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


Yet Another Bumper Bisley

1. WHAT is the collective noun for a group of OF shooters?
a) A ‘Fram’ b) An ‘Albert’ c) A ‘Pleb’ d) A ‘Matron’ e) A ‘Dingly’?

The answer, of course, is e) A “Dingly”.

The reason for this is that, not counting the odd decent-sized dining room, the largest collection of Old Framlinghamians seen anywhere was observed at the annual OF Rifle Club barbecue in Campsite 7 at Bisley – otherwise known as The Dingly Dell.

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OF Gifts - Update
Update 3 August 2008 : As a result of this news item going out, I’m indebted to Commander John Simpson (K32-36) for sending me a list he put together a little while ago of all the College Prizes, the majority of which were donated by OFs, the SOF or parents of OFs. You can see the list by clicking here. Any additions gratefully received, in particular it would be good to compile a list in respect of Brandeston. You can e-mail me by clicking here: Email Chris Essex.

Original article : Quite a number of years ago a list of gifts from individual OFs and from the Society to the College and Brandeston, was published in the OF Magazine. Using that list and trawled through 1st and 2nd 60 year histories and Trustee and Masonic notes, we have put together what I hope is the definitive list of gifts made. I have included it in the Distinguished section of the website and you can view the list by clicking here.

You will see that the list presents a very impressive picture of the support that has been given over the years and continues to be. The Trustees have under their control a gross fund, The Framlingham College Improvements Trust, which is available if any member wishes to consider the College or Brandeston Hall as a recipient of any charitable donation or bequest.

OF Star Wins "BIG FOUR" Prize at Bisley
James Mehta (OFRC Secretary) reports that Sandy Walker has won the much-coveted Prince of Wales Prize at Bisley.

Shooting Scribe, Steve McDowell, writes: "Rifle-wielding wunderkind Sandy Walker lifted one of the most coveted prizes in world shooting at Bisley’s Imperial Meeting last week, causing wild celebrations among the biggest-ever OF contingent.

At the tender age of just 20, 6ft 4in Sandy – who is nicknamed the ‘Gangling Metronome’ by his OF clubmates – has proved himself to be one of the UK’s best full-bore rifle shooters by winning the HRH Prince of Wales prize after a four-man tie shoot.

The "Prince of Wales" is one of the big four prizes at Bisley, which also numbers the Queen’s Prize and the St George’s.

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Bill Goldfinch and The Colditz Cock - Update
Update – July 2008 : Bruce Micklewright (S48-51) has been back in touch to say that a ceremony was held on 19 July 2008, which would have been Bill's 92nd birthday. They 'rolled out' the amphibian 'Son of Colditz'. Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony and the event was filmed by Meridian TV. They have kindly put together a separate piece on this for our website - click here (After the web page comes up there is a 30 second advert before the article starts - sorry!).

Original article : In October 2007 we reported the death of Leslie James Edward "Bill" Goldfinch (26-32), who was a prisoner in Colditz Castle late in the War. We have recently acquired some fascinating video footage of Bill telling the story of The Colditz Cock, the glider he and fellow prisoners built to his design. To view the video, make sure you're logged into the website, and click on the Publications menu item, where you'll find the viewing link. If you're not yet a registered member and are a member of the Society, then please follow the instructions for New User in the login box - it only takes a few moments to register.

If you'd like to read more about Bill in the Distinguished OFs section, then click here to see a full description of Bill's life.

Support the HMS Beagle
Perry Crickmere (S 74-77) is the administrator for The HMS Beagle Trust based in Pembrokeshire.

