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Framlingham in 2016


fr 9 Dec

Framlingham's finest The OutlawsFramlingham's finest The Outlaws' absolutely last, final and terminal gig will be 17th December at Cretingham Golf Club.  Tickets on sale and only from the golf club, book on 01728 685275.   SOLD OUT

th 17 Nov

Work has started in Fairfield Road, FramlinghamTaylor Wimpey haven't hung about, work has started in Fairfield Road Framlingham on a 163 house estate.  It may be only the very preliminary work of marking out the gas mains but work has started.  Wonder if it'll prompt BT to rediscover their four year old hole in the ground.

mo 31 Oct


Untypically virtually no mud for yesterday's Framlingham Flyers cross country.

Framlingham Flyers cross country

Enormous fields for all three events and we continue to be admiring of the perseverance of both the also rans and the marshals who clap and encourage what becomes once runners are lapped a continuous crocodile.

fr 21 Oct
Trafalgar Day - 21 October 1805

If memory serves about the time PM Tony Blaire's vision for the information superhighway was to dole out rubbish computers in Framlingham the website One Suffolk arrived.  An unlikely partnership between Suffolk's constabulary, county and district councils it provided free ... more here

th 15 Sep

In Stately Terrace Framlingham a globe artichoke has been allowed to bolt ... and we don't care.

we 14 Sep

Station Road FramlinghamNow the bus shelter in Station Road Framlingham has moved to hopefully avoid large objects bumping into it large objects have taken to bumping into BT's green box instead.

tu 30 Aug

Docs in the Framlingham Co-op 10am-2pm today ... actually it's a man and a woman with clipboards on the Market Hill.

sa 27 Aug

Yesterday afternoon more ROAD CLOSED signs appeared in Victoria Mill Road Framlingham though it was quite apparent it wasn't, after a bit all the signs went away.

fr 26 Aug

Cinnamon volunteer Joy Hale and RexThis is Joy Hale in Framlingham walking Rex.  Rex isn't her dog, she's walking him as a Cinnamon Trust volunteer.  Cinnamon volunteers help those having difficulty caring for their pets by walking, vet visits and short term fostering for hospital stays and respite.  Volunteers are protected by the trust's insurance and new faces are always welcome.

Blimey!  Here's one for Framlingham stylistas.

tu 23 Aug

Diversions seem quite the thing around near the coast at the mo'.  This one is in Victoria Mill Road Framlingham which is closed maybe a hundred yards from the junction with Station Road.

mo 15 Aug

The BT hole in the ground near Fairfield Road Framlingham that's been around for at least four years is still there though now a bit overgrown.

we 3 Aug

Corn stooks in Brick Lane FramlinghamIn Brick Lane Framlingham there's are at least two fields with traditional corn stooks.  We're told by a farming neighbour the corn has been grown for thatching straw and is being conditioned in the stooks.  They'll be there for around a fortnight and surprisingly a drop of rain will help.

mo 1 Aug

New bus shelter in Station RoadSpeak of a bus shelter and one is sure to appear.  There are three way temporary lights in Station and Victoria Mill Roads Framlingham today so a gang can install a replacement bus shelter maybe twenty yards nearer to Parham from the previous position.  We'll see how long this one lasts.

Meanwhile behind what was the Atlas Group and Earl Soham Vets in New Road Fram there are white vans, hiviz and safety helmets.

su 31 Jul

Tasburgh bus shelterThe bus shelter(s) that used to be in Station Road Framlingham have been clouted by something vehicular twice.  First in 2009 (gossip was something large turning out Victoria Mill Road) and though both crashes made the shelter unusable they weren't as comprehensive as this wipe out in Tasburgh on the A140.

we 27 Jul

The scaffolding outside the Framlingham Crown and Anchor has gone, it's been there so long it now looks naked without it.

tu 19 Jul

Last week by Andy Tiernan's Framlingham we saw this 1930s BSA three wheel light car on a trailer with the very appropriate number ... more here

th 14 jl 16Bastille Day

New footpath gate on the Framlingham mereVolunteers on the Framlingham Mere today have cleared an overgrown drain and replaced this footpath gate, they've moved it away from the muddy bit.

we 13 Jul

Nice small town moment this evening in Framlingham's Fen Meadow.  A young woman walking two dogs had dropped an envelope containing money and a tidy person had put it in that bin by the bridge.  Fram DIY lent the dog walker some screwdrivers to work the locky thing on the bin and she got her money back ... nice one Fram DIY.

