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

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Operation Jericho

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James Ruddock Broyd has spotted that BBC4 recently repeated the TV programme about the mystery of why Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32) was killed on 18 February 1944 on a daring mission to bomb the walls of Amiens Prison to set free members of the French Resistance who had been imprisoned there by the Germans. There remains mystery over who initiated the raid; precisely why it was promoted; and what exactly it achieved! 

If you have not seen this fascinating documentary by actor Martin Shaw click here.  It will be available on iplayer for the next 24 days. You can read the full Distinguished article on Pickard here.



2018 Annual Dinner

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Organiser Simon Dougherty writes : Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, the 2018 Annual Dinner was held at the RAF Club on Saturday 24 March 2018 when 65 OFs and their guests attended the dinner with 23 of the OFs being under 30 years old. 

Click here to see my full report and photos.



OFs gathered in Sydney to mark visit of Martin Pearse (K59-63)

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A reunion was organised in Sydney on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to mark the visit to Australia of Martin Pearse (K59-63) who was over there leading an England over-70s cricket team in pursuit of their version of the Ashes. 

Our thanks to Colin and Lexie Lipman for organising the event and to Chris Shaw for providing a replica of the Ashes urn for Martin to touch, just in case he doesn't win the real thing while over there.  You can read Chris's report and see a couple of photos by clicking here.



2018 SOF Hong Kong Supper

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The 2018 OF annual HK supper took place on 17 March 2018 in a new venue and organised for the first time by Moira Theulier (M91-93).

They appear to have had a great time and Moira has written the attached report which includes a few photos including the eating implements.



OFs shooting for Great Britain

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Jon Ford (S58-62) and James Mehta (S68-75) both members of the OF Rifle Club, are shooting with the Great Britain Veterans Rifle Team in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Competing in the South African Championships, there will be two matches against the South African Veterans team.

Click here for larger picture of the two "on the range".



Newmarket Supper - 9 April 2018

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Ian Fulcher (G73-77) has organised this year’s Newmarket Supper at the Bedford Lodge, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX. The dinner will start at 7.30pm with drinks before in the bar. The cost of the meal will be £29 per head.  Please contact Ian if you are interested in attending.

Prior to the dinner the Trustees will be meeting at 2pm, followed by the Finance Committee at 4.30pm and Council at 5.30pm.



OF and grandson of Sawbwa of MongMit visits COllege

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David Hkio (R58-63) is an OF and visited the College with his wife, Elizabeth on 22nd February 2018 and was delighted to find his photo on the May 1959 school photograph in the corridor and also to see the picture of his father and grandfather prominently displayed in Paul's Court.

Click here to read and see pictures of the visit.

Click here to read a biography on his grandfather the Sawbwa of MongMit



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.