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


OF Golf Society v College 2016

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Jonny Newton writes : The OF’s welcomed Dougal Lyon and 14 pupils from Framlingham College for the annual match at Aldeburgh Golf Club. Dougal brought an impressive squad, including two new girls, Lottie Riley and Leonie Heidger. Accompanied by the ever-present Tom Huggins, who has been on formidable form of late, and the new Director of Sport, Nick Gandy.

Both squads mingled and swapped stories of the old days and the new days. Dougal said he could have brought 19 pupils for the match, which shows how far the golf team at Framlingham has come. An excellent Aldeburgh lunch, kindly paid for by the College,  was followed by a foursomes match. The old boys came out on top, but there was impressive performances from Harry Dorber,  Archie Winter, Harvey Finbow and Ben Swinburn. Jonny Newton, the new first team captain, saw at close range how all of these could be challenging for a Halford Hewitt spot when they leave school. Although OFGS won 5 ½ - 1 ½ the main objective of the occasion is to foster relations with young golfers at the College and to encourage them to join the Society when they leave.

Our thanks go to Dougal and Nick for committing to golf at the College and the OF team all commented on enjoying the company of the pupils, who were in great form. There was another match playing that  day, The Army v The Navy, and it was reported back how great it was to see the school at the club and the relationship with the old boys. Long may it continue.

Click here to see the full report

Runyard Trophy - 5th September 2016

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Norman Porter writes : Despite a pretty solid performance OFGS failed to hold on to the Suffolk/Norfolk inter-schools former students’ trophy, so there was no huge bottle of claret for distribution at the Aldeburgh Autumn Meeting this year. Once again the event was held at Thetford Golf Club.

The girls of St Felix not only played very well, but had something of a cushion of 3 courtesy shots each so they ran out easy winners, with Ipswich School – providing a full team of 6 this year - (last year they struggled in this all-counting Stableford format with just 5 players - just beating us into second place.

We turned out a strong, if less-than-youthful team of Norman Mayhew, Martin Lamb, Robin Anderton, Michael Spencer, Barry Hitchcock and Colin Wigg, with Norman Porter as non-playing Captain, lurking in the background as a possible reserve. The over-all impression is that this competition is now bringing in  stronger teams, that it is being taken seriously  and that it is likely to grow, even though elements of it may evolve. With three different teams having won the competition in the first 3 years, the situation looks healthy, and it is planned to return to Thetford GC next year in early September, with more schools possibly lined up to compete. Since our players represent the Society rather than themselves they receive a subsidy from the OFGC for which they are very grateful. OF golfers locally seem to be held in high regard – a reputation to foster.

Click here to see individual scores

SOF Norfolk Supper - Thursday 10th November 2016

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

As an additional attraction this year we have invited along a recent leaver, Charlotte Findlay (P09- 011), to talk about her experiences on the British Antarctic Expedition. The SOF contributed to the funding which enabled Charlotte to go on this memorable adventure.

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

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

Memorial Service for Distinguished OF John Birt (S59-63)

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This took place last Thursday in glorious sunshine at Sandhurst and was attended by around 160.  Click here to see front page of order of service.

Amongst those present were, from left to right, Rupert Chevenix-Trench, Chis Essex, Stewart Birt, Richard Sayer, Stephen Sayer and Ian Howard - see photo.

ORIGINAL STORY: As many of you will be aware, John Geoffrey Birt (S59-63) died in Bandkok, Thailand on 21 May 2016.  His Thai friends gave him a Buddhist send off the following weekend on Koh Samui.  John was a distiguished soldier, sportsman and businessman and was "our representative" in Thailand for many years.  A memorial service will be held in the UK at the Royal Military Academy Chapel at Sandhurst for a service at Noon on Friday 30th September 2016, followed by a reception in the Indian Army Memorial Room.

For security reasons, we need to provide a list of all those who are likely to attend.  If you would be interested in attending please email his brother Stewart to let him know, so that you can be put on the list.

John's brother Stewart has just sent me this link which features the house he built from recycled teak in Thailand. His Thai friends persuaded him to have the house blessed by the local Buddhist Monks and these photos were taken by the husband of one of his Koh Samui staff.

Memorial Service - Timothy Gordon Askew (K48-54)

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OF Timothy Gordon Askew (K48-54) died peacefully at home, Rectory Farm, Wilby, on Saturday September 10th 2016, aged 78. There will be a service to celebrate his life at St Mary’s Church, Wilby on Saturday October 8th at 11.00 am.

No dress code, bright colours welcome. Donations in his memory for East Anglian Air Ambulance c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4JE.

Tim was a regular attender at SOF Norfolk Suppers.

OF Shooter James Mehta's diary as a first-time GB cap touring USA and Canada

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James writes: As a teenage shooter at Fram, the pinnacle to which one can aspire – and it is the same to this day –is to be selected for the UK Cadet Rifle Team, known more commonly as the Athelings. This team tours Canada every year and is reciprocated in the summer Imperial Meeting at Bisley when the Canadian cadets visit us. Sadly, I was selected as the non-travelling reserve in 1975. So for more than 40 years I have always carried a deep sense of unfinished business. 

Like most shooters there has, at some stage, been a long absence from the sport – family and career sometimes have to come first...click to read more

OFRC Present "The Custard Avengers" (15)

James Mehta writes: Please find attached the report from Bisley 2016, an exhilirating story of grit, fire and determination where the OFRCs mightiest heroes came together to battle their enemies.

You can read the full report here.

OF golfers soundly beaten by Aldeburgh GC

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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: “The day following the Autumn meeting at Aldeburgh there was the annual match against Aldeburgh Golf Club.  The Old Framlinghamians put out a strong side with several good single figure players but once again were soundly beaten by a strong Aldeburgh team, who made home and a large stroke advantage count. However, the company was good, the lunch first class and overall, apart from the result, it was a very enjoyable day.  Click here to read my report on the match against Aldeburgh."

OFGS Autumn Meeting 2016

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The meeting was held in bright sunny conditions on Friday, 9th 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 although the greens were slower than usual.

Read the full story on who won what and who just enjoyed a great day out here along with a picture of the trophy winners.

'Excellence of Youth Exhibition' 24th-25th September

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Congratulations to OF Jack Bullen and current student JoJo Maberly for being selected to exhibit their work at the ‘Excellence of Youth’ Exhibition being held in Hall Barn, Great Thurlow on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September.

Full details are available at: http://excellenceofyouth.com/