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


OF to undertake relief work on Syrian border

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Anna Thorne (M04-10) writes :  "I'm raising money for a project that several OFs are supporting. In September, I am moving to Jordan for a year to work with Relief International and UNICEF in schools on the Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps near the Syrian border. They recruited me after I completed an English Language and Lit degree at Oxford, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course, and 8 months of part-time teaching in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps, which I did alongside my full-time job this year. I am trying to raise as much money for Relief International and this project as possible before I leave in September, and would be really grateful for any assistance OFs might be able to give me. 

I'm available via email any time or my mobile on 07415672840." 

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'On an eminence': Celebrating 150 years of Framlingham College

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UPDATE : Just a reminder that copies of this excellent book are still available. If you would like a copy then please e-mail Jane Easey (V87-89) at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk. While also looking at the early history of the College, much of the book focusses on the last fifty years, right up to the present day. This link includes a few taster pages .

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OF Shooter to represent GB

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James Mehta (S67-75) has been selected to represent the GB Rifle Team, touring and competing in Canada and the US later this summer. They have a training weekend at Bisley on 25/26 June 2016 which sadly means that he will have to miss 1970s leavers reunion lunch.  We wish James all the very best and look forward to publishing a full report on his return.

News on Danielle Maran (M99-11)

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Her mum writes to tell us that Pilot Officer Danielle Maran went on to study Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst studying at University, she was a member of the University of London Air Squadron, where she completed a basic freefalling course and flew the mighty Tutor. She also organised and took part in a Guard of Honour for her Majesty the Queen, at Royal Holloway. Danielle  started Initial Officer Training in April 2015 at RAF College Cranwell and graduated as a member of the Queen's Squadron on 17th December 2015.  She is currently at RAF Boulmer completing her phase two training to become a qualified Aerospace Battle Manager.

David Mason (S55-59)

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UPDATE : The funeral took place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June and was attended by around 160 including 18 OFs and many of their partners.   A tribute was given to David by his son Simon and a poem was read by his other son James.  Psalm 23 was read by his brother Richard.   OFs known to have been present were - Richard Mason (brother), Chris Essex (President), Norman Porter (Hon Sec), Bill Collard, John Ellerby, Jon Ford, Peter Golding, Michael Holden, Chris Keeble, Barry Lorkin, Paul Mason, Tim Mitchell, Andrew Moore, John Rankin, James Ruddock-Broyd, Brian Smith, Clive Smith, Michael Smy and John Waugh.  Given David’s 30 year service as an SOF Trustee it was fitting that all 4 current trustees were present.  Amongst the apologies were  - Jim Blythe, Simon Dougherty, John Edwards, Ian Howard, Richard Sayer, Paul Taylor and Andrew Wright.  Here is the front cover of the Order of Service.

ORIGINAL : It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Mason (S55-59).  He passed away on the morning of 13th May 2016 at home in Wallington, Surrey. As many of you will know, David had been ill for some time, and had been in hospital, as well as receiving ongoing treatment. He was a Trustee of the Society for many years, many of those years as conscientious Chairman and custodian of the Society's funds. He was also a recent Past President. Being elected to this position meant a great deal to him - as did the recent award of the BEM for services to Charity. The Society and the College owe him a great deal and we salute his memory, while offering our most sincere condolences to his wife Anne, and family.

The funeral will take place at Croydon Crematorium on Monday 6 June at 2.15pm

Silent Auction @ Music on a Midsummer's Evening - Wednesday 29 June 2016

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Mark Robinson (Deputy Head - Co-Curricular - enrichment) reports that as part of this year’s Music on a Midsummer’s Evening on the Back, the College will be holding a Silent Auction in order to help raise funds for the chosen College charity of the term, Annie’s Challenge, along with the complementary Kathmandu-it Project.

Annie’s Challenge (www.annieschallenge.org - registered charity number 1166362) as many of you will know, is run by Nick and Madeleine Dunham and their family, and is designed to help raise funds for brain tumour research as well as various organisations responsible for looking after those diagnosed with terminal illnesses. The Kathmandu-it project (www.kathmandu-it.uk) is devoted to raising funds for the same charity, primarily through the sponsorship of two OFs, Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp, walking the 6,500 miles from sunny Suffolk to Kathmandu. They were guests of the SOF at the London dinner in January and you can read more about them in an earlier news item here.

Should you wish to contribute to either of these hugely worthwhile charities independently of the Silent Auction, you will find a link on both websites to a Just Giving donation page. If you prefer to sponsor Henry and Sam on their highly ambitious undertaking, please contact Nick Dunham at ndunham@clarkeandsimpson.co.uk.

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London Supper - Tuesday 5 July 2016

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The second of this year's London Suppers will take place at The East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LH on Tuesday 5 July 2016. Pre and post meal drinks will be in the Clive Room from 6:30pm, supper in the same room at 7:30pm. 

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 email confirmation of payment to me at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

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.