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


Laura Wright stars at Carling Cup Final
Laura Wright (M2002-08)
Ever eagle eyed Bob Williams (Hon OF) spotted that Laura Wright (M2002-08) sang the National Anthem solo before the start of the Carling Cup Final at Wembley on 27 February 2011, between Arsenal and Birmingham City. I can’t at the moment find any photos or video of this.   This is a step up from singing in front of the Portman Road fans, which she has done on a number of occasions.

Click Read More to see larger photo taken at Wembley by her brother.

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Pickard – amazing artefact has come to light.

Pickard - small photo

Hopefully most OFs have heard of the war time exploits of Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32). If not, I would encourage you to click here to read all about him (it may take a little while to load as it’s a large file).

Adrian Orchard (G72-79) recently had Pickard’s nephew to stay and amongst other things, brought with him his uncle’s “in case of death” letter. It is an amazing and humbling document and sets out that he would like his son to also go to the College. Sadly this didn’t happen as his widow Dorothy and son Nicholas went to South Africa after the war. With his nephew’s kind permission you can read the letter in full by clicking here.

Surviving Cyclone Yasi
Kiss my Yasi!
I thought some of you might be interested to read a first hand account of the experience of living through Cyclone Yasi which devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. 

Click here to read Chris Shaw’s (K51-56) account. I just love the last photo – sums up the Aussie attitude to adversity wonderfully!

Recent OF Sacrifice Commemorated
College Crest
Since World War Two only 3 Old Framlinghamians have given their lives while on active service.   These are Flight Lt Jack Rochford Maulden (R33-38), Flight Lt Daniel Mann (R56-63) and Officer Cadet Karen Buttenshaw (V86-93).
Just before Christmas an oak plaque was put up in the College Chapel to remember these OFs. It is on the pillar on the left hand side closest to the altar and records their names and details – see HERE

Nigel Burnip to Shoot for Great Britain Veterans
Rifle Club James Mehta (OFRC Secretary) writes, "Our Chairman, Nigel Burnip (Stradbroke 58-65) has been selected for the GB Veterans Team, to tour Australia in October 2011, and will take part in the World Championships in Brisbane.

Many congratulations to Nigel from all his friends in the Rifle Club."

The GB Veterans Rifle team will be competing at the target rifle World Championships, the premier competition in the international shooting calendar, which is held every four years.

This year the event is being hosted by the National Rifle Association of Australia at the Belmont Range in Brisbane 3rd - 22nd October 2011.
In addition to the international team competitions Nigel will also be shooting as an individual in the World Veterans Championships and the Worldwide Long Range Championships held in the final week of the meeting.

Nigel's comment: "There's nothing like a bit of competition to keep you on your toes, or even your elbows, when target shooting".

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FramSoc Membership & Spring Programme Launched
Back in September last year, Paul Taylor announced the launch of FramSoc, “A new society, principally aimed at current parents, to enhance and broaden our community, providing opportunities to meet each other and members of staff in a relaxed atmosphere, and to share the educational and cultural facilities available here”. 

He went on to say, “While current College and Brandeston Hall parents will form the principal focus of the society, it will also be open to the wider community, including past parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, and others associated with the College”. This includes, of course, Old Framlinghamians.

After a very successful series of events in the Autumn Term, and the formation of a committee comprising both staff and FramSoc members, the society is now very much open for business, with another full programme of events which might well appeal to Old Framlinghamians.  Most of these will be free to FramSoc members, while a few will be charged for, only to recover direct costs.

Please click on the links to: read an Introductory Letter , see the current Programme of Events , or to download and print a Family Membership Application Form .

You can also read more about FramSoc, and download these documents, on the College Website.

Framlingham Town Photo Archive
John F Bridges (S57-66) writes:

The Framlingham historical photo archive (framlinghamarchive.org.uk ) now has around 420 images, covering nine broad subject ranges.  I have recently added new images including some for the College, in the Education section. The most interesting one, and the oldest on the site, is of the College in 1865.  There is no statue or Chapel present! Although the quality is not good, it is clearly a rare and important image.

Does anyone know if other photos exist from this  period?

Please visit the site, where you may also make contact.

Inaugural OF Christmas Rugby Match
Teddy Harrington, writes:
With the inaugural Old Framlinghamian match this Saturday 18th December – here are the final details:
- Players are asked to arrive at 11.30am, to meet your fellow team members.
- At 12 noon lunch for players only £5.00 per head in the Cricket Pavilion.  It will not be held in the Dining Hall.
- At 12:45pm, the players will head out for a practice.
- 1.30pm, head back to the changing rooms and get changed ready for a 2pm kick-off down on Lords.
- 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm teas and coffees available in the cricket pavilion for spectators
- Finally, at about 5.30pm/5.45pm the event will finish. 

Update: Sadly, the event was cancelled because the pitch was frozen.  However, the College Caterers laid on coffee and nibbles for OFs who wanted to meet-up for other afternoon activities, which was much appreciated by all.

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SOF's debut Christmas carol on BBC iPlayer
Tom Wornham (K86-92) reports: Received a text message from Anthony Mudge (S87-92) to tell me he had his debut musical composition performed on BBC Radio 3. It is a carol and if you follow this link to iPlayer, you will find the music 13 minutes 20 seconds in: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wfrrl/The_Choir_Christmas_Carols/

Life Peerage awarded to OF
Update : Alistair had just advised me that from 10 January 2011 he will be known as Lord Lexden, of Lexden in the county of Essex and of Strangford in the county of Down.
Original item : Alistair Cooke OBE (K55-63) has today become only the 3rd OF to be awarded a peerage. He is a political historian who has spent most of his career in the central organisation of the Conservative Party. He was awarded his peerage on 17 November 2010 for his career in education, authorship and politics. 
See full details on his career in the Distinguished section by clicking here.