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Summer 2009

Friday, January 01, 2010

This season  the OMRFC  worked hard to return to its roots as a community rugby club. After an absence of many years we returned to training at Headstone Lane on Thursday evenings, in addition to the training we did on Mondays at the H.A.C. ground in the city. Scott Orrit, our new coach who joined us this season worked very hard to improve the players’  fitness. ..

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Rupert Cherry (Collinson 1923-26)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Rupert Cherry entered journalism as a district reporter in Gloucestershire including 21 years on the Gloucester Citizen before joining the sports news desk of the News Chronicle in 1950. When the paper closed ten years later he moved to The Daily Telegraph as a sports sub editor while in the winter months reporting on rugby. ..

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OMC Annual Dinner 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Nash Rooms at the Institute of Directors, 119 Pall Mall, was the venue chosen by Alan Toulson, our outgoing President, for the Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 16th October, 2009. ..

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David Hudgell (Winterstoke 50 -54)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

With the death of David on 22nd October 2009, we sadly lose not only a great Middlesex man but also an immense character, friend and supporter. He will be sadly missed and, really, he is irreplaceable. ..

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John Williams (Burton Bank 45-49)

Monday, October 05, 2009

John Edward Williams was born in Leeds on the 31st January 1932 and went to Belmont Preparatory School in 1941, then evacuated to Cockermouth in Cumberland. John had a beautiful soprano voice and there was talk of a music scholarship, but he also had another remarkable talent, that of a rugby player. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Late September often proves to be a time of glorious late summer sunshine and Old Millhillians Day on Saturday September 26 was no exception. The event was again combined with the School's Foundation Day and many thanks to the Headmaster and the School providing such generous hospitality, including a magnificent spit-roast barbecue. ..

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Golf Annual Dinner 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

On Friday December 4 the Golf Society held its Annual dinner, returning this year to the traditional venue of the Army and Navy Club in St James, after last year’s prestigious Centenary dinner at Lords. Following a brisk AGM, some 60 OM golfers enjoyed an excellent meal in convivial surrounding and many thanks to our ever efficient secretary, Colin Nunn. Tim John, Captain, presided and a very amusing speech was made by guest speaker, Old Alleynian, Nick Owen. Graham Dene and Bob Rudd, who defeated Geoffrey Vero and Mark Sellers, were presented with the foursome trophies while Tim Corbett, who had managed to scrape home against William Maunder-Taylor on the 19th at Arkley, was presented with the single's salver. ..

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OMs in Far East

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Taken in Singapore (L to R): Oliver Muhlstein, Alex Bell, NP, Borg Tham. Picture taken by Borg’s wife, Fiona. ..

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Honorary Secretary's Report Summer 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

It has been very much a year of changing personnel and we have had a new Chairman, Andy Mortimer, who has succeeded John Watkiss. Andy Mortimer is quickly getting his feet under the table and is eager to take the Club forward. But many thanks to John for all his tireless work and enthusiasm and he will be remembered particularly for his emphasis on membership and for introducing a much more proactive Management Committee to replace the former and outdated Old Millhillian Council. On November 26 John was entertained to lunch at the Army and Navy Club Seven members of the Committee, including the President and Chairman, were there to thank him for his work for the Club. Ronny Cohn had organised what proved to be a most convivial occasion. ..

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Alford House

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Life is as busy as ever at Alford House. A highlight was an exhibition of the artwork that Alford House members had done with the staff from the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Entitled, ‘Kennington Kids: Raw Urban’,the display was held at the Greater London Assembly, City Hall, and was opened by Tessa Jowell, MP, on 13th January. This display of paintings and photographs served as a fund raiser for Dulwich Picture Gallery as an example of the work that they do in the community. ..

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H E Beven ( Jimmy) 1911 – 2009 MHS 25-29

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jimmy was born at Tangalle in Sri Lanka on 23rd February 1911. His father, Alan Bevan, was a judge in what was then known as Ceylon, where the family lived. At the end of world war 1, at the age of seven, Jimmy left Ceylon and his father brought him to England to go to Lindisfarne prep school. ..

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Derek Sigley (M 52-55)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Derek was a stalwart of the OM Golfing Society for many years, was captain in 1964 and was a Vice-President. Derek was one of the best OMGS golfers and had an excellent record: he was unbeaten in his first ten Halford Hewitt matches, halving just once in a ‘deemed half’ (the match had already been decided). ..

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Past President's Diary - Alan Toulson (1955-60)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I have not worn a chain of office before. This splendid decoration expresses strongly both the honour and the duty of the Presidency. It also conveys a sense of history and continuity because on the back of the links are engraved the names of all my predecessors commencing with the first President, Henry Spicer, appointed in 1879. In addition to the honour and the duty, the Presidency is immensely enjoyable and sociable. I have attended regional dinners in Manchester, Taunton and Cambridge, sporting lunches at Headstone Lane and Totteridge, professional dinners with engineers and scientists and men of property, drinks with the YOMS in the Three Hammers, and lunches with Past Presidents and Liverymen. ..

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Annual Cocktail Party 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

The AGM was held on Thursday 25 June at 6.30pm at the National Liberal Club. Alan Toulson as President was in the Chair and the meeting ran very smoothly. ..

