R V Hughes (Staff 1968-74)

We received the following news from Joe Cloke:

I am writing to let you know that Mr R V Hughes, who was Director of Music at MGS in the 70s (I think), died last Sunday 26 March at the age of 88.

I met Reg in September 1962 when I took up my first teaching post at Gosport County Grammar School and became friends with him and his wife, Peggy.

He was Head of Music and somehow persuaded me to take a leading rôle in two operettas, La Belle Hélène and Gypsy Baron. He also played the organ at my own wedding.

It was an odd coincidence that, when he left Gosport, he joined the staff of my old school!

Sadly, just over 2 years ago he suffered a stroke, which, while not impairing his mind, left him immobile to the extent that he spent the rest of his life in a nursing home. He is survived by Peggy, his daughter Jane and son John.

I am sure that there will be Old Maidstonians who have fond memories of him as I do.

The Society’s archivist, Jeff Wilkinson, writes:

Reg Hughes was at MGS from 1968 to 1974 when he taught English and was, as you say, Head of Music. During his time he played the piano when the school choir entered the Llangollen Eisteddfod, led the Transport Society, was instrumental in creating the Musician’s school tie, arranged concerts and school productions as has been mentioned before. Included in the latter was La Belle Hélène (photos attached) when appears to have been an exquisite production judging by the photos, although I am not too sure about the Victorian bathing costume! Sorry about the quality of the photos – they are scans taken from The Maidstonian (best I can do at the moment).

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.

Peter Lawrence (OM 1941-48)

Received from Mrs. Ruth Lawrence

Thank you for your Christmas Greetings. I am sorry to have to inform you that my husband, Peter Lawrence, died on 27 November this year. He died of pneumonia in Pembury Hospital. Please let me know if there is any further information that you need for the Old Maidstonians.

With all good wishes

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.