London Get Together, March 1st 2018

The Committee has re-arranged the previously postponed "London Get-Together" and would like to invite all Old Maidstonians to an early evening informal gathering being held on the 8th Floor & South Terrace of Bush House (30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG). The rescheduled Get-Together will be on Thursday 1 March 2018, 19:00 to 21:30.

As the former home of BBC Worldwide, the newly renovated
Bush House
offers outstanding views of the London skyline from the rooftop terrace, including the River Thames, Westminster, the London Eye and St Pauls (as shown at the above link). Once again we are very grateful to Ralph Luck OBE for securing this room for the Society.

The 8th Floor & South Terrace has a pay bar and there will also be a buffet.

In order that we can have an idea of the numbers wishing to attend, and the amount for the buffet, we would be grateful if you would please let the Membership Secretary/Treasurer know, e.g. by email to

The Society would appreciate a nominal £10 contribution, which can be paid in advance to the OMS account (details below) or on the evening.

You can pay by 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
Reference: Your name / London Event or AS

(please let us know by e-mail 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
Kent ME15 7BT

William Golding – any reminiscences?

Dear Members,

Jeff Wilkinson, archivist at the school, has requested that this be passed on:

I know that this is a long-shot but I am aware that we have Old Maidstonians who lived at this time and have good memories, so please can you help? I am trying to find any OM who has memories of William Golding, author of ‘Lord of the Flies’, when he taught at the school between 1938 and 1940, or perhaps when he joined the Navy for war-time service. My reason for asking is that Kent Life are intending publishing an article about him next year as a celebration of the time he spent at MGS and I am sure that individual memories would highlight the item.

If any relation of yours was at MGS at that time but does not have internet access, then perhaps you could ask them on my behalf.

Please reply to

Thanking you in anticipation,

Jeff Wilkinson, Archivist

Norman Butcher (1939-46)

From Colin Butcher (

Norman Edward Butcher of Edinburgh passed away peacefully on Sunday 23rd April at the Western General Hospital.

Born in Chichester 1928, educated at Maidstone, Sheffield and Oxford (Queen’s College).

Taught at Reading University and at the Open University in Scotland from its inception.

Geologist, educator and historian.

Funeral service at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, EH7 4HW, on Friday 5th May at 15.30.