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


FramSoc Family Picnic, Music and Games - from 6pm on 10 June 2016

Tony Lawrence writes : FramSoc warmly invites you and all the family to pack a delicious hamper and share one of the finest views in Suffolk overlooking the mere and the castle for our annual family picnic evening.

Background atmosphere will be created by a selection of talented College musicians and games of badminton, boules, croquet and football will be provided for children of all ages - and adults too, of course. Absolutely amazing prizes will be awarded to sporting champions at the end of the evening.

With the whole of the College front to race around, young children tend to fall asleep very quickly once they get home - potentially a bonus!

I am afraid to say that FramSoc's Summer Picnic Worksop on the previous evening is now fully booked.  It will be interesting to see if we can spot who attended that event.

The weather looks like being on our side so we do hope you will be able to join in with the evening, which can be as lazy or as active as you wish.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Framlingham College Prep School

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We thought OFs would be interested to know that from September 2016 Brandeston Hall will be known formally as Framlingham College Prep School. 

Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College, tells us that “this name change is an obvious step in light of the increasing number of pupils who are choosing to come to Framlingham from outside the local area. The proposition of ‘Framlingham College 2–18’ is a much more coherent message to present, making it clear that pupils can join the College in Year 7 (with the first two years on our Brandeston site). As so many of our parents tell us, there is a unique synergy between our Prep and Senior Schools and we want to ensure that our message is not lost in translation and is spread as widely as is possible”. This is in many ways a case of ‘back to the future’ as the school was originally founded as ‘Framlingham College Junior School’ and only assumed the name Brandeston Hall relatively recently. 

No real change is envisaged to the pupil or parent experience at the Brandeston site. The College and the Prep School have always worked closely together and will continue to do so. The prep school  will remain very much its own entity in terms of day-to-day operations, and Mr King’s role as its Headmaster will not change.

Matthew King, Headmaster of the prep school added, "Brandeston’s close association with the College was one of the key things that attracted me to Framlingham and we really do get the best of both worlds. The Prep School benefits greatly through use of facilities and the sharing of some outstanding coaching staff but the short distance between both schools means that we keep the feeling of being a warm, family run, independent 13+ Prep school. Our children move on to senior school only when they are truly ready and we can extend their childhood for as long as possible here. The change of name simply reemphasises our strengths. We will always enjoy our beautiful home at Brandeston Hall  but have never stopped feeling a part of Fram.”

West of England Supper - 27 May 2016

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UPDATE :  Andrew Allington (K56-63), Duncan Lowe (S66-68) and his wife Jennifer, Duncan Miller (R47-54) and SOF President Chris Essex (K69-75) and his wife Eryl, met for a very enjoyable evening at our new venue in Shaftesbury.  Click here to see group photo.  Next year is booked at the same venue on 2 June 2017.

ORIGINAL : Chris Essex (K69-75) writes : I'm organising another West of England Supper on Friday 27 May 2016. For many years we have held this at the Angel Inn at Hindon, but sadly our affable host/owner has retired and therefore it seems an appropriate time for us to move on also. After trying a number of alternative locations, Peter and Liz Gasgoyne-Lockwood checked out the Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury and reported back favourably.  I'm therefore delighted to announce that the next supper will be here on Friday 27 May 2016.

You can download an invitation and return-form (complete with the great menu available on the evening) by clicking here.

Please contact Chris Essex for details or if you would like to be invited in future.

Rob Newton OF makes first class Century

Rob Newton (R2003-2008)
Our intrepid OF Sports Co-Ordinator (Clive Smith) spotted news that Rob Newton (R2003-2008) has made his maiden first class century of the 2016 cricket season.  Rob made 108 in the Northamptionshire match again Gloucestershire in May 2016.  Congratulations to Rob.

You can read a distinguished piece on Rob here. 

2nd OF event in Germany

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 Kim Dickel (M97-98) once again organised a hugely successful event in Germany that went into the early hours of the morning.  Please read her full report here including some photos.

There are already plans for an event in Munich in 2017 so watch this space!

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Golf Reports - Spring Meeting & Grafton Morrish Qualifying 2016

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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. reports that the Spring Meeting was for the second time at Frinton and attracted a good field of 22 players.  You can read his full report here.

David also goes on to report that sadly we failed to qualify for the Grafton Morrish and you can read his report here.

Amazing London Marathon Challenge by OF

UPDATED STORY :  There’s an update on the charity page about how John Barton (Z74-81) got on, with a link to a little film Parkinson’s UK made about his marathon achievement with his daughter (over 42,000 views so far!).  John says "Overall an extraordinary experience—so many people were just incredibly generous and supportive. Terrific donations, unbelievable messages of support. Someone called Kate Lawton, who I have never met, ran the marathon in a dinosaur outfit and astonishingly gave me her official London Marathon medal since my finishing time was just outside the cutoff for medals (I missed it by a mere 23 hours). I feel so grateful and humbled for such generosity of spirit and will never be quite the same again. I’ve met lots of people over the years who face or have faced huge hardships—disease, disability, all kinds of hard knocks, being made to run unfeasibly long distances (26 miles—how cruel!). Those hardships can bring out the very best in people—the grit in the oyster that makes for a beautiful pearl.

OK so I didn’t quite keep up with Eliud Kipchoge—I was somewhere on the A206 in Woolwich when he crossed the line. But I felt like the champion. He who is last shall be first. All those years of coming in at the tail of the field in the dreaded Steeps proved good preparation."

The charity page stays open until till July.  So far John has raised nearly £15,000.


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OF Rifle Club - Pre-Season 2016 - Bisley

Shooting target
The annual pilgrimage to Bisley for the teams Pre-Season Practice hosted by the Old Framlinghamians Rifle Club this year was held over the weekend of 07/08 May 2016.

