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

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Penang OFs witness earthquake and tsunamis
Following the recent massive 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake off Aceh in Indonesia on 26 December, three OFs report their first-hand accounts of the effects of the earthquake. The reports are from Bob Holland (R57-65) who lives in Penang, just over 300-miles away from Aceh, Will Ryder-Davies (Z88-89) who is visiting Penang while on another overland world trip, and John Birt (S59-63) who lives in Koh Samui in Thailand.

If any other OFs have reports on the earthquake, please send to the SOF Web Team or "Post a Comment" using the link below.

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Yearbook 2004
Just about everyone should have received their new Yearbook (even John Birt, out there in Koh Samui).
There has been much debate about the wisdom of reverting to a format last seen over 25 years ago, and we are very keen to get your feedback either by clicking on "Post a Comment" (below this article), or by writing something in the Forum.

Even if you don't feel like doing either of these, please do fill in the questionnaires now showing on the left. Just click your mouse over the answer in each box (to put a dot in the circle) and then click on "Vote". You can also click on "Comment" in each voting area to add some further thoughts.

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Many of you, like me, may already be active supporters of the RNLI who save thousands of lives around the UK coasts every year. If so, you may already have received a letter from the RNLI Chief Executive, Andrew Freemantle MBE (S58-62), asking for your continued support for next year. What you may not know is that he is also an OF (S58-62)

For more information on supporting the RNLI, visit their website at: www.lifeboats.org.uk

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Rock On!
Phil Bower (G65-74) recently sent in a few photos of a gig from his latest group, Black Dayz, in Sydney (see www.blackdayz.shazbinkimages.com for more photos).

In the UK, Charlie Simpson (S90-99) with the group, Busted, have already achieved a Number One single, a double platinum album and a sold-out UK tour since their debut in Sept 2002 (see www.busted.com )

If there are any more OF bands or musicians out there, please let us know (contact the SOF Web Team).

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Framlingham in War Time
Following the original story in mid August 2004 below (see "read more") John Waddell (R39-46) received many recollections of the College "at war". He has plenty of contemporary team photographs but he is still looking for more personal photos from the war years.

In a separate initiative to the book commissioned by AROPS (Association of Representatives of Old Pupils Societies), the Society is planning to publish this material sometime next year.

If you have any suitable photos please contact John at:
Snape House, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1QW; tel: 01728 688613
e-mail:waddell@house-snape.demon.co.uk

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New User-Fields: Supper Invitations & University/College
Your Website team have created two new database fields that we hope will be useful, and which we encourage everyone to fill-in (via Directory and Edit my Entry):

The first is to indicate your preference for invitations to the various OF Suppers - this will be particularly helpful for Supper Secretaries.

The second is to show where you went to University and/or College. Entries are free-form and fully searchable (like Sports & Leisure interests). This will be really useful for 6th formers looking for advice as to what specific Universities and Colleges are really like.



College Rugby on a high!
Several OFs have noted that the College 1st XV are having a good season - won 5, lost 1 at half-term. The College website publishes the sports results at:
www.framlingham.suffolk.sch.uk/sport/sport.htm



OF in the News
In a recent emotional court case of national interest, the parents of a seriously-ill premature baby were permitted to have their High Court fight for her right to treatment heard in public. After the hearing Mr Justice Mark Hedley, Kt and OF (G56-65), found in favour of the hospital where the baby is being treated.

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New College and Brandeston Newsletters published
The Summer 2004 editions of the College and Brandeston Hall Newsletters are now on the website. Please click on "publications" at the top of the page and follow the appropriate link. When you've finished reading each newsletter, close the browser window to get back to our main website.



OF becomes Director-General Medical Services (Royal Air Force)
Simon Dougherty (G60-67) is promoted to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal, effective from 14 September 2004, and takes over as Director-General Medical Services (Royal Air Force)

(For photo, click "read more" below)

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