Bill Ibbotson died on the 30th January following a very long illness. He was the late Richard Bean's brother-in-law. They became friends playing rugby for the OMs as well as cricket, Bill was an accomplished bowler with a record score of 9 for 5!
Bill had many interests including making his own beautiful intricate clocks, working two amazing allotments, plumbing not only the heating system for his entire house, but also those of two of his son's, plus making row upon row of handmade chocolates at Christmas.
He retired due to ill health in 1995 but as a volunteer was able to create an immensely valuable charitable organisation that has made an incalculable difference to so many people's lives in Barnet. At one time there were 600 members all helping in the local community For 12 years he helped run a Sunday lunch club for the homeless which was greatly appreciated, he was always with the homeless on Sundays befriending those less fortunate than himself.Sally Ibbotson ..
Peter Collinson Garden Project – Those of you with good memories will remember that ‘Project 2018’, the plan to re-create the essence of the garden of the internationally renowned 18th century plant collector and botanist, Peter Collinson FRS, was announced in Martlet a few years ago. ..
It can be tough to differentiate yourself from all the other young people searching for jobs, work experience and university places. The OM Club has helped, and continues to help, many current lower/upper sixth students and OMs at university by putting them in touch with older OMs who can offer help and advice. ..
On Friday 6th May, Mill Hill School held their third Annual Senior Girls’ Sports Dinner. Over 100 pupils, parents and staff congregated on Top Terrace for a drinks reception before the main dinner and speeches. ..
I was 7 years old; it was a cloudy winter’s day when my mother first mentioned Mill Hill School to me. We were to go by the 140 bus from where we lived in Kenton near Harrow to find the school as a possible place for my brother Martin some 5 years older than me. We never found the school on that occasion but that was the beginning of a 66 year relationship with Mill Hill – the School. ..
37 OMs attended the Annual General Meeting on 22 June 2016 at the National Liberal Club. It was a particular pleasure to welcome David Brown (Burton Bank 1956-61) who was visiting from the United States. The Club was also especially pleased that the new Head of MHS, Mrs. Frances King, was able to attend the AGM and provide attendees with an update on developments within the School and her views for the future. A lively Q and A session followed her presentation. ..
We were delighted and honoured to receive a visit from the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr James Watson on 8th June 2016 to mark the centenary of the birth of Francis Crick (Ridgeway 1930-34). Together, James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the code to “the secret of life” when they put forward the double helical structure of DNA in 1953. The breakthrough is hailed as one of the most important scientific discoveries in history. ..
We were delighted to welcome the upper sixth at The National Liberal Club for the Leavers Reception. The school party consisted of over a hundred pupils as well as housemasters, tutors and the Head, Mrs Frances King. The students were given an introduction to the Old Millhillians Club by the President, Tim Corbett; and Chairman, Andrew Mortimer explained the purpose and benefits of the Club. Leavers’ packs consisting of membership cards and club benefits will shortly be sent to all upper sixth parents. ..
It was cold but luckily dry on Friday evening and the gathered crowd was entertained by a spectacular fireworks display. ..
18th October is the 90th anniversary of Mill Hill School boy Cecil Goyder making two way radio contact with Frank Bell in New Zealand. It was an amazing feat of communication and infact the Prince of Wales visited Mill Hill in 1924 amd met Cecil Goyder. Time has moved on and the School is commemorating this anniversary with a week long programme of events. We need OMs around the world to take part in a Skype call on 14th October at 1-2pm BST. ..
The glorious weather helped to make Old Millhillians Day on Saturday 19th September a lovely occasion. Old Millhillians, several of whom had brough ttheir families caught up with old school friends and Masters and enjoyed a delicious lunch on the Headmaster's Lawn. ..
On July 10th 2015 five OM’s plus three wives met in Flanders for the weekend. This trip, to look at some of the First World War sites, was organized and led by Peter Mcdonough, retired MHS master, who has led forty or more tours to the battlefields. Whilst there we had very much in mind the 193 Old Millhillians who died in the Great War. ..
The Club has been keen to broaden the appeal of its merchandise to younger OMs, and to introduce a range of items for ladies. Former deputy Head Peter McDonough and marketing assistant and OM Paula Sanchez kindly agreed to lead a project with the help of a number of Sixth Formers and we have been incredibly lucky to have had advice and support from the design and production team at ‘Ted Baker’, whose founder is a school parent. ..
It has just dawned on us that it is in fact 30 years in July since we left Mill Hill School; shocking news indeed! I am in touch with a few of my contemporaries from our year group and have suggested that we should make an effort to have a get together to commemorate our 30 year anniversary. ..
The merger of OMCC with Totteridge CC last season has proved a great success both on and off the field. Although Headstone Lane will be missed as a playing venue, the picturesque setting at Totteridge Green is hard to beat. ..
Apart from my brother, John Cranwell was the only Millhillian I knew before we both joined MHS. He and I grew up in the same north London suburb. We attended the same schools from reception year to the Stationers’ Company grammar school. ..
Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Old Millhillians Club will be held on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 6.30 pm in the Lady Violet Room at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1 to deal with the following business: ..
Not quite a Valentine’s Day massacre but the school ran out convincing winners against the OMs on 14th February slotting in 3 goals in sometimes monsoon conditions. OMs fought hard but could not breakdown the solid school defence. Despite the conditions both sides enjoyed the encounter. OMs look forward to the re-match! ..
John attended the School in the lead up to the Second War and distinguished himself on the running track, coached by the great Franz Stampfl, squash court and rugby and cricket fields. ..
2014 is the 75th anniversary of the School's connection with St.Bees School in Cumbria and we were delighted to organise a Choral Evensong in the School Chapel to mark the occasion on Sunday 12th January 2014. We were especially pleased that the St Bees School Choir joined the Mill Hill School Foundation Choir in a collaborative service to commemorate the shared history of the two Schools and the evacuation of Millhillians to St Bees during the 2nd World War from1939 until 1945. ..
The large gathering offamily and friends that attended Tim Bunyard's Memorial Service in the Mill Hill School Chapel onthe 15th January, 2014, was atribute to the high regard and affection that he was held in by so many. Tim, who was educated at Goodwins and then at Belmont and Mill Hill Schools, cultivated a wide circle of loyal friends through his varied, but mainly sporting, interests. ..
OMRFC triumphed 21 -17 in an extraordinary match against Ruislip II, played at Ruislip, to lift the North West Middlesex Floodlit Cup for the first time in over 15 years. Some lively and attractive back play saw the OMs rack up 21 points in as many minutes with 3 converted trys. After that, the much bigger home pack exerted muscular control and made possession very difficult particularly in the set pieces. ..
Freddie Escott Thorne, who was born in Edmonton on the 22nd November 1930, died at The Princess Alice Hospice in Esher on the 3rd November 2013. He was seen on his way by a very large gathering of close relatives and a multitude of friends during a most thoughtful and excellently arranged service at the Parish Church of St Mary, Headley (close to his home in Ashtead), two days prior to his 83rd birthday. ..