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


FramSoc: The Inspiration of Prince Albert: Nick Ross ~ Thursday, 12th February: College Chapel: 7.30pm
FramSoc is looking forward greatly, to welcoming Nick Ross back to the College to speak to us about the influence of Prince Albert on the school and on the arts in Great Britain. Many of you will remember his exquisite and witty exploration of Love and Marriage in the Renaissance, presented in October 2013 and I know we are in for another treat on Thursday.

Director of Art History Abroad, author and television presenter, Nick has taught in Italy for over 20 years tutoring students and adults. He has kindly agreed to help us celebrate the College's 150th anniversary by turning his attention to the man whose statue has overseen events at the school since it first opened its doors to pupils in 1865.

Nick’s illustrated talk will trace the history of Albert and his achievements and, at the same time, show how Albert remains so relevant today. In researching his presentation, he writes, 'Albert is perhaps the most remarkable man I have read of in history and this came as quite a shock, bearing in mind that I have read of so many great men and women. The College is tremendously lucky to have Albert at the centre of its foundation. There is only one other school in the world founded in his memory and that is The Royal Alexander and Albert School in Surrey, originally two schools which merged in 1947. Clearly there are schools founded with great historical figures in mind, Wellington for example, but Albert offers achievable inspiration to the young and that is what is so good about him.'

This is going to be a fascinating and highly entertaining illustrated lecture. If you are planning to be there, could you just drop Amanda the briefest of emails (ajt@framcollege.co.uk) to help us with our catering for the evening.

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Yearbook 2014
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The 2014 Yearbook has now been posted to Members.

An electronic copy is available to logged-on website users here.

Earlier editions are accessble via the Members's Area > Publications page.

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OF Archives Online
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Thanks to the wonders of Information Technology the OF website team has converted into digital format three significant OF publications that will greatly help OFs researching the history of the school and its alumni. Saved in PDF format, each file's search facility neatly replaces the inadequacies of the books' indexes. Registered OF website users can now view, or download in PDF format, the following:

"The First Sixty Years" (1925) A history of the College by John Booth (1898-1903) [31.2 MB]

Framlingham College Register (1968) The "Green Book" that is the last of a succession of such books providing a snap-shot of the College and post-College careers of its alumni OFs. Edited by John Booth (1898-1903) [11.9 MB]

"The Second Sixty Years" (1992) A history of the College by Leslie Gillett (Hon OF) [86.4 MB]

See: Members' Area > Publications

Note that, if you're viewing these books online, you can search for specific text. If you're on a Windows machine, Ctl + F will bring up a little text-search panel.

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Two OFs in the news
Ed Sheeran - BBC-Music-Awards-Live
At the inaugural BBC Music Awards Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) won the most prestigious award of Artist of the Year. He is also among nominees for Best Album of the Year at the Grammys (Award Ceremony in L.A. on 8 February 2015).

Also Laura Wright (M02-08) has announced that she will be embarking on her first solo tour starting in March 2015, with concerts in Cardiff, Gateshead, Birmingham, London, Manchester & (of course!) Ipswich.

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Scorecards from nearly 150 years ago discovered
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To mark 150th anniversary, the College have recently discovered some cricket scorecards dating back to as early as 1866, just a year after the first boys entered through the doors of the College. These have all been placed in the Gallery under the 1880s folder. To gain access to the Gallery you need to be registered and signed in on our website.

As a little taster here is a link to the first one dated 9 May 1866. Many of the scorecards have interesting notes at the bottom of the page.

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Looking for some stocking fillers?
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To mark 150th anniversary, the College have two items that will be popular with OF this Christmas.

Firstly copies of On an Eminence are available at just £35 plus £4.50 p&p or free collection. While also looking at the early history of the College, much of the book focusses on the last fifty years, right up to the present day. Click here to read a recent review in the Suffolk Norfolk Life Magazine.

Secondly the College has cases of Albert Memorial Ale - so popular they're now on the second batch! This beer has been specially brewed by Earl Soham Breweries to again commemorate the 150th anniversary. A case of 12 is available for £30 - collection only.

If you would like either of these items please contact Jane who can arrange easy payment and dispatch.

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WW1 Chapel Memorial
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To mark 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and Remembrance Sunday in 2014, biographies were completed on all 144 OFs and 4 teachers named on the Chapel War Memorial. These are available to read on-line on the SOF website here . For over 90% there is also a photo of their grave/memorial but you can see a list of the missing ones here. A paper copy in 3 folders was also presented to the College so that pupils and visitors alike could browse and get to know a bit more about these men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Anyone who has additional information on any of those named or can supply a photo for any of the missing ones, should get in touch with  Chris Essex.

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OF Painting Exhibition Open
Peter Rodulfo Exhibtion - November 2014
Peter Rodulfo is currently putting on an exhibition of his work at a gallery in Great Yarmouth - see more details here . Try and get along to see his exhibition, which is on until 29 November.

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OF unveils statue to Kyneton Light Horse
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As many of you will know, the April 2015 Australia/NZ dinner in the Hunter Valley will not only mark 150th anniversary of the first boy going to the College, but will also mark 100th anniversary of the ANZACs in Gallipoli. A number of OFs died in Gallipoli serving with the ANZACs and preparations for their involvement began in 1914. I therefore thought OFs would be interested to know that Mike Garnett (R53-55), one of the main organisers of this dinner, has recently been involved with the construction of a statue to the Light Horse in Kyneton in Victoria. Mike says “The ceremony was on 31 October 2014, the day prior to the huge commemorations at Albany, Western Australia from which town the Light Horse departed in 1914. Here is an edited text from my speech which explains why Kyneton and the Light Horse have such a close connection. The pictures included show me with the current (and former) C/O of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse, and their RSM, me with Rob Curtin (without whom this statue would never have been constructed) and me giving my address at the unveiling.”

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OF Shooters on tours around the world
James Mehta writes : Several members of the OF Rifle Club have been away on tour having been selected for some pretty serious teams. I've managed to get them to write some reports which you can read here . Note that this represents fifty years of OF shooting! (When you look at the start and leaving dates!)

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