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


Red Faces As Newcomers Smash Fram Shooters - Part 1
Rifle Club
Steve McDowell, OFRC Scribe, writes:
It’s a tricky business in these political times, looking for a scapegoat. Gordon Brown could be blamed for, well, hell, everything. And he is, which is satisfactory if not strictly accurate.
But the OFRC is not a blameocracy. Like any true autonomous collective we don't point fingers - we shoulder equal responsibility in the same way we all bend our backs to the team kit. I mean, it would be grossly unfair for me or any other sibling member of the OFRC to name our beloved Hon Sec as in any way responsible for the double reverse in fortunes our brotherhood has suffered this season. 

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Red Faces As Newcomers Smash Fram Shooters - Part 2
Rifle Club
Steve McDowell, OFRC Scribe, continues his epic report:

Grim weather, underdressed, and with nipples like bullets and hands like ice sculptures, we trudged in brutal wind from 900 to 1000 yards and attempted to see the greying targets half a mile away.
Marshal Zhukov, as usual not taking any prisoners, has convinced top wind coach Guy Larcombe (presumably threatening him with the gulag) to come and coach the A team. Our huge thanks go to him for his patience and expertise in weather which no fun for anyone. We are also privileged to welcome latest recruit Rupert "Virgin" Cherryman, a recent convert to full bore who claiming never to have shot long range before stays steady and shoots himself into the A-team at the first attempt. 

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OFGS Spring Meeting - Royal Worlington
The OFGS Spring Meeting took place for the first time at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club on Thursday 13 May in fine sunny weather. Following a disappointing turn out of sixteen players last year, at The Warren, it was decided to move to another venue.

We are very grateful to Peter Howard-Dobson, a member of Royal Worlington, for his facilitating the change and he is no doubt delighted with the outcome as he had the best net score of the day! The course, considered by some to be the finest nine hole golf course in the world, was in superb condition and the day proved to be a great success.  A report on the Grafton Morrish competition can be found at the end this report.

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100-up For SOF LinkedIn Group
The SOF's LinkedIn Group now has 100 members, all taking advantage of the ability to leverage their common Framlinghamian heritage as part of their business network.

If you're interested in finding out more, please take a look at "Career Networking" on the main OF Website menu.  The majority of registered User of the website are already pre-approved for membership of our private user-group, but if you find that you can't complete LinkedIn's registration process, just send an email to Admin 

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Sir Pat's Family To Give His Banner & Crest to College Chapel
Until recently, Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson's banner and crest (part of the regalia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath) have been installed, with those of some thirty others of the most senior Knights and Dames Grand Cross of the order, in the King Henry VII Lady-chapel of Westminster Abbey.  Following his death, these items have been returned to the family.

As the photograph shows, the design of the banner (and of Sir Pat's coat of arms as a whole), strongly reflects Framlingham College, which he held in huge affection. "It was this", says Peter Howard-Dobson, "which inspired my brother, sister, and me to offer the banner and crest to the School, and in particular to the Chapel." - an offer which the Headmaster, Paul Taylor, was only too pleased to accept.

The gift will formally be made by Sir Pat's family as part of a whole-school Service of Dedication to be held in the Chapel at 10.30am on Saturday 19th June, which Old Framlinghamians, past staff, friends and colleagues will be most welcome to attend.  The service will be followed by a reception to be held in Pauls Court.  In order to help with catering arrangements, those wishing to attend are asked to phone or email Karen Alcock on 01728 727276 or E-mail Karen.

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2010 Hong Kong SOF Supper
Hong Kong Supper 2010
Ian Howard (S57-62) reports : Herewith a picture of celebrants at the HK Rugby Sevens Supper held in the Windsor Room of the Hong Kong Club on 24 March, 2010.
After dinner, Chris Hall (G62-69) very generously plied us all with vintage Port until the conversation ended - well after midnight.
Left to right are: Stewart Birt (S56-61), Ed Marr (G85-92), John Birt (S59-63), Ian Howard (S57-62) (HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh), Bob Holland (R57-65), Chris Hall (G62-69) and John Ting (G2002-09).

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Fundraising Cricket Match

College Crest
On Saturday 26th June 2010 at the College, the Headmaster is hosting a cricket match between an England Cricketers’ XI and a Headmaster’s XI. Amongst others the England side will feature Devon Malcolm, Gladstone Small, Neil Foster, Peter Such, Mark Ilott, Paul Nixon and Paul Jarvis.

The VIP marquee will open at 1.00pm with the 30 overs a side match starting at 1.30pm.
The match is being played to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance on their 10th Anniversary, and the Air Ambulance helicopter will be making an appearance at the Tea Interval, subject to operational commitments.
For more details on booking a table in the VIP Marquee please here

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SOF Herts Cricket Day
College Crest
The Hertfordshire cricket match is taking place on 12th June, at 2pm.

Sandon is the venue where two teams will do battle. This year will see a number of new faces participating either on the field or sitting on the outfield. The majority of individuals were at Fram from between 1987 - 1995.

Afterwards a Hog Roast and marquee will be available to catch up with friends for the evening and to watch the UK take on the USA in the football World Cup.

Contact Tom Wornham (K88-92).


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Young OF Golfers Shine in British University Golf Championship
Patrick Spraggs (G 04-09) and John Wybar (K 92-06) put up a terrific performance in the British Universities Golf Championship at Dundonald, near Troon, over the 14th to 17th April.  Coming on top of the R&A Foundation Scholars' Tournament, which Patrick won and in which John came just a little further down the field, quickly followed by them both playing for the OFGS team in the Halford Hewitt competition, the two players have had plenty to challenge them over the last few weeks.

The field for the British University Golf Championship is restricted to the top 60 golfers at British Universities, following various qualifying tournaments played through the 2009/10 autumn/winter season.

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Halford Hewitt - If at first you don't succeed....
Golf Society No one could knock the OFGS Halford Hewitt team for trying, and hopes were running high that 2010 would bring success in the first round, as Gavin Cowell, Halford Hewitt team captain reports:
"We set out on Thursday 8th April with our strongest team in recent years and hoped to do well. We met Dulwich in the 1st Round at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, losing 1-4. This was no disgrace as they were very steady in every pairing and went on to beat the holders, Tonbridge, in the second round, and Downside in the third round , before losing to the eventual winners, Clifton, in the fourth round.

The following day we played in the Princes Plate, losing ½ - 2 1/2 to Wellington, another strong team."

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