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


College History Page Marks Start of 150th Anniversary

At the start of the College's celebrations to mark its 150th Anniversary, a much enhanced treatment of various aspects of its history has now been published on the College website (with credits to Mark Robinson & Michael Cook for their research and the words, and to Tom Huggins and Jamie Mayhew for the website presentation). Apart from a section on the school itself, there are sections dealing with Prince Albert, Framlingham College Heads, Presidents of the Corporation, Chairmen of Governors, the first benefactors (work in progress so still to come) and the various Houses, buildings and sports facilities.

To go straight to the History section, click this link to the College History Pages

Cambria Restoration Completed
CambrieAs the final part of the mammoth 4 year, £1.4 million restoration of the famous Thames sailing barge Cambria comes to an end, project manager Bill Collard (S 1955-57) reports that the Faversham based film maker Mike Maloney has now completed what is being acknowledged as the best sailing barge film every produced. The DVD includes many historic views of barges in their working environment, interviews with shipwrights and sailmakers, while interweaving the full Cambria story together with her triumphant return to barge racing in July 2011.

DVD obtainable from Countrywide Productions at www.cwideprods.co.uk at a price of £15 plus p&p

FramSoc Upcoming Events - November 2011
FramSocTuesday 15 November, 2011
FramSoc Presentation:
'The Kronstadt Operation 1919”
Venue: Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framlingham College
This illustrated talk, by Commander Rodney Agar, focuses on the Royal Navy's coastal motor boats and their action in the Baltic, running spies in and out of Russia for the Secret Service and immobilising the Russian Bolshevic Fleet at Kronstadt. It was here where Captain Augustus Agar VC, DSO, RN, Rodney's uncle and an old boy of Framlingham College, won the Victoria Cross in an action sinking the 7,000 ton Russian Bolshevic Cruiser Oleg with a single torpedo.
Further details: http://www.framcollege.co.uk/framlingham-college/the-college/framsoc/events.php or see Distinguished article http://www.oldframlinghamian.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20070222153840883#VC and listen to Augustus Agar talk about his exploits himself.

BBC2 8pm Sunday 23 October - Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32)
Pickard - small photo
In early September we were contacted by the BBC in Leeds about a programme they were intending to do on Operation Jericho, the daring raid on Amiens jail during World War 2, led by Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO ** DFC (G26-32). With the help of Adrian Orchard (G72-79), who knows Pickard’s nephew, we were able to provide considerable help to the programme, including the very humbling “in case of death” letter he wrote to Lord Londonderry.

I have just been advised that the programme will be aired this coming Sunday (23 October 2011) at 8pm on BBC2 and here is a link. The programme will be presented by the actor Martin Shaw.

To get fully up to speed on Pickard before the programme, read the full Distinguished piece on him by clicking here.

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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