R V Hughes (Staff 1968-74)

We received the following news from Joe Cloke:

I am writing to let you know that Mr R V Hughes, who was Director of Music at MGS in the 70s (I think), died last Sunday 26 March at the age of 88.

I met Reg in September 1962 when I took up my first teaching post at Gosport County Grammar School and became friends with him and his wife, Peggy.

He was Head of Music and somehow persuaded me to take a leading rôle in two operettas, La Belle Hélène and Gypsy Baron. He also played the organ at my own wedding.

It was an odd coincidence that, when he left Gosport, he joined the staff of my old school!

Sadly, just over 2 years ago he suffered a stroke, which, while not impairing his mind, left him immobile to the extent that he spent the rest of his life in a nursing home. He is survived by Peggy, his daughter Jane and son John.

I am sure that there will be Old Maidstonians who have fond memories of him as I do.

The Society’s archivist, Jeff Wilkinson, writes:

Reg Hughes was at MGS from 1968 to 1974 when he taught English and was, as you say, Head of Music. During his time he played the piano when the school choir entered the Llangollen Eisteddfod, led the Transport Society, was instrumental in creating the Musician’s school tie, arranged concerts and school productions as has been mentioned before. Included in the latter was La Belle Hélène (photos attached) when appears to have been an exquisite production judging by the photos, although I am not too sure about the Victorian bathing costume! Sorry about the quality of the photos – they are scans taken from The Maidstonian (best I can do at the moment).

Kent history

Members may be interested by the information in this email from John Bunyard to the OMS committee.

“I just wanted to let you know that the talk I gave before Christmas at Maidstone Museum, which you kindly advertised in the last Newsletter, was a sell-out. Interestingly, there were some heavy hitters in the audience from the Kent sports scene. It led directly to the start of discussions about the possibility of developing more than one permanent exhibition of Kent sports and social history. Not a bad result!

Needless to say, the Covid crisis has put it all on ice for the moment. Since the public appetite is obviously there, however – 20,400 visitors came to the Maidstone exhibition – I thought we must keep the flame burning. So I’ve been working furiously on a major new website concerning Kent’s amazing history. If I get to the end, it will contain over 800 exhibits; but, as a lot of people are already going a bit stir-crazy, I’ve just posted the first 10%, which ought to keep anyone occupied for an hour or two. It’s now up at https://oldbunyardskentpride.com/

Please do take a look, and by all means share it around.

Regards
John”

OMS AGM and Annual Supper 2020 – Friday 27th March

The Old Maidstonian Society AGM and Annual Supper will be held at the school on Friday 27th March 2020. 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 has done for the past couple of years.

The President, Nancy Powell, has invited Toby Davies as her guest. Toby left MGS in 1994. Since leaving he has worked as a stage and screen writer (something he began to much acclaim whilst at MGS). He has worked on major TV series, and stage shows, here and in the US for a range of production companies. We are certain he will be an entertaining speaker.

The incoming President for 2020 to 2021 will be Graham Walker, who retired in 2018 after 37 years at MGS, and whom many of you will remember, not least because he was the President’s guest at the Annual Supper last year.

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.

There were many compliments about the newly appointed caterers for last year’s Annual Supper, Cucina. They will again be preparing our meal. The menu is available at this link in PDF Supper Menu as PDF or Word Supper Menu for Word. The meal will again be served at the tables. The caterer will provide place names with each diner’s menu choices printed on one side.

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 either by e-mail, 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, which remains the same as last year and still 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 (If you use this method, please drop me an e-mail letting me know):

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

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
Tel: 01622 752101

Warmest regards,
The Committee

Updated Rules: as of 23 March 2018

These rules were adopted at an EGM in March 2018 and amend the previous rules. They are designed to meet the General Data Protecton requirement. (A further small amendment was made at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.)

They are available as a Web page at Society Rules
They are posted here in docx format for Word:
OMS RULES 23 March 2018 (DOCX)
and in PDF format for users with other software:
OMS RULES 23 March 2018 (PDF)

OMS London event 14 November 2019, 7 PM

Following the success of the previous London events, the Society would again like to invite all Old Maidstonians to an early evening informal gathering being held at The George Inn in Southwark, from 19:00 until 21:30. The evening will be hosted by our President, Mrs Nancy Powell.

The historic 17th century George Inn is a galleried coaching inn at 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH, close to The Shard and London Bridge.

A private room with pay bar has been booked and there will be a buffet. The Society will meet part of the costs of the evening, but we would appreciate a nominal £10 contribution, which should be paid on the evening. In order that we can have an idea of the numbers wishing to attend, and therefore the amount for the buffet, we would be very grateful if you would please let us know at oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk. We have to advise The George Inn 10 days in advance, so please respond as soon as possible.