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


Framlingham College Presents: A Night of UK No 1s 1956-2007
Rob Goodrich, Head of Music at the College, has pulled-together yet another musical extravaganza to take place in the Headmaster Porter Theatre on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March (7pm on each evening).

While the performers, including All Angels star Laura Wright, are on stage singing, the audience will be served a selection of bread and cheese throughout the evening and the Foyer Bar will offer wine, beer and soft drinks.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are priced at £5 per head and can be booked at Reception (01728 723789). Seating will be at round tables of eight, and no party will be able to book more than one table.

Tom Jarrold - Keeping Up With The Best
In February last year, we published an article about Tom Jarrold, who had recently started at Framlingham, and was making headlines with his skiing exploits. Tom's father, Stuart, has been in touch to tell us that Tom is still on course to achieve his dream of an Olympic Games place in 2012.

Click on Read More on the right of the page for the rest of the story.

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Framlingham College 2008 Rugby Calendar – FOR SALE
James Alvis, the Director of Sport at the College, is selling Framlingham College 2008 Rugby Calendars for £7.50 to help raise money for the College’s 2008 Rugby Tour to South Africa. If you are interested, please email James Alvis / Framlingham College Reception. Alternatively write to: James Alvis, Director of Sport, Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9EY

OFs honoured on new National Armed Forces Memorial
Update : John Maulden (G45-50) has pointed out that a 3rd OF is featured on this new memorial. The additional person is Karen Buttenshaw (V86-93) who was killed on 29 October 1994 during an Army exercise on Salisbury Plain. Having failed to reach the top of a slope, the Land Rover she was driving rolled back, bounced on to its side and burst into flames. Karen was a 19-year-old student at the time and member of the Oxford University Officer Training Corps. Her passenger, a fellow student, was also killed. See here. There is a memorial tree at Brandeston in her memory.

Original article : On 12 October 2007 the Queen opened the new National Armed Forces Memorial at Alrewas in Staffordshire. This lists all service personnel who have died since World War 2 and includes the following Old Framlinghamians :-

Flight Lt Jack Maulden (R33-38) – see here

Flight Lt Daniel Mann (R56-63) - see here

They are both also included in the Distinguished section of the website at Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice section, under Malaysian Emergency and Subsequent Operations.

Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM posthumously awarded the George Medal
The BBC News has reported that Jeff Wornham K89-95 GM is to be posthumously awarded the George Medal. Jeff was one of two Hertfordshire Firemen who died in Feb 2005 while trying to save a woman from a blaze in a block of flats. (See OF News Article).

Also see the article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 27 Nov 2007.

The full citation has now been publised in the London Gazette on 27 Nov 2007.

Jeff is also include in the Saved a Life section of Distinguished OFs. This article also includes some pictures of the memorial on the Back at the College.

The George Medal is principally awarded to civilians for “acts of great bravery”.

Bruce Pearson - Ecologist, film maker, writer and renowned artist
Chris Essex writes: I have recently added Bruce (G62-67) to the list of Distinguished OFs. For over 30 years he has been an ecologist, film maker, writer and artist. After leaving the College he went to Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, followed by Leicester Polytechnic. He then got a job as a Production Assistant in the RSPB Film Unit, before joining the British Antarctic Survey in 1975 as a Biological Assistant. Since 1977 he has been self-employed. He was Wildlife Illustrator of the Year in 1983 and Bird Illustrator of the Year in 1984. He was elected President of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1994, serving 10 years. He has also been Visiting Lecturer at the RCA.

After a gap of 30 years, Bruce will shortly be returning to Antarctica. To see a full article on Bruce click here

I’m also delighted to say that Bruce has kindly agreed to donate a copy of some of his more recent books to the College Library. For a full list of OFs authors see the Book section of Distinguished OFs.

Another OF is appointed a Judge
On 29 October 2007 it was announced that Rupert Overbury (S71-76) was to be appointed a Circuit Judge, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Basildon Combined Court Centre. This appointment is effective from Tuesday 13 November 2007.

To see a full article on His Honour Judge Rupert Overbury see here

This now means that we currently have 3 OFs who are active judges. You can see them all included in the Distinguished OF section of the website at Judiciary Section.

OF Golfers: Highs and Lows at Grafton Morrish Finals
Back in May we reported that Gavin Cowell and his team had qualified for the knockout stages of the Grafton Morrish tournament for the first time since 1998. These were contested recently, and David Turnbull, OFGS Secretary, reports as follows:

The Grafton Morrish Finals were played at Hunstanton at the beginning of October where we were drawn against St Columba’s in the first round and lost 2 ½-1/2. The results were as follows: Gavin Cowell and John Wybar halved; Richard Graves and Peter Watts lost: Charles Plunkett and Richard Cullinan lost. The team played the following day in the Solihull Salver and scored a very respectable 74 points, coming half way down the field of 27, but only 13 points behind the winners, Solihull! The team was ably supported by Andrew Towler, Martin Lamb and Matt Stolls.

Update from Brian Pretty (S52-56)
Chris Essex writes :-I’ve recently received an interesting update/newsletter from Brian Pretty (S52-56) that I thought others may be interested to read, especially as its come in after the deadline for the 2007 Yearbook.

Brian and his wife Sheila spend a huge amount of their time working in Uganda and in particular at the town of Kisoro. His latest journey has been both harrowing and rewarding. The seeds they have sown over the years have begun to mature in ways they could never have hoped for.

To read his full newletter click here.

Death of former Colditz Prisoner of War
The death of "Bill" Leslie James Edward Goldfinch (26-32) has revealed another remarkable wartime adventure and achievement by an Old Framlinghamian. Those who have read Pat Ried’s The Colditz Story will recall that, towards the end of their captivity, a few of the prisoners were constructing a glider in the Colditz roof to be used by two prisoners to fly to freedom. The designer of the glider and instigator of this audacious scheme, together with racing driver Tony Rolt, was Bill Goldfinch. Perhaps fortunately, the prison was liberated by the Americans before the escape attempt was made. However, in 2000 Channel 4 commissioned a glider to be built to Bill’s plans which reached a height of 700ft at RAF Odiham.

Click here to see a full description of Bill's life in the Distinguished Section.

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