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

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College Rugby Tour to France 2008
In August and September of this year, the College will be taking their Senior Rugby Squad on a pre-season tour to the South of France to play against teams from Narbonne, Carcassonne and Perpignan. There will be an official “Tour Programme” printed, which will feature all information relevant to the tour, such as the itinerary, information on the tour destination and the teams they will be playing against whilst on tour, “Pen Pics” of the members of the tour party, letters from various sports celebrities and messages of good luck, etc. Each programme will also serve as an entry into a raffle which will be drawn prior to the tour departing for France.

Any OF who is interested in advertising in the programme or sponsoring any of the fundraising events then please see the attached documents:
31 May Golf Day programme
28 June Entertainment Evening
28 June Entertainment Evening - Auction Lots
Advertising opportunities
Advertising Form



Grafton Morrish Tournament - Saturday 10 May
Gavin Cowell’s first team played at Knole Park GC in the South East regional qualifying round on Saturday 10th May in very hot weather, a total contrast to last year’s. The team came 12th out of a total of 19 public school old boy teams with a score of 74 points which, unfortunately, was not enough to qualify for the finals as they did last year.

The team consisted of Gavin Cowell & Alex Cameron (29), Charles Plunkett & Matt Stolls (23) and Martin Lamb & Robin Anderton (22).

Grafton Morrish: Teams of three pairs, playing scratch foursomes, with stableford scoring



Captain Augustus Agar VC DSO (1902-03)
One of the 3 distinguished OFs to win the highest award of the Victoria Cross, is the main subject of a new book written by Harry Ferguson and called “Operation Kronstadt”. A review of this book, covering two full pages, appeared in the Daily Mail dated 10 May 2008, along with a picture of Captain Augustus Agar VC DSO (1902-03). You can read a copy of the review and see the picture by clicking here.

To read an excellent article on Augustus Agar, written and researched largely by John Simpson (K32-36) read the article in the distinguished section here.

You can also listen to the great man himself describing in detail the heroic exploits that led to his VC here.

We are truly privileged to have such a distinguished OF.



Overseas Bag – Spring 2008
Chris Essex writes : As the editor of the Overseas Bag, I’m pleased to say that I have just published the latest news and views from Overseas OFs for Spring 2008 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 a fantastic 16 pages of news and pictures from around the world and well worth a read. For example find out who this OF is and what he gets up to! Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain an edited version of this news, so I strongly encourage you to sign up and read about your former school mates.

I was particularly delighted to hear from many overseas OFs for the first time and I'd love to hear from more of you. There are now around 800 OFs who live overseas from the UK. Please get in touch with me here.



Ernest Edmund Fresson OBE (1901-05)
One of our distinguished OFs celebrates a memorable anniversary in May 2008. Ernest Edmund Fresson OBE (1901-05) was a pioneer aviator and businessman and 8 May 2008 marks 75th anniversary of his starting the first scheduled air service from Inverness with his company Highland Airway, later to become part of British Airways. This anniversary led a year later, to him introducing the very first domestic airmail service in the UK, between Inverness and Kirkwall. The 75th anniversary of this historic event will be on 29 May 2009. Among his other notable achievements is the building of the first tarmac runaway in the UK on Stornaway. For more detail on Fresson, please see the distinguished piece on him by clicking here.

To mark this anniversary the Fresson Trust, in collaboration with Ernest’s son Richard, has republished his father's memoirs “Air Road to the Isles”. OFs have been offered the opportunity of ordering a pre publication copy at the discounted price of £15 plus p&p. Click here for more details and order form. The book includes mention of the College and will be featured in the next Yearbook.



OF Rifle Club Logs Second Q-Match Triumph
Steve McDowell, sniping correspondent, on the 600 yard firing point reports on the OFRC's victory.

Click on "Read More" for the full report.

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OFGS: Halford Hewitt Report
David Turnbull, OFGS Secretary, reports:

Halford Hewitt Tournament at Royal Cinque Ports GC on Thursday, 10th April 2008

Framlingham lost 1-4 in the first round to Glenalmond. The match was once again surprisingly close as, when we lost our third match, we were about to close out with wins in the other two, but, under the rules, these had to be halved: 2-3 would have been a fairer reflection of the team’s efforts.

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Hong Kong Supper Report: Dateline 27 March 2008
Ian Howard reports: The Rugby Sevens/SOF Hong Kong Supper is now officially over and our livers are much the worse for it! It was a shame that England couldn't manage to beat Samoa twice (once was hard enough) and crashed out in the Quarter Finals.

Click on Read More for the gory details.

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Sunday Telegraph article mentions 2 distinguished OFs
Update 30 March 2008 : Jim Blythe's letter to Brough Scott was published in the Sunday telegraph today. Click here to read it.

Original article : You may be interested to know that in Easter Sunday’s Telegraph, Brough Scott wrote a full-page article about his grandfather's horse, Warrior, and the last great cavalry charge in history, led by Lt Gordon Muriel Flowerdew VC (1894-99). You can read the article here. It also mentions and includes a painting by another distinguished OF, Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA (1891-2).

Jim Blythe is trying to get a letter published in response to the article, which will mention that Flowerdew went to the College.

For more details on Lt Gordon Flowerdew VC click here

For more details on Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA click here



OF Rifle Club Coach The College
James Mehta, Secretary of the OFRC writes: "The only way that the College is going to succeed in target rifle shooting, and regain the former reputation of Fram in shooting circles, is to get good coaching and lots of practice. Denied easy access to a local range since the closure of Bromeswell, and academic pressures forbidding such activity during the working week, then five keen College students had to get up early and make the long journey to Bisley on Sunday 9th March.

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