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

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Caspar Zafer in Winning Team: Great Pacific Race of 2014
Caspar Zafer (S 89-92) is an actor and commercial producer living "between LA and New York"! He'd rowed at university and had long thought about some sort of endurance event - and so, when he spotted an article about a rowing race across the Pacific, he decided to investigate further.

The rest is history. Put together in a scratch crew of four, he and his team "Uniting Nations" won the first 2,400 mile Great Pacific Race, crossing the Pacific in a world record time of 43 days, 5 hours and 30 minutes.

You can watch a TV report of their arrival in Hawii here:

Best of all, click this link to read Caspar's own compelling and very personal story of this extraordinary voyage.

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OF Shooting Report
Shooting - July 2014 - dream_team - cropped
The OF Shooters had a very eventful Imperial Meeting in July 2014, which included graffiti down the arm of an OF lady shooter and a yellow dress worn by an OF male shooter. Sounds pretty run of the mill for the shooters then!

Read the full story and see the pictures here

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West of England Supper Report - 21 June 2014

Angel Inn Hindon
The West of England Supper was again held at the Angel Inn in Hindon on Saturday 21 June 2014.

Click here to see a full report and photos.

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John Gooderham (K 1944-1953)
College Crest
We are saddened to announce the death of John Gooderham (K 1944-1953), former President of the Society, on 28 June 2014.

A Memorial Service will be held for John on Monday 4 August at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Bacton, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4LN at 14:00 hours. John's many Old Framlinghamian friends will be most welcome to attend. There will be a marquee on the field opposite for tea and cakes after the Service. A private family crematorium service will be held prior to this date. A full obituary will be in the 2014 Yearbook.

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SOF London Supper - Tuesday 1 July

College Crest
The London Supper of the Society of Old Framlinghamians was held at The Royal Air Force Club on 1 July 2014 when 32 members attended.  Richard Sayer, President of the Society, was in the chair.   Susan Wessels, Senior Deputy Head Framlingham College, provided an interesting update on recent sporting and other activities at the College. All enjoyed a tasty traditional meal in the splendid surroundings of the President’s Room.

The following were present: R J H Albright, A H Baker, E R Binder, Jenny Binder, R Binder, S Cain, D A Carr, L W L Collard, Clare Dougherty, S R C Dougherty, J N Ellerby, R D Fayers, R Giles, M R K Holden, P C Howard-Dobson, N D G Jacob, C Keeble, A Lillie, J Maberly, I E Marsh, J Mehta, D J Mitchell, N H Porter, J G Rankin, J G Ruddock-Broyd, R J Sayer, B A Smith, C A Smith, C G Sneath, D L Turnbull, Susan Wessels.

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Plan? What Plan? OFRC Dumps the Q-Match!
Rifle Club Dateline Bisley: April 14 2014.

Ask any serious soldier what is the first casualty of any battle and he will tell you the answer – the plan. It follows then that we might question the seriousness of “JohnSec” Halahan, despite his several years of breaking Her Majesty’s tanks while serving the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. He is a natural organiser - to the point where if he could get any more torsion in his bottom his excrement would be spaghetti.

But just as it is possible to over-train and fail to finish your big race, it is also possible to over-organise and in doing so, er, lose to the Bedfordians. And that is what we did, by seven points – to the new enemy. Not the Old Enemy, the Lawrentians – they tend to lose to themselves these days.
We were quite well organised. Sort of. I mean, we had a range, targets, coaches, rifles, ammunition and shooters to fire it – though never necessarily in the right order.

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Three Heroes Tour – April 2014
Gordon Muriel Flowerdew - picture
As you should all be aware, a group of OFs and some friends visited northern France and Belgium in April 2014 under the heading of “By Foot, Horse & Air - Three exceptional men and their bravery in face of the enemy”. It commemorate the actions of three military heroes of Framlingham College, plus paid respects at the graves/memorials of many more OFs who died mainly in WW1.

This expedition was organized by James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) and Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) and everyone who went on the trip owes them a huge debt of gratitude for organizing a fascinating itinerary. Since the end of the trip, James has been toiling away on a detailed personal journal of the trip, which has been illustrated by Chris Essex (K69-75) with many photos that were taken during the trip.

Whilst the SOF President, Richard Sayer (S56-61) will be including his memories of the trip in the 2014 Yearbook, you can click here to read James’s wonderful personal journal in full.

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Overseas Bag – Spring 2014
John Birt cap
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: I’ve just completed the mammoth task of putting together all the correspondence I have received from overseas OFs in the last 6 months. This runs to 36 pages covering 24 countries and over 150 OFs are mentioned. A huge thank you to everyone who has been in touch, particularly those who have volunteered to try and organise a 150th anniversary event in their country in 2015. As always it’s only possible to include a small proportion in the Newsletter or Yearbook. I therefore strongly encourage you to read the full version of the Overseas Bags for Spring 2014 in the People section of the website.

Included in the many articles is one about John Birt (S59-63) being awarded his international rugby cap some 45 years after he won it!! You can also see a couple of photos of John's wonderful house in northern Thailand.

As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to. Email Chris Essex

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Grafton Morrish Match Report 2014
Golf Society David Turnbull (OFGS Hon Sec) writes: "Playing with St. Lawrence in the South East Regional qualifying round on Saturday, 10 May at Knole Park Golf Club, Sevenoaks, the team of Gavin Cowell, Charlie Plunkett, Rob Atton, Matt Stolls, John Wybar and new member, Will Poole, found the going very tough in most unseasonal weather of a strong wind and frequent spells of heavy rain.  Despite an excellent score of 23 points by Rob and Matt, the overall team score was disappointing and we finished at the lower end of the table, thus failing to qualify for the knock-out stages. 

The format of scratch foursomes off the back tees, on an even longer course than normal, is always quite a challenge even in easy conditions. Preparation for the event was not helped by the fact that some members of the team were delayed in traffic for nearly an hour near the Dartford Crossing. It is hoped that a move to Gog Magog near Cambridge can be made in the not too distant future, but this depends on a vacancy becoming available. A move there would make sense logistically as the majority of our team come down from East Anglia."

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OFGS Spring Meeting Report: Royal Worlington, 8th May 2014
The OFGS Spring Meeting took place at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club on Thursday, 8th  May. Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us with heavy rain falling for most of the day. In spite of the poor conditions the scoring was excellent. The course, as always, was testing and in excellent condition. After a welcome hot shower everyone enjoyed a good lunch and were well looked after by the secretary and his staff.

This year we had a lower turnout than last year, with 22 members.  Hugh Curle, with an excellent score of 41 points, won the Captain’s Prize for the best overall score and Barry Hitchcock won the Minter Cup for the best scratch score of the day, 29 points.

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