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


Remembrance Service - College Chapel 2009
Addition to WW1 Memorial - Gordon Harmer Catchpole (1903-07)
Through research it had been established that the name of another OF was missing from the World War One War Memorial in the Chapel. The missing name was of Gordon Harmer Catchpole (1903-07) of the Canadian Field Artillery. The addition to the war memorial was dedicated by the College Chaplain Steve Waters, at the Remembrance Day service on Sunday 8 November 2009. Catchpole died on 11 May 1917 and is buried near Arras.

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Moreau Scholars organise Crown reunion
Rebecca Peck and James Pearson, who won the Society’s Moreau Leaving Scholarships in 2008, felt sure that after a year’s gap there’d be a good many of their year-group who might be interested in getting together to share experiences of University, or globe-trotting, or getting stuck into a career – and they were right.

In Becca’s words
: “James and I had decided that we would try and organise a casual get-together on Saturday 5th  September for as many people as we could persuade to come, and we spread the word to meet at The Crown, in Fram, around half seven. Well, we heard back from a few members of our year group, but we could have never anticipated such a great turnout.”

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A chance to sail on a Thames barge
Roger Marriott (S50-54) is the proud owner of a beautifully restored Thames sailing barge "Kitty" moored at Maldon in Essex. Roger has kindly offered the Society the chance of an afternoon's sail on the barge followed by a supper aboard for a ball park figure of £50 per head (not including drink). This figure is based on a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 44. The date is as yet undecided but it will be in the early summer of 2010, hopefully at a weekend.

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OF involvement in Attenborough's latest series
Ben Simpson (B84-86)
Ben Simpson (B84-86) fascinating career has just taken another twist.  Over the last couple of years he has been working with the BBC Natural History unit on their latest David Attenborough series called “Life – Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour”. Specifically he has been involved in flying a helicopter to capture the aerial shots of birds for the Lammergeyers in Ethiopia and Flamingos in Kenya, plus Barbel feeding off hippo botties and shots of Ethiopian Wolves in Hunters & Hunted. The first program was aired on BBC1 last Monday at 9.00pm and subsequent episodes will be shown at the same time over the coming 9 weeks.  More recently Ben has just finished filming the aerials for a Disney feature film, which will be released in cinemas in 2012. A future Yearbook will include more detail on both these activities.

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OFGS Scores Well Against Depleted College Team
Golf Society
Robin Anderton (S 54-59) reports that another very enjoyable match took place between the College and the OFGS at Aldeburgh Golf Club on the 9th October.
The College team, led by David Morgan, was a couple of players short because of a flu outbreak, but they didn’t lack enthusiasm. Three of the students, Alex Summers, Jo Jo Hamer-Philip and Katsuhiro Misaki, had played in last year’s match and so weren’t as intimidated as they might have been by the older Framlinghamians, but the OFGS team still went out of their way to help everyone relax. 

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Grape harvesting well underway
Chris Essex writes: at the invitation of Paul Langham (R77-82) and the promise of some fine weather, a friend and I travelled down to Paul's vineyard a few miles south of Devizes in Wiltshire, to help with his annual grape harvesting. Neither of us had done it before, but after some brief tuition from Paul we set off down our respective rows.

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SOF Presentation to new College Head
College Crest
At the recent Suffolk Supper held at the College on 19 September 2009, a presentation was given at the end of the evening to the new Head, Paul Taylor, and all those present. It was intended to give Paul an introduction to the Society and we thought other members who were not able to be at the Supper might like to view the presentation with speaker notes. If so, please click here . Depending on your broadband speed, this may take a little while to download.

The presenters on the evening were: David Mason (S55-59) (SOF President), Norman Porter (K50-57) (SOF Hon Sec who says he is responsible for the text and any errors!), David Mallett (K93-03) and Hetta Rogers (P94-99). The Powerpoint technician on the night was Simon Dougherty(G60-67). We would also like to thank Leigh Cunningham, Dan Wood and Jamie Mayhew from the College with help in setting up the presentation.

Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA (1891-92)
For those of you who didn’t see it, the Sunday Telegraph dated 20 September 2009 carried a fascinating story entitled “The artist, his admirer, her husband and a hidden picture”. The story is about a painting of Munnings that has recently been found concealed behind another canvas painted by Laura Knight, an admirer. The painting of Munnings is believed to have been painted by Harold Knight, Laura's husband.

See the Sunday Telegraph article by clicking here.

You can read the full Distinguished piece on Munnings by clicking here

Big Turn-Out for OFGS Autumn Meeting
Golf Society David Turnbull, Secretary OFGS, reports:
The meeting was held in glorious golfing weather – what a contrast to last year - on Friday 11th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club. There was a magnificent turn out of 32 OFs, including some who had not played at a meeting for some time, and one who had just joined the society 55 years after leaving the College! The scoring was excellent as can be seen from the results:

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Fighting Finish for OFGS Veterans in Cyril Gray
Golf Society Cyril Gray Tournament (Three pairs, each individual over 50 years old), 25th- 27th June 2009.
Barry Lorkin writes, "The team, Robin Anderton, Robin Beckwith, Jim Crosbie, Martin Lamb, Barry Lorkin, Michael Spencer, and Peter Watts lost to Chigwell  2-1 in the 1st round.
In the Plate we had an excellent run, beating Ampleforth 2-1 in the 1st round, and Trent 2½  - ½ in the 2nd round, before losing very narrowly in the semi-final to Berkhamsted, 2-1, this deciding match being lost on the 19th hole".