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


“Three Heroes” tour of Northern France and Belgium – Feb 2014

 Plans are afoot to conduct a unique tour of Northern France and Belgium, in February 2014, to commemorate the actions of three military heroes of Framlingham College, and James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52), Hon. Tour Promoter, is keen to hear from people who might be interested in joining it. He writes:

“The 18th February 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Jericho, the famous raid on Amiens Prison led by Group Captain Percy Pickard (G 26-32). In the course of the raid, Pickard was shot down and killed. Before his early death, Pickard won no fewer than three Distinguished Service Orders.

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OFRC - Fifty Shades of Custard
Rifle Club
A bumper edition from the OFRC’s best ever Imperial Meeting
By Bisley Correspondent Steve McCustard
Readers of these despatches may be familiar with the term ‘Spine of Custard’. For the uninitiated, the ‘Custard’ is an unwanted award bestowed upon an OF shooter who has put all scoring shots in the bull and, faced with surging adrenaline, a thumping heart and a glimpse of glory, yanks the last out of the bull, thus failing to make a maximum score.
It’s also called ‘choking’, ‘losing one’s bottle’ and ‘being a twat’ – hence the enshrining of the official Andy Murray Spine of Custard Cup for Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory. While the trophy is, in fact, imaginary, the concomitant bar tab is very real indeed.

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"Diamond Geezer" gets OFRC Jubilee Medal
Rifle Club

In July 1952, at the age of 18, Neil Joy (R 47-51) left the College shooting team and walked across the Bisley ranges to enjoy his first shoot as a member of the Old Framlinghamian Rifle Club.(OFRC). He was firing a WW2 No 4 .303 and aiming at tin hat targets. Now, sixty years later, he’s using a modern Swing .308 target rifle on a black circular aiming mark. Remarkably, he has continued to use OFRC club equipment and rifles throughout these years and always finds a jacket to fit. The scores remain consistently good and he has been known to achieve the occasional possible “50 ex 50”. His scoring diagrams from July 1952 and 2012 show that old shooters never fade away, they just need more sighters. 

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Book-launch: “Into the Third Millennium" – By John Maulden

Thanks to the hard work of Catherine Howard-Dobson and Chris Keeble this long-awaited book is now available.

The book is being published through Blurb, the online publishing service, which is essentially an on-demand means of publishing. The retail price is £8.99 plus post and packaging, and you can click on the following link to go straight to the book’s order page.  Just confirm the number of copies you want, and then click on the “Add to cart” bar to checkout and provide credit-card or PayPal details to order the book. Blurb will dispatch the book direct to you – they offer two delivery prices, and recent experience suggests that the cheaper version takes only five or six days to reach UK postal addresses.

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London Supper Report - 3 July 2012

Farmers Club
Twenty-one people attended the London Supper, which was held at The Farmers Club, Whitehall Court on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012. The numbers were down in comparison to the January Supper. This Supper clashed with the final week of the Summer Term so that there was no representation from the College. Those who attended enjoyed a most pleasant evening.

The President, Simon Dougherty, who was the only speaker, spoke for the S.O.F. and the College. On S.O.F. matters he reported that he had attended 11 Regional Suppers so far during his Presidency and that the “Maulden” Book (Into the 3rd Millennium) would very soon be available to be ordered via the Internet. He was very pleased to confirm Richard Sayer as President Designate and delighted to welcome 3 Moreau Scholars at the Council Meeting and Supper.

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West of England Supper Report - 7 July 2012

Angel Inn Hindon
The West of England Supper was again held at the Angel Inn in Hindon on Saturday 7 July 2012.

Click here to see a full report and photos on the recent West of England Supper.


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Jim Blythe (K48-54) wins prestigious award
Jim Blythe at Brandeston
We are delighted to see that Jim has been awarded the Associate of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society for distinguished services to horticulture by a British National. The July edition of "The Garden", the RHS magazine says "A Royal Horticultural show judge and expert on pelargoniums and fuchsias, with 25 years experience exhibiting at RHS shows".

Click here to read more from the EADT, together with a picture EADT Article – 19 June 2012

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The Wizard of Biz leads OF shooters Over the Rainbow
Rifle Club
Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like Stickledown. There’s no place like...
And a Stickledown range blowing a gale is an interesting place to be if you are a wind coach. As readers of these dispatches will recall 900 yards, at just over half a mile, is quite a long way, but at about 940 yards the 155 grain 7.62mm bullet goes sub-sonic and rapidly dumps energy which means it is even more vulnerable to wind than normal.

So when there’s a Twister howling along the range with your house spinning round in the middle of it, the challenges facing the OFRC’s resident coach Guy “The Wizard of Biz” Larcombe were, to say the least, considerable.


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UPDATE: Charlie Vaughan-Griffith nears end of cycle marathon in Dad's memory

Charlie Vaughan-Griffith reports on 27 September 2012:

I've been on the road now for 54 days in my journey to cycle to San Feliu de Guixols in memory of my father, Richard Vaughan-Griffith. We reached San Feliu yesterday (26 Sept), where 50 years ago, my father finished his own bike ride, with five friends from Framlingham. 
It has been an incredible journey. My aim was simple. I wanted to complete a journey in memory of my father, and help raise valuable funds for the hospice that cared for him so well and also to coincide with an organised race for Help for Heroes I had entered before my father got ill. 
On that note, if people would like to support the hospice that desperately needs the help to keep proving its wonderful support to cancer victims, the details are here:


And if people would like to follow our progress as we move to Gibraltar, the blog is:

Click  "read more" for more details and also the original story "Charlie Vaughan-Griffith repeats cycle marathon in Dad's memory" for Charlie's ride in tribute to his late father, Richard Vaughan-Griffith (K60-64)

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Laurie Rimmer - 1935-2012
Old Framlinghamian Gallery

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Laurie Rimmer, who died in a care home near Aldeburgh after a long illness. A former England rugby international, Laurie was Headmaster at the College from 1971-1989 and along with his late wife, Gillian, is remembered with great fondness by many Old Framlinghamians.

He died on 31 May, his 77th birthday, and leaves behind his 4 sons, Shane (Z76-81), Drummond (Z72-83), Daniel (Z74-85) and Arran (Z77-87). A Thanksgiving Service was held on Friday 15th at 11.00 am at Aldeburgh Parish Church. Donations, if desired, to RAF Benevolent Fund c/o Moore Bros, 5 Woodbridge Road, Framlingham IP13 9LL Tel. 01728 723448.
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