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


Big Turn-Out for OFGS Autumn Meeting
Golf Society David Turnbull, Secretary OFGS, reports:
The meeting was held in glorious golfing weather – what a contrast to last year - on Friday 11th September at Aldeburgh Golf Club. There was a magnificent turn out of 32 OFs, including some who had not played at a meeting for some time, and one who had just joined the society 55 years after leaving the College! The scoring was excellent as can be seen from the results:

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Fighting Finish for OFGS Veterans in Cyril Gray
Golf Society Cyril Gray Tournament (Three pairs, each individual over 50 years old), 25th- 27th June 2009.
Barry Lorkin writes, "The team, Robin Anderton, Robin Beckwith, Jim Crosbie, Martin Lamb, Barry Lorkin, Michael Spencer, and Peter Watts lost to Chigwell  2-1 in the 1st round.
In the Plate we had an excellent run, beating Ampleforth 2-1 in the 1st round, and Trent 2½  - ½ in the 2nd round, before losing very narrowly in the semi-final to Berkhamsted, 2-1, this deciding match being lost on the 19th hole".

OF Rifle Club - A golden O.F. Bisley
Rifle Club Steve McDowell reports on the success of the 3 teams from the OFRC who shot at this year's Public School Veterans’ competition at Bisley:

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Old shooters Never Die – they simply fire more sighters
Rifle Club

The 2009 Public School Veterans’ match at Bisley proved, as OFRC chairman Nigel Burnip produced evidence in sepiatone, the old shooters just keep on shooting.

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East Anglian Daily Times feature on "A History of Brandeston Hall "
As you will hopefully be aware, Norman Porter’s wonderfully written history of Brandeston Hall has now been published, and you can read the original website article launching the book here.
To coincide with the book's launch, the East Anglian Daily Times carried a two-page feature article on the book and this can now be read via their website by clicking on this link. We are grateful to Steve Russell, the author, and Terry Hunt (K68-75) the Editor and OF for writing this article and providing a link to it on their website.
Please remember that if you haven’t already got your copy, the book is available from Amazon or by e-mailing Norman Porter.

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OFs Flock to See Coker Tie the Knot
Michael Coker (R 90-98) and Noha Abdel-Kareem were married on Saturday the 1st August at Dedham Parish Church - these bald facts could simply have been recorded in the Noticeboard section of the website (as indeed they have). However, this was quite a special OF day, with a large contingent of contemporaries, and one Honorary OF (Malcolm Todd, Michael's shooting master and mentor), there to play their part in the proceedings.

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Two New Scholars Join the Moreau Leaving Scholarship Family
After the usual exhaustive selection and interview process, ably managed by David Mallett and his team, two new Moreau Leaving Scholars received their first-year cheques for £800 at Speech Day on Saturday 4th July, and were later joined on The Back by a number of winners from earlier years.

This year's winners were Bethany Burgoyne (Victoria) and Ed Binder (Garrett), giving Garrett House its second winner in two years. Victoria, having missed-out last year, now leads the field with three from a total of eight so far. Ed and Bethany now join theiir predecessors as Members of SOF Council for their three-year scholarship term

Profiles of all the winners can be found under the "Moreau Scholarships" menu item, and then click on "Scholars".

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A History of Brandeston Hall - New Book Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Norman Porter (K 50-57), has written and compiled this wonderful new book to coincide with celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of the gift of Brandeston Hall to the College by the Society of Old Framlinghamians.  Chris Keeble (S 53-59), who so beautifully designs the Yearbook and our Newsletter, is the new book's designer, and the sumptuous result is a great credit to his skills. The book's initial release, at a price of £15.00, was at Brandeston Hall's speech day on the 3rd July, and again at the College's speech day on 4th July.  The book is now available from Amazon (Click the link to go directly to the right web-page. Click on Read More for further information). If you don't have, and don't want an Amazon account, you can purchase the book by emailing, and making payment arrangements with, Norman Porter.

If you were at BH at any time over the last 60 years, then a copy of this book is a must - apart from anything else, there's a very strong chance you're mentioned in it, or present in one of its many photographs. Failing that, there will certainly be stories about old friends and the many staff who shaped your later years.

To quote from the dust-cover:
"For over 450 years the village of Brandeston has had at its heart a grand Tudor Hall. Through its imposing gates there have passed the carriages of the Lords of the Manor, the military vehicles of war-time requisition, and the assorted vehicles that have taken young children to and from school. Country gentlemen, maids and footmen, generals, private soldiers, teachers, students ­ these are the men, women and children who have brought the Hall to life and who have witnessed the changes of the years." 

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Will Sayer (G92-97) completes solo Atlantic crossing in first place
Way back at the end of January 2009 we published a news story on Will Sayer (G92-97) and his intention to take part in the OSTAR Atlantic Race, which is the world’s oldest solo ocean race – see previous report by clicking here.

We are delighted to report, that at 1300 on 17 June 2009, Will successfully arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in America. Not only was he first in his class to finish, but he had the fastest corrected time of all competitors. Our congratulations go to Will on this wonderful achievement.

Porter's Golfing Heroes Take a 5-2 Lead Over Old Ipswichians
Golf Society Peter Howard-Dobson (R 65-69) reports: The last time I wrote about the series of informal golf matches between teams led by Norman Porter (Hon Sec SOF) and Karl Daniels (Chairman of Governors, Ipswich School) was in June 2006 when the OF side pulled-off a stunning victory to level the new series two-all.

Since then, winning has become a bit of a habit for Porter's team - not wishing to be outshone, perhaps, by those pesky shooters!  Anyway, suffice it to say that, three years on, the OFs beat the OIs 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 at Woodbridge on Monday 15th June, to take a magnificent 5-2 lead.

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