Clive Norris

We regret to record the recent death of Clive Norris (OM 1955-1960). The information came via his and my contemporaries Mick Craske and Mac Allardyce. We hope to be able to give additional information either on the website or in the “Old Maidstonian” in due course.

Malcolm MacCallum (as admin and webmaster)

John Skinner

We are informed by his son Richard (OM 1964-71) that John Skinner, who was the Head of the Mathematics Department at MGS from 1958 to 1966, and was subsequently Head of Oakwood Park Grammar School for 19 years, died on Sunday May 31st. Richard says “As I believe you know, Dad has been suffering from dementia for some time. Very sadly, Dad deteriorated very quickly over the last month and passed away last Sunday but it was very peaceful in his own bed in the nursing home with my mother & sister by his side.”

Among others he taught our immediate ex-President, Gardner Crawley, and me. Richard reports that his father wrote ‘The most challenging aspects came from the preparation of Sixth Form students for Open Scholarship papers at Oxford or Cambridge. I repeat, nothing in my experience was as stimulating as seeking to teach young men, who fundamentally, were more able than myself – at KES [his previous school, King Edward’s in Birmingham] and later at MGS…phew!’

An appreciation will appear in due course in the ‘Old Maidstonian’.

There will be a private cremation on 16th June, which just the family is attending, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 2.30pm at Longbridge Deverill Church, Warminster, Wiltshire, which is open to all. Richard informs us that “It is there since both my parents moved to Warminster 2 years ago to be near my elder sister with Dad going into the dementia wing of the local care home.”

Donations, if desired, for the Goodman Centre which is a day centre for people with dementia in Maidstone. Cheques payable to ‘Age UK Maidstone’ and sent c/o F. Curtis & Son, Funeral Directors, 11 Portway, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8QG Tel: 01985.212033

Malcolm MacCallum as webmaster

Chris Meigh

I don’t know if this information has reached you by other channels, but sadly Chris Meigh passed away recently, and his funeral will be held locally at St. Luke’s Church, Foley Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5AW on Friday 26th June at 12.30 p.m.

I know that Chris taught at MGS from 1976 to 2010, so I am sure that many will remember him, and some may wish to attend the funeral.

The wish is for no flowers but donations instead to the Barnabas Fund and Practical Action, care of the funeral directors, who are Family Funerals, 6 Marlborough Parade, Beverley Road, Maidstone , Kent ME16 9JN; 01622 260210

Regards,

Mark Stockham

MGS (and OMS) seeks Archivist

A message from the Headmaster:

As an Old Maidstonian you will know and appreciate that the history of the School is integral to its ethos and culture, and so the role of a School Archivist is an important one. Following the great work by Mrs Lois Birrell who left at Christmas, the School is now seeking someone who can continue caring for the archives and ensuring they can be shared with future Maidstonians. Two gentleman: Mr Roger Birchall and Mr Jeff Wilkinson assisted Lois in her work and the School is extremely grateful that they are going to continue but are unable to take on the Archivist role fully. If anyone out there is keen to support the School in this area then please contact the Headmaster’s PA on denise.friend@mgs-kent.org.uk. Any support will be very much appreciated.

M Tomkins

Headmaster

Mentoring scheme – more mentors needed

Dear Old Maidstonian,

As you may know we have started to run a student mentoring scheme for MGS students (mostly Sixth formers). The idea is to enable students to have one-to-one contact with Old Maidstonians in their sphere(s) of interest. Old Maidstonians cover an enormous range of professional interests and they are often able to give a little guidance on training, university selection, job opportunities, useful contacts and insights into specific careers. So far we have a team of about 30 mentors, covering some of the fields which interest current students. There are however a few fields not covered and others where the demand cannot be satisfied from our current team. Please consider carefully whether you could spare a little time communicating with a student by email, letter or in person. The demands are very light and always under your control. Whatever your job or profession, we would like to put you on our register of mentors. The scheme can only work if we can offer sufficient diversity of areas of interest and geography. (You do not have to live near Maidstone.)

All fields are welcome, but the following is a list of a few for which we have particular needs at present:-
Architecture
Environmental conservation
Film/TV production (several students)
Marine biology
Medicine

Please complete one of the attached forms and e-mail or post it to me.
(Webmaster: the forms can be found at the Mentoring page)

Kind regards,
Peter Weaver

Peter S.Weaver
Tel: 01435 864541
E-mail: p.weaver@iee.org