CCF Field Weekend

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“The three main aims of the CCF are leadership, teamwork and camaraderie. The military scenario devised for them on Field Weekend provided the perfect environment to meet these aims.  The army section arrived on RAF Barnham’s training area in glorious sunshine ready for Exercise ‘Lion’s Claw’ with the mission of ridding the area of troublesome rebel forces.  A platoon harbour was established in a heavily fortified bomb dump complex.  Throughout the day their ambush and anti-ambush skills were tested to the full as the initiative swayed back and forth. A dawn attack by the enemy was immediately countered and three assaults on insurgent positions saw the army section gaining the upper hand and the eventual discovery of the location of the enemy base. The army section were shocked to discover that their Headmaster, Mr Paul Taylor had joined the rebel band. By the time the army section arrived at the enemy base an IED had destroyed the retreating enemy convoy. Casualty evacuation drills were well-executed and the remaining rebels surrendered or were swiftly dealt with. Mr Taylor was never found, but a black BMW was seen leaving the area at speed.”

Lt Colonel M K Myers-Allen

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Seb Treacy fires his way to the top in Jersey

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After a taxing selection weekend that took place over the Easter holidays, Seb Treacy went on tour to Jersey with the UK Cadet Rifle Team (UKCRT) over two weeks in the summer. The UKCRT Team landed at St Helier harbour on the island with the intention of shooting in the Jersey Rifle Association (JRA) Open and shooting against the Channel Islands under 19 Team.

After a few days touring the island, the JRA Open was underway. Seb hit the ground running scoring a possible (Highest possible score) on the first day at 600 yards. After this the good scores kept rolling in with few exceptions. Seb also managed to succeed in earning a highest possible score at 900 yards in one of the longer 15-shot shoots. Finishing in the top 30 in the open, and 4th in his team, Seb was chosen as captain for the day following the open, where the UKCRT team was to face off with the Channel Islanders team. Despite excellent scores throughout the team Seb only dropped two points out of 150 all day, the UKCRT lost the day, but spirits were still high after the exciting week. The team had won 3 trophies between them (One was won by Seb) and enjoyed theirtime on Jersey.

Seb is now looking forward to future successes with the school, where he is to act as second in command for the team.

National Cadet Clay Target Shooting Competition

Unknown-3This competition took place on the 15th and 16th June at the Cambridge Gun Club. A field of 200 Cadets from all over the United Kingdom competed against each other in disciplines of Down the Line, a Fifty Bird Flush and Sporting.

As the College is rebuilding its clay target shooting team after a gap of seven years, expectations of doing anything spectacular were put on hold! However, Miles Orford, Mungo Levett- Scrivener, Jack Gawthrop and Toby Warner did their very upmost to keep us in the middle of the table.

The College finished 7th out of fifteen CCFs that qualified and overall 20th out of the forty-five teams that participated. Miles Orford was the College’s top shot, finishing 13th in the CCF list and joint 34th overall. Well done!

Year 10 cadets venture to Fingringhoe Ranges

Unknown-5On the 28th and 29th April the CCF Army, RAF and RN Year 10 cadets ventured forth to Fingringhoe Ranges for an action-packed forty-eight hours, and they were treated to some great weather too.

Sunday was spent learning building clearance with Nerf guns in purpose-built Cold War skills houses; patrolling down a Close Quarter Battle skills lane with M16 paintball rifles; evacuating combat casualties whilst under enemy fire; and finally getting involved in dedicated section attacks with LA98A2 rifles. The evening was spent learning sniper skills with .22 rifles and the RAF completed their weapon handling tests with the LA98A2 before a group night navigation exercise, ‘Night Owl’ on the Mersea Peninsula. On Monday the RAF travelled to London to visit the Cabinet War Office and learn about the Cold War and the Army and RN travelled to Merville Barracks, Colchester, for the annual MP5 competition day.

After an exhausting day at the 5.56 full-bore shooting range on an assault course, including a .22 March and Shoot course, B Section came out close winners.

