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


OF publishes 2nd book written during lockdown

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Ian Foster (K46-53), following the success of publishing his memoirs in 2020 has now published The Silver Spoon which is a fictional story intertwining us through three generations of love, care and bravery of the Mitchell family from Glasgow beginning in 1843 to 1960.

It is now available via Amazon by clicking here.

Cancellation: SOF London Supper - 28 January 2022

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Cancellation: It is with much regret that, with only a small number of confirmed reservations, coupled with the very high incidence rate of Covid-19 in London (1:11 as reported by the Office for National Statistics), the decision has been taken to cancel this event. The next London Supper will be in July - keep an eye on the Events calendar.

Alex Henney (Z84-95) has kindly agreed to organise another London Suppers at The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London. W1J 5JD on Friday, 28th January 2022.

The meal will cost £55 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  The first 10 to apply and pay who are under 30 will only pay £30 of their Supper cost. There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Friday, 14th January 2022.

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

John Bridges (S57-66) has compiled a new book on Framlingham

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 "Framlingham : A Tour Through Time" is a new photo book published by The Lanman Museum looks at Framlingham between the 1880s and 1920s. There are over 150 images, with photos produced from the original glass plate negatives of John Self (1887-1893) along with invoices from the James Breese (1874-75) Collection.

The book is available from Victoria’s bookshop and D.C. Patrick newsagents on the Market Hill, Bill Bulstrode’s and the Library in Bridge Street and the Post Office in Riverside, price £12. Enquiries to John at framww2@gmail.com

Framlingham Railway Line

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With kind permission of Rev David Pitcher (R44-51), we are delighted to have added to the Publications page of the website David's wonderful history of the railway line to Framlingham, that closed in 1964.  So many pupils will have travelled on this line to the College.

Please go to the Publications page here for an enjoyable read.  You need to be registered and logged in to the website to access.

Kitty Dunham features in George Ezra Christmas song

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  Apologies for the delay but we have just heard that Kitty Dunham (M08-15) features in George Ezra’s new song, ‘Come on Home For Christmas’.

Please click on link to listen to the song and see Kitty playing the violin.

Wizard of New Zealand may have new role

  The Christchurch City Council recently terminated its contract with the Wizard of Christchurch, to take effect in December 2021.  For more than 20 years OF Ian Brackenbury Channell (42-45) QSM has been on its payroll, the job expectation being that the wizard ‘‘provide acts of wizardry for the city and other wizardry like services’’ for at least one hour a day.

A retired Dunedin lawyer has now proposed that that Christchurch's loss should be Dunedin's gain.  You can read the whole story by clicking here.

A full biography on Ian can be found in Distinguished section by clicking here.

Adriana Concin to deliver Courtauld Institute Lecture

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The launch of the OF Society of The Arts has been held-up by the delayed development of the new OF Website, but here’s a nice example of the sort of thing the new Society might promote. Adriana Concin (Moreau 2006-9) recently completed her doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Her research interests lie in sixteenth-century Habsburg and Medici collecting, cultural exchanges between Tuscany and the Holy Roman Empire, and female patronage networks. On Mon, 17 January 2022 (17:00 – 18:30 GMT) she will lecture on “Florence and the Holy Roman Empire in the Sixteenth Century” – her talk will trace the diverse artistic connections created and sustained between Florence and the Holy Roman Empire’s ruling elites, and will be Livestreamed for Free.

Reservations can be made via this link.


Framlingham College Bursary Campaign Update

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Martin Myers-Allen, the College’s Development Director (and Hon OF) reports: “We officially launched the Campaign in October at the SOF Suffolk Supper, but the word was out well before then. Transforming people’s lives through 100% means-tested bursaries at sixth form has clearly appealed to a wide audience. We have already exceeded the figure we need to support two pupils for two years in September 2022 and projections for 2024 are also encouraging.  I just want to write a huge thank you to all those who have given so far. This has to be a living campaign and to give it the longevity it deserves please continue to support.  If you haven't given thus far...please do. This link will take you to a Campaign News Page and a super video in which I encourage you to do some creative fundraising as individuals and as groups to help transform lives well into the future.”

Overseas Bag 2021 - full version now available

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2021 Framlinghamian will be published online later today.  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 2021 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to 29 pages distilled from over 250 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.  As you will see, this edition starts off with an appeal from me for someone to come forward to take over the Overseas Bag.  Its really enjoyable keeping in touch.

The photo featured in this news article shows John Gates (S44-48) with his wife Ruth, celebrating his 89th birthday and her 90th.

Who knows what 2022 will bring now we have the Omicron variant spreading rapidly but I earnestly hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world.  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

The Framlinghamian goes digital once again

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Peter Howard-Dobson reports: A new format for The Framlinghamian, and the breadth of its coverage, resulted in a remarkable 320 page book. Sadly, a massive increase in printing and postage costs has made it simply too expensive to circulate a physical book to SOF members. The good news is that the digital version, published here, is magnificent as well as being easy to navigate. When you open the book to full-screen, flip through to the Index, where you’ll find a button that will take you straight to the OF Section.

Louise North, Principal of Framlingham College, says:
“We are delighted to share with you this year’s Framlinghamian. You will see that the Framlinghamian has a fresh look to represent both the modernity of Vision 2025 and how different a Framlingham College education is. The Framlinghamian is remaining digital and will be shared far and wide with everyone in our global community. An abridged version has been printed and will be distributed to our current pupils and prospective parents. This decision reflects the College’s focus both on sustainability and resource management. We hope that you enjoy reading the Framlinghamian and that you get a true sense of the inspirational and dynamic life of our pupils and our Old Framlinghamians.”