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Newsflash: 20th April 2016

Martin Baker, 21 March 2015

Martin Baker (OH 1978)

It is with the most painful regret that we have to announce the death of Martin Baker, OHA President and Secretary, and former Captain and President of OHRFC.

Martin had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2012 and had been undergoing hormone control and chemotherapy since then. He died peacefully at The Sue Rider Hospice in Nettlebed on the evening of Tuesday 19th April, having transferred there from home just a couple of days previously. Our thoughts and love are with Martin's wife Connie, family and friends.

It is difficult to articulate just how stoic and matter-of-fact Martin was about his illness and how bravely he bore it. In May 2013, he summarised the situation as "One of those things and I will enjoy everything I can for as long as I can." He certainly did that, tirelessly continuing to work for the Association and rugby club until just a few weeks ago. His legacy is wide and deep and all OH offer Martin a debt of gratitude for his relentless hard work.

As Connie said, "The school association and rugby have been the biggest force in his life and he values the wonderful and often hilarious memories of all your rugby trips and the fun you had at home and abroad. I know that he cares dearly for you all."

Details of the funeral will be communicated as appropriate, as they become known. 

We want to give the final words to the man himself, taken from an email he sent to the OHA Executive Committee and OHRFC at the end of March:


"At the present time I don’t want to see people, not because I am feeling particularly anti-social but mainly fatigued I think. Even spending 10 mins with people will wipe me out for the day. I welcome all your emails but I would prefer to be remembered as someone active rather than someone confined to bed.

People are very kind. It’s very humbling, but so uplifting to hear from my OH friends. I have had so much fun at Habs and I shall always be grateful for the day that I first crossed the OH portal. I can’t possibly contact everyone individually so I’m hoping that the message gets round as widely as possible.

As you would expect, Connie has been my rock and is doing every single thing she possibly can to help give me the best quality of life. Without Connie I couldn’t cope with all that is involved and which will no doubt worsen despite the best palliative care possible.

I feel relatively compos mentis today so we are taking the opportunity to send a short update and I hope this message will reach as many of the rugby, OHA and School groups as possible.

My latest results at the start of March 2016 show that the final chance of a new type of chemo treatment is not working, I am feeling very fatigued and drifting in and out of sleep. All days are different but I have had to take a decision to conclude all my OH related matters.

The Iain Rennie hospice and palliative care team are second to none, they have taken over my day to day treatment from the oncology team. The plan is to stay at home then to move on to the hospice if necessary.

So a brief message of thanks to all my OH friends and maybe we will meet again in the Clubhouse in the Sky.”


Rest in peace, Martin, and a boundless thank you for your energy, hard work and enthusiasm, but most of all the pleasure of your friendship on the pitch, at the bar and around the meeting table. A true gentleman and consummate Old Haberdasher, never to be forgotten. 





Sir Martin Sorrell to speak at the Annual Dinner, Weds 25th May 2016

We are delighted to announce the details of the premier event in the OHA's social calendar, the Annual Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2016, again in the splendid surroundings of Haberdashers' Hall, EC1.

We are especially thrilled to have secured as our guest speaker none other than Sir Martin Sorrell (OH 1963), CEO of WPP plc. Sir Martin is frequently sought to give his analysis of global events, so a fascinating and engaging speech is assured.

Tickets now available from £75.

Full details, including how to book, are on the news page.

The Latest Spring 2016 Edition of The OHA E-Newsletter is available to view, here


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

16th April 2016  results: OH 1st XV 21 - HAC 1st XV 3; This maintains OH in third position in London NW Division 2 on 66 points, 13 points behind second placed Hammersmith and Fulham who are on 79 points and 19 points behind run away leaders Fullerians who are on 85 points!

The last Past Players lunch at Croxdale Road this season will take place against:

OMT – 23rd April 2016 (St Georges Day!) at Croxdale Road, followed by end of season Players and Supporters Dinner 

Please follow this link to download your copy of the 2015-16 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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