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

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Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner - 28 March 2020

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OWING TO CONCERNS OVER CORONAVIRUS THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO CANCEL THE ANNUAL DINNER ON 28 MARCH 2020. 

THE AGM WILL ALSO BE MOVED TO 29 APRIL 2020 IN BURY ST EDMUNDS TO TIE WITH THE SUPPER ALREADY PLANNED.

 

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Recent Leavers Use Zoom to Swap News and Plans

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Corona-virus notwithstanding, Joe Lipman and Amy de Selincourt, our latest Moreau Leaving Scholars, have been working hard to keep their leaving group in touch with each other, and Zoom.com (after a few tricky experiences with HouseParty.com) has worked a treat.

Our photograph shows one of these calls in progress with (from L to R, top-row to bottom-row): Liberty Salsby (M 2009-19); Georgina Walker (P 2014-19); Amy de Selicourt (M 2017-19); Ella Sunderland (P 2010-19); Millie Salter (M 2014-19); Rose Winter (M 2011-19); Jojo Hearn (P 2017-19); and Pip Morgan (P 2014-19).

Amy was one of the participants, and has provided some short narratives:

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2nd oldest OF & former SOF President dies

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We are sad to announce the death of Commander John Russell Simpson (K32-36) who died on 3 April 2020 at the wonderful age of 101.  He died peacefully in his sleep at Campsea Ashe Nursing Home.  John was a former President of the SOF.



Grafton Morrish Qualifying 2020
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David Turnbull writes : Regrettably, this year’s qualifying, when we were due to play with Stamford at 10.15am on Sunday, 17 May at Gog Magog Golf Club, Cambridge, has been postponed due to the Corona Virus outbreak. This has been re-scheduled for Sunday, 6 September when it is hoped the situation will have improved.



Halford Hewitt Golf Tournament 2020

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David Turnbull writes : Regrettably, this year’s tournament, where we were due to play against Liverpool in the first round on Thursday, 2 April at Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, has been cancelled following the revised UK Government guidelines concerning Coronavirus.

This is a great disappointment for Jonny Newton and his team who had a practice run at Aldeburgh Golf Club last weekend.



Cancellation of the OF Black Tie Dinner -Saturday 30th May and OF Sports Weekend - 27th/28th June

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Following the latest government advice regarding Coronavirus, it is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the 1995-2005 OF Leavers’ Black Tie Dinner' on Saturday 30th May and the OF Sports Weekend on 27th/28th June. We are sure that Old Framlinghamians will understand the reasons behind having to take this decision and we hope to reinstate these events in 2021.



Death of John Edwards (K45-55)

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UPDATE:  The Memorial Service for John Edwards due to take place on Thursday 19th March at St. Giles Church, Codicote, Welwyn has been postponed due to Coronavirus.  A decision regarding the possible postponement of the Service of Thanksgiving for John Edwards in the Framlingham College Chapel on Wednesday 13th May will be taken in the near future.

ORIGINAL : It is with much sadness that we report the death of former SOF President and School Governor for many years, John Edwards (K45-55) on 12 January 2020 in Lister Hospital in Stevenage.  He was SOF President in 1977 & 1978.  He was taken into hospital a couple of weeks ago with a chest infection and never really recovered. 

Thanks to the College a Memorial service for John will be held in College Chapel at 1400 on 13 May 2020. It would be helpful if those planning to attend could email Richard Sayer to advise likely attendance to help with catering.  John’s funeral will be a private family affair but there will be a local memorial service at St Giles at Codicote in Herts on 19 March at 1100.



Our man in Cairns launches first novel

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UPDATE : Chris's book has recently been reviewed in the US by Charles Remington and you can read his brilliant review by clicking here.  Watch out for Chris's next book which will contain more references to OFs!

 

ORIGINAL STORY : Chris Shaw (K50-56) has just published his 7th book, which is his first novel and called The Imposter.

It’s based on a true story and is set in Norfolk and France/Belgium in WW1. It starts in the year 1914 in central Norfolk, England, when young farmer Frank Matthews meets his all-time love, Gwen Bell, just before volunteering as a sniper in WW1. And just who is the mysterious discharged soldier Ken Bullen, appearing in Norfolk in 1917, intent on reclaiming his lost life and love? What happened to these two men fighting for their country in a bygone era of romance, violence, shell-shock and fragile new beginnings? The Imposter: A Norfolk Romance will reveal all…

It took Chris ten weeks to write but ten years to publish, but that’s another story.  It’s available from Amazon and Book Depository and is coming to Waterstones.

 



SOF supports talented hockey player

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 The SOF Trustees are pleased to have been able to support OF Taylor Ball (V02-16) in her hockey career.  Taylor is a talented hockey player currently studying at Leeds Beckett University for a BSc in Exercise and Sports Therapy.

She has provided an update on her time since leaving the College which you can read by clicking here.

We wish her all the best for the future.



OF gathering in Auckland New Zealand

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Richard Bearne (K59-62) writes :  We eventually got to meet up in Auckland with Mike Green (K60-63) visiting from the UK and Katherine Jackson (P86-91). Mike Green‘s brother was unable to come as he had to return to the UK, however there was much laughter telling tales of our time at Fram! Lovely to meet Katherine, who had much in common with my wife both being teachers. 

Katherine is in favour of having a proper OF meeting later in the year, perhaps in Rotorua or Taupo.

Click here to see a group photo and click here to see one taken at the waterfront restaurant.