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


Former pupil, Katy Williams (P84-94) returns to Pembroke!

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Katy was delighted to be appointed Head of Pembroke "I am very excited to be the incoming Housemistress of Pembroke. For me, it feels absolutely right and rather like coming home. Having been educated at Framlingham College myself, I was a fully-fledged member of none other than Pembroke House (albeit in a different location to that in which it sits today). Look on the Head of School board at the Prep school and the Head of House board in Pembroke and you may see a familiar name! 

I left in 1994 and went from the College to study at the University of York for a four year BA(Hons) in English Linguistics with Education. I followed this up with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall). From there I began what turned out to be a successful 15 year career teaching at a state school in Ipswich. I punctuated that time with marriage to Simon and the arrival of three sons. Eventually however, the pull of Framlingham proved too great and I returned in 2014, exactly twenty years after I left.

I am now teaching English and leading Teaching and Learning in the very place that taught me a love of lifelong learning. Indeed, I hope to complete my MA from the University of Suffolk in March this year. The icing on the cake is that our three sons also now attend the Prep school and they too are experiencing the wonderful education that the College offers.

If you are lucky enough to experience Fram, that experience will never leave you and I, for one, just couldn’t keep away.'

Paul Taylor, Headmaster added, ‘The response of the Pembroke girls on hearing that Katy is taking over says it all; she is a teacher who is held in the very highest regard by staff and pupils alike and I have no doubt that she will prove to be a quite excellent Housemistress.’

OF Ollie Trevers G11-13 - One to watch

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OF Ollie Trevers (G11-13) has been commissioned to write two songs for the soundtrack of a new film called ‘Funny Cow’. The film charts the rise to stardom of a comedienne, played by Maxine Peake, through the 1970s and 80s working men's clubs and stand-up comedy circuit. It will premiere at Cannes before a screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Its UK premiere will be in September 2017. The film is directed by Adrian Shergold.

One of Ollie's songs, which he performs in the film, is called ‘Twist it, Shake it’ and was written in the style of a 60’s dance number. Ollie reportedly wrote the song in just 3 hours.

Ollie was last seen at the College performing for revellers at the 1st Young OF Ball in April 2016.

Ed Sheeran meets best mate from Brandeston Hall on Graham Norton Show

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Were you watching the Graham Norton Show on Friday 20 January 2017?  The main guest on the show was Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) and at the end of the show Graham went over as usual to a member of the public sitting in the "Red Chair".  Sitting in the chair and initially unrecognised by Ed was OF James Mee (R95-09) who introduced himself as Ed's best friend at Brandeston.  You can watch the programme here on BBC iPlayer.

Since the show Ed has released the video of his latest single featuring Framlingham Castle and called "Castle on the Hill".  You can watch the video on Youtube. The video features someone playing the part of Ed and that actor is another OF Benjamin Fairbanks Weston (K10-13).
The EADT also carried an article on Monday - click here.

SOF Annual Dinner - SATURDAY 8th April 2017

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This year we will be returning to Framlingham College for the Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner which will be held on Saturday 8 April 2017.  Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Library at 6.15pm. While it is being held, partners and guests will be able to relax in the Paul’s Court Cafe where Coffee and Tea and a bar will be available.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served in Paul’s Court Cafe from 7 o’clock, with dinner being served at 7.30pm. The cost of the dinner is excellent value-for-money at £30 per head and, as usual, we are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 8 April 2017 to apply will be charged only £15 per head.  A vegetarian option will be available.  Dress is lounge suit or equivalent. 

Full details are in the notification letter and the application form. 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.

No overnight accommodation will be available at the College on this occasion.  A list of local accommodation is attached to the notification letter.

All attending have been offered free entry to the Framlingham Country Show which will be held on 8 and 9 April 2017 on the Front of the College. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact Jane Easey separately (jeasey@FramCollege.co.uk or +44 (0)1728 727227).

Do, please, book early to make sure you have a seat! I look forward to seeing you on the night.

Ben Wright joins Australian Premier League

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It was announced yesterday that Ben Wright (G06-11) was leaving Langley School in March as their Head of Hockey to join the Old Aquinians Hockey Club in the Australian Premier League.  This is a move that will see Ben further his career as a professional hockey player and we wish him all the best. 

He worked at the College after leaving in 2011, before joining Langley in September 2015 as Head Hockey coach at the age of 21.  He's also currently player/coach of Harleston Magpies.

Ben says “Having the opportunity to play at a national level in Australia is something that I cannot wait to experience. It will help me develop and push myself as an athlete as well as a coach. “

EADT Business Review Front Page - Dr Hazel Harrison (M88-97)

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In the Press: Dr Hazel Harrison (M88-97) from ThinkAvellana, is featured on the front cover and inside the East Anglian Daily Times Business East edition this month. Hazel recently returned to the College to give an interesting and topical presentation about Mindfulness in Schools.

OF secures an exclusive contract with Tate Modern

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Congratulations to Bella Singleton (V05-09) who has secured an exclusive contract with Tate Modern! See recent article in East Anglian Daily Times

Annual OF Hockey Match against College

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Luke Quartermaine (K11-16) reports : It was great to have a healthy turnout of OFs of many different years varying from 2016 leavers to 2011 leavers. Meeting at the Crown before hand there was a great vibe in the team and the rest of the day was filled with much of the same spirit. In the match we faced a very strong College 1st XI and although we had moments of magic we quickly went 1-0 down. However, the great turnout of the crowd and a huge wave of support carried us to score 2 goals before half time to lead 2-1. We took the same enthusiasm into the second half but tired legs led to a final score of 3-2 to the College. Both teams had a great time and enjoyed interacting after the match. Next year we hope to do the same but in a Saturday night so that we can encourage more OFs to come along to support or play and then go for some drinks at the Crown afterwards. Thanks to all that played and came to support.

See a number of photos that were taken

OF Players: Luke Quartermaine, Cameron Greenhall, Will Hunt, Ollie Yeatts, Chris Walawanda, Will Bryanton, Sophie Sunderland, Lottie Nickson, Nick Whitehead, Charlie Precious, Fred Precious, Will Squirrel, Jack Richards, Luke Edwards

Death of late Ron Jones's widow

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Bob Williams reports : OFs who passed through Brandeston Hall during the Ron Jones years (1974-80) will be saddened to hear of the death, after a short illness, of Joyce Jones, on 16 December 2016. Joyce, who was in her mid-90s, will be fondly remembered for her supporting role to Ron, during his tenure as Master. It was, of course, in 1977 that the decision to admit girls to BH was taken and Joyce played a critical part in this first, tentative, move in a smooth transition towards co-education across the entire age range at Framlingham. 

Her funeral will take place at 3.00 p.m., on Thursday, 5 January at the South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garford, Abingdon OX13 5PA.

College 2016 Carol Service in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

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The College celebrated their 2016 Carol Service in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. It was a wonderful occasion with Laura Wright (M02-08) the top billing. Her rendition of ‘In a Bleak Midwinter’ supported by the College Choir was a particular highlight and the video capturing the day has already gone ‘mini viral’ on social media. The video was produced by Alex Cameron (R95-01). Christmas is a time of cheer and festivity and it was thanks to the College Choir, the Chamber Choir and the Prep Choir that the entire service was brimming with delights and joy.

You can see some further pictures here