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:

Get-Together in London – 27th January – Reminder

The Society would like to invite all Old Maidstonians to an early evening informal gathering being held at The George Inn in Southwark, from 18:30 on. The evening will be hosted by Neil Turrell.

Dear Members,

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: The George Inn

A private room with pay bar has been booked and there will be a finger buffet. The Society will meet part of the costs of the evening, but we would appreciate a nominal £10 contribution, which can be paid on the night.

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 We have to advise the George Inn 10 days in advance, so please respond as soon as possible.

Warmest regards
The Committee

MGS Careers evening – appeal for speakers

From: Acaster,Sharon <>

With Year 13 university applications well underway, I’m now starting to think ahead to our careers evening in the spring.
We have a provisional date for our careers evening next year of Wednesday 15th March.

As it’s the first one we’ve done in this format (i.e. evening rather than lunchtime talks from employers) we will probably keep it fairly small and manageable to see how it goes; probably no more than 10-12 speakers. The format is likely to involve having the careers talks running simultaneously in various classrooms around the school, and we envisage getting the students/parents to sign up in advance to the talks they wish to attend so we get an idea of how many to expect for each talk. If some are more popular, or if people want to attend more than one talk, we could possible run some of them twice. I am imagining a 20-25 minute talk with time for questions etc. at the end.

Ideally we would be looking for speakers who are currently working in their industry and who would be able to provide information that is up-to-date and relevant to students interested in starting a career in the industry. I have already been in contact with a couple of recent former students, who are happy to be involved and I see no reason why we couldn’t have more than one speaker from the same industry, as that would give a more rounded view of the career, particularly if we have someone who is fairly new to the career and someone with more experience.

I’ve been talking with the Year 11s to get some ideas of the career areas that seem to be popular, so if we could cover some of these at the careers evening, that would be great.
They are as follows:

Accountancy/Finance/Business & Economics
Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Aeronautical)
Medical (Doctor/Physiotherapy)
Computing (Software Engineering/Games design/programming)
Police/Armed Forces Officer (RAF/Navy/Army)

If it is successful and we get a reasonable number of attendees we could potentially look at running it on an annual or biennial basis, with different careers/speakers each time.
Look forward to hearing from you.

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)