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


OF Newmarket Supper Report - 20th May 2011
Peter Golding reports:
The Newmarket Supper was held at the Rutland Arms Hotel, Newmarket on Friday 20th May. Clive Norton spoke on behalf of The College from the prospective of a master. Simon Dougherty was in the chair and updated us on matters relating to OFs.

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OF Golfing Irregulars Hold-off Strong Ipswichian Challenge
The ninth annual golfing battle between Norman Porter's OF team and Karl Daniels' OI team took place at Woodbridge Golf Club yesterday.  The OFs went into this feeling pretty confident - after all, they were 6-2 up in the series.  However, Karl's men had obviously been drilled and coached extensively, and the six sets of Four-Ball-Better-Ball were all closely fought right to the final green.  There was nervousness about the result, on both sides, as we sat down to dinner - the two captains playing their cards close to their chests - and palpable relief when Karl announced that the result was a draw.

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Essex Supper - Thursday April 28th
This year’s Essex Supper was held on Thursday April 28th at the Warren Golf Club, Woodham Walter. (The day having been changed from its usual Friday, because of a conflict with the Royal Wedding the following day). The Warren Clubhouse is a conversion of an old timbered Essex Barn dating from 1744, complete with original beams in the Dining room. It is surrounded by mature trees and natural streams, the golf course forming part of it.

Some played golf in the morning or afternoon before the evening meal, taking advantage of the Club’s offer of an £18 round, which was a very generous offer and much appreciated by those who played.

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First Solo Album for Laura Wright
Laura Wright's first solo album, following on from her chart success with All Angels, will be released on 4th July 2011*, and will be available from all good record stores and online.  Called, "The Last Rose", the album is a collection of English folk songs, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and with musical compositions and arrangements by John Rutter, Patrick Hawes and Paul Mealor (whose composition "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" was included in the recent Royal Wedding and is included on this album).

You can read more about this story, and some of Laura’s other recent exploits, in this College Website article.

 * The release date has been revised, and is now expected to be 25th July 2011.

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Inaugural OF Football Match
Teddy Harrington (S 05-10), one of our SOF Moreau Leaving Scholars, has once again demonstrated his energy and enthusiasm for organising sporting and social events. Towards the end of last year, he set up an OF Rugby event (Of Suffolk XV v OF Rest of the World XV) which gained huge support but sadly had to be cancelled because of the pre-Christmas ice and snow.

Undeterred, Teddy is now organising, and recruiting players and spectators for, an OF v OF football match (once again, Suffolk OFs v Rest of the World OFs), to be held at the College on Saturday 16th July 2011.

Latest Update: If you haven't already done so, please contact Teddy by 28th June if you're interested in playing or spectating. For contact details click on Read More.

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Framlingham Socks now available!
Crested sock

HOT NEWS: As advertised in the 2010 Yearbook, the Society is now proud to offer for the first time Framlingham socks in a choice of designs and for both men and women. Click for more details.

Quilibets 2011 - Players & memorabilia wanted
Tom Huggins is arranging the various teams for Quilibets 2011. Click here for their programme and a form to detail your availability. Please visit the College website for more information if you are interested in playing cricket at the College in the week commencing 11th July - see www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/co-curricular/sport/quilibets/index.php. Alternatively email Tom Huggins (thuggins@framcollege.co.uk) to confirm your availability or if you have any ties or any other memorabilia to offer.

Laura Wright stars at Carling Cup Final
Laura Wright (M2002-08)
Ever eagle eyed Bob Williams (Hon OF) spotted that Laura Wright (M2002-08) sang the National Anthem solo before the start of the Carling Cup Final at Wembley on 27 February 2011, between Arsenal and Birmingham City. I can’t at the moment find any photos or video of this.   This is a step up from singing in front of the Portman Road fans, which she has done on a number of occasions.

Click Read More to see larger photo taken at Wembley by her brother.

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Pickard amazing artefact has come to light.

Pickard - small photo

Hopefully most OFs have heard of the war time exploits of Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC (G26-32). If not, I would encourage you to click here to read all about him (it may take a little while to load as it’s a large file).

Adrian Orchard (G72-79) recently had Pickard’s nephew to stay and amongst other things, brought with him his uncle’s “in case of death” letter. It is an amazing and humbling document and sets out that he would like his son to also go to the College. Sadly this didn’t happen as his widow Dorothy and son Nicholas went to South Africa after the war. With his nephew’s kind permission you can read the letter in full by clicking here.

Surviving Cyclone Yasi
Kiss my Yasi!
I thought some of you might be interested to read a first hand account of the experience of living through Cyclone Yasi which devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. 

Click here to read Chris Shaw’s (K51-56) account. I just love the last photo – sums up the Aussie attitude to adversity wonderfully!