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


OFGS: Halford Hewitt Report
David Turnbull, OFGS Secretary, reports:

Halford Hewitt Tournament at Royal Cinque Ports GC on Thursday, 10th April 2008

Framlingham lost 1-4 in the first round to Glenalmond. The match was once again surprisingly close as, when we lost our third match, we were about to close out with wins in the other two, but, under the rules, these had to be halved: 2-3 would have been a fairer reflection of the team’s efforts.

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Hong Kong Supper Report: Dateline 27 March 2008
Ian Howard reports: The Rugby Sevens/SOF Hong Kong Supper is now officially over and our livers are much the worse for it! It was a shame that England couldn't manage to beat Samoa twice (once was hard enough) and crashed out in the Quarter Finals.

Click on Read More for the gory details.

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Sunday Telegraph article mentions 2 distinguished OFs
Update 30 March 2008 : Jim Blythe's letter to Brough Scott was published in the Sunday telegraph today. Click here to read it.

Original article : You may be interested to know that in Easter Sunday’s Telegraph, Brough Scott wrote a full-page article about his grandfather's horse, Warrior, and the last great cavalry charge in history, led by Lt Gordon Muriel Flowerdew VC (1894-99). You can read the article here. It also mentions and includes a painting by another distinguished OF, Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA (1891-2).

Jim Blythe is trying to get a letter published in response to the article, which will mention that Flowerdew went to the College.

For more details on Lt Gordon Flowerdew VC click here

For more details on Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA click here

OF Rifle Club Coach The College
James Mehta, Secretary of the OFRC writes: "The only way that the College is going to succeed in target rifle shooting, and regain the former reputation of Fram in shooting circles, is to get good coaching and lots of practice. Denied easy access to a local range since the closure of Bromeswell, and academic pressures forbidding such activity during the working week, then five keen College students had to get up early and make the long journey to Bisley on Sunday 9th March.

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OF Hockey v College - Dateline 5th Jan 2008
In what we hope will become at least an annual event, OF hockey players challenged the College Mens' and Ladies' 1st teams in a pair of pre-season matches on 5th January.

Update March 5th: Lots of OFs turned up to support both teams, many of them from the 2006 and 2007 leavers' groups. Katie Blow, one of the 2007 Moreau Leaving Scholars, reports that a good crowd of OFs and 6th Formers watched both matches and then most of them repaired to The Crown for refreshment - including: Amber Harrison, Claire Bush, Maddie Bryant, Sinead Collins, Julie Bagert, Alex Reid, Laura Wright, Georgie Cook, Harry Bush, Matthew Tubbs, Ben Norton,Slava Myachin, Ben Mark, William Bailey, Rupert Moffatt, Ben Haze, Olly Cutting, Sam Cherry-Downes, Nick Lawson and many more.

Great credit for their perseverance in making this happen goes to Ben Hayes and Sinead Collins. Click on Read More to see Sinead's account of the Ladies' match (which included at least a couple of gentlemen!), followed by Ben's account of the Mens'.

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Website Registrations Break Through One Thousand
On 14th February 2008, Alastair Nall (G92-99) became the 1000th OF to register on the website. This means that around 1/3rd of our active membership are now registered, which is brilliant news.

Amongst other things, registration enables you to update your own postal address and e-mail address, receive regular news updates and have access to archival material and things like the Bill Goldfinch video – click here

As mentioned in the 2007 Yearbook and this previously published story here on the website, we have also started the important process of building an “Electronic Green Book”, based on the information in the 1968 Register. But what we need registered members to do is to update their own entry via the on-line Directory. If you are already registered why not go and update your record now, by clicking here.

If you are not one of the 1000 already registered, then please click here and get updating!

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Alex Henney is off to the North Pole again
Having walked to the North Pole last year, Alex Henney (Z84-95) has decided to partner with long time friend Simon Marshall, to now be the first to pilot a hovercraft to the same spot. The pair aim to attempt this world first in April of next year. Before then they will be preoccupied with raising funds to getting the expedition underway, preparing the hovercraft for the high Arctic temperatures and also preparing events for their selected charity, the Burnham-On-Sea Area Rescue Boat (BARB).

For more information on the trip, including how to support them, you can visit their website here or to see details of Alex’s previous trip to the North Pole last year, please click here

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Essex Supper - Friday 18th April 2008
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), where OFs have become used to an extremely warm welcome in beautiful surroundings.

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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The fabulous Shirtlifters are going on tour!
Charles Benson (S45-54) writes : I run a Traditional Jazz band called the fabulous Shirtlifters which has been going for about 20 years. Most of its members are drawn from the good villagers of Cookham Dean in Berkshire.

In May this year the Band is doing a West Country Tour, a 4 gig 'event', in the immediate environs of Lands End. Most of what the present Band is about and details of the gigs can be found on our website see here - including a sampler of the music. I hope a number of west country based OFs may be able to come along.

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Lt. Col. A C Newson (S20-28) DSO, DSC

Sadly the death is announced of Lt. Col. A C Newson (S20-28) D.S.O., D.S.C., on the 17th December 2007 aged 97. Alan was the oldest surviving Past President of the Society and the funeral was at St John’s Church, Bury, Nr. Pulborough, West Sussex at 12 noon on Friday 4th January 2008. Donations to the King George's Fund for Sailors.

Update on 11 February 2008 : His obituary has appeared in the Times today – see here