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

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OF Sports Weekend

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Regrettably the College is not able to host an OF Sports Day this Summer term. The final weekend of term, 29th and 30th June, has a full cricket fixture list on the Saturday and there is a Senior School and Prep School Staff and Family Farewell Barbecue for the departing Headmaster Paul Taylor and his wife Amanda on the Sunday. The College recognises that OFs normally come back for the whole weekend rather than one day and didn’t feel that this year it could offer the level of warm welcome expected to its alumni, alongside these major school commitments.

The College is keen to emphasise that this is very much a one-off and look forward to running the OF Sports Weekend again in 2020.



Lawsons Take On London Marathon for MS

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Charlotte (V98-12), Sophie (V01-15), India (V03-16) and their Dad are running the London Marathon on 28 April 2019 to raise money on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, in memory of their Mum Patricia.

Charlotte writes "Mum was diagnosed with MS when I was 11. As we grew up, her symptoms began to worsen but she would always make light of her situation and be brave when she was hurting. She was so proud of us girls and would always make her best effort to come and support all four of us at matches, concerts and events - even when she wasn’t in the best of health. Mum was determined not to let her disability define her. Sadly she passed on the 20th January 2017. We miss her everyday and we know that she’ll be on the sidelines cheering us on while we run. "

Please help them raise funds and find a cure.
#icansupport #icanmakeadifference

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/4patricia
https://www.facebook.com/4patricia/



2019 Annual Dinner - report & photos

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The Society of Old Framlinghamians Annual Dinner was held on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Framlingham College. Members of the Society, together with their partners and guests, recognised Paul and Amanda Taylor’s forthcoming retirement at the end of the summer term.

Incoming President and dinner organiser Simon Dougherty has written the following which you can read by clicking here and includes various photos by Peter Howard-Dobson and James Ruddock-Royd.



Commander John Simpson (K32-36) celebrates his centenary

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On Sunday 31st March 2019 John celebrated his 100th birthday with many members of his family, from across four generations and Norman Porter and Peter-Howard Dobson represented the SOF. They presented John with a 100th birthday card from the President and members of the SOF – a card uniquely designed by OF Chris Keeble. 

Read Norman's full report and pictures here.



Our man in Cairns launches first novel

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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.

 



OF Shooters at the World Championships

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In late January and early February 2019, New Zealand was host to the World Long Range Championships and associated International team matches held every 4 years, as well as to their own National Championships. OF Rifle Club members Sandy Walker (R 96-05) was selected for the GB Palma team, whilst James Mehta (S 67-75) was picked for the GB Veterans Team.

Read their story and see pictures by clicking here



Unique Munnings Exhibition open 30 November 2018

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UPDATE :  On 23 March 2019 this amazing exhibition of his work opens to the public in his former home in Dedham - see more details here.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE : Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA (1891-92) was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. A new exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.  They are displayed together in England for the first time in a century and highlight the role of horses in military operations.

The exhibition includes the famous painting of the Gordon Flowerdew VC (1894-99) charge on 30 March 1918.

The exhibition starts on 30 November and runs until 3 March at the National Army Museum in London and then on 23 March transfers to the Munnings Museum at Dedham.



1864 Lunch held in Fowler Pavilion

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On Saturday 2nd March forty members of the prestigious 1864 Club met for luncheon in the Fowler Pavilion.  Many of the school buildings we see today and many of the pupils on scholarships and bursaries are here as a result of bequests and philanthropy.  Members of the 1864 Club continue to play a significant part in ensuring that successive generations of pupils continue to benefit from the education we provide and occasions, such as these, give the College the opportunity to thank them for their generosity.  These regular gatherings are a key part of our school calendar and after lunch guests were able to watch the girls and boys play hockey and netball on a very successful Saturday afternoon.

Click here to see more photos

Martin Myers-Allen - Development Director



Inaugural Jonathan Hulley Memorial Lecture held

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The first annual Jonathan Hulley Memorial Lecture was held at the College on 27 February 2019.  Jonathan Hulley (K10-16), who was a cricket-loving student at the College from 2010-16, was tragically killed in 2017. This featured an interview with Ed Smith, current National Selector England Cricket. The event also saw the unveiling of the Jonathan Hulley Memorial Clock, which will take pride of place on the Cricket Pavilion. The event also raised over £200 for East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity and Tom's Trust

Full story is available on College website here



2019 Hong Kong Supper

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UPDATE : The following record numbers attended the annual Hong Kong Supper : David Copeman (K42-49) + his wife Ann (visiting from the UK), Ian Howard (S 57-62), Moira Theulier (M 91-93), Ian Tsang  (G 02-09), John Ting  (G 02-09), Henry Tang (G 02-09), Adrain Woo (G 05-09), Tom Chan (K 07-11), Annie Wong (M 8-12), Gabriel Ho (K 9-12), Jacky Chiang (R 09-13), Brian Chung (K 09-13), Ella Chan  (P 11-13), Abiel Li (S 11-13), Marvin Cheung (G 09-14), Vanessa Chan (V 11-14), Keith Chan (K 12-14), Matthew Cheong (S 12-14) and Tsz-Hoi Tsang (M 12-14).

You can read a full report by Moira and see more photos by clicking here.

Our thanks to Moira for so successfully taking over the organisation for the last couple of year and to John Ting (G02-09) who has agreed to take over the role of organising future Hong Kong events.

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