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The School, Old Millhillians and former members of staff have been involved with Alford House Youth Club in Lambeth for almost 100 years.This remarkable association began in 1923 when Alford House Founder Frank Briant visited Mill Hill School and told the senior boys in Ridgeway House about it. One or two were so interested and inspired that they volunteered at the Club after they left school.Some went on to become instrumental in the survival and success of Alford House over the next century, many have been generous donors of time and money.

Alford House was founded in 1884 in Briant’s words “to promote the mental, moral, physical and spiritual wellbeing of the young people of Lambeth”. The aims haven’t changed but of course the way in which they are achieved have evolved over the years. Alford House is open to young people aged 8-21 and offers a variety of sports, games, creative, educational and recreational activities in a safe and secure environment that is managed by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. It also supports some of the most vulnerable in local schools. More details of all of this can be found on the Alford House website.

The story of Alford House and the involvement of so many members of the Mill Hill community in the past are told in this short history published in 2021 View here. The future of this involvement is positive as well. The CEO and the new Chaplain of the Mill Hill School Foundation have visited Alford House recently and both have indicated a desire to have an active relationship with it. Jane Sanchez, Head of MHS, is a Governor as is Tony Binns, Assistant Head External Relations.

The Trustees have an exciting plan for the refurbishment of the building which has been the Club’s home since 1950/51 to give the Club’s management what it needs to serve the young people of the area in the 2020s. This initiative is called Alford@70; you can see details here.

There will be an opportunity as soon as this is possible for Old Millhillians to visit Alford House, to see it in action and learn about the plans for the future. Alford House is always happy to hear from Old Millhillians who would like to be involved with this special place which does so much great work for and with the young people of one of the most deprived boroughs of London.

If you would like to support Alford House, you can do so here alfordhouse.org.uk/support-us/donate If you are interested in visiting or for more information about any aspect of Alford House, please contact the Chair of Trustees, Nick Priestnall (nick@alfordhouse.org.uk or 07850 484488).

Contact: Nick Priestnall nick@alfordhouse.org.uk

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