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


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.

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

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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.