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


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

OFRC Present "The Custard Avengers" (15)

James Mehta writes: Please find attached the report from Bisley 2016, an exhilirating story of grit, fire and determination where the OFRCs mightiest heroes came together to battle their enemies.

You can read the full report here.

OF golfers soundly beaten by Aldeburgh GC

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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: “The day following the Autumn meeting at Aldeburgh there was the annual match against Aldeburgh Golf Club.  The Old Framlinghamians put out a strong side with several good single figure players but once again were soundly beaten by a strong Aldeburgh team, who made home and a large stroke advantage count. However, the company was good, the lunch first class and overall, apart from the result, it was a very enjoyable day.  Click here to read my report on the match against Aldeburgh."

OFGS Autumn Meeting 2016

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The meeting was held in bright sunny conditions on Friday, 9th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club. They were looked after superbly as usual by the host club and enjoyed playing on a course in excellent condition although the greens were slower than usual.

Read the full story on who won what and who just enjoyed a great day out here along with a picture of the trophy winners.

'Excellence of Youth Exhibition' 24th-25th September

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Congratulations to OF Jack Bullen and current student JoJo Maberly for being selected to exhibit their work at the ‘Excellence of Youth’ Exhibition being held in Hall Barn, Great Thurlow on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September.

Full details are available at: http://excellenceofyouth.com/

'Much Ado About Nothing'

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A message from Dorothy Englert, Head of Drama: This term's senior production at the College is going to be Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' - the play will be performed in the HPT and will run from the 30th November to the 2nd December, performances start at 7:30pm.

Please contact reception@framcollege.co.uk if you would like to book a seat. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis and are free!


OF Sandy Walker wins major shooting prize today

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HOT OFF THE PRESS James Mehta reports "This morning Sandy Walker won the St Georges prize. This is the second most important competition during the Bisley Imperial Meeting. 

All competitors (I think about 900 this year) fire 2 sighter and 15 rounds to count at 300 yds. Max score is 75.15. Sandy scored 75.8.  The highest  300 competitors then fire 2+15 at 600yds. Sandy scored 75.14, and this score is added to the 300yd score to select the top 100 competitors for the final. I hope you’re following this!

These 100 then fire 2+15 at 900yds, and the score here is added to the 600 score. Sandy won with a score of 150.27. Trust me, this is awesome! For comparison Kim Pope scored 149, and I scored 147. And is against a truly international field!"

Click here to see a photo of Sandy being congratulated by John Webster, Chairman of the NRA.