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Peter Hamilton Gray (Collinson 42-46)

Monday, April 27, 2009

We are sad to record the death Peter Hamilton Gray, who was the last Chairman of the OM St.Bees Association, having taken over the role from Gordon Wren. He had recently bought a mobile home in Portugal and split his time between Scotland and Portugal with his wife Ann. Despite battling with heart disease, he insisted on attending the final meeting of the St Bees Association in early April at Lowood in Cumbria, having recently been discharged from hospital, but died a fortnight later on April 27th..

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OMRFC Vice Presidents' Reunion and Luncheon

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Rugby Club Vice Presidents' Reunion and luncheon was held before the 1st XV league match against Old Actonians on 7 March 2009. This was not the original plan as the Reunion had been proposed for January when a friendly had been scheduled against one of our oldest rivals, Old Merchant Taylors'. Unfortunately OMTs' had to back out due to an unexpectedly good run in the Middlesex Cup. ..

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Richard Stringer (School House 52-57)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Richard entered School House (Scrutton) in 1952 and, being born in September, was one of the last batch to be eligible for National Service. As he trained in the hotel business, despite his request to join his father’s regiment, he was sent to the Catering Corps where he remained and rose to the rank of Lt Colonel -whilst in the Army he travelled extensively to Canada, USA, Germany, Sharja and N Ireland. He retired from the army at the age of 50 and started his second career as Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Apothocaries in the City of London, and on his retirement was accorded the unusual honour of becoming an Honorary Doctor, a title that the Company are entitled to bestow. ..

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Stephen Ruhemann (Winterstoke 1945-50)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The God –fearing “GC” of 1945 was even more politically aware than Maurice Jacks’s “Thirties”. Communism was no longer mere Leninist theory but here and now reality, as close to the West as divided Berlin and Vienna. Much of that reality was as ugly as its Stalinist architecture, with later show trials in the Eastern Bloc to prove it. Onto that stage, sporting a “hammer and sickle” badge at his interview for the pathfinding ‘Middlesex Scheme’, stepped a boy born in 1932 in Kharkov, of brilliant German scientist parents, atheist Stephen Ruhemann. ..

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Donald Trounson (Collinson’23)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Donald Trounson, who died at the age of 103 on 29th January 2009, was the son of a provisions merchant, Alfred Donald Trounson and was born on September 30 1905 at Redruth, Cornwall. He was sent to Mill Hill, north London, where he won the Public Schools Photographic Competition with a landscape of St Ives harbour, earning him a prize of £1 which was promptly spent in the tuck shop. He recorded in his diary the day he developed his first film aged 14. ..

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Annual Cocktail Party 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Over 100 attendees enjoyed the sunshine on the terrace of the National Liberal Club at the Old Millhillians Club annual Cocktail party. OMs and their partners and friends had drinks and canapes whilst catching up with old school friends and making new ones. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

As with last year Old Millhillians Day was again held on School Foundation Day and the School generously provided an excellent barbecue lunch, including a delicious spit roast, as a start to the afternoon of events (though a number had already enjoyed the Friends get together for the 1960 leavers). The weather was gloriously sunny and warm, as is so often the case in late September, and there was a real sense of occasion as Old Millhillians mingled with each other as well as with teachers, pupils and parents. ..

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Oliver Knowles: soldier, colonial administrator and civil servant

Friday, August 22, 2008

Oliver Knowles was one of the last of a distinguished and able generation of public servants who administered Britain’s East African colonies through the birth throes of independence. As Development Secretary in the Treasury of the newly independent Kenya, he ran a programme that gave it the highest per capita aid in the world and made it one of the most flourishing of the new African nations. ..

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Allan Prosser-Harries Obituary

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Allan Prosser-Harries was born in Llanelli on 2nd September 1932, into a good Welsh Baptist family with a strong tradition of singing. Allan had an adored younger sister, Milwen, who sadly passed away at an early age, and in their early years he had a strong relationship with her two children Sian and David. He went to Llanelli Grammar School, attended by many of the great Welsh rugby players. Here he took part in many sports, winning medals in most. As a schoolboy, he represented Wales at rugby, a sign of what was to come. ..

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Martin Meade-King

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I came to Mill Hill in 1948 from university and was given a study and bedroom in School House. Martin, who was at Mill Hill from 1938-1955, taught History and was Housemaster when I joined Alan Phimester as one of his assistants. Martin took me under his wing especially as I had no experience of boarding school life. Not only did he help me to acclimatise to the 24 hour day of a boarding school but he and his wife Mary looked after me splendidly in a family atmosphere. ..

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A.S. Bell (1948-52)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tony Bell arrived in Collinson House in September 1948 having lived for previous three years in Switzerland, and demonstrated immediately a characteristic which would be his hallmark for the next sixty years – enthusiasm. Whether it was fagging, cleaning the junior common–room, his studies, rugby, cricket or cross-country running Tony was in his element, minimising the hardship, emphasising the benefits and pleasures, and encouraging others. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Old Millhillians Day this year was combined with the School Foundation Day in order for the whole of the Mill Hill Community to come together in a special celebration of the School’s bicentenary. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2006

Monday, September 11, 2006

Old Millhillians Day on Sunday 10 September 2006, was graced with glorious sunshine. Well over 200 OM's attended with their families and friends. They walked around the school and either took part or watched some of the activities organised. ..

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