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


A Degree from Oxford

Sabine Kerssemakers

Sabine Kerssemakers (P05-09) has recently contacted the College to speak to her Pembroke Housemistress Ruth Noble and tell her about her Postgraduate achievement at Oxford University. Congratulations Sabine! Read more...

Alex Myers-Allen (R04-13) - A Midsummer Nights Dream at Berkeley Castle

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The 19th February 2016 marked the 420th anniversary of the wedding between Lord Thomas Berkeley and Elizabeth Carey at Berkeley Castle - the wedding for which William Shakespeare wrote and first performed one of the most successful plays in theatre history - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The London based company, Split Second Productions, will be returning to Berkeley Castle from 17th –27th July 2016 for what will be a history-making production of this play.

Set in the heart of a mythical forest surrounding Athens, four star-crossed lovers, a company of amateur actors and a fairy kingdom will collide to create one of the best-loved tales of falling in love - all in one night. But as we know, and as we are told; "The course of true love never did run smooth."

Producer Tom Berkeley holds very close familial ties to the project as he is a descendant of the very Berkeley family. Among the cast you will find students from the Guildford School of Acting including Alex Myers-Allen (R04-13), an undergraduate at the Guildford School of Acting, playing the part of Demetrius.




Framlingham College Golf Day 2016

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After a successful event in 2015, the Framlingham College Golf Day returns on Thursday 23rd June at Thorpeness Golf Club.

The afternoon starts with refreshments on arrival at 12.30pm for a 1.30pm shotgun start. The golf will be followed by an informal dinner at the Country Club with prize giving and a raffle in aid of the ICENI Project, Ipswich.

The format is four-ball better-ball and the total cost per team is £200 (includes dinner and the option of a sponsorship banner on the course). Each team is required to bring a prize for the raffle so that we can help raise funds for charity. If you would like to promote your business to fellow golfers, please provide flyers before the event.

If you would like an entry form please contact Tom Huggins, the College Marketing Manager: thuggins@framcollege.co.uk

OF celebrates 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare

Christina Johnson - Shakespeare(1)

Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) is in the news again for performing in a concert in the Czech Republic to mark 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.  You can read the full article here.

It is interesting to see that she is performing at a concert in Framlingham Church to raise money for Annie's Challenge on 8th and 9th April 2016.

Popular Framlingham businessman to run London Marathon

Bill Bulstrode

Well known OF Bill Bulstrode (K62-69) got in touch to say "I'm taking part in the Virgin London Marathon 2016 on 24 April 2016 to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. I'm going to be raising money in memory of Maurice Cobb​, my late father in law​.  It's easy to donate online with a debit or credit card - just visit my JustGiving page . JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer's Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more."

Bill runs the ever popular home, style and fun shop in the centre of Framlingham and is a member of OF Council.  Bill's shop was facing closure after 45 years but was reprieved due to popular demand!

Soprano Christina Johnston-Myachin interviewed

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Tom Huggins (Marketing Officer at the College) recently interviewed Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) for West Essex Life.  You can read the full article on page 93 here.

The original founders/houses

Sir Edward Kerrison

We are very grateful to James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) for researching the backgrounds and families of each of the original founders and the houses named after them.  These can be read within the Distinguished section of the website here.

Group Captain Percy Pickard's (G26-32) RAF Log Books examined

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UPDATE : Following the original article, it was specifically circulated to OFs who were at the College when Pickard visited.  You can read all their memories here.

ORIGINAL :Thanks to the kind permission of ‘Lord Ashcroft and the Ashcroft Medal Collection’, Bill Collard (S55-58) and James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) have been able to research and photograph the three RAF log books that once belonged to Group Captain Percy C Pickard DSO** DFC and Czech Grand Cross (G26-32).

Some fascinating information and facts have been found including the exact date of Pickard’s visit to the college in WW2. Some mystery has always surrounded this trip with alleged records of Pickard flying into the nearby USAAF base in a US bomber or buzzing the college in his Tiger Moth. In fact he arrived at Parham airfield during the afternoon of 19th November 1943 flying his famous ‘F for Freddie’ Mosquito in which he would tragically lose his life some three months later. Read the full report here including James's analysis of the log books. You can also read the full biography on Pickard in the distinguished section of the website here.

Brian Rosen (S40-46), who was at the College at the time Pickard made his wartime visit, thought it might be interesting to hear recollections of this visit, so we have emailed this story to 29 OFs with an email address who were at the College on 19 November 1943 and we will publish later.

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OF London Supper - 26 January 2016

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The first London Supper of 2016 will be held at The Royal Air Force Club (128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY) on Tuesday 26 January. Our guest speakers will Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp, two young OF’s who will talk about their forthcoming project "Walk on the wild side - London to Katmandu 6500 miles in 10 months". Pre and post meal drinks will be in the First Floor Victoria Bar from 6:30pm and Supper will be served in the President's Room at 7:30p.m.

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 contact organiser Nigel Burnip if you would like to come at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis. The last date for booking acceptances is 7 days before the event (Tuesday 19th January).

Year 12 London Careers Event - Friday 13th November 2015
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UPDATE: This very successful event was held and a huge thank you to all OFs who were able to support in any way. Particular thanks to Matt Truman (R92-97) for allowing us to use his offices for hosting the evening reception and the SOF Trustees for financing the food and drink provided.

Please click here to read Catherine Cranmer's report on the whole day and to see a few pictures.

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