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


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.

Additional names added to the War Memorial in the College Chapel
David Mason writes :In a moving Service of Remembrance held in the College Chapel on Sunday 9th November, the Chaplain, the Reverend Steve Waters, dedicated new additions to the War Memorials and additional plaques to those who had lost their lives in action. It was good to have the Head of Brandeston School and some of its pupils present, as Brandeston is, in itself, a living and vibrant memorial having been purchased by the Society in 1947 in memory those who had given their lives in the two World Wars.

Diligent research by fellow Trustee, Chris Essex, showed that the names of four former pupils who had lost their lives in WW1 and WW2 were not recorded on the memorials.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting Club - Inaugural Event
Bored to death with winning everything there is to win, the shooters of the Old Framlinghamians have formed their own splinter group just to give themselves someone with whom to compete.

This they proved by crushing the impudent college on the .22 range the previous day to scoop the fourth of four possible trophies this year. James Mehta finally finding his championship form with a monster 95 with the smaller gauge weapon. Accordingly, the inaugural meeting of the OFCPSC – that’s clay pigeon shooting, to save you working it out, gathered on Sunday 21st September in the bucolic surroundings of the High Lodge Shooting Ground at Darsham – just up the A12 from Yoxford.

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SOF South East Supper - Saturday 18th October 2008
The second South East Supper of recent origin was held at the Piltdown Golf Club and was attended by 14 OFs and 8 guests. The OFs present attended the College and Branderston for a period ranging over 43 years. Andrew Wright, who hosted the event, and Norman Buck and John Barrett are members of the club; the latter had not attended an OF event since 1952 - The Grosvenor House Ball - six years after leaving school.

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