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


Overseas Bag - Spring 2007
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 Spring 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).

This is yet another bumper edition with 24 pages of news and pictures from around the world and well worth a good read. Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain a very edited version of this news.

(Read article to find out who these OFs are. As a clue, they are attending a recent Queensland OF Supper)

OF Section of Yearbook available online
Update dated 14 May 07 - The long awaited hardcopy of the 2006 Yearbook is with the printers and should be in the mail before the end of May. The 2007 Newsletter is on its way to the printers and should be in the mail by the end of June.

Original dated 18 March 07 - Members of the Society will already know of the delay in publication of the College section of the 2006 Framlingham Yearbook. The recent mailing of our News Bulletin provided explanations and interim information.

As members will probably realise, the SOF section has been ready for some time, and the Society would very much like website-registered members, at least, to have a chance to see the OF section before the AGM on March 24th. OF news is becoming a little stale, and the time before the publication of the June newsletter is now rapidly shrinking.

The College team quite understand the position and are happy that this website release should go ahead now, but please be assured that they are extremely keen that the full version (College Section, Brandeston Section and OF Section) should still be our joint aim, and you will have the hard copy version in your hands within a few weeks.

We are sorry about this year’s difficulties but all parties are working hard to ensure that the 2007 Yearbook will be delivered on time, at the turn of the year.

Norman Porter (Editor OF Section. Framlingham Yearbook)

To view the electronic version of the 2006 OF Section, make sure you're logged in, and then go to the Publications menu item.

OF Golf - Grafton Morrish Tournament
Teams of three pairs, playing scratch foursomes, with stableford scoring

Gavin Cowell’s first team is to be congratulated on successfully qualifying for the knockout stages of the Grafton Morrish Tournament to be held at Hunstanton and Brancaster between 5th and 7th October 2007. This was our first success in qualifying since the run of three consecutive years from 1996-1998.

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OF in Silverjet Website Award
Robin Smallwood (S82-86) was part of the team to win the coveted Travolution Award for Best British Airline website for www.flysilverjet.com – ahead of stiff competition from British Airways, Virgin, BMI and others. Robin was hand picked by Lawrence Hunt, CEO of Silverjet, to form a website team of 7 people to design the Silverjet website. The website team formed a company called Altitude Business Systems to deliver the Silverjet project. The website team started the day after Silverjet was floated on the AIM stockmarket in May 2006; and won the award in April 2007.

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West-of-England Supper on 9th June 2007
Update dated 11 May 2007 The following are attending: Charles Carter and guest, Peter Denny and guest, Chris Essex and guest, Ian Hardaker-Jones and guest, Nigel Hyde and guest, Peter Lockwood and guest, Norman Porter, Brian Smith, Bob Williams and guest). There are a couple of spaces still left if anyone wishes to join us, so please hurry and contact me.

You can download an invitation and return-form (complete with menu) by clicking here. Alternatively, please email me using this link: Chris Essex

Original article dated 3 March 2007 After a successful “re-birth” last year, Chris Essex (K 69-75) has organised another West-of-England Supper. This will again take place at the Lamb Inn, Hindon, Wiltshire on Saturday 9th June 2007 at an unchanged price. If you'd like to check the Lamb's website, click here: Lamb at Hindon.

Please click on Read More for further details and a link to an application form.

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Pair of OF's finish second in race to the North Pole
John Barker (Z 90-95) & Alex Henney (Z 90-95) have just returned from competing in the 2007 Polar Race, a 300 nautical mile race from the town of Resolute in Canada to the magnetic North Pole.

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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Rifle Club Victory: Wings of ravens bring Q Match home
A legend from the time of Charles II has it that when the ravens leave the Tower of London, the White Tower and then the kingdom, will fall. The OF Rifle Club has exactly same superstition about talismanic club captain Nigel “Beady” Burnip.

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Captain Augustus Agar VC DSO RN (1902-03)
One of our most distinguished Old Framlinghamians is undoubtedly Captain Augustus Agar VC DSO RN (1902-03). Over the last couple of months Commander John Simpson (K32-36) has been doing some detailed research into Agar VC and the fruits of his labours are now up on the Distinguished section of the website.

In undertaking this excellent piece of work, John obtained access from Tony Martin (G47-55) to an actual recording made by Agar himself, describing his heroic exploits in 1919 that earned him his VC and DSO and obtained and studied a copy of Agar’s autobiography.

The results of this work can now been seen here. This brilliant piece of work is a valuable recording for future generations. In addition, you can listen to the actual recording that Agar himself made either via the article itself or by clicking here

My thanks to John for his hard work on this piece, which I believe deserves special mention. The piece also includes, with his permission, some fascinating personal reflections of his own when researching and writing this piece.

Essex Supper, 20th April 2006 - At The Warren Golf Club
Update dated 19 April 2007 The following are attending: BA Smith - President, Mrs. VA Smith, Nick Chaplin - Bursar Framlingham College, EAD Moore, PC Howard-Dobson, AJ Slade, HA Slade, Mrs. B Slade, Mrs. J Slade, D Thomson, Mrs. DA Thomson, CR Essex, Mrs. EA Essex, BL Evans, NG Mayhew, RJ Blythe, DE Mason, LWL Collard, DL Turnbull, DA Carr, JA Waugh, JC Gooderham, G Duce, Mrs. K Duce, D Mallett, MD Smy, CA Bellamy, Dr JG Rankin. If anyone wishes to join us please contact me, John Rankin on 01255 503835 by 6pm on Thursday 19 April.

Original article dated 6 March 2007 After the great success of last year's move from Rivenhall to Woodham Walter, this year's Essex Supper will again be held at The Warren Golf Club, Woodham Walter (7.15 for 8.00pm, lounge suits, guests welcome).

In addition to the supper, OFs might like to know that the golf club welcomes them to play a round of golf earlier in the day (at the special rate of £18.00 - see "Read More").

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OFGS: Forthcoming Events
David Turnbull, Secretary OFGS, writes to alert members and aspiring members of the OF Golfing Society to the following:

Spring Meeting: The Warren GC, Woodham Walter, 22nd May 2007

Grafton Morrish Qualifying Tournament; Knole Park GC, Sevenoaks on 12th May 2007. We are drawn to play with Ardingly College at 10.30 am and supporters are welcome.

Cyril Gray Tournament: Worlplesdon GC on 28th June 2007. We have been drawn against Chigwell School in the 1st Round at 9.20am. Supporters are welcome.

For further details: Please see the Events page.