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.

CONCERT

In memory of Jimmy Clinch

SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER at 7pm at ST NICHOLAS

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
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 7BT

Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041

Norman Butcher (1939-46)

From Colin Butcher (colinandrewbutcher@gmail.com)

Norman Edward Butcher of Edinburgh passed away peacefully on Sunday 23rd April at the Western General Hospital.

Born in Chichester 1928, educated at Maidstone, Sheffield and Oxford (Queen’s College).

Taught at Reading University and at the Open University in Scotland from its inception.

Geologist, educator and historian.

Funeral service at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, EH7 4HW, on Friday 5th May at 15.30.

Rodney Parkins Memorial Service

> From: ronald dillon [mailto:ronalddillon7@gmail.com]
> Sent: 13 March 2017 22:21

Dear all,

I’m have heard from Rodney’s daughter,Helen. There will be a Memorial Service for Rodney at St.Martins Church, Ryarsh, ME19 5LB on 09th June. The time is not yet definite but will probably be 2.30 pm (she will let me know when that is confirmed) and all are invited to a reception in the Church Hall afterwards.

There are doubtless others who would like to know. I don’t have everybody’s e-mail address so if you know of somebody else whose name is not on the list that you think would like to know, I’d be grateful if you could pass this on.

Many thanks.

Ron

David Sayer (OM 1946-55)

We regret to announce the death of David Sayer on 24th January.
The service will take place at Holy Cross Church, Bearsted, at 1pm on Wednesday 22nd February, and will be followed by private cremation. His wife said “I had indeed initially intended the funeral to be a small family affair, but this is definitely not going to happen”.

The following obituary has been provided by the OMS chairman

David Michael Sayer

David was born in Romford, Essex on 19 September 1936 but was educated in Kent, at Maidstone Grammar School (1946 to 1955), and was passionate about cricket from a very young age. He gained an open Exhibition to Brasenose College Oxford in 1955 but did not go “up” to read for his MA in History until 1957 as two years National Service got in the way. At school he was Captain of the Cricket first XI and he played first XV Rugby. He was House Captain of Corpus Christi in his last year at MGS when Corpus achieved its last “Cock House Cup” of a long winning streak. He played cricket on concrete and matting wickets in Germany whilst serving her Majesty and played for Oxford University from 1958 to 1960. David also played at that time for the Gentlemen v Players and toured New Zealand with MCC in 1960/61. In that year he became a full time professional with Kent having played occasional games for the County from his sixth form days and through each of his Oxford years after the varsity fixtures were over. He also played for the Mote Cricket Club in the late 50’s and was Captain of the Club for eight seasons in the 1970’s having retired from full time County Cricket in 1968. He still played in occasional matches for the County alongside the likes of Knott and Underwood in the “Glory Days”. His final game for Kent was in 1976, against Glamorgan in the John Player league. As a fast bowler his career average was 23.6 and he took five wickets in an innings 19 times. His career best was achieved in his third game for the Club: 7 for 37 in a match against Leicestershire at Grace Road in 1958. In that game his match figures were 10 for 67. An anecdote related to me by a former Mote player has it that when the Mote played against MGS in the summer of 1953, David was the fastest bowler he had ever faced and he was bruised through his pads! Cricket was in David’s blood: when he lived in Sandling Lane as a young teenager he played on Penenden Heath at every available opportunity.

After his playing career David ran his own insurance agency in Lenham until his retirement. He was a loyal Kent County Cricket Club supporter after his playing days and acted as their insurance broker. He played golf at Bearsted. In later life his joints creaked somewhat – the penalty of fast bowling over so many years taking its toll on his tall angular frame: he used to joke with me latterly about “bowling off a short run today”. He bore ill health with fortitude – his eyesight suffered too latterly – If I said to him that he wouldn’t see the stumps he’d reply “Did that ever matter?” That was typical of his dry humour even in adversity. David was a regular attender at the OM Supper and would always have a pithy and apt comment to make about any situation. He leaves a widow Carol and two daughters Alexandria and Vivienne and their families. His elder brother John is also an OM (1949).

RBR

John Willmington (OM 1956-64)

The following was received from Adrian Gaunt, who we thank for the input

It has come to my notice that John Martin Vanderlure Willmington has passed away. He was born in 1945 and died on 11th April 2016 aged 70. He was at Maidstone Grammar with me from approximately 1956-1964. He graduated with a BA from what was then St David’s College in Wales in 1969, took a further degree at Oxford in 1969 and was ordained in 1972. He served as Curate at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, from 1975-1983, as Rector of Perivale 1983 – 1991 and as Vicar of Acton Green 1991-2014. He retired in 2014 and was living in Hampton at the time of his death.