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


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.

OFs mark Ken Mayhew (R29-34) 100th birthday

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Norman Porter (K50-57) writes : Ken Mayhew, veteran of the Normandy campaign, holder of the highest Dutch military award, a Knight of the Wilhelm Order, the Dutch equivalent of the VC, has had his stamina tested by a series of celebrations of his 100th birthday, which fell on January 18th 2017.

The celebrations have included a family celebration at the College, a reception at the Dutch Embassy on February 16th, attended by the Ambassador and many other dignitaries, and then finally, a special lunch held at Woodbridge Golf Club, attended by some three dozen OFs and wives. Ken has been a fine sportsman, excelling at cricket and golf, and those present included many who had played these sports with and against him, and who had travelled considerable distances to pay their own tributes. OFs celebrated a true WW2 hero, and fine sportsman. Amongst those present were his “baby” brother, Jimmy, an ex-WW2 commando, and a mere 97 years old.

Read Norman's full report on the celebratory lunch by clicking here

Ken's biography in the Distinguished section of the website has also been updated to include this OF lunch as well as other events to mark his centenary and includes many photos - click here

OF leads trip to Ypres

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Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) who led the OF tour to France and Belgium in April 2014 writes : "Join us when we visit Ypres (11 -14 August 2017) during the 100th anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).  One of Framlingham College's Victoria Cross winners William Hewitt (1894-1900), received this award for his bravery on the 20 September 1917.  We will visit the area where this action took place.  In May this year a plaque to the boys and masters from the school will be dedicated at St George's Church in Ypres, we will visit the church.

For more information please contact Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood at oldcount@aol.com or visit his web site www.oldcountrytours.com"

West of England Supper - 2 June 2017

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes :I’m delighted to confirm that the next West of England Supper will be held at the lovely Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury on Friday 2 June 2017 at the unchanged price of £35 per head.

Please see full invitation and reply form, by simply clicking on the following link West of England Supper Invite .

Please contact Chris Essex for details or if you would like to be invited in future.

Essex Supper - Friday 21st April 2017

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John Rankin writes “This year the Essex Supper will once again be held at The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Ground after the Council Meeting. The address is New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0PG which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Station, which is on the mainline from Liverpool Street to Ipswich and beyond.

Susan Wessels, who a lot of you will know, is Senior Deputy Head at the College. She will be giving a talk on her Hockey Career which promises to be very interesting.

Subsidies are available for some OFs under 30 on a first come basis. For more information and to download an invitation click here or give me a ring on 01255 503835 or email at johnrankin359@gmail.com ."

OF runs London Marathon for great cause

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Carl Witham (S06-11) says that after many years of deliberation, he has taken the plunge and made the decision to do the London Marathon.

He goes on to say "I will be running on behalf of The British Heart Foundation, a charity that helped my grandad through many years of need and I feel it's the time now to repay all their amazing hard work. Training has certainly had its ups and downs both physically and mentally. When you wake up early, look out the window and see the rain, the last thing you want to be doing is going for a 2/3hour run. But when you remind yourself of the benefit you’ll have on someone's life, it makes it all worth while. 

I hope, however small or large, the money I can raise will help improve and keep the outstanding work of The British Heart Foundation going. So please please give as little or as much as you can, everything will help!!  Please go to my fundraising page."

Another OF launching a new single - son of College Chaplain

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Simon Law (Z75-80) otherwise known as The Funky Ginger was one of the original members of the group Soul II Soul and had a lot of success with them.  He is releasing a new single Morning Love, which reunites him with vocalist Caron Wheeler ll. 

Simon is the brother of John Law (Z75-83) and they are the sons of Revd Richard Law, the school chaplain known as Wag from the 70s and early 80s.