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


Gordon Flowerdew VC Death Penny

160510 Flowerdew 002 (170x94)

In June 2015, the College, SOF and the Flowerdew Family signed an agreement for the SOF to gift the original Flowerdew Death Penny to the Flowerdew family in return for the family gifting to the SOF a replica which the College will hold, keep safe and display in the College Chapel. The agreement also memorialises the ownership and the safe-keeping of the Flowerdew VC as well as that of the Death Penny.

In accordance with this agreement, the gifting of the original Death Penny in return for the replica took place at a short ceremony in the College Chapel on Tuesday 10 May 2016.  The College was represented by Headmaster Paul Taylor and Finance Director Nick Chaplin, the Family by Neil Flowerdew, and the SOF by Richard Sayer, Immediate Past President of the SOF.

Photographs of the ceremony can be seen here.

21st Century Leavers Ball

The first event organised by the Young OF Committee was a resounding success. The evening began with a sparkling wine reception in Paul's Court while guests gathered and caught up with past and present members of staff. Max Taylor was on hand to take photographs of groups as they arrived and then everyone was ushered outside for the 'Leavers' picture in front of Albert. Luckily the weather remained dry just long enough. A three course dinner was served in the dining room, Cromer crab salad followed by lamb rump and for dessert, white chocolate cheesecake. The atmosphere was buzzing, a dinner party for 120 guests. After the meal everyone returned to Paul's Court where the band, The Doldrums, and DJ, Jonnie Polyester, kept them all dancing until the early hours. Once again thank you to all the OFs who supported this event.

They are looking forward to the next one!  Photos taken on the night by Max Taylor can be seen here.

Golf - Halford Hewitt

Jonny Newton (K85-92) reports that we lost 3-2 to Bradfield in the Halford Hewitt golf.  Jon Wybar and Lottie Whyman and Rob Atton and Peter Watts won their respective matches and Gavin Cowell and Jonny Newton were the last team playing lost a tight match 3&2. Matt Stolls and Charlie Plunkett lost to the top pair and Richard Graves and Alex Henney lost to a strong pair.

Here is a photo of Alex Henney's family watching debutant Alex play. Alex's wife is 39 weeks pregnant and still came to watch!!!  Here is a photo of Lottie Whyman when she teed off on 13th hole.  Finally here is a photo of Newton and Cowell enjoying the halfway house at Royal St Georges.

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 ."