Welcome to the Old Haberdashers' Association

This website and its development is funded by the W R (Nobbly) Tanner Memorial Fund in recognition of his contribution to the OHA over many years and to continue his work in communicating with OH around the world. 

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, born September 25 1939, died January 21 2015

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Lord Brittan was one of our most distinguished Old Boys, he left the School in 1956. Please follow this link and scroll down to 1956 to read his obituary. The picture was taken as he spoke at the OHA Annual Dinner in 2010.

Your annual OHA Membership subscription is due on 1st May. New Member subscription rates are £20 per annum (by Direct Debit only) for the first three years and thereafter are payable at the standard rate. Standard Rate Subscriptions are currently £50 per annum or £30 per annum if the member resides more than fifty miles from Borehamwood.

If you don't already pay by Direct Debit please take the time to download the form via this link and send it to the Treasurer. If you prefer to pay by cheque please send it to the Treasurer in good time. For the avoidance of doubt the OHA Treasurer is Dr John Wigley, 13 Marshal's Drive, St Albans, Herts AL1 4RB.

Sports News

Old Haberdashers' RFC

The 1st XV beat 2nd placed Chiswick by 8-17 at Dukes Meadow on Saturday 21st February in a hard fought match. Chiswick had beaten league leaders Harrow in their previous league match - which underlines our current strength. We remain 5th in the league having played Played 17 Won 10 and Lost 7, on 53 points including 13 bonus points – a win is worth 4 league points. We are now 3 points behind the 4th placed side (Chiswick) and 4 points behind the 2nd and 3rd placed sides (Hammersmith & Fulham and Harpenden) who we play on the last two weekends of the season. Could make for an interesting finish to the season!

In the words of Simon Miller (1st team captain) –

“We played against a 12 point wind in the first half. Did a lot of defending for 40 minutes and frustratingly conceded 1 try and a late penalty so were down 8-0 at half time.

We never really hit top gear in attack as we lacked a bit of accuracy in the backs but our pack dominated the scrum and outmuscled the opposition when needed to ensure that we stayed in control throughout the second half. We kicked 1 penalty followed by a penalty try (dominant scrum) so within 10 minutes of the 2nd half were leading 10-8. We scored again through Ian McGhee (fly half) making a good break before off loading to myself to make it 17-8. Perhaps the most satisfying and defining part of the game was the defence for the final 10 minutes. We were right on our line but our tight defence as well as the scramble was excellent with great commitment for every player which denied them a losing bonus point.”

The next league match is at home to second from bottom St Albans on Saturday 28th February – despite their lowly position they ran league leaders Harrow close last Saturday only losing by 18-24. So they will fighting for a win and we will need a strong performance to beat them.

Our supporters have been invited to attend the pre-match lunch at Tabard RFC on Saturday 7th March. This will be another hard fought match against our local rivals who have turned round a poor start to the season and have won their last 7 matches. It would be great to bring another large crowd of OH supporters to Cobden Hill and help spur our players to victory. The cost of the lunch will be £25 including wine. Please let me know if you would like to come to the lunch as I will be co-ordinating our party with Tabard. Send an email to me at martin.s.baker768@btinternet.com

The 2nd XV had a great win on Saturday beating Hampstead 13-3 and have now played 14, won 8 and lost 6. They ended the normal league season in 3rd place and have  moved onto the Play Off matches to determine the final place in the league. They lost to second placed Letchworth in the first of the Play Off matches on Saturday 31st January. They beat the 4th placed side Hampstead 13-3 at home on February 21st and now play the 1st placed side (Tring) at home on March 7th. The finals will be on March 21st.

The OHRFC Annual Dinner is being held at the Thistle Marble Arch on Saturday 28th March – you and your guests are all very welcome to attend what is always an excellent evening – we are promised  “An extravaganza of food, wine, words, music, laughter, banter and beer with the Former Pontypool, Ebbw Vale, Llanelli and Wales prop, Iestyn Thomas, as our guest speaker”.

Please follow this link to download your copy of the 2014-15 Handbook, containing results, fixtures, list of officers and two great articles from the President and “from the touchline”.

About the OHA

The OHA has a long and successful history (since 1888) and enjoys close, friendly links with the School. One of its principal aims is to encourage members of the OHA in all parts of the world to keep in touch.  Its main activities include: 

  • Social Programme:
    the OHA organises a wide and diverse social programme including musical entertainments, wine tastings, visits to interesting venues, galleries, theatres etc, University socials, a black tie Annual Dinner at Haberdashers’ Hall, regular lunches for retired members, close links with school CCF activities. Event locations vary from the School and OH clubhouse to central London and regional venues.
  • Networking:
    connecting Haberdashers in similar professions or with similar interests (e.g. the City, medicine, media) through events, talks, directories & informal contacts.  The OHA also works with the School to enable boys to benefit further from the expertise and knowledge of the diverse community of Old Haberdashers, for example through careers advice and work experience opportunities.
  • Reunions:
    Year group, anniversary and regional reunion events
  • Sports:
    Active and successful Cricket, Rugby and Football clubs (based at its Borehamwood sports ground) and Golf and Rifle societies which field regular teams in league and cup competitions. Informal matches have been organised for other sports e.g. Hockey, Tennis & Water Polo. There is an OHA sports day at the school in the summer when OHA cricket teams play against the school at various levels.
  • Involvement in School events. These include the annual Remembrance Day CCF parade at the school where the OHA President lays a wreath on the OHA war memorial.
  • Communications:
    Members receive regular e-mail newsletters and a substantial annual magazine with news and features on Old Haberdasher and School events and achievements.
  • Charitable Activities:
     There is a Haberdashers' Aske's Lodge and an OHA Benevolent Fund.

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Fri 6th Mar 15
OHA Quiz Night and Hot Buffet Croxdale Road. Quizmaster Jim Tarpey 6th March 2015
Sat 21st Mar 15
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Sat 28th Mar 15
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Tue 28th Apr 15
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