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

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70th Anniversary of Brandeston Hall Garden Party

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On Friday 29th June 2018 Brandeston Hall hosted a Garden Party on the terrace to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Prep School, now known as Framlingham College Prep School. The turnout was amazing and in glorious sunshine, exactly the same condition when the school opened in 1948. Guests were treated to cream teas, tours, music, poems, speeches and the cutting of the cake.

Among the many guests were those who were the first boys through the door in 1948 and Mr Jim Blythe (K48-54) entertained those in attendance with a spirited, racy and enthusiastic delivery. He was brilliant!
Eloise Dearling, a pupil at FCPS performed a poem she had written, 'How things have changed?' which was apt and well received and the new headmaster, Mr King was a perfect host together with heads of School, Ruby Boddy and Will Lamprell.

Explore this photo album by the College on Flickr by clicking here



OF wins prize for best set production and lands film job

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Recently graduated this summer, with a First from Wimbledon College of Arts, one of the prestigious colleges that comprise UAL, (University of the Arts London), Helena Anthony (V08-13) also won the prize for the best ‘set production’ for her work this year. Her degree in Set Design for Screen has secured her a position as one of the set production team with the filmmaker of the sixth detective drama series of Endeavour, which is being made this summer. Her degree work focused on highly detailed model making at 1/10 scale and the production of an animated film based on a 1979 song by Squeeze, Up the Junction. The model she has made, a suitably grimy interior of a basement flat, reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s digs in a London suburb, was used to create the film by stop-frame animation and varied lighting.



Appointment of new Head at the College

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As many of you will be aware, Paul Taylor will be retiring as Head at the end of Summer Term 2019.  After an extensive search, Bill Rimmer Chair of Governors has announced the appointment of Mrs Louise North as the new Head of Framlingham College from September 2019.  She is currently Senior Deputy Head at Oakham School, a large co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 10 to 18 and with many similarities to Framlingham.

See full story on the College website here.



OF completes amazing canoe trip - the wrong way!

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UPDATE:  Peter completed his quest on schedule on 10 June when he paddled gently into Old Forge, New York State in perfect weather to bring to a close a journey that has seen some highs, some lows, and probably more hard and sustained paddling than he thought was possible. Until someone proves otherwise, this is the first recorded east-west through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and, as last time, he did it solo and completely self-powered. Read all about his battles with the wind and see some wonderful photos on his website here.

ORIGINAL STORY : Five years ago Peter Macfarlane (Z73-81) who lives in Vermont USA, completed an amazing challenge, that very few have ever completed solo before, to canoe the entire 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, from Old Forge New York State to Fort Kent in Maine State. What made the achievement possibly unique was that he completed it in a boat he designed and built - see previous story.

So how do you better that? On Monday 14 May he will be repeating this trip but doing it the wrong way round and using the same canoe he built 5 years ago for the first trip.  You can follow his trip via this link and see his canoe website here. He hopes to complete the trip on 10 June.



SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 24th July

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New London Supper Organiser Abid Hamid writes: This year's SOF London Supper will once again be held on Tuesday 24th July at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court , London SW1A 2EL. Pre-meal drinks from 6:30pm and Dinner served at 7:30pm. 

The guest speaker will be OF Charles Blackmore (K65-75) who will speak of his Travels and Adventures in Afghanistan, Irag and Southern Sudan.

Supper ticket price £39 each payable in advance. Payment either by cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to me at 3rd Floor, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD, or use the online/BACS system to pay to SOF account at HSBC : Sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451 Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname.  Please email confirmation of payment to me at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com.

There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Tuesday 4th July and is on a first come first allocated basis.



Former Moreau Scholar is Doing a Charity Skydive

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On 5th August 2018, Ted Harrington (S05-10) and his team will taking part in a skydive to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, taking their bravery to new heights (literally) as they jump from 10,000 feet.  The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity and their target is to raise £4,000 – they will be jumping for joy if they reach this target!

If you would like to support Ted and his team then please go to their Just Giving page.

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Stephen Sayer (S58-63) Thanksgiving Service Announced

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Stephen Thomas Sayer (S58-63) died peacefully on 14th March 2018, aged 72, after a 20 year battle with cancer. He was the much-loved brother of Richard Sayer (S56-61). There was a family only funeral at the start of April 2018 but all OFs who knew Stephen are welcome to a service of thanksgiving at 2.30pm, Tuesday 5th June, at Southwark Cathedral.  If you can attend then please drop Richard an email by clicking here.

Richard has written the following tribute to Stephen.  The picture is of Stephen playing Real Tennis with OF Mike Garnett in 2013.



Death of former College Chaplain Richard Law

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We are sad to announce that Rev'd Richard Law, Chaplain at Framingham College 1972-1983 (known as Wag) passed away on Sunday 14 January 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He died peacefully with his immediate family around him.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at Manormead Supported Housing Chapel, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA at 11am. A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held at St Michael's Parish Church,Framingham on Saturday 9 June 2018 starting at 11am  - click here for details. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SOF President John Ellerby and OF Adrian Orchard were present at the Requiem Eucharist on 7 February 2018 - click here to see the front cover.



OF Golf Spring 2018 Meeting

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has held their Spring Meeting on 10 May 2018 at Frinton GC. 

Click here to read the Spring Meeting report.



Important Update

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We’re making it easier for you to find out how we handle your personal data:

A new data privacy law, under the direction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect in the UK on 25th May 2018. In preparation for this, we’re publishing a new Privacy Notice to make it easier for individual Framlinghamians to find out how the Society of Old Framlinghamians (SOF) uses and protects their data.

We also want to make you aware that the SOF has, since the inception of the Data Protection Act 1998, acted as the data controller for your information. The data controller is responsible for deciding how your information is used and for ensuring it is secure.

We won’t significantly change the ways we use your personal data, but the new Notice will provide you with additional details, such as:

  • Your increased rights in relation to the data we hold about you
  • How we keep your data secure
  • The types of personal data we collect about you, and how we use it
  • The legal grounds for how we obtain and use your data

How to find out more:

You can view the Notice at: www.oldframlinghamian.com/privacy