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

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Suffolk Supper Report - 2012

The supper this year followed a similar format to last. It differed in that the meal, instead of being finger food, was a choice of three self -service hot dishes with vegetables and/or rice followed by a plate of little puddings. This went down very well with all who participated. Though there wasn't much food left over, everyone had as much as they wanted, even sampling two or three of the dishes, and going back for second helpings.

Just before the meal the President presented the Headmaster with a cheque for £100,000 as the Society’s initial contribution towards the Capital projects to mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the College, which will take place in 2015. Paul Taylor suitably responded in thanking the Society and its members for their generosity.

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Bench in memory of John Waddell (R39-46)

John Waddell's Bench - Aug 2012

Nicki Hedin has donated a bench on the Back to the College in memory of her late father, John Waddell (R39-46). John’s grandsons Joseph Hedin (Year 11) and Ollie Hedin (Year 9) are in Garrett. In addition to the new bench remembering John Waddell (click on the photograph on the left for a larger picture), there are now benches on the West side of The Back in memory of Jeff Wornham (K 89-95), Glenys Maulden (late wife of John Maulden (G45-50) and Keith Bridges (College Cabinet maker and Craftsman).

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"Into the Third Millennium" - Sales going well

We announced the ‘print-on-demand’ launch of John Maulden’s book “Into the Third Millennium” in late July (read the original story here). Since then, sales have been going well, and fulfilment of orders by Blurb.com has been prompt and efficient. If you haven’t already ordered your copy, click this link to go straight to the book’s order page, where payment can be by credit card or PayPal (the retail price is £8.99 plus P&P).

The book is an enjoyable read for all Framlinghamians, but particularly for those who were at the College between 1975 and 2000. It provides, among other things, a comprehensive index of 500 named individuals – and you never know, you might be among them!
 
A permanent link to the book’s order page will be maintained under the Publications menu of this website.

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Record-breaking turnout for Aldeburgh Golf Meeting
Golf Society

The OFGS Autumn meeting was held in hot sunny weather with a gentle cooling breeze on Friday, 7th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club where we were looked after superbly as usual. This year there was an excellent turn out of 30 members, including two new faces, Richard Binder and Ian Bryce, and one from the past, Colin Micklewright, who was spending a week in Suffolk visiting relations a long way from his home in Cornwall. Once again the overall scoring was excellent as can be seen from the results shown below:

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OFGS Golfers win against Aldeburgh GC
Golf Society
An OFGS team, led by Robin Anderton, currently vice-captain of the host club, had a good win by 6 ½ to 3 ½ against Aldeburgh Golf Club on Saturday, 8th September, the day after the Autumn Meeting. The match was played in glorious weather and the team were looked after in splendid fashion as usual by the hosts. 
 

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Cyril Gray 2012 - OF Golfers do well in the Plate
Golf Society
The Cyril Gray is a knockout tournament involving 3 pairs playing foursomes off scratch. All players must be over 50 years of age and the competition is held at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey.
 
We had two new members in the squad, Gavin Cowell and Mike Schneidau. The team was completed by Robin Anderton, Martin Lamb, Peter Watts and Roger Wharton.
 

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SOF Football - 'Suffolk’ XI -v- ‘Rest of the World’

OF Football 2012 LogoStephanie Wright (M 2002-10) reports: On September 1, a welcome condition will be spreading throughout the Society of Old Framlinghamians. Indeed, on September 1, 2012, the College will once again be welcoming football fever into its grounds.

UPDATE 15th August: A reminder that the deadline for SOF Football is this SUNDAY, 19th August - if you want to participate in any way then get in touch ASAP. If there are not enough players by Sunday then I might have to cancel; please spread the word. All the information you'll need can be found at:  OF Football Match Facebook Event – or, if you are on Twitter, search the hashtag ‘#FramFootball’.

If you are interested in playing or getting involved in any way at all, please contact Ted Harrington (S 2005-10) as soon before Sunday, 19 August as possible. Should any questions arise, you can also contact him via email at Teddy.Harrington@hotmail.co.uk.

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The Colditz Cock - New Channel 4 Programme

Followers of the website may recall an article, back in July 2008, about the Colditz Cock, and the part that Bill Goldfinch (26-32) played in the construction of this secret glider, which he and others built in a concealed attic of Colditz Castle.

A new film has been made, this time on location at Colditz Castle, following the reconstruction of the glider from the original plans and materials, culminating in a flight attempt using the method planned by Bill and his fellow prisoners - but will it work?

The programme, "Escape From Colditz", goes out tonight (13th August 2012) at 9.00pm, but it should be available on 4oD for a while afterwards. You can read about it the programme Here.

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Suffolk Supper (and The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Suffolk Supper 2012 - Saturday 15th September.

Update 12th September: This event is now sold-out - A great thing to be able to report, but sorry if you were hoping to make a late reservation and are now disappointed.

Last year’s Suffolk Supper – a tribute to Tony Lawrence – marked a departure from traditional sit-down suppers. The buffet format was hailed as a considerable success, so we have decided to repeat that format this year. Tables will be set up, so there will be no need to wander around precariously, performing an impossible balancing act with food, cutlery and glass, while eating and talking at the same time. So come along prepared to mix and mingle, rather than be fixed at one particular table.

One of the problems of having a Council Meeting at 5.30pm is that guests are left to their own devices while the meeting is taking place. The College has normally kindly provided refreshments during this time, but that hardly fills the space. This year, however, we are able to offer OFs and their guests alternative fare in the Headmaster Porter Theatre. Dan Wood, Events Manager, has secured the services of a professional theatre company which will be putting on a performance of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” during this time. (The Play starts at 5.15pm). 

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“Three Heroes” tour of Northern France and Belgium – Feb 2014

 Plans are afoot to conduct a unique tour of Northern France and Belgium, in February 2014, to commemorate the actions of three military heroes of Framlingham College, and James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52), Hon. Tour Promoter, is keen to hear from people who might be interested in joining it. He writes:

“The 18th February 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Jericho, the famous raid on Amiens Prison led by Group Captain Percy Pickard (G 26-32). In the course of the raid, Pickard was shot down and killed. Before his early death, Pickard won no fewer than three Distinguished Service Orders.
 

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