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


Sandy Walker (R96-05) wins bronze medal for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

Sandy Walker CW (101x170)
UPDATE : Sandy Walker took bronze in the fullbore rifle pairs earlier this morning with partner Ian Shaw.  He also took part in the individual competition and finished 13th with the top 5 all beating the previous games record.  See final individual table here.

Original Article : Good luck Sandy Walker (R96-05) as he competes for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games next month in Brisbane, Australia. He will take part in the individual and pairs categories of the Fullbore Target Rifle events.  You can read a full article in the East Anglian daily Times via this link.

He will be speaking to BBC Suffolk radio on Friday 23 March (18:10 ish), the following afternoon and featured on the Sports Bulletins over the next few days.

SOF help provide OF with hockey goalkeeping kit

Luke Quartermaine - team hockey photo (170x101)
In September 2017 Luke Quartermaine started at Exeter University and was keen to continue his hockey career there.  However, as a goalkeeper he no longer had access to all the expensive equipment he had been used to while at the College.  The SOF Trustees therefore decided to provide a grant of £250 towards the cost of Luke buying his own set of kit.  He is pictured here in a team photo at Exeter Uni in his new kit and wish him well. 

Luke reports "I have settled in well at Exeter over the last semester and am thoroughly enjoying the many aspects of University life. I am studying Sport and Exercise science which I am finding very interesting. I have tried to take as many of the opportunities available and joined the hockey club and welsh society. I would not have been able to be involved with hockey if it were not for the generosity of society; their help allowed me to buy a goalkeeper kit which do not come cheap and I am extremely grateful for this. I have been playing with the third team as the highest placed Fresher goalkeeper and hope to be involved in the first team squad next year."

Any OFs appeared on University Challenge?

Neville Marsh - University Challenge
Neville Marsh (S53-61) as a professor is a great researcher and has discovered that he is not the only OF to have appeared on University Challenge – the other OF he has found is our Wizard of New Zealand aka Ian Brackenbury Channell QSM (42-45). Read more detail on the story here.

Email admin@oldframlinghamian.com if you know another OF who has appeared on the show?

Gordon Flowerdew VC (1894-99) Centenary Stone Laying

Gordon portrait (106x170)
STONE LAYING CEREMONY - this took place on Tuesday 10 April 2018 at St Leonard's Church, by his ancestral home Billingford Hall.  See a report and pictures by clicking here. A full set of photos taken on the day can be seen here and a EDP documentary here.

The BBC have also provided us with a copy of their documentary filmed just before the centenary on 30 March 2018 and features Neil Flowerdew (Hon OF).  Click here to see

UPDATE from Major Al Wong, Second-in-Command, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) writes "It has been quite a roller coaster ride.  We executed the commemorations in Canada last week with celebrations in Edmonton, Ottawa, Kingston and Gagetown.  They were a huge success.  We received a lot of complements about the VC.  A lot of our old guard wanted me to pass on thanks and appreciation to the SOF for allowing us to borrow the VC.  I’m currently in France gearing up for the next piece.  I will see you all in short order on the 10th of April.  You can keep up to date with the latest news and video here https://www.facebook.com/Strathconas/ and itinerary in Canada by clicking here.

Richard Sayer (S56-61) reports : At Noon on 10 April 2018 the Flowerdew centenary stone will be laid in the churchyard of St Leonard's at Billingford, some 300 yards from Billingford Hall, where the 15 Flowerdew children, including Gordon, grew up in the late 19th century. St Leonard's is therefore "the Flowerdew Church" and memorials to the family are on the interior walls.  Click here to read about the 10 Flowerdew boys who went to the College.

The event is organised by Sue Redgrave, a long time local resident and PCC member, with help from Ray Flowerdew who will be in charge of the displays. These will include material which the College will provide - photographs, old letters, the replica VC and Death Penny etc.

Lord Strathcona's Horse, Gordon's Canadian Regiment, will be represented, as will the College (although the date falls in the Easter school holidays); the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Norfolk, the local Mayor and Council will be present, as will local people, a number of the family, and we hope a good turn out of OFs. An indication of OF numbers would be very helpful for catering purposes.

Refreshments will be served after the formal stone-laying, for which a tent in the churchyard will offer protection.

BBC East are showing a short film about Flowerdew on Maundy Thursday, which will include shots of the College.

Operation Jericho

Pickard - small photo
James Ruddock Broyd has spotted that BBC4 recently repeated the TV programme about the mystery of why Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32) was killed on 18 February 1944 on a daring mission to bomb the walls of Amiens Prison to set free members of the French Resistance who had been imprisoned there by the Germans. There remains mystery over who initiated the raid; precisely why it was promoted; and what exactly it achieved! 

If you have not seen this fascinating documentary by actor Martin Shaw click here.  It will be available on iplayer for the next 24 days. You can read the full Distinguished article on Pickard here.

2018 Annual Dinner

Organiser Simon Dougherty writes : Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, the 2018 Annual Dinner was held at the RAF Club on Saturday 24 March 2018 when 65 OFs and their guests attended the dinner with 23 of the OFs being under 30 years old. 

Click here to see my full report and photos.

OFs gathered in Sydney to mark visit of Martin Pearse (K59-63)

Sydney - March 2018 - urn - small (123x170)
A reunion was organised in Sydney on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to mark the visit to Australia of Martin Pearse (K59-63) who was over there leading an England over-70s cricket team in pursuit of their version of the Ashes. 

Our thanks to Colin and Lexie Lipman for organising the event and to Chris Shaw for providing a replica of the Ashes urn for Martin to touch, just in case he doesn't win the real thing while over there.  You can read Chris's report and see a couple of photos by clicking here.

2018 SOF Hong Kong Supper

2018 Hong Kong Supper (2) - small
The 2018 OF annual HK supper took place on 17 March 2018 in a new venue and organised for the first time by Moira Theulier (M91-93).

They appear to have had a great time and Moira has written the attached report which includes a few photos including the eating implements.

OFs shooting for Great Britain

Jon Ford & James Mehta (120x170)
Jon Ford (S58-62) and James Mehta (S68-75) both members of the OF Rifle Club, are shooting with the Great Britain Veterans Rifle Team in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Competing in the South African Championships, there will be two matches against the South African Veterans team.

Click here for larger picture of the two "on the range".

Newmarket Supper - 9 April 2018

Ian Fulcher (G73-77) has organised this year’s Newmarket Supper at the Bedford Lodge, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX. The dinner will start at 7.30pm with drinks before in the bar. The cost of the meal will be £29 per head.  Please contact Ian if you are interested in attending.

Prior to the dinner the Trustees will be meeting at 2pm, followed by the Finance Committee at 4.30pm and Council at 5.30pm.