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


East Anglian Daily Times feature on "A History of Brandeston Hall "
As you will hopefully be aware, Norman Porter’s wonderfully written history of Brandeston Hall has now been published, and you can read the original website article launching the book here.
To coincide with the book's launch, the East Anglian Daily Times carried a two-page feature article on the book and this can now be read via their website by clicking on this link. We are grateful to Steve Russell, the author, and Terry Hunt (K68-75) the Editor and OF for writing this article and providing a link to it on their website.
Please remember that if you haven’t already got your copy, the book is available from Amazon or by e-mailing Norman Porter.

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OFs Flock to See Coker Tie the Knot
Michael Coker (R 90-98) and Noha Abdel-Kareem were married on Saturday the 1st August at Dedham Parish Church - these bald facts could simply have been recorded in the Noticeboard section of the website (as indeed they have). However, this was quite a special OF day, with a large contingent of contemporaries, and one Honorary OF (Malcolm Todd, Michael's shooting master and mentor), there to play their part in the proceedings.

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Two New Scholars Join the Moreau Leaving Scholarship Family
After the usual exhaustive selection and interview process, ably managed by David Mallett and his team, two new Moreau Leaving Scholars received their first-year cheques for £800 at Speech Day on Saturday 4th July, and were later joined on The Back by a number of winners from earlier years.

This year's winners were Bethany Burgoyne (Victoria) and Ed Binder (Garrett), giving Garrett House its second winner in two years. Victoria, having missed-out last year, now leads the field with three from a total of eight so far. Ed and Bethany now join theiir predecessors as Members of SOF Council for their three-year scholarship term

Profiles of all the winners can be found under the "Moreau Scholarships" menu item, and then click on "Scholars".

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A History of Brandeston Hall - New Book Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Norman Porter (K 50-57), has written and compiled this wonderful new book to coincide with celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of the gift of Brandeston Hall to the College by the Society of Old Framlinghamians.  Chris Keeble (S 53-59), who so beautifully designs the Yearbook and our Newsletter, is the new book's designer, and the sumptuous result is a great credit to his skills. The book's initial release, at a price of £15.00, was at Brandeston Hall's speech day on the 3rd July, and again at the College's speech day on 4th July.  The book is now available from Amazon (Click the link to go directly to the right web-page. Click on Read More for further information). If you don't have, and don't want an Amazon account, you can purchase the book by emailing, and making payment arrangements with, Norman Porter.

If you were at BH at any time over the last 60 years, then a copy of this book is a must - apart from anything else, there's a very strong chance you're mentioned in it, or present in one of its many photographs. Failing that, there will certainly be stories about old friends and the many staff who shaped your later years.

To quote from the dust-cover:
"For over 450 years the village of Brandeston has had at its heart a grand Tudor Hall. Through its imposing gates there have passed the carriages of the Lords of the Manor, the military vehicles of war-time requisition, and the assorted vehicles that have taken young children to and from school. Country gentlemen, maids and footmen, generals, private soldiers, teachers, students ­ these are the men, women and children who have brought the Hall to life and who have witnessed the changes of the years." 

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Will Sayer (G92-97) completes solo Atlantic crossing in first place
Way back at the end of January 2009 we published a news story on Will Sayer (G92-97) and his intention to take part in the OSTAR Atlantic Race, which is the world’s oldest solo ocean race – see previous report by clicking here.

We are delighted to report, that at 1300 on 17 June 2009, Will successfully arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in America. Not only was he first in his class to finish, but he had the fastest corrected time of all competitors. Our congratulations go to Will on this wonderful achievement.

Porter's Golfing Heroes Take a 5-2 Lead Over Old Ipswichians
Golf Society Peter Howard-Dobson (R 65-69) reports: The last time I wrote about the series of informal golf matches between teams led by Norman Porter (Hon Sec SOF) and Karl Daniels (Chairman of Governors, Ipswich School) was in June 2006 when the OF side pulled-off a stunning victory to level the new series two-all.

Since then, winning has become a bit of a habit for Porter's team - not wishing to be outshone, perhaps, by those pesky shooters!  Anyway, suffice it to say that, three years on, the OFs beat the OIs 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 at Woodbridge on Monday 15th June, to take a magnificent 5-2 lead.

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OF Rifle Club wins Lizard Cup
Rifle Club
"At Last Halahan’s OF Shooters Hit Something "
Report by Steve "did I tell you I got 50.9" McDowell:

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Spring 2009 Overseas Bag
Chris Essex writes : Time has flown by this year and I’m late publishing the Spring 2009 digest of stories from OFs around the world. Once again it’s been great to keep in touch with so many of you via the wonders of e-mail. I would strongly encourage everyone to ensure that they register their e-mail address on the website, so that we can keep in touch.

My thanks as always to everyone who has contributed, especially quite a number for the first time and from additional countries. I believe this is probably the largest ever Overseas Bag, running to 28 pages covering 15 countries and 48 correspondents. I trust that my editing skills have done your messages proud.

The Spring 2009 Overseas Bag is published 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).

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BMW Bike Weekend at the College
Brian Rosen (S40-46) has been in touch to let us know that the BMW (Motorcycle) Club are this year having a weekend based at the College, from 28th to 31st August 2009.  Although Brian has been a member of the BMW Club for over 30 years, he's not able to make this weekend, but thought other BMW owning OFs may like the opportunity to stay at the College again.

To see the full invitation/details then please click here.

Edmond Edmond Fresson OBE (1901-05) – 75th anniversary of first UK air mail service
Chris Essex writes: On 29 May 1934 Edmond Fresson undertook the very first UK Air Mail service between Inverness and Kirkwall in the Shetland. To commemorate this significant event, the Fresson Trust are recreating this first flight and you can see more detail on their site by clicking here.

You can read the full Distinguished piece on Fresson by clicking