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


First Solo Album for Laura Wright
Laura Wright's first solo album, following on from her chart success with All Angels, will be released on 4th July 2011*, and will be available from all good record stores and online.  Called, "The Last Rose", the album is a collection of English folk songs, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and with musical compositions and arrangements by John Rutter, Patrick Hawes and Paul Mealor (whose composition "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" was included in the recent Royal Wedding and is included on this album).

You can read more about this story, and some of Laura’s other recent exploits, in this College Website article.

 * The release date has been revised, and is now expected to be 25th July 2011.

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Back on fire! OF shooters in double silverware scoop
Rifle Club Bisley Correspondent Steve McDowell provides two reports on two recent matches in his usual inimitable style:

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OFGS Grafton Morrish Tournament 2011
Golf Society The OFGS team played with St Lawrence at Knole Park Golf Club, Sevenoaks in the South East regional qualifying round on Saturday 14 May. The team of Gavin Cowell, Charlie Plunkett, Alex Cameron, Robin Anderton, Michael Spencer and Martin Lamb scored 73 points, only failing to qualify by 3 points for the knock out stages. The stars of the team, with an excellent score of 28 points, were Michael, a late call up, and Martin.

The format of scratch foursomes off the back tees on a testing course is quite a challenge and it is hoped that the OFGS will be able to put out a younger and stronger team next year and possibly repeat  the success of qualifying in 2007.

Inaugural OF Football Match
Teddy Harrington (S 05-10), one of our SOF Moreau Leaving Scholars, has once again demonstrated his energy and enthusiasm for organising sporting and social events. Towards the end of last year, he set up an OF Rugby event (Of Suffolk XV v OF Rest of the World XV) which gained huge support but sadly had to be cancelled because of the pre-Christmas ice and snow.

Undeterred, Teddy is now organising, and recruiting players and spectators for, an OF v OF football match (once again, Suffolk OFs v Rest of the World OFs), to be held at the College on Saturday 16th July 2011.

Latest Update: If you haven't already done so, please contact Teddy by 28th June if you're interested in playing or spectating. For contact details click on Read More.

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OFGS Spring Meeting Report - 2011
Golf Society The OFGS Spring Meeting took place for the second time at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club on Thursday, 5 May. The weather was fine, if a little chilly at times, and the course, always testing, was in excellent condition. The catering was first class and we were well looked after by the secretary and his staff.


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OF Golfers Lose to Merchiston at Halford Hewitt
Golf Society On Thursday, 7th April we were drawn to play against Merchiston, a very strong Scottish school and three time past winners of the Cup, in the first round at Royal St George’s Golf Club, venue for this year’s Open Championship. It was always going to be a very tough match, particularly as Richard Graves, John  Wybar and Patrick Spraggs were unavailable.

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Framlingham Socks now available!

Crested sock

HOT NEWS: As advertised in the 2010 Yearbook, the Society is now proud to offer for the first time Framlingham socks in a choice of designs and for both men and women. Click for more details.


Quilibets 2011 - Players & memorabilia wanted
Tom Huggins is arranging the various teams for Quilibets 2011. Click here for their programme and a form to detail your availability. Please visit the College website for more information if you are interested in playing cricket at the College in the week commencing 11th July - see www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/co-curricular/sport/quilibets/index.php. Alternatively email Tom Huggins (thuggins@framcollege.co.uk) to confirm your availability or if you have any ties or any other memorabilia to offer.

Laura Wright stars at Carling Cup Final
Laura Wright (M2002-08)
Ever eagle eyed Bob Williams (Hon OF) spotted that Laura Wright (M2002-08) sang the National Anthem solo before the start of the Carling Cup Final at Wembley on 27 February 2011, between Arsenal and Birmingham City. I can’t at the moment find any photos or video of this.   This is a step up from singing in front of the Portman Road fans, which she has done on a number of occasions.

Click Read More to see larger photo taken at Wembley by her brother.

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Pickard – amazing artefact has come to light.

Pickard - small photo

Hopefully most OFs have heard of the war time exploits of Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32). If not, I would encourage you to click here to read all about him (it may take a little while to load as it’s a large file).

Adrian Orchard (G72-79) recently had Pickard’s nephew to stay and amongst other things, brought with him his uncle’s “in case of death” letter. It is an amazing and humbling document and sets out that he would like his son to also go to the College. Sadly this didn’t happen as his widow Dorothy and son Nicholas went to South Africa after the war. With his nephew’s kind permission you can read the letter in full by clicking here.