OM Newsletter (2019 Spring) No 28

Here is a link to the PDF of the Spring 2019 Newsletter:
OM Newsletter (2019 Spring) No 28

The works of James Butler, mentioned in the newsletter, are too extensive for us to have included the full list. Those who would like to know more can find additional information at http://jamesbutler-ra.com.

Please also respond to the survey at the end of the newsletter which can also be found, in slightly abbreviated form, at Survey Monkey OMs Survey.

Lastly, very interesting reminiscences by John Bunyard were too long to be put into the newsletter but OMs are invited to visit John Bunyard’s memoir.

John Bunyard Memoir

From the membership secretary

Dear Old Maidstonians,

John Bunyard (1972) has been working on an extensive memoir of his time at MGS in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He requested that we publicise it to the membership, but as it is too extensive to publish it the ‘Old Maidstonian’ we are therefore sending it as a website link. He published the first half of his memoirs under the title ‘Through the Red-Brick Gate’ and which can be read at
https://oldbunyardsmemories.wordpress.com/

He has followed it up with ‘Into the Sixth’ on the same website, and in it he covers both his 6th Form experiences and more recent encounters with the School, including a personal tour conducted by the Headmaster himself. OM’s will be particularly interested on the update on the school and its architecture.

It makes for extremely interesting reading, and I suggest every student, past and present, can relate to at least some parts of it.

Warmest regards,
Graham Belson on behalf of the Committee

Tony Gosby (OM 1939-45)

Information from Gardner Crawley on 17 March

I have just been phoned by Tony’s daughter, Judith Winchester, to let me
know that Tony Gosby (aka Denis R Gosby) died in Heart of Kent Hospice on
Thursday 14th March 2019 from pneumonia. Tony was also a Past President of
the OMS.

Prior to that he had spent 2 weeks in Maidstone Hospital after a fall at
home.

Messages of condolence to Olive, Judith, and Jennifer may be sent to:
Phoenix Cottage
Red Hill
Wateringbury
Kent ME18 5LD

As soon as I have the details of the funeral I’ll circulate them [see below].

He was also a past president of
Malling Rotary Club and a partner of Jenkins and Gosby Architects in Bank
Street, Maidstone.

From Tony Bishop on 20th March

I certainly remember Tony Gosby and had professional dealings with him and
his firm. I also recall that, I think. as Past President of the West Malling
Rotary he would organise Panto sketches and Quiz events. This would have
been during my short membership in 1974/5.

From the family, via Gardner Crawley on 23 March

Tony’s funeral will take place at St John’s Church, Wateringbury ( ME18 5PN) on Tuesday 2nd April at 2.30pm followed by refreshments at the Undercroft, Nettlestead Place (ME18 5HA). Please forward this email to any people you think would like to attend.

Judith and Jenny, on behalf of Olive.

Arthur Stevens (OM 1925-1931)

From: peter stevens [mailto:peterjstevens38@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 29 March 2018 14:18
To: Graham Belson
Subject: Sad news

Hi Graham,
Sadly I have to report the death, today, of our eldest member and hon. Vice
President, Arthur James Stevens, born 6/11/1913, at the age of 104 years.
Arthur resided in a care home in Ealing. I have no further information at
present.
Kind regards,
Peter Stevens.