Here - Winter 2004
Recent correspondence from UK based OFs includes:
David Larter (R51-57)
David's name appeared in a article by Christopher Martin-Jenkins in the Times on 27th April 2005. Featuring the Hampshire bowler Chris Tremlett who is 6ft 7in tall the article emphasizes how prone very tall bowlers are to injury and continues. “David Larter, half an inch taller than Tremlett, took 121 wickets at 16 in 1961 and nine wickets in his first Test for England a year later. Injuries made his subsequent career an anti climax.”
Dudley Holland (R45-52)
To celebrate his 70th birthday in early December 2004, Dudley held a party at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh. His wife, Jackie, presented to Dudley, with the help of some of the guests, an arrangement of ‘This is your life' which was an hilarious event and should make interesting reading! Among the many relatives and friends present for the evening were eight Old Framlinghamians featured below.
( Right to left) Paul Wright (K 42-50), Dudley Holland, Andrew Johnson (Z 85-90), Emma Johnson (P 92-97), Peter Youngs (R 53-60), Peter White (S 57-66), Guy Hayward (K 45-50) and Norman Mayhew (R 48-56)
James Paice (G60-66)
Britain's agricultural and trade policies are putting its farmers at an unfair competitive disadvantage The East Anglian Daily Times reported Shadow Agricultural and Rural Affairs secretary, James telling guests at a meeting in Essex in November 2004. Mr. Paice, Conservative MP for South East Cambridge and former Suffolk Coastal councillor, was speaking at a rural business breakfast meeting. Andrew Crayston welcomed Mr. Paice's remarks saying: "James Paice is a Suffolk-born man who learned farming at Writtle College before continuing his farming training across mid Essex."
Canon William Loveless (R33-38)
Bill in a letter to James Ruddock (G 46-52) reveals that he has written a book titled 'Destiny Delayed' which chronicles his various careers until the ultimate religious conviction decides Bill and Betty, his wife of over fifty years, to train for the ministry. From schooldays at Framlingham, with a chapter devoted to school life in the 'thirties', to Fleet Street journalism, a wartime career in the Army in France and Germany as a Captain in the Reconnaissance Corps, to businessman, town councillor and magistrate Bill's path to his destiny is long and varied. Available from local bookshops or Tony Wilson of 4 Penarth Place, Newnham, Cambridge, the book describes Bill Loveless' ministry as Assistant Priest at Great St. Mary's, University Church at Cambridge, Vicar of St. Mark's Church Cambridge from 1967-1987 and finally at Lincoln before retirement.
Charlie Simpson (S90-99)
From a report in the East Anglian Daily Times 13th January, 2005:
Pop sensations Busted are going their separate ways it was confirmed last night. A spokesman for the group said the million-selling trio were having a break, but insisted they had not split for good. Front man Charlie from Woodbridge has decided to concentrate on his new rock group Fightstar, who head out on tour this week and release their debut EP next month.
"Charlie is doing Fightstar at the moment, Busted will reconvene in due course," said the spokesman. Busted's other two members Matt Jay and James Bourne are "taking a break" he added.
Former Framlingham College pupil Charlie 19 has made no secret of the fact he has grown disillusioned with the band. He recently told rock magazine Kerrang. "It was a fun job but I'd never claim Busted was anything other than a pop band. Busted is not the ideal band I'd like to be in by any stretch of the imagination." Charlie admitted he preferred playing with Fightstar and said: "It's not about the money; the money means nothing to me. I'm completely at peace with myself doing this so I'm happy with whatever comes with it." Busted shot to fame in September 2002.
Largest schoolhouse in England
In a letter to James Ruddock (G 46-52) his friend Roger Gardner writes: You will be interested to hear that I have been reading the definitive history of Mill Hill School by N G Brett-James (up to 1909) and a paragraph reads:
"Mill Hill possesses what is, with the single exception of Framlingham, the largest schoolhouse in England holding, as it does, 131 boys."
Rob Giles (G66-75)
While reporting the sad death of his friend Brian Mabie (G 71-73) (see Obituary), Rob informed us of his life since leaving Framlingham with 3 A Levels. After obtaining a degree in agricultural engineering at Silsoe College, Bedfordshire, Rob worked for ten years with his brother Peter (G63-74) at the family farm near Frinton.
In 1989 Rob started working as a commercial pilot for a friend who had started a small private airline at Stansted. The company, Titan Airways, having started with a tiny ten seat plane now operates a Boeing 757, 3 Boeing 737s and 4 BAe 146s. Rob has been the B737 Training Captain and Fleet Manager for the past five years. The company does private charters, has a contract with Royal Mail to fly post around Britain at night (6 aircraft) and supplies aircraft and crew to help other airlines when they have an aircraft shortage. They currently have an aircraft flying BA “shuttles” to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Manchester.
Rob is married to Jane and they have two daughters Anna 12 and Emily 9. He still keeps in touch with James Mehta (S 67-75), David Hansell (G66-75) and Roger Pugh (R69-75).
Kevin Eastaugh (R69-76)
I continue as Head of Delivery at Danet UK - an IT/Telco consultancy based in Brighton. My wife Elizabeth is teaching assistant and individual needs assistant at our local primary school in Herstmonceux where our son, Edric, now 8, attends. We move house to the next village (Windmill Hill) next week after 11 happy years in Herstmonceux. We holiday regularly in the beautiful unspoilt county of Northumberland, and my own interests continue to be music, food and cooking, country walking and gardening. I still keep in contact with many OFs of my era - especially the old Fram day boys as well as John Lewis (R69-76) who now lives in Australia. By chance, I recently worked with Stewart Tighe (K61-70) for four years when he joined one of my development teams as a freelance analyst/developer.
Robert Bellfield (K81-83)
Commander Robert Bellfield (K81-83) Captain of HMS Grafton standing beside the ship in Gibraltar prior to sailing for the Middle East in January 2005.
Picture courtesy of ARCHANT SUFFOLK