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

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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



"Let's Just Do It"! - Harrison and Morgan set the pace
Andy Morgan (G86-91) and Charles Harrison (G83-89)are fed up with just talking to their many OF friends about some sort of year-group event, they've been doing this for ages - but that's all it's ever been, talk.

Now they mean business. They're not sure what the event will be; karting followed by a meal somewhere is one suggestion, but it could be anything. They have no preconceptions, either, about location. What they'd like is lots of feedback from OFs who left between 1988 and 1992 (or, frankly anyone at all) and to make something happen before the end of this year.

Please contact either of them by phone: Andy (07798 743430) or Charles (07929 174456), or by e-mail andysnaps@yahoo.co.uk or charlieros@msn.com

The more the merrier. Please let them know ASAP if you would be interested in getting involved, and with ideas and suggestions for the type of event and location.



Pair of OF's in race for the North Pole
John Barker (Z90-95) and Alex Henney (Z90-95) are participating in the Polar Race in April 2007.

The race is a 400 mile trek from the town of Resolute in Canada to the position of the magnetic North Pole as it was in 1996.

They write:

We're currently training hard & putting on the neccessary fat reserves to keep us warm in the -50 degree centigrade temperatures.

We are raising money for Cancer Research UK and Wooden Spoon (rugby's charity supporting mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children and young people).

If you want to follow our exploits ahead of the race, visit our website at www.polarhorizon.co.uk



Paula Woolnough to be SOF Liaison Officer
Paula Woolnough, who is married to Nigel Woolnough, Master of Brandeston Hall, has been appointed our first SOF Liaison Officer with the College.

This is a vital role in strengthening the bond between the Society and the College, and in helping to persuade younger OFs of the value offered by involving themselves in the Society. Paula's direct involvement will prove invaluable.

In a message to website readers, Paula says:

"I was delighted to be offered the newly created position of the "Old Framlinghamians Liaison Officer" and look forward to meeting as many OF’s as possible during the next year.

The Old Framlinghamian diary is already a busy and interesting one but we hope to add more opportunities for communication, meeting up and visiting the two schools. So watch this space and do keep on checking the website which is regularly updated".

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New Event: South-East Supper
James Ruddock-Broyd (G 46-52) has resurrected the old South-East Supper after a gap of many years. This will take place at The Peacock Inn at Piltdown (northwest of Uckfield) on Saturday 28th October, at 7 for 7.30pm.

Dress code: a jacket and tie for the men. There are no particular instructions for ladies, who are always much brighter than chaps about such things.

This is a supper for OFs and guests – and wives, husbands, partners etc. will be most welcome.

For more information, and a link to The Peacock Inn's website, please see Events on the main menu. If you'd like an invitation form, please click here to Email James Ruddock-Broyd.