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


Will Sayer (G92-97) completes solo Atlantic crossing in first place
Way back at the end of January 2009 we published a news story on Will Sayer (G92-97) and his intention to take part in the OSTAR Atlantic Race, which is the world’s oldest solo ocean race – see previous report by clicking here.

We are delighted to report, that at 1300 on 17 June 2009, Will successfully arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in America. Not only was he first in his class to finish, but he had the fastest corrected time of all competitors. Our congratulations go to Will on this wonderful achievement.

Porter's Golfing Heroes Take a 5-2 Lead Over Old Ipswichians
Golf Society Peter Howard-Dobson (R 65-69) reports: The last time I wrote about the series of informal golf matches between teams led by Norman Porter (Hon Sec SOF) and Karl Daniels (Chairman of Governors, Ipswich School) was in June 2006 when the OF side pulled-off a stunning victory to level the new series two-all.

Since then, winning has become a bit of a habit for Porter's team - not wishing to be outshone, perhaps, by those pesky shooters!  Anyway, suffice it to say that, three years on, the OFs beat the OIs 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 at Woodbridge on Monday 15th June, to take a magnificent 5-2 lead.

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OF Rifle Club wins Lizard Cup
Rifle Club
"At Last Halahan’s OF Shooters Hit Something "
Report by Steve "did I tell you I got 50.9" McDowell:

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Spring 2009 Overseas Bag
Chris Essex writes : Time has flown by this year and I’m late publishing the Spring 2009 digest of stories from OFs around the world. Once again it’s been great to keep in touch with so many of you via the wonders of e-mail. I would strongly encourage everyone to ensure that they register their e-mail address on the website, so that we can keep in touch.

My thanks as always to everyone who has contributed, especially quite a number for the first time and from additional countries. I believe this is probably the largest ever Overseas Bag, running to 28 pages covering 15 countries and 48 correspondents. I trust that my editing skills have done your messages proud.

The Spring 2009 Overseas Bag is published in the People section (click here to go to the People section or use the menu at the top of the page. You will need to be signed in to the website to access the Overseas Bag).

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BMW Bike Weekend at the College
Brian Rosen (S40-46) has been in touch to let us know that the BMW (Motorcycle) Club are this year having a weekend based at the College, from 28th to 31st August 2009.  Although Brian has been a member of the BMW Club for over 30 years, he's not able to make this weekend, but thought other BMW owning OFs may like the opportunity to stay at the College again.

To see the full invitation/details then please click here.

Edmond Edmond Fresson OBE (1901-05) – 75th anniversary of first UK air mail service
Chris Essex writes: On 29 May 1934 Edmond Fresson undertook the very first UK Air Mail service between Inverness and Kirkwall in the Shetland. To commemorate this significant event, the Fresson Trust are recreating this first flight and you can see more detail on their site by clicking here.

You can read the full Distinguished piece on Fresson by clicking

OFGS Spring Meeting Report
Golf Society David Turnbull, OFGS Hon Secretary, reports:

The OFGS Spring Meeting was once again held in fine, sunny weather at The Warren Golf Club near Maldon on Tuesday, 19th May. Unfortunately, for the first time in many years, there was a disappointing turn out from players of all abilities. The sixteen who did play had a most enjoyable day.

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Captain Thomas Victor Somerville DSO OBE MC with Bar (1896-1904)

Chris Essex writes: As a result of including Captain Thomas Somerville in the list of Distinguished OFs we were contacted by a Patrick Donnelly who was writing a small booklet on Captain Somerville, following an interview he had with his Batman Fred Marlow.  To read Patrick's full story please click here: click here

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OF Rifle Club - Broken hearts and broken dreams as we come second
Rifle Club Latest news from the OFRC by Steve ‘Zero’ McDowell.

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Grafton Morrish Tournament
Golf Society The first team played at Knole Park GC in the South East regional qualifying round on Saturday 9th May. Hopes of qualifying for the finals were high following the recent fine run in the Halford Hewitt Plate, but the absence of one or two of our stronger players weakened the team and we were unsuccessful, finishing some way down the field. Our playing partners, Sevenoaks School (local knowledge?), did qualify and we wish them every success in the finals. Playing scratch foursomes off the very back tees on a testing course, even in pleasant sunny conditions, is always very demanding.

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