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Recent HA Events

The Harrow Association has held a number of events since the last reports in the November issue of the Harrow Record including OH Club events, HA Songs, House Dinners, Young OH Careers events and a Harrow Football tour.

90 OHs from two generations gathered with their wives and girlfriends for HA Songs in Speech Room on 3 October.  OHs who entered the School between 19543-19602 mingled with OHs who arrived between 19913-19962. All enjoyed listening to the School XII, hearing excerpts from The Harrovian read to them by current pupils, and listening to the Head Master, Jim Hawkins, who spoke about Harrow School today. The OH singing was strong and all enjoyed drinks and a delicious dinner in the Shepherd Churchill following the event.

Association Day took place on 5 October and a number of OHs took the opportunity to see the School in action on a working day and witness the Harrow 1st XV narrowly lose to Wellington 25-40.

22 current Harrovians ventured to Newcastle for the annual Harrow Football Tour on 16-17 November. Master in Charge Chris Terry organised an excellent fixture against the combined might of OHs from both Newcastle and Durham universities and all enjoyed a tour dinner at the Royal Station Hotel after the match. A match report can be found in The Harrovian here.

Founders Day took place on 2 February. A full report can be found in The Harrovian here.

OH Club Events

The dynamic new Entrepreneurs and Investors Club continues to expand their membership amongst OHs. They held a drinks reception on 10 September at the fashionable Beaufort House, off the Kings Road in Chelsea, and heard talks from Daniel Land (Rendalls 19963), the founder of food chain Coco di Mama, David Page of Clapham House Group and Clare Lower from Gourmet Trotter. They held a second event at Beaufort House on 15 October. Andrew Ritchie MBE, the inventor of the popular Brompton folding bicycle, spoke to a packed room about his career.

A small but intrepid group of OH wine enthusiasts met at The Ten Cases in Covent Garden for a ‘bring your own bottle’ dinner on 10 October.  OH Hon. Secretary Adam Raffety will be looking for other suitable venues in the future and is proposing to organise some more wine tours abroad.

The OH Medical Society held their annual Tripartite Dinner at Eton College and heard from Old Etonian Nobel Laureate, Professor Sir John Gurdon. The next dinner will be held at Winchester in 2015.

House Dinners

The Grove held their House Dinner at The Caledonian  Club in Halkin Street on 26 September.  150 Old Grovites, two former former House Masters, Peter Stilwell and Peter Bieneman, and the present House Master Chris Tolman, made the trip to Belgravia for fine food and Songs.  The evening was successfully chaired by James de Broë Fergusson (The Grove 19813).

95 Old Newlandians attended the House Dinner at the Cavalry and Guards Club, organised by Chairman Tim Ward (Newlands 19773), whose son Thomas Ward, was present in his capacity as current Head of School. Two former House Masters were present (Mark Greenstock and Richard Burden) and current House Master Eugene Higgins spoke to the guests about Newlands achievements.

Careers Advice

The School's Career Convention was held on the evening of Sunday 19 January 40 Old Harrovians volunteers were among the seventy advisors from a variety of different industries and professions to offer careers advice to the boys in the Fifth and Sixth Forms after a dinner with the Head Master. Over 300 boys attended the convention. We are most grateful to the Old Harrovians and others who gave up their Sunday evening to assist in the development and nourishment of future generations of Harrovians.

Heritage Matters

You may have read that the archives of The Harrovian, the School’s weekly editorial, dating back to 1828, can now be searched online at  Last year, we also produced a Harrow Families website at which allows users to view details of the Harrow Family archives. These are volumes of books recording the genealogies of those families who have attended Harrow for three or more generations. For many years, these were meticulously maintained firstly by the late Major R O Bridgeman (Druries 19023) and then by Sir Lawrence Verney (The Head Master’s 19383) and more recently by Peter Hunter (Harrow Master).  These documents are now fully searchable and well worth a browse. 

The HA is currently involved in a project to scan and digitise the School’s War Memorial Books, copies of which have been held in the Chapel Crypt and the Vaughan library. The manuscripts contain biographies of the 644 OHs who lost their lives during World War One. The scans will be posted to a World War 1 memorial website along with other related memorabilia which the School Archivist will make available. This site will go live in August later in the year. 

Please contact James Virgin at for a username and password to access these sites. We also hope to have fully digitised the archives of Harrows unique annual Contio in the near future. More news will follow when the site is up and running. 

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"I have to say how impressed I am with this Association business. It has restored my faith in the human race and indeed the end product of Harrow School."
 - Giles Matthey (The Head Master’s 2000³)