A Gourmet Demonstration Evening: Galton Blackiston

Wednesday 13th February, 7pm, Fram Theatre

ChefWith FramSoc’s ever popular SupperSoc evening arriving later in the term, we felt we should whet members’ appetites with a little a cookery demonstration evening given by nationally acclaimed Norfolk chef, Galton Blackiston. The theme for his demonstration will be Easy Entertaining. In 1979 a young Galton, a cash strapped high-school student, set up a stall on Rye market selling his own cakes, biscuits and preserves. So successful was this venture that he abandoned his plans to become a professional cricketer and decided to become a chef. This proved to be a seriously clever decision for someone who has gone on to become East Anglian Chef of the Year, the UK Craft Guild of Chefs, Chef of the Year and latterly a fellow of the same organisation. With his wife Tracy he now runs the award winning country hotel Morston Hall in Norfolk, which has proudly held a Michelin star since 1998. Galton is the author of three hugely successful cookery books and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers. He has also made numerous appearances on television where he is quick to advocate the glorious quality of local Norfolk produce. We hope to run a little raffle during the evening and each winner will be able to take away one of the courses prepared and cooked by Galton during the evening’s demonstration.

Geographical Society – Forthcoming Lecture by Nick Crane

image006Nick Crane, presenter of the BBC Coast series, is to address the Geographical Society at an evening lecture on Tuesday, 12th February, 2013 in the Headmaster Porter Theatre at 7.00pm. 

The talk is expected to be of interest to pupils and parents of all year groups and is entitled‘Filming Our Island Story’.

Nick Crane is well known as a geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster and has written and presented four television series for BBC 2, including Great British JourneysMap Man, and Town. He is pictured below on the cover of his latest publication Our Island Story.

All parents, pupils, staff and OFs are warmly invited to join us and to meet Mr Crane informally after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

English – Year 9 Readathon

image003The Year 9 Readathon has drawn to a close, with students raising a fantastic £285.77 for CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Over their Christmas holidays, all of Year 9 were encouraged by their English teachers to endeavour to read a range of books and collect sponsors for the completion of the reading. With the support of Miss Leaphard, as well as a newly compiled list of book recommendations and a launch from the Library, the pupils headed off for three weeks of turkey, tinsel and literature. 

We are delighted that so many of the students read so widely with such enthusiasm over the busy Christmas period and the money they raised will be put towards paying for authors to make hospital visits, setting up modern and child friendly libraries in hospitals, and also to help fund research into childhood cancers. Special mention needs to be made of Lily Cartmell, who read an impressive nine books in the three weeks, and Peter Lewis and Tom Monaghan who both totalled five books, including some fairly hefty Tolkien!

FramSoc Event: The Brandreth Papers


A practising London barrister, Benet Brandreth, has also inherited from his father, Gyles, more than a little love for public entertainment. He has been involved in the art of rhetoric for many years, whether it is debating, rabble-rousing, after-dinner speaking or court-room advocacy. He has twice been the World Public Speaking Champion and professionally he was awarded the Richard DuCann Memorial Prize for Excellence in Advocacy. Benet brings to FramSoc his highly acclaimed one-man show, The Brandreth Papers, which first appeared on the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently transferred to The Savoy Theatre, London in March of this year. Reviewing the show in Edinburgh, the Daily Telegraph wrote: Benet Brandreth…..is on fine dinner jacketed form in this delightfully surreal series of tall tales, taking in his (imagined) time as a Hollywood hunk, feted conceptual artist, and rescuer of the Duke of Edinburgh from a most invidious fate. The Sunday Telegraph awarded the show five stars calling it, Heroic storytelling, raising the Fringe’s intellectual bar. The Edinburgh Festival Magazine referred to Benet as, One of our country’s most accomplished raconteurs. We feel sure that this is one FramSoc event you will not wish to miss.BENET BRANDRETH A4_FACEBOOK

National Premier League Hockey Player Joins Coaching Staff

Ben Wright, former Framlingham College 1st XI Captain in 2010 and 2011, has been recruited to coach hockey at the College. 

Ben played for Harleston Magpies for three years in the National League East Conference and in the season of 2011-2012 he was one of the youngest players ever to score fifteen goals in a season. After this success he was scouted for the 2012-2013 season to play for Southgate Hockey Club in north London in the National Premier League where he has played alongside the likes of Chris Hibbert, a former South African Captain, and Dan Shingles, who played for England and Great Britain.

To have a current National Premier League player coaching at the College is excellent, bringing current ideas to our hockey practices, and we are lucky to have someone of this caliber working for us.

Below: Ben pictured scoring against Ipswich School in February 2011.

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Strength & Conditioning Coach arrives at Framlingham College

We are delighted to welcome Phil Green to our Sports Department who is a Strength & Conditioning Coach located in Ipswich, Suffolk. Phil is a highly sought-after coach for athletes, young and old, at all levels from grass roots and beginners to national and world class. Phil also consults on physical training and sports performance at several high schools, colleges and a university.


Some of the athletes Phil has worked with have successfully gained scholarships to American universities and as well making national team selections and go on to win not only national and european championships but world championships.

Phil was recommended to us by our Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone and has made a huge impression. Having Phil on board just goes to show that having these expertise available to our students is first class. He has been working with some of our hockey players and now he is producing programmes for more of our students. This is a really important move forward for the school and shows that we are giving them the best opportunity.


Hockey: Kitty McWhirter attends National Talent Camp at Loughborough University

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Framlingham College’s Kitty McWhirter and 11 other hockey players from across the country attended the Youth Sport Trust’s National Talent Camp at Loughborough University on 3 – 6 January, where they were put through their paces and learnt what it takes to become Olympic champions with sprinter, Darren Campbell. They joined 90 other aspiring young athletes at the sixth national camp, run by leading youth sport charity, the Youth Sport Trust.

Inspired by Team GBs historic success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, these promising young sports stars reflected on what has been an outstanding year for British sport and use this inspiration to motivate them on their journey into elite sport.


The four day event offered England’s most talented 13-18 year olds insight in the world of performance sport and the harsh reality of the demands and commitment required to be the best in their chosen sport. Seven sports were represented at the 2013 camp with athletes selected to attend from Hockey, Rugby Union, Cycling, Canoeing, Volleyball, Netball, Wheelchair Basketball and a number of athletes across different sports selected by the British Paralympic Association.

Six am starts, two intense training sessions a day, a series of challenging workshops led by leading sports psychologists and athlete mentors and nutritious but basic meals from the camp’s country theme; Nanjing, China, where duck blood soup is the speciality of the region; the athletes are not in for an easy ride. The youngsters will hear from guest speakers including coaches from the England RFU Coaching team; Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree, sports psychologist, Robbie Anderson and mountaineer Bonita Norris; the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

In 2007, the camp played host to Olympic Gold medallist rower, Katherine Copeland, who claimed Britain’s fourth rowing gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games with doubles partner, Sophie Hosking.

Athens 2004 Olympic Gold medallist and Youth Sport Trust ambassador, Darren Campbell, shared his experiences of his journey to elite sporting success and the pressures of being an elite sport performer.

Source: englandhockey.co.uk