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

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Northern Gathering - 31 July 2016

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The sun shone (well Cumbria style), the fare was good, the wine flowed, the conversation was very pleasurable and even the President’s speech added to the enjoyment of the 2016 OF Northern Gathering held in the garden of Dorothy’s and Douglas’s house in Sedbergh.

Click here to see a full write up and some more pictures. 



OF Sandy Walker wins major shooting prize today

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HOT OFF THE PRESS James Mehta reports "This morning Sandy Walker won the St Georges prize. This is the second most important competition during the Bisley Imperial Meeting. 

All competitors (I think about 900 this year) fire 2 sighter and 15 rounds to count at 300 yds. Max score is 75.15. Sandy scored 75.8.  The highest  300 competitors then fire 2+15 at 600yds. Sandy scored 75.14, and this score is added to the 300yd score to select the top 100 competitors for the final. I hope you’re following this!

These 100 then fire 2+15 at 900yds, and the score here is added to the 600 score. Sandy won with a score of 150.27. Trust me, this is awesome! For comparison Kim Pope scored 149, and I scored 147. And is against a truly international field!"

Click here to see a photo of Sandy being congratulated by John Webster, Chairman of the NRA. 



Cyril Gray - June 2016

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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: “The Cyril Gray is a knockout tournament involving 3 pairs playing foursomes off scratch. All players must be over 50 years of age and the competition is held at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey. This year's team was made up of Martin Lamb, Andy Towler, Peter Watts, Hugh Curle, Michael Spencer and captain Mike Schneidau.

You can read the full report here but the team were very successful in getting through to the quarter finals."



Our greatest ever author

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There was a fascinating article on Brian Aldiss (36-39) in the Sunday Telegraph on 10 July 2016, which you can read here.

As the article states, Brian is one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time and this seems to have started when he left Framlingham College at the age of 13.  You can read a previous article on Brian when he received the OBE here.



Battle of the Somme Remembrance - College Chapel

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As the Nation remembered the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago, and mourns the dead in the worst battle in British Army history; Framlingham College remembered those 15 students and two staff members from the College who gave up their lives. Students from Framlingham College held a memorial service soon after day break on the 1st July – the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The names of the 17 Framlinghamians were read out and a candle was lit in memory of those who gave up their lives that we might have peace and freedom in Europe today. The College Chaplain closed the service with a prayer of thanks for those who gave up their lives for others and a pledge that they will be remembered.

Of the 15 pupils and 2 masters killed during the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme, 2 pupils and a master died on the very first and bloodiest day, along with 19240 others. The pupils were FML Matthews and WW Bagshawe and the master was AV Ratcliffe.  Click on their names to see more details.  There are also some more pictures here.



OF SPORTS WEEKEND AND 1970s REUNION - 25 & 26 JUNE 2016

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Fantastic 1970s leavers reunion on Sunday at the College, despite monsoon weather. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to turn up and to the College for keeping us much better fed than 40+ years ago!  Really sorry the cricket wasn't able to take place.

For a list of attendees click here.  There were also other OFs present on Saturday.

Photographs of the event are available here and here.

Photos of the hockey match on Saturday 25th June - OF Magpies (A team), B team, Woodbridge can be seen here

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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.