Pictures from the 2016 Annual Supper

Some photos, courtesy of Peter Weaver:

Lindsay Evans, former chair of Governors, was made an Honorary Vice- President of the Society by the President, Richard Ratcliffe.

The President and Lindsay Evans The President and Lindsay Evans
DSCB4710alr Roger Crittenden, the President’s Guest speaker, who proposes the toast to the School
DSCB4714alr The Headmaster, Mark Tomkins, replies
DSCB4720alr The School Captain replies
DSCB4721alr The President makes the Alec Stewart award
DSCB4722blr The President makes the Clifford Award for History
DSCB4723blr The Clifford Award
DSCB4725alr Handover of the Presidency
DSCB4726alr The new President, Neil Turrell (President 2016-17)

Annual Supper Raffle and Auction Prizes

The 2016 Annual Supper was a great success, with almost 100 attending. The speeches were interesting and the food most enjoyable, even if the ‘sticky rice’ was unusual. Neil Turrell became president and Richard Ratcliffe stood down. More detail in the next Newsletter.

There is one issue that we would like to bring to the attention of the membership, and that is the raffle and the auction. To date, the raffle prizes have all been donated by members of the committee, although this year one of the auction items was kindly donated by a member. I wonder if we could ask the membership to remember during the course of the year that prizes for the raffle are needed and if you have any surplus, new items to donate, they would be very welcome and we would be very grateful.

OMS Membership and recruitment

The membership increases year on year. However, the current level of 1,500 is only a very small percentage of the number of students who have attended the school. We are conscious that many of you are in contact with ex-students who are not registered as members. If you know of an ex-pupil who is not a member of the Society, would you please forward their e-mail address (to oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk) and we will take it from there. (Note added by MAHM: we are especially keen to improve coverage among who are neitherretired already nor recent leavers)

MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer

Dear Old Maidstonians

Following the launch of the Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund back in September 2014 we have received generous support from over 120 families and individuals which now totals over £22,000. This is such a pleasing start in the Fund’s infancy.

To ensure its continued development we are seeking an MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer. This will be a voluntary role to support the School and Charity as the Fund grows in size and impact. The role would involve spending between 10 and 15 hours a week in School working closely with me and other key staff. If you are interested in being a part of this and are able to offer a number of hours per week then please contact my PA, Denise Friend via email denise.friend@mgs-kent.org.uk who will send you the Role Description.

If after reading the Role Description you are still interested then please let my PA know and then the Trustees of the MGS Development Fund Charity will consider all interested parties. It would be helpful if you could provide a short statement of any experience that you have in this area and how you see the Development Fund evolving.

Yours sincerely
M Tomkins
Headmaster