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


Article on Framlingham VC winners
Gordon Muriel Flowerdew - picture
James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) spotted a copy of the April edition of Suffolk & Norfolk Life in his hotel room last week. This edition includes a special feature on Suffolk & Norfolk born VC winners, including our own Gordon Flowerdew and William Hewitt. Click here to see the article in full .

The OF organized trip to France/Belgium commencing Monday 7 April will visit the sites where Flowerdew and Hewitt won their VCs.

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SOF Hong Kong Supper 2014
Honk Kong Supper - group photo
Ian Howard (S57-62) reports as follows: The annual Hong Kong supper was held on Thursday 27 March, 2014, at the Edingburgh Room of the Hong Hong Club. The occasion brought together the following 9 OFs: Ian Howard (S57-62); John Birt (Thailand) (S59-63); Bob Holland (Penang) (R57-65); Keith Williams (R63-67); John Ting (G02-09); Henry Tang (K03-10); Ian Tsang (K02-09); Jason Wong (S04-07)) and Athena Choi (V02-03). A last minute back injury forced Moria Theulier (M91-93) to have to cancel.

Click here to see a larger version of the group photo and here to see the signed menu .

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Were you in Moreau in 1964?
Moreau - bottle_of_port(2)
UPDATE: Jane Easey (V87-89), Old Framlinghamian Co-ordinator, has recently sent out this invitation from Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College, to all known OF signatories to the June 1964 bottle of port, laid down by Bob Gillett for opening 50 years later. The bottle will be opened on Speech Day on 4th of July 2014. She says “We do hope you can make it and that you will be able to join us for lunch and a tour of the College beforehand. Please pass the invitation on to anyone you know that signed the bottle in 1964 but has not updated us with their current details.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE I am trying to track down a group of very important OFs so that they can be invited back to the College to celebrate an Anniversary Event. In the Headmaster’s Office there is a bottle of port laid down almost 50 years ago, in June 1964, by Bob Gillett (Housemaster) and the students of Moreau House. The bottle is signed by those 1964 students, and there were instructions that the bottle was to be opened 50 years later on the occasion of the College’s 150th. That time is now imminent, and it is hoped that there will be a grand ceremonial opening of the bottle with as many of the 1964 students and staff present as can be assembled.

You can read a more detailed letter and photos by clicking here or email me. The attached letter shows in red those OFs we are particular keen to get in touch with as we currently have no up to date contact details.

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Amiens Prison Raid - 70th Anniversary at RAF Hunsdon
Following 70th anniversary service and presentation of painting at the Collge, there was another service at RAF Hunsdon to mark 70th anniversary of the raid on Amiens jail led by Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32). RAF Hunsdon is where Pickard took off from on 18 February 1944 on that fateful trip. Bill Collard (S55-58) and Andrew Payn attended the service on Sunday 16 February 2014 to represent the SOF and College.

You can read Bill’s report and see a couple of photos by clicking here .

On 70th anniversary of the raid, The Times published this story about a new book that suggests a very contrary view on the objective/purpose of the raid to those normally accepted as the reason.

You can read the full story [g2bridge:10505 downloadLink:here] on Pickard’s amazing life.

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Proposed New SOF Rules & Way Forward Agreement
College Crest
Richard Sayer, SOF President writes : On March 29th at the AGM of the Society, we shall vote on the proposition that we should as of January 1st 2015 introduce New Rules.

Council agreed at its October meeting to the Society entering into a joint venture agreement with the College, known as the Way Forward Agreement (“WFA”). That agreement makes changes to the way in which the Society will operate once it comes into effect on January 1st 2015 – for example by doing away with Life Membership and altering the way in which we finance our operating costs. You can read more details on this very significant agreement here . Council further agreed in October to draft new Rules to reflect those changes, and to approve them at our March 29 AGM, when we will also formally ratify the WFA.

I am now attaching a copy of the draft new SOF Rules for your perusal and, I hope, approval.

The draft is the product of the joint efforts of many people, whose great help I wish to acknowledge: including Hon.Secretary Norman Porter, IPP Simon Dougherty, Hetta Rogers, David Mallett, Richard Overend, Chris Essex and Peter Howard-Dobson. The draft has now been approved, without amendment, by Council.

It is important that all OFs have an opportunity to view the new Rules and to raise any concerns they may have. I shall be grateful if within the next 28 days you will let me know if you are unhappy with any of the proposed changes. Copies of the existing 2010 Rules are also available on the SOF website. I hope that many of you will attend the AGM (and the dinner that evening) to support this motion.

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Help 4 Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2014
Guy Bettesworth (S62-71) - cyclying
Guy Bettesworth (S62-71) after coming through unscathed from a 37 year army career, wants to help raise funds for those of his colleagues who were less fortunate. He will be undertaking the Help 4 Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride from Brussels to Paris and then “The Hero Ride” from Blackheath to Horse Guards Parade.

If you would like to support him then click here for more details.

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70th anniversary of raid on Amiens Jail to be marked
Pickard - Amiens painting
UPDATE : On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the raid on Amiens jail led by Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32), Patrick Taylor (K43-46) generously donating to the College an original painting of that historic event.

Click here to see a photo of the painting and some photos taken on the day.

You can read the full story [g2bridge:10434 downloadLink:here] on Pickard’s amazing life.

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100 year old postcards come to light
FURTHER UPDATE : John has also supplied fascinating front and back pictures of 1935 Churchman cigarette packet featuring OF tie! These have been added to gallery using the link below.

UPDATE : John Ineson (G43-50) saw the previous article that Daniel Streeter had sent in some postcards and has now sent in some additional one’s from the same period around 100 years ago. If you are a registered member please click here to see the full set. There is for example an amazing postcard image from 1906 showing a very overgrown castle, before English Heritage came along!

Original story : Daniel Streeter (R84-89) some time ago kindly sent us a series of postcards images of the College around 1910/20s, with the coloured Castle card postmarked 1906. At the time he sent them, the Gallery on the website was being redeveloped but it is now fully up and running. The postcards offer a fascinating insight into what life was like at the College around 100 years.

If any OFs have other postcards or views on exactly when some of these images were taken, we’d very much like to hear from you. Please e-mail admin@oldframlinghamian.com.

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Expeditioners’ Dinner - 31 May 2014 CANCELLED
‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.’ Tao 64

UPDATE: Dinner cancelled due to low numbers

Expeditions - Venez_pics_128
Lewis Myers-Allen (R2007-2012) writes: There will be many Old Framlinghamians out there who have a taste for adventure and travel. They will include those who have taken part in one or more of the College’s ‘Journeys of Self-Discovery’ and those who have enjoyed adventures of their own. Since 1997 more than 250 expeditioners have taken part in one of the College’s ‘Journeys of Self-Discovery’ to far-flung reaches of the world, and I think 2014 is possibly the time for any like-minded Old Framlinghamian with a passion for travel to meet under the same roof to share tales, meet old friends, make new friends, and learn about an exciting Old Framlinghamians’ expedition. In 2015, I am organising this, with a bit of help from my father, who founded the expedition ethos at Framlingham.

Click here for more details.

Please keep an eye on the OF website for updates and if the Society hasn't got your current email address, please contact the admin team so you don’t miss out on any relevant information. Don’t forget to also stay in the loop by following the OFs on twitter and facebook .

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Paul Taylor meets OFs for a drink in HK
HK meeting with Paul Taylor (2)

On Friday 10 January 2014, the Head Paul Taylor, popped over to Hong Kong and met up with various OFs. Click here to see a couple of photos.

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