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

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OFs vs OWs Hockey Match – Easter Sunday 2014

Carl Witham (S07-11) - in goal
Nick Whitehead (K06-11) writes “Easter Sunday saw a hockey game between an Old Framlinghamian XI and an Old Woodbridgian XI take place for the first time. It was played on the new astro at the College and saw the return of 12 OFs, ranging from class of 13 to class of 09, face a strong visiting squad of 14 OWs. Furthermore, there were an enthusiastic crowd of around 20 braving what proved to be a rather chilly wind.

You can read a full report and see some more photos here.

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2 OFs make headlines in EADT on one day!

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On Tuesday 15 April 2014, the East Anglian Daily Times, who’s Editor in Chief is OF Terry Hunt (K68-75), carried two stories on OFs. The OFs featured were Laura Wright (M02-08) for singing on Tower Bridge during the London Marathon and Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) for giving away some of his wardrobe for charity EACH. Also featured in the same edition was the College’s own Kim Frost who ran the London Marathon after nearly dying in a car crash. You can read all 3 articles here or alternatively go to this link for the article on Laura .

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Newmarket Supper 2014

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Renew those friendships; make new ones or just reminisce in convivial company at the Newmarket Supper, which will be held at The Rutland Arms Hotel, High Street, Newmarket on Friday 16th May 2014. Dress informal: 7.00 for 7.45pm, £26.00 per person. Wives and partners are welcome. It is hoped that a representative of the College will be attending the supper to provide us with the latest news from our alma mater.

Please reply on the attached form, preferably by the 12th May 2014. Any questions please contact Michael Smy

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2014 AGM & Annual Dinner
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Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, the 2014 Annual Dinner was held at Framlingham College on Saturday 29 March 2014 when 95 attended and enjoyed a first class 4 course dinner. Amongst those attending, 6 were members of staff from Framlingham College and Brandeston Hall. OFs present ranged from one who started in the late 1920s, through all the decades to some who left last year. During the meal, diners were entertained with two delightful pieces sung by Framlingham College Y12 student, Elizabeth Leaver, accompanied by Claire Weston on the piano and organised by the Director of Music, Tim Rhodes.

Click here to see the full report .

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Memory Book for 150th Celebrations

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Calling all OFs.

Please send in a sentence or two about your best memory of your time at the College for our Memory Book to be used as part of the 150th Celebrations.

Email them to Jane Easey (V87-89),  Old Framlinghamian Co-ordinator, at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk

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Article on Framlingham VC winners
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James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) spotted a copy of the April edition of Suffolk & Norfolk Life in his hotel room last week. This edition includes a special feature on Suffolk & Norfolk born VC winners, including our own Gordon Flowerdew and William Hewitt. Click here to see the article in full .

The OF organized trip to France/Belgium commencing Monday 7 April will visit the sites where Flowerdew and Hewitt won their VCs.

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SOF Hong Kong Supper 2014
Honk Kong Supper - group photo
Ian Howard (S57-62) reports as follows: The annual Hong Kong supper was held on Thursday 27 March, 2014, at the Edingburgh Room of the Hong Hong Club. The occasion brought together the following 9 OFs: Ian Howard (S57-62); John Birt (Thailand) (S59-63); Bob Holland (Penang) (R57-65); Keith Williams (R63-67); John Ting (G02-09); Henry Tang (K03-10); Ian Tsang (K02-09); Jason Wong (S04-07)) and Athena Choi (V02-03). A last minute back injury forced Moria Theulier (M91-93) to have to cancel.

Click here to see a larger version of the group photo and here to see the signed menu .

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Were you in Moreau in 1964?
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UPDATE: Jane Easey (V87-89), Old Framlinghamian Co-ordinator, has recently sent out this invitation from Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College, to all known OF signatories to the June 1964 bottle of port, laid down by Bob Gillett for opening 50 years later. The bottle will be opened on Speech Day on 4th of July 2014. She says “We do hope you can make it and that you will be able to join us for lunch and a tour of the College beforehand. Please pass the invitation on to anyone you know that signed the bottle in 1964 but has not updated us with their current details.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE I am trying to track down a group of very important OFs so that they can be invited back to the College to celebrate an Anniversary Event. In the Headmaster’s Office there is a bottle of port laid down almost 50 years ago, in June 1964, by Bob Gillett (Housemaster) and the students of Moreau House. The bottle is signed by those 1964 students, and there were instructions that the bottle was to be opened 50 years later on the occasion of the College’s 150th. That time is now imminent, and it is hoped that there will be a grand ceremonial opening of the bottle with as many of the 1964 students and staff present as can be assembled.

You can read a more detailed letter and photos by clicking here or email me. The attached letter shows in red those OFs we are particular keen to get in touch with as we currently have no up to date contact details.

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Amiens Prison Raid - 70th Anniversary at RAF Hunsdon
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Following 70th anniversary service and presentation of painting at the Collge, there was another service at RAF Hunsdon to mark 70th anniversary of the raid on Amiens jail led by Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32). RAF Hunsdon is where Pickard took off from on 18 February 1944 on that fateful trip. Bill Collard (S55-58) and Andrew Payn attended the service on Sunday 16 February 2014 to represent the SOF and College.

You can read Bill’s report and see a couple of photos by clicking here .

On 70th anniversary of the raid, The Times published this story about a new book that suggests a very contrary view on the objective/purpose of the raid to those normally accepted as the reason.

You can read the full story [g2bridge:10505 downloadLink:here] on Pickard’s amazing life.

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Proposed New SOF Rules & Way Forward Agreement
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Richard Sayer, SOF President writes : On March 29th at the AGM of the Society, we shall vote on the proposition that we should as of January 1st 2015 introduce New Rules.

Council agreed at its October meeting to the Society entering into a joint venture agreement with the College, known as the Way Forward Agreement (“WFA”). That agreement makes changes to the way in which the Society will operate once it comes into effect on January 1st 2015 – for example by doing away with Life Membership and altering the way in which we finance our operating costs. You can read more details on this very significant agreement here . Council further agreed in October to draft new Rules to reflect those changes, and to approve them at our March 29 AGM, when we will also formally ratify the WFA.

I am now attaching a copy of the draft new SOF Rules for your perusal and, I hope, approval.

The draft is the product of the joint efforts of many people, whose great help I wish to acknowledge: including Hon.Secretary Norman Porter, IPP Simon Dougherty, Hetta Rogers, David Mallett, Richard Overend, Chris Essex and Peter Howard-Dobson. The draft has now been approved, without amendment, by Council.

It is important that all OFs have an opportunity to view the new Rules and to raise any concerns they may have. I shall be grateful if within the next 28 days you will let me know if you are unhappy with any of the proposed changes. Copies of the existing 2010 Rules are also available on the SOF website. I hope that many of you will attend the AGM (and the dinner that evening) to support this motion.

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