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

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Brian Aldiss on Desert Island Discs
Brian Aldiss (36-39), the famous science-fiction writer who was awarded the OBE in June 2005, was a guest on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs on Sunday morning 28 January 2007 11:15-12:00 and repeated on Friday morning 2 February 2007 9:00-9:45.

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Kenneth Kester Knight K32-38 : 1921-2007
All Old Framlinghamians, particularly the Officers and Council Members of the Society, will be much saddened to hear of the death of Kenneth Knight (K32-38), Governor of the College (73-92), Past President (68), Trustee of the Society (68-91), Council Member since 1951 and Finance Committee (55-91). He was a wonderful supporter of all things Framlinghamian. Ken's grandson, Simon Stacpoole (90-02), informed us that he died on Saturday 20th January.

The funeral was at St Margaret’s Church, Bolton Lane, Ipswich at 12-00 midday on Thursday 1st February. Donations if desired may be made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association - Ken’s son, Tony K63-72, died of this disease in 2002. It was only about a year ago that Ken’s wife Pat died. Ken’s funeral was held in the same church. The Funeral Directors are Farthing, Singleton and Hastings, 644- 650, Woodbridge Rd., Ipswich. 01473 272711.

An obituary will follow later.

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New Civil Engineer Graduate of the Year Runner-Up - Appeal for Support
Robin Campbell (K 1993-2000), now employed by Arup, was runner-up at the New Civil Engineer Graduate 2006 Awards.

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Bob Courtice former College Maths master dies
Lt. Col. Bob Courtice, a College Maths master for fourteen years from 1968 to 1982, died at home after a short illness, on November 24, 2006.

His funeral service was at St. Michael's Church, Framlingham, on Monday, December 4, at 2.00 p.m., followed by private cremation.

Notice in East Anglian Daily Times said:

Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to R.N.L.I. c/o. Moore Bros., 13 Station Road, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EA.



Stylish Opening for Headmaster Porter Theatre
A good handful of Old Framlinghamians, local dignitaries, College and Brandeston students packed into the new Headmaster Porter theatre in the Athlone Hall on Tuesday 14th November to see the Earl of Wessex unveil a plaque commemorating the event.

Update 26th November - Registered Members can view one of the Scenes via the associated story on Les Miserables - but only after logging in.

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Searching for 1967 Green Book Register for Research into Distinguished OFs
Update 11 Nov 2006 - In a tribute to Remembrance Day, Chis has substantially completed a section in the Distinguished OFs to "Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice".

Update 31 Oct 2006 - Many thanks to everyone who offered a copy of the Green Book Register (and for pointing out that it is 1968 not 1967 - oops!). We still need feedback for potential names for inclusion in the Distinguished OFs - the list is growing, thanks to some fantastic research by Chris Essex.

Original News - 30 Sept 2006 Does anyone have a spare copy of the 1967 Green Book SOF Register? Chris Essex has joined the website team and is doing some fabulous research into Distinguished OFs
(Follow the link or go to "People" on the banner above and then select the "Distinguished OF" tab to see Chris' initial list). However, his research is hampered by lack of access to the 1967 Green Book Register.

If anyone has a spare copy to give or lend, and Chris says he will happily collect, then please email the Website Team..

There is a lot of work to do in searching out and researching Distinguished OFs, so if you can spare a bit of time to take on a project, then please email Chris Essex at the Website Team.



College student captains England U18 rugby to victory in Europe
When we printed a story in Nov 2005 about the College having two great rugby 1st XV seasons in 2004 and 2005, John Birt asked if any of the players had been selected to play at a higher level. The answer is a resounding "yes!!".

James Hurlock R2001-06, son of Terry Hurlock R66-73, captained the 1stXV for two seasons (unbeaten in 2005), and perhaps the youngest ever captain at 16; but at 6ft 3" and 15st 8lbs, he makes a formidable leader. While still at Fram, he was then selected to captain the England Under 18 squad and led them to victory in the European Trophy. James left Fram in July 2006 and is now training at the Saracens Academy. Watch this space to see if he can gain a full England cap.

See the full article on James in the Distinguished OFs or click on this link to see the pdf file.

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OF in battle with NHS over cancer treatment
Malcolm Cole (K50-53) was recently mentioned in "The Daily Telegraph" dated 26 July 2006 concerning his battle with the NHS in order to be prescribed the drug Velcade to treat his cancer. Malcolm also wrote the attached article setting out his arguements and request for assistance. You may find other articles concerning Malcolm by googling "Malcolm Cole" Velcade.

Update - 23 October 2006 Good news - We understand that Malcolm has been accepted for a Velcade trial.



Earl & Countess of Wessex to Re-open Athlone Hall
The Athlone Hall, and its brand-new Headmaster Porter Theatre, will be ceremonially opened by the Earl & Countess of Wessex on Tuesday 14th November.

The Earl and Countess will arrive at noon, and will be entertained by choristers in the Chapel, before moving to the Athlone Hall, where Tony Lawrence and the cast of Les Miserables will perform exerpts of the performances scheduled for the 6th, 7th and 8th December.

The Head has offered an opportunity for a small number of Old Framlinghamians to attend the Opening Ceremony, and anyone interested should telephone the school reception as soon as possible (01728 723789) to ask for their names to be placed in a ballot for tickets - only a very few places will be available, and security clearance will be necessary, so hence the need for speed.

In due course, OFs will have an opportunity to book tickets for the three performance of Les Miserables. Please keep an eye on the website for information about when and how to apply. The new Theater has some 265 seats, and the number available to OFs on any given night has yet to be determined (but will obviously be limited).



Norman Borrett - A Biography
Richard Sayer (S56-61) has so far written 70,000 words of a biography of Norman Borrett.

He would love to hear from people with memories of Norman for inclusion in the book. They should contact him on sayer@tilburys.co.uk