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


Move over Button and Hamilton there’s a new(ish!) kid on the grid!
Chris Essex writes : In contacting OFs about the forthcoming West of England Supper I came across another OF sportsman to add to the Distinguished section of the website.

Ian Connell (R68-73) has been racing sports cars for a number of years and has a team called Connell Racing that includes himself and his two sons. I’m delighted to say that Ian and his sons have just won their first race of the year at the Rockingham Speedway circuit, in the six hour Fun Cup UK series.

For full details on Ian, his car and the recent victory click here. We wish Ian the very best for the rest of the series.

Another budding OF author launches his first book
Chris Shaw (K50-56) has just launched his first book, called "It's All Relative: Stories to Shorten your Travel Time". According to Chris it's available as a book (it will never need batteries), an Audio CD (hands-free listening), an e-book (will never clutter your bookcase), an audio e-book (an MP3 version to download) and as a flash drive (a really sexy way to have it all!)

They are a collection of quirky stories that have been especially written to entertain you on your travels. See his website for more details.

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West of England Supper on 13th June 2009
I’m organising another West of England Supper on Saturday 13 June 2009. Once again it will be held at the wonderful Lamb at Hindon, Wiltshire at an unchanged price. If you'd like to check the Lamb's website, click here.

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

Devastating Fires in Victoria, Australia
Chris Essex writes: We will all have seen the dreadful destruction and loss of life in Victoria, Australia, so I got in touch with all OFs living in the area, for whom we had e-mail addresses.

Fortunately all those I have heard from are personally OK. Click READ MORE to read their responses.

STOP PRESS – 16 February 2009 I’ve just heard from Bob Munro (R56-60) with a fascinating tale of how he didn’t initially hear about the fires, even though he was in the state of Victoria! I encourage you to read his fascinating story and those of other OFs in Victoria, Australia.

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Queensland Supper - February 2009
Chris Essex writes : I have received news from Neville Marsh (S53-61) of a recent Queensland OF Supper attended by 4 OFs. His report and photo, together with some fascinating wartime stories from Peter Simpson (K32-40) and Peter Bailey (K34-38) can be read by clicking READ MORE.

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Art Installation Culminates in Film for Suffolk’s Schools
Adam Howard-Dobson (K 93-04), a founding partner in No Box Media (www.noboxmedia.co.uk), has just completed a film which he shot, produced and directed for Purplesnail, a small group of Suffolk Artists, of which his mother, Catherine, is a member (www.purplesnail.co.uk).  The film, called “Making Waves”, is the story of the conception and realisation of Purplesnail’s much admired public art installation on Felixstowe beach last summer.

Click read more for further details and photos.

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"WANTED": OF Spectators To Support Halford Hewitt Team
Gavin Cowell, OFGS team captain, reports that The Halford Hewitt, the largest premier amateur golf tournament in the world, is again nearly upon us (Click Read More for details). Front-runners for the team are currently - Gavin Cowell - John Wybar - Richard Graves - Peter Watts - Charlie Plunkett - Alex Cameron - Jonny Newton - Rob Atton - Andrew Towler - Martin Lamb - Robin Anderton - Roger Wharton & Mike Schneidau. As ever, if you would like to be considered for the team, please contact Gavin on 07901 822023.

As you can see, we do have some strong players and they would very much welcome support from friendly OFs.

For non-cognoscenti, the Halford Hewitt represents the pinnacle of inter-school alumni golf, and has been going since the mid-1920s - see www.halfordhewitt.org for more information.

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Will Sayer (G92-97) to sail solo across the Atlantic
Will Sayer (G 92-97) contacted us with details of his plans to sail single-handed across the Atlantic, starting on 25 May 2009. Will is from Norfolk and learnt to sail at Overy Staithe. He is a mechanical engineer for leading marine electronics manufacturer, Raymarine, and has spent every spare moment restoring his 33 ft boat, Elmarleen. Built in 1981, the Sigma 33 had been neglected for four years before Will bought her with his student loan in 2001.

Click read more for much more details and photos.

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Norman Francis Borrett (S31-36)
Just before Christmas 2008, BBC Essex interviewed Norman’s widow Mullie about his distinguished sporting career. This was to mark the 60th anniversary of him winning a silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics in the Great Britain Hockey team.

You can listen to this interview, which also features our Hon Sec Norman Porter (K50-57) and see a large number of photos recently taken of Norman’s mementoes, by clicking here.

Richard Sayer (S56-61) tells me that his much anticipated book on Norman’s life is progressing well and he’s aiming to complete it in a few months time.

Multiple Marathon Runner
Stephen Young (K2001-06) writes: I am an OF who also currently still has a brother studying in his last year at the College (Chris). Since leaving the College, I spent some time in Italy playing rugby for a side called Olimpic Roma Rugby, and am now currently in my second year at Cardiff University reading Spanish and Italian.

Recently, I was offered a Golden Bond place to run for a charity called Task Brasil, to run in this year's London Marathon. I will also be running two other events (The Llanelli Half Marathon and the Reading Half Marathon) in March, in order to fundraise more for the charity. If any OF would be interested in sponsoring me please click here

I have been set the target of raising £1,000 by Task Brasil. This charity aims to improve the lives of street children and teenagers who live and work on the streets of Brazil by motivating them towards education, professional training, music, arts and sports, encouraging social skills and emotional bonds by teaching ethical, moral and civic ideals. Having lived in Brazil for 3 years before starting at the College, this charity is a very personal one to me.

If you have any queries or wish to find out more information about the events I will be running in, please email me.