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

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Invite to 150th Anniversary Event in Germany
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Kim Dickel (M97-98) and Jens Kippenberger (G91-92) are organising a first ever German OF event to mark the College's sesquicentenary celebrations.

There will be a supper on Friday 10 July 2015 in Hamburg and you can see more details by clicking here, followed by other activities on Saturday.

Please get in touch with Kim or Jens by 31 May if you would like to attend. The SOF President and Hon Sec and their wives will be going and it is hoped that the Headmaster and his wife will also be there.

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150th Anniversary ANZAC Event
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After 3 years in the planning, the 150th Anniversary events continued with a gathering of 56 in the Hunter Valley Australia. The guest of honour was Trish Evans, the widow of Len Evans (G42-48), who had vineyards in the Hunter Valley and was responsible for popularising Australian wine around the world.

Also amongst those attending were 7th and 14th oldest OFs at 93 and 92 – Peter Bailey (K34-38) and Peter Simpson (K32-40) who amazingly had beds next to each other over 80 years ago. It was also great to have David Ashton, Deputy Academic Head present from the College.

Click here to read a brief report from Chris Shaw and click here to see just a few photos taken over the weekend.

Some OFs were together for up to 5 days and the one item that wasn’t meticulously planned by Chris Shaw (K50-56), Rebecca and Mike Garnett (R53-55) was the weather, which, after the event, turned into the worst April weather experienced in the area since records began.

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SOF's Linkedin Group Tops 600
It's taken a while to get there, but the Society's private user-group on Linkedin.com has recently topped 600. This should provide a critical mass of Old Framlinghamians, of all ages, and in varying stages of their career paths, to provide help and support, both to each other, and to younger Framlinghamians taking their first steps as they prepare to move on from the College to university or employment.

If you're interested in finding out more, please take a look at "Career Networking", which you'll find under "About us" on the main OF Website menu.  All SOF members are entitled to membership of our private user-group, and if we hold your email address, you're probably already approved for Group membership. However, if you find that you can't complete LinkedIn's registration process, just send an email to Admin.

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Tony Lawrence - Singer at FA Cup Final!
Tony Lawrence (Hon. OF) is set to follow in Laura Wright’s footsteps, and sing on the  hallowed turf of Wembley!

If you’re watching the 2015 F.A. Cup Final, on 30 May, keep a sharp lookout for Tony, who, as a member of the 'Songs of Praise' Football Fans Choir, will be singing 'Abide with Me' ahead of the match.

Tony was selected, together with 63 other fortunate fans, one from each club which contested this season's 3rd Round of the Cup. You can't miss him; he’ll be draped in Sheffield Wednesday colours (quite possibly with a large blue & white owl on his shoulder!). Bob Williams (who contributed this piece and is also an Hon. OF) also submitted an entry, reflecting his 45 year adherence to ITFC, in the hope that it might prove a 'double' for former Common Room veterans, but sadly, it was not to be!

To see Tony's rather moving submission as to why he deserved to be his Club's representative at Wembley, follow this link.

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Halford Hewitt 2015 - Lost in the Fog!
Golf Society Richard Graves reports on the OFGS's team's progress at this year's Halford Hewitt, held at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Deal, from the 9th to 12th April 2015:

The 2015 Halford Hewitt Squad included: Gavin Cowell,  Charlie Plunkett,  Peter Watts,  Richard Graves,  Johnny Wybar,  Lottie Whyman,  Will Poole,  Rob Atton,  Matt Stolls,  Jonny Newton,  Andrew Towler,  Hugh Curle and Mike Schneidau. There were first appearances for Will Poole and Lottie Whyman, who became our first Lady Hewitt member.

We were blessed again by some fine weather during Hewitt week.   Practice times were secured on both the Tuesday and Wednesday before the 1st Round proper on the Thursday.   Deal was running firm with slick greens, so provided perfect links conditions. However, on the afternoon of our first-round match against Shrewsbury, an impenetrable fog came down!

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Newmarket Supper 2015
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It may not be Pembroke College, but the Rutland Arms has been around for a few centuries too. Renew those friendships in quieter surroundings; make new ones or just reminisce in convivial company at the Newmarket Supper, which will be held at The Rutland Arms Hotel, High Street, Newmarket on Friday 15th May 2015. Dress informal: 7.00pm for 7.45pm, £26.00 per person. Wives and partners are welcome. Celebrate our sesquicentennial anniversary by contacting that old friend you have not seen for ages and invite them along. It is hoped that a representative of the College will be attending the supper to provide us with the latest news from our alma mater.

Click here for more details including an application form. Please book by the 11th May 2015. Any questions please contact Michael Smy

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150th Anniversary Dubai Events
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Continuing the 150th anniversary events, a small reunion was held recently in Dubai. Present on 15 April 2015 were new SOF President Chris Essex (K69-75) and his wife Eryl, plus Ed Marr (G85-92) and his wife Junko. Also present should have been Robert Craig (R63-70) but unfortunately his short plane flight across from Muscat got delayed by 3 hours.

Despite his 3 hour delay Robert did arrive in Dubai around midnight and Chris and Ed met up with Robert for breakfast the following morning, where Chris presented OF socks. Click here to see photos taken and a fuller report. Robert will be retiring shortly and has offered to help with website administration in the future.

A number of other OFs in the region gave their apologies, including Stephen Sayer (S58-63) who was already on his way out to Australia for 150th event in Hunter Valley.

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150th Anniversary South African Dinner
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Mike Bullock (R55-59) organised a very successful 150th anniversary dinner in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 8 April 2015. The venue was the Wombles in Parktown North. The occasion brought together the following Anne and James Campbell (M74-82), Mike Hood (K84-90), Susan Wessels (Senior Deputy Head, Mark Gooding (G79-83), Katyala Maine (K84-89), Adam Phillips (G78-83) and Mike Bullock (R55-59). A great time was had by all attending and there was a determination to have another South African dinner soon.

Click here to see a larger version of the group photo and some others taken at the dinner. Also included is a photo of the centre piece created by Mike B using his old school cap!

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Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner - Pembroke College, Cambridge
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The 2015 Society of Old Framlinghamians Dinner was held on 28 March 2015 at Pembroke College, Cambridge as part of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Framlingham College – the land on which Framlingham College was built was donated by Pembroke College. One hundred and seventy one attended, made up of 85 OFs with the remainder comprising accompanying spouses or partners together with a number of Governors and members of the Framlingham College and Brandeston Hall staff. The longest serving OF present at the dinner was Brian Rosen (S40-46) and the most recent leaver was Kat Twentyman (P09-14) – a Moreau Scholar.

Click here to read a brief report and a list of those who attended this historic dinner, plus a number of photos kindly taken by James Ruddock Broyd. A full report and more photos will be included in a future publication.

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Christina Johnston sings live on BBC RADIO 3
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Christina Johnston (V01-06) broadcast live on BBC RADIO 3 on 29 March 2015 from the Czech Republic for Jakub Ryba's Stabat Mater. Here is a link to the performance on Radio 3 . Her performance is right at the start.

See this earlier story about her performance coming up near Norwich on 18 April 2015.

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