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


Update from OF Rifle Club

Shooting target
John Halahan provides the following update at the start of a new season "There are currently 6 International shooters in the OFRC with a further 3 National Standard shooters. All the home nations are represented: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. That said, the OFRC prides itself on operating on a number of different levels from International to the recreational shooter. All are welcome and those that wish to just come along and enjoy a shoot make up 50% of our membership. On the other hand coaching and advice is always available to those that wish to compete at a representational level.

There is a special membership rate of £15 per annum for those in education and thereafter their shooting is free and they do not pay any range or ammunition charges. The OFRC is currently devising a scheme to assist with travelling expenses for these students to come and shoot with us. All equipment is provided and most sizes and shapes are catered for. Apart from the Guest day, any OF wishing to come and have a shoot should contact the Secretary of the OFRC who will advise the procedure. It is highly recommended that you join the OFRC (£15) on top of your range and ammo fees as you would then be covered by the club insurance for third party liability etc.

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Christina Johnston now sings for Chinese President

Christina Johnston - Prague Castle - with Chinese President
Last year Christina (V01-06) sang for the Chinese Vice President in Prague.  Last night she went one better and sang for the President of China, Xi Jinping in Prague Castle.

You can see a couple of photos here and here

A Special Remembrance Sunday at College & Brandeston

UPDATE :  Click here to see a picture of Robert Simmons new headstone being cut by Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Arras on Tuesday 29 March 2016.  Picture was taken by Evelyn's son David who had gone over to pick up the headstone for placing in Framlingham church cemetery where he is currently in an unmarked grave. 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : Remembrance Sunday 2015 saw pupils at Brandeston making 251 ceramic poppies, one for each former pupil and member of staff who has given their life for this country. The 251st Poppy was dedicated to Robert Simmons who was a waiter at the College and who joined the army at the age of 17. Thanks to research by local resident Evelyn Empson we have just discovered that he should be remembered in the Chapel and a new plaque was unveiled on this Sunday. You can see a full write up on Robert Simmons here and photos of the Remembrance Service and poppies at Brandeston here .

Each poppy was individually made by a pupil at Brandeston and if you are interested in who made a particular one please email us at admin@oldframlinghamian.com

2016 Annual Dinner Report

College Crest
Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, the 2016 Annual Dinner was held at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London on Saturday 19 March 2016 when 58 attended and enjoyed an excellent dinner.

Click here to see the full report .

2015 SOF Accounts

College Crest
On Saturday 19 March 2016, we held our Annual General Meeting at the RAF Club in London.  If any OF would like to study our accounts then :-

- the Charitable Accounts can be viewed here

- the Non-Charitable Accounts can be viewed here.

Any queries please email the trustees.

Spring Ball for 21st Century Leavers - 16 April 2016


The Young OF Committee, in conjunction with the College, have arranged a fantastic inaugural ball for all OFs who have left the College in the Twenty First Century. This idea was born out of the first Young OF Committee meeting held at the College in October 2015 and we very much hope that this will be strongly supported.

This will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016 at the College and tickets will cost £40 per head including drinks reception, 3 course meal and entertainment.  Dress is black tie or equivalent.

Full details are given here and tickets and table wine pre-orders can be placed here

Please send any questions to Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk

Essex Supper - Friday 22nd April 2016

Essex_Supper_invitation 2013 - ECCC_Ground
John Rankin writes “This year the Essex Supper will once again be held at The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Ground after the Council Meeting. The address is New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0PG which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Station, which is on the mainline from Liverpool Street to Ipswich and beyond.

Subsidies are available for some OFs under 30 on a first come basis.

For more information and to download an invitation click here or give me a ring on 01255 503835 or email at johnrankin359@gmail.com ."

SOF Annual Dinner - Saturday 19 March 2016, Royal Air Force Club

College Crest

FINAL REMINDER : The closure date for applications will be Monday 29 February 2016

The Society of Old Framlinghamians will return to the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY for the 2016 Annual Dinner on Saturday 19 March 2016. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event.

Tickets will cost £50 per head including wine which is excellent value-for-money for such a significant event in London - and £5 less than 2013! Younger OFs, under the age of 30 on 19 March 2016, may apply for a subsidised place at £25 - only 20 places at this reduced rate will be available. The tables will be seat up to 10 diners. Every effort will be made to seat diners close to colleagues and friends - just fill in the form as appropriate.

Dress is black tie or equivalent.

Full details are given in the Notification Letter which may be downloaded here. An application form may be downloaded here and an aide memoire with outline details can be downloaded here.

Members of the Society are encouraged to book early. The closure date for applications will be Monday 29 February 2016 . Cancellations without financial penalty will be possible until 11 March 2016, and early booking is encouraged.

It is possible that transport from Framlingham College to the RAF Club and return may be arranged. This is unlikely to stop at any other locations. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk

Please address any questions to Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk or to Simon Dougherty on 01206735224 or by email to annualdinner@oldframlinghamian.com

Historic Varsity achievement

Caroline Reid - Varsity photo
UPDATE : After publishing the story below, we have heard that Esther Gosling (V09-11) represented Oxford Blues in the 2012 and 2014 varsity rugby matches. They were victorious in both and in 2014 she kicked a penalty and two conversions to win 17-12. She also played for Oxford 2nds Netball in 2014, Oxford 1sts rugby league in 2013 and Oxford 2nds rugby union in 2013 - they were victorious in all of these! 

ORIGINAL STORY : In March 2015 Caroline Reid (V03-09) became the first OF to be President of a women’s boat in the Boat Race and you can see the story here .  Now she has become the first OF to take part in the Women’s Rugby Varsity Match on 10 December 2015.  In so doing she has become the first women ever, from either Cambridge or Oxford University to win both a rowing and rugby blue.  Huge congratulations to Caroline.

Martin Myers-Allen (Headmaster at Brandeston) says that Caroline helped at Brandeston with games after her A levels at the College.  What a role model to have.

OFs rekindle rivalry in 2016 London Marathon

Henry Simpson & Mark Calvert

Reprising a friendly competitive rivalry that goes back more than 40 years to Brandeston Hall days, Mark Calvert (K79-84) and Henry Simpson (K79-84) will be running the London Marathon for charity on Sunday 24th April 2016.

Click here to see the start of the what they think was the first Framlingham College Half Marathon in 1983.  They weren’t at the front by the finish!  Anyone wishing to sponsor either or both of them can do so at the websites below, where every penny will be much appreciated.