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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. 

OHA Annual Dinner 27th May 2015

We are delighted to announce the 2015 Annual Dinner will be held at Haberdashers' Hall, West Smithfield on Wednesday 27th May and our guest speaker will be Lord Moynihan, himself a Haberdasher; won silver at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, became an MP in 1983 and rose to become Minister for Sport in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet. He became Baron Moynihan in 1997. He was Chairman of the British Olympic Association and hence instrumental in the success of the 2012 London Olympics. Colin was Third Warden of the Haberdashers' Company last year and all those who have heard him speak attest to his sparkle and wit after dinner!

Following feedback from members, we are again delighted to invite partners as well as guests to the dinner. It is a great chance to catch up with old School friends and many people take the opportunity to arrange for people from their generation to come along as a group. This is often used to mark significant milestones since leaving School, whether that be 5 or 50 years ago!

Please book and pay for your place online (yes!) by filling in the form using this this website.

Or, if you would prefer to reserve your place by printing off and returning a paper form with a cheque, please follow this link to download the form.

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 ended the season with a narrow win over fellow high flyers Harpenden, the final score was 35-28. A classic game of two halves with OH dominant in the first half with the wind and slope and Harpenden coming back strongly in the second half with the same advantage. The win moved us into 4th place with Chiswick and Hammersmith & Fulham retaining their 2nd and 3rd places as they also both won their last match.

The 2nd XV finished 3rd in the Merit Table behind Letchworth and Tring. In the Knock Out competition they lost narrowly in the first round (46-40) to Hertford in an open, high scoring match. They played Hertford 3's again in the final of the Plate Competition on 25th April, they pleyed really well but lost narrowly 25-26. Winning some silverware would have been a great end to a good season for the 2's who were a credit to the club. 

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.


Latest News

NEWS: Sunday 24th May, 2015

Keith Coggins (1958 leaver), John Coggins (1946 leaver) and John Horrocks (1956 leaver)

I am very sorry to have to report the passing of these three Old Haberdashers ... more

Advertising a Reunion - 1986 (including teachers and a couple of years either side!) - London - 2nd July 6 pm onwards at Brown's Restaurant Covent Garden

The date is set for Thursday 2nd July, in the ‘Judges Rooms’ above Browns Restaurant ... more

Alexander Kok (1941 leaver) - passed away 1st May 2015

Alexander Kok, (1941 Leaver) born February 14 1926, died May 1 2015

Alexander “Bobby” Kok was ... more

Colin Crouch (1975 leaver), 1956-2015. Passed away 18th April 2015

Colin Crouch, who has died aged 58, won the British under-16 championship in 1972 with 10 ... more

Jimmy Reynolds (1945 leaver) - passed away 1st May 2015

Jimmy Reynolds, a 1945 leaver and member of the Association died on 1st May 2015. ... more

OHRFC A XV Photos 1957-58 and 1959-60

Team photos for the 1957-58 and 1959-60 AXV's have been added to the photo gallery. ... more

Upcoming Events

Wed 27th May 15
OHA Annual Dinner at Haberdashers Hall, Smithfield
Tue 23rd Jun 15
Retired Members Lunch at the OHA Clubhouse
Thu 25th Jun 15
OH Ladies Lunch at the clubhouse
Sat 18th Jul 15
OHRFC Caribbean Summer 7s and Party
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