Framlingham College’s Pre-Season Shooting Camp at Bisley

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The Pre-Season Practice hosted by the OF Rifle Club this year took place on 27-28 April.

After zeroing the weapons we moved to the 300 yard firing point on Century Range and commenced our firing practices. We then moved back to the 500 and 600 yard points.

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The weekend was a great success and this goes down to the time and effort put in by a handful of Old Framlinghamians who generously gave up their time to help and for which we are truly grateful.  The cadets have been well-prepared and we look forward to an exciting and successful season this year.

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Emma Vidler selected as Cadet by The Lord Tollemache

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Congratulations are due to Cadet Flight Sergeant Emma Vidler (RAF) who has been selected by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Suffolk, The Lord Tollemache, as one of his Cadets for 2013. 

This is a rare and prestigious award given to only a handful of worthy nominated cadets. Flt Sgt Vidler has been a committed cadet in the CCF for five years, during which time she has obtained her Solo Gliding Scholarship Wings as well as her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She has also passed her MOII Instructors Course and been appointed captain of the Bisley Shooting team. Her conduct has been exemplary and she is the epitome of what the cadet force stands for.

Emma received the award at the College on 18th March during a Governors’ Meeting and is looking forward to helping with official civic duties in Suffolk during her year in office.

CCF Weekend

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On the 9th and 10th March the Army and RN sections drove to RAF Barnham for a Field Weekend.  Snow was already falling as they began to sort out their accommodation for the evening in a collection of shipping containers which had windows and doors cut from them and strategically placed in a design that resembles a street scene from Afghanistan and for troop training prior to deployment.  During the afternoon the  Yr 10 were taught weapon handling and later passed their Shooting and Safety test. They were then whisked off to participate in night observation Exercise ‘Allo Allo’ centered around the remains of a WWII bomb making complex.  Yr10 and 11 sections patrolled to a border crossing 3Km away from their Forming Up Point.  The position was thankfully lit up by burning oil drums in the heart of the high walled disused complex. Little did they know that the jovial atmosphere portrayed by the slack border guards they were observing was about to be shattered when an elite group of enemy came in under the cover of smoke and dispatched the lot of them and then set about on the unarmed observation forces who had to employ hasty escape and evasion tactics. By 0800 the next day they were ready to attend a series of stands run by the Yr 12 undergoing their SNCO cadre course.  These included close-quarter battle drills with replica M16 paintball guns down an unused railway embankment; a series of section attacks against enemy positions in ‘WW II pill boxes’; combat first aid and stripping, cleaning and assembling the LA98A2.

Throughout the weekend the attitude and conduct of staff and cadets was exemplary and culminated in a successful and memorable weekend approached in a spirit that showed real strength of character by every participant.

Lt Colonel Myers-Allen

View the pictures here

2012 Inter House .22 Shooting Competition

The Inter-House .22 Shooting Competition took place over the week of the 26 – 30 November 2012.

This year has again been a very close competition. The majority of shooters’ managed to score in the 90’s which was very good to see.

The top shot for the Girls House was Olivia David with a score of 99, and from the Boys Houses, Seb Treacy and Jimmy Huston tied with scores of 100.

The winning House, for the Girls’ was Moreau and Stradbroke took the boys title.

Roy Witham, Shooting Master

Remembrance Day

Remembrance was marked with dignity, solemnity and respect at Framlingham College on Sunday. The address by the Headmaster, Mr Paul Taylor, dwelt on the importance of marking Remembrance for today’s generation, which was well received by pupils and visitors alike.

The banner party was provided by the Combined Cadet Force, the wreath being laid at the war memorial window by Cadet RSM Ollie Hayman. The service was beautifully accompanied by the choir, and at the end each member of the congregation laid a poppy on the altar, one each for over 250 Old Framlinghamians who are known to have died in the service of their country; a moving act with the very old to the very young taking part. The final act was the laying of lilies on the altar by Mrs Amanda Taylor, to mark our desire for peace.