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


OF meeting in Cairns Australia

John & Ruth Gates - Cairns - April 2018 (170x141)
Chris Shaw (K50-56) reports that he and his wife Rebecca met and spent the day with fellow Aussie OF John Gates (S44-48) and his wife Ruth when they recently docked in Cairns.

Read Chris's full report and pictures here. As Chris says this confirmed again the camaraderie of Old Framlinghamians throughout the world.  So if you are travelling overseas from the UK why not look up which OFs are around to potentially meet up with [OFs in Vancouver area be warned that the Editor of Overseas Bag will be visiting in October 2018!]

Jon Watt (S04-15) wins on Britcar debut

JonWattS04-15 - racing (2) (126x170)
Jon Watt (S04-15) has just won his first race competing in the 2018 Britcar Endurance Championship at Rockingham on 14 April. Also competing in the same race and beaten by Jon was Alex Day who is a current pupil at the College.

You can read the full report here and see some pictures.  The original story is below.


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OF wins scholarship to renowned Manhattan School of Music

Rosina Bullen - photo (170x170)
Rosina Bullen (M06-11) has just been accepted on a course to study jazz at the Manhattan School of Music under Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry.  Out of 3,000 applications she is just one of only two students for next year’s course starting in September 2018. Whilst she has been awarded a scholarship from the school to assist with part of the fees, the financial costs of attending are very high. 

We are delighted to announce that the SOF have agreed to provide £1000 per year for each of the 2 years of the course.  Read her fascinating letter for more details on her ambitions and the financial and other challenges she faces - these include her visa not allowing her to work outside the campus for at least the first year. If you believe you could help Rosina in any way then please get in touch with the Trustees via email at trustees@oldframlinghamian.com  

OFs & Master Remembered at Lochnagar Crater

FRAM D (170x87)
At the suggestion of Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) the SOF Trustees agreed to support the purchase of 6 plaques – one for each of five OFs and one master killed during the Battle of the Somme and who have no known grave from WW1.

You can read all about the crator and who the 6 plaques are for by clicking here.

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.