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

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SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 24th July

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New London Supper Organiser Abid Hamid writes: This year's SOF London Supper will once again be held on Tuesday 24th July at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court , London SW1A 2EL. Pre-meal drinks from 6:30pm and Dinner served at 7:30pm. 

The guest speaker will be OF Charles Blackmore (K65-75) who will speak of his Travels and Adventures in Afghanistan, Irag and Southern Sudan.

Supper ticket price £39 each payable in advance. Payment either by cheque to “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to me at 3rd Floor, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD, or use the online/BACS system to pay to SOF account at HSBC : Sort code 40-25-31, account 72346451 Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and then your Surname.  Please email confirmation of payment to me at londonsupper@oldframlinghamian.com.

There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Tuesday 4th July and is on a first come first allocated basis.



OF Golf Society News - Cyril Gray & Grafton Morrish reports

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David Turnbull reports that the OF Golf Society has been busy again with golf competititions.

In the Grafton Morrish Tournament a mix of youth and experience represented the OFs at this year’s Qualifying Tournament held at Gog Magog, Cambridge on 13th May. The bar for qualifying in recent years has been increasing, and this year it was raised again, with the top team totalling 93 points and the lowest qualifying with 80 points. Our team had two debutants playing, Harvey Finbow and Ben Swinburn, along with Harry Bush, Jack Westcott, Barry Hitchcock and Martin Lamb. Well done to our experienced duo of Captain Barry Hitchcock & Martin Lamb who were the highest scoring pair for Framlingham. Weather was good and the course in excellent condition. Unfortunately we failed to qualify but we will try again next year, but thank you to those who gave up their time to play.

In the Cyril Gray Tournament (21st – 23rd June 2018) we played against Stonyhurst, but unfortunately came out second best. Martin Lamb and Robin Anderton lost on the 18th, Hugh Curle and Mike Schneidau halved and Roger Wharton and Barry Hitchcock also lost. In the Plate we were drawn against St Bees and this turned out to be a very close and convivial match which we lost 2-1. Hugh Curle and Mike Schneidau lost, Martin Lamb and Barry Hitchcock eventually won on the 19th hole and the Robin Anderton and Roger Wharton match went to the 21st hole where, unfortunately, they also lost. If any OF’s would like to be considered for inclusion for the Cyril Gray tournament you must be a minimum of 50 years of age and play to a reasonable standard of around 12 handicap or less. Please email Mike Schneidau at mike@stocklandestates.com to confirm your interest. The competition is played at Worplesdon GC near Woking in late June each year. Next year’s dates have been confirmed as 27th - 29th June 2019.



The Society Welcomes its Latest Moreau Leaving Scholars

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Speech Day 2018 was, as ever, a joyful event tinged with sadness as a new leaving-group started to go their separate ways. Archie Winter and Coral Langridge, the Society’s latest Moreau Leaving Scholars have, as a vital part of their role, the responsibility for helping to sustain and nourish the bonds of friendship that have grown through the years, and have both expressed their enthusiasm and determination to succeed. You can follow this LINK to read their Scholar Profiles.

On receiving their scholarships from the distinguished surgeon, Miss Nicola Fearnhead, they immediately became members of the Society of Old Framlinghamians, members of its Council, and members of the Young OFs committee.

Our scholars were welcomed into the Society by SOF President, John Ellerby; former presidents, Richard Sayer, Norman Porter and Simon Dougherty; David Mallett, Chairman of Selectors; Nick Whitehead, Member of the selection Panel, Archie’s Mentor, and Chair of the Young OFs Committee; and Peter Howard-Dobson, mentoring co-ordinator.

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70th Anniversary of Brandeston Hall Garden Party

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On Friday 29th June 2018 Brandeston Hall hosted a Garden Party on the terrace to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Prep School, now known as Framlingham College Prep School. The turnout was amazing and in glorious sunshine, exactly the same condition when the school opened in 1948. Guests were treated to cream teas, tours, music, poems, speeches and the cutting of the cake.

