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


Wizard of New Zealand may have new role

The Christchurch City Council recently terminated its contract with the Wizard of Christchurch, to take effect in December 2021.  For more than 20 years OF Ian Brackenbury Channell (42-45) QSM has been on its payroll, the job expectation being that the wizard ‘‘provide acts of wizardry for the city and other wizardry like services’’ for at least one hour a day.

A retired Dunedin lawyer has now proposed that that Christchurch's loss should be Dunedin's gain.  You can read the whole story by clicking here.

A full biography on Ian can be found in Distinguished section by clicking here.

Adriana Concin to deliver Courtauld Institute Lecture

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The launch of the OF Society of The Arts has been held-up by the delayed development of the new OF Website, but here’s a nice example of the sort of thing the new Society might promote. Adriana Concin (Moreau 2006-9) recently completed her doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Her research interests lie in sixteenth-century Habsburg and Medici collecting, cultural exchanges between Tuscany and the Holy Roman Empire, and female patronage networks. On Mon, 17 January 2022 (17:00 – 18:30 GMT) she will lecture on “Florence and the Holy Roman Empire in the Sixteenth Century” – her talk will trace the diverse artistic connections created and sustained between Florence and the Holy Roman Empire’s ruling elites, and will be Livestreamed for Free.

Reservations can be made via this link.


Framlingham College Bursary Campaign Update

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Martin Myers-Allen, the College’s Development Director (and Hon OF) reports: “We officially launched the Campaign in October at the SOF Suffolk Supper, but the word was out well before then. Transforming people’s lives through 100% means-tested bursaries at sixth form has clearly appealed to a wide audience. We have already exceeded the figure we need to support two pupils for two years in September 2022 and projections for 2024 are also encouraging.  I just want to write a huge thank you to all those who have given so far. This has to be a living campaign and to give it the longevity it deserves please continue to support.  If you haven't given thus far...please do. This link will take you to a Campaign News Page and a super video in which I encourage you to do some creative fundraising as individuals and as groups to help transform lives well into the future.”

Overseas Bag 2021 - full version now available

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2021 Framlinghamian will be published online later today.  As usual it will contain a heavily edited version of all the news and photos I have received over the last year from OFs around the world.  For your Christmas reading I have now published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2021 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to 29 pages distilled from over 250 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.  As you will see, this edition starts off with an appeal from me for someone to come forward to take over the Overseas Bag.  Its really enjoyable keeping in touch.

The photo featured in this news article shows John Gates (S44-48) with his wife Ruth, celebrating his 89th birthday and her 90th.

Who knows what 2022 will bring now we have the Omicron variant spreading rapidly but I earnestly hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world.  As always I will help with mailing lists and publicity but can’t promise to be able to attend them all! If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch with me via email

The Framlinghamian goes digital once again

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Peter Howard-Dobson reports: A new format for The Framlinghamian, and the breadth of its coverage, resulted in a remarkable 320 page book. Sadly, a massive increase in printing and postage costs has made it simply too expensive to circulate a physical book to SOF members. The good news is that the digital version, published here, is magnificent as well as being easy to navigate. When you open the book to full-screen, flip through to the Index, where you’ll find a button that will take you straight to the OF Section.

Louise North, Principal of Framlingham College, says:
“We are delighted to share with you this year’s Framlinghamian. You will see that the Framlinghamian has a fresh look to represent both the modernity of Vision 2025 and how different a Framlingham College education is. The Framlinghamian is remaining digital and will be shared far and wide with everyone in our global community. An abridged version has been printed and will be distributed to our current pupils and prospective parents. This decision reflects the College’s focus both on sustainability and resource management. We hope that you enjoy reading the Framlinghamian and that you get a true sense of the inspirational and dynamic life of our pupils and our Old Framlinghamians.”

Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving in Memory of John Edwards

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UPDATE : The College have just confirmed that this will be going ahead as planned.  Please take all necessary precautions to remain Covid Safe.

ORIGINAL :  This is a reminder of the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for John Edwards (K45-55) will be held on the 15 January 2022 at 11.00am in the Chapel at Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9EY. Refreshments will be kindly served afterwards at the College but in order to assist the catering requirements could you please confirm your attendance with numbers in your party to Kate Jackson, whose email address is kjackson@framlinghamcollege.co.uk

Interested in the world of finance? Enjoy a Sudoku puzzle? Then read on

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Are you methodical and have a questioning nature?  Then the Trustees might have a role for you.

If you wish to learn more about or are already knowledgeable in basic book-keeping, Excel spreadsheets, investment management, income and corporation tax, gift aid and charity law then we would like to meet you.  Training provided.

This is a small, but multi-facetted job, ideal for the person who wants a challenging and interesting alternative to the day work or just wants to "keep their hand in", and is looking for an opportunity to give something back to the College and SOF community.

Please email trustees@oldframlinghamian.com


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Martin Lamb writes "Due to have been played on Tuesday, 26 October, disappointingly O Woodbridgians pulled out at the last minute having failed to raise a team. However 9 of the original 12 OF’s to have played all agreed to have a game regardless and duly arrived at Woodbridge Golf Club on the day.

Click here to read the full report.

Neil Flowerdew handed over the Strathcona ceremonial lance

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Richard Sayer writes "Neil Flowerdew (Hon OF) handed over to Martin Myers-Allen, representing the College, the Strathcona ceremonial lance on 9 November 2021.

The lance had been presented by the Regiment to Neil, as representative of the Flowerdew family, in March 2018, at Billingford, Norfolk, the birthplace of Gordon Flowerdew. That presentation was part of the Regiment’s commemoration of the centenary of the battle of Moreuil Wood, when Gordon Flowerdew OF led a cavalry charge against enemy machine guns, an action for which he was awarded a VC posthumously.

Neil continues to give the College an annual medal, showing the crests of the College and the Strathconas side by side, to be awarded to a deserving senior NCO member of the College’s CCF unit."

OF Northern Gathering 2022

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Douglas Thomson writes : "The Old Framlinghamian Northern Gathering will be a lunch at the Royal Scots Club on 13th August 2022.  If you have not already booked your place why not come and join us.  The quality of the lunch will be excellent and the company – well, just delightful!

The event is definitely on as we already have a reasonable quorum of OF’s and their partners though sadly as yet no female OF and her partner.  I live in hope.  Do remember this event is as much for partners of OF;s as OF’s themselves.   Please contact Douglas Thomson (douglas@ddathomson.co.uk) if you intend attending.

I write at this time in case you are interested in attending the Tattoo.  Normally tickets are now available but as yet there has been no announcement.  If you are interested do keep an eye on https://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets