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


In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia
Twenty years ago, Charles Blackmore (K65-75) set out to retrace the “Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia” crossing some of the most dangerous wildernesses on earth, through 800 miles of the Jordanian and Saudi desert.

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Jeff Wornham killed while saving lives in Stevenage fire
Many of us will have seen reports on the news about the Stevenage tower-block fire in which two brave fireman were killed on 2 February 2005 while trying to save a trapped woman. One of those heroic men was Jeff Wornham (K 89-95), brother of Tom Wornham (K 86-92).

Updated 14th Feb:
Tom has said that the funeral will be mainly a family affair, but that there is to be a Memorial Service for Jeff and for Michael Miller at St Albans Cathedral on the 15th March. He thanks those many friends who have called offering sympathy and support.

Lizzie Honeycombe (P91-98), Jeff's girlfriend of the last three years, told the East Anglian Daily Times he was a wonderful man and they had hoped to marry next year. See Read More for the full story.

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OF competes in Uniroyal Cup
Ian Connell (R68-73) has been racing saloon cars since 1988. Though he now tends to leave most of the driving to his sons, he still manages the Connell Racing team, and often with Nick Carley (G64-72) coordinating the pit team.

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Norman Francis Borrett - 1st October 1917 to 10th December 2004
It is a great sadness to announce the passing of Norman Borrett (S31-36) - Head Boy, College Master, SOF President, Cambridge Blue, Eastern Counties Rugby, Essex Cricket, British Open amateur Squash champion - 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 & 1950, England Hockey team - 1939, 1946, 1947 & 1948, and Captain of the Great Britain Hockey XI - 1948 London Olympiad (Silver medalist).

Click on "Read More" for links to Obituaries and other websites

The Times - December 30, 2004 - "probably Britain’s most talented post-war all-round amateur sportsman who excelled nationally and internationally in hockey, squash and cricket"

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Christmas baby
At 2154 hrs on the 20th December, Freya Rosie Wornham was born to Tom (K86-92) and Tami (nee Carlick V88-94).

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Penang OFs witness earthquake and tsunamis
Following the recent massive 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake off Aceh in Indonesia on 26 December, three OFs report their first-hand accounts of the effects of the earthquake. The reports are from Bob Holland (R57-65) who lives in Penang, just over 300-miles away from Aceh, Will Ryder-Davies (Z88-89) who is visiting Penang while on another overland world trip, and John Birt (S59-63) who lives in Koh Samui in Thailand.

If any other OFs have reports on the earthquake, please send to the SOF Web Team or "Post a Comment" using the link below.

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Yearbook 2004
Just about everyone should have received their new Yearbook (even John Birt, out there in Koh Samui).
There has been much debate about the wisdom of reverting to a format last seen over 25 years ago, and we are very keen to get your feedback either by clicking on "Post a Comment" (below this article), or by writing something in the Forum.

Even if you don't feel like doing either of these, please do fill in the questionnaires now showing on the left. Just click your mouse over the answer in each box (to put a dot in the circle) and then click on "Vote". You can also click on "Comment" in each voting area to add some further thoughts.

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Many of you, like me, may already be active supporters of the RNLI who save thousands of lives around the UK coasts every year. If so, you may already have received a letter from the RNLI Chief Executive, Andrew Freemantle MBE (S58-62), asking for your continued support for next year. What you may not know is that he is also an OF (S58-62)

For more information on supporting the RNLI, visit their website at: www.lifeboats.org.uk

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Rock On!
Phil Bower (G65-74) recently sent in a few photos of a gig from his latest group, Black Dayz, in Sydney (see www.blackdayz.shazbinkimages.com for more photos).

In the UK, Charlie Simpson (S90-99) with the group, Busted, have already achieved a Number One single, a double platinum album and a sold-out UK tour since their debut in Sept 2002 (see www.busted.com )

If there are any more OF bands or musicians out there, please let us know (contact the SOF Web Team).

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Framlingham in War Time
Following the original story in mid August 2004 below (see "read more") John Waddell (R39-46) received many recollections of the College "at war". He has plenty of contemporary team photographs but he is still looking for more personal photos from the war years.

In a separate initiative to the book commissioned by AROPS (Association of Representatives of Old Pupils Societies), the Society is planning to publish this material sometime next year.

If you have any suitable photos please contact John at:
Snape House, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1QW; tel: 01728 688613

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