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


The Annual Art Summer Exhibition - Thursday 8th June 2017

The College Art Department would like to invite you to their Private View of The Summer Exhibition on Thursday 8th June from 5pm-8pm.

Head of Art, Sue Tansley, writes "The Art and Design Exhibition 2017, in Paul’s Court, will feature artwork in a diverse range of styles and using a variety of techniques. Year 11 and 13 Fine Artist and Photographers’ artistic outcomes of creativity, imagination and skill demonstrate the individuality and personal responses of our students. Traditional techniques of oil painting, watercolour, lino printing and etching can be viewed alongside digital film-making, photographic editing, comics, multi layered photographs and installation."


Afternoon Tea to celebrate 40 Years of Girls at the College - 20th May 2017

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On Saturday, 20th May 2017 Framlingham College celebrated its 40th Year of Girls at the school. To see pictures from the event taken by current 6th Formers Louisa Crabtree and Hannah de Selincourt click here.

To mark the occasion, over 40 female OFs and their families came back to enjoy a splendidly old-fashioned tea party complete with mis-matched vintage china to accompany the sandwiches and scones.

Headmaster, Paul Taylor, spoke passionately to the OFs about how much the school has moved on in those 40 years. Back in the 1970’s, lessons for girls included Needlework and Housewifery! Fast-forward 40 years and it has evolved from a boys’ school that took girls, to a truly co-ed school. This was clearly visible at the tea party by the very fact that the Girls’ 1st XI Cricket team were playing on the hallowed ground of the 1st XI pitch previously reserved only for the boys.

The highlight of the day for most of the visitors was a tour of the College accompanied by a current student. Some guests hadn’t been back to school since leaving in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Giggling and reminiscing en-route, they saw a few sights that were familiar and some that had changed beyond recognition.

Despite the obvious differences in the facilities and aesthetics, they found the school still felt the same, had the same values and was in good heart.

Retirement of our Hon Sec - Norman Porter

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As you will have seen in an earlier report on the Annual Dinner our very cherished Hon Sec Norman Porter retired after around 20 years at the immediately preceding AGM. At the Annual Dinner he was presented with a copy of a very special book that had been designed and put together as the idea of OFs Chris Keeble and Richard Sayer. 

In the report you will see pictures of the book being presented to Norman by Chris after a few words by Richard. The hand made book runs to 76 pages and features tributes from around 35 OFs, the chair of Governors Andrew Fane and the Headmaster Paul Taylor.  We thought OFs who were not able to be at the Annual Dinner might appreciate seeing this wonderful book, a copy of which will be held in the College Library. Click here to read the book.

Note the picture here shows the front cover with NHP and SOF entwined and the words "Almost Inseparable". Very clever.

OF Sports Weekend 2017

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The 2017 OF Sports Weekend falls on the 24th & 25th June this year. Click here for the invitation.

On Saturday 24th June at 1pm there will be an Alumni Mixed Hockey Tournament on Inskips, please contact OF Emily Wilford (V06-12) if you would like to play. Also on Saturday between 3pm-5:30pm is Michael Cooke’s Farewell Tea in Paul’s Court Café. Please let Jane Easey know if you'd like to attend. In the evening is the Summer Ball for ‘80s & ‘90s Leavers in the Marquee on The Back - this event has SOLD OUT.

On Sunday 25th June at 9:30am the annual OF Cricket Match will begin, this year the format will be OF ‘v’ College ‘v’ Staff on The Back. There will be a Cricket Lunch and Tea for players and supporters in Paul’s Court Café.

If you have any questions about any of the events please contact Jane Easey at the College.

OF stars behind the camera in film

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Christina Johnston (V01-06) provides the vocals in the stunning film Interlude in Prague which is released in the UK on 11 May 2017 with a premiere in Leicester Square. Set in Prague in 1787, the film is “an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder.” Based on true-life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the opera “Don Giovanni.”

You can hear a little of Christina's singing in the short clip here

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.

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.