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


Selectors Appoint Three New Moreau Scholars

The task of the Moreau Scholarships Selection Panel is always a difficult one; the quality of candidates, who have gone through the process of nominating themselves for consideration and then had to garner support from their peers, friends and members of staff, is always impressive, and the panel somehow has to whittle this down to just two.

This year, however, they reached an impasse. There was just no reasonable way in which they felt they could exclude one of the three remaining candidates, at the end of a day when they'd interviewed all seven short-listed hopefuls. The solution, after a bit of consultation with SOF colleagues, was to appoint all three of them.

So it was that, on Speech Day, Richard Sayer (S56-61), presented Alex Myers-Allen, Charlotte Gower and Jasper Maberly with their first-year cheques for £800, and confirmation that they were now members of the SOF's Council.

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OF Golfer aiming to turn pro

Patrick Spraggs photo
For a number of years we have followed the progress of OF golfer, Patrick Spraggs (G2004-09) and he is emerging as a very promising golfer. Just over the past few months he has had 5 top 4 results including winning the British Universities qualifier and the Suffolk Amateur Championship for the 2nd time. This has resulted in a drop in handicap to +3.

He graduated from university at the end of June and it is now his intention to play out the rest of this summer season as an amateur before going to tour school in September. This is an expensive business and he is urgently looking for sponsorship. If you or your company may be able to help, please see Patrick’s CV here which also contains his contact details. It would be great if a fellow OFs could put him on the road to winning the Open Championship in a few years time!

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OF attempting the first unsupported crossing of Papua New Guinea

Richard Johnson (S2003-05)
In March 2014 Richard Johnson (S2003-05) and his friend Patrick Hutton will attempt to complete the first unsupported human powered crossing of Papua New Guinea. Starting in the northern town of Vanimo they will cut inch by inch through dense jungle until arriving at the Star Mountains. They will then navigate through this unmapped mountain range until arriving at one of the Fly River's tributaries. Once there, they will build a boat and paddle until they reach Daru and thus completing their 1000 mile 6 month historical expedition.

Through the expedition they aim to raising money for international charity Childfund. Childfund organise immunisation patrols to remote rural areas throughout Papua New Guinea and deliver essential vaccinations to children.

Richard and Patrick have undertaken a number of challenges, including cycling over 2000 miles from London to Marrakech, crossing the Gobi Desert by camel, climbed mountains in the Andes, cycled the length of China, navigated the entire Amazon river, completed an Ironman, filmed at extreme altitude in the Himalayas and climbed Kilimanjaro!

You can read more on their expedition at www.pngexpedition.com

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OF completes solo paddle over 740 miles
Peter Macfarlane - training - cropped
UPDATE : We are delighted to report that Peter successful completed this amazing challenge, that very few have ever completed solo before and what possibly makes it a unique achievement is that he completed this in a boat he designed and built. Read all about it here . You can also view a brief TV interview here.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: We’ve recently heard from Peter Macfarlane (Z73-81) in beautiful Vermont, USA about an epic 740 mile solo canoe trip he is about to take across parts of America and Canada in a lovely canoe that he built himself. If you would like to read about this journey he’s starting on 19 May 2013 click here . It also details how you can follow his progress. Best of luck Peter and we look forward to hearing from you afterwards.

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Cyril Gray 27th – 29th June 2013

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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: “The Cyril Gray is a knockout tournament involving 3 pairs playing foursomes off scratch. All players must be over 50 years of age and the competition is held at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey. We had Barry Hitchcock, who had played a few years ago, and the team was completed by Robin Anderton, Martin Lamb, Peter Watts, Roger Wharton and Michael Spencer.

In Round 1 we beat St Pauls 2-1 – we won the 1st game, narrowly lost the 3rd game and our 2nd pair were one down with two to play but managed an exciting finish to win the game and the match. We then played a very strong Fettes team in the 2nd round and we lost all 3 matches. The boys played well, but Fettes were just too good.

Worplesdon was in excellent condition and it was good to see the President, Richard Sayer, walking the course and encouraging the players. We know that next year we have some youngsters (turned 50) who will eligible and we hope that they will available to play.

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SOF Newsletter 2013

The Society's 2013 Newsletter is now available for members. A link to the publication was emailed to members for whom we hold an email address. Existing website users who are logged on can also view the Newsletter from the Publications section of the Members' Area. If we do not hold an email address for you then please email us at admin@oldframlinghamian.com


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SOF Rifle Club All Day Match Report, 8th June 2013

SOFRC 8 June 2013 Nigel Burnip with the silverware
News of the SOF Rifle Club's latest victory as they carry off both trophies in the All Day Match.

Read the full story here

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Old Framlinghamian Co-ordinator

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For the past 5 years Leigh Cunningham has been the first point of contact at the College for any matters concerning OF liaison. As a consequence of internal administrative reorganisation, Leigh has decided to move on. Her departure coincides with a review undertaken jointly by the College and senior Officers of the Society as to how we can best move forward, operationally, to our mutual benefit. 

One of the results of this review has been the decision to establish a new post, the specifications of which are attached.

Those who have been engaged in these discussions consider it to be fundamental to our objectives that this post should be filled by someone with very close understanding of the College and/or Brandeston, someone rooted in the culture and traditions of the schools, and who will bring to the job the sort of emotional commitment to the role that will further strengthen the bonds between OFs and the school, and between all generations of Framlinghamians.

If you feel that you are that sort of person, or if you know someone who might fit these criteria, do please act now.

Richard Sayer (President), Simon Dougherty (immediate Past President), Norman Porter (Hon Secretary)

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West of England Supper Report - 22 June 2013

Angel Inn Hindon
The West of England Supper was again held at the Angel Inn in Hindon on Saturday 22 June 2013.

Click here to see a full report and photos on the recent West of England Supper, which featured no less than 5 speakers!!

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Chris Sneath (K51-56) awarded MBE

In the recently announced Queen's Birthday Honours List, Chris Sneath (K51-56) was awarded the MBE for service to the plumbing and heating industry. You can read about Chris's full career here in Distinguished Section.

Many congratulations to Chris.

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