College progress in the Independent Schools Golfing Association and Archie Winter becomes Framlingham College Golf Champion 2013

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A fine start to the golfing year began on Wednesday 2nd Oct with a 2-1 win over Langley School in the Independent Schools Golfing Association knockout. Will Rix won out in the countryside with a 8&7 victory. Lottie Whyman lost a closely fought match on the last while Archie Winter came from four down to win one up. The team progress to play Woodbridge School.

On Sunday 6th Oct seven pupils took part in the Framlingham College Golf Championships at Aldeburgh’s River Course. William Simpson was third with 19 stableford points while Archie Winter pipped Lottie Whyman to be crowned the Framlingham College Golf Champion. There was only one entry into the newly formed ‘shank log’ and the culprit shall remain nameless!

Aldeburgh Golf Club are offering College pupils membership of the River Course for £50 a year. Anyone interested can contact Mr Dougal Lyon (Head of Geography and Master i/c Golf)

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polly_peateWell done to all competitors for their efforts in making this another exciting event.

We witnessed another remarkable run from Suzie Reid, who won the senior girls event and Polly Peate (pictured) rounded off a successful afternoon for Victoria.

In the boys events we saw two very close races with Jolyon Summers beating Alex Lawrence in the junior boys and then Charlie Bullen for Garrett seeing off Charlie Green in the seniors to take the honours.

The College and FramSoc enjoy visit from Osiligi Maasai Warrior Dance Troupe

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‘There are Maasai Warriors taking tea in the dining room!’ This was overheard in the College corridors last Wednesday when we enjoyed the privilege of a visit from a Osiligi Maasai Warrior Dance Troupe.

The group entertained the students in the afternoon and then performed for FramSoc in the evening. The audience was captivated. This small group of Maasai leave their young families and community in Kenya for four weeks every year, coming to England to share their singing, dancing, whistling and extraordinary jumping. The proceeds from their ten tours have enabled them over time to provide clean water and build a new school with qualified teachers for their community.

Nobody can have gone home at the end of this exhilarating evening without feeling both moved and humbled by this small troupe’s large hearts, great faith, warm friendliness and incredible bounce! Our thanks go to everyone who came along; their generous support has meant that the troupe were able to leave us with over £700 to take back to their Maasai Community.

Thanksgiving Service for Distinguished Army General

The Chapel at Framlingham College was packed on Friday 27th September for a service of thanksgiving for Major General Jack Dye who died aged 93 earlier in the year. Over 450 guests attended including his widow Jean and over 40 family members, The Lord Lieutenant and Lady Tollemache, a number of Deputy Lieutenants of Suffolk, many representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment, current and former Governors of Framlingham College and many friends and colleagues. The service was led by chaplains from the Regiment and the College and moving tributes were given by Andrew Fane, Chairman of Governors, the Revd. Canon William Sayer and General Dye’s grandson Christopher Pattinson, a former College pupil. His great granddaughter Annabel Pattinson sang a moving solo of ‘God be in my head’ and the College Chamber Choir sang Purcell’s ‘Thou knowest Lord’.

Jack Dye was born in Great Yarmouth and served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment taking part with distinction in the D-Day landings in June 1944 and in Aden in 1964. He was the GOC Eastern District from 1969 to 1971 and Colonel Commandant of the Queen’s Division from 1970 to 1974. After leaving the army he became a Governor of Framlingham College for 38 years and attended Governors’ meetings right up until his death. He was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1983 to 1994 and enjoyed farming strawberries and asparagus and ran two shoots until the end of his life. ‘He was a truly remarkable man, having shown great bravery in his Army career, and a great ability to bring out the best in everyone and was held in great affection by all who knew him ‘ said Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College. ‘The number of guests who attended the service is a testament to Jack’s popularity and although he is sadly missed so many have benefited from his wisdom, kind nature and advice and we shall remain eternally grateful for all that he did throughout his long life for the Regiment, Framlingham College and the County of Suffolk’.

Below: Major General Dye unveiling a plaque in January 2013 in memory of a former Headmaster of Framlingham College.

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Geographical Society Lecture: London 2012 Games – What now?

bob_digby_geography_lecture_mrlyonBob Digby, ex teacher and author, and past president of the Geographical Association, outlined the legacies of past Olympic Games and explained how London, despite being underdogs, won the bid in 2005 on a promise of regeneration.

Fabulous images captured the environmental transformation from derelict warehouses and wasteland to a green, sustainable site. Measures even included importing worms to the site to clean the top soil. The proposed legacy was outlined and pupils were pleased to hear that they can swim in the Olympic pool for £3.50. The determination to provide a legacy was clear. The economic regeneration was evident despite concerns that east Londoners might be pushed out of the area because of inward migration. Although the amount of social housing was less than originally planned, Bob Digby remained optimistic about the Games’ legacy especially compared with other recent Olympics.

He hoped that our pupils’ generation would continue to talk about the 2012 Olympics and drown out those still harking back to the 1966 World Cup!