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

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Paul Taylor's final Speech Day address

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Framlingham College Headmaster, Paul Taylor, gave on Friday 5th July 2019 his final Speech Day address before standing down from the role later this summer after 10 hugely successful years.

Read his full speech here



OF marks third generation family connection to The Order of St John

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Following his Investiture as an Esquire last year, Benjie Fairbanks Weston (K10-13) followed in his father’s footsteps by carrying the Priory Banner of the US Priory of The Order of St John at the Annual Service of Commemoration and Rededication held in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 22nd June. The US Priory was set up by Benjie’s Great Grandfather, the Hollywood star Douglas Fairbanks Jr KBE KStJ DSC and Benjie’s father first carried the US Priory Banner as an Esquire himself back in 1984.

Pictured (L to R) in this photos are Benjie’s father, Colonel Anthony Fairbanks Weston CStJ, the current US Prior, Palmer Hamilton KStJ, and Benjie Fairbanks Weston (K10-13).



SOF London Supper Report - 16 July 2019

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President Simon Dougherty reports :  24 Old Framlinghamians met for the summer London Supper at The Farmers Club (kindly booked by member Richard Sayer).  Following the meal and speech by President, Rosie Bullen (M05-11), currently studying in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, ‘sang for her supper’ by singing 2 songs unaccompanied. 

You can read full report and see more photos by clicking here.



OF to run London 10K on 21 July 2019, to raise money for Petals

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Rhys Pearson-Shaul (G13-18) was in touch to let us know that Stuart Hill (R93-02) is to run the ASICS London 10K on the 21st July, to raise money for Petals, a charity which provides support for parents who have lost babies during pregnancy or birth amongst other related traumas. This charity has a personal relevance for both Stuart and his wife Kerry, who have sadly lost two babies during pregnancy in the last three years.

It’s very short notice but if anyone can support then here is the link to their justgiving page below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stuart-hill29



OF involved with England U-20 Lacrosse team

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Ian Guyah-Low (R91-96) was the sports psychologist of the gold medal winning U-20 England Lacrosse team at the inaugural European Championships in Prague, Czech Rep., on Saturday July 6th 2019.

Read the full report here of how they beat the Germany team in the final.



OFRC Win back the Long Range Trophy

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OFRC has amazing tournament over 900 yds and Jim Mehta gives a fascinating insight into the challenges of shooting over the long distance in wind.  Read his report here.



Death of Ruby Graham

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UPDATED : OFs who were at the College in 1970s and 1980s will remember with fondness Ruby Graham, who was domestic bursar from 1971-1988.  She was very well loved & respected by students and staff alike.  Sadly Ruby had died aged 92 on 15 June 2019. 

Clich here to read the eulogy Hugh Kennon (Hon OF 73-96) read out at her funeral.

Chris Essex writes : I personally remember playing bridge frequently at her house in Pembroke Road and she would always slip us a drink or two. A lovely lady I kept in touch with at Christmas for over 40 years.



Peter Liell (S52-58)

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UPDATE:  Following Peter's funeral last Friday, click here for a wonderful eulogy by his brother James (S53-60).

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT : We are very sad to announce that Peter has lost his long battle with Parkinsons.   He died on 10 June 2019 and his funeral will be at 10:30am on Friday 5th July at St Ethelreda’s Church, Old Hatfield AL9 5HX.  Afterwards we will gather at Riding School, Hatfield House. No flowers are requested and any donations should be to Parkinson’s UK. 

His brother James said "Just to let you know that dear Peter passed away yesterday afternoon, very comfortably; he was finally at peace, methinks. He was moved from the Hertford care home 3 weeks ago, with a weakening heart condition, to Harlow hospital, where it deteriorated. You will understand that, really, Peter’s passing is a blessing in disguise, as he had suffered so much for many years."

Peter was for many years a SOF Trustee and this report written Peter Howard-Dobson  at the time of his retirement may be of interest.



OF Golf Society News - Cyril Gray & Halford Hewitt reports

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has been busy again with golf competititions.

Halford Hewitt : In the first round Framlingham triumph against Eastbourne at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal, winning by a margin of 3–2.  Two rookie players, Archie Winter and Jake Swinburn made their debut this year, both having left school the previous summer.  In round Two we lost 3.5 v 1.5 against Loretto, who went on to reach the semi-finals. Read the full report and photos by clicking here.

Cyril Gray :  Framlingham were paired against Ampleforth and an extremely close match ensued.  Ampleforth moved into the next round as 2:1 winners.  The following morning, we were drawn against Brighton in the 1st round of the plate competition and won 2:1. In the afternoon we were drawn against a strong Canford team in the 2nd round of the Plate and lost 3-0. Read the full report and photos by clicking here.



Former Music Master awarded Hon OF

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Deryck Cox, music master at the College 1959-1972, had a surprise visit in June 2019 from OF Douglas Thomson (K53-61) who presented him honorary membership of the OF Society.

Deryck left the College before the awarding of honorary OF membership to staff came into being and you can read the full story here.

You can read the full citation here.