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M.J.B. (Henry) Riches

Henry will be fondly remembered by many from his twenty years of dedicated service to Horris Hill from 1998-2018. Head of English, Director of Studies, director of the Senior Play, orchestrator of balloon debates, inventor of the Spy Game and January Jamboree, on the coals at the Saturday night BBQs and much more; he was a consummate schoolmaster. 
Our condolences are with his family.
Book Owner: Felix Beardmore-Gray
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Rory Castle

I was very saddened to learn of Mr Riches’ recent passing and particularly that he was not able to enjoy the long and happy retirement that he so richly deserved.  Mr Riches was a brilliant and inspiring teacher who spent many hours indulging my nascent interest in ‘creative writing’ by enduring all of my …

Henry Phillips

Henry was a great friend, then colleague at Summer Fields, then friend again and Godfather to our eldest. His sense of humour shone through, whether we were coaching the warthogs, selecting the MM XI, camping in France or staging plays. He was always a most welcome guest and I shall miss the very many …

Dalrymple family (3 OBs)

Henry was Director of Studies and taught all three of the Dalrymple boys. Strict, no nonsense but with great intellect, a good sense of humour (his braces were delightfully gaudy and enticing enough for the odd “ping”) but above all, very responsible, kind and caring over his boys. We owe much gratitude to Henry …

Harvey Vere-Whiting (O.B. 2019)

Mr Riches was a wonderful man, who guided me through the last year of my schooling at Horris Hill. He was responsible for the creation of some of everybody’s favourite times at school, such as the January Jamboree and the Spy Game, both of which are the memories I recall most vividly. He was …

Henry Lewin

What an amazing man, who brightened many an evening and classroom during my time at Horris Hill. I shall never forget him, nor his propeller cap as he stood watching the 4th XI “for the drama”.  I am so grateful to have had Mr Riches as hands down one of the best teachers ever, …

Edward Robinson

I consider myself very fortunate to have had Mr Riches as my tutor at Horris Hill. He was fair and reasonable; funny and wise. He knew how to give a boy praise whilst also having the tact to point out where you were going wrong, and how to fix things. He was everything I …

Jaime Mera Gem and family

Great memories of that year and special thanks to the memory of Mr Richies for his love, understanding and support …I will remember him for a lifetime. …

Rory Cattermull

Mr Riches was one of the greatest teachers I ever had throughout my schooling. He always managed to make subject matter both engaging and accessible, and he was instrumental in helping me prepare for my scholarship exams to Sherborne. I will also fondly remember the extra-curricular activities he put on, such as the balloon …

Sam Barclay

Mr Riches was my tutor whilst at HH. I came to HH with not the best ‘academic’ record. Mr Riches was absolutely brilliant at encouraging my reading and improving my general knowledge. Without his dedication and support I honestly do not think I would have become a doctor. He was honest, funny and made …

Claire Allott

Henry was a true gentle man and gentleman. It was a privilege to have been a colleague. Working with him on his plays was always so very entertaining. Delighted that Felix found the picture of Henry with that leg! A marvellous sense of humour. A wealth of knowledge! A terrific grin when I appeared …
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