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


Brandeston's Musical Heritage
Laura Wright at Tony Lawrence Tribute - September 2011
Bob Williams (Hon OF)always keeps a close eye on his former Brandeston protégés and has sent this update on a couple of them.

”Many will be aware of the steady, even meteoric rise in the musical currency of both Laura Wright (M02-08) & Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) but has it, I wonder, been noticed & noted anywhere that both young people actually TOPPED their respective album charts in August 2011 (Laura - with her debut solo album 'The Last Rose') & September 2011 (Ed - with his debut album '+', as reported in the New Musical Express, went straight to No.1 with sales of 100,000). Can any other UK school claim such a virtually concurrent achievement? Safe to say UNIQUE!!”

Bob also spotted that Ed and Charlie Simpson (S90-99) are both shortly to appear at the Anson Rooms in Bristol University in quick succession! Ed is appearing on Sunday 9 October and Charlie on Wednesday 19 October. This hot on the heels of Ed's stunning success at the BT Digital Music Awards ceremony, where he came away clutching the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. The event, at which Charlie Simpson also appeared on stage, was held at the Roundhouse, Camden in late September and screened on a national T.V. channel on the 7th October, 2011. 

2011 Essex Family Tour
During July/August 2011, Chris Essex (K69-75) took his family to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. As Overseas Bag Editor he took the opportunity to meet up with OFs on 6 occasions. You can read the full story and see lots of photos of these OF gatherings by clicking here .
A huge thank you to all the organisers and to everyone who took the trouble to come and meet up with a Pom and his family! We had a truly memorable time.

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OFGS Autumn Meeting Report
Golf Society The meeting was held in ideal golfing conditions on Friday, 9th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club where we were looked after superbly as usual. There was a rather disappointing turn out of 22 members this year due to a number of factors and I am sure that we shall be back to the usual numbers of around 32 when we return to Aldeburgh next year.

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OFGS v Aldeburgh Golf Club
Golf Society Following a very successful Autumn Meeting the OFGS team took on Aldeburgh Golf Club the following day, Saturday 10 September. A lovely day was had by all, but unfortunately the match was lost 6 ½ – 3 ½.

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FramSoc Upcoming Events - September 2011

Wednesday 14 September, 2011
Meet at the Pub 
Venue: Ravenwood Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday 15 September, 2011
FramSoc Presentation: 

'In the Line of Fire' – A Tour of Duty in Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards 


Venue: Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framlingham College

Further details: http://www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/the-college/framsoc/events.php

Success for OFGS Seniors in Cyril Gray!
Golf Society Dateline 23rd to 25th June 2011:
David Turnbull, OFGS Secretary reports: the Cyril Gray is a knockout tournament involving 3 pairs playing foursomes off scratch. All players must be over 50 years of age and the competition is held at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey.
At last I do not have to say that we lost in Round 1, entered the Plate and lost again!
We had two new members in the squad, Roger Wharton and Andy Rose, which enabled old chaps like Barry Lorkin (his words!) to drop out. The team was completed by Robin Anderton, Peter Watts, Martin Lamb and Michael Spencer.

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Old Framlinghamians on Facebook
Better late than never, you may say! The OF Website is now firmly a part of the Facebook generation with the launch of our associated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OldFramlinghamians.
This will, we hope, make keeping up with OF affairs a bit easier and more immediate for those OFs for whom Facebook is part of their regular online life. Major OF website stories will be published automatically to the new Facebook page, and Leigh Cunningham, OF Liaison Officer at the College, will also post items about what is happening at the school.
Please visit our page and “Like” it, in order to get news feeds through to your own facebook page (of course, if you’re already a Facebook user, you’ll know this!).

A Delightfully Different "Suffolk Supper"
This year’s supper, on Saturday 17th September, will take the form of a tribute to Tony Lawrence, who retired at the end of the Summer Term after a career at Brandeston and Framlingham spanning some 36 years.
The Headmaster Porter Theatre, in the Athlone Hall, will be the venue for sketches, songs, musical performances, monologues and other tributes to celebrate Tony’s many years at the College.

Latest update: The closing date for applications for supper bookings is 13th September. So please get those bookings in now!

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Outstanding OF Sopranos to Perform in Framlingham & Southwold
Christina Louise (Christina Johnston-Myachin, V 01-06) and Laura Wright (M 02-08) are performing exclusively at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold on 12th August at 7.30pm, and at St Michael’s Church, Framlingham on 14th August 2011, at 7.00pm. Tickets will be £15.00 and can be purchased at the door.
Christina Louise, having graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Dram, has been accepted as a young upcoming international singer at The State National Opera House, Prague, under its director and conductor.
Laura Wright, is studying at The Royal College of Music. Formerly a founder-member of the hugely successful group All Angels, she has just released her debut classical folk album “The Last Rose” with Decca records, which has just ‘gone platinum’. See: The Evening Standard, 1st August 2011

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Inaugural OF Football Match Report
Teddy Harrington (S 2005-10) reports: The first OF football match took place on a specially prepared pitch on Dicksons on Saturday 16th July. The quality of the playing surface was such that even torrential rain failed to affect the performance and enthusiasm of the 16 players who opted to demonstrate their silky, occasionally slithery skills on the pitch, rather than skulking indoors safe from the rain, or braving the mud of the Latitude Festival. Unfortunately, due to a few people having to pull-out at last minute for one reason or another, the match had to become an 8-a-side game with Bernard Dyer (Stradbroke Housemaster) very kindly offering to play to even up the numbers, dropping his initial role as Referee’s Assistant (Linesman) to play for ‘Suffolk’, and showing quality bits of skill when required.

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