‘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.
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.
Students at the College have helped Mills Meadow Care Home secure an award from The Suffolk Adult Safeguarding Board.
As part of the volunteer programme a number of students visit every Wednesday afternoon to contribute to a range of activities with the residents. They have been involved in a wide range of crafts including making placemats, bunting and design competitions, as well as playing games such as skittles.
Students also make the tea and have a good chat with the residents, all of which has helped the home achieve highly commended status for their creative activities and social participation.
Last Tuesday, approximately seventy Year 6 pupils from Orwell Park, Riddlesworth Hall, The Old School Henstead and St. John’s College School, Cambridge, visited the College to investigate the River Ore, Framlingham Mere, Market Hill and the Castle.
They were instructed by College staff in the Geography, History and Biology departments, ably assisted by Year 12 pupils. Working in small groups, the pupils were all involved in a variety of data collection techniques.
As the photograph shows, all the pupils, younger or older, were fully engaged in what proved to be a most enjoyable and productive day.
Congratulations to Kitty McWhirter who played and scored a goal on her International Hockey debut for England U21s!
Year 12 student Sophie Warner has successfully completed her lifeguarding courses and will be able to become operational this summer. This has been a huge exercise in fitness and stamina for her, culminating in quite grueling tests which, we are delighted to report, Sophie passed with flying colours, achieving both the RLSS and RNLI standards. She now has the opportunity to work as a volunteer lifeguard during the summer, both for the Lowestoft Lifeguard Corps and with the RNLI team at Southwold.
The course involved a number of testing elements and scenarios; amongst the challenges Sophie faced were a 200 metre timed beach run, towing a casualty in the sea and a length’s underwater swim. The first aid skills she acquired included performing CPR on casualties of all ages, both in water and on land, and dealing with spinal injuries. Sophie also had to demonstrate competence in a range of rescue methods and confidence in communicating with lifeboats, coastguards and other lifeguard stations.
This is a fantastic achievement for Sophie and we are all very proud of her at the College.
The photograph shows Sophie Warner (bottom left) with other lifeguards celebrating the launch of the new Lifeguard facilities at Lowestoft and Southwold.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Major General Jack Dye. He died on Monday evening at his home in Helmingham, aged 93.
Jack was a great friend and servant of the College and Brandeston, and has been a familiar face here since first becoming a governor in 1975. He chaired our Finance and General Purposes Committee for 19 years, and continued to attend Governors’ meetings right through to the present day in his role as Vice President; indeed he attended last term’s meeting and, as ever, contributed actively to debate with his usual sharp insight.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Jean, and his wide and multi-generational family.
He was a special man and we will miss him.
Film adaptation tells the tale of this Old Framlinghamian’s ill-feted first marriage . . .
Many at Framlingham College are already familiar with Jonathan Smith’s novel Summer in February as it was only recently a FramSoc book club choice and a group of us also hugely enjoyed visiting Sir Alfred Munnings’ house in Dedham, so it is very exciting to anticipate the film adaptation of this story, which tells the tale of this notorious Old Framlinghamian’s ill-fated first marriage and is released on 14 June.
Sir Alfred Munnings, from Mendham in Suffolk, studied at Framlingham College before moving on to study Art at the Norwich School of Art. His famous painting Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron has pride of place to this day at the College’s preparatory school, Brandeston Hall, where it inspires future artists.
Summer in February is set in the years running up to the First World War and focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, dominated by the charismatic Alfred Munnings (OF). The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the heart of a complex love triangle, also involving aspiring young painter Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna estate.
True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the far West of England, beyond the reach of London and its stifling conventions.
The author Jonathan Smith will be speaking about Summer in February at the College on Wednesday 6th November as part of the Framsoc Autumn Term programme – the talk is open to all members of the public.
To view more information on the film and to watch the trailer, please visit this link: http://www.summerinfebruary.com
Framlingham College Tennis Club Ladies 1st team have been crowned Suffolk Aegon Team Tennis Champions for the first time.
The team of students, Kitty McWhirter and Lucy Ashby-Hoare, combined with coaches, Katie Tassell and Kari Sherington, beat a strong Ipswich Sports side four rubbers to two in a very close encounter at Framlingham College on April 28th. The match consisted of four singles and two doubles and was tied at 2-2 after the singles with straight set wins from coaches Katie and Kari.
The team then chose wisely to have a coach/junior combination in both doubles pairs which proved decisive. Both pairs triumphed in straight sets to take both the match and the League Title.
Well done also to Claire Walker, who was part of the team in previous matches.