Gyles Brandreth delights audience at FramSoc

Unknown-6Elusive, fleeting, relative, intensely personal; we were all challenged to consider the various guises of happiness as we sat in the Headmaster Porter Theatre last night engrossed by the preview performance of Gyles Brandreth’s new one-man show, Looking For Happiness.

Of course it was very funny indeed, littered with examples of outrageous name-dropping, topical references and including audience participation but the comedy was also allowed to breathe, increasing its impact, in those moments when the mood was subtly and expertly changed to invite us to ponder and reflect on how happiness can be discovered in the most unlikely of our experiences.

If this was a ‘work in progress’ then audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent UK tour are going to leave their theatres happily delighted by what they receive from this truly masterful raconteur.

FramSoc – Springs Dance Company: Journey of the Magi





Fram Theatre, Framlingham College – Friday 23rd November 


In association with Framlingham Churches Together, FramSoc is thrilled to present the magical production, Journey of the Magi, performed by the highly acclaimed Springs Dance Company. This show will be hugely enjoyed by adults and children alike and all the family are warmly invited to attend. Drawing on inspiration from TS Eliot’s poem of the same name, it is a most powerful and compelling mix of dance, theatre, song and poetry which helps us all reflect not only on the travels of the wise men but also the journey each us of makes every year in preparing for Christmas Day. ‘This is the best Christmas Show I have seen. I was touched, amused and moved to tears’: David Bintley, Artistic Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet. 

On account of the anticipated popularity of this event, we request that reservations should be made in advance via the College reception: 01728 723789 / They will issue you with an e-ticket which you should present on arrival on the night.

FramSoc Event: A conversation with Peter Fincham

Friday 19th October 7.30pm, Fram Theatre

Peter Fincham is currently Director of Television for the ITV network and was formerly controller of BBC 1. Educated at Tonbridge School and Churchill College, Cambridge, Peter was a member of the Footlights production team alongside Griff Rhys Jones, Rory McGrath and Clive Anderson. As executive producer for TalkBack Productions, he was involved in the creation of numerous popular television comedy programmes including Never Mind the Buzzocks, I’m Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony and Da Ali G Show as well as dramas such as Stephen Poliakoff’s, Shooting the Past. In 2001 he was presented with an Indie Award for outstanding contribution to the independent television production sector. In his role as Controller for BBC1 he was responsible for an annual programming budget of £873 million before his resignation in July 2007, following controversy surrounding the documentary, A Year with the Queen. In February 2008 he was appointed Director of Television for the ITV network. The Headmaster, Paul Taylor, will host the evening, interviewing Peter about his innovative and fascinating career at the very pinnacle of the television industry.

Non-Members £5.00


FramSoc: Atlantic Children by Juliet Dearlove

A good crowd gathered at the College to enjoy the first FramSoc event of the Autumn Term. In 2005 Juliet Dearlove and her husband Charles threw in their careers and set sail for a year, with their small children, on a watery journey which took them from Italy to the Caribbean and, finally, home once more to Suffolk. Juliet gave us a fascinating insight into the decision to sell up and leave, the experiences of their year away, and how the family readjusted to life at home on their return.  It was particularly interesting to hear this story of Atlantic adventure from a woman’s perspective and the vivid picture of ‘home’ schooling in the middle of the ocean bought a wry smile to many!


FramSoc Event: Meet at the Pub

Beaconsfield Arms, Occold – Thursday 13th September: From 7.30pm













Traditionally we have started each new academic year with a visit to a local pub for a very informal social gathering. These annual FramSoc opening events have proved to be most popular, particularly with parents who are new to the schools. Having previously travelled both to the south and the west of Framlingham, we thought we would go north this time for the benefit of parents living in the Eye/Diss area.  We would be delighted to see you for a drink and an optional bar supper, from wherever you may hale, at The Beaconsfield Arms in Occold. If you are able to join us at this event could you please email Amanda Taylor: so that we can give the landlord an indication of the size of our party.

This is a pay as you go event

FramSoc Event – Long Melford Hall, House and Gardens

Tuesday 19th June – 2.00pm

By kind permission of Sir Richard & Lady Hyde-Parker and The National Trust

Melford Hall has been the home of one of Suffolk’s most famous seafaring families for over 250 years. It was also a favourite haunt of Beatrix Potter and, indeed, the house is still home to her own Jemima Puddleduck. The north wing of the House was devastated by fire in 1942, but lovingly restored by the perseverance and tenacity of the family, who still live there today. Although the House was given to the National Trust in 1960, the family still own and farm the surrounding 3,500 acre Melford Hall Estate. We are very honoured to have been invited by Sir Richard and Lady Hyde-Parker and the National Trust for a private visit to Melford Hall and Gardens. The afternoon will conclude with tea at The Hall. Melford Hall is situated, facing onto Long Melford village green, off the A134 ~ 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds and 4 miles from Sudbury. The afternoon will commence at Melford Hall at 2.30pm. Numbers are restricted for this visit so please book your place early by emailing Amanda on

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Members £5.00   |   Non-members £10.00