fr 1 Jul

Double Street Open GardensLast Sunday's open gardens in Double Street Framlingham was the first for seventeen years.  A very damp start but there are some really beautiful gardens in Double Street and a very encouraging queue at the start of play so surely a success.

su 5 Jun

Framlingham lady in Crown and Anchor Alley.

mo 30 May

2016 Framlingham Gayla princessesSmurfs at Framlinghham GaylaToday was depressingly overcast for the Framlingham Gayla but thankfully the rain held off ... just, and as always the parade had charming elements.  We find it surprising and reassuring how willingly people throw themselves into these events.

su 29 May

The bride arrived and the couple left in a vintage landau (only the rear of the car is convertible) cream Rolls Royce at Jess Stroud and Jamie Harvey's Framlingham wedding yesterday.  A detail we appreciated was the Rolls 'dressed' with period looking luggage on the roof rack.

sa 28 May

Framlingham Flyers 5kIn Pageant Place last night 350 runners for the Framlingham Flyers 5k get last minute instructions:

Race Director: There's no road closure so keep to the left, anyone seen on the right will be disqualified.

350 Runners: <sarcastically> Ooooooh

Race Director: Because of the traffic anyone with an iPod or mp3 player will be disqualified.

350 Runners: <sarcastically and louder> OOOOOOH

th 5 May

That's heartening, the most clicked in yesterday's digest was the link to our still missed friend of ntc Fish.

tu 19 Apr

John Self finished April 2016One of the first things we did when we moved to Framlingham was buy a pair of smart (by our standards) shoes in John Self's.  Soon after we bought some trainers from the camera and sports shop that was in The Old Mews.  You can't usefully buy shoes (an item that because of erratic sizing is dodgy to buy mail order) in Fram any more ... but there's a much wider selection of knick knacks, gifts and greeting cards.

su 3 Apr

The Framlingham Regal in 1962Thursday's Film @ Fram in the Framlingham Con Club is The Lady in the Van.  The Regal in 1962 (it was down New Road) showed fourteen films most of which we hadn't heard of.  Three digit phone numbers, three prices of admission (10p to 17.5p) and interesting ads; camera and another shoe shop in Well Close Square, a pay library on the Market Hill plus somewhere in Fram The Castle Espresso Lounge.  (Thanks to Jane Bloom.)

fr 11 Mar

Earlier this week we bought an InterSlot Time Warper on Amazon in the hope it Amazon lockers in Framlingham would get us caught up on those difficult days.  For the first time we chose to collect it from the yellow lockers on Potter's Garage forecourt in Framlingham.  The afternoon sun made it difficult to see the screen and scanning the emailed barcode wasn't offered (though we now suspect the scanner is below the screen) but onscreen keyboard pin entry swung a door open.  The door is chained surely so the locker can close its own doors ... we left feeling very 21st century.

mo 29 Feb

Fram Con Club bar Saturday nightWe lost useful broadband Saturday morning (thank you BT) which was a pity as we wanted to tell you about wrestling that evening at the Stonham Barns and The Outlaws at the Framlingham Con Club.  Coming back from The Outlaws we passed The Railway at 10:50pm just as a nun ran past presumably not wanting to miss last orders ... honest, a nun ... a bloke but in a wimple and habit.

sa 13 Feb

Today's Framlingham wedding very brave in such cold overcast weather and the bride wore a beautiful floral hair piece.

mo 1 Feb

Framlingham weather vanes and an understandably curious cyclist in New Road.

su 24 Jan

We have an uncertain memory that some years ago when Gwen Randall was the head of Framlingham College a planning application for the weatherboard cottage on the corner of College and Pembroke Roads was refused.  The College have now submitted planning application DC/15/4742/FUL (it's lively on the comments tab) to demolish it and replace it with two semis.

su 17 Jan

The firecrest on the RSPB web siteA dog walker in New Road Framlingham yesterday told us he'd seen a firecrest on a nearby footpath.  He was surprised he'd never seen one before and clearly struck by it's colourfulness.  The RSPB web site says it competes with the goldcrest for the UK's smallest bird ... not the wren then?

fr 8 Jan

Opposite the Jet garage in Station Road Framlingham temporary traffic lights and one way working whilst something is laid in the pavement.

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