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

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Framlingham College Business Club meeting

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Martin Myers-Allen writes : On 21st June, Framlingham College Business Club gathered for their breakfast meeting. The College's Head of Careers, Catherine Cranmer opened the formal proceedings.  The highlight of the morning was an inspiring and thought-provoking talk by Philippa Cartmell, an Executive Director at Willis Towers Watson who spoke passionately on the topic of ‘Women in the City’ and broadened it to include issues with gender pay gap and the numbers of women in the boardroom. 

See full report and photos by clicking here.



Tony Meggs (K63-70) awarded CB in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Have spent his career in the petroleum industry, Tony more lately has been a civil servant.  He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority in the Cabinet Office in mid-2015, before becoming the Infrastructure and Projects Authority from 1 January 2016, reporting to both Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and Head of the Government’s Project Delivery Function.

He became Chairman of Crossrail Limited on 14th January 2019 and was awarded a CB in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition for his commitment to public service.

Click here to see his distinguished biography.



Terry Hunt (K68-75) is first recipient of new Suffolk Medal

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Terry was the first recipient of the Suffolk Medal which has been created as the most prestigious accolade that can be made to an individual in the county of Suffolk.  "Suffolk's own Nobel Prize".

Terry Hunt was editor of the East Anglian Daily Times for more than 20 years until he retired in September 2017 and is now involved in many local organisations.

Click here to read the full article on Terry, with thanks to the EADT.



Opportunities to get involved

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Ruth Elwood (P80-84) SOF Hon Sec writes :  We have 2 opportunities for OFs to get more involved in the running of the Society and neither will take up a vast amount of regular time.  The opportunities are for :

SPORTS CO-ORDINATOR

GENERAL ACCOUNT TREASURER

Full details of each can be found by clicking on the above links.  We look forward to hearing from you.



Death of former Brandeston teacher

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Bob Williams (Hon OF) writes : Alumni passing through Framlingham College Prep School in the 1980’s will be saddened to learn of the death, on 11 June, 2019, of Robin V Williams, former Head of the Maths Department at Brandeston Hall. An inspired teacher and a cricket coach par excellence, he will be fondly remembered by those under his wing as having a bark infinitely worse than his bite - but one was left in no doubt when Robin was nearby and in full flow! Likewise, he was much loved as a Common Room colleague. Veteran staff member from that era, Brian Rosen, O.F., remarked to me in a recent communication - 'I used to say that every common room needs a Robin – but only one or the system would collapse!’. In his retirement he continued to live nearby, in Aldringham, claiming that he would wish to live in no other county than Suffolk



Centenary of Augustus Agar (02-03) being awarded VC

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Richard Sayer writes :  Having established contact with the descendants of OF Gus Agar, VC, DSO, the SOF proposed, and both Paul Taylor and the Agar family agreed, to commemorate Agar’s heroism on the centenary of his VC action, Monday 17th June, with a short service in the College Chapel.

Headmaster Paul Taylor welcomed a full chapel of over 250 pupils, six members of the Agar family, members of College staff, Governors, and a dozen OFs. Following a stirring rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country, Jonathan Agar, great nephew, narrated the story of his ancestor’s virtually single-handed attack, whilst acting under-cover for the Secret Service, on the Russian fleet seized by the Bolsheviks in Kronstadt, Russia. He torpedoed and sank a cruiser, and two months later led another attack which sank two battleships. In WWII his command HMS Dorsetshire was sunk within 8 minutes by a Japanese bomber. Agar kept his 650 crew treading water, warding off sharks, with the injured in the centre and the rest in the outer ring, for 30 hours until rescue arrived.

Lt. Colonel Martin Myers-Allen laid a wreath on the Agar memorial in the Chapel, and College Chaplain Brynn Bayman closed the service by quoting the eternal lines from R.L.Binyon’s poem. After the service two interviews were conducted on Radio Suffolk, one aired before the service with Paul Taylor, followed by a longer interview with the family at 2.40pm on the Leslie Dolphin Show. Coffee was provided in Paul’s Court for guests after the service.

Before and after the special chapel service there were features on BBC Radio Suffolk.  The prior article can be heard at 1.25.18 and the article afterwards can be heard at 1.40.08.. His distinguished article can be read here.



SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 16th July 2019

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OF Coordinator Kate Jackson writes: The next SOF London Supper will be held at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL on Tuesday 16 July 2019. Pre-supper drinks from 6.30pm with Supper at 7.30pm.  As usual, there will be a meeting of the SOF Council commencing at 5.30pm.

The meal will cost £40 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  Concessions are available to current Moreau Scholars and the first 10 under-30s to apply. Payment can be made either by cheque payable to the “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to me, Kate Jackson​, OF Co‑Ordinator, Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk. IP13 9EY or online to the SOF account at HSBC, Sort Code 40-25-31, Account Number 72346451.  Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and your Surname.  If making an online payment, please email confirmation of payment to me at kjackson@framcollege.co.uk.

There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Tuesday 9th July.

Please notify me of any dietary requirements by 9 July 2019.



Augustus Agar VC Centenary

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On the Centenary of him being awarded his VC, Monday 17 June, the Headmaster and Chaplain will dedicate the College’s usual 20 minute 0830 morning chapel service to a commemoration of Agar, a narrative of his life, a tribute, a hymn and the laying of a wreath by a banner party.

Jonathan Agar will be present and will talk briefly about his ancestor. It will good if some Old Framlinghamians, Governors and College friends are able to make it.  It will be small and intimate, and suitably low key. It has to be over in 20 minutes but will be memorable.

It would help logistics if you would kindly indicate to Richard Sayer OF if you intend to be present.

You can read his full distinguished entry here and listen to the great man personally describing his exploits that led to his VC



First OF elected an MEP

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In the European elections in May 2019, Dr David Bull (Z80-87) had the distinction of becoming the first OF to be elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).  He was one of 3 MEPs elected to represent the Brexit Party in the North West of England.  How long he serves as an MEP is yet to be determined!

You can read his impressive CV by clicking here.



Exciting new SOF Merchandise available

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We are excited to announce the availability of 2 new items of SOF merchandise, both of which have been designed by OFs.

Bella Singleton (V05-09) has designed ladies scarves in Red & Pink or in Blue & Grey – click here for picture.  They are 67cm square, made from 100% silk and cost £32 each.

Chris Keeble (S53-59) has designed and SOF lapel pin badge.  It is made from bronze metal with presentation box – click here for picture.  They cost £6 each.

Both of these are available to purchase online on the College website by clicking here.