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

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SOF President awarded an MBE

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We are delighted to announce that our President Simon Dougherty (G60-67), has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service to the Armed Forces community and military charities, in the New Year Honours list. 

Simon said: "I was absolutely astounded and delighted. I feel that it is one for the superb team who work at all levels within the RAF Benevolent Fund, who deliver the help and support to members of the RAF Family.  I spent my career in the air force initially as a doctor and later at higher management levels but the objective was always to look after and ensure people are as fit as possible to do their jobs and that includes their welfare.“

He is the longest-standing trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund and following a 40-year career as a doctor in the Royal Air Force, joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and became Chairman of the Main Grants Committee and the Welfare Committee.

Alongside this work, he has been a committed supporter of several other military charities including as Governor (trustee) of Royal Star and Garter Homes for 15 years and Honorary Air Commodore of 4626 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

As well as being President of the SOF for the second time, he is also a governor at the College and serves as vice-chairman of his local parish council. He will receive his honour at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace next year.

This distinguished article link will be updated shortly on Simon's illustrious career.



OF launches first EP

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George Coulson (S02-15) on leaving the College moved to London to study Artist development in Stratford (where Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) attended) and then on to ICMP University in Kilburn to study Songwriting, where he recently graduated with a first. His band The Valla have just released their debut EP 'Just Chemicals'. The second single from the EP 'Anymore' was recently played on BBC introducing South, where they were selected a week later as ' BBC Radio South Introducing featured artist' and played on air for the second time!

Here is a link to the EP : https://album.link/gb/i/1488788986 and their website here www.thevalla.com



2019 Framlinghamian now available online

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An on-line version of The 2019 Framlinghamian, produced with improved software, is now available here.

Simon Dougherty, SOF President writes: The College is planning to switch publication of The Framlinghamian from a printed magazine to an on-line version. This change is not absolute, as a printed copy will be available to those who request it, as before. However, in the interests of reducing costs, it is hoped that many OFs will opt for the on-line version from 2020.

Because each individual’s default setting will remain a printed copy, it’s vital that you make clear your preference for an on-line version if the anticipated savings are to be realised. To make your choice, please complete this form and return to me by post to: President of the Society of Old Framlinghamians, c/o Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EY or send a scanned copy to me at President@oldframlinghamian.com. An early response would be much appreciated.



Overseas Bag 2019

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2019 Framlinghamian is now starting to land on doormats in the UK and will shortly start arriving abroad.  As usual it will contain a heavily edited version of all the news and photos I have received over the last year from OFs around the world.  For your Christmas reading I have now published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2019 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to 29 pages distilled from over 300 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.

The photo featured in this news article shows David Copeman (K42-49) with his wife Ann, being looked after by Bob Holland (R57-65) while visiting Malaysia on a world cruise.

I hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world in 2019.  As always I will help with mailing lists and publicity but can’t promise to be able to attend them all! If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch with me via email



Mullie Borrett dies 2 months short of her 100th birthday

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We are sad to report the death of Mullie Borrett (Hon OF and widow of Norman Borrett) on 17 November 2019.  She was just 2 months short of her 100th birthday.

The funeral will be at Weeley Crematorium, at 12.30, on the 10th December, which just happens to be the day that Norman Borrett died.  Afterwards will be at Frinton Golf Club for food / drinks etc..

Please let Richard Sayer know if you intend to attend by clicking here to emailing him.



SOF Suffolk Supper Report 2019

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On Saturday 19 October 2019, 59 attended the annual Suffolk Supper held at Framlingham College including Louise North, new Principal of Framlingham College and Head of the Senior School.

After the supper the President, Simon Dougherty introduced 5 new Hon OFs each of whom were presented with an OF silk scarf or OF tie as appropriate.  

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



OF Northern Gathering 2020

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Douglas Thomson (K53-61) writes : The next OF Northern Gathering will be in Edinburgh on Saturday the 15th August 2020.  The gathering will be a lunch in The Douglas room at the Royal Scots Club and you can see my invite here.  Partners of OFs are strongly encourage to join us.  Please contact Douglas Thomson (douglas@ddathomson.co.uk) if you intend attending.

Following the lunch there is the opportunity to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Tickets for the Tattoo will be put on sale at 10.00am on 2nd December 2019 and you can apply here http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets/.  Application for tickets is now only by the internet or phone.   Tattoo tickets do sell out very quickly.



Christina Johnston performs charity concert in Ipswich

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Internationally acclaimed Classical Chart topper and OF Christina Johnston (V01-06), who has graced opera stages all over the world, will perform beautiful songs from Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber all under the banner of A Heavenly Gift, accompanied by the very talented pianist, Jade Hey. To hear Christina’s beautiful voice click here

This purpose of the evening is to raise vital funds for The Beehive charity, a home dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and loving support of vulnerable child-mothers and their babies in Nakuru, Kenya.

For more information on the concert and how to get tickets, please click here.



Remembrance Sunday 2019

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On Sunday 10th November 2019 the College held its traditional Remembrance Sunday service in the College Chapel.  Louise North, the Principal and Head of the Senior School, Framlingham College gave an address centred around 2019 being the 75th anniversary of the loss of distinguished OF Percy Charles Pickard (G26-32) when leading the famous bombing raid on Amiens prison in February1944.  You can read her full address by clicking here.

The audience in the College Chapel included the usual good number of OFs including Ken Mayhew RMWO (R29-34) who at the age 102 was a D Day veteran and close contemporary of Pickard’s.  He is pictured here laying a poppy on the College altar in a very poignant moment.  Remarkably, Ken's OF brother Jimmy will also be 100 on 22nd November 2019 and the SOF will mark this with a special birthday card designed by OF Chris Keeble.



SOF Norfolk Supper 2019 a very enjoyable affair

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This supper was organised again by Colin Wigg at the Bawburgh Golf Club on Thursday 7 November.  John Ling (S49-56) was amongst the guests and he gave a brief resume of his round the world trip and the OFs he met along the way.

Please click here to read the full report and see plenty of photos of a great evening gathering in Norfolk.

Huge thanks to Colin (and of course Liz) for organising again.