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

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Update from Brian Pretty (S52-56)
Chris Essex writes :-I’ve recently received an interesting update/newsletter from Brian Pretty (S52-56) that I thought others may be interested to read, especially as its come in after the deadline for the 2007 Yearbook.

Brian and his wife Sheila spend a huge amount of their time working in Uganda and in particular at the town of Kisoro. His latest journey has been both harrowing and rewarding. The seeds they have sown over the years have begun to mature in ways they could never have hoped for.

To read his full newletter click here.



Death of former Colditz Prisoner of War
The death of "Bill" Leslie James Edward Goldfinch (26-32) has revealed another remarkable wartime adventure and achievement by an Old Framlinghamian. Those who have read Pat Ried’s The Colditz Story will recall that, towards the end of their captivity, a few of the prisoners were constructing a glider in the Colditz roof to be used by two prisoners to fly to freedom. The designer of the glider and instigator of this audacious scheme, together with racing driver Tony Rolt, was Bill Goldfinch. Perhaps fortunately, the prison was liberated by the Americans before the escape attempt was made. However, in 2000 Channel 4 commissioned a glider to be built to Bill’s plans which reached a height of 700ft at RAF Odiham.

Click here to see a full description of Bill's life in the Distinguished Section.

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Golfing Trustees Meet to Fête Peter Liell
Peter Liell retired as a Trustee of the Society last March, a period in which his wise counsel and knowledge of legal matters was much in demand and for which we are all immensely grateful.

On 8th August, his fellow (golfing) trustees - aided and abetted by Norman Porter (Hon Gen Sec) - met at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club to play a match in Peter's honour.

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Overseas Bag - Autumn 2007
Chris Essex writes : As the editor of the Overseas Bag, I’m delighted to say that I have just published the latest news and views from Overseas OFs for Autumn 2007 in the People section (click here to go to the People section or use the menu at the top of the page. You will need to be signed in to the website to access the Overseas Bag).

There are 8 pages of news and pictures from around the world and well worth a read. Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain an edited version of this news.

I'd love to hear from other OFs who live abroad. Please send get in touch with me here.



OF Arctic Racers to Give Talk at College on 2nd October
Back in May we reported that John Barker (Z 90-95) & Alex Henney (Z 90-95) had recently come 2nd in the 2007 Polar Race, a 300 nautical mile race from the town of Resolute in Canada to the magnetic North Pole.

Local OFs may be interested to hear that John and Alex are to give a talk at the College on Tuesday 2nd October at 6.30pm in the Headmaster Porter Theatre.

OFs who would like to attend will be most welcome and should please just call the College front desk (01728 723 289) to help them keep track of numbers. Their talk will be followed by drinks and nibbles at about 7.30pm.

For a poster providing details of the evening, please click invitation

The pair finished second overall, out of the 6 teams, having taken 15 days, 32 minutes & 24 seconds to cover the 337 statute miles. They ended only 6hrs 55 minutes behind the leaders, but several days ahead of the third place team.

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A Fantastic Evening Celebrates Thirty Years of "Girls at Fram"
Sometimes, when writing about an epoch-making event, one reaches for a superlative and realises that they've all been over-used. This is very much the case when trying to describe the simply outstanding entertainment, fine food and brilliant company that more than 150 OFs and their guests enjoyed on Saturday 22nd September - the majority of them female for the first time in our history.

The little thumbnail photograph shows, in the centre, Carol Kirkup (née Machen), one of the very first three girls at Fram.

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OF Magazine Archive
James Ruddock-Broyd (G 1946-1952) and others have collected a set of 48 out of 50 issues from over the 26 years in a box in the College archive room. However, we need to complete the set with a good copy of the editions for Autumn 1981 and Autumn 1984. Also we would like much better copies of: Autumn 1978, Spring 1981, Spring 1982, Autumn 1982, Spring 1983.

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OF Golfers Lose to Aldeburgh but Win Against the College
A strong OF team battled hard against Aldeburgh Golf Club on 15th September, but narrowly lost 4 1/2 to 5 1/2. On the following day, another OF team took on the College and fared better, winning 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.

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Distinguished OF Section
Chris Essex writes: After just over 12 months of thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding research, I have completed the documentation of Distinguished OFs. If you have not visited the Distinguished OFs section recently, please have a look. The last section that I have just completed is one that covers those OFs and Honorary OFs who are distinguished for their service to the Society and/or the College/Brandeston and who do not already feature in one of the other sections.

There are over 800 names listed with more than 400 detailed articles. The list covers from the College start in 1865 through to current students. There is a large section on the Services including our 3 VC's; there are Princes, Barons, Knights, Sawbwe's (have a look if you don't know what that is!), Prime Ministers, and MPs; Presidents of the Royal Academy and members of the Royal Society; pioneering aviators, engineers, doctors, dentists and brewers; Olympians and international sportsmen (hockey, cricket, squash, tennis, shooting and sailing). There are the College's own dynastic families stretching over 5 generations. You can also hear Augustus Agar VC describing his heroic deeds that led to his VC and shortly we will be adding some actual footage of Percy Pickard's raid on Amiens Prison.

Take a little while to browse and enjoy the great heritage of being an OF. If you know of anyone that we have missed, please email Chris Essex at the Website Team. - you might even propose yourself (and you wouldn't be the first!).

Finally my thanks to everyone who has helped me with this piece of work.

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OFGS Autumn Meeting Report
The OFGS Autumn Meeting was held in glorious weather, once again, at Aldeburgh GC on Friday 14th September. It was attended by 27 members of whom 26 played. Unfortunately Colin Stokes, our captain, was suffering from a back injury and was unable to play. However, he was there to support us all day and to present the prizes in the evening.

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