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


Brandeston's Musical Heritage
Laura Wright at Tony Lawrence Tribute - September 2011
Bob Williams (Hon OF)always keeps a close eye on his former Brandeston protégés and has sent this update on a couple of them.

”Many will be aware of the steady, even meteoric rise in the musical currency of both Laura Wright (M02-08) & Ed Sheeran (BH96-02) but has it, I wonder, been noticed & noted anywhere that both young people actually TOPPED their respective album charts in August 2011 (Laura - with her debut solo album 'The Last Rose') & September 2011 (Ed - with his debut album '+', as reported in the New Musical Express, went straight to No.1 with sales of 100,000). Can any other UK school claim such a virtually concurrent achievement? Safe to say UNIQUE!!”

Bob also spotted that Ed and Charlie Simpson (S90-99) are both shortly to appear at the Anson Rooms in Bristol University in quick succession! Ed is appearing on Sunday 9 October and Charlie on Wednesday 19 October. This hot on the heels of Ed's stunning success at the BT Digital Music Awards ceremony, where he came away clutching the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. The event, at which Charlie Simpson also appeared on stage, was held at the Roundhouse, Camden in late September and screened on a national T.V. channel on the 7th October, 2011. 

2011 Essex Family Tour
During July/August 2011, Chris Essex (K69-75) took his family to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. As Overseas Bag Editor he took the opportunity to meet up with OFs on 6 occasions. You can read the full story and see lots of photos of these OF gatherings by clicking here .
A huge thank you to all the organisers and to everyone who took the trouble to come and meet up with a Pom and his family! We had a truly memorable time.

FramSoc Upcoming Events - September 2011

Wednesday 14 September, 2011
Meet at the Pub 
Venue: Ravenwood Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday 15 September, 2011
FramSoc Presentation: 

'In the Line of Fire' – A Tour of Duty in Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards 


Venue: Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framlingham College

Further details: http://www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/the-college/framsoc/events.php

Old Framlinghamians on Facebook
Better late than never, you may say! The OF Website is now firmly a part of the Facebook generation with the launch of our associated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OldFramlinghamians.
This will, we hope, make keeping up with OF affairs a bit easier and more immediate for those OFs for whom Facebook is part of their regular online life. Major OF website stories will be published automatically to the new Facebook page, and Leigh Cunningham, OF Liaison Officer at the College, will also post items about what is happening at the school.
Please visit our page and “Like” it, in order to get news feeds through to your own facebook page (of course, if you’re already a Facebook user, you’ll know this!).

A Delightfully Different "Suffolk Supper"
This year’s supper, on Saturday 17th September, will take the form of a tribute to Tony Lawrence, who retired at the end of the Summer Term after a career at Brandeston and Framlingham spanning some 36 years.
The Headmaster Porter Theatre, in the Athlone Hall, will be the venue for sketches, songs, musical performances, monologues and other tributes to celebrate Tony’s many years at the College.

Latest update: The closing date for applications for supper bookings is 13th September. So please get those bookings in now!

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Outstanding OF Sopranos to Perform in Framlingham & Southwold
Christina Louise (Christina Johnston-Myachin, V 01-06) and Laura Wright (M 02-08) are performing exclusively at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold on 12th August at 7.30pm, and at St Michael’s Church, Framlingham on 14th August 2011, at 7.00pm. Tickets will be £15.00 and can be purchased at the door.
Christina Louise, having graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Dram, has been accepted as a young upcoming international singer at The State National Opera House, Prague, under its director and conductor.
Laura Wright, is studying at The Royal College of Music. Formerly a founder-member of the hugely successful group All Angels, she has just released her debut classical folk album “The Last Rose” with Decca records, which has just ‘gone platinum’. See: The Evening Standard, 1st August 2011

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Overseas Bag - Spring 2011
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes : Just before I depart for OF meetings in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Auckland and Sydney I have belatedly published the Spring 2011 Overseas Bag 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 these two OFs are and where they met.

As always it’s been great to get so much correspondence – 19 pages here. 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.  Email Chris Essex

Melbourne OF Sundial + new SOF Benches
FURTHER UPDATE : The area where the sundial has been repositioned to and restored has recently been enhanced with the addition of 2 benches donated by the SOF. The benches are made of 100% recycled plastic and were built by adults with disabilities in Ipswich. Click here to see a picture of the area next to the old headmaster's house.

UPDATE: Further to the earlier article, I’m delighted to report that the sundial has now been fully restored and the whole area has been laid with lawn and paving slabs, making it very attractive to students and visitors alike.

Original Article: We thought OFs, particularly those in Australia, would be interested to know that the College are in the process of tidying up the garden and cutting back some of the hedging so that students can have a much better view of the sundial. They are also planning to refurbish the actual sundial by the end of half-term February 2011. The sundial was presented by the Melbourne Branch OFs to the College in March 1983.

West of England Supper Report - 9th July 2011
The West of England Supper was again held at the Angel Inn in Hindon on Saturday 9 July 2011. We had a record 16 OFs and partners present, including our new President and his wife and son Philip.

Click here to see a full report and photos on the recent West of England Supper.

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London Supper Report - 5th July 2011
Keith Handley, organiser of the London Suppers, reports:
33 Old Framlinghamians attended the London Supper, which was held at The Farmers Club, Whitehall Court on Tuesday, 5th July, 2011. We welcomed Bill Phillips and Neil Davis, who were attending the Supper for the first time for many years, and several younger OFs. I hope that this will encourage more to attend our future Suppers.

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