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

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Nicholas Peter MOYLE (R49-53)

1935-2003

On 21 October 2003 aged 68, from Alzheimers Disease. Brother of JEREMY MOYLE (R50-55). The funeral was held on 30 October 2003 at St Andrew’s Church Tostock and among those attending was NORMAN MAYHEW (R48-56) also representing the President.

Brother JEREMY MOYLE(R50-55) writes:

Nick will be remembered by his contemporaries at the College not just as Head Prefect but as an outstanding all-rounder in the fullest sense of the term. In the rugby XV he was a predatory wing-forward and in the hockey XI a frightening goalkeeper, frequently- as Norman Borrett and Dudley Holland will attest- as frightening to his own side as to the opposition when he charged out of goal, looking like the Return of the Mummy, and laid low several players on each side.

But the sporting enthusiasm went hand in hand with active participation in the debating society ( proposing the motion, I seem to remember, that “ This House would ban foxhunting”- how little things change!), the chapel choir and above all theatrical productions, including The Midsummer Night’s Dream commemorated not so long ago in a cast reunion, and a memorable Trial by Jury.

On leaving Framlingham he was called up for National Service, which took him to Germany as a subaltern in a Gunner regiment. It was here that he developed his interest in sailing , taking dinghies out on the Moehne See, of Dambusters fame , and no doubt keeping a wary eye out for the return of Richard Todd.

The Army was followed by Downing College, Cambridge, where he devoted three years to energetic activity on the rugby field (college and on occasions the University XV), on the river( the Downing Rugby Boat, needless to say, which won its oars) and in the theatre( college revue and the Footlights). Any few remaining moments were reluctantly given over to the Natural Science Tripos. Luckily these proved enough for him to graduate and embark on a career in education where he discovered the third consuming passion of his life, alongside sport and the theatre, namely teaching .

Starting out at St George’s School Harpenden, continuing with a year as exchange teacher in New York and advancing through other schools in Hertfordshire, he concluded a long and illustrious career in the profession by returning to the county of his own schooldays and assuming the post of Deputy Head at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds. While there he became one of the leading lights of the theatre world in Bury, as both producer and performer, with the Irving Players and the Bury Operatic Society. In later years he exchanged revue for review in his role as theatre critic for the Bury Free Press.

His funeral was held in Tostock, the Suffolk village where he had made his home in retirement. The church was filled to capacity ( with at least one OF tie in evidence) and ,as someone pointed out, nothing would have pleased an old thespian more than the thought that the church door that day could have carried the sign “ House Full”.

He is survived, and will be sorely missed, by his mother, his brother and sister, his wife and two children. Not too surprisingly one of the latter works in sports administration and the other is a successful actress. Perhaps one of the grandchildren will become a biology teacher.

Nicholas and his brother Jeremy both played rugby for Cambridge University although neither got a blue. In January or February 1956 they played together for the University in the same match which is unusual if not unique.

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