After 'zeroing' the rifles the team moved to Century Range to start its practice with the Cadet Target Rifle. The Wind Coaches, Bertie Southworth and Brandon Langridge soon settled in to the formalities and along with the Plotters, Will Brett and Tom Monaghan, had the scores hitting the high twenties.

In the evening we were invited to the North London Club House for a sit down dinner at the expense of the OF Rifle Club which always goes down very well with the Cadets.

The next day we were at the more challenging range of 600 yards,  with the wind coaches working harder as the wind was variable. 

The creme de la creme is when the OF’s bring out the rifles of interest which the Cadets are able to fire. The weekend was a great success and this goes down to the time and effort put in by the OF’s to which we are truly grateful. Best Shot: Bertie Southworth and Best New Comer: Joe Carter

Pictured here is Yr 9 Hugo Lewis with OF Nigel Burnip.

Newmarket Supper 2016

Rutland Arms Hotel
The Society of Old Framlinghamians Newmarket Supper was held at the Rutland Arms Hotel, Newmarket on Friday, 13th May 2016 when 23 members and guests dined in the cosy atmosphere of the Carriages Bar.

The President, Mr. Chris Essex, commenced proceedings on a sombre note with the announcement of the death that morning of Mr. David Mason (S55-59), a past President of the Society and long serving trustee.  The diners observed a minute’s silence in tribute to David.  The President also passed on an apology from Peter Golding (R45-49), a co-organiser of the Supper, who had been taken ill with a chest infection.  The President wished Peter a speedy recovery, which was endorsed by all attending.

After proposing a toast to the Queen, the President gave a report on recent developments within the Society.  He was pleased to report that OFs had as part of the 150th celebrations organised reunions in many parts of the world, some of which he had been able to attend.  He hoped the momentum could be maintained.  He also announced that the ‘due diligence’ checks into the Fowler bequest were in their final stages and had not revealed anything untoward.  It was therefore hoped to formally instigate the donation to the College at the July meeting.  A toast to the College was then proposed.

Mr. Martin Myers-Allen, Senior Master, responded on behalf of the College.  During his resume of College affairs, he displayed a remarkable grasp of racing terminology and racing humour.  On a more serious, note he highlighted the College’s struggle to keep the fees affordable for parents and the part bursaries would play in the future.

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School Report

Brandeston Hall photo
UPDATE from James Butchart (R51-60) In my first report from Brandeston after the autumn term of 1951, David Kittermaster commented in part “I’m afraid he has not much brain” and John Ferris said “he has made some effort with rather moderate equipment”.  Some 65 years later, I have no reason to argue with their assessments.

UPDATE from Mike Craddock (S 1949 –53) We were studying the period of English Literature where the letter “s” was written as “f” (except at the end of words).  Mr Winstanley gave us an essay to write.  I forget the actual subject, but I took great trouble to write the whole thing in this form.  In due course I handed it in, and it was returned, marked and with comment on the contents, but none on the style.  I thought “miserable old devil...”, but in my next end of term report, Winstanley, (known to us as “Fouf”), wrote “knowledge of fubject good, prefentation naufeating”!  My father, of course, wanted to know what this was all about.  (I should add that my handwriting was,and is, pretty dreadful).  Somebody once told me that there is a prize at the College for “Humour” in Mr Winstanley’s name (is this true? – if so the above may go some way to explaining).

Further memories of Mr Winstanley – he would walk about the classroom, reading aloud from a book, held in one hand and tossing a half-crown with the other.  We tried moving items of furniture, but he never fell over anything or dropped the coin.  I remember him with affection – as I do many other staff at the time, especially CE Thomas, our Housemaster (“I was born the day Lavoisier died”).

UPDATE from Norman Mayhew (R48-56) I have just seen the letter from Neil Joy referring to a report attributed to Alan Manthorpe about an unknown pupil, KNOWS NOTHING, DOES LESS. About 1949 I received a music report from Alan Hall, KNOWS NOTHING, CARES LESS.
This was entirely accurate and completely failed to impress my father, who was paying for the lessons, but has impressed my grandchildren for many years!

UPDATE from Neil Joy (R47-51) who writes "Having just read the website news digest I thought the following two school reports deserve some record for posterity.  The first was apparently written by "Bert" Manthorpe, the college art master in the late forties, about a pupil (unknown, as far as I heard) who had obviously not shone in class. It read: "Knows nothing, does less."  The second was written about me by my erstwhile maths teacher, Major P.L.P.Podd, who I remember as having a great wit, sense of humour and a fine line in sarcasm when merited, frequently having the entire class engulfed in laughter at one of his remarks. In this case he wrote of me: "Has worked quite well without undue risk of strain". I must confess that there have been many times since school days when that has applied to my life in general! 

ORIGINAL STORY : The 2015 Framlinghamian is out being delivered around the world and should have landed on doormats in the UK already.  Included in the SOF section on page 115 is an anonymous Brandeston Hall report from the 1950s with what can only be described as forthright comments from masters of the time.  This has prompted Fred Limer (S56-65) to send in his treasured 1958 report. If you click on the link you will see that this contains such encouraging comments as "His ideas are as ill-formed as his handwriting" or "Too slow to achieve any results to speak of.  When he wakes up some progress may be expected". To download the whole SOF section .

Fred tells us that he worked extremely hard to achieve this result and as a result has had the report hanging in his downstairs loo for the last 25 years!  Fred goes on to say that the observation about his French led him to a question at the beginning of the following term along the lines of “What is the point of writing faster than I think; won’t it come out as rubbish?”.  He went on to achieve a bunch of O levels and 2 A levels.

If anyone would like to share similarly motivating school reports from either Brandeston or the College, please email admin@oldframlinghamian.com Our thanks to Fred for agreeing to share this.