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

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William Henry Hewitt VC (1894-1900) - plaque unveiling

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UPDATE : A wonderful ceremony was held in Copdock on 17 September 2017 to mark the centenary of his VC award. Village Recorder, Jennifer Jones, put together a wonderful day.  The weather that day was a dramatic reminder of the far worse conditions which prevailed on the Menin Road to the north east of Ypres on Thursday 20th September 1917, as former Copdock resident Cpl William Henry Hewitt won the Victoria Cross during the third battle of Ypres, near Passchendaele.

You can see the programme, leaflet on his life and many pictures take on the day by looking at the Distinguished biography - click here.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : The Government is undertaking a project to lay a stone and plaque to commemorate the award of the Victoria Cross during WW1 click Read More

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OF golfers beaten by Aldeburgh GC - 23 September 2017

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Hugh Curle, OFGS Captain writes: “A good day, good weather and excellent company was had by all as the Old Framlinghamians took on Aldeburgh Golf Club in the annual fixture. The OFs had Harry Dorber making his debut and Ben Swinburn playing in his second event,  having started off in winning ways with Norman Porter’s victorious Runyard Trophy  team earlier in the month;  both had left the College this summer. Unfortunately the OF’s suffered a setback on the course, losing 6-2 to the hosts."

Click here to see match scores



Haileybury Hockey 6s - September 2017

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Huge congratulations to the OF team at the Haileybury 6s last weekend. After winning the tournament last year they narrowly missed out on retaining the title, losing out to rivals St Edward’s. The final was well fought by both teams finishing 4-4. Then in the last minute they won a Short corner to take the victory.

The team comprised Sean Collins, Oliver Cutting, Josh Cutting (C), Andy Cutting, Ben Gowing, Tom Dunnett, Luke Quartermaine (GK) , Will Tew

Read the full report and see photo here.



Runyard Cup 2017 - another success

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Norman Porter writes : This year’s competition – the 4th in the series, returned to Thetford Golf Club on Monday September 4th. Seven schools participated: Framlingham, Greshams, St Felix, Culford, Ipswich, Woodbridge and Norwich. The competition is open to former students of all schools in Norfolk and Suffolk, maintained and independent.

And – guess what? Fram won it again – the second time in four years, bringing home the wonderful replica of the Open’s Claret Jug and a double magnum of claret – to say nothing of pride in the achievement. Congratulations to the six team members: Norman Mayhew, Robin Anderton, Barry Hitchcock, Mike Schneidau, Colin Wigg and Ben Swinburn.

Click here to see full report and photos.



Fowler Display now installed in Fowler Pavilion

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LATE AUGUST FINAL PICTURES : all work is now finished on the Fowler Pavilion ready for the term to start and the official opening on 21 October 2017 by Norman Porter (K50-57). Click here to see photos, plus you can see earlier photos taken of the Fowler Pavilion during its construction.

UPDATE AS AT END OF JULY 2017 : after months of research and design by OFs Peter Howard-Dobson and Chris Keeble, the Fowler Display has been installed in the new Fowler Pavilion. Click here to see photos of the display, plus you can see earlier photos taken of the Fowler Pavilion during its construction in April and July.

UPDATE AS AT 10 JULY 2017 : work is progressing very well now on the construction of the Fowler Pavilion.  Click to see some photos taken today, plus you can see earlier photos taken in April - internal and external shots.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE : Message from Chris Essex (SOF President) and John Ellerby (Chair of Trustees) : As you will be aware, the Society unexpectedly received back in February 2015 $1m or around £675,000 from the widow of late OF Derek Fowler DFM (G35-40).  Peta (also know as Yela and Peter) Fowler had died in 2014 and wished the Society to honour Derek’s name.

In July 2015, the SOF Council agreed to donate £500,000 to the College to support the development of the Fowler Pavilion as well as an annual Fowler bursary and a project at FC prep school in his honour.

This gift was agreed subject to appropriate due diligence enquiries which were considered essential due to the scale of the bequest and the complex background as to where the money came from.  These investigations have been completed and at a brief ceremony last Friday, we handed over a cheque for £500,000 to the Paul Taylor (Headmaster) and Andrew Fane (Chair of Governors). This is the largest amount ever gifted by the Society to the College.  It will provide benefit to future generations of students for decades to come and work has already started on building the Fowler Pavilion next to the existing pavilion opened in 1950s.  Click here to see more detail on the plans.



OF to lead Over 70s cricket tour to Australia in March 2018

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Congratulations to Martin Pearse (K59-63) on being selected to captain the 2018 England Over 70's tour to Australia.

Amazingly, Martin is also in the top ten in the world at his age group at squash. You can read his full article in the Distinguished Section HERE.



First days at school over 140 years ago

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We were contacted by the great granddaughter of WILLIAM HENRY BOOTHBY PHILLIPS (1873-75). Sadly we had little information on his time at the College but she had a fascinating letter he wrote to his father when starting at the College in September 1873.  It gives a real insight into life at the College over 140 years ago and within 10 years of the College opening.

As well as a photo of him, Fritha has provided a transcript of the letter, followed by information on his early life and then scans of the original letter - click here to see more.



Rayner Shelmardine-Hare wins prestigious prize

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Guy Jenkinson (K69-76) has news that Lt Rayner Shelmardine - Hare (R00-09), an Army Officer in the REME, has just passed out of his Commando Course ,earning his Green Beret and also winning the coveted Physical training prize for his intake ! A great achievement.



SOF Southern Counties Supper - Friday 29 September 2017

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The 2017 supper will be at Piltdown Golf Club, near Uckfield, set in attractive Sussex countryside. Drinks at 7pm prior to sitting down at 7.30. Excellent value-for-money at an unchanged price of £28 per head. Jacket and tie for males and the usual wide choice for females. Wives, husbands, partners, guests will be welcome.

Andrew Wright and Roger Marriott are delighted that Charles Blackmore (K65-75) has kindly agreed to give a talk covering his successful military and business careers which includes serving in the Gurkhas, business travels in Russia, meeting General Kalashnikov and in his spare time climbing the Matterhorn!  It should be a very interesting talk

For the Response Form download here  for details of the menu and other relevant information and we would be grateful if you could return the completed form stating your requirements to Andrew at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to welcoming you together with your wife/partner/friends on September 29th.



Historic artifact returning to College

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Professor Neville Marsh (S53-61) has recently downsized house in Queensland Australia, so as part of that process has been having a sort out of his personal memorabilia.  He came across a picture he painted for a school art competition in 1961, which was framed and mounted on a piece of card.  When he took it apart, that piece of card contained an original letter written by our only OF so far to become a Prime Minister, but what is even more amazing is the letter was carried on the first ever transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown.

The letter was sent by The Honorable William Warren KC (1892-99) to the then headmaster, FW Stocks.  You can read the full story of how the letter came to be with Neville in Australia and the distinguished life of Warren by clicking here.

The letter has safely arrived back in the UK appropriately via air mail and Neville wishes it to be returned and looked after by the College for future generations.