binder, Jenny Binder, R Binder, S Cain, D A Carr, L W L Collard, Clare Dougherty, S R C Dougherty, J N Ellerby, R D Fayers, R Giles, M R K Holden, P C Howard-Dobson, N D G Jacob, C Keeble, A Lillie, J Maberly, I E Marsh, J Mehta, D J Mitchell, N H Porter, J G Rankin, J G Ruddock-Broyd, R J Sayer, B A Smith, C A Smith, C G Sneath, D L Turnbull, Susan Wessels.

Plan? What Plan? OFRC Dumps the Q-Match!
Rifle Club Dateline Bisley: April 14 2014.

Ask any serious soldier what is the first casualty of any battle and he will tell you the answer – the plan. It follows then that we might question the seriousness of “JohnSec” Halahan, despite his several years of breaking Her Majesty’s tanks while serving the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. He is a natural organiser - to the point where if he could get any more torsion in his bottom his excrement would be spaghetti.

But just as it is possible to over-train and fail to finish your big race, it is also possible to over-organise and in doing so, er, lose to the Bedfordians. And that is what we did, by seven points – to the new enemy. Not the Old Enemy, the Lawrentians – they tend to lose to themselves these days.
We were quite well organised. Sort of. I mean, we had a range, targets, coaches, rifles, ammunition and shooters to fire it – though never necessarily in the right order.

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Three Heroes Tour – April 2014
Gordon Muriel Flowerdew - picture
As you should all be aware, a group of OFs and some friends visited northern France and Belgium in April 2014 under the heading of “By Foot, Horse & Air - Three exceptional men and their bravery in face of the enemy”. It commemorate the actions of three military heroes of Framlingham College, plus paid respects at the graves/memorials of many more OFs who died mainly in WW1.

This expedition was organized by James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) and Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) and everyone who went on the trip owes them a huge debt of gratitude for organizing a fascinating itinerary. Since the end of the trip, James has been toiling away on a detailed personal journal of the trip, which has been illustrated by Chris Essex (K69-75) with many photos that were taken during the trip.

Whilst the SOF President, Richard Sayer (S56-61) will be including his memories of the trip in the 2014 Yearbook, you can click here to read James’s wonderful personal journal in full.

Overseas Bag – Spring 2014
John Birt cap
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: I’ve just completed the mammoth task of putting together all the correspondence I have received from overseas OFs in the last 6 months. This runs to 36 pages covering 24 countries and over 150 OFs are mentioned. A huge thank you to everyone who has been in touch, particularly those who have volunteered to try and organise a 150th anniversary event in their country in 2015. As always it’s only possible to include a small proportion in the Newsletter or Yearbook. I therefore strongly encourage you to read the full version of the Overseas Bags for Spring 2014 in the People section of the website.

Included in the many articles is one about John Birt (S59-63) being awarded his international rugby cap some 45 years after he won it!! You can also see a couple of photos of John's wonderful house in northern Thailand.

As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to. Email Chris Essex

Grafton Morrish Match Report 2014
Golf Society David Turnbull (OFGS Hon Sec) writes: "Playing with St. Lawrence in the South East Regional qualifying round on Saturday, 10 May at Knole Park Golf Club, Sevenoaks, the team of Gavin Cowell, Charlie Plunkett, Rob Atton, Matt Stolls, John Wybar and new member, Will Poole, found the going very tough in most unseasonal weather of a strong wind and frequent spells of heavy rain.  Despite an excellent score of 23 points by Rob and Matt, the overall team score was disappointing and we finished at the lower end of the table, thus failing to qualify for the knock-out stages. 

The format of scratch foursomes off the back tees, on an even longer course than normal, is always quite a challenge even in easy conditions. Preparation for the event was not helped by the fact that some members of the team were delayed in traffic for nearly an hour near the Dartford Crossing. It is hoped that a move to Gog Magog near Cambridge can be made in the not too distant future, but this depends on a vacancy becoming available. A move there would make sense logistically as the majority of our team come down from East Anglia."

OFGS Spring Meeting Report: Royal Worlington, 8th May 2014
The OFGS Spring Meeting took place at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club on Thursday, 8th  May. Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us with heavy rain falling for most of the day. In spite of the poor conditions the scoring was excellent. The course, as always, was testing and in excellent condition. After a welcome hot shower everyone enjoyed a good lunch and were well looked after by the secretary and his staff.

This year we had a lower turnout than last year, with 22 members.  Hugh Curle, with an excellent score of 41 points, won the Captain’s Prize for the best overall score and Barry Hitchcock won the Minter Cup for the best scratch score of the day, 29 points.

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OF sings in front of Presidents
Christina Johnson - Photo
Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) sung for dozens of European leaders at Prague Castle on 24 April 2014 at the Eastern Partnership summit. Present were the Presidents from Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova and Armenia, plus the Ukrainian foreign minister and the Belarus Deputy foreign minister. Christina said “It was fantastic to be able to sing in such an amazing building. The president [of Czech Republic] got up to present me with some flowers and said I had the most beautiful voice he had heard in a long time and that when I walked on to the stage I looked like an angel.”

Click here to see some great coverage in the EADT on 1 May 2014 - front page and the article on page 3

Halford Hewitt Tournament 2014
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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: On Friday, 11th April we were drawn to play against Sherborne in the first round at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich. For the third time, by way of preparation, our captain Richard Graves, had arranged for the team to have practice rounds at the beginning of March.

Our squad consisted of Richard Graves, Rob Atton, Gavin Cowell, Hugh Curle, Jonny Newton, Charlie Plunkett, Mike Schneidau, Matt Stolls, Peter Watts and John Wybar. Andy Towler had hoped to be fit to play, but had not recovered sufficiently from an injury to be able to do so.

After the success of last year, the team was confident but weakened by the absence of last year’s top player, Patrick Spraggs, who had turned professional at the end of last summer. Additionally, John Wybar was suffering from an acute sickness bug all day, but played two rounds in the day – a truly heroic effort. Playing against Sherborne was always going to be a very tough match as they are considerably higher than us on the ranking table. Unfortunately we lost 4-1 with Jonny & Matt and Rob & Peter gaining halves in their matches.

On the Friday afternoon we lost in the Princes’ Plate to Ampleforth. In spite of the disappointment of Friday the squad had had a most enjoyable time playing golf in some wonderful spring weather. The team was supported by Norman and Virginia Porter, John Edwards, Robin Anderton, David Turnbull and Andy Towler. The squad stayed in the Pegwell Bay Hotel and thanks are due once again to Andy for making all the arrangements.