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

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Death of former Brandeston teacher

Brandeston
Bob Williams (Hon OF) writes : Alumni passing through Framlingham College Prep School in the 1980’s will be saddened to learn of the death, on 11 June, 2019, of Robin V Williams, former Head of the Maths Department at Brandeston Hall. An inspired teacher and a cricket coach par excellence, he will be fondly remembered by those under his wing as having a bark infinitely worse than his bite - but one was left in no doubt when Robin was nearby and in full flow! Likewise, he was much loved as a Common Room colleague. Veteran staff member from that era, Brian Rosen, O.F., remarked to me in a recent communication - 'I used to say that every common room needs a Robin – but only one or the system would collapse!’. In his retirement he continued to live nearby, in Aldringham, claiming that he would wish to live in no other county than Suffolk



Centenary of Augustus Agar (02-03) being awarded VC

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Richard Sayer writes :  Having established contact with the descendants of OF Gus Agar, VC, DSO, the SOF proposed, and both Paul Taylor and the Agar family agreed, to commemorate Agar’s heroism on the centenary of his VC action, Monday 17th June, with a short service in the College Chapel.

Headmaster Paul Taylor welcomed a full chapel of over 250 pupils, six members of the Agar family, members of College staff, Governors, and a dozen OFs. Following a stirring rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country, Jonathan Agar, great nephew, narrated the story of his ancestor’s virtually single-handed attack, whilst acting under-cover for the Secret Service, on the Russian fleet seized by the Bolsheviks in Kronstadt, Russia. He torpedoed and sank a cruiser, and two months later led another attack which sank two battleships. In WWII his command HMS Dorsetshire was sunk within 8 minutes by a Japanese bomber. Agar kept his 650 crew treading water, warding off sharks, with the injured in the centre and the rest in the outer ring, for 30 hours until rescue arrived.

Lt. Colonel Martin Myers-Allen laid a wreath on the Agar memorial in the Chapel, and College Chaplain Brynn Bayman closed the service by quoting the eternal lines from R.L.Binyon’s poem. After the service two interviews were conducted on Radio Suffolk, one aired before the service with Paul Taylor, followed by a longer interview with the family at 2.40pm on the Leslie Dolphin Show. Coffee was provided in Paul’s Court for guests after the service.

Before and after the special chapel service there were features on BBC Radio Suffolk.  The prior article can be heard at 1.25.18 and the article afterwards can be heard at 1.40.08.. His distinguished article can be read here.



SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 16th July 2019

Farmers Club
OF Coordinator Kate Jackson writes: The next SOF London Supper will be held at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL on Tuesday 16 July 2019. Pre-supper drinks from 6.30pm with Supper at 7.30pm.  As usual, there will be a meeting of the SOF Council commencing at 5.30pm.

The meal will cost £40 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  Concessions are available to current Moreau Scholars and the first 10 under-30s to apply. Payment can be made either by cheque payable to the “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to me, Kate Jackson​, OF Co‑Ordinator, Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk. IP13 9EY or online to the SOF account at HSBC, Sort Code 40-25-31, Account Number 72346451.  Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and your Surname.  If making an online payment, please email confirmation of payment to me at kjackson@framcollege.co.uk.

There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Tuesday 9th July.

Please notify me of any dietary requirements by 9 July 2019.



Augustus Agar VC Centenary

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On the Centenary of him being awarded his VC, Monday 17 June, the Headmaster and Chaplain will dedicate the College’s usual 20 minute 0830 morning chapel service to a commemoration of Agar, a narrative of his life, a tribute, a hymn and the laying of a wreath by a banner party.

Jonathan Agar will be present and will talk briefly about his ancestor. It will good if some Old Framlinghamians, Governors and College friends are able to make it.  It will be small and intimate, and suitably low key. It has to be over in 20 minutes but will be memorable.

It would help logistics if you would kindly indicate to Richard Sayer OF if you intend to be present.

You can read his full distinguished entry here and listen to the great man personally describing his exploits that led to his VC



First OF elected an MEP

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In the European elections in May 2019, Dr David Bull (Z80-87) had the distinction of becoming the first OF to be elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).  He was one of 3 MEPs elected to represent the Brexit Party in the North West of England.  How long he serves as an MEP is yet to be determined!

You can read his impressive CV by clicking here.



Exciting new SOF Merchandise available

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We are excited to announce the availability of 2 new items of SOF merchandise, both of which have been designed by OFs.

Bella Singleton (V05-09) has designed ladies scarves in Red & Pink or in Blue & Grey – click here for picture.  They are 67cm square, made from 100% silk and cost £32 each.

Chris Keeble (S53-59) has designed and SOF lapel pin badge.  It is made from bronze metal with presentation box – click here for picture.  They cost £6 each.

Both of these are available to purchase online on the College website by clicking here.



Chrissy Johnston to sing with Jose Carreras in London

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Jose Carreras, the legendary tenor is saying farewell to London on June 16th and Chrissy Johnston (V01-06) has been chosen personally by Jose to feature with him and The Royal Philharmonic orchestra at Kenwood House this summer!  Chrissy writes “It will be the most spectacular concert and the wonderful Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who was the cellist at Meghan and Harry’s Wedding last year, will be the warm up act. It will be everyone’s last opportunity to hear the beautiful sound of Jose and the beginning of hearing me, as Jose hands over the baton to me.”

Jose and Chrissy will be singing many diets together and Chrissy will be debuting her beautiful soprano solo pieces! Click here to see poster and tickets can be found here.

Chrissy will also be singing at Ascot this summer as she has been chosen to be the voice and face of The War Horse Memorial Charity. They have a beautiful statue of Poppy the horse in Ascot and Purple Poppy Day launched in the UK last summer August 23rd.

Chrissy, a keen horse rider herself, is honoured to be an Ambassador for the charity.  “We forget how much these beautiful animals did for us during the war, over 8 million died in effort to save us. They laid their lives down for us heroically. I am honoured to be able to honour them with the songs written by Warwick, Young and Maclean.”



OF Golf Society News - Spring Meeting & Grafton Morrish reports

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has been busy again with golf competititions.

Click here to read the report and photo from the Grafton Morrish Tournament.

Click here to read the report and photo  from the Spring Meeting at Frinton.



A history of Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings
OFs will be aware of the Snape Maltings and the connection of the Gooderham family, many of whom went to the College.  Click here to read a fascinating article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 11 May 2019, that Simon Dougherty spotted.



OF Shooting Report - May 2019

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Steve McDowell latest report can be read  here.