Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sun And FramSoc

The sun has been shining this week so we've made the most of it and spent plenty of time at home keeping on top of the garden. 

When we've not been working in the garden we've been doing a bit of voluntary work counting cars for the town council's parking survey and helping some elderly people for the Framlingham Hour Community. The rest of the week has been involved with Framlingham College. We've done about eight classes at the Leisure Centre and FramSoc has had no less than three events.

Photo copyright EADT website 
On Wednesday we went to a talk by photographer Tom Murray (above) who was the very first Sunday Times Magazine photographer way back in the sixties. Tom, who now now lives locally in Bury St Edmunds, gave us a fascinating insight into his jet-set career photographing Royalty and some of the world's most famous people such as The Beatles and Dustin Hoffman. He also gave us some helpful hints on taking photos and I hope that the standard of photos on this blog will improve as a result.

Tom stressed the importance of light in his pictures and the late evening light on the castle was perfect when we walked up to his talk.

On Thursday morning we headed to Snape Maltings for a FramSoc tour of the concert hall and the other music facilities. It was a fascinating couple of hours and we left with a far better understanding of the ethos behind the venue.

After the tour we had some time to look around the maltings and took the opportunity to check out the newly installed Henry Moore sculpture before enjoying an excellent lunch at The Plough & Sail. 

After lunch, our party moved on to The Red House in Aldeburgh which was Benjamin Britten's home and studio. There was an incredible archive display, a brief tour of the house and a beautiful garden.

Almost as soon as we were home, it was time to head back to the college for this month's book club. It was another glorious evening.

The Headmaster's garden must have one of the nicest views in Suffolk.

This month's book was The Loney. Although none of us considered it a classic, everyone enjoyed the book and we found plenty to talk about in a very enjoyable hour's meeting.

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