Among the many guests were those who were the first boys through the door in 1948 and Mr Jim Blythe (K48-54) entertained those in attendance with a spirited, racy and enthusiastic delivery. He was brilliant!
Eloise Dearling, a pupil at FCPS performed a poem she had written, 'How things have changed?' which was apt and well received and the new headmaster, Mr King was a perfect host together with heads of School, Ruby Boddy and Will Lamprell.

Explore this photo album by the College on Flickr by clicking here



OF wins prize for best set production and lands film job

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Recently graduated this summer, with a First from Wimbledon College of Arts, one of the prestigious colleges that comprise UAL, (University of the Arts London), Helena Anthony (V08-13) also won the prize for the best ‘set production’ for her work this year. Her degree in Set Design for Screen has secured her a position as one of the set production team with the filmmaker of the sixth detective drama series of Endeavour, which is being made this summer. Her degree work focused on highly detailed model making at 1/10 scale and the production of an animated film based on a 1979 song by Squeeze, Up the Junction. The model she has made, a suitably grimy interior of a basement flat, reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s digs in a London suburb, was used to create the film by stop-frame animation and varied lighting.



Appointment of new Head at the College

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As many of you will be aware, Paul Taylor will be retiring as Head at the end of Summer Term 2019.  After an extensive search, Bill Rimmer Chair of Governors has announced the appointment of Mrs Louise North as the new Head of Framlingham College from September 2019.  She is currently Senior Deputy Head at Oakham School, a large co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 10 to 18 and with many similarities to Framlingham.

See full story on the College website here.



OF completes amazing canoe trip - the wrong way!

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UPDATE:  Peter completed his quest on schedule on 10 June when he paddled gently into Old Forge, New York State in perfect weather to bring to a close a journey that has seen some highs, some lows, and probably more hard and sustained paddling than he thought was possible. Until someone proves otherwise, this is the first recorded east-west through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and, as last time, he did it solo and completely self-powered. Read all about his battles with the wind and see some wonderful photos on his website here.

ORIGINAL STORY : Five years ago Peter Macfarlane (Z73-81) who lives in Vermont USA, completed an amazing challenge, that very few have ever completed solo before, to canoe the entire 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, from Old Forge New York State to Fort Kent in Maine State. What made the achievement possibly unique was that he completed it in a boat he designed and built - see previous story.

So how do you better that? On Monday 14 May he will be repeating this trip but doing it the wrong way round and using the same canoe he built 5 years ago for the first trip.  You can follow his trip via this link and see his canoe website here. He hopes to complete the trip on 10 June.



Former Moreau Scholar is Doing a Charity Skydive

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On 5th August 2018, Ted Harrington (S05-10) and his team will taking part in a skydive to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, taking their bravery to new heights (literally) as they jump from 10,000 feet.  The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity and their target is to raise £4,000 – they will be jumping for joy if they reach this target!

If you would like to support Ted and his team then please go to their Just Giving page.

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Stephen Sayer (S58-63) Thanksgiving Service Announced

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Stephen Thomas Sayer (S58-63) died peacefully on 14th March 2018, aged 72, after a 20 year battle with cancer. He was the much-loved brother of Richard Sayer (S56-61). There was a family only funeral at the start of April 2018 but all OFs who knew Stephen are welcome to a service of thanksgiving at 2.30pm, Tuesday 5th June, at Southwark Cathedral.  If you can attend then please drop Richard an email by clicking here.

Richard has written the following tribute to Stephen.  The picture is of Stephen playing Real Tennis with OF Mike Garnett in 2013.



Death of former College Chaplain Richard Law

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We are sad to announce that Rev'd Richard Law, Chaplain at Framingham College 1972-1983 (known as Wag) passed away on Sunday 14 January 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He died peacefully with his immediate family around him.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at Manormead Supported Housing Chapel, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA at 11am. A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held at St Michael's Parish Church,Framingham on Saturday 9 June 2018 starting at 11am  - click here for details. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SOF President John Ellerby and OF Adrian Orchard were present at the Requiem Eucharist on 7 February 2018 - click here to see the front cover.