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OMC Annual Dinner 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Club's annual dinner took place on the 10th October at 11 Cavendish Square. Peter Wakeham President welcomed over 200 guests ( number of junior) at the stylish venue which was a near record breaking number of attendees. ..

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Alford House

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The OMC management committe held their January meeting at Alford House. Many of us had never visited the Club and Tim Saunders the manager took us on a guided tour. Alford House does a wonderful job in helping the local youth through offering professional information, advice and guidance. ..

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Kurt Metzer (Scrutton 1946-50)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kurt was born on 3rd June 1932 in Vienna. An exceptionally academic pupil (he could speak about 5 languages) he initially went to school in India before being sent to Mill Hill School – a bit of a shock coming from the warmth of India. But his love of spicy food remained with him as well as an abiding interest in Asian politics and religion. ..

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Major Roy Stroud OBE (Weymouth 1945-50)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Roy Stroud, who died on the 24th April 2011 was born in Bradford and educated at Mill Hill School. In the 2nd world war he was seriously wounded in Libya in 1942 before recovering to fight again and rise to the rank of Major. He worked in textiles achieving significant accolades including Chairman of the British Wool Textile Confederation (1974-76) before his retirement in 1980. He was Life President of Bradford Synagogue, always combining a full Jewish life with full engagement in the wider community. 1n 1981 he was made an OBE and Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire the following year. ..

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His Hon Judge Esyr ap Gywlim Lewis (Ridgeway 1939-44)

Friday, March 25, 2011

When Esyr was born, on 11 January 1926, his father, Gwillym, and his mother, Mary, were living in Clydach Vale in the Rhonda valley in South Glamorgan, where Gwillym was the Minister at the local Welsh Congregational Church. Soon after, Esyr’s father was appointed as the Minister in Narberth, in Pembrokeshire and the family moved there. Esyr and his brother, Michael, who was four years younger than Esyr, spent their early years in Narberth and all his life Esyr retained vivid and happy memories of his childhood in South Wales. ..

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David Harrison (Scrutton 1965-69)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

David Harrison was born on March 2nd 1952 in Hammersmith. He was a fine athlete, winning awards for High Jump, Triple Jump, and sprinting, as well as scoring tries for the Rugby 1st XV as a nimble and versatile winger. ..

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Old Millhillians 2nd XV vs Hitchin at Headstone Lane

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hitchin visited Headstone Lane on the back of a string of victories expecting another win. Their dominant pack put a huge amount of pressure on our relatively small set of forwards which included a fresh batch of gap students from Belmont and Mill Hill and Adam Boxer (Weymouth) who was awarded the OM’s goblet at the schools rugby dinner at the end of the autumn term. ..

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Adrian Johnson (Winterstoke 1948-1953)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Adrian arrived at Mill Hill School in 1948 from Sebright School in Wolverley, joining his brother, Malcolm, in Winterstoke House, to be followed by his brother Oliver and following his father, Eric, and uncle, Cyril. Adrian became Head of House and spoke enthusiastically of his years at Mill Hill where he made many good friends whom he enjoyed seeing at the annual dinner in London. No doubt Mill Hill was where he developed his loyalty and commitment to his friends and colleagues and his enduring patience. ..

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Gordon Arthur Stannard (Burton Bank 1939–45)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Born 24th July 1927 in East London and younger brother of Colin (33-38), Gordon was one of a unique handful of OMs whose full MHS career was undertaken at St. Bees Cumberland during WWII. Evacuated from London in September 1939, Gordon started in Burton Bank (Seacote) and embarked on the most memorable period of his life. Mill Hill suited Gordon perfectly. As a talented sportsman, he excelled in all areas of school life, graduating in 1945 with School Certificate, triple colours and minor in Fives, as Senor Monitor and Under Officer. His memory and stories of MHS life are legendary. ..

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Armistice Day 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

For the first time for as long as most people could remember the inclement weather meant that the School and OMs attending could not parade through the Gate of Honour. Nevertheless the laying of wreaths and last post took place in Chapel at the traditional service, at which our new President, Mike Corby, read a lesson. There were some 15 Old Millhillians attending the occasion and they were much moved by the address delivered by the new Chaplain, Dr R Warden, and equally impressed with the singing of the choir under the new Director of Music, Dr O. Medlicott. The School kindly provided a light lunch afterwards for visitors. ..

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Donald Hall (Past Master)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Donald Hall died on 28th October well in to his nineties. He had been a Master at Mill Hill School from 1938-74. After a Ist at Cambridge an illustrious career followed as a Biology and Science teacher at Mill Hill. In 1944 he married Enid Stancliffe, a Winterstoke matron and then became Housemaster of Collinson from 1945-69. He was also Director of Science and Treasurer to the local preservation society. His meticulous care, enthusiasm and scholarship inspired generations of the Medical Sixth, many of whom went on to a career in medicine. He will be remembered with great affection by so many. ..

