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


Essex Supper - Friday 21st April 2017

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John Rankin writes “This year the Essex Supper will once again be held at The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Ground after the Council Meeting. The address is New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0PG which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Station, which is on the mainline from Liverpool Street to Ipswich and beyond.

Susan Wessels, who a lot of you will know, is Senior Deputy Head at the College. She will be giving a talk on her Hockey Career which promises to be very interesting.

Subsidies are available for some OFs under 30 on a first come basis. For more information and to download an invitation click here or give me a ring on 01255 503835 or email at johnrankin359@gmail.com ."

OF runs London Marathon for great cause

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Carl Witham (S06-11) says that after many years of deliberation, he has taken the plunge and made the decision to do the London Marathon.

He goes on to say "I will be running on behalf of The British Heart Foundation, a charity that helped my grandad through many years of need and I feel it's the time now to repay all their amazing hard work. Training has certainly had its ups and downs both physically and mentally. When you wake up early, look out the window and see the rain, the last thing you want to be doing is going for a 2/3hour run. But when you remind yourself of the benefit you’ll have on someone's life, it makes it all worth while. 

I hope, however small or large, the money I can raise will help improve and keep the outstanding work of The British Heart Foundation going. So please please give as little or as much as you can, everything will help!!  Please go to my fundraising page."

Another OF launching a new single - son of College Chaplain

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Simon Law (Z75-80) otherwise known as The Funky Ginger was one of the original members of the group Soul II Soul and had a lot of success with them.  He is releasing a new single Morning Love, which reunites him with vocalist Caron Wheeler ll. 

Simon is the brother of John Law (Z75-83) and they are the sons of Revd Richard Law, the school chaplain known as Wag from the 70s and early 80s.

Ralph Taylor releases latest single

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Ralph Taylor, the son of Headmaster Paul Taylor, has now released a new single which you can listen to here called My Love.

ORIGINAL STORY :Read about the launch of Ralph Taylor’s (2009-12) debut EP in this EADT report . Ralph says his earliest music inspiration came from his dad playing the likes of Supertramp and Eric Clapton.


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OF records his fascinating life story of travel

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John Gates (S44-48) a regular corresponder from Australia has recently gone to the trouble over an hour and 17 minutes of recording his fascinating life story on video.  You can watch this on YouTube.  John now enjoys retirement on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane, Australia.

Michael Cooke's Farewell Tea

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Mr Cooke is retiring at the end of the Summer Term after over 42 years of teaching at the College. The College will be hosting a special tea for him in Paul’s Court Café between 3:00pm-5:30pm on Saturday 24th June 2017. This is a free event open to all OFs.

The tea is on the same day as the College 1st XI v Felsted cricket fixture on The Back, the inter-school Alumni Hockey Festival on Inskips and the Summer Ball for 80s and 90s Leavers in the marquee. This being the Saturday of the annual OF Sports Weekend there will be a lot going on, including College 1st XI v Staff v OF cricket matches on the Sunday. During the course of the weekend tours of the College will be available and the swimming pool will be open for OFs and their families. This makes the tea party just one of many excellent excuses to return to Framlingham.

For catering purposes we ask that you RSVP as soon as possible to Jane Easey if you plan on attending Mr Cooke's Farewell Tea. Also can you please let Jane know if you are interested in any of the other events taking place on the 24th & 25th June and she will send you more information. If you would like a tour of the College during this weekend you will also need to book it in advance.

OF running Paris Marathon for Anthony Nolan charity

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Charlotte Gower (P08-13) writes "On Sunday 9th April I will be running the Paris Marathon to raise money for Anthony Nolan, a charity which saves the lives of people with blood cancer. I first took interest in Anthony Nolan when I was at school as a family friend, a similar age to myself, was given a life-saving stem cell transplant through the charity. When I started University in Edinburgh, I helped to set up the student-run society called ‘Edinburgh Marrow’- which would join a network of over fifty student groups across the UK closely affiliated to Anthony Nolan. Edinburgh Marrow has three aims; to raise awareness of Anthony Nolan and blood cancer within universiities around the UK, to give every student the opportunity to join the stem cell register and to raise funds to help support Anthony Nolan’s vital work. This is essential given that every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance. They need cells from a healthy person – with the same tissue type – to replace and repair their own damaged cells.

About 30% of people in need can find a suitable donor in their family. But the other 70% rely on a stranger to save their lives. Anthony Nolan helps that 70% find those precious matches. I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for this incredible charity that has a clear impact on the lives of people with blood cancers and disorders. Any donations to Anthony Nolan would be greatly appreciated in light of me running the Marathon. 

The link to my page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charlotte-Gower6"

OF exhibits artwork at Burgh House London

John Wood - Burgh House Exhibition - Feb 2017 (170x141)
Richard Sayer reports "Nearing the end of a successful career as a London solicitor OF John Wood (S56-61) has started a second career as a painter and is exhibiting his work at Burgh House, New End Square, London, NW3 1LT.

The exbition entitled "Coast to Coast, the Shore and More" is open to the public from 23-26 February 2017.  Its described as "Prepare to take a voyage curated through the eyes of six very talented painters who offer us their unique perspective of the coast, from boats and journeys, to rocks and groins, with views from and to the sea that all evocate a special moment or emotion."  Click here for more details

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

Ollie Trevers 2017
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.