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


Alex Henney is off to the North Pole again
Having walked to the North Pole last year, Alex Henney (Z84-95) has decided to partner with long time friend Simon Marshall, to now be the first to pilot a hovercraft to the same spot. The pair aim to attempt this world first in April of next year. Before then they will be preoccupied with raising funds to getting the expedition underway, preparing the hovercraft for the high Arctic temperatures and also preparing events for their selected charity, the Burnham-On-Sea Area Rescue Boat (BARB).

For more information on the trip, including how to support them, you can visit their website here or to see details of Alex’s previous trip to the North Pole last year, please click here

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Essex Supper - Friday 18th April 2008
This year's Essex Supper will again be held at The Warren Golf Club, Woodham Walter (7.15 for 8.00pm, lounge suits, guests welcome), where OFs have become used to an extremely warm welcome in beautiful surroundings.

In addition to the supper, OFs might like to know that the golf club welcomes them to play a round of golf earlier in the day (at the special rate of £18.00 - see "Read More").

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The fabulous Shirtlifters are going on tour!
Charles Benson (S45-54) writes : I run a Traditional Jazz band called the fabulous Shirtlifters which has been going for about 20 years. Most of its members are drawn from the good villagers of Cookham Dean in Berkshire.

In May this year the Band is doing a West Country Tour, a 4 gig 'event', in the immediate environs of Lands End. Most of what the present Band is about and details of the gigs can be found on our website see here - including a sampler of the music. I hope a number of west country based OFs may be able to come along.

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Lt. Col. A C Newson (S20-28) DSO, DSC

Sadly the death is announced of Lt. Col. A C Newson (S20-28) D.S.O., D.S.C., on the 17th December 2007 aged 97. Alan was the oldest surviving Past President of the Society and the funeral was at St John’s Church, Bury, Nr. Pulborough, West Sussex at 12 noon on Friday 4th January 2008. Donations to the King George's Fund for Sailors.

Update on 11 February 2008 : His obituary has appeared in the Times today – see here

Framlingham College Presents: A Night of UK No 1s 1956-2007
Rob Goodrich, Head of Music at the College, has pulled-together yet another musical extravaganza to take place in the Headmaster Porter Theatre on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March (7pm on each evening).

While the performers, including All Angels star Laura Wright, are on stage singing, the audience will be served a selection of bread and cheese throughout the evening and the Foyer Bar will offer wine, beer and soft drinks.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are priced at £5 per head and can be booked at Reception (01728 723789). Seating will be at round tables of eight, and no party will be able to book more than one table.

Tom Jarrold - Keeping Up With The Best
In February last year, we published an article about Tom Jarrold, who had recently started at Framlingham, and was making headlines with his skiing exploits. Tom's father, Stuart, has been in touch to tell us that Tom is still on course to achieve his dream of an Olympic Games place in 2012.

Click on Read More on the right of the page for the rest of the story.

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Framlingham College 2008 Rugby Calendar – FOR SALE
James Alvis, the Director of Sport at the College, is selling Framlingham College 2008 Rugby Calendars for £7.50 to help raise money for the College’s 2008 Rugby Tour to South Africa. If you are interested, please email James Alvis / Framlingham College Reception. Alternatively write to: James Alvis, Director of Sport, Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9EY

OFs honoured on new National Armed Forces Memorial
Update : John Maulden (G45-50) has pointed out that a 3rd OF is featured on this new memorial. The additional person is Karen Buttenshaw (V86-93) who was killed on 29 October 1994 during an Army exercise on Salisbury Plain. Having failed to reach the top of a slope, the Land Rover she was driving rolled back, bounced on to its side and burst into flames. Karen was a 19-year-old student at the time and member of the Oxford University Officer Training Corps. Her passenger, a fellow student, was also killed. See here. There is a memorial tree at Brandeston in her memory.

Original article : On 12 October 2007 the Queen opened the new National Armed Forces Memorial at Alrewas in Staffordshire. This lists all service personnel who have died since World War 2 and includes the following Old Framlinghamians :-

Flight Lt Jack Maulden (R33-38) – see here

Flight Lt Daniel Mann (R56-63) - see here

They are both also included in the Distinguished section of the website at Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice section, under Malaysian Emergency and Subsequent Operations.

Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM posthumously awarded the George Medal
The BBC News has reported that Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM is to be posthumously awarded the George Medal. Jeff was one of two Hertfordshire Firemen who died in Feb 2005 while trying to save a woman from a blaze in a block of flats. (See OF News Article).

Also see the article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 27 Nov 2007.

The full citation has now been publised in the London Gazette on 27 Nov 2007.

Jeff is also include in the Saved a Life section of Distinguished OFs. This article also includes some pictures of the memorial on the Back at the College.

The George Medal is principally awarded to civilians for “acts of great bravery”.

Bruce Pearson - Ecologist, film maker, writer and renowned artist
Chris Essex writes: I have recently added Bruce (G62-67) to the list of Distinguished OFs. For over 30 years he has been an ecologist, film maker, writer and artist. After leaving the College he went to Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, followed by Leicester Polytechnic. He then got a job as a Production Assistant in the RSPB Film Unit, before joining the British Antarctic Survey in 1975 as a Biological Assistant. Since 1977 he has been self-employed. He was Wildlife Illustrator of the Year in 1983 and Bird Illustrator of the Year in 1984. He was elected President of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1994, serving 10 years. He has also been Visiting Lecturer at the RCA.

After a gap of 30 years, Bruce will shortly be returning to Antarctica. To see a full article on Bruce click here

I’m also delighted to say that Bruce has kindly agreed to donate a copy of some of his more recent books to the College Library. For a full list of OFs authors see the Book section of Distinguished OFs.