The biggest coffee morning in the world

A message from the Headmaster

Dear Parents/Guardians/Old Maidstonians,

Once again the School will be supporting the MacMillan Cancer Relief Biggest Coffee Morning in the World day on Friday, 29th September 2017.

Last year with the support of the school community and your support we raised over £600 for this very worthwhile charity. I would like to invite you to come in and support our coffee morning again. It will be held in the Big Hall between 10.30 and 11.30 am. Independent Catering, our School Meals Contractor has donated home cooked cakes and biscuits for the event. It will be £1 for a hot/cold drink and a cake/biscuit.

If you have some free time on the 29th why not drop in to the school and support MacMillan Cancer Relief.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Tomkins

Jimmy Clinch memorial concert – Otham 30 Sept

Dear Members,

Many of you will remember Jimmy Clinch who taught chemistry at the school after a career in industry and was himself an Old Maidstonian having left in 1991. He was also, at various times, Secretary of the Society and after retirement, Clerk to the Governors of MGS. He was also President of the Society in 1994/5. Perhaps surpassing all of that his immersion in the musical life of the school was total and his publication “Gaudeamus” will be a living and ongoing testimony as the definitive record for future generations.

He became a pupil in 1938 and, after leaving for a period of National Service, he then read Chemistry at Jesus College, Cambridge. After years of working in the chemical industry he joined MGS as a teacher in 1974 and spent 17 years there.

Following his passing in the spring of this year the event below will be held to celebrate his life and his passion for music. His funeral was held in the North East of England where he had relocated some three years ago to be nearer his family as his health had deteriorated. This event will enable those who were unable to attend the funeral to mark his passing.


In memory of Jimmy Clinch


As well as being a very long standing member of St Nicholas and supporter of the Friends Jimmy Clinch was a highly regarded musician locally. He played the oboe in orchestras, sang in choirs and most importantly founded the Rochester Arts Orchestra which he conducted for many years. Members of that Orchestra (now called the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra) and other friends will be presenting a concert in his memory which will be attended by his wife Anne and members of their family.

The programme will include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Haydn’s Lark Quartet and the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe by Benjamin Britten. Other choral and instrumental items will include music by Elgar, Jimmy’s favourite composer.

Tickets at £10 (including wine and light refreshments) are available in advance from Hugh Vaux (01622 861245) and Trevor Brearley (01622 738764) or on the door. The proceeds will be shared between the CRSO and the Friends of Otham Church. Do please spread the word to anyone who knew Jimmy.

Warmest regards
The OMS Committee

Old Maidstonian Society
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
ME15 7BT

Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041

London Get-Together – Thursday 5th October 2017, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Following the success of the first London event in January, the Society would like to invite all Old Maidstonians to an early evening informal gathering being held in the River Room at King’s College London.

On the second floor of the King’s main Campus on the Strand, and with splendid views over the Thames, the River Room is a fantastic venue for our second London event and we are grateful to Ralph Luck OBE for securing this location for us.

A private room with pay bar has been booked and there will be a buffet. The Society would appreciate a nominal £10 contribution, which can be paid in advance to the OMS account (details below), or on the night.

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 us know at

Our account:
Natwest Bank, Maidstone Branch, 3 High Street, Maidstone, ME14 1XU
Account: OMS
Account no: 00051802
Sort Code: 60-60-08
IBAN: GB31 NWBK 606008 00051802

Warmest regards
The Committee
Old Maidstonian Society
Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041

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)