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


Next OF Northern Croquet Competition Delayed

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Douglas Thomson (K53-61) writes : "The next Northern Gathering has had to be delayed until 2019 unless an OF living in the North would like to organise one in 2018.

My excessive, but very enjoyable, playing of hockey and squash is now showing up in my joints!  I never played to lose! I am currently in line for two replacement shoulders; followed possibly by one hip and one knee.  If all these are replaced I expect to not only ring the bell at airport security but blow the fuse as well!

My apologies for this but I need to keep my diary fairly free at present."

2016 Northern Gathering : The sun shone (well Cumbria style), the fare was good, the wine flowed, the conversation was very pleasurable and even the President’s speech added to the enjoyment of the 2016 OF Northern Gathering held in the garden of Dorothy’s and Douglas’s house in Sedbergh.  Click here to see a full write up and some more pictures. 

3rd OF Reunion in Germany

 Kim Dickel (M97-98) and Sandy-Gwyn Paetz (M99-00) organised a hugely successful event in Munich at Oktoberfest that went into the early hours of the morning and continued the next day.  Please read her full report here including some photos.

Kim is already looking forward to organising another event in 2018, so watch this space!


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James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) writes : Five of the Tour to Amiens and Ypres in 2014 joined three others to make a party of eight to see a performance of Wipers Times by Ian Hislop at the Oxford Playhouse in September.  The party consisted of Bernard Bridges (S45-54) and Elsie, James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) and Christine, Clive Smith (S54-58) and Jean and Brian Smith (S53-56) and Valerie.

Click here to see full report and more photos.

SOF Norfolk Supper - Thursday 9th November 2017

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The supper is once again being jointly organised by Colin Wigg and Norman Porter.

Our guest speaker this year will be OF Martin Pearse (K59-63) our dual International Sport Captain, which should be most interesting especially as he is to be captain of the England Over 70s tour to Australia in 2018.

Click here to see the invitation and here to see the response form.

Please contact Norman or Colin if you would like further details.

OFGS Autumn Meeting 2017

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The meeting was once again held in bright sunny conditions on Friday, 22nd September at Aldeburgh Golf Club. They were looked after superbly as usual by the host club and enjoyed playing on a course in excellent condition.

Read the full story on who won what and who just enjoyed a great day out here along with a couple of pictures from the day.

William Henry Hewitt VC (1894-1900) - plaque unveiling

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UPDATE : A wonderful ceremony was held in Copdock on 17 September 2017 to mark the centenary of his VC award. Village Recorder, Jennifer Jones, put together a wonderful day.  The weather that day was a dramatic reminder of the far worse conditions which prevailed on the Menin Road to the north east of Ypres on Thursday 20th September 1917, as former Copdock resident Cpl William Henry Hewitt won the Victoria Cross during the third battle of Ypres, near Passchendaele.

You can see the programme, leaflet on his life and many pictures take on the day by looking at the Distinguished biography - click here.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : The Government is undertaking a project to lay a stone and plaque to commemorate the award of the Victoria Cross during WW1 click Read More

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OF golfers beaten by Aldeburgh GC - 23 September 2017

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Hugh Curle, OFGS Captain writes: “A good day, good weather and excellent company was had by all as the Old Framlinghamians took on Aldeburgh Golf Club in the annual fixture. The OFs had Harry Dorber making his debut and Ben Swinburn playing in his second event,  having started off in winning ways with Norman Porter’s victorious Runyard Trophy  team earlier in the month;  both had left the College this summer. Unfortunately the OF’s suffered a setback on the course, losing 6-2 to the hosts."

Click here to see match scores

Haileybury Hockey 6s - September 2017

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Huge congratulations to the OF team at the Haileybury 6s last weekend. After winning the tournament last year they narrowly missed out on retaining the title, losing out to rivals St Edward’s. The final was well fought by both teams finishing 4-4. Then in the last minute they won a Short corner to take the victory.

The team comprised Sean Collins, Oliver Cutting, Josh Cutting (C), Andy Cutting, Ben Gowing, Tom Dunnett, Luke Quartermaine (GK) , Will Tew

Read the full report and see photo here.

Runyard Cup 2017 - another success

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Norman Porter writes : This year’s competition – the 4th in the series, returned to Thetford Golf Club on Monday September 4th. Seven schools participated: Framlingham, Greshams, St Felix, Culford, Ipswich, Woodbridge and Norwich. The competition is open to former students of all schools in Norfolk and Suffolk, maintained and independent.

And – guess what? Fram won it again – the second time in four years, bringing home the wonderful replica of the Open’s Claret Jug and a double magnum of claret – to say nothing of pride in the achievement. Congratulations to the six team members: Norman Mayhew, Robin Anderton, Barry Hitchcock, Mike Schneidau, Colin Wigg and Ben Swinburn.

Click here to see full report and photos.

SOF Suffolk Lunch

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The Suffolk gathering will again be a lunch and will take place at the College on Saturday 21st October 2017. As in recent years the meal will be in a buffet format. The cost will be £10 per head, payable in advance by cheque or BACS.

The full timetable for the day will be:


10:30am-11:45am    Council Meeting - induction of new Hon OFs (Chapel)

11:45am                  Reception at Fowler Pavilion

12:15pm                  Formal Opening of Fowler Pavilion

1:00pm                    Buffet Lunch

Booking for the lunch is essential, as we need to know numbers. Lists will be closed on October 13th. If you would like to attend the formal opening as well please indicate this as well as numbers are needed also. If you have received an invitation from the College and have indicated your acceptance of it you do not need to respond to this.

Click here for more detail or contact John Horton on 01728 723325 or on e-mail