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

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Life Peerage awarded to OF
LORD ALISTAIR BASIL COOKE OBE (K55-63)
Update : Alistair had just advised me that from 10 January 2011 he will be known as Lord Lexden, of Lexden in the county of Essex and of Strangford in the county of Down.
 
Original item : Alistair Cooke OBE (K55-63) has today become only the 3rd OF to be awarded a peerage. He is a political historian who has spent most of his career in the central organisation of the Conservative Party. He was awarded his peerage on 17 November 2010 for his career in education, authorship and politics. 
 
See full details on his career in the Distinguished section by clicking here.



OF Netball Match - 5 January 2011
College Crest

Kathy Gardens at the College writes : I am trying to set up an OF netball match against the College 1st VII on the 5th January 2011 to fit in with our pre-season training programme (similar I believe to last year).   Would any OF who is interested in taking part please contact me



Inaugural Christmas Clay Pigeon Shoot
Ed Binder (G 2000-09 and a Moreau Leaving Scholar) has organised a Clay Pigeon Shoot, to be held at High Lodge Shooting School, near Halesworth, on Sunday December 19th 2010.

If you subscribe to the Facebook Group "Old Framlinghamian Sports", then you may know about this already.  If not, then click on "Read More" for complete details.

Ed would like to hear from anyone interested in shooting, or in coming along for what promises to become a seasonal social event.  The total cost of £37.50 a head includes 100 sporting clays and a three-course Christmas Lunch.

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Laura Wright Runs Venice Marathon For Venice in Peril Fund
During her gap year at the Royal College of Music, Laura Wright (M 2002-08) made friends with a girl whose mother is a Director of the charity ‘Venice in Peril’ and, as a result, she decided to raise funds for this worthwhile project by running a marathon in the city itself.  Laura has set herself a target of £1,000 and added “I wanted to be involved because Venice has been home, permanently or as visitors, to so many great composers, and has inspired many composers and performers to create beautiful music that is still listened to today”. 

Update 8th October:
Ahead of her marathon event, on 24th October, "Laura & Friends" will be in concert at St Mary's Parish Church, Framsden, on Sunday 17th October at 5pm.  Proceeds to Venice in Peril.  Tickets at £8 adult, £5 OAPs and £2 under-12s, can be booked on 01473 890174 or 890891.  Ticket price includes Cheese & Wine.  Admission by ticket only.

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Autumn 2010 Overseas Bag
Chris Shaw - Framlingham Sign
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes : Intrigued by the photo, then read on. The Autumn 2010 Overseas Bag is published in the People sectionYou will need to be signed in to the website to access the Overseas Bag. You will also be able to find out who this OF is and where he is other than just a place called Framlingham!
 
As always it’s been great to get so much correspondence in just the last few months. Space considerations mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain a very edited version of this news, so I strongly encourage you to sign up and read about your former contemporaries.
 
As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to.  E-Mail Chris Essex

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OF makes Maiden First Class Century
Rob Newton (R2003-2008)
A month ago we reported that Rob Newton (R2003-2008) had made his first class debut for Northamptonshire.  He's now gone one better and scored his maiden first class century on 13 September 2010.
 
An update distinguished piece on Rob gives the full details here.

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Headmaster Launches "FramSoc"
Paul Taylor, Headmaster of the College, has just announced the formation of “FramSoc”, which he describes as: “A new society, principally aimed at current parents, to enhance and broaden our community, providing opportunities to meet each other and members of staff in a relaxed atmosphere, and to share the educational and cultural facilities available here”. 

He goes on to say, “While current College and Brandeston Hall parents will form the principal focus of the society, it will also be open to the wider community, including past parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, and others associated with the College”. This includes, of course, Old Framlinghamians.
  

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Bisley goes with bang for the bulging OFRC
A report on the success of Sandy Walker (R2000-2005) and the Old Framlinghamian Rifle Club at the 2010 Meeting at Bisley by Steve McDowell.

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Patrick Spragg's golfing success continues
Patrick Spraggs August 2010
 
 
On 22nd August at Hintlesham Golf Club, Stowmarket amateur Patrick Spraggs (G 2004-2009) added the
Suffolk Open Championship to his Suffolk Amateur Championship victory at Purdis Heath in June. Patrick needed a birdie at the closing hole to overhaul Fynn Valley’s Jamie Abbott, the Suffolk Open Champion in 2005 and a recent qualifier for the British Open. His score of 205 over the 54 holes (11 under par) was just good enough to take the title by one shot from Abbott.
 
In June Patrick played for the European students team against the American students team in the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The Europeans lost narrowly but Patrick won his singles match. He had won automatic selection for the team by winning the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament  at St Andrews in the spring.
 
After a year at Stirling University, Patrick is leaving to attend college in the USA on a golfing scholarship and we wish him every success.



OF Cycling Across America in aid of RedR UK
Since 22 May, Robin Campbell (K95-00) and his wife Lucille I have been cycling across America in aid of RedR UK. They would be very grateful for your support and would encourage you to consider donating through www.justgiving.com/bikeamerica.

"We have been following the TransAmerica route from Yorktown, Virginia to Florence, Oregon - a total of 4,325 miles. Yorktown was selected not by chance - the British defeat at Yorktown arguably led to the birth of the United States and the lush corn fields of Virginia were filled with a sense of history. Trucks and sidewalk-users waved encouragingly at us and friendly store-owners shared stories about their local areas. The temperature and humidity was high and growing. Western Virginia comprises the shady forested Appalachian Mountains.  The east-most are named the Blue Ridge, somewhat apt in the midday haze. They fade into eastern Kentucky but the atmosphere changed as our route winded through narrrow valleys, the contrasts of poverty and mining riches... and angry dogs. Western Kentucky is calmer, with more horses and fields than burnt out trailers and coal trucks but wherever you go you are reminded by the church billboards - you are in the Bible Belt.

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