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


Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM posthumously awarded the George Medal
The BBC News has reported that Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM is to be posthumously awarded the George Medal. Jeff was one of two Hertfordshire Firemen who died in Feb 2005 while trying to save a woman from a blaze in a block of flats. (See OF News Article).

Also see the article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 27 Nov 2007.

The full citation has now been publised in the London Gazette on 27 Nov 2007.

Jeff is also include in the Saved a Life section of Distinguished OFs. This article also includes some pictures of the memorial on the Back at the College.

The George Medal is principally awarded to civilians for “acts of great bravery”.

Bruce Pearson - Ecologist, film maker, writer and renowned artist
Chris Essex writes: I have recently added Bruce (G62-67) to the list of Distinguished OFs. For over 30 years he has been an ecologist, film maker, writer and artist. After leaving the College he went to Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, followed by Leicester Polytechnic. He then got a job as a Production Assistant in the RSPB Film Unit, before joining the British Antarctic Survey in 1975 as a Biological Assistant. Since 1977 he has been self-employed. He was Wildlife Illustrator of the Year in 1983 and Bird Illustrator of the Year in 1984. He was elected President of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1994, serving 10 years. He has also been Visiting Lecturer at the RCA.

After a gap of 30 years, Bruce will shortly be returning to Antarctica. To see a full article on Bruce click here

I’m also delighted to say that Bruce has kindly agreed to donate a copy of some of his more recent books to the College Library. For a full list of OFs authors see the Book section of Distinguished OFs.

Another OF is appointed a Judge
On 29 October 2007 it was announced that Rupert Overbury (S71-76) was to be appointed a Circuit Judge, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Basildon Combined Court Centre. This appointment is effective from Tuesday 13 November 2007.

To see a full article on His Honour Judge Rupert Overbury see here

This now means that we currently have 3 OFs who are active judges. You can see them all included in the Distinguished OF section of the website at Judiciary Section.

OF Golfers: Highs and Lows at Grafton Morrish Finals
Back in May we reported that Gavin Cowell and his team had qualified for the knockout stages of the Grafton Morrish tournament for the first time since 1998. These were contested recently, and David Turnbull, OFGS Secretary, reports as follows:

The Grafton Morrish Finals were played at Hunstanton at the beginning of October where we were drawn against St Columba’s in the first round and lost 2 ½-1/2. The results were as follows: Gavin Cowell and John Wybar halved; Richard Graves and Peter Watts lost: Charles Plunkett and Richard Cullinan lost. The team played the following day in the Solihull Salver and scored a very respectable 74 points, coming half way down the field of 27, but only 13 points behind the winners, Solihull! The team was ably supported by Andrew Towler, Martin Lamb and Matt Stolls.

Update from Brian Pretty (S52-56)
Chris Essex writes :-I’ve recently received an interesting update/newsletter from Brian Pretty (S52-56) that I thought others may be interested to read, especially as its come in after the deadline for the 2007 Yearbook.

Brian and his wife Sheila spend a huge amount of their time working in Uganda and in particular at the town of Kisoro. His latest journey has been both harrowing and rewarding. The seeds they have sown over the years have begun to mature in ways they could never have hoped for.

To read his full newletter click here.

Death of former Colditz Prisoner of War
The death of "Bill" Leslie James Edward Goldfinch (26-32) has revealed another remarkable wartime adventure and achievement by an Old Framlinghamian. Those who have read Pat Ried’s The Colditz Story will recall that, towards the end of their captivity, a few of the prisoners were constructing a glider in the Colditz roof to be used by two prisoners to fly to freedom. The designer of the glider and instigator of this audacious scheme, together with racing driver Tony Rolt, was Bill Goldfinch. Perhaps fortunately, the prison was liberated by the Americans before the escape attempt was made. However, in 2000 Channel 4 commissioned a glider to be built to Bill’s plans which reached a height of 700ft at RAF Odiham.

Click here to see a full description of Bill's life in the Distinguished Section.

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Golfing Trustees Meet to Fête Peter Liell
Peter Liell retired as a Trustee of the Society last March, a period in which his wise counsel and knowledge of legal matters was much in demand and for which we are all immensely grateful.

On 8th August, his fellow (golfing) trustees - aided and abetted by Norman Porter (Hon Gen Sec) - met at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club to play a match in Peter's honour.

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Overseas Bag - Autumn 2007
Chris Essex writes : As the editor of the Overseas Bag, I’m delighted to say that I have just published the latest news and views from Overseas OFs for Autumn 2007 in the People section (click here to go to the People section or use the menu at the top of the page. You will need to be signed in to the website to access the Overseas Bag).

There are 8 pages of news and pictures from around the world and well worth a read. Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain an edited version of this news.

I'd love to hear from other OFs who live abroad. Please send get in touch with me here.

OF Arctic Racers to Give Talk at College on 2nd October
Back in May we reported that John Barker (Z 90-95) & Alex Henney (Z 90-95) had recently come 2nd in the 2007 Polar Race, a 300 nautical mile race from the town of Resolute in Canada to the magnetic North Pole.

Local OFs may be interested to hear that John and Alex are to give a talk at the College on Tuesday 2nd October at 6.30pm in the Headmaster Porter Theatre.

OFs who would like to attend will be most welcome and should please just call the College front desk (01728 723 289) to help them keep track of numbers. Their talk will be followed by drinks and nibbles at about 7.30pm.

For a poster providing details of the evening, please click invitation

The pair finished second overall, out of the 6 teams, having taken 15 days, 32 minutes & 24 seconds to cover the 337 statute miles. They ended only 6hrs 55 minutes behind the leaders, but several days ahead of the third place team.

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A Fantastic Evening Celebrates Thirty Years of "Girls at Fram"
Sometimes, when writing about an epoch-making event, one reaches for a superlative and realises that they've all been over-used. This is very much the case when trying to describe the simply outstanding entertainment, fine food and brilliant company that more than 150 OFs and their guests enjoyed on Saturday 22nd September - the majority of them female for the first time in our history.

The little thumbnail photograph shows, in the centre, Carol Kirkup (née Machen), one of the very first three girls at Fram.

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