Annual Supper and AGM

The 2019 Old Maidstonian Society AGM and Annual Supper will be held at the school on Friday 26th April 2019, later than usual because Easter falls in late April. Dress is jacket and tie.

The AGM will be held from 17:45 to 18:30. The Supper will commence promptly at 19:30, and will conclude equally promptly by 22:00, as there will again be a Master of Ceremonies to ensure that all runs on time, as it did last year, which all agreed was a great improvement!.

The President’s Guest this year will be Graham Walker, who retired last year after 37 years at MGS, and whom many of you will remember. We very much look forward to Graham’s reflections on his time at MGS, which are sure to be very entertaining. A tribute to Graham by the head, Mark Tomkins, appeared in the Summer 2018 Old Maidstonian Newsletter. The incoming President will be Nancy Powell, who attended the school from 1993 to 1995, and has since gone on to forge a very successful business career. Nancy will of course be the first female President of the Society, and she is already bringing some fresh new ideas to the committee’s meetings. There was an article about Nancy in the Winter 2018 Old Maidstonian Newsletter.

There will again be a professional bar service with beer, spirits, port and soft drinks being served before dinner and also at tables during the meal. The bar will be open by 18:00, and the hall and bar will remain open until 23:00. Entrance will again only be through the main entrance door, where you will be greeted.

The School appointed new caterers this year, following a tendering process. The new caterers are Cucina, who hold several catering contracts in schools in the south east and they have made an excellent start at MGS, impressing staff and pupils alike. The Chairman and Secretary have attended a special tasting of possible menu items for this year’s Supper, and the finalised menu is set out at this link. Another change is that the food will be served to diners at their tables – no more queuing! The caterer will provide place names with each diner’s menu choices printed on one side.

Partners are very welcome to attend. The supper is an opportunity to recognise significant anniversaries, the 50th anniversary of entering the school.

Everyone attending is requested to:
Make payment by one of the methods below;
Pre-select their menu choices from the attached menu, and forward them to the Membership Secretary by the online form at this link, or by e-mail to oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk, or by phone, or by mail to the school addressed to the OMS;
Advise the Membership Secretary when booking if you wish to sit with another member.

The cost is £25 per head, a modest increase that reflects the very high quality and quantity of food being served. In view of the fact that meals will be prepared and served with each individual’s menu selections, payment must be made in advance.

You may pay either by internet bank transfer to:
The NatWest Bank, Maidstone Branch
3 High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XU
Account: Old Maidstonian Society
Account no: 00051802
Sort Code: 60-60-08
IBAN:GB31 NWBK 606008 00051802
BIC (Swift): NWBKGB2L
Reference: Your name/OMS AS
(please let us know by e-mail, or via the online booking form, if you use this method)

Or by sending a cheque, made payable to ‘Old Maidstonian Society’, to:
The Old Maidstonian Society
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 7BT

Best regards,
The Committee