Chris Meigh

I don’t know if this information has reached you by other channels, but sadly Chris Meigh passed away recently, and his funeral will be held locally at St. Luke’s Church, Foley Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5AW on Friday 26th June at 12.30 p.m.

I know that Chris taught at MGS from 1976 to 2010, so I am sure that many will remember him, and some may wish to attend the funeral.

The wish is for no flowers but donations instead to the Barnabas Fund and Practical Action, care of the funeral directors, who are Family Funerals, 6 Marlborough Parade, Beverley Road, Maidstone , Kent ME16 9JN; 01622 260210


Mark Stockham

Dr J A Bergg OBE – 1951

Dr Bergg was a distinguished civil engineer, and president of the OMS in 1973. Peter Sampson, a member of our present committee, wrote “I am sorry to hear of the decease of John Bergg. He was Head Boy when I joined MGS in 1950. A fine upstanding young man in those days. Please send my condolences to his family.” Our present President, Gardner Crawley, has contributed the obituary which you can download here (in Word format):
John Bergg Obit 20140906

The funeral was on September 4th and we were told his ashes would be scattered near his home in Alfriston.

David Leeke

The Society has heard that David Leeke passed away peacefully on the morning of 18 May 2014. We are told that his health had deteriorated quickly in the last few months.

David was a former staff member (1989-2000), directing the School’s music, was President of the Society in 2012-13, and remained a member of the Society’s committee. He regularly played the piano for the School Song at OM suppers. We shall give further details of funeral arrangements etc when we can, and we will of course be expressing our condolences to Kathryn Leeke (whose address, for those wishing to do the same, is
SY5 7LW)

Peter Hedgeland (1925-2014)

Peter Hedgeland, who left MGS in 1940, has died. He was one of 2 brothers, both OMs. The other brother rose to Air Vice Marshall (see the obituary posted in the Summer 2010 OM Newsletter). Henry Darley informed the Society and noted that Peter’s photography firm, Sweatman Hedgeland, used to take the school team photos. Peter Weaver, our Newsletter co-editor, comments that Peter was always helpful to young photographers visiting Sweatman and Hedgeland and also as a speaker at Maidstone Photographic Society. We hope a full obituary will appear in a forthcoming Newsletter. The funeral is at Vinters on Thurs 13th February at 2.00 pm.

Tim Dickenson – 1988 / 89

Sadly, the Society has been informed of Tim Dickenson’s death. We do not have an obituary or additional details to post at this time, but we do have a channel by which interested members could make contact with his family: please contact the Membership Secretary in this case. (For contact details see the Committee page)

Tom Grimes (1939-43)

Dear Graham Belsom

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that one of your fellow Maidstonian’s passed away on the 14th October this year. Tom Grimes was 84 when he passed away after a illness. I would be grateful if you could cancel his membership.

Yours sincerely
Yvonne Grimes

Brian Smith (1951)

Message from Ron Dillon


An entry in the Obituary column of this week’s Kent Messenger referred to the death of Brian William Smith, aged 73 years, after a long illness. I have confirmed that it is the Brain Smith, known to us as ‘Biffo’, who joined MGS in 1951.

The funeral is at Vinters crematorium, Maidstone, at 12.30 pm on Monday, 9th December, 2013, should you wish to attend.

If you would like to make a donation in his memory, the recipient will be the Heart of Kent Hospice, to whom cheