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

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Another Stradbroke OF stars on the race track

Alex Day (S13-18) - photo (128x170)
Congratulations to Alex Day (S13-18) who has had a successful year in racing, sharing the multiple British Touring Car Championship race-winning Audi A4 in the Britcar Spring Class this year with father Robert, has been working closely with BTCC star Austin for several years and is now relishing his move into Touring Car Trophy TCT.

Read more here.

Jon Watt (S04-15) is also starring on the track - see this previous news item.



London Supper Tuesday 29th January 2019

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Another New Year  resolution: "Stay in touch with your Framlinghamian contacts" and herewith your invitation to the January SOF London Supper."

DATE: Tuesday 29th January 2019

VENUE: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

TIME: Pre- and Post-meal drinks - Bar from 7:00pm and Supper – Battle of Britain Suite (downstairs from reception) at 7:30pm

Supper ticket price £44 each payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Abid Hamid at 3rd Floor, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD or use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname. 

Please contact organiser Abid Hamid if you would like to come at abid@recruitmentvc.com

Note: There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis.



SOF London Supper - The Lansdowne Club - 23 January 2020

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Alex Henney (Z84-95) has kindly taken over the organisation of future London Suppers and has found a fabulous new location at The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London. W1J 5JD on Thursday, January 23rd 2020.

The meal will cost £45 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  The first 10 to apply and pay who are under 30 will only pay 50% of their Supper cost. There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Thursday, 16th January 2020.

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



Anthony Colin Church (R51-57)

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Anthony Colin Church (R51-57) sadly died on the 14th December 2018 after a long illness. Father of Jayne, Timothy and Suzannah, Grandpa of eleven. There will be a private cremation followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford on 25th January 2019 at 2:00pm

Donations in memory of Anthony for Macmillan Cancer Support may be sent to H & A W Palmer Ltd, Little St. Mary's, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9LQ



Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner - 6 April 2019

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Simon Dougherty writes: The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Framlingham College. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event when the Society will recognise Paul and Amanda Taylor’s forthcoming retirement at the end of the summer term.

Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Chapel at 6.15pm.

The cost of the dinner is excellent value-for-money at £36 per head and, as previously, we are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 6 April 2019 to apply will be charged only £18 per head.  A vegetarian option will be available. 

Full details of the dinner including timings and dress are here.  An application form is here. Tables will be arranged to seat 10 so you can reserve a table for your group or apply for individual tickets – just fill in the form as appropriate. Cancellations, with a full refund, will be possible until 29 March 2019.  Please book early!

Limited overnight accommodation with breakfast will be available at the College.  Those wishing to reserve it are requested to complete an accommodation request form here. A list of other local accommodation is given with on the letter giving full details.



Overseas Bag 2018

Berenice Wiedemann visiting HK - Ian Tsang & Adrian Woo (G05-09) (170x96)
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2018 Framlinghamian will be out in a few weeks and 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 published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2018 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to a bumper 38 pages distilled from over 300 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.

The photo featured in this news article shows Berenice Wiedemann (P15-17) who on visiting Hong Kong wanted to met up with some OFs and Adrian Woo (G05-09) and Ian Tsang (K02-09) were willing and able.

I hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world in 2019.  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



OF bringing the magic of Christmas to Aldeburgh

Chrissy Johnston - Aldeburgh December 2018 (170x121)
International vocal sensation and classical chart topper, Chrissy Johnston (V01-06) returns to Suffolk to bring the magic of Christmas on 22nd December at 7:30pm at Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Alongside special guest star, pianist Geoff Lavery, the evening will feature movie classics and Christmas favourites, all in aid in aid of “The Sick Children’s Trust”, of which Chrissy is an Ambassador.

In 2019 Chrissy will join Jose Carreras on a world tour, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hear her sing locally.

Tickets £15 on the door - To book email here or call 07947 300729.



Facinating recollections of pre WW1 school life

Alfred Lakeland Fell (G1910-15) - photo (164x170)
Paul Taylor (Headmaster) was in touch to say that Paul Pelling, a recent father of 3 OFs, had shared with him the reminiscences of one of his friend’s grandfather who is an OF - Alfred Lakeland Fell (G1910-15). It is a fascinating and well-written account that really does bring things to life as far as what it was like to be at Fram then.

You can read this account and his fascinating time spent with Aunt Julia during the school holidays by clicking here.



OF launches book on Framlingham during WW2

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  The new book by John Bridges (S57-66), is now on sale. It was reviewed in the East Anglian Daily Times by former editor Terry Hunt (K68-75), who described it as ‘always engaging, sometimes surprising and very evocative.’ It tells the amazing story of the town during the Second World War. There is much about the College, including headmaster William Whitworth and his attempt to assist with the Dunkirk evacuation, the move to Repton when invasion seemed imminent, and his ultimate departure after refusing to act as a civilian rather than a combatant

The book which costs £20 has 152 pages and over 160 images, many in colour - click here for a wonderful aerial view of castle and College at that time. Now available in local bookshops, or for signed copies please contact John on: framww2@gmail.com or telephone 01728 723557.



An invittation to watch 1st XV rugby

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Harry Bureau, who is 1st XV Rugby Captain this year at the College writes "It gives me great pleasure to invite you to a midweek fixture on Thursday 22nd November. We will be playing Bishop’s Stortford High School at 2:30 pm on Lord's. 

This year, the team has shown great potential by winning six matches, and it is my overriding goal to create a positive rugby culture at the College. Therefore, we feel that if we are able to acquire support from Framlinghamiams of all ages, we will move closer towards elevating the reputation of rugby at the College and encourage future generations of Framlinghamians to follow suit.  We hope that as many of you can make it and we would very much appreciate your support.