Clubs, teams and associations that are either related to or that have been set up by pupils who attended the Hatcham College.
Our sister association for those who attended the Girls’ School. Contact: Janet Gearing
CITY DINERS – contact Steve Homewood
The OA City Diners was set up in the early 1960‘s as a Luncheon Club for Old Askeans working in the City of London. In its early days, it met at the Monument Club, but over the years it has found it necessary to change its venue, holding its lunches at several well known eating places, in and around the City. In recent years, the Diners have met at The George Inn at Southwark, an old Coaching Inn dating from the 17th Century.
The Diners meet three times a year, usually in February, June or July and October. The February and October lunches are for Diners and their male guests only, however ladies are invited to the Summer lunch, particularly the ladies of those Old Askeans who are no longer with us.
GOLF SOCIETY – contact Roger Goodman
OLD ASKEAN RAMBLING CLUB – Contact Roger Pawley (Captain) or Dennis Johnson (Secretary)
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD ASKEAN RAMBLING CLUB
Originally formed in 1889 as the Old Askean Cycling and Rambling Club, it can lay claim to being one of the oldest Rambling clubs in the country and is certainly the oldest one connected to a school.
Membership is open to all members of both the Old Askean and the Hatcham Associations, their spouses and partners and Federation staff. Individual membership costs the princely sum of half a crown a year, a figure that has remained unaltered since the Club’s inception. However since decimalisation, our treasurer will only accept a minimum subscription of 13p!
The annual programme covers the period from September to July and consists of walks roughly every third Sunday afternoon. The normal distance covered by these walks is around 5 or 6 miles and is covered at a speed of around 2 miles per hour.. Someone recently suggested that the Club should be renamed the Old Askean Ambling Club in view of the speed on our walks!.
One of the high spots of the Club’s calendar is undoubtedly The Five Nights Away, a feature started about 1990, where around 20 members of the Club go to various parts of the country to explore new areas for walking. These have included the Isle of Wight, the Cotswolds, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Malvern Hills, Portland in Dorset, N. Devon, the Peak District, the Wye Valley, Chester, Stourport on Severn, Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Shrewsbury, the Ipswich area, and in May 2018 The New Forest. On such an occasion, although walks are arranged for mornings on the days that we are there, there is no compulsion to partake in all of them or even any of them. It has become an enjoyable social occasion for those of our members not able to undertake rambles these days.
So, if you would like to come and just enjoy the company of former school friends, the current members of The Rambling Club will be delighted to see you.
For further information about the O.A.R.C., please contact the Secretary, who is Dennis Johnson, or The Captain Roger Pawley. You are very welcome to turn up at any of the walks, and do some sampling before you need to go to the formality of joining.
Willie’s Boys is a group of Old Askeans, initially formed from Askeans who joined the School in 1944. At first the group would meet once a year for the Varsity match at Twickenham, followed by Dinner at a Central London Restaurant. In recent years a Summer Lunch has been introduced, usually held in the leafy suburbs of South East London . The Group chose their name after Mr.Willie Brooks, who had been their Form Master during their 3rd, 4th and 5th years at School.
47 CLUB – contact Dennis Johnson
For those who started in 1947 or thereabouts
49’rs – Contact Howard Williamson
For those who started in 1949
ASKEAN RFC – contact Ian Lunn
Now an Open Club, but still managed and supported by a large number of O.A.s and maintaining a link with the rugby players at the current Federation. Contact for the Supporters Club is Chas Wickens. Click here for the Rugby Club website
‘Friends of Askean RFC’
A new charity ‘Friends of Askean RFC’, which has been created to support the rugby club and the local community.
It follows a very generous donation by a former player, Mike Lalley, who wants to put something back for all the good times he enjoyed playing for Askeans.
Today we are launching the ‘Friends’ website – It is your website and, with your help, we will update it on an on-going basis. Including details of a number of new planned and regular events.
We are excited about this new project and want as many Askeans as possible to get involved in the events and the website.
If you’d like to help the launch, there is a Just Giving page that will be opening next week, for a short while.
Our aim is to build on the legacy and ensure the future of Askean Rugby
Thanks for reading,
Steve Homewood, Paul Walsh,
Chair Askean RFC Chair ‘Friends of Askean RFC’
The Club at Well Hall, Kidbrooke Lane, London, SE9 6FL
The Old Askean Lodge
Contact Peter Dessent with a link to http://www.oldaskeanlodge.co.
Old Askean Social & Leisure Activities Ltd. – Current Company Sec: R P Robinson
The Old Askean Social and Leisure Activities Ltd. is a Private Company limited by shares (Registered No. 259400).
Any Full member of the Association may apply in writing to be a shareholder of the Company.
The Company’s Memorandum of Association state in paragraph 3 that The Company’s objects are to assist financially in the establishment, upkeep and conduct of clubs or groups as the Company may from time to time identify as created for the reunions, social, leisure and recreational activities of the former male pupils of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College and its predecessor Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ School and all such things, financial or otherwise, as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects. All issued shares in the Company may only be held by OAs who are Full Members of the Association and are former pupils of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College or Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ School.