Data protection and the Membership Register

The Committee adopted the following statement concerning the Membership Register, in order to make clear our compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations. It was then agreed at the 2018 AGM as part of the Society’s Rules.

A Membership Register shall be maintained.
• The purpose of the Membership Register is solely to further the aims of the Society in accordance with its Rules;
• Every member in the Membership Register will have requested or consented, in writing, including by electronic means, that their name be included in the Membership Register;
• The Membership Register shall contain only the contact details of each member (address, telephone, e-mail), and the years they attended MGS;
• The contact details of an individual member may only be released to another member. No person who is not a member of the Society shall have access to any contact information contained in the Membership Register;
• A member may request that all or part of their contact details be withheld from being passed to another individual member, or may request to see what data the Society holds on them by contacting the Membership Secretary, or by e-mail at oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk;
• A member’s details will be securely deleted from the Membership Register, should they leave the Society;
• The Membership Register will be published annually at the beginning of January. It will be forwarded to members by e-mail, or by post to those who do not have e-mail;
• The published Membership Register will not contain any contact details other than the last known hometown and county or country, where that information is available;
• The Committee will audit the location and security of the Membership Register to ensure compliance with all data protection legislation.

Peter Lawrence (OM 1941-48)

Received from Mrs. Ruth Lawrence

Thank you for your Christmas Greetings. I am sorry to have to inform you that my husband, Peter Lawrence, died on 27 November this year. He died of pneumonia in Pembury Hospital. Please let me know if there is any further information that you need for the Old Maidstonians.

With all good wishes

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)

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

Eric Haslam

I recently made a visit to the OM Website and on inspecting the Register of members noticed that there was reference to our oldest recorded member Eric Haslam who left the School in 1935.

I don’t whether you are aware that Eric died aged 96 on 21st April, 2014.

He was a distinguished Police Officer who was the holder of the OBE and the Queen’s Police Medal for outstanding service.

I served with him at Gravesend in the Kent Force and later followed his career when he became Deputy Chief Constable of Kent and later Chief Constable of the British Transport Police

Best wishes
Denys E. Whatmore
1944 – 1949