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Martlet 52

Friday, October 01, 2010

The careers service is going strong and we always welcome requests for help from students and also offers of help from experienced OMs. The sponsorship fund is available to OMs for use in their gap years, for travelling, undertaking projects etc. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Old Millhillians Day took place on Saturday 25th September with a full timetable of events for OMs and their families. As usual the School catering department put on a superb BBQ lunch with drinks and although cold, the weather behaved itself by not raining! ..

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Robert Maunder-Taylor (Weymouth 1954-59)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Robert Maunder Taylor passed away on 17th September after a long illness. Robert was the eldest of a second generation of Taylors at Mill Hill and was followed by 3 brothers, two nephews and a great nephew at Belmont. He was head of Weymouth and made his mark in the Corps, where he rose to the rank of Under Officer. One story, oft repeated by Sgt Major Maloney, related to an initiative weekend when the goal was to get as far away and back again within 48 hours. Robert got himself to Edinburgh and requiring proof, entered the Castle late at night. The guard commander, mistaking him for the orderly officer, paraded the guard which he duly inspected. The mistake was realised and a letter of congratulation received by the School. ..

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Vladimir Raitz (Burton Bank 1937-39)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vladimir Raitz, who died on August 31 2010 aged 88, was the father of the modern British package holiday, which he pioneered in the days when the nation was still in the grip of postwar austerity and rationing. In an era of cheap travel, it is easy to forget that 60 years ago few in Britain were able to enjoy a foreign holiday at all. ..

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Alan Woollaston (Winterstoke 1945-50)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Alan Keith Woollaston who died in July at 78 was at Mill Hill from 1945 – 1950 and boarded in Winterstoke House. He was a Middlesex scholarship boy and hailed from The Stationers School near Wood Green which also sent pupils such as Alan Stroud, Norman Tapley, Rex Frayling and Peter Duck to Mill Hill. Alan Stroud was a close friend of Alan’s from 1943 and remembers family get-togethers, Alan’s motorcycling days and his prowess at making highly successful paper aeroplanes for Alan Stroud’s grandsons. ..

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TMCC go on tour

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Last year the 2 teams celebrated 30 years of playing against each other! The match will take place in Fulking, West Sussex. ..

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AGM & Cocktail Party 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

The AGM was held on Wednesday 23rd June at 6.15pm at the National Liberal Club. David Short as President was in the Chair and the meeting ran very smoothly. Mike Corby was confirmed as President, and Christopher Maunder-Taylor was elected as the new Vice-President while the executive and the Management Committee were also confirmed. Christopher Maunder-Taylor has been a loyal OM and is a past Captain of the Golf Society. A key issue in the Chairman’s report was the successful negotiation of leasing Headstone Lane to Harrow & St. Mary’s Cricket Club while the meeting approved the updating of the Club rules, a demanding task undertaken by John Watkiss, Alan Toulson and our Chairman.  ..

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General News

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We are sorry to learn of the death of Rev Henry Starkey on 14th June 2010. Rev Starkey was Chaplain of Mill Hill School from 1957-1980 and will be fondly remembered by many OMs. The funeral will be held on Thursday 24th June at the United Reform Church in Winchester. ..

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Tom Jourdan (Ridgeway 1958-62)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tom was born on the 20th August 1944 in the Cresswell Coombe Maternity Hospital in Dumfries Scotland. Soon after Tom was born the family moved to High Wycombe where Tom’s Father joined his father in Law and brother in Law at Parker Knoll. ..

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Peter Parr (Weymouth 1933-39)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Peter Parr died on 21st May 2010 after a short illness just two weeks before his 90th birthday. He was in School House (Weymouth) during the Headmasterships of Maurice Jacks and T.K.Derry. His career at the School was exceptional in that he became both Senior Monitor and was also not only a "triple colour" but Captain of both the Cricket and Hockey teams. The Hockey team was unbeaten against other schools in 1939. ..

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Merit Table 7 Plate final - Old Millhillians 2nd XV vs. Harpenden

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Played at Tring RFC 24th April 2010
After an extremely successful first season in the merit table for the 2nd’s where we ended up 3rd; we had glided our way to the plate final of our merit table. It was a hot day, arguably the hottest of the year so far and the ground was lacking moisture and grass in many places. ..

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Rodney Borgartz 1935-2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rodney Borgartz (Murray 49-52)was born in Harrow on September 21st 1935 and came to Mill Hill in 1948. He was one of the relatively few day boys in those days and consequently joined Murray House. However, in spite of leaving after the Vth form to take up Articles he had already demonstrated a passion and ability for rugby by playing in the Colts XV and forged many friendships which were to last him for the rest of his life. ..

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Michael Thomas (Winterstoke 1949-54)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Michael Robert James Thomas 74 died on Tuesday 30th March 2010. He was born on Monday 16th December 1935 to Robert Leslie Thomas and Dorothy Alice Thomas (nee Saunders). Michael is survived by his wife Joan, his brother Keith, his sister Anne, his daughter Joanne, his son Mark, his grand-daughter Cher-Leigh and his grand-son Dominic. ..

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OMC Leavers Reception 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Leavers reception is an opportunity for the upper sixth to be officially introduced to the Old Millhillians Club and for many students, it is the first time that they have visited the National Liberal Club. ..

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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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