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


The Sparkle Sevens Tournament

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A huge thank you to Luke Quartermaine and Cam Greenhall for organising a group of seven 2016 leavers to take part in The Sparkle Sevens Tournament at Felsted School on the 11th September.  Also playing were Will Ponty, Andrew Denham, Richard Denham, Mile Fiddes and Ollie Yeatts.

The Sparkle Foundation is currently changing the lives of over 200 young people in Malawi.

Read the full report and see photos here.

OF exhibits artwork at Aldeburgh Gallery

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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.

His work is currently on exhibition at the Aldeburgh Gallery, High Street, Aldeburgh. The exhibition blurb describes John’s work as follows:

Most weeks for the past twenty years he has studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and The Royal Drawing School. John has used various mediums and now mostly paints in oils. His inspiration can come from anywhere and he has the ability to tackle any genre. After a stunningly successful solo exhibition in London this summer, John joins us with landscapes of the countryside around his part-time home here in Suffolk.”

Be quick as current exhibition of his work ends on 19 October 2016.

OF Golf Team win the Dick Watson Trophy

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 Congratulations to the Old Framlinghamian team of Jonny Newton, Mike Schneidau, John Wybar and Matt Low who won the Dick Watson Trophy over the weekend of the 8th and 9th October. The trophy is an alumni, inter-school foursome competition played at Aldeburgh Golf Club.

Read the full report here, together with pictures.

FramSoc Event: 'Documentaries and Me' Min Clough and Todd Austin, Bohemia Films

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 FramSoc invites you to their next event in the HPT at the College: Documentaries and Me on Wednesday 19th October£5 for non-members. An illustrated exploration of documentary film-making presented by OF Min Clough and her partner Todd Austin. 

BAFTA award winners Min Clough and her partner Todd Austin will deliver an entertaining and enlightening presentation about their work as documentary TV film makers, with extracts from their highly acclaimed portfolio of films, including, Lager, Mum and Me, directed by Min with Todd as Executive Producer, which won the BAFTA Flaherty Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for Best Documentary at the Broadcast Awards. Using highly innovative camera techniques, the film was shot from the perspective of a 12 year old girl, who was able to tell her story in her own words as she lived alongside her alcoholic mother who was attempting to dry out. The critically acclaimed My Life on A Post-It Note for BBC 1 was shortlisted for a Grierson award and nominated for an RTS Education Award and the film The Boy Can’t Help It was winner of Best Documentary at the Mental Health Media Awards and nominated for Best Documentary at the Grierson Awards.

Min and Todd are co-founders of Bohemia Films, which they recently set up after moving back to Suffolk from London in 2014. They have produced films for all the major television channels here in the UK and their output includes many social documentaries including films about alcoholism, egg-donation, early onset Alzheimer’s and adoption. Films also include a full-length feature film on the British Gymnastic team and a 3D cinema film of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Bohemia’s latest film, EMI – The Inside Story tells the story of the great British music label, and was broadcast by the BBC in May.

Min went to Brandeston Hall, and then onto Framingham College. After studying Drama and English at Lancaster University she began her career in television on the The Late Show at the BBC. She also worked on Omnibus, Blue Peter, Book Worm, and Tomorrow’s World as part of her work on the BBC’s graduate training course. After finishing her traineeship Min specialised in directing social documentaries for the BBC. With Bohemia films Min and Todd are currently making an up-date of a film first made for BBC 1 following two young men with Tourette Syndrome. We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a fascinating presentation by two of the country’s finest documentary makers.

OF Golf Society v College 2016

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Jonny Newton writes : The OF’s welcomed Dougal Lyon and 14 pupils from Framlingham College for the annual match at Aldeburgh Golf Club. Dougal brought an impressive squad, including two new girls, Lottie Riley and Leonie Heidger. Accompanied by the ever-present Tom Huggins, who has been on formidable form of late, and the new Director of Sport, Nick Gandy.

Both squads mingled and swapped stories of the old days and the new days. Dougal said he could have brought 19 pupils for the match, which shows how far the golf team at Framlingham has come. An excellent Aldeburgh lunch, kindly paid for by the College,  was followed by a foursomes match. The old boys came out on top, but there was impressive performances from Harry Dorber,  Archie Winter, Harvey Finbow and Ben Swinburn. Jonny Newton, the new first team captain, saw at close range how all of these could be challenging for a Halford Hewitt spot when they leave school. Although OFGS won 5 ½ - 1 ½ the main objective of the occasion is to foster relations with young golfers at the College and to encourage them to join the Society when they leave.

Our thanks go to Dougal and Nick for committing to golf at the College and the OF team all commented on enjoying the company of the pupils, who were in great form. There was another match playing that  day, The Army v The Navy, and it was reported back how great it was to see the school at the club and the relationship with the old boys. Long may it continue.

Click here to see the full report

Runyard Trophy - 5th September 2016

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Norman Porter writes : Despite a pretty solid performance OFGS failed to hold on to the Suffolk/Norfolk inter-schools former students’ trophy, so there was no huge bottle of claret for distribution at the Aldeburgh Autumn Meeting this year. Once again the event was held at Thetford Golf Club.

The girls of St Felix not only played very well, but had something of a cushion of 3 courtesy shots each so they ran out easy winners, with Ipswich School – providing a full team of 6 this year - (last year they struggled in this all-counting Stableford format with just 5 players - just beating us into second place.

We turned out a strong, if less-than-youthful team of Norman Mayhew, Martin Lamb, Robin Anderton, Michael Spencer, Barry Hitchcock and Colin Wigg, with Norman Porter as non-playing Captain, lurking in the background as a possible reserve. The over-all impression is that this competition is now bringing in  stronger teams, that it is being taken seriously  and that it is likely to grow, even though elements of it may evolve. With three different teams having won the competition in the first 3 years, the situation looks healthy, and it is planned to return to Thetford GC next year in early September, with more schools possibly lined up to compete. Since our players represent the Society rather than themselves they receive a subsidy from the OFGC for which they are very grateful. OF golfers locally seem to be held in high regard – a reputation to foster.

Click here to see individual scores

SOF Norfolk Supper - Thursday 10th November 2016

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The supper is once again being jointly organised by Colin Wigg and Norman Porter.

As an additional attraction this year we have invited along a recent leaver, Charlotte Findlay (P09- 011), to talk about her experiences on the British Antarctic Expedition. The SOF contributed to the funding which enabled Charlotte to go on this memorable adventure.

Click here to see the invitation and here to see the response form.

Please contact Norman or Colin if you would like further details.

Memorial Service for Distinguished OF John Birt (S59-63)

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This took place last Thursday in glorious sunshine at Sandhurst and was attended by around 160.  Click here to see front page of order of service.

Amongst those present were, from left to right, Rupert Chevenix-Trench, Chis Essex, Stewart Birt, Richard Sayer, Stephen Sayer and Ian Howard - see photo.

ORIGINAL STORY: As many of you will be aware, John Geoffrey Birt (S59-63) died in Bandkok, Thailand on 21 May 2016.  His Thai friends gave him a Buddhist send off the following weekend on Koh Samui.  John was a distiguished soldier, sportsman and businessman and was "our representative" in Thailand for many years.  A memorial service will be held in the UK at the Royal Military Academy Chapel at Sandhurst for a service at Noon on Friday 30th September 2016, followed by a reception in the Indian Army Memorial Room.

For security reasons, we need to provide a list of all those who are likely to attend.  If you would be interested in attending please email his brother Stewart to let him know, so that you can be put on the list.

John's brother Stewart has just sent me this link which features the house he built from recycled teak in Thailand. His Thai friends persuaded him to have the house blessed by the local Buddhist Monks and these photos were taken by the husband of one of his Koh Samui staff.

Memorial Service - Timothy Gordon Askew (K48-54)

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OF Timothy Gordon Askew (K48-54) died peacefully at home, Rectory Farm, Wilby, on Saturday September 10th 2016, aged 78. There will be a service to celebrate his life at St Mary’s Church, Wilby on Saturday October 8th at 11.00 am.

No dress code, bright colours welcome. Donations in his memory for East Anglian Air Ambulance c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4JE.

Tim was a regular attender at SOF Norfolk Suppers.

OF Shooter James Mehta's diary as a first-time GB cap touring USA and Canada

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James writes: As a teenage shooter at Fram, the pinnacle to which one can aspire – and it is the same to this day –is to be selected for the UK Cadet Rifle Team, known more commonly as the Athelings. This team tours Canada every year and is reciprocated in the summer Imperial Meeting at Bisley when the Canadian cadets visit us. Sadly, I was selected as the non-travelling reserve in 1975. So for more than 40 years I have always carried a deep sense of unfinished business. 

Like most shooters there has, at some stage, been a long absence from the sport – family and career sometimes have to come first...click to read more