OMS AGM and Annual Supper 2017 – 31st March

Dear Old Maidstonians,

OMS AGM and Annual Supper 2017 – 31st March

The AGM and Annual Supper will be held on Friday 31st March 2017. The AGM will be held from 17:45 to 18:30.
As with last year, the Supper will commence promptly at 19:30, and will conclude by 22:00, although the hall and bar will remain open until 23:00.
Entrance this year will again only be through the main entrance door, where you will be greeted. The bar will be open by 17:30. The cost is £22 per head – unfortunately there was an error in the Winter Newsletter in stating that it was £18. Dress is jacket and tie.

The Committee is pleased to announce that the President for 2017 to 2018 will be Sam Coppard, who was School Captain during the 2011 school year. The installation will take place at the Annual Supper.

Over the past few years the numbers have steadily increased, and we are hoping this year to continue the trend – especially with the installation as President of a recent School Captain which we hope will attract a more active involvement from the recent leavers.

Wives and partners are very welcome to attend. If you wish a table to be reserved then please let me know. We very much hope that you will attend, and look forward to seeing you there. The booking form can be found here in Word
Annual Supper Booking Form 2017.doc
or PDF format
Annual Supper Booking Form 2017.pdf

The menu will be:

Ham Hock Terrine on a bed of baby leaves
French Onion Soup (v)

All served with a Crusty Roll & Butter

Boeuf Bourguignon
Cod Mornay
Vegetable Bean Cassoulet (v)

Served with Buttered New Potatoes, Haricots Verts & Julienne Carrots

Tarte Aux Pommes
Crème Caramel
Selection of French Cheeses served with Biscuits

Freshly Brewed Coffee & Mints

You may pay either by sending a cheque, made payable to “Old Maidstonian Society” to:

The Old Maidstonian Society
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
MaidstoneAnnual Supper Booking Form 2017

(If you use this method, please drop me an e-mail letting me know)

Warmest regards
Graham Belson on behalf of the committee

Membership Secretary
Old Maidstonian Society
Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041

Maidstone Grammar School,
Barton Road,
Kent, ME15 7BT
Tel: 01622 752101

Web site:

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.

Mentoring scheme – more mentors needed

Dear Old Maidstonian,

As you may know we have started to run a student mentoring scheme for MGS students (mostly Sixth formers). The idea is to enable students to have one-to-one contact with Old Maidstonians in their sphere(s) of interest. Old Maidstonians cover an enormous range of professional interests and they are often able to give a little guidance on training, university selection, job opportunities, useful contacts and insights into specific careers. So far we have a team of about 30 mentors, covering some of the fields which interest current students. There are however a few fields not covered and others where the demand cannot be satisfied from our current team. Please consider carefully whether you could spare a little time communicating with a student by email, letter or in person. The demands are very light and always under your control. Whatever your job or profession, we would like to put you on our register of mentors. The scheme can only work if we can offer sufficient diversity of areas of interest and geography. (You do not have to live near Maidstone.)

All fields are welcome, but the following is a list of a few for which we have particular needs at present:-
Environmental conservation
Film/TV production (several students)
Marine biology

Please complete one of the attached forms and e-mail or post it to me.
(Webmaster: the forms can be found at the Mentoring page)

Kind regards,
Peter Weaver

Peter S.Weaver
Tel: 01435 864541