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

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Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner - 6 April 2019

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Simon Dougherty writes: The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Framlingham College. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, are invited to apply for places at this prestigious event when the Society will recognise Paul and Amanda Taylor’s forthcoming retirement at the end of the summer term.

Prior to the dinner, the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Chapel at 6.15pm.

The cost of the dinner is excellent value-for-money at £36 per head and, as previously, we are subsidising younger OFs – the first 20 OFs aged under 30 years on 6 April 2019 to apply will be charged only £18 per head.  A vegetarian option will be available. 

Full details of the dinner including timings and dress are here.  An application form is here. Tables will be arranged to seat 10 so you can reserve a table for your group or apply for individual tickets – just fill in the form as appropriate. Cancellations, with a full refund, will be possible until 29 March 2019.  Please book early!

Limited overnight accommodation with breakfast will be available at the College.  Those wishing to reserve it are requested to complete an accommodation request form here. A list of other local accommodation is given with on the letter giving full details.



College announce partnership with Northamptonshire CCC

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The College are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. College students will have a direct and clear potential pathway into professional cricket, with regular opportunities for boys and girls to take part in Academy and Elite Player Programme (EPP) sessions at the County Ground. Northamptonshire CCC will enjoy access to the College’s outstanding cricketing facilities for their own players.

There is a longstanding association between the College and Northamptonshire, going as far back as the 1960s, when OF David Larter (R51-57) opened the bowling for the County and more recently, Robert Newton (R03-08) has been an opening-batsmen and has just signed anew contract.

Click here to see full announcement and photos.



Rob Newton (R03-08) signs new contract at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

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After an injury hit season in 2018, Rob is delighted to get a new contract for 2019. He has played his entire professional career at the County Ground and is closing in on a century of First Class appearances.

Click here to read Northamptonshire's press release.



Why you should consider joining your OF lodge

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Brian Smith (S53-57) the present Master of the Old Framlinghamian Lodge says “we are very keen to hear from you whether you are an existing Freemason or if you may be thinking of becoming one.  This also applies to lady OFs as we want to start an OF Ladies Lodge. “

You can read more details from Brian here.

If you are interested then please call Brian on 01869 810 540 or email him at brian.smith71@btinternet.com



Another Stradbroke OF stars on the race track

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Congratulations to Alex Day (S13-18) who has had a successful year in racing, sharing the multiple British Touring Car Championship race-winning Audi A4 in the Britcar Spring Class this year with father Robert, has been working closely with BTCC star Austin for several years and is now relishing his move into Touring Car Trophy TCT.

Read more here.

Jon Watt (S04-15) is also starring on the track - see this previous news item.



2019 Hong Kong Supper

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UPDATE : The following have already confirmed their attendance David Copeman (K42-49) + his wife Ann (visiting from the UK), Ian Howard (S57-62), Moira Theulier (M 91-93), Ian Tsang  (G 02-09), John Ting  (G 02-09), Henry Tang (G 02-09), Annie Wong (M 8-12), Gabriel Ho (K 9-12), Jacky Chiang (R 09-13), Ella lam  (P 11-13), Marvin Cheung (G 09-14), Vanessa Chan (V 11-14) and Tsz-Hoi Tsang (M 12-14).

ORIGINAL POST : Moira Theulier (M91-93) writes "Firstly, a Happy New Year to OFs and, in advance, Gong Hey Fat Choy too!  I want to let you know plans for this year's Hong Kong Annual Dinner. 
This will take place on Monday 18th February at the 'China Room’, 1/F Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Rd, Central at 7:30pm for 8:00pm. Dress code: Smart casual with Jacket and OF ties for Gentlemen (no jean, denim, sneakers). As space is limited the invitation is to OFs only this year. The cost of the 3 course dinner, inclusive of wine, will be  $550 per head and the SOF will provide a 50% subsidy, to the first 10 OF’s who are under 30, confirming their attendance to the dinner.

It will be our great pleasure, that evening, to also be joined by visiting OF’s too.  David Copeman (K42-49) and is wife, Ann, will be in Hong Kong on 18th and 19th February, as part of a world cruise aboard Queen Mary 2 and we look forward to them joining us."

If you are interested in attending then please contact Moira 27 January by emailing her at moiratheulier@mac.com



London Supper Tuesday 29th January 2019

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Another New Year  resolution: "Stay in touch with your Framlinghamian contacts" and herewith your invitation to the January SOF London Supper."

DATE: Tuesday 29th January 2019

VENUE: The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

TIME: Pre- and Post-meal drinks - Bar from 7:00pm and Supper – Battle of Britain Suite (downstairs from reception) at 7:30pm

Supper ticket price £44 each payable in advance. Significant discounts apply to OFs attending who are under 30 (free for those on Council/Youth Committee and 50% off for first 5 others). Payment either cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to Abid Hamid at 3rd Floor, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD or use the on-line banking BACS system. The SOF account is: HSBC, sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451. Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname. 

Please contact organiser Abid Hamid if you would like to come at abid@recruitmentvc.com

Note: There are a finite number of supper tickets available and booking is on a first come first allocated basis.



Anthony Colin Church (R51-57)

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Anthony Colin Church (R51-57) sadly died on the 14th December 2018 after a long illness. Father of Jayne, Timothy and Suzannah, Grandpa of eleven. There will be a private cremation followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford on 25th January 2019 at 2:00pm

Donations in memory of Anthony for Macmillan Cancer Support may be sent to H & A W Palmer Ltd, Little St. Mary's, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9LQ



Overseas Bag 2018

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Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: The 2018 Framlinghamian will be out in a few weeks and will contain a heavily edited version of all the news and photos I have received over the last year from OFs around the world.  For your Christmas reading I have published the full version of the Overseas Bag for 2018 in the People section of the website. This full edition runs to a bumper 38 pages distilled from over 300 emails received/sent over the last year.  It will be emailed to all overseas OFs in the next few days.

The photo featured in this news article shows Berenice Wiedemann (P15-17) who on visiting Hong Kong wanted to met up with some OFs and Adrian Woo (G05-09) and Ian Tsang (K02-09) were willing and able.

I hope we will see an increased number of reunions being organised around the world in 2019.  As always I will help with mailing lists and publicity but can’t promise to be able to attend them all! If you are interested in helping/attending then please get in touch with me via email



OF bringing the magic of Christmas to Aldeburgh

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International vocal sensation and classical chart topper, Chrissy Johnston (V01-06) returns to Suffolk to bring the magic of Christmas on 22nd December at 7:30pm at Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Alongside special guest star, pianist Geoff Lavery, the evening will feature movie classics and Christmas favourites, all in aid in aid of “The Sick Children’s Trust”, of which Chrissy is an Ambassador.

In 2019 Chrissy will join Jose Carreras on a world tour, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hear her sing locally.

Tickets £15 on the door - To book email here or call 07947 300729.