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

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OF Lodge celebrates 70th anniversary

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Gary Duce (K72-78) as secretary of the OF Lodge has been in touch to say that there is going to be a special anniversary meeting at the College on Saturday 14 April 2018 to mark 70th anniversary of the consecration of the Lodge.  All are welcome to attend to find out more about Freemasonry.

 

Click here for more details including photo taken at 40th anniversary in 1988.



Wartime letter discovered under Sussex school dorm links to OF

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The College were contacted by Sarah Monaghan of Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School near Worthing in Sussex about a wartime letter belonging to an OF that has recently been unearthed after 80 years from beneath dormitory floorboards at their school.

The school has traced its owner across continents to Australia and revealed details about his family's past which was unknown.  The OF was Donald James "Jim" Macbride (S40-43) who also attended the College with his brother David (S38-42). The letter has fascinated the pupils of Sompting Abbotts school and will be placed on display and used as a 'real' teaching resource, with a special relevance to them as it was written to a fellow pupil so many years ago.

We are grateful to Sarah for sharing this fascinating story with us which you can read in full here. As you will read he was a stalwart of the Melbourne OFs and he and his brother's names are on the Melbourne Sundial presented to the College in March 1983 and now located in a quiet area by the old headmaster's house - see picture here

The obituary for "Jim" Macbride in 2003 can be viewed here.



OF launches book after near fatal accident

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On 10 February 2007, OF Tim Leach (Z93-97) experienced a near fatal skiing accident in France, where he was doing a ski season. He broke his neck and back and hit his head so hard that he had to be placed in an induced coma for three weeks.

Since his accident, Tim – who had been planning to become a lawyer – has rebuilt his life with adventures along the way which have included launching a clothing brand and endeavouring to find love with the help of a PUA (pick up artist). Over the past ten years, he has discovered life tools which have made him happier today than he has ever been and he’s now written a book called Timinology which is being published on March 12 (to coincide with Brain Awareness Week).  Tim says: “I view my accident as a blessing in an extraordinary disguise.”

The book can be pre ordered on Amazon here.



Bletchley Park honour organised by OF

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James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) now lives in Richmond Witney Retirement Village and has got involved in bringing the contribution of a fellow resident to public attention and recognition.

Click here to see a recent article in the Oxford Mail that was also included in the Witney Gazette.



Newspaper cutting from 1871

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Peter Howard-Dobson's wife Catherine was doing some research for Aldeburgh Museum when she came across an advertisement from The Albert Memorial College, looking for a new Headmaster for £350pa – click here to see full page in column two, about half-way down or click here to see the specific advert.

Also if you look across to the forth column you will see what happenned to his predecessor - click here!



Stewart Birt dies within 2 years of brother John

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Stewart Birt (S56-61) died on 1 January 2018 at the age of 75 after suffering for some months with both heart and cardiovascular ailments and finally with emphysema. He was the brother of Andrew Birt (S55-58) and John Birt (S59-63).  He leaves a partner Julie and daughter Tara.  His funeral is to be held on Monday, 15th January at the Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Devon TQ13 8HR at 2pm.

He is pictured here in the middle at the memorial service for brother John at Sandhurst in September 2016.

Colin Micklewright (S55-59) and Chris Essex (K69-75) were able to attend the thanksgiving service in deepest Dartmoor and this link contains the front and back of the order of service and some pictures taken on the day.  Colin was greeted by Stewart's sister Chrissie as "Titch" which he'd not heard used for 60 years! The piper was from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners) with whom Stewart and his late son James served.



London Supper 30 January 2018

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Another New Year  resolution: "Stay in touch with your Framlinghamian contacts" and herewith your invitation to the January SOF London Supper."

DATE: Tuesday 30th January 2018

VENUE: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

TIME: Pre- and Post-meal drinks - Bar from 7:00pm and Supper – Battle of Britain Suite (downstairs from reception) at 7:30pm

Guest speaker: Ms Kim Pope OF ( M04-09)  Title "Shooting Shamrocks: From CCF To Gold Medals - The Adventures Of An OF Rifle"

Since leaving the college in 2009 Kim has been a regular team member of the Old  Framlinghamian Rifle Club, Captain of the Scottish Universities Rifle Club and has also shot for Suffolk County.

In 2017 Kim was selected for the Ireland National Rifle Team and has recently returned from a tour of the West Indies.

Supper ticket price £44 each payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Nigel Burnip at Dunard Lodge, St Nicholas Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8NE. shown below OR use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname. Please contact organiser Nigel Burnip if you would like to come at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

Note: There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis



SOF Annual Dinner - SATURDAY 24th March 2018

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A REMINDER THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018

 

Simon Dougherty writes: The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 24 March 2018 at the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY and an invitation is extended to all members of the Society - together with their partners and guests - to attend this prestigious event. 

Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in the Ballroom (on the first floor of the Royal Air Force Club) at 6.15pm. While it is being held, partners and guests will be able to relax in the ground floor Churchill Bar which will be open from 6.00pm.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Churchill Bar from 7 o’clock, with dinner being served in the first floor Ballroom at 7.30pm. Dress is Black Tie or equivalent. 

The cost of the dinner is £60 per head including half a bottle of wine.  We are subsidising younger OFs – so the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 24 March 2018, to apply and pay for places, will be charged only £30 – this is a remarkable offer!  After the meal. we have arranged a bar extension in the Churchill Bar up to midnight.

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Two WWII Veterans Meet

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James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) writes : By chance I spotted two WWII Veterans standing not far from each other at the Fowler Pavilion opening on 21 October 2017 and I put them together in what seems was a first meeting . On the left is Ken Mayhew  (R29-34) who reached age 100 earlier in the year and landed on Sword Beach on the first day of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 with the Suffolk Regiment and on the right is David Brook (S36-40) age 94 who was a Glider Pilot on the main push over the Rhine in Operation Varsity  on 24 March 1945 and edited the GPRA Eagle magazine for 30  years.



"KEEP THE DATE" - Pre 1970s Reunion

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Richard Sayer writes : Over the last few years, with the huge support and encouragement of the Headmaster and the College, there have been regular reunions of specific decade year groups. The Noughties, the Nineties, the Eighties, the Seventies have all had theirs, and now it is the turn of the Pre 70s - being perhaps more the decayed rather than a decade.

So, all those who left the College in July 1969 or earlier are to be invited, together with their partners, by the College to a reunion lunch (deemed better suited to this age group than a ball or a dinner!) on Saturday 30th June 2018. There will be a large marquee on The Back.

Please note that Brandeston Hall (now officially the Framlingham College Prep School) celebrates its 70th anniversary the day before, Friday 29th June 2018, with a tea party, and the weekend of 30 June/1st July is the “regular” annual OF weekend, when cricket and hockey matches etc are played. There are a number of good and inexpensive B and Bs in the locality so we hope that people will make a weekend of it.

Please contact Kate Jackson for more details.