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


Newmarket Supper - 9 April 2018

Ian Fulcher (G73-77) has organised this year’s Newmarket Supper at the Bedford Lodge, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX. The dinner will start at 7.30pm with drinks before in the bar. The cost of the meal will be £29 per head.  Please contact Ian if you are interested in attending.

Prior to the dinner the Trustees will be meeting at 2pm, followed by the Finance Committee at 4.30pm and Council at 5.30pm.

Sandy Walker (R96-05) selected for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

Sandy Walker CW (101x170)
Good luck Sandy Walker (R96-05) as he competes for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games next month in Brisbane, Australia. He will take part in the individual and pairs categories of the Fullbore Target Rifle events.  You can read a full article in the East Anglian daily Times via this link.

He will be speaking to BBC Suffolk radio on Friday 23 March (18:10 ish), the following afternoon and featured on the Sports Bulletins over the next few days.

OFs gathered in Sydney to mark visit of Martin Pearse (K59-63)

Sydney - March 2018 - urn - small (123x170)
A reunion was organised in Sydney on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to mark the visit to Australia of Martin Pearse (K59-63) who was over there leading an England over-70s cricket team in pursuit of their version of the Ashes. 

Our thanks to Colin and Lexie Lipman for organising the event and to Chris Shaw for providing a replica of the Ashes urn for Martin to touch, just in case he doesn't win the real thing while over there.  You can read Chris's report and see a couple of photos by clicking here.

2018 SOF Hong Kong Supper

2018 Hong Kong Supper (2) - small
The 2018 OF annual HK supper took place on 17 March 2018 in a new venue and organised for the first time by Moira Theulier (M91-93).

They appear to have had a great time and Moira has written the attached report which includes a few photos including the eating implements.

OFs shooting for Great Britain

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Jon Ford (S58-62) and James Mehta (S68-75) both members of the OF Rifle Club, are shooting with the Great Britain Veterans Rifle Team in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Competing in the South African Championships, there will be two matches against the South African Veterans team.

Click here for larger picture of the two "on the range".

OF competing in Britcar Endurance Championship

Jon Watt photo (170x170)
Jon Watt (S04-15) has announced that he will be competing in the 2018 Britcar Endurance Championship. He says "I will be campaigning in the Moss Motorsport BMW M3, supported by Mintex Brakes UK & Ireland, Lakeside Hire, Upminster Panelcraft ltd, Morris Lubricants, NGK Spark Plugs (UK), and Autoglym. In a one-off outing in the car last year we took a class pole, podium and fastest lap so I'm hoping to build on this performance to be a championship contender!"

Watch out for him when the Britcar season kicks off at Rockingham on 14 April.

Gordon Flowerdew VC (1894-99) Centenary Stone Laying

Gordon portrait (106x170)
Richard Sayer (S56-61) reports : At Noon on 10 April 2018 the Flowerdew centenary stone will be laid in the churchyard of St Leonard's at Billingford, some 300 yards from Billingford Hall, where the 15 Flowerdew children, including Gordon, grew up in the late 19th century. St Leonard's is therefore "the Flowerdew Church" and memorials to the family are on the interior walls.  Click here to read about the 10 Flowerdew boys who went to the College.

The event is organised by Sue Redgrave, a long time local resident and PCC member, with help from Ray Flowerdew who will be in charge of the displays. These will include material which the College will provide - photographs, old letters, the replica VC and Death Penny etc.

Lord Strathcona's Horse, Gordon's Canadian Regiment, will be represented, as will the College (although the date falls in the Easter school holidays); the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Norfolk, the local Mayor and Council will be present, as will local people, a number of the family, and we hope a good turn out of OFs. An indication of OF numbers would be very helpful for catering purposes.

Refreshments will be served after the formal stone-laying, for which a tent in the churchyard will offer protection.

BBC East are showing a short film about Flowerdew on Maundy Thursday, which will include shots of the College.

OF and grandson of Sawbwa of MongMit visits COllege

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David Hkio (R58-63) is an OF and visited the College with his wife, Elizabeth on 22nd February 2018 and was delighted to find his photo on the May 1959 school photograph in the corridor and also to see the picture of his father and grandfather prominently displayed in Paul's Court.

Click here to read and see pictures of the visit.

Click here to read a biography on his grandfather the Sawbwa of MongMit

OF Lodge celebrates 70th anniversary

Old Framlighamians? Lodge 6646 7- logo (170x170)
Gary Duce (K72-78) as secretary of the OF Lodge has been in touch to say that there is going to be a special anniversary meeting at the College on Saturday 14 April 2018 to mark 70th anniversary of the consecration of the Lodge.  All are welcome to attend to find out more about Freemasonry.


Click here for more details including photo taken at 40th anniversary in 1988.

Wartime letter discovered under Sussex school dorm links to OF

Donald James MacBride - Wartime letter - picture (128x170)
The College were contacted by Sarah Monaghan of Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School near Worthing in Sussex about a wartime letter belonging to an OF that has recently been unearthed after 80 years from beneath dormitory floorboards at their school.

The school has traced its owner across continents to Australia and revealed details about his family's past which was unknown.  The OF was Donald James "Jim" Macbride (S40-43) who also attended the College with his brother David (S38-42). The letter has fascinated the pupils of Sompting Abbotts school and will be placed on display and used as a 'real' teaching resource, with a special relevance to them as it was written to a fellow pupil so many years ago.

We are grateful to Sarah for sharing this fascinating story with us which you can read in full here. As you will read he was a stalwart of the Melbourne OFs and he and his brother's names are on the Melbourne Sundial presented to the College in March 1983 and now located in a quiet area by the old headmaster's house - see picture here

The obituary for "Jim" Macbride in 2003 can be viewed here.