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


Fowler Display now installed in Fowler Pavilion

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LATE AUGUST FINAL PICTURES : all work is now finished on the Fowler Pavilion ready for the term to start and the official opening on 21 October 2017 by Norman Porter (K50-57). Click here to see photos, plus you can see earlier photos taken of the Fowler Pavilion during its construction.

UPDATE AS AT END OF JULY 2017 : after months of research and design by OFs Peter Howard-Dobson and Chris Keeble, the Fowler Display has been installed in the new Fowler Pavilion. Click here to see photos of the display, plus you can see earlier photos taken of the Fowler Pavilion during its construction in April and July.

UPDATE AS AT 10 JULY 2017 : work is progressing very well now on the construction of the Fowler Pavilion.  Click to see some photos taken today, plus you can see earlier photos taken in April - 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.

OF to lead Over 70s cricket tour to Australia in March 2018

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Congratulations to Martin Pearse (K59-63) on being selected to captain the 2018 England Over 70's tour to Australia.

Amazingly, Martin is also in the top ten in the world at his age group at squash. You can read his full article in the Distinguished Section HERE.

First days at school over 140 years ago

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We were contacted by the great granddaughter of WILLIAM HENRY BOOTHBY PHILLIPS (1873-75). Sadly we had little information on his time at the College but she had a fascinating letter he wrote to his father when starting at the College in September 1873.  It gives a real insight into life at the College over 140 years ago and within 10 years of the College opening.

As well as a photo of him, Fritha has provided a transcript of the letter, followed by information on his early life and then scans of the original letter - click here to see more.

Rayner Shelmardine-Hare wins prestigious prize

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Guy Jenkinson (K69-76) has news that Lt Rayner Shelmardine - Hare (R00-09), an Army Officer in the REME, has just passed out of his Commando Course ,earning his Green Beret and also winning the coveted Physical training prize for his intake ! A great achievement.

SOF Southern Counties Supper - Friday 29 September 2017

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The 2017 supper will be at Piltdown Golf Club, near Uckfield, set in attractive Sussex countryside. Drinks at 7pm prior to sitting down at 7.30. Excellent value-for-money at an unchanged price of £28 per head. Jacket and tie for males and the usual wide choice for females. Wives, husbands, partners, guests will be welcome.

Andrew Wright and Roger Marriott are delighted that Charles Blackmore (K65-75) has kindly agreed to give a talk covering his successful military and business careers which includes serving in the Gurkhas, business travels in Russia, meeting General Kalashnikov and in his spare time climbing the Matterhorn!  It should be a very interesting talk

For the Response Form download here  for details of the menu and other relevant information and we would be grateful if you could return the completed form stating your requirements to Andrew at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to welcoming you together with your wife/partner/friends on September 29th.

Historic artifact returning to College

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Professor Neville Marsh (S53-61) has recently downsized house in Queensland Australia, so as part of that process has been having a sort out of his personal memorabilia.  He came across a picture he painted for a school art competition in 1961, which was framed and mounted on a piece of card.  When he took it apart, that piece of card contained an original letter written by our only OF so far to become a Prime Minister, but what is even more amazing is the letter was carried on the first ever transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown.

The letter was sent by The Honorable William Warren KC (1892-99) to the then headmaster, FW Stocks.  You can read the full story of how the letter came to be with Neville in Australia and the distinguished life of Warren by clicking here.

The letter has safely arrived back in the UK appropriately via air mail and Neville wishes it to be returned and looked after by the College for future generations.

Christina Johnston launches debut album and announces tour of East Anglia

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Christina Johnston (V01-06) is returning to the UK to release her debut album, "Blessing" on September 22nd. She has already had solo tours in Europe, Asia and South America and will be returning once again to Suffolk, this time for a small tour around East Anglia beginning with Aldeburgh on 23 September – click here to see the concerts announced between 23 September and 14 October 2017.

The concerts will be an evening of spectacular coloratura arias, the highest ever written pieces for voice by Mozart, Bellini, Bernstein and many more. It is set to be a fabulous evening of colour and vocal agility. Come and hear the delights and miracle of her voice!

2017 Moreau Leaving Scholars Receive Their Awards

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The Society’s Moreau Leaving Scholarships are always hotly contested amongst the year’s leaving group, and this year has been no exception, with fifteen hopefuls making their initial applications in the Autumn term. The selection panel, once again led by David Mallett (K 93-03), found themselves challenged to get down to a short-list of seven for the final interviews, held in May, but were then unanimous in selecting JoJo Maberly and René Bahar (left to right in this photo) as the Scholars for 2017-20.

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John James Maulden (G45-50) funeral & thanksgiving arrangements

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John James Maulden (G45-50)  former pupil and master died on 2 July 2017.  He had been in poor health for some time. He is picture here in 2006 with his late wife Glenys. His daughter Sonia has just advised us of the following arrangements.

In accordance with John’s wishes, his funeral will be a cremation at 7 Hills Crematorium, Ipswich, at 10.30am on Monday 31st July. This will be principally for family, but close friends and colleagues will be welcome, particularly any who cannot attend the Service of Thanksgiving (Thursday 31st August, 2.30pm in the College Chapel). The funeral directors are Moore Brothers, of Framlingham (01728 723448). No flowers please, but if people would like to make a donation in John’s memory, his preferred charities were East Anglian Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK. These details will be in The East Anglian on 21st July.

Sonia has been enormously heartened by the number of messages she’s received, from far and wide, expressing fondness and admiration for her father, and telling her stories about him. These will form part of the Service of Thanksgiving that will take place at the College Chapel at 2.30pm on 31st August, to which OFs, friends and colleagues will be hugely welcome and will be followed by refreshments in Paul’s Court. Parking will be available at the front of College. Sonia would be very pleased to receive further stories and photographs by email to soniafrost@suffolkonline.net.

Centenary of Gordon Flowerdew (1894-99) being awarded VC

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Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) will lead a combined Flowerdew family and OF tour to France and Belgium in April 2018 to mark the centenary of Gordon Flowerdew being awarded his VC.  Click here for more information.

For more information please contact Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood at oldcount@aol.com