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


West of England Supper - Off to a good start
Chris Essex (K 69-75) writes: "After a break of around 14 years, a West of England Supper was held at the Lamb Inn at Hindon on Saturday 13th May 2006. The Lamb Inn has been a public house since the 12th century and the dining room was a lovely setting for our 3-course meal, which was chosen on the evening.

With probably the widest geographical spread of any UK based supper; prospective OFs were invited from Cornwall across to Hampshire and Gloucestershire down to Dorset. In total 160 OFs were contacted (some up to 4 times!), of which 10 attended and an encouraging further 60 replied saying that unfortunately they couldn’t attend this time but wished to be invited again next time. We were also delighted to be accompanied by 7 wives, making a total of 17 in all". "In addition to the President and his wife, who had travelled hot foot from the OF Golf in Sussex the same afternoon, it was particularly pleasing to have Bryan Shelley (G 39-44) and his wife Diana present. Bryan had previously organised the supper for a number of years, when he used to own the Rose & Crown in Hinton Charterhouse. Also worthy of a special mention for attending is John Rankin (K 47-56) and his wife Angela. Despite living near Harwich in Essex, they had made the long journey across.

One of those who couldn’t attend this time was Eric Jennings (R 36-44). A contemporary of Bryan’s, he couldn’t attend because it was his 80th birthday that weekend and had a big family event planned. We all raised a glass to wish Eric a happy 80th birthday.

The president gave an update on OF events and what’s been happening at the College, followed by a toast to the College and to HM Queen to mark her 80th birthday in 2006. After further coffee and drink we all made our way off around midnight, with the lucky ones only needing to climb upstairs!"

Those present were : Colin Bates (G 58 – 66), Mr and Mrs Charles Carter (R 63 – 69), Robert Currie (R 48 – 52), Mr and Mrs Chris Essex (Organiser, K 69 – 75), Mr and Mrs Nigel Hyde (R 55 – 60), Mr and Mrs Peter Lockwood (R 57 – 64), Mr and Mrs John Rankin (K 47 – 56), Mr and Mrs Bryan Shelley (G 39 – 44), Rodney Walker (G 45 – 49) and Mr and Mrs Andrew Wright (President, R 48 – 57).

The Lamb Inn at Hindon.