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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. 

The latest issue of the OHA Electronic Newsletter was sent out on 19th August, if you didn't receive a copy please contact secretary@oldhabs.com. A copy can be downloaded from the Newsletter page on the website - please follow this link.

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.

Latest News

Doug Yeabsley 50 years Service to the School


Almost 200 people came together at the School on Saturday 28th June to recognise the contribution that Doug made to generations of schoolboys – on the cricket and rugby fields, on tours to Devon and the Far East, in the classroom and in life in general. It is doubtful that any other master in the history of the School has had such an impact on such a large number of people. The sentiments expressed ball those attending and the messages sent by those unable to attend confirm the high regard and genuine affection that Doug engendered. 

Doug joined the School from St Luke’s in 1964. He taught Chemistry and Games for 38 years and was Housemaster of Russell’s from 1971 (aged 29) to 1986. He made a huge contribution to School sport, primarily cricket and rugby. He has been closely involved with School cricket for 50 years. He ran tours to Devon where the accommodation was based at his “villa” on the cliffs at Branscombe and then introduced the Far East tours. He ran Development Appeals and the Parents Social Committee, officially retiring in 2002.

Doug’s early days at the School were spent living in the master’s accommodation in Aldenham House, alongside David Thomas and Keith Dawson. Not surprisingly a large number of boarders were well coached members of the School 1st XI, including Peter Mackie, Robin Barlow, Andy Scott, Billy Hughes and Nick French who were all at the dinner to thank Doug.

Doug was an inspiration to a large number of boys who may otherwise not have achieved so much at School or in later life and this is where Doug possibly made his biggest contribution. He looked out for boys who needed some self-belief and helped them to develop either through cricket, rugby or other areas. These boys are eternally grateful to Doug and many were at the dinner.

His cricket career for Devon and Minor Counties lasted from 1959 (aged 17 whilst still at School) to 1990 (aged 48). He had a fine record for Minor Counties against the touring sides from 1974 to 1981 (Pakistan 1974, West Indies 1976, India 1979 and Sri Lanka 1981), his best return being 3-45 against Pakistan in 1974. He was described by Ian Botham as “undoubtedly England’s best amateur bowler of the 1970’s” and bowled left arm, fast medium.

Doug played regularly in the back row for Harlequins and Saracens, he was captain of the OHRFC in the 1977-1978 season. Doug coached School rugby alongside David Davies and Ralph Warmington for many years. Including the unbeaten School 1st XV’s in the 1970’s

In the words of Keith Dawson “Doug is an outstanding example of that old fashioned thing, a true and great schoolmaster, boys are at the heart of everything he does, he was a fine teacher of 6th form chemistry, a brilliant coach and a tireless supporter of the good things done by the School”

Please follow this link to see the article about Doug’s contribution to School sport and to Devon cricket from the Times in 2000 written by Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Plus a number of other photos featuring Doug over the years and photos from the dinner on 28th June.


Sports News

Old Haberdashers' RFC

The rugby club ran a successful 7's competition at the School on Saturday 19th July and enjoyed a fantastic Mardi Gras party in the evening back at the clubhouse.

Follow this link to see the 2013/14 fixtures for the 1st and 2nd XVs.

Follow this link to the News section of the OHRFC website, you will need to register before you are able to access the 2013 - 14 match reports.

To download or print a copy of the 2013-14 OHRFC Fixture Card and Brochure follow this link. 

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: Friday 19th September, 2014

Michael Kustow (1957 leaver) died 29th August 2014

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1940's School rugby photos

Jeff Warren has provided two new photographs for the gallery, the 1943 U15 XV and ... more

OHRFC Season Opener

The OHRFC Captain's Carnival takes place at Croxdale Road on Saturday 6th September.

There will be ... more

Upcoming Events

Sun 5th Oct 14
Jazz on Sunday - a lunch with Peter Vacher
Fri 17th Oct 14
Trafalgar Day Dinner
Tue 21st Oct 14
Retired Members Lunch at the OHA Clubhouse
Thu 23rd Oct 14
OH Ladies Lunch at the clubhouse
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