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

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Largest ever donation by SOF to the College

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Message from Chris Essex (SOF President) and John Ellerby (Chair of Trustees) : As you will be aware, the Society unexpectedly received back in February 2015 $1m or around £675,000 from the widow of late OF Derek Fowler DFM (G35-40).  Peta (also know as Yela and Peter) Fowler had died in 2014 and wished the Society to honour Derek’s name.

In July 2015, the SOF Council agreed to donate £500,000 to the College to support the development of the Fowler Pavilion as well as an annual Fowler bursary and a project at FC prep school in his honour.

This gift was agreed subject to appropriate due diligence enquiries which were considered essential due to the scale of the bequest and the complex background as to where the money came from.  These investigations have been completed and at a brief ceremony last Friday, we handed over a cheque for £500,000 to the Paul Taylor (Headmaster) and Andrew Fane (Chair of Governors). This is the largest amount ever gifted by the Society to the College.  It will provide benefit to future generations of students for decades to come and work has already started on building the Fowler Pavilion next to the existing pavilion opened in 1950s.  Click here to see more detail on the plans.



Year 12 London Careers Event - Friday 9th December 2016

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Jane Easey writes: We would like to invite you to attend our 2nd London Careers Network event on Friday 9th December 2016.

Students currently in Year 12 (6th form) at the College will be visiting London for a day of careers-related experiences.  They will visit a careers show at Excel in the morning followed by work placements in small groups in the afternoon. At the end of the day there will be an opportunity for current pupils to make contact with OFs working in London at an informal drinks reception.

The evening event we will be held at the offices of JLT Re, in the St. Botolph Building, kindly hosted by OF Richard Graves and further supported by the generosity of the SOF and the College.  We hope that all our workplace hosts, plus OFs working in London, will attend as it will be a good networking opportunity and a chance to meet other OFs, current College students, members of the SOF Council and College staff. Click here for more details.

The building has strict security regulations and access will only be given to those on our guest list so you must let us know in advance and as soon as possible. Contact Jane at jeasey@framcollege.co.uk Tel: 01728 727227 to put your name on the list.



OFRC v College & Prep School Rifle Club

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Roy Witham writes: Old Framlinghamians Rifle Club (OFRC) v Framlingham College & Prep School Rifle Club 

On Saturday 26th November 2016 saw the annual shooting competition against the OFRC. First port of call for the OFRC was to the Framlingham Prep School. The competition there was firstly a “Grouping Shoot” and then the “Rat Shoot”.

Results from these competitions saw a point a piece as the OFRC took the Grouping Shoot and the Prep School the Rat Shoot.

Top Shot for the Prep School      Henry Jackson

As the formidable OFRC team moved to the College and after a quick lunch battle commenced on the CCF Range. Firers had to shoot two “10 Bull Targets and the grand total determined the winning team.

As most of the College had shot the previous week it was literally down to the last firer of the OFRC. Could he produce a card, the scores were in,

                OFRC                                                   1810

                College                                                1813

                Top Shot for the College              Jonathan Thorp

The College wins over all retaining the prestige “Podd Trophy”.



Norfolk Supper Report - November 2016

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Colin Wigg (G48-54) writes : A total of 42 diners attended the Norfolk Supper which was held at Bawburgh Golf Club near Norwich. The evening included speeches from President Chris Essex and Senior Master Martin Myers-Allen, but the highight of the evening was a presentation by Charlotte Findlay (P09 - 011) who had travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula partly funded by the Society.

Click here to see full report and photos.



Southern Supper Report - October 2016

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Andrew Wright (R48-57) writes : On a mild October evening, 11 OFs and their guests (20 in total) enjoyed an excellent dinner and listened to an entertaining talk on the subject of Norman Borrett OF (schoolmaster and sportsman extraordinary) given by Richard Sayer OF.

Click here to see full report and photos.



Two OFs to walk a quarter of the way round the world!

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LATEST VIDEO POSTED FROM NORTHERN TURKEY : Click here to see what they have been going through recently with rain and blisters! They have now left Sinup and are 3 weeks away from border with Georgia. We remembered their amazing walk on Saturday at the Suffolk lunch at the College. They also featured on Look East on 26 October 2016 - see 2:59 minutes in.

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE REACHED : Henry and Sam have just completed the crossing on foot of the EU. 1700 miles or 3.8m steps! They still have an awfully long way to go to get to Kathmandu but they have taken a moment to remind us why they are doing this - see their latest video here . The music is sung by OF Christina Johnston recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic orchestra.

ORIGINAL STORY : Intrepid OFs Henry Dunham (S01-06) and Sam Crimp (K02-12), are undertaking a truly amazing challenge.  They write "On Tuesday the 26th January, we had the privilege of addressing the OF society at their London dinner at the RAF Club. It was a fantastic evening full of great anecdotes and wonderful memories. For our part, we would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in future events, both young and old!

The reason why we were invited to come along is that later this year we are walking from the UK to Kathmandu. Yes, you read that right! Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s 6,500 miles, 13 million steps, or in other words a quarter of the way round the world. Now, it’s not because we are looking for an extended holiday - this will take us the better part of a year - but instead it’s because in July Henry’s sister, Annie, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This trek is a fund raiser for a Framingham based charity, Annie’s Challenge, designed to fund research into brain cancer.

Together we are funding the majority of the trip with our savings, but we are still a little short and are in the process of looking for some corporate sponsorship. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any company to get on board with an adventure that is already garnering global interest. So here is a, not so subtle, plea to anybody who thinks they might be able to help to get in touch!!

We have produced a short promotional video - 2 minutes long - that we encourage you all to take a look at - click here "

You can read much more about this trip and how to get involved at the website they have set up www.kathmandu-it.uk



Suffolk Lunch - Saturday 22nd October

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LUNCH REPORT :  Please click here to see a report by Norman Porter.

ORIGINAL INVITATION : This year’s Suffolk gathering will be a Lunch rather than a supper and will take place at the College on Saturday 22nd October. We hope this change in procedure will encourage those who might otherwise find it difficult to arrange accommodation for the night to join us for the day instead. It also keeps the evening free for those who want to organise their own get-togethers. The lunch will be preceded by meetings of the Finance Committee, Young OFs and Council. The Young OF Committee Meeting will start at 10:00am and for all those young OFs attending the meeting the lunch will be free.

Lunch tickets are priced £10 per head - excellent value for a delicious 2-course lunch and coffee served in the College Dining-hall. A pay bar will be open from 12pm with the drinks reception starting at 12:30pm and lunch being served at 1pm.

Advance booking is essential - even if you qualify for a free place.

For more details about the event and how to book a ticket please click here 



Mike Garnett OAM ASM (R53-55) gets additional award in Australia

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In 2001 Mike's contribution to tennis in Australia was recognised by the awarding of the Australian Sports Medal (ASM).

On 13 June 2016 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List he was additionally awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) "for service to veterans, to tennis and to the community".

On 19 October 2016 he received the award from the Governor of Victoria and if you click here to see Mike's entry in the Distinguished section of the website, this gives more details and photos including one of Mike proudly wearing his OF tie at the award ceremony.



Victorious OFs at Haileybury 6s

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Huge congratulations to the OF team at the Haileybury 6s. They won overall with an amazing set of results throughout the tournament, scoring 22 goals and conceding just 2 over 6 matches.

The team comprised Sean Collins, Oliver Cutting, Josh Cutting (C), Andy Cutting, Ben Gowing, Tom Dunnett, Ben Wright, Luke Quartermaine (GK)

Read the full report and see photo here.



The Sparkle Sevens Tournament

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A huge thank you to Luke Quartermaine and Cam Greenhall for organising a group of seven 2016 leavers to take part in The Sparkle Sevens Tournament at Felsted School on the 11th September.  Also playing were Will Ponty, Andrew Denham, Richard Denham, Mile Fiddes and Ollie Yeatts.

The Sparkle Foundation is currently changing the lives of over 200 young people in Malawi.

Read the full report and see photos here.