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

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Bletchley Park honour organised by OF

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James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) now lives in Richmond Witney Retirement Village and has got involved in bringing the contribution of a fellow resident to public attention and recognition.

Click here to see a recent article in the Oxford Mail that was also included in the Witney Gazette.



Newspaper cutting from 1871

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Peter Howard-Dobson's wife Catherine was doing some research for Aldeburgh Museum when she came across an advertisement from The Albert Memorial College, looking for a new Headmaster for £350pa – click here to see full page in column two, about half-way down or click here to see the specific advert.

Also if you look across to the forth column you will see what happenned to his predecessor - click here!



Stewart Birt dies within 2 years of brother John

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Stewart Birt (S56-61) died on 1 January 2018 at the age of 75 after suffering for some months with both heart and cardiovascular ailments and finally with emphysema. He was the brother of Andrew Birt (S55-58) and John Birt (S59-63).  He leaves a partner Julie and daughter Tara.  His funeral is to be held on Monday, 15th January at the Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Devon TQ13 8HR at 2pm.

He is pictured here in the middle at the memorial service for brother John at Sandhurst in September 2016.

Colin Micklewright (S55-59) and Chris Essex (K69-75) were able to attend the thanksgiving service in deepest Dartmoor and this link contains the front and back of the order of service and some pictures taken on the day.  Colin was greeted by Stewart's sister Chrissie as "Titch" which he'd not heard used for 60 years! The piper was from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners) with whom Stewart and his late son James served.



London Supper 30 January 2018

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Another New Year  resolution: "Stay in touch with your Framlinghamian contacts" and herewith your invitation to the January SOF London Supper."

DATE: Tuesday 30th January 2018

VENUE: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

TIME: Pre- and Post-meal drinks - Bar from 7:00pm and Supper – Battle of Britain Suite (downstairs from reception) at 7:30pm

Guest speaker: Ms Kim Pope OF ( M04-09)  Title "Shooting Shamrocks: From CCF To Gold Medals - The Adventures Of An OF Rifle"

Since leaving the college in 2009 Kim has been a regular team member of the Old  Framlinghamian Rifle Club, Captain of the Scottish Universities Rifle Club and has also shot for Suffolk County.

In 2017 Kim was selected for the Ireland National Rifle Team and has recently returned from a tour of the West Indies.

Supper ticket price £44 each payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Nigel Burnip at Dunard Lodge, St Nicholas Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8NE. shown below OR use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname. Please contact organiser Nigel Burnip if you would like to come at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com

Note: There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis



SOF Annual Dinner - SATURDAY 24th March 2018

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A REMINDER THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018

 

Simon Dougherty writes: The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 24 March 2018 at the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY and an invitation is extended to all members of the Society - together with their partners and guests - to attend this prestigious event. 

Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in the Ballroom (on the first floor of the Royal Air Force Club) at 6.15pm. While it is being held, partners and guests will be able to relax in the ground floor Churchill Bar which will be open from 6.00pm.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Churchill Bar from 7 o’clock, with dinner being served in the first floor Ballroom at 7.30pm. Dress is Black Tie or equivalent. 

The cost of the dinner is £60 per head including half a bottle of wine.  We are subsidising younger OFs – so the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 24 March 2018, to apply and pay for places, will be charged only £30 – this is a remarkable offer!  After the meal. we have arranged a bar extension in the Churchill Bar up to midnight.

Click Read More for additional details.

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Two WWII Veterans Meet

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James Ruddock Broyd (G46-52) writes : By chance I spotted two WWII Veterans standing not far from each other at the Fowler Pavilion opening on 21 October 2017 and I put them together in what seems was a first meeting . On the left is Ken Mayhew  (R29-34) who reached age 100 earlier in the year and landed on Sword Beach on the first day of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 with the Suffolk Regiment and on the right is David Brook (S36-40) age 94 who was a Glider Pilot on the main push over the Rhine in Operation Varsity  on 24 March 1945 and edited the GPRA Eagle magazine for 30  years.



"KEEP THE DATE" - Pre 1970s Reunion

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Richard Sayer writes : Over the last few years, with the huge support and encouragement of the Headmaster and the College, there have been regular reunions of specific decade year groups. The Noughties, the Nineties, the Eighties, the Seventies have all had theirs, and now it is the turn of the Pre 70s - being perhaps more the decayed rather than a decade.

So, all those who left the College in July 1969 or earlier are to be invited, together with their partners, by the College to a reunion lunch (deemed better suited to this age group than a ball or a dinner!) on Saturday 30th June 2018. There will be a large marquee on The Back.

Please note that Brandeston Hall (now officially the Framlingham College Prep School) celebrates its 70th anniversary the day before, Friday 29th June 2018, with a tea party, and the weekend of 30 June/1st July is the “regular” annual OF weekend, when cricket and hockey matches etc are played. There are a number of good and inexpensive B and Bs in the locality so we hope that people will make a weekend of it.

Please contact Kate Jackson for more details.



Congratulations to OF Will Brett (R12-16)

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Congratulations to OF Will Brett (R12-16) who has completed his training to become a Marine and has been awarded an Academic Award at the Green Beret Ceremony for his application and knowledge of Military History and Tactics.

His Formal Passing Out Parade was on Friday 1st of December at CTCRM Lympstone and was quite a day!  Will's father wrote, "It has been a very tough road for Will and we are beyond proud of what he has achieved.  Along the way, he received a special award for outstanding achievement in the physical pass out tests".

Will is looking forward to serving with the Marines and has been posted to 40 Commando.  Very well done Will Brett, this is an amazing achievement!



Overseas Bag 2017

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2017 Framlinghamian will be out shortly and will contain a heavily edited version of all the news and photos I have received over the last year from OFs around the world.  For your Christmas reading I have published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2017 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to a bumper 59 pages distilled from over 500 emails received/sent over the last year and includes at the end coverage of the funeral of our 10th oldest OF Peter Simpson (K32-40) in Queensland Australia.

The photo featured in this news article shows Nigel Robinson (G64-74) and Terry Hurlock (R68-73) who recently completed a long distance cycle ride in France covering 1250km.  You can read more about this and other stories here .

I hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world in 2018.  As always I will help with mailing lists and publicity but can’t promise to be able to attend them all! If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch with me via email



Commonwealth Games, Gongs, and International glory for OF Rifle Club Shooters

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Steve McBowell (G82-86) has written an amusing Shooting report which starts off "It’s hard to be modest when you are this totally awesome. So we won’t be."

If that's whetted your appetite then click here to see his full report and photos about international stardom amongst our shooters.