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


Herts OF cricket
Tom Wornham reports: Miserable weather scuppered the traditional village green cricket match, so fondly held in the North Hertfordshire countryside for the annual Burt Wornham duel. A last minute rush of phone calls resulted in the ninth successive battle to take place undercover, courtesy of a local farmer and his barn. Rapid improvisation resulted in two bales of straw adopting and unfamiliar roll as wickets, a tennis ball and some dubious rules set the scene for a tremendous show down.

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Lydd Airshow - 1st & 2nd September 2007
James Giller (M80-86) has recently returned to the UK following 5 ½ years in the Caribbean running the British Virgin Islands Government Aviation Unit which also involved him in drug and immigrant interdiction, VIP transportation and search and rescue operations. James is now running an aircraft maintenance operation, Phoenix Aero Engineering, from London Ashford Airport (LAA), Lydd, Kent. They cover all aspects of aircraft maintenance on light piston singles and twins, expanding to turbo prop and jet in the near future. They obtained EASA 145 approval in January 2007.

Following the success of the first Lydd Air Show last year, we are now finalising plans for the second bigger and better air show taking place on the 1st and 2nd September 2007. Not to be missed for the spotters amongst you ! It would be a pleasure to see any OF’s fly into Lydd - come and say hello. You may contact James via the Lydd Airport Website.

"Green Book" Goes Electronic
The last Framlingham College Register (commonly known as 'the Green Book' because of its deep green cover) was published in 1968 - the last of a succession of such books providing a snap-shot of the College and Post-College careers of its alumni.

The cost of creating a modern printed equivalent is too high to contemplate, let alone the human resource required to research and compile it. However, all is not lost. The online database within the SOF Website has the capability to produce an electronic version, which auto-compiles using information extracted from the database each time a particular year is requested. All we need is for members to complete their own entries in full - and to update them from time to time - and for the odd volunteer to step forward to help transcribe historic entries from the old Green Books!

The Electronic Green Book can be found within the Directory menu (via the navigation bar above), and guidance on its use will be found on clicking the Electronic Green Book menu item.

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SOF Website adds Career Networking Feature to Website
After many requests from younger OFs, the website team is proud to announce that, in collaboration with Linkedin.com, it has developed a private SOF business & career networking capability for use only by registered users of the SOF Website.

The system has been trialled by a small group of some 35 OFs and has proved easy to use. It allows members to search for OFs in a wide range of industry sectors - though its ultimate usefulness will be entirely dependent on the number of OFs who register on it.

Please click on the main menu item, Career Networking, to find out more - and please then follow the link provided to accept an invitation to join the SOF Linkedin Group.

OF Girls Hockey Match - Thursday 20th September
Former Head Girl, Sinead Collins (M1999-2007), is organising an OF Hockey match on Thursday 20th September against the Girl's 1st XI. The match will be held at the College and the exact timing will be confirmed later.

Any lady OF who is interested in playing then please email Sinead on shnedved@hotmail.co.uk

Moreau Scholars Get Awards at Glittering Speech Day
Katie Blow and Robert Norman received their first £800 Scholaship Award cheques from Stuart Rose, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer plc at Speech Day Prize Giving today (7th July). After the awards ceremony, there was bright sunshine to welcome everyone to some fine cricket on The Back and plenty to eat and drink in the marquee.

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Schneidau and Masson successfully complete 900 Mile Charity Bike Ride
Update on 5 July 2007 – Chris Essex (K69-75) writes – I’m delighted to say that John & Mike have successfully completed their marathon cycle ride from the Scilly Isles to the Shetland Isles on 26 June 2007. They completed 905 miles with 1 broken chain, 3 punctures and I broken collar bone (this occured when Mike hit a pot hole on the marvellous Glaswegian Roads and crashed onto the pavement after having completed 700 miles!)

You can see photos by clicking here.

They were joined on Shetland by Peter Howard-Dobson (R65-69) and he has sent in his story – you can read this by clicking here.

They undertook this epic ride to raise £10,000 for Bowel Cancer, so why not donate on-line at http://www.justgiving.com/ukride07

Original article : Mike Schneidau (M 72-77) and John Masson (M 74-79) will start a 900 Mile bike ride on 11th June, taking them from the southern-most Scilly Isle to the northern-most Shetland Isle where they plan to arrive on 27th June. In doing so they hope to raise at least £10,000 for the Charity, Bowel Cancer UK.

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OF Golf - Cyril Gray Tournament reports
Cyril Gray Tournament (Three pairs, each individual over 50)

28th - 30th June 2007

Richard Cullinan reported that the OF pairings of Robin Beckwith & Michael Spencer, Peter Watts & Martin Lamb and Robin Anderton & Richard Cullinan all won their 1st round matches in a convincing 3-0 win over Chigwell. In the 2nd round we lost 1-2 to Wrekin, who reached the final. In the matches that were lost we were up, only to sadly collapse at the end. However, everyone had lots of fun and the team spirit was good.

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Red-faced OF Rifle Club lands double treble at Bisley on 2 June
OFRC’s huge showing of 11 shooters brought them victory at the All Day Championships, otherwise known as the Lizard Goblet, a shoulder to shoulder match against the auldest enemy – the Old Lawrentians.

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West of England Supper - 9 June 2007
Chris Essex (K 69-75) writes: "The West of England Supper was held at the Lamb Inn at Hindon, Wiltshire on Saturday 9th June 2007. The Lamb Inn has been a public house since the 12th century and the dining room was again a lovely setting for our 3-course meal, which was chosen on the evening.

Whilst we were relatively small in number we came from a wide geographical area covering Bath & North East Somerset, Berkshire, Devon, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Suffolk - so almost a different county for each of us! We were also delighted to be accompanied by 7 wives, making a total of 17 in all. A good time was had by all.".

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