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



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UPDATE Simon Dougherty writes: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 June delaying the relaxation of COVID-19 restictions, Framlingham College have advised me on with much regret, that they are unable to host the SOF Summer Lunch planned for 4 July 2021.  Therefore, it has been cancelled.  All those who have paid for places will receive a full refund.

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Congratulations to OF on being awarded a CBE

We are delighted to record that COMMODORE ROBERT BELLFIELD CBE (K81-83) has been made a CBE for his work as Commander of the Devonport Flotilla and then as Commander of the Coalition Task Force Sentinel in the Gulf in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2021.

We have added him to Distinguished section - click here to read his biography.

Distinguished OF marks 99th birthday

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UPDATE: We are really sad to advise that Peter died peacefully on 14 April 2021 just a couple of weeks after his 99th birthday. We are so grateful that John and Neville were able to visit him on his birthday.  The distinguished article link below now includes an obituary submitted by James Ruddock Broyd and published in the Daily Telegraph on 8 June 2021.

ORIGINAL STORY: While the SOF AGM was being held in the UK, on the other side of the world in Australia, Peter Bailey (K34-38) was celebrating his 99th birthday.  In advance, then President Simon Dougherty had sent a message on behalf of the Society and this was personally delivered by OF Neville Marsh (S53-61) and John Gates (S44-48).

Click here to see a lovely photo of Peter (left), then President Chris Essex and Peter Simpson (K32-40) his childhood friend, taken at 150th reunion near Sydney in 2015.

Click here to see distinguished article on Peter.

Death of distinguished and oldest OF

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It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Ken Mayhew RMWO (R29-34) at the age of 104.  He died peacefully at home last night (13 May 2021) with his family around him. 

Ken was an extremely distinguished OF and one of only 4 living knights of the Military Order of William of the Netherlands and the only non-Dutch holder.  Click here for his full entry in Distinguished OFs, which now includes an obituary written by Richard Sayer with help from the family (which can also be viewed separately by clicking here) and the obituaries that appeared in both the Telegraph and The Times.

SOF London Supper set to return

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Alex Henney writes :  As we return to a level of normality, the SOF London Supper will take place for members & their guests on Thursday, July 22nd 2021, held at The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London. W1J 5JD. Pre-supper drinks in the Shelburne Room from 6.30pm with Supper at 7.30pm.  As usual, there will be a meeting of the SOF Council commencing at 5pm. Dress code of jacket & tie for gentlemen, and smart business dress for ladies. Louise North (College Principal) and Jonathan Egan (Prep School Head), and their partners will be the Society’s guests.

Click here for more details.

OF Northern Gathering postponed again

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Douglas Thomson announces :  Sadly the OF Northern Gathering 2021 has been postponed until 2022.  The 2021 Tattoo has been cancelled and the Edinburgh Festival is to be held in tents with suitably spaced seating.  The Fringe is expected to be heavily affected by virus restrictions.  All this makes a gathering much less enjoyable. 

So, the next OF Northern Gathering will be a lunch at the Royal Scots Club on 13 August 2022.  I do hope that you will be able to join us.  As before the event is very much for partners of OF’s as it is for OF’s themselves.

OFGS - Grafton Morrish 2021 report

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David Turnbull has provided news on the 2021 Grafton Morrish golf competition that went ahead on 16 May 2021

Click here to read the report and see photos teeing off.

Another lockdown hobbyist with a special OF link

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On 13 January 2021 we posted a news story about model making during lockdown - click here - and appealed for others to come forward.  We were delighted to receive the following from Bill Collard (S55-58) :Following the most interesting article on Mike Bullock's model making published on 13th January this year, you asked for information from like minded OFs who were using lockdown to upgrade their hobbies.  Your request rang a bell with me and after some searching in our roof I found a model aircraft kit, still unopened, and at least 20 years old.  My very old hobby was about to return.

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OF makes Stanford University's National Academic Hockey Squad

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Congratulations to Rose Winter (2011-19) who, after training with JK Hockey at the College, received a 100% Hockey Scholarship to Stanford University in 2019. She has now earned a place on Stanford's National Academic Squad program which honours students of the prestigious US university who consistently perform well on the sports field as well as in the classroom.

Click here for a link to Standford’s own page and click here for a link to Rose’s profile, which is quite detailed.

Death of teacher Michael Cooke

UPDATE:  Whilst you can still view the funeral service online via the link below, we thought some members might like to read Mark Robinson's amazing eulogy.  You can do so by clicking here.

ORIGINAL: Please click here a letter from Louise North which announces the death of Michael Cooke on 12 February 2021, a former master at Framlingham College, well known to many of us.  He was elected an Hon OF in March 1994.  He joined the College in 1974 and retired in 2018 after 43 years service to countless generations of OFs.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Michael's brother at Richard Cooke, The New House, The Moor, Reepham, Norwich NR10 4NL

The Service of Commemoration at 2pm on 4 March 2021 can be viewed by clicking here.