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


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

Christina Johnson - article - west essex life - photo

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

Pickard log books - photo of Bill and James - small
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

College Crest
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
College Crest
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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Brian Aldiss (36-39) reaches 90

BRIANALDISS36-39 - photo
Brian Aldiss (36-39) was 90 in August 2015 and the Daily Telegraph magazine published on 31 October 2015 includes a 2 page article and pictures on him entiled "The world of Brian Aldiss, science-fiction writer".

You can read this as part of an updated biography on him here.

Overseas Bag – Spring/Autumn 2015

Mallorcan Gathering - 15 March 2015
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: Firstly an apology. For the first time in 10 years I failed to publish on the website a Spring 2015 Overseas Bag and the newsletter only carried some news on the 150th anniversary events. This edition and the 2015 Yearbook therefore contain a bumper crop of articles from over 500 emails received/sent. I have published the full version of the Overseas Bags for Spring/Autumn 2015 in the People section.

The highlight of the last year has clearly been the number of overseas events that have been organised to mark 150th anniversary of the first boys entering the College in April 1865. A huge thank you to all the organisers who came forward to get these off the ground and to everyone who was able to attend. The website already contains full stories and pictures on each of these events so please read them there and summary will appear in the Yearbook so this Overseas Bag only makes occasional passing reference to these wonderful events..

I hope these events will continue to be held on an annual or bi annual basis going forward, some on a more local basis like in Australia and Germany. I will still be trying to encourage new events in the likes of Belgium, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Kenya/Uganda, Nigeria, France, Spain, Thailand, east coast USA. If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch. As in the case of a number of events held in 2015 I will try and attend if possible. Email Chris Essex

OFGS v The College
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David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: "A battle royal took place with the College in the annual fixture on Friday, 9th October!

On a lovely autumn afternoon, lunch was enjoyed at Aldeburgh Golf Club with Dougal Lyon, Head of Golf, Tom Huggins, Marketing Manager, Susan Wessels, Deputy Head and Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport at the College joining us. Tom and Dougal then played in the afternoon.

Twelve singles matches took place, with the OF's running out narrow victors 7-5. Click Read more for further details of who played and the scores.

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