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


College Win BBC Young Chorister of the Year
UPDATE - 29 April 2006: Radio 2 will be at the College on Tuesday 2nd May to record two episodes of ‘Sunday Half-Hour’. The programmes will include hymn arrangements with soaring descants by resident musicians, full school singing, the Choir, and full organ, brass and drums! The joyous sound of Framlingham College can be heard on BBC Radio 2 at 8.30pm on Sunday May 7th. (This broadcast will be available to be replayed on-line on the "BBC player" for about one week after the initial broadcast, i.e. approx 14th May). The second service will be broadcast on Sunday July 9th.

UPDATE - 16 April 2006: If you missed Laura's broadcast on Good Friday, BBC Radio 2 have an on-line recording but it may only be there a few days - click Read More below.

4 April 2006: College student, Laura Wright aged 15, won the coveted title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in November 2005. Laura received a trophy, a personal prize of £500 and a BBC Chorister's award of £1000 to the Framlingham College Choir.

Laura will also get the chance to appear on several BBC radio and TV productions. One of her first performances will be singing on BBC Radio 2 on Good Friday, 14 April, at 9pm. This is a performance of John Rutter's Requiem from St Paul's Cathedral, London (recorded Monday 3rd April). She will be performing with the St Paul's Cathedral Consort and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Archer (Organist & Director of Music at St Paul's). It should be a very fine performance and Laura has quite a major role in this work.

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Air Vice-Marshal Simon Dougherty OF Inspects CCF
Air Vice-Marshal Simon Dougherty OF undertook the annual review of the College CCF in March this year. He reported as follows:

"I visited the College CCF Contingent as Reviewing Officer for their biennial review on Monday 20th March 2006. This took place at Fingringhoe Ranges, near Colchester. It was a most successful visit, with much enthusiasm shown by the cadets, the College CCF Contingent Officers and staff, led by Major Martin Myers-Allan, and the single Service CCF cadet support teams".

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OF Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Jack Baldry (G23-29) and his wife Ruby celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary (70th) on Thursday 13th April 2006 and were the subject of an article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 11th April. Jack was a career civil servant, apart from wartime service in the signals section of the RAF. Private secretary to the Postmaster General from 1950 to 1953 he advanced to become Director of Purchasing and Supplies from 1969 to 1972 earning him an entry in Who’s Who. It was their love of tennis that brought Jack and Ruby together and they Played at the Framlingham Club until they were 70.

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Recent Aerial Photos of the College
We have added three recent aerial photos of the College and surrounding grounds to the Photo Gallery. These were taken in August 2004 by friends / relatives of Andrew Payn, the Estates Bursar at the College. The pictures show good detail even though they have been considerably reduced from the originals - about 6Mb each.

Click here to see the photos

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Annual Dinner a Sell-out Success
Michael Holden promised a sumptuous setting for the Annual Dinner, held last night at the East India & Public School's Club in St James's Square London, and he was right. 120 OFs and guests enjoyed every moment of an elegant and very enjoyable occasion.

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OF "behind" the News
Many of you may have been following the trial and recent death of Slobadan Milosevic. Some of the media pictures have shown glimpses of Nick Innell (S67-75) who is Chief of Security at The Hague. Nick says these are busy times for him but he hopes to be able to tell us more about his career and work at a later time.

(I understand that one picture of Nick alongside Marko Milosevic was in the International Herald Tribune for Wed 15th March. If anyone has a copy of the photo, we would be pleased to receive it).

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Essex Supper, 21st April 2006 - At The Warren Golf Club
After many years of being held at Rivenhall, this year's Essex Supper will be held at The Warren Golf Club, Woodham Walter (7.15 for 8.00pm, lounge suits, guests welcome).

In addition to the supper, John Rankin, has negotiated a special deal with the golf club that will allow SOF members to play a round of golf for only £18 on the day.

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Sheffield to Spain by bike - and a tandem at that
Antonia Key (P 85-94) is to marry her Spanish partner of eight years, Victor Franco. The wedding will take place on the 24th June 2006 in Los Alcácares, Murcia, South Spain. However, their mode of transport is somewhat out of the ordinary, they will be biking on a tandem!!!

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Honorary OFs - Who's Who
Many people, over the years, have been elected as Honorary OFs in recognition of outstanding support given to the Society or the School (inluding Brandeston Hall, of course). Now, after a collective racking of brains on the part of Andrew Currie, John Whipp and John Maulden, we've been able to compile a list of Honoraries going back to the late 1950s.

You can access the list via the main "OF Society" page or on the "Directory" page. Alternatively, you could click here.

"New" West-of-England Supper on May 13th
Chris Essex (K 69-75) has, with huge enthusiasm, taken on the task of re-establishing a West-of-England supper. The first of his events will take place at the Lamb Inn, Hindon, on Saturday 13th May 2006. 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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