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


Ralph Taylor releases latest single

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Ralph Taylor, the son of Headmaster Paul Taylor, has now released a new single which you can listen to here called My Love.

ORIGINAL STORY :Read about the launch of Ralph Taylor’s (2009-12) debut EP in this EADT report . Ralph says his earliest music inspiration came from his dad playing the likes of Supertramp and Eric Clapton.


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OF records his fascinating life story of travel

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John Gates (S44-48) a regular corresponder from Australia has recently gone to the trouble over an hour and 17 minutes of recording his fascinating life story on video.  You can watch this on YouTube.  John now enjoys retirement on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane, Australia.

Michael Cooke's Farewell Tea

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Mr Cooke is retiring at the end of the Summer Term after over 42 years of teaching at the College. The College will be hosting a special tea for him in Paul’s Court Café between 3:00pm-5:30pm on Saturday 24th June 2017. This is a free event open to all OFs.

The tea is on the same day as the College 1st XI v Felsted cricket fixture on The Back, the inter-school Alumni Hockey Festival on Inskips and the Summer Ball for 80s and 90s Leavers in the marquee. This being the Saturday of the annual OF Sports Weekend there will be a lot going on, including College 1st XI v Staff v OF cricket matches on the Sunday. During the course of the weekend tours of the College will be available and the swimming pool will be open for OFs and their families. This makes the tea party just one of many excellent excuses to return to Framlingham.

For catering purposes we ask that you RSVP as soon as possible to Jane Easey if you plan on attending Mr Cooke's Farewell Tea. Also can you please let Jane know if you are interested in any of the other events taking place on the 24th & 25th June and she will send you more information. If you would like a tour of the College during this weekend you will also need to book it in advance.

OF running Paris Marathon for Anthony Nolan charity

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Charlotte Gower (P08-13) writes "On Sunday 9th April I will be running the Paris Marathon to raise money for Anthony Nolan, a charity which saves the lives of people with blood cancer. I first took interest in Anthony Nolan when I was at school as a family friend, a similar age to myself, was given a life-saving stem cell transplant through the charity. When I started University in Edinburgh, I helped to set up the student-run society called ‘Edinburgh Marrow’- which would join a network of over fifty student groups across the UK closely affiliated to Anthony Nolan. Edinburgh Marrow has three aims; to raise awareness of Anthony Nolan and blood cancer within universiities around the UK, to give every student the opportunity to join the stem cell register and to raise funds to help support Anthony Nolan’s vital work. This is essential given that every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance. They need cells from a healthy person – with the same tissue type – to replace and repair their own damaged cells.

About 30% of people in need can find a suitable donor in their family. But the other 70% rely on a stranger to save their lives. Anthony Nolan helps that 70% find those precious matches. I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for this incredible charity that has a clear impact on the lives of people with blood cancers and disorders. Any donations to Anthony Nolan would be greatly appreciated in light of me running the Marathon. 

The link to my page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charlotte-Gower6"

OF exhibits artwork at Burgh House London

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Richard Sayer reports "Nearing the end of a successful career as a London solicitor OF John Wood (S56-61) has started a second career as a painter and is exhibiting his work at Burgh House, New End Square, London, NW3 1LT.

The exbition entitled "Coast to Coast, the Shore and More" is open to the public from 23-26 February 2017.  Its described as "Prepare to take a voyage curated through the eyes of six very talented painters who offer us their unique perspective of the coast, from boats and journeys, to rocks and groins, with views from and to the sea that all evocate a special moment or emotion."  Click here for more details

Former pupil, Katy Williams (P84-94) returns to Pembroke!

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Katy was delighted to be appointed Head of Pembroke "I am very excited to be the incoming Housemistress of Pembroke. For me, it feels absolutely right and rather like coming home. Having been educated at Framlingham College myself, I was a fully-fledged member of none other than Pembroke House (albeit in a different location to that in which it sits today). Look on the Head of School board at the Prep school and the Head of House board in Pembroke and you may see a familiar name! 

