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


Richard Vaughan-Griffith MC 1945-2012
It is with much sadness that we learn of the death of distinguished OF Richard Derek Lloyd Vaughan-Griffith MC (K60-64). He had been ill for some time and passed away on Wednesday 4 January 2012. The funeral service took place on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 11.00am, at the Church of St Mary The Virgin, Frensham, Surrey, GU10 3EA.

Richard was the most recent OF to be awarded the Military Cross, which he won in 1967 while serving with the Queen's Own Hussars in Aden. More recently he had owned an international Risk Management consultancy.  You can read his distinguished article here. If you want to be reminded about what he looked like as a schoolboy, log-in and take a look at the Gallery (click here for 1960s) where he features as captain of the 1963 Rugby 1st XV, and captain of the 1964 Cricket 1st XI.

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College History Page Marks Start of 150th Anniversary

At the start of the College's celebrations to mark its 150th Anniversary, a much enhanced treatment of various aspects of its history has now been published on the College website (with credits to Mark Robinson & Michael Cook for their research and the words, and to Tom Huggins and Jamie Mayhew for the website presentation). Apart from a section on the school itself, there are sections dealing with Prince Albert, Framlingham College Heads, Presidents of the Corporation, Chairmen of Governors, the first benefactors (work in progress so still to come) and the various Houses, buildings and sports facilities.

To go straight to the History section, click this link to the College History Pages

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Cambria Restoration Completed
CambrieAs the final part of the mammoth 4 year, £1.4 million restoration of the famous Thames sailing barge Cambria comes to an end, project manager Bill Collard (S 1955-57) reports that the Faversham based film maker Mike Maloney has now completed what is being acknowledged as the best sailing barge film every produced. The DVD includes many historic views of barges in their working environment, interviews with shipwrights and sailmakers, while interweaving the full Cambria story together with her triumphant return to barge racing in July 2011.

DVD obtainable from Countrywide Productions at www.cwideprods.co.uk at a price of £15 plus p&p

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South East Supper Report
James Ruddock-Broyd, supper organiser, reports: Our third SE Supper was held in the cosy surroundings of the Piltdown Golf Club on the 22nd October 2011, where it had been kindly arranged by Andrew Wright. A sprinkling of other Club Members were present.

Seven OFs were accompanied by their wives, and Tony Watson, who was at school in Devon when Norman Borrett arrived there as a master in 1945, came as a guest.  As many as 38 OFs had sent apologies, and wanted to attend next time. Susan Webber, recently appointed Senior Deputy Head of the College, represented the Headmaster, and was accompanied by her husband, Grant.

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FramSoc Upcoming Events - November 2011
FramSocTuesday 15 November, 2011
FramSoc Presentation:
'The Kronstadt Operation 1919”
Venue: Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framlingham College
This illustrated talk, by Commander Rodney Agar, focuses on the Royal Navy's coastal motor boats and their action in the Baltic, running spies in and out of Russia for the Secret Service and immobilising the Russian Bolshevic Fleet at Kronstadt. It was here where Captain Augustus Agar VC, DSO, RN, Rodney's uncle and an old boy of Framlingham College, won the Victoria Cross in an action sinking the 7,000 ton Russian Bolshevic Cruiser Oleg with a single torpedo.
Further details: http://www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/the-college/framsoc/events.php or see Distinguished article http://www.oldframlinghamian.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20070222153840883#VC and listen to Augustus Agar talk about his exploits himself.

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BBC2 8pm Sunday 23 October - Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32)
Pickard - small photo
In early September we were contacted by the BBC in Leeds about a programme they were intending to do on Operation Jericho, the daring raid on Amiens jail during World War 2, led by Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32). With the help of Adrian Orchard (G72-79), who knows Pickard’s nephew, we were able to provide considerable help to the programme, including the very humbling “in case of death” letter he wrote to Lord Londonderry.

I have just been advised that the programme will be aired this coming Sunday (23 October 2011) at 8pm on BBC2 and here is a link. The programme will be presented by the actor Martin Shaw.

To get fully up to speed on Pickard before the programme, read the full Distinguished piece on him by clicking here.

Brandeston's Musical Heritage
Laura Wright at Tony Lawrence Tribute - September 2011
Bob Williams (Hon OF)always keeps a close eye on his former Brandeston protégés and has sent this update on a couple of them.

”Many will be aware of the steady, even meteoric rise in the musical currency of both Laura Wright (M02-08) & Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) but has it, I wonder, been noticed & noted anywhere that both young people actually TOPPED their respective album charts in August 2011 (Laura - with her debut solo album 'The Last Rose') & September 2011 (Ed - with his debut album '+', as reported in the New Musical Express, went straight to No.1 with sales of 100,000). Can any other UK school claim such a virtually concurrent achievement? Safe to say UNIQUE!!”

Bob also spotted that Ed and Charlie Simpson (S90-99) are both shortly to appear at the Anson Rooms in Bristol University in quick succession! Ed is appearing on Sunday 9 October and Charlie on Wednesday 19 October. This hot on the heels of Ed's stunning success at the BT Digital Music Awards ceremony, where he came away clutching the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. The event, at which Charlie Simpson also appeared on stage, was held at the Roundhouse, Camden in late September and screened on a national T.V. channel on the 7th October, 2011. 

2011 Essex Family Tour
During July/August 2011, Chris Essex (K69-75) took his family to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. As Overseas Bag Editor he took the opportunity to meet up with OFs on 6 occasions. You can read the full story and see lots of photos of these OF gatherings by clicking here .
A huge thank you to all the organisers and to everyone who took the trouble to come and meet up with a Pom and his family! We had a truly memorable time.

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OFGS Autumn Meeting Report
Golf Society The meeting was held in ideal golfing conditions on Friday, 9th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club where we were looked after superbly as usual. There was a rather disappointing turn out of 22 members this year due to a number of factors and I am sure that we shall be back to the usual numbers of around 32 when we return to Aldeburgh next year.

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OFGS v Aldeburgh Golf Club
Golf Society Following a very successful Autumn Meeting the OFGS team took on Aldeburgh Golf Club the following day, Saturday 10 September. A lovely day was had by all, but unfortunately the match was lost 6 ½ – 3 ½.

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