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


OFGS Team Just Gets The Edge On Strong College Side
Golf Society
Robin Anderton reports that his rather handy OFGS team met a stiff challenge from David Morgan’s current Framlinghamians on Friday 8th October.   The College team played extremely well but the OFGS side just came through 5/4.
As usual, Aldeburgh Golf Club was extremely generous with its hospitality to both teams, and Robin was delighted to be able to make a small donation to club funds to express everyone’s gratitude.
Two members of the College team, Doug Telfer and Connor O’Leary are in their final year, and Robin has already encouraged them to join the OFGS when they leave.
For details of the teams and individual match results, click on:

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Laura Wright Runs Venice Marathon For Venice in Peril Fund
During her gap year at the Royal College of Music, Laura Wright (M 2002-08) made friends with a girl whose mother is a Director of the charity ‘Venice in Peril’ and, as a result, she decided to raise funds for this worthwhile project by running a marathon in the city itself.  Laura has set herself a target of £1,000 and added “I wanted to be involved because Venice has been home, permanently or as visitors, to so many great composers, and has inspired many composers and performers to create beautiful music that is still listened to today”. 

Update 8th October:
Ahead of her marathon event, on 24th October, "Laura & Friends" will be in concert at St Mary's Parish Church, Framsden, on Sunday 17th October at 5pm.  Proceeds to Venice in Peril.  Tickets at £8 adult, £5 OAPs and £2 under-12s, can be booked on 01473 890174 or 890891.  Ticket price includes Cheese & Wine.  Admission by ticket only.

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Autumn 2010 Overseas Bag
Chris Shaw - Framlingham Sign
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes : Intrigued by the photo, then read on. The Autumn 2010 Overseas Bag is published in the People sectionYou will need to be signed in to the website to access the Overseas Bag. You will also be able to find out who this OF is and where he is other than just a place called Framlingham!
As always it’s been great to get so much correspondence in just the last few months. Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain a very edited version of this news, so I strongly encourage you to sign up and read about your former contemporaries.
As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to.  E-Mail Chris Essex

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OF makes Maiden First Class Century
Rob Newton (R2003-2008)
A month ago we reported that Rob Newton (R2003-2008) had made his first class debut for Northamptonshire.  He's now gone one better and scored his maiden first class century on 13 September 2010.
An update distinguished piece on Rob gives the full details here.

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Autumn Meeting Gets Off To Damp Start
Golf Society The meeting was held in rather mixed weather on Friday 10th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club, where we were looked after superbly as usual. There was another good turnout of thirty two OFs, the same number as last year, including some who had not played at a meeting for some while, and one young lady who had recently joined the society, having left the College in the summer – this was Jo-Jo Hamer-Philip, a very promising young golfer, who had an excellent debut, winning the scratch cup. Her official handicap is 6, though her score of 32 suggests she was playing closer to 4 on the day.

The overall scoring was very good as can be seen from the results shown below:

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OFGS Team Wins Annual Match v Aldeburgh GC
Golf Society
A fine fourteen-strong OFGS team took on Aldeburgh Golf Club on Saturday 11th September – the day following the OFGS Autumn Meeting (report to follow). Robin Anderton, who is himself an Aldeburgh member and organises this match, reports that the course was in splendid condition and that the Club looked after our team superbly.
The match consisted of five foursomes games in the morning with a further five played after the usual excellent Aldeburgh lunch. The morning round was closely contested, with the OFGS team winning 3-2. In the afternoon, our gallant players swept through 3½ to 1½  for an overall 6½ to 3½ victory - our first in the current era.
For details of the players and results of the various games, click on Read More.

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Headmaster Launches "FramSoc"
Paul Taylor, Headmaster of the College, has just announced the formation of “FramSoc”, which he describes as: “A new society, principally aimed at current parents, to enhance and broaden our community, providing opportunities to meet each other and members of staff in a relaxed atmosphere, and to share the educational and cultural facilities available here”. 

He goes on to say, “While current College and Brandeston Hall parents will form the principal focus of the society, it will also be open to the wider community, including past parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, and others associated with the College”. This includes, of course, Old Framlinghamians.

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Bisley goes with bang for the bulging OFRC
A report on the success of Sandy Walker (R2000-2005) and the Old Framlinghamian Rifle Club at the 2010 Meeting at Bisley by Steve McDowell.

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Patrick Spragg's golfing success continues
Patrick Spraggs August 2010
On 22nd August at Hintlesham Golf Club, Stowmarket amateur Patrick Spraggs (G 2004-2009) added the
Suffolk Open Championship to his Suffolk Amateur Championship victory at Purdis Heath in June. Patrick needed a birdie at the closing hole to overhaul Fynn Valley’s Jamie Abbott, the Suffolk Open Champion in 2005 and a recent qualifier for the British Open. His score of 205 over the 54 holes (11 under par) was just good enough to take the title by one shot from Abbott.
In June Patrick played for the European students team against the American students team in the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The Europeans lost narrowly but Patrick won his singles match. He had won automatic selection for the team by winning the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament  at St Andrews in the spring.
After a year at Stirling University, Patrick is leaving to attend college in the USA on a golfing scholarship and we wish him every success.

OF Cycling Across America in aid of RedR UK
Since 22 May, Robin Campbell (K95-00) and his wife Lucille I have been cycling across America in aid of RedR UK. They would be very grateful for your support and would encourage you to consider donating through www.justgiving.com/bikeamerica.

"We have been following the TransAmerica route from Yorktown, Virginia to Florence, Oregon - a total of 4,325 miles. Yorktown was selected not by chance - the British defeat at Yorktown arguably led to the birth of the United States and the lush corn fields of Virginia were filled with a sense of history. Trucks and sidewalk-users waved encouragingly at us and friendly store-owners shared stories about their local areas. The temperature and humidity was high and growing. Western Virginia comprises the shady forested Appalachian Mountains.  The east-most are named the Blue Ridge, somewhat apt in the midday haze. They fade into eastern Kentucky but the atmosphere changed as our route winded through narrrow valleys, the contrasts of poverty and mining riches... and angry dogs. Western Kentucky is calmer, with more horses and fields than burnt out trailers and coal trucks but wherever you go you are reminded by the church billboards - you are in the Bible Belt.

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