I left in 1994 and went from the College to study at the University of York for a four year BA(Hons) in English Linguistics with Education. I followed this up with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall). From there I began what turned out to be a successful 15 year career teaching at a state school in Ipswich. I punctuated that time with marriage to Simon and the arrival of three sons. Eventually however, the pull of Framlingham proved too great and I returned in 2014, exactly twenty years after I left.

I am now teaching English and leading Teaching and Learning in the very place that taught me a love of lifelong learning. Indeed, I hope to complete my MA from the University of Suffolk in March this year. The icing on the cake is that our three sons also now attend the Prep school and they too are experiencing the wonderful education that the College offers.

If you are lucky enough to experience Fram, that experience will never leave you and I, for one, just couldn’t keep away.'

Paul Taylor, Headmaster added, ‘The response of the Pembroke girls on hearing that Katy is taking over says it all; she is a teacher who is held in the very highest regard by staff and pupils alike and I have no doubt that she will prove to be a quite excellent Housemistress.’

OF Ollie Trevers G11-13 - One to watch

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OF Ollie Trevers (G11-13) has been commissioned to write two songs for the soundtrack of a new film called ‘Funny Cow’. The film charts the rise to stardom of a comedienne, played by Maxine Peake, through the 1970s and 80s working men's clubs and stand-up comedy circuit. It will premiere at Cannes before a screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Its UK premiere will be in September 2017. The film is directed by Adrian Shergold.

One of Ollie's songs, which he performs in the film, is called ‘Twist it, Shake it’ and was written in the style of a 60’s dance number. Ollie reportedly wrote the song in just 3 hours.

Ollie was last seen at the College performing for revellers at the 1st Young OF Ball in April 2016.

Ed Sheeran meets best mate from Brandeston Hall on Graham Norton Show

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Were you watching the Graham Norton Show on Friday 20 January 2017?  The main guest on the show was Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) and at the end of the show Graham went over as usual to a member of the public sitting in the "Red Chair".  Sitting in the chair and initially unrecognised by Ed was OF James Mee (R95-09) who introduced himself as Ed's best friend at Brandeston.  You can watch the programme here on BBC iPlayer.

Since the show Ed has released the video of his latest single featuring Framlingham Castle and called "Castle on the Hill".  You can watch the video on Youtube. The video features someone playing the part of Ed and that actor is another OF Benjamin Fairbanks Weston (K10-13).
The EADT also carried an article on Monday - click here.

SOF Annual Dinner - SATURDAY 8th April 2017

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This year we will be returning to Framlingham College for the Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner which will be held on Saturday 8 April 2017.  Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Library at 6.15pm. While it is being held, partners and guests will be able to relax in the Paul’s Court Cafe where Coffee and Tea and a bar will be available.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served in Paul’s Court Cafe from 7 o’clock, with dinner being served at 7.30pm. The cost of the dinner is excellent value-for-money at £30 per head and, as usual, we are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 8 April 2017 to apply will be charged only £15 per head.  A vegetarian option will be available.  Dress is lounge suit or equivalent. 

Full details are in the notification letter and the application form. 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.

No overnight accommodation will be available at the College on this occasion.  A list of local accommodation is attached to the notification letter.

All attending have been offered free entry to the Framlingham Country Show which will be held on 8 and 9 April 2017 on the Front of the College. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact Jane Easey separately (jeasey@FramCollege.co.uk or +44 (0)1728 727227).

Do, please, book early to make sure you have a seat! I look forward to seeing you on the night.

Ben Wright joins Australian Premier League

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It was announced yesterday that Ben Wright (G06-11) was leaving Langley School in March as their Head of Hockey to join the Old Aquinians Hockey Club in the Australian Premier League.  This is a move that will see Ben further his career as a professional hockey player and we wish him all the best. 

He worked at the College after leaving in 2011, before joining Langley in September 2015 as Head Hockey coach at the age of 21.  He's also currently player/coach of Harleston Magpies.

Ben says “Having the opportunity to play at a national level in Australia is something that I cannot wait to experience. It will help me develop and push myself as an athlete as well as a coach. “