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


Our greatest ever author

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There was a fascinating article on Brian Aldiss (36-39) in the Sunday Telegraph on 10 July 2016, which you can read here.

As the article states, Brian is one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time and this seems to have started when he left Framlingham College at the age of 13.  You can read a previous article on Brian when he received the OBE here.

Battle of the Somme Remembrance - College Chapel

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As the Nation remembered the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago, and mourns the dead in the worst battle in British Army history; Framlingham College remembered those 15 students and two staff members from the College who gave up their lives. Students from Framlingham College held a memorial service soon after day break on the 1st July – the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The names of the 17 Framlinghamians were read out and a candle was lit in memory of those who gave up their lives that we might have peace and freedom in Europe today. The College Chaplain closed the service with a prayer of thanks for those who gave up their lives for others and a pledge that they will be remembered.

Of the 15 pupils and 2 masters killed during the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme, 2 pupils and a master died on the very first and bloodiest day, along with 19240 others. The pupils were FML Matthews and WW Bagshawe and the master was AV Ratcliffe.  Click on their names to see more details.  There are also some more pictures here.


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Fantastic 1970s leavers reunion on Sunday at the College, despite monsoon weather. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to turn up and to the College for keeping us much better fed than 40+ years ago!  Really sorry the cricket wasn't able to take place.

For a list of attendees click here.  There were also other OFs present on Saturday.

Photographs of the event are available here and here.

Photos of the hockey match on Saturday 25th June - OF Magpies (A team), B team, Woodbridge can be seen here

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OF to undertake relief work on Syrian border

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Anna Thorne (M04-10) writes :  "I'm raising money for a project that several OFs are supporting. In September, I am moving to Jordan for a year to work with Relief International and UNICEF in schools on the Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps near the Syrian border. They recruited me after I completed an English Language and Lit degree at Oxford, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course, and 8 months of part-time teaching in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps, which I did alongside my full-time job this year. I am trying to raise as much money for Relief International and this project as possible before I leave in September, and would be really grateful for any assistance OFs might be able to give me. 

I'm available via email any time or my mobile on 07415672840." 

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'On an eminence': Celebrating 150 years of Framlingham College

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UPDATE : Just a reminder that copies of this excellent book are still available. If you would like a copy then please e-mail Jane Easey (V87-89) at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk. While also looking at the early history of the College, much of the book focusses on the last fifty years, right up to the present day. This link includes a few taster pages .

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OF Shooter to represent GB

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James Mehta (S67-75) has been selected to represent the GB Rifle Team, touring and competing in Canada and the US later this summer. They have a training weekend at Bisley on 25/26 June 2016 which sadly means that he will have to miss 1970s leavers reunion lunch.  We wish James all the very best and look forward to publishing a full report on his return.

News on Danielle Maran (M99-11)

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Her mum writes to tell us that Pilot Officer Danielle Maran went on to study Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst studying at University, she was a member of the University of London Air Squadron, where she completed a basic freefalling course and flew the mighty Tutor. She also organised and took part in a Guard of Honour for her Majesty the Queen, at Royal Holloway. Danielle  started Initial Officer Training in April 2015 at RAF College Cranwell and graduated as a member of the Queen's Squadron on 17th December 2015.  She is currently at RAF Boulmer completing her phase two training to become a qualified Aerospace Battle Manager.

David Mason (S55-59)

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UPDATE : The funeral took place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June and was attended by around 160 including 18 OFs and many of their partners.   A tribute was given to David by his son Simon and a poem was read by his other son James.  Psalm 23 was read by his brother Richard.   OFs known to have been present were - Richard Mason (brother), Chris Essex (President), Norman Porter (Hon Sec), Bill Collard, John Ellerby, Jon Ford, Peter Golding, Michael Holden, Chris Keeble, Barry Lorkin, Paul Mason, Tim Mitchell, Andrew Moore, John Rankin, James Ruddock-Broyd, Brian Smith, Clive Smith, Michael Smy and John Waugh.  Given David’s 30 year service as an SOF Trustee it was fitting that all 4 current trustees were present.  Amongst the apologies were  - Jim Blythe, Simon Dougherty, John Edwards, Ian Howard, Richard Sayer, Paul Taylor and Andrew Wright.  Here is the front cover of the Order of Service.

ORIGINAL : It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Mason (S55-59).  He passed away on the morning of 13th May 2016 at home in Wallington, Surrey. As many of you will know, David had been ill for some time, and had been in hospital, as well as receiving ongoing treatment. He was a Trustee of the Society for many years, many of those years as conscientious Chairman and custodian of the Society's funds. He was also a recent Past President. Being elected to this position meant a great deal to him - as did the recent award of the BEM for services to Charity. The Society and the College owe him a great deal and we salute his memory, while offering our most sincere condolences to his wife Anne, and family.

The funeral will take place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June at 2.15pm

Silent Auction @ Music on a Midsummer's Evening - Wednesday 29 June 2016

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Mark Robinson (Deputy Head - Co-Curricular - enrichment) reports that as part of this year’s Music on a Midsummer’s Evening on the Back, the College will be holding a Silent Auction in order to help raise funds for the chosen College charity of the term, Annie’s Challenge, along with the complementary Kathmandu-it Project.

Annie’s Challenge (www.annieschallenge.org - registered charity number 1166362) as many of you will know, is run by Nick and Madeleine Dunham and their family, and is designed to help raise funds for brain tumour research as well as various organisations responsible for looking after those diagnosed with terminal illnesses. The Kathmandu-it project (www.kathmandu-it.uk) is devoted to raising funds for the same charity, primarily through the sponsorship of two OFs, Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp, walking the 6,500 miles from sunny Suffolk to Kathmandu. They were guests of the SOF at the London dinner in January and you can read more about them in an earlier news item here.

Should you wish to contribute to either of these hugely worthwhile charities independently of the Silent Auction, you will find a link on both websites to a Just Giving donation page. If you prefer to sponsor Henry and Sam on their highly ambitious undertaking, please contact Nick Dunham at ndunham@clarkeandsimpson.co.uk.

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London Supper - Tuesday 5 July 2016

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The second of this year's London Suppers will take place at The East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LH on Tuesday 5 July 2016. Pre and post meal drinks will be in the Clive Room from 6:30pm, supper in the same room at 7:30pm. 

Supper tickets are priced £38 each, payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Nigel Burnip at Dunard Lodge, St Nicholas Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8NE. shown below OR use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname. Please email confirmation of payment to me at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com