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


Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner - 6 April 2019

College Crest
Simon Dougherty writes: The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Framlingham College. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event when the Society will recognise Paul and Amanda Taylor’s forthcoming retirement at the end of the summer term.

Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Chapel at 6.15pm.

The cost of the dinner is excellent value-for-money at £36 per head and, as previously, we are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 6 April 2019 to apply will be charged only £18 per head.  A vegetarian option will be available. 

Full details of the dinner including timings and dress are here.  An application form is here. Tables will be arranged to seat 10 so you can reserve a table for your group or apply for individual tickets – just fill in the form as appropriate. Cancellations, with a full refund, will be possible until 29 March 2019.  Please book early!

Limited overnight accommodation with breakfast will be available at the College.  Those wishing to reserve it are requested to complete an accommodation request form here. A list of other local accommodation is given with on the letter giving full details.

Overseas Bag 2018

Berenice Wiedemann visiting HK - Ian Tsang & Adrian Woo (G05-09) (170x96)
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2018 Framlinghamian will be out in a few weeks and 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 published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2018 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to a bumper 38 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 Berenice Wiedemann (P15-17) who on visiting Hong Kong wanted to met up with some OFs and Adrian Woo (G05-09) and Ian Tsang (K02-09) were willing and able.

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

OF bringing the magic of Christmas to Aldeburgh

Chrissy Johnston - Aldeburgh December 2018 (170x121)
International vocal sensation and classical chart topper, Chrissy Johnston (V01-06) returns to Suffolk to bring the magic of Christmas on 22nd December at 7:30pm at Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Alongside special guest star, pianist Geoff Lavery, the evening will feature movie classics and Christmas favourites, all in aid in aid of “The Sick Children’s Trust”, of which Chrissy is an Ambassador.

In 2019 Chrissy will join Jose Carreras on a world tour, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hear her sing locally.

Tickets £15 on the door - To book email here or call 07947 300729.

Facinating recollections of pre WW1 school life

Alfred Lakeland Fell (G1910-15) - photo (164x170)
Paul Taylor (Headmaster) was in touch to say that Paul Pelling, a recent father of 3 OFs, had shared with him the reminiscences of one of his friend’s grandfather who is an OF - Alfred Lakeland Fell (G1910-15). It is a fascinating and well-written account that really does bring things to life as far as what it was like to be at Fram then.

You can read this account and his fascinating time spent with Aunt Julia during the school holidays by clicking here.

OF launches book on Framlingham during WW2

John Bridges - book on WW2 (116x170)
  The new book by John Bridges (S57-66), is now on sale. It was reviewed in the East Anglian Daily Times by former editor Terry Hunt (K68-75), who described it as ‘always engaging, sometimes surprising and very evocative.’ It tells the amazing story of the town during the Second World War. There is much about the College, including headmaster William Whitworth and his attempt to assist with the Dunkirk evacuation, the move to Repton when invasion seemed imminent, and his ultimate departure after refusing to act as a civilian rather than a combatant

The book which costs £20 has 152 pages and over 160 images, many in colour - click here for a wonderful aerial view of castle and College at that time. Now available in local bookshops, or for signed copies please contact John on: framww2@gmail.com or telephone 01728 723557.

An invittation to watch 1st XV rugby

College Crest
Harry Bureau, who is 1st XV Rugby Captain this year at the College writes "It gives me great pleasure to invite you to a midweek fixture on Thursday 22nd November. We will be playing Bishop’s Stortford High School at 2:30 pm on Lord's. 

This year, the team has shown great potential by winning six matches, and it is my overriding goal to create a positive rugby culture at the College. Therefore, we feel that if we are able to acquire support from Framlinghamiams of all ages, we will move closer towards elevating the reputation of rugby at the College and encourage future generations of Framlinghamians to follow suit.  We hope that as many of you can make it and we would very much appreciate your support.

OF is Britcar Endurance Sprint champion 2018

John Watt - photo with thumbs up (170x128)
Congratulations to OF Jon Watt (S04-15) who is Britcar Endurance championship - sprint category. He has also just been invited to test drive in the nascar euro series. https://m.facebook.com/jonwattracing/

Click here to see more recent photos.

SOF Norfolk Supper 2018

Norfolk Supper 2018 - 3 (170x128)
Colin Wigg (G48-54) writes : A record number of 49 diners signed up for the evening and it was particularly pleasing to have a full table of 'younger‘ OFs in addition to the Norfolk regulars. Our President John Ellerby welcomed everyone and thanked all OFs and their guests for their support. Given we were meeting just three days prior to the National Centenary Remembrance, grace by Norman Porter very well reflected the occasion as did Chris Essex's thought provoking talk after the meal.

Click here to see full report and lots of photos.

OF in Cenotaph march past

Guy Jenkinson - Cenotaph 2018 - photo only (170x165)
Guy Jenkinson (K69-76) was extremely proud to have led the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers past the Cenotaph on Sunday 11 November 2018.  It was particularly poignant in that the last British soldier to be killed in action in WW1 was George Ellison, from 5th Royal Irish Lancers.

In this picture Guy is 3rd from right in front row.

OF launches Contemporary Print Fair

Jack Bullen - INVITE-FINAL-AMMEND (120x170)
Jack Bullen (G03-08) writes “Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair was set up in November 2016 by my wife Lizzie Glendinning and myself in the Royal Arsenal. As a printmaker myself I was keen to promote a medium that is very often overlooked and miss-understood. At the time no other fair in the UK dedicated much thought to the contemporary printmaking scene and we wanted to challenge this by setting up an annual fair that could showcase how rich, dynamic and innovative the printmaking scene was. 

The first fair had just under 100 exhibitors taking part having been individually approached and invited by Lizzie and myself. We had a multitude of excited artists getting in touch following the fair and we launched our first international open call last year showcasing over 200 artists in total.

Having relocated to a premises three times the size of last years fair we were able to open up booths to partnering galleries such as the Royal Academy and Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. The total number of exhibitors this year passes 350”.

Click here to see details of the 2018 Fair.  Anyone interested in contact Jack please email him.