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

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Update from Lizi Baker
Lizi Baker (P99-04) writes : since finishing my degree in Sport and Coaching Studies at Oxford Brookes University I have started working voluntarily as part of an internship programme at St Aldate’s Church. Our biggest challenge of the year lies ahead of us this Easter when we will be going to Mozambique to work alongside Iris Ministries at their Zimpeto site in Maputo, the capital city. Iris Ministries care for the orphans of Mozambique, giving them food, shelter and medical treatment they would never be able to receive otherwise.

You can read more about her work with Iris Ministries and see some pictures by clicking here.



Annual Dinner to Honour Gwen Randall
The 2009 Annual Dinner is arranged for Saturday 21st March at 7-15 for 8-00 pm. (Black tie) It will once again be held at The East India Club, St James's Square, London W1. The location is particularly apt, in that this will be Gwen Randall's last OF Dinner as Head of the College, and this is her favourite venue.

Special arrangements are being made to ensure a full turn-out of OFs, particularly younger ones - please click on Read More for further details.

***Stop Press - 5th March - *** There are currently just 19 full-price £50 tickets left with orders arriving every other day - so buy now to avoid disappointment. There are no £25 under-30s tickets left, but Michael Holden is maintaining a waiting-list in case of late cancellations.

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New Year Honour for Adnam's Chairman
Congratulations to Jonathan Adnams (S 65-73), executive Chairman of Adnams brewery, who was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List. Click here to read the BBC News website.



Another honour for a distinguished OF
Chris Essex writes : in my continuing task of researching and documenting distinguished OFs I have just come across the following announcement on 15 December 2008 for Sir Jeremy Sullivan (R59-63):

“Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve that The Honourable Mr Justice Jeremy Mirth Sullivan be appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal on the retirement of Lord Justice Tuckey, with effect from 12 January 2009.”

You can read more about his distinguished career by clicking here. The Society has lost touch with him, so if anyone keeps in contact with him can they let us know.



Musings on Mumbai, post the recent terrorist attack
Richard Gould (K66-71) has lived in North Goa, India for the last two and half years. Following the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, he got in touch to give his reflections on these events. I hope they are of interest to others.

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John Melsom (Hon OF)
Three decades of Old Framlinghamians will be saddened to learn that John Melsom (Hon OF) died on 11th December 2008 aged 92. John came to Framlingham in 1948 and retired 32 years later in 1980. He will be remembered for his coaching of the 1st XV for many years, holding the post of Housemaster to Kerrison for ten years, and supervising the Young Farmers Club. All this in addition to teaching biology and encouraging many an OF into a science based career. We extend our deepest sympathy to John’s son Richard (G 59-68) and his family.



Royal Geographical Society lecture by Simon Harby OF
Simon Harby (S 78-81) and his wife Suzi lectured at the Royal Geographical Society on December 1st 2008.

James Ruddock-Broyd reports:
The Ondaatje Theatre at the RGS was full. Simon is a Fellow and regularly attends meetings. The expedition had taken place from 2003 to 2005. Both Harbys are from Norfolk. It is thought this may be the first time an OF has given a lecture at the RGS.

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STOP PRESS : There is another opportunity to hear Simon speak about his amazing travels. He will be speaking at the College Geographical Society meeting on Tuesday 10th March 2009, in the Heaadmaster Porter Theatre at 6.45 p.m. The title given is '360° by Motorbike – Bringing Maps to Life'. The College expects a good attendance by current pupils and some parents. Any OFs will be most welcome. If you would like to attend, then please email or leave a message at reception, so that they have an idea of numbers re seating / light refreshments.

To read the Distinguished article on Simon click here.

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OF Ladies' and Men's Hockey V College
On Saturday January 3rd there is to be a repeat of last year's hugely successful and hotly contested Hockey matches against the College 1st teams, beginning at 1-30pm.

Last year, the OF Men won 4-2 against what promised to be an excellent College team, while the OF Ladies drew 2-2. Large numbers of OFs (particularly the younger contingent) turned up to support, and had a brilliant time.

Once again, the matches will be followed by refreshments at the College and/or a visit to a Framlingham hostelry. Please check the website for further news about all this, in due course. Meanwhile, please put this date in your diary.



The Three Sopranos at Aldeburgh Church
The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Aldeburgh, lists the following event on its website:

"We are privileged to host what promises to be a memorable concert on Wednesday, 17th December at 7.30 p.m., when Framlingham College will present The Three Sopranos. In recent years Framlingham has produced many fine musicians, several of whom have gone on to enjoy careers in music. Perhaps the most well-known is Laura Wright who, after gaining the coveted title of BBC Young Chorister of the Year in 2005, went on to become a founding member of the vocal group All Angels. So come and hear three talented sopranos from Framlingham College, who may have every opportunity to follow in Laura’s footsteps. They will be generously performing in aid of our church funds and admission will be £5.00 at the door. Please see posters and flyers for programme details and do join us for what may well be a unique evening’s entertainment."

Two OF sopranos - Christina Johnston and Chantal Clelland - will be singing and Rob Goodrich will accompany.



A new Len Evans in the making?
Norman Porter sent me the following news on another budding Len Evans : I have followed up an article in the EADT about Carters Vineyard, which is part of the Bunting family business. We visited Tom and had a look around the whole enterprise last Friday. To visit his website click here

Chris Essex writes : On Saturday 27 September I visited a local vineyard to meet Paul Langham (R77-82). He set up a new vineyard at Littleton Panell, just south of Devizes, in 2001. Although he’s got a long way to go to be another Len Evans (G42-48), they have planted over 5000 vines on a 30 acre site and have an apple orchard of some 600 trees. They produce a range of award-winning white, red, rosé and sparking wines, as well as their own range of apple juice and cider.

Before leaving I enjoyed some wine tasting, including an excellent 2006 vintage red that will be released in a few weeks. Unfortunately, this year’s cider crop was not yet ready to drink or take away! Click here to see some pictures I took. To visit his website click here

I’d be interested to hear from any other budding Len Evans. E-mail me by clicking here: Email Chris Essex.