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


'Much Ado About Nothing'

Much Ado About Nothing

A message from Dorothy Englert, Head of Drama: This term's senior production at the College is going to be Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' - the play will be performed in the HPT and will run from the 30th November to the 2nd December, performances start at 7:30pm.

Please contact reception@framcollege.co.uk if you would like to book a seat. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis and are free!


OF Sandy Walker wins major shooting prize today

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HOT OFF THE PRESS James Mehta reports "This morning Sandy Walker won the St Georges prize. This is the second most important competition during the Bisley Imperial Meeting. 

All competitors (I think about 900 this year) fire 2 sighter and 15 rounds to count at 300 yds. Max score is 75.15. Sandy scored 75.8.  The highest  300 competitors then fire 2+15 at 600yds. Sandy scored 75.14, and this score is added to the 300yd score to select the top 100 competitors for the final. I hope you’re following this!

These 100 then fire 2+15 at 900yds, and the score here is added to the 600 score. Sandy won with a score of 150.27. Trust me, this is awesome! For comparison Kim Pope scored 149, and I scored 147. And is against a truly international field!"

Click here to see a photo of Sandy being congratulated by John Webster, Chairman of the NRA. 

Cyril Gray - June 2016

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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. This year's team was made up of Martin Lamb, Andy Towler, Peter Watts, Hugh Curle, Michael Spencer and captain Mike Schneidau.

You can read the full report here but the team were very successful in getting through to the quarter finals."

Our greatest ever author

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There was a fascinating article on Brian Aldiss (36-39) in the Sunday Telegraph on 10 July 2016, which you can read here.

As the article states, Brian is one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time and this seems to have started when he left Framlingham College at the age of 13.  You can read a previous article on Brian when he received the OBE here.

Battle of the Somme Remembrance - College Chapel

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As the Nation remembered the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago, and mourns the dead in the worst battle in British Army history; Framlingham College remembered those 15 students and two staff members from the College who gave up their lives. Students from Framlingham College held a memorial service soon after day break on the 1st July – the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The names of the 17 Framlinghamians were read out and a candle was lit in memory of those who gave up their lives that we might have peace and freedom in Europe today. The College Chaplain closed the service with a prayer of thanks for those who gave up their lives for others and a pledge that they will be remembered.

Of the 15 pupils and 2 masters killed during the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme, 2 pupils and a master died on the very first and bloodiest day, along with 19240 others. The pupils were FML Matthews and WW Bagshawe and the master was AV Ratcliffe.  Click on their names to see more details.  There are also some more pictures here.


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Fantastic 1970s leavers reunion on Sunday at the College, despite monsoon weather. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to turn up and to the College for keeping us much better fed than 40+ years ago!  Really sorry the cricket wasn't able to take place.

For a list of attendees click here.  There were also other OFs present on Saturday.

Photographs of the event are available here and here.

Photos of the hockey match on Saturday 25th June - OF Magpies (A team), B team, Woodbridge can be seen here

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OF to undertake relief work on Syrian border

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Anna Thorne (M04-10) writes :  "I'm raising money for a project that several OFs are supporting. In September, I am moving to Jordan for a year to work with Relief International and UNICEF in schools on the Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps near the Syrian border. They recruited me after I completed an English Language and Lit degree at Oxford, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course, and 8 months of part-time teaching in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps, which I did alongside my full-time job this year. I am trying to raise as much money for Relief International and this project as possible before I leave in September, and would be really grateful for any assistance OFs might be able to give me. 

I'm available via email any time or my mobile on 07415672840." 

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'On an eminence': Celebrating 150 years of Framlingham College

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UPDATE : Just a reminder that copies of this excellent book are still available. If you would like a copy then please e-mail Jane Easey (V87-89) at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk. While also looking at the early history of the College, much of the book focusses on the last fifty years, right up to the present day. This link includes a few taster pages .

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OF Shooter to represent GB

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James Mehta (S67-75) has been selected to represent the GB Rifle Team, touring and competing in Canada and the US later this summer. They have a training weekend at Bisley on 25/26 June 2016 which sadly means that he will have to miss 1970s leavers reunion lunch.  We wish James all the very best and look forward to publishing a full report on his return.

News on Danielle Maran (M99-11)

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Her mum writes to tell us that Pilot Officer Danielle Maran went on to study Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst studying at University, she was a member of the University of London Air Squadron, where she completed a basic freefalling course and flew the mighty Tutor. She also organised and took part in a Guard of Honour for her Majesty the Queen, at Royal Holloway. Danielle  started Initial Officer Training in April 2015 at RAF College Cranwell and graduated as a member of the Queen's Squadron on 17th December 2015.  She is currently at RAF Boulmer completing her phase two training to become a qualified Aerospace Battle Manager.