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


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 ."

SOF Annual Dinner - Saturday 19 March 2016, Royal Air Force Club

College Crest

FINAL REMINDER : The closure date for applications will be Monday 29 February 2016

The Society of Old Framlinghamians will return to the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY for the 2016 Annual Dinner on Saturday 19 March 2016. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event.

Tickets will cost £50 per head including wine which is excellent value-for-money for such a significant event in London - and £5 less than 2013! Younger OFs, under the age of 30 on 19 March 2016, may apply for a subsidised place at £25 - only 20 places at this reduced rate will be available. The tables will be seat up to 10 diners. Every effort will be made to seat diners close to colleagues and friends - just fill in the form as appropriate.

Dress is black tie or equivalent.

Full details are given in the Notification Letter which may be downloaded here. An application form may be downloaded here and an aide memoire with outline details can be downloaded here.

Members of the Society are encouraged to book early. The closure date for applications will be Monday 29 February 2016 . Cancellations without financial penalty will be possible until 11 March 2016, and early booking is encouraged.

It is possible that transport from Framlingham College to the RAF Club and return may be arranged. This is unlikely to stop at any other locations. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk

Please address any questions to Jane Easey on 01728 727227 or by email to jeasey@framcollege.co.uk or to Simon Dougherty on 01206735224 or by email to annualdinner@oldframlinghamian.com

Historic Varsity achievement

Caroline Reid - Varsity photo
UPDATE : After publishing the story below, we have heard that Esther Gosling (V09-11) represented Oxford Blues in the 2012 and 2014 varsity rugby matches. They were victorious in both and in 2014 she kicked a penalty and two conversions to win 17-12. She also played for Oxford 2nds Netball in 2014, Oxford 1sts rugby league in 2013 and Oxford 2nds rugby union in 2013 - they were victorious in all of these! 

ORIGINAL STORY : In March 2015 Caroline Reid (V03-09) became the first OF to be President of a women’s boat in the Boat Race and you can see the story here .  Now she has become the first OF to take part in the Women’s Rugby Varsity Match on 10 December 2015.  In so doing she has become the first women ever, from either Cambridge or Oxford University to win both a rowing and rugby blue.  Huge congratulations to Caroline.

Martin Myers-Allen (Headmaster at Brandeston) says that Caroline helped at Brandeston with games after her A levels at the College.  What a role model to have.

OFs rekindle rivalry in 2016 London Marathon

Henry Simpson & Mark Calvert

Reprising a friendly competitive rivalry that goes back more than 40 years to Brandeston Hall days, Mark Calvert (K79-84) and Henry Simpson (K79-84) will be running the London Marathon for charity on Sunday 24th April 2016.

Click here to see the start of the what they think was the first Framlingham College Half Marathon in 1983.  They weren’t at the front by the finish!  Anyone wishing to sponsor either or both of them can do so at the websites below, where every penny will be much appreciated.



A Degree from Oxford

Sabine Kerssemakers

Sabine Kerssemakers (P05-09) has recently contacted the College to speak to her Pembroke Housemistress Ruth Noble and tell her about her Postgraduate achievement at Oxford University. Congratulations Sabine! Read more...

Alex Myers-Allen (R04-13) - A Midsummer Nights Dream at Berkeley Castle

A Midsummer Night's Dream - July 2016 - small

The 19th February 2016 marked the 420th anniversary of the wedding between Lord Thomas Berkeley and Elizabeth Carey at Berkeley Castle - the wedding for which William Shakespeare wrote and first performed one of the most successful plays in theatre history - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The London based company, Split Second Productions, will be returning to Berkeley Castle from 17th –27th July 2016 for what will be a history-making production of this play.

Set in the heart of a mythical forest surrounding Athens, four star-crossed lovers, a company of amateur actors and a fairy kingdom will collide to create one of the best-loved tales of falling in love - all in one night. But as we know, and as we are told; "The course of true love never did run smooth."

Producer Tom Berkeley holds very close familial ties to the project as he is a descendant of the very Berkeley family. Among the cast you will find students from the Guildford School of Acting including Alex Myers-Allen (R04-13), an undergraduate at the Guildford School of Acting, playing the part of Demetrius.




Framlingham College Golf Day 2016

GOLF DAY 2016-small

After a successful event in 2015, the Framlingham College Golf Day returns on Thursday 23rd June at Thorpeness Golf Club.

The afternoon starts with refreshments on arrival at 12.30pm for a 1.30pm shotgun start. The golf will be followed by an informal dinner at the Country Club with prize giving and a raffle in aid of the ICENI Project, Ipswich.

The format is four-ball better-ball and the total cost per team is £200 (includes dinner and the option of a sponsorship banner on the course). Each team is required to bring a prize for the raffle so that we can help raise funds for charity. If you would like to promote your business to fellow golfers, please provide flyers before the event.

If you would like an entry form please contact Tom Huggins, the College Marketing Manager: thuggins@framcollege.co.uk

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!