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

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SOF London Supper - Tuesday 1 July

College Crest
The London Supper of the Society of Old Framlinghamians was held at The Royal Air Force Club on 1 July 2014 when 32 members attended.  Richard Sayer, President of the Society, was in the chair.   Susan Wessels, Senior Deputy Head Framlingham College, provided an interesting update on recent sporting and other activities at the College. All enjoyed a tasty traditional meal in the splendid surroundings of the President’s Room.

The following were present: R J H Albright, A H Baker, E R Binder, Jenny Binder, R Binder, S Cain, D A Carr, L W L Collard, Clare Dougherty, S R C Dougherty, J N Ellerby, R D Fayers, R Giles, M R K Holden, P C Howard-Dobson, N D G Jacob, C Keeble, A Lillie, J Maberly, I E Marsh, J Mehta, D J Mitchell, N H Porter, J G Rankin, J G Ruddock-Broyd, R J Sayer, B A Smith, C A Smith, C G Sneath, D L Turnbull, Susan Wessels.

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Three Heroes Tour – April 2014
Gordon Muriel Flowerdew - picture
As you should all be aware, a group of OFs and some friends visited northern France and Belgium in April 2014 under the heading of “By Foot, Horse & Air - Three exceptional men and their bravery in face of the enemy”. It commemorate the actions of three military heroes of Framlingham College, plus paid respects at the graves/memorials of many more OFs who died mainly in WW1.

This expedition was organized by James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) and Peter Gasgoyne-Lockwood (R57-64) and everyone who went on the trip owes them a huge debt of gratitude for organizing a fascinating itinerary. Since the end of the trip, James has been toiling away on a detailed personal journal of the trip, which has been illustrated by Chris Essex (K69-75) with many photos that were taken during the trip.

Whilst the SOF President, Richard Sayer (S56-61) will be including his memories of the trip in the 2014 Yearbook, you can click here to read James’s wonderful personal journal in full.

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Overseas Bag – Spring 2014
John Birt cap
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: I’ve just completed the mammoth task of putting together all the correspondence I have received from overseas OFs in the last 6 months. This runs to 36 pages covering 24 countries and over 150 OFs are mentioned. A huge thank you to everyone who has been in touch, particularly those who have volunteered to try and organise a 150th anniversary event in their country in 2015. As always it’s only possible to include a small proportion in the Newsletter or Yearbook. I therefore strongly encourage you to read the full version of the Overseas Bags for Spring 2014 in the People section of the website.

Included in the many articles is one about John Birt (S59-63) being awarded his international rugby cap some 45 years after he won it!! You can also see a couple of photos of John's wonderful house in northern Thailand.

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. Email Chris Essex

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OFGS Spring Meeting Report: Royal Worlington, 8th May 2014
The OFGS Spring Meeting took place at Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club on Thursday, 8th  May. Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us with heavy rain falling for most of the day. In spite of the poor conditions the scoring was excellent. The course, as always, was testing and in excellent condition. After a welcome hot shower everyone enjoyed a good lunch and were well looked after by the secretary and his staff.

This year we had a lower turnout than last year, with 22 members.  Hugh Curle, with an excellent score of 41 points, won the Captain’s Prize for the best overall score and Barry Hitchcock won the Minter Cup for the best scratch score of the day, 29 points.

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OF sings in front of Presidents
Christina Johnson - Photo
Christina Johnston-Myachin (V01-06) sung for dozens of European leaders at Prague Castle on 24 April 2014 at the Eastern Partnership summit. Present were the Presidents from Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova and Armenia, plus the Ukrainian foreign minister and the Belarus Deputy foreign minister. Christina said “It was fantastic to be able to sing in such an amazing building. The president [of Czech Republic] got up to present me with some flowers and said I had the most beautiful voice he had heard in a long time and that when I walked on to the stage I looked like an angel.”

Click here to see some great coverage in the EADT on 1 May 2014 - front page and the article on page 3

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Halford Hewitt Tournament 2014
Golf Society Logo
David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: On Friday, 11th April we were drawn to play against Sherborne in the first round at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich. For the third time, by way of preparation, our captain Richard Graves, had arranged for the team to have practice rounds at the beginning of March.

Our squad consisted of Richard Graves, Rob Atton, Gavin Cowell, Hugh Curle, Jonny Newton, Charlie Plunkett, Mike Schneidau, Matt Stolls, Peter Watts and John Wybar. Andy Towler had hoped to be fit to play, but had not recovered sufficiently from an injury to be able to do so.

After the success of last year, the team was confident but weakened by the absence of last year’s top player, Patrick Spraggs, who had turned professional at the end of last summer. Additionally, John Wybar was suffering from an acute sickness bug all day, but played two rounds in the day – a truly heroic effort. Playing against Sherborne was always going to be a very tough match as they are considerably higher than us on the ranking table. Unfortunately we lost 4-1 with Jonny & Matt and Rob & Peter gaining halves in their matches.

On the Friday afternoon we lost in the Princes’ Plate to Ampleforth. In spite of the disappointment of Friday the squad had had a most enjoyable time playing golf in some wonderful spring weather. The team was supported by Norman and Virginia Porter, John Edwards, Robin Anderton, David Turnbull and Andy Towler. The squad stayed in the Pegwell Bay Hotel and thanks are due once again to Andy for making all the arrangements.

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College Shooting Team Gets OF Wisdom
Shooting - April 2014 - Wired_Headsets_in_use
The OF Shooters once again hosted cadets from the College and Brandeston at a shooting weekend at Bisley. On display was some new technology - wired headsets rather then guns used!

Read the full story and see some pictures here

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Another OF in the news

David Ballard - new care home - April 2014
David Ballard (K55-62) recently featured in the Eastern Daily Press when he performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of a new care home, De Lucy House.

David, in the blue hat , is Chairman of Greensleeves Homes Trust, which provides care and nursing homes for the elderly. De Lucy House will be Greensleeves' eighteenth home, and the third in East Anglia.

Click here to read the EDP article .

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OF Cricketer "one to watch"
Robert Newton 2014 - small
We are indebted to Nick "Creamy" Horne (S56-61), a co-leg spinner with SOF President Richard Sayer, for spotting that Rob Newton has been named as one of the "ten to watch" this coming cricket season by "All Out Cricket", which is one of Britain’s biggest cricket magazines.

Click here to see their full report on Rob.

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Charter Ball a Huge Success
Charter Ball - picture 1
Paul Taylor, Headmaster writes : "The Charter Ball, which was held at Easton Grange on Saturday evening in aid of the College's 150th Anniversary Appeal, was a great success, and not just financially. The venue (which was so generously donated by the Kerr family) was quite superb, and while the main objective of the evening was indeed the raising of funds for our Appeal, it was also lovely to see so many College and Brandeston parents joining OFs and other friends and governors of the College in having a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

We are hugely grateful to the Ball Committee, whose tireless work under the leadership of Mel Dellow made the evening the success that it undoubtedly was. We are also indebted to all those who generously donated prizes for auction, and indeed to all those who supported the Appeal through their very attendance at the evening. Such generosity is very much valued and appreciated, and we are delighted to report that the event managed to raise over £16,000 for the 150th Anniversary Appeal."

You can see many photos here on our Facebook page. This includes a photo of Richard Sayer, SOF President, handing over a further cheque for £120,000 from the Society, making £220,000 in total given to the College Appeal.

Please click here to see links to article in the Diss Express, the EADT and an online archive on the College website.

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