He writes: We have the ambitious aim of building a replica HMS Beagle. This remarkable little ship is celebrated for her Darwin voyage also performed amassing feats in survey work and the genesis of meteorological observations (first use of a wind scale given by Beaufort to Fitzroy). She is one of the most important historical vessels in our naval history. Our replica Beagle will not be simply another square rigged sail training vessel. She will be a replica from the outside, but internally she will have full scientific research capabilities and will perform the sort of work that a modern Darwin would do today. We even have a direct link to the International Space Station through our collaboration with NASA. There is lots of information on our website www.thebeagleproject.com. Any of you naval, Darwin or science buffs out there have a look and send us a donation. If any of you are in control of marketing budgets and are looking for a high profile, international project to add your company name to we would love to hear from you. Remember that 2009 is both the bicentenary of Darwins' birth as well as the 150 year anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species. I can be contacted on office@thebeagleproject.com

'The Framlingham Branch'
John Saul (R 1949-1956) reports: OFs with memories of travelling to and from Framlingham by train may be interested to know that a history of 'The Framlingham Branch' by established railway author Peter Paye has just been published by Oakwood Press, cost £15.95.

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New Moreau Leaving Scholars Bring Total to Six
Dateline 5th July:
There was fierce competition from 19 applicants for this year's awards, but Rebecca Peck and James Pearson sailed through as the ultimate winners. They received their first-year cheques for £800 from Sir Richard Dearlove (College Governor, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge and ex-Head of MI6) on Speech Day, and were later introduced to their mentors after some much-needed refreshment in the marquee.

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Golfers Struggle in Cyril Gray Tournaments
David Turnbull (OFGS Secretary) has reported the following results:

Cyril Gray Tournament at Worplesdon (three pairs, foursomes off scratch, each individual over 50 years of age): 26th - 28th June 2008

The team of Philip Arnold, Robin Anderton, Martin Lamb, Michael Spencer, Colin Stokes and Barry Lorkin lost in round one 2½-½ to Epsom. In the plate competition in the afternoon against Rossall we lost 2-1. Rossall went on to win the plate.

Senior Cyril Gray Tournament at Worplesdon (one pair, each individual over 65 years of age, with combined age of more than 140 years!): 28th June 2008

In the Senior Cyril Gray Tournament (stableford foursomes off scratch) Colin Stokes and Barry Lorkin were paired with Stonyhurst but did not get enough points to be a prizewinner.

Old Framlinghamians Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
Robert Norman (S 2002-07 and Moreau Leaving Scholar 2007) writes:

The College has always produced very good sportsmen and sportswomen and many have gone on to even greater achievements. This has meant the Society of Old Framlinghamians has always had the resources to draw upon to succeed in many different sports.

A fine example has been the SOF Rifle Club, the membership of which has recently reached record numbers. Many rifle shooters who developed their target-sports abilities at the College have, in recent years, also competed for the School at Clay Pigeon Shooting. The College team has been East region Champions in 2005 and 2006 and even came third at the Nationals in 2006.

The result has been a large and growing enthusiasm from a number of OFs for an Old Framlinghamian Clay Pigeon Shooting Club.

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Some Updates/Additions to Distinguished Section
I thought I’d highlight some recent additions and updates to the Distinguished section of the website. Although I’ve completed my main work on this section, new candidates for inclusion or updates on existing people continue to come along on a regular basis. Fascinatingly, some of this interest arises from non-OFs coming across the articles and contacting us. Here’s a selection of recent updates :-

John English Lott MC (1888-92) Although I had a basic entry on the WW1 Memorial page, I was contacted by a distant cousin of his, who provided much additional detail. She also told me that his ancestors lived at Flatford (Valley Farm) and he was related to Willy Lott, whose house was painted by John Constable in 'The Haywain'. You can read the article here.

Captain Thomas Somerville OBE DSO MC* (1896-1904) I’m indebted to Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) for researching a very detailed updated, including the fact that he was recommended for a Victoria Cross. The article here includes copies of many documents, including the VC recommendation that became a DSO.

Commander “Jake” Wright DSC** (29-32) He died on 10 May 2008 and this article now includes a link to the Telegraph Obituary. Click here

I’ve also recently added Bryan Ivory (K48-52) to the distinguished section for his amazingly detailed work on military miniature figures and model ships – see here. I’d be interested to hear from anyone else with an amazing talent like Bryan’s. E-mail me by clicking here: Email Chris Essex.

Happy reading!