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


OF Northern Gathering postponed again

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Douglas Thomson announces :  Sadly the OF Northern Gathering 2021 has been postponed until 2022.  The 2021 Tattoo has been cancelled and the Edinburgh Festival is to be held in tents with suitably spaced seating.  The Fringe is expected to be heavily affected by virus restrictions.  All this makes a gathering much less enjoyable. 

So, the next OF Northern Gathering will be a lunch at the Royal Scots Club on 13 August 2022.  I do hope that you will be able to join us.  As before the event is very much for partners of OF’s as it is for OF’s themselves.

OFGS - Grafton Morrish 2021 report

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David Turnbull has provided news on the 2021 Grafton Morrish golf competition that went ahead on 16 May 2021

Click here to read the report and see photos teeing off.

Another lockdown hobbyist with a special OF link

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On 13 January 2021 we posted a news story about model making during lockdown - click here - and appealed for others to come forward.  We were delighted to receive the following from Bill Collard (S55-58) :Following the most interesting article on Mike Bullock's model making published on 13th January this year, you asked for information from like minded OFs who were using lockdown to upgrade their hobbies.  Your request rang a bell with me and after some searching in our roof I found a model aircraft kit, still unopened, and at least 20 years old.  My very old hobby was about to return.

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OF makes Stanford University's National Academic Hockey Squad

Rose Winter - hockey photo
Congratulations to Rose Winter (2011-19) who, after training with JK Hockey at the College, received a 100% Hockey Scholarship to Stanford University in 2019. She has now earned a place on Stanford's National Academic Squad program which honours students of the prestigious US university who consistently perform well on the sports field as well as in the classroom.

Click here for a link to Standford’s own page and click here for a link to Rose’s profile, which is quite detailed.

Death of teacher Michael Cooke

UPDATE:  Whilst you can still view the funeral service online via the link below, we thought some members might like to read Mark Robinson's amazing eulogy.  You can do so by clicking here.

ORIGINAL: Please click here a letter from Louise North which announces the death of Michael Cooke on 12 February 2021, a former master at Framlingham College, well known to many of us.  He was elected an Hon OF in March 1994.  He joined the College in 1974 and retired in 2018 after 43 years service to countless generations of OFs.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Michael's brother at Richard Cooke, The New House, The Moor, Reepham, Norwich NR10 4NL

The Service of Commemoration at 2pm on 4 March 2021 can be viewed by clicking here.

Death of former headmaster at Brandeston

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Jon Newbery (Z79-84) was in touch with the sad news that his father George "Paddy" Newbery (Hon OF) had died on Boxing Day 2020 aged 80. He had been battling MND for the past couple of years. Paddy taught at the College for 4 terms (1979-80) before taking over as the Headmaster at Brandeston from 1980 to 1985.  He was an Honorary OF when he left to become head at Hurstpierpoint Junior School.

Jon has kindly provided a link to the eulogy he gave at his father's funeral from Sydney Australia - click here.  

Any letters of condolence should be sent to Jon's mother, Judith, at Windy Oak, High Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AT.  A memorial service is being considered when conditions allow.

Two former pupils launch magazine

Cressi Sowerbutts and Georgie Clarke Gifford - magazine - small
Two former pupils have recently launched the first edition of a new specialist print publication. Get A Life magazine aims to provide creative and relatable material to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. The publication is also aimed at people who have suffered with coronavirus, either through the illness itself or the impact of confinement on their mental health. The publication came about after Cressi Sowerbutts (P02-15) was treated for leukaemia a few years ago and found there was an absence of engaging reading materials, which represented her situation, when she was undergoing treatment. 

Cressie asked Georgie Clarke-Gifford (V01-15), who have been friends since childhood, to help with the design aspects of the magazine.

Click here to see the full story on the FC website.

Booklet produced on importance of 22 August

James Ruddock-Broyd - A Grindelwald-Belvedere Story - front cover
Some OFs may be amused to read a small booklet put together by James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) on the significance of 22 August to his family.   Click here to have a read.

The book has been beautifully designed and put together by fellow OF Chris Keeble (S53-59) for which James is very grateful.


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Simon Dougherty, SOF President writes:  Due to the current COVID-19 situation, it has been decided to cancel the Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner which had been planned to take place at Framlingham College on 27 March 2021.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on 27 March 2021 commencing at 6.15pm as previously published in The Framlinghamian.  It will be held on ZOOM.  Full details, including an invitation to join the meeting, have been sent to all members with an email address.  Please click here to see Event page for the various accompanying documents, including the signed off accounts.

Hobbies during lockdown

Mike Bullock - model cars - small
We received a great story from Mike Bullock (R55-59) in South Africa.  He has kept busy with his hobby of making model cars out of wood.  He made a model of a Model T Ford from pieces of scrap Tambootie, which is a Lowveld hardwood.  Click here for a photo.

He then made a model of the first petrol driven motor vehicle by Daimler Benz, also from scrap tambootie timber, which you will see has a lovely grain but is apparently toxic when burnt. Click here for a photo. 

The “plans” came from images off the internet and they are not to the same scale. He also made a model of his first car an MGTC so he now has 3 model cars, one for each of his grandsons.

We would love to hear what other hobbies have flourished during lockdown.