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

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Peter Liell (S52-58)

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We are very sad to announce that Peter has lost his long battle with Parkinsons.   He died on 10 June 2019 and his funeral will be at 10:30am on Friday 5th July at St Ethelreda’s Church, Old Hatfield AL9 5HX.  Afterwards we will gather at Riding School, Hatfield House. No flowers are requested and any donations should be to Parkinson’s UK. 

His brother James said "Just to let you know that dear Peter passed away yesterday afternoon, very comfortably; he was finally at peace, methinks. He was moved from the Hertford care home 3 weeks ago, with a weakening heart condition, to Harlow hospital, where it deteriorated. You will understand that, really, Peter’s passing is a blessing in disguise, as he had suffered so much for many years."

Peter was for many years a SOF Trustee and this report written Peter Howard-Dobson  at the time of his retirement may be of interest.



Centenary of Augustus Agar (02-03) being awarded VC

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Richard Sayer writes :  Having established contact with the descendants of OF Gus Agar, VC, DSO, the SOF proposed, and both Paul Taylor and the Agar family agreed, to commemorate Agar’s heroism on the centenary of his VC action, Monday 17th June, with a short service in the College Chapel.

Headmaster Paul Taylor welcomed a full chapel of over 250 pupils, six members of the Agar family, members of College staff, Governors, and a dozen OFs. Following a stirring rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country, Jonathan Agar, great nephew, narrated the story of his ancestor’s virtually single-handed attack, whilst acting under-cover for the Secret Service, on the Russian fleet seized by the Bolsheviks in Kronstadt, Russia. He torpedoed and sank a cruiser, and two months later led another attack which sank two battleships. In WWII his command HMS Dorsetshire was sunk within 8 minutes by a Japanese bomber. Agar kept his 650 crew treading water, warding off sharks, with the injured in the centre and the rest in the outer ring, for 30 hours until rescue arrived.

Lt. Colonel Martin Myers-Allen laid a wreath on the Agar memorial in the Chapel, and College Chaplain Brynn Bayman closed the service by quoting the eternal lines from R.L.Binyon’s poem. After the service two interviews were conducted on Radio Suffolk, one aired before the service with Paul Taylor, followed by a longer interview with the family at 2.40pm on the Leslie Dolphin Show. Coffee was provided in Paul’s Court for guests after the service.

Before and after the special chapel service there were features on BBC Radio Suffolk.  The prior article can be heard at 1.25.18 and the article afterwards can be heard at 1.40.08.. His distinguished article can be read here.



SOF London Supper - The Farmers Club - Tuesday 16th July 2019

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OF Coordinator Kate Jackson writes: The next SOF London Supper will be held at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL on Tuesday 16 July 2019. Pre-supper drinks from 6.30pm with Supper at 7.30pm.  As usual, there will be a meeting of the SOF Council commencing at 5.30pm.

The meal will cost £40 each, excluding drinks, payable in advance.  Concessions are available to current Moreau Scholars and the first 10 under-30s to apply. Payment can be made either by cheque payable to the “Society of Old Framlinghamians” and sent to me, Kate Jackson​, OF Co‑Ordinator, Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk. IP13 9EY or online to the SOF account at HSBC, Sort Code 40-25-31, Account Number 72346451.  Please identify your payment by LDN SUP and your Surname.  If making an online payment, please email confirmation of payment to me at kjackson@framcollege.co.uk.

There are a finite number of supper tickets available. Last date for booking is Tuesday 9th July.

Please notify me of any dietary requirements by 9 July 2019.



Augustus Agar VC Centenary

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On the Centenary of him being awarded his VC, Monday 17 June, the Headmaster and Chaplain will dedicate the College’s usual 20 minute 0830 morning chapel service to a commemoration of Agar, a narrative of his life, a tribute, a hymn and the laying of a wreath by a banner party.

Jonathan Agar will be present and will talk briefly about his ancestor. It will good if some Old Framlinghamians, Governors and College friends are able to make it.  It will be small and intimate, and suitably low key. It has to be over in 20 minutes but will be memorable.

It would help logistics if you would kindly indicate to Richard Sayer OF if you intend to be present.

You can read his full distinguished entry here and listen to the great man personally describing his exploits that led to his VC



Exciting new SOF Merchandise available

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We are excited to announce the availability of 2 new items of SOF merchandise, both of which have been designed by OFs.

Bella Singleton (V05-09) has designed ladies scarves in Red & Pink or in Blue & Grey – click here for picture.  They are 67cm square, made from 100% silk and cost £32 each.

Chris Keeble (S53-59) has designed and SOF lapel pin badge.  It is made from bronze metal with presentation box – click here for picture.  They cost £6 each.

Both of these are available to purchase online on the College website by clicking here.



Chrissy Johnston to sing with Jose Carreras in London

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Jose Carreras, the legendary tenor is saying farewell to London on June 16th and Chrissy Johnston (V01-06) has been chosen personally by Jose to feature with him and The Royal Philharmonic orchestra at Kenwood House this summer!  Chrissy writes “It will be the most spectacular concert and the wonderful Sheku Kanneh-Mason,who was the cellist at Meghan and Harry’s Wedding last year, will be the warm up act. It will be everyone’s last opportunity to hear the beautiful sound of Jose and the beginning of hearing me, as Jose hands over the baton to me.”

Jose and Chrissy will be singing many diets together and Chrissy will be debuting her beautiful soprano solo pieces! Click here to see poster and tickets can be found here.

Chrissy will also be singing at Ascot this summer as she has been chosen to be the voice and face of The War Horse Memorial Charity. They have a beautiful statue of Poppy the horse in Ascot and Purple Poppy Day launched in the UK last summer August 23rd.

Chrissy, a keen horse rider herself, is honoured to be an Ambassador for the charity.  “We forget how much these beautiful animals did for us during the war, over 8 million died in effort to save us. They laid their lives down for us heroically. I am honoured to be able to honour them with the songs written by Warwick, Young and Maclean.”



OF Golf Society News - Spring Meeting & Grafton Morrish reports

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

Click here to read the report and photo from the Grafton Morrish Tournament.

Click here to read the report and photo  from the Spring Meeting at Frinton.



A history of Snape Maltings

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OFs will be aware of the Snape Maltings and the connection of the Gooderham family, many of whom went to the College.  Click here to read a fascinating article in the East Anglian Daily Times on 11 May 2019, that Simon Dougherty spotted.



OF Shooting Report - May 2019

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Steve McDowell latest report can be read  here.



Newmarket OF Supper - 10 May 2019

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The Newmarket Supper will be held on Friday 10 May at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7BX.

Stephen Mynard (K 71-78) is a lawyer with an interest in politics. He will be speaking about Brexit with a wry insider’s perspective in an attempt to extract some humour from the wreckage.

The hotel did an extremely good meal for us last year, and the facilities create a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. This year dinner will cost £34. The bar will be open from 6pm in the Oaks & St Leger Room and supper will be served at 7:30. Concessions are available to Moreau Scholars and the first 10 under-30s to apply.

The hotel has plenty of free car parking. Please see BedfordLodgeHotel.co.uk for more details.

To book, please reply to Ian Fulcher at Ian@Fulcher.uk, 07703 200803 or The Lodge, Church Lane, Exning, Newmarket CB8 7HF. Payment should be by online banking to 20-60-38 90146803. Cheques payable to Ian at the above address are equally welcome.

Trustee and Council meetings will precede supper in the Derby Room.