On Friday 21st August there was the first gathering of Old Millhillians in Hampshire for many years. Nick Priestnall was in the area seeing individuals and took the opportunity to contact 34 people within a 30 miles radius of Lymington.
More than half of them responded positively to the idea of getting together; however as it was all done at quite short notice some of them had prior commitments. In the end 9 OMs joined Nick at The Mayflower in Lymington on a wonderful summer’s lunchtime.
Do not be fooled by the photograph which only shows 7! Tim Jones had to leave to return to work before it was taken and St Bees man Patrick Scarf was only able to be there a short time having ingeniously extradited himself from a day of hospital visits in order to be there, albeit for a short time. All had been astonished to find that there are so many OMs in the area. Most partook of the local fish and chips which were very good.
At the end of lunch Nick took a few minutes to tell the group about the Mill Hill School Foundation, the four Schools, change of Head, exam results and many other things. The general view was that Mill Hill sounds in great shape and they were delighted.
Tony Phillips said he had organised OM gatherings in the area in the 1980s but that none of those present had attended any of these. All (plus those who couldn’t make it that day) expressed a keenness to do it again and hoped with more notice to get a bigger group. Phil Williamson volunteered to assist Tony in making this happen. Richard Llewellyn who, having just retired and was thus taking a holiday in Greece, has already promised to help too.
Hopefully with such good intent there will be another such gathering before too long.
Left to right
Phil Williamson (Collinson 1962-67), Tony Phillips (Burton Bank 1948-51), Anthony Davies (Ridgeway 1950-55), Peter Davies (Ridgeway 1953-58), Richard Pine (Murray 1954-59), John Fitzgerald (Ridgeway 1944-50), Michael Reynolds (Burton Bank 1945-49),
Also attended but not in photo: Tim Jones (Weymouth 1966-71), Patrick Scarf (Collinson 1940-44).