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


Congratulations to OF Rob Newton

Congratulations Rob Newton (R2003-08) who has clocked up his twelfth first class hundred today against Derbyshire (108) and has also been awarded his County Cap. Well done.

SOF Ypres Memorial Service

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SOF Past Presidents Norman Porter and Chris Essex accompanied by the College Chaplain Rev Brynn Bayman and Lt Colonel Myers-Allen held a service on Sunday 21st May 2017 in St George’s Memorial Church, Ypres, Belgium.

The service included the unveiling of a plaque installed in memory of the 150 former Students, Masters and Staff who gave up their lives in the Great War. St George’s Memorial Church is decorated with memorials in honour of those who gave their lives for our freedom. Thanks to the generous benefaction from the SOF Trustees, it was possible to add Framlingham College to the Memorial Chapel.

The brief service was conducted by the College Chaplain and Lt Colonel Myers-Allen laid a wreath. As part of the service Mr Norman Porter also paid tribute to the fallen with a recital of former master Alfred Victor Radcliff’s fitting poem –  Optimism. Alfred Radcliff was one of those who died during WW1. Chris Essex read Psalms 23. The service was supported by the local parish priest who spoke admirably of the dedication of the SOF’s and the College in remembering those you gave up their yesterdays for our todays. In the words of Alfred Radcliff – “For tiny hopes like tiny flowers of Spring, Will come, though death and ruin hold the land”.

Click here to see a number of photos.

Suffolk OFs in Queens Birthday Honours

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Congratulations to 3 OFs and one Hon OF in Suffolk who were given awards in the the latest Queen's Birthday honours. They were :-

MBE to Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) for services to Music and Charity and to Bernard Tickner (36-40) for serves to to Horticulture and to Wildlife Conservation in Suffolk.

BEM to David Hodge (S44-50) for services to the community in Cockfield, Suffolk.

OBE to Andrew Fane (Hon OF and retiring chair of Governors) for services to Heritage and charity.

If you know of any other OFS who were awarded honours please email admin@oldframlinghamian.com 

SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 11th July

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London Supper Organiser Nigel Burnip writes: This year's SOF London Supper will be held on Tuesday 11th July at The Farmers Club in the newly refurbished Farmers Club Suite on the same floor as the club reception. Pre-meal drinks from 6:30pm and Dinner served at 7:30pm. Supper ticket price £40 each, payable in advance.

Guest speakers: those intrepid OFs Henry Dunham (S01-06) and Sam Crimp (K02-12) on completion of a long walk after ten months, 10,000 km and 11 countries later, Henry and Sam finished their truly epic adventure.

For full details about the event and how to book your place please click here.

The Annual Art Summer Exhibition - Thursday 8th June 2017

The College Art Department would like to invite you to their Private View of The Summer Exhibition on Thursday 8th June from 5pm-8pm.

Head of Art, Sue Tansley, writes "The Art and Design Exhibition 2017, in Paul’s Court, will feature artwork in a diverse range of styles and using a variety of techniques. Year 11 and 13 Fine Artist and Photographers’ artistic outcomes of creativity, imagination and skill demonstrate the individuality and personal responses of our students. Traditional techniques of oil painting, watercolour, lino printing and etching can be viewed alongside digital film-making, photographic editing, comics, multi layered photographs and installation."


Afternoon Tea to celebrate 40 Years of Girls at the College - 20th May 2017

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On Saturday, 20th May 2017 Framlingham College celebrated its 40th Year of Girls at the school. To see pictures from the event taken by current 6th Formers Louisa Crabtree and Hannah de Selincourt click here.

To mark the occasion, over 40 female OFs and their families came back to enjoy a splendidly old-fashioned tea party complete with mis-matched vintage china to accompany the sandwiches and scones.

Headmaster, Paul Taylor, spoke passionately to the OFs about how much the school has moved on in those 40 years. Back in the 1970’s, lessons for girls included Needlework and Housewifery! Fast-forward 40 years and it has evolved from a boys’ school that took girls, to a truly co-ed school. This was clearly visible at the tea party by the very fact that the Girls’ 1st XI Cricket team were playing on the hallowed ground of the 1st XI pitch previously reserved only for the boys.

The highlight of the day for most of the visitors was a tour of the College accompanied by a current student. Some guests hadn’t been back to school since leaving in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Giggling and reminiscing en-route, they saw a few sights that were familiar and some that had changed beyond recognition.

Despite the obvious differences in the facilities and aesthetics, they found the school still felt the same, had the same values and was in good heart.

Retirement of our Hon Sec - Norman Porter

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As you will have seen in an earlier report on the Annual Dinner our very cherished Hon Sec Norman Porter retired after around 20 years at the immediately preceding AGM. At the Annual Dinner he was presented with a copy of a very special book that had been designed and put together as the idea of OFs Chris Keeble and Richard Sayer. 

In the report you will see pictures of the book being presented to Norman by Chris after a few words by Richard. The hand made book runs to 76 pages and features tributes from around 35 OFs, the chair of Governors Andrew Fane and the Headmaster Paul Taylor.  We thought OFs who were not able to be at the Annual Dinner might appreciate seeing this wonderful book, a copy of which will be held in the College Library. Click here to read the book.

Note the picture here shows the front cover with NHP and SOF entwined and the words "Almost Inseparable". Very clever.

OF Sports Weekend 2017

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The 2017 OF Sports Weekend falls on the 24th & 25th June this year. Click here for the invitation.

On Saturday 24th June at 1pm there will be an Alumni Mixed Hockey Tournament on Inskips, please contact OF Emily Wilford (V06-12) if you would like to play. Also on Saturday between 3pm-5:30pm is Michael Cooke’s Farewell Tea in Paul’s Court Café. Please let Jane Easey know if you'd like to attend. In the evening is the Summer Ball for ‘80s & ‘90s Leavers in the Marquee on The Back - this event has SOLD OUT.

On Sunday 25th June at 9:30am the annual OF Cricket Match will begin, this year the format will be OF ‘v’ College ‘v’ Staff on The Back. There will be a Cricket Lunch and Tea for players and supporters in Paul’s Court Café.

If you have any questions about any of the events please contact Jane Easey at the College.

OF stars behind the camera in film

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Christina Johnston (V01-06) provides the vocals in the stunning film Interlude in Prague which is released in the UK on 11 May 2017 with a premiere in Leicester Square. Set in Prague in 1787, the film is “an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder.” Based on true-life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the opera “Don Giovanni.”

You can hear a little of Christina's singing in the short clip here

OF Tom Orford runs the London Marathon

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News from OF Tom Orford from the London Marathon at the weekend.

Tom, an OF K84-89 and parent of 3 children all currently at Framlingham College Prep School, ran the marathon on Sunday in under 5 hours for the Lymphoma Association. This is a charity Tom is keen to support as he had lymphoma back in 2013. The charity aims to help and support those affected by lymphatic cancer.

You can read more about his story in the article that appeared in the Ipswich Star.

Tom's fundraising page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TomOrford

Well done Tom - would you do it again?