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

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OF Tom Orford runs the London Marathon

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News from OF Tom Orford from the London Marathon at the weekend.

Tom, an OF K84-89 and parent of 3 children all currently at Framlingham College Prep School, ran the marathon on Sunday in under 5 hours for the Lymphoma Association. This is a charity Tom is keen to support as he had lymphoma back in 2013. The charity aims to help and support those affected by lymphatic cancer.

You can read more about his story in the article that appeared in the Ipswich Star.

Tom's fundraising page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TomOrford

Well done Tom - would you do it again?

 



Two OFs COMPLETE walk a quarter of the way round the world!

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They have just posted their final vlog which is well worth watching right through to the end.

After ten months, 10,000 km and 11 countries later, Henry and Sam have finished their truly epic walk today. From Kathmandu they say "One of the most surreal, but most satisfying feelings either one of us will ever feel, it was absolutely incredible to be cheered over the finish line by our friends and family. It hasn't quite sunk in yet, as to what we have just done, but what we both know is that today is a day that we will never forget. This has not been about us, it's been about sufferers of brain tumours, and of course Annie. Thank you all for your amazing support."

SOF President Chris Essex writes "Ever since Henry and Sam came along to our London Supper in January 2016 to talk about the amazing challenge they were planning to undertake in Annie's name, we have been truly inspired by their guts and determination to reach their goal of arriving in Kathmandu.  Following their blogs along the way has been both enjoyable and educational in the sense that they have visited places most of us will never see and overcome challenges most of us would not want to face. If you can, then please support their fundraising efforts by going to their Justgiving page."

On Monday 27 March 2017 when they finished the walk, they were interviewed live on BBC Radio Suffolk.  For the following 28 days you can listen by clicking here. Their interview begins at 1 hr 33 and Paul Taylor speaks too. Sam speaks after the playing of Henry's song.

They will be giving a FramSoc talk at the College on Friday 12 May 2017 . Click here to see more details. Get your tickets fast. For those of you who can't get to Framlingham we are delighted that they have also agreed to give a talk at the OF London Supper on 11 July 2017 at the newly refurbished Farmers Club.

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2017 Annual Dinner Report

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Organiser Simon Dougherty writes : Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, the 2017 Annual Dinner was held at the College on Saturday 8 April 2017 when 86 OFs and their guests enjoyed an excellent dinner as well as a special presentation to our outgoing Hon Sec Norman Porter.

Click here to see my full report and photos including some of the preceding AGM.



OF Shooting - Q Match Report - April 2017

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Steve McDowell  writes: Whilst OFs were gathering at the College for the SOF AGM and Annual Dinner, OF shooters were busy competing in the Q Match at Bisley and to great effect.  In fact we came first and picked up the trophy out of 7 schools that competed.

You can read the full "Pass the Ammo report here.



Largest ever donation by SOF to the College

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UPDATE AS AT 4 APRIL 2017 : work is progressing quickly now on the construction of the Fowler Pavilion.  Whilst a nunber of you will get the opportunity to see the progress close up this coming weekend for the AGM/Annual Dinner, we thought we would share some recent photos - 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.



SOF Hong Kong Supper 2017

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The 2017 OF annual HK supper took place on 31 March, 2017 in the Windsor Room of the Hong Kong Club.  Prior to the meal champagne aperitifs were kindly supplied by Ian Howard, who was stepping down as organiser, having started in 1983.  As well as a good attendance of local OFs Bob Holland made the trip across from Malaysia and Chris and Rebecca Shaw travelled specially from Cairns Australia carrying various messages to mark this occasion.

With Ian stepping down from organising this annual event, we are delighted that Moira Theulier has stepped forward to organise it in future.

Chris Shaw being the prolific author amongst the gathering and having travelled the furthest, has provided the attached report which is supplemented by photos from others.



Another OF grabs international shooting colours

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Steve McDowell  writes: OF shooters, it seems, are like great cheese. They get better and more noticeable with age. Two of our number ventured  into the blistering heat of the high veldt to compete in the South African Bisley Union Meeting in Bloemfontein. And our small contingent showed that even though we may be 5500 miles from our alma mater, we can still compete with the best.

You can read the full report here.



Inaugural OF event in Cornwall

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UPDATE : Colin Micklewright organised an excellent inaugural OF meeting in Cornwall at his lovely golf club.  The Supper took place on 75th birthday of Clive Smith (S54-58) and 2 days before Colin's own 75th birthday.  Click here for full report and pictures.

ORIGINAL INVITE : Two years ago in Exeter we held the inaugural SOF Devon & Cornwall dinner in Exeter organised by James Liell and Colin Micklewright. It was a very enjoyable evening meeting and this time Cornwall will be hosting on Friday 24th March 2017 at Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club. There will also be an opportunity to play golf at the venue as Colin is a member.

Three Course meal with choices and arrival drink is just £30 per head and all bookings must be made through Colin by 17 March at the latest.  See Events Page for more details.



Unique forthcoming OF fundraising event

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Bob Williams (Hon OF) spotted that we have a unique event coming up “On 28 March at the Royal Albert Hall there is a Teenage Cancer Trust gig.  Top of the bill is OF Ed Sheeran  (BH96-02) and he is supported by another OF in a re-formed Busted, Charlie Simpson (S90-99). To the best of my knowledge this is the first major event that they have shared a starring role. Both are currently into a heavy international concert schedule (Busted in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris & Cologne over the past fortnight).”



OF Gathering in Sydney

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On the occasion of David (K42-49) and Ann Copeman visiting Sydney, some of our Australian OFs felt that it was the perfect excuse for a gathering at the wonderful Doyles's fish restaurant at Watsons Bay and took the ferry there from central Sydney. Our thanks to Colin (R53-61) and Lexie Lipman for organising.

See full report by Chris (K50-56) and Rebecca Shaw and photos kindly sent in by David Copeman on his return to the UK by clicking here. Chris and Rebecca had flown down specially from Cairns to join the party and will next be popping up at the annual Hong Kong Supper on 31 March 2017.