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


5th OF Germany Reunion - 4 September 2021 - CANCELLED

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Sadly the Covid sitation in Germany has meant this reunion has had to be cancelled, our thanks to Kim for all her work in trying to organise this event.

Kim Dickel (M97-98) and her co-organiser Johannes Troger (R96-98) would be delighted to welcome OFs to Germany on Saturday 4 September 2021 in Heidelberg.

Please click here to read the full invitation that has been sent out to all OFs in Germany and is open to any OF around the world who fancies joining.

Huge thanks to Kim and Johannes for organising this again and lets hope after this challenging 18 months a face to face OF reunion can take place for the first time since January 2020!

Anyone interested please email Kim.

OF Golfers meet up at last in 2021

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has at last managed to meet with a field of 20 players at their Spring Meeting.

Click here to read the report.

OF London Supper is latest event to be cancelled

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Alex Henney, organiser, writes: Following the delay in going to Step 4 and the continuing uncertainty over meeting indoors in a Covid secure way, we have decided to cancel the planned London Supper on 22 July 2021.  All those who have paid for places will receive a full refund from Kate in due course.

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UPDATE Simon Dougherty writes: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 June delaying the relaxation of COVID-19 restictions, Framlingham College have advised me on with much regret, that they are unable to host the SOF Summer Lunch planned for 4 July 2021.  Therefore, it has been cancelled.  All those who have paid for places will receive a full refund.

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Prominent OF does shirt sponsorship

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The 'Blue and White' half of the footballing cognoscenti of East Anglia were delighted to learn that former Brandestonian, Ed Sheeran (BH 96-02), had generously offered to underwrite the ITFC team shirts for the forthcoming 2021-22 Season. Bearing the logo embracing albums that have taken the popular music world by storm (and some as yet still in his imagination!) this very welcome sponsorship seems likely to coincide with a new concert tour.

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Congratulations to OF on being awarded a CBE

We are delighted to record that COMMODORE ROBERT BELLFIELD CBE (K81-83) has been made a CBE for his work as Commander of the Devonport Flotilla and then as Commander of the Coalition Task Force Sentinel in the Gulf in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2021.

We have added him to Distinguished section - click here to read his biography.

Distinguished OF marks 99th birthday

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UPDATE: We are really sad to advise that Peter died peacefully on 14 April 2021 just a couple of weeks after his 99th birthday. We are so grateful that John and Neville were able to visit him on his birthday.  The distinguished article link below now includes an obituary submitted by James Ruddock Broyd and published in the Daily Telegraph on 8 June 2021 and The Weekend Australia on 19 June 2021.

ORIGINAL STORY: While the SOF AGM was being held in the UK, on the other side of the world in Australia, Peter Bailey (K34-38) was celebrating his 99th birthday.  In advance, then President Simon Dougherty had sent a message on behalf of the Society and this was personally delivered by OF Neville Marsh (S53-61) and John Gates (S44-48).

Click here to see a lovely photo of Peter (left), then President Chris Essex and Peter Simpson (K32-40) his childhood friend, taken at 150th reunion near Sydney in 2015.

Click here to see distinguished article on Peter.

Death of distinguished and oldest OF

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It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Ken Mayhew RMWO (R29-34) at the age of 104.  He died peacefully at home last night (13 May 2021) with his family around him. 

Ken was an extremely distinguished OF and one of only 4 living knights of the Military Order of William of the Netherlands and the only non-Dutch holder.  Click here for his full entry in Distinguished OFs, which now includes an obituary written by Richard Sayer with help from the family (which can also be viewed separately by clicking here) and the obituaries that appeared in both the Telegraph and The Times.

OF Northern Gathering postponed again

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Douglas Thomson announces :  Sadly the OF Northern Gathering 2021 has been postponed until 2022.  The 2021 Tattoo has been cancelled and the Edinburgh Festival is to be held in tents with suitably spaced seating.  The Fringe is expected to be heavily affected by virus restrictions.  All this makes a gathering much less enjoyable. 

So, the next OF Northern Gathering will be a lunch at the Royal Scots Club on 13 August 2022.  I do hope that you will be able to join us.  As before the event is very much for partners of OF’s as it is for OF’s themselves.

OFGS - Grafton Morrish 2021 report

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David Turnbull has provided news on the 2021 Grafton Morrish golf competition that went ahead on 16 May 2021

Click here to read the report and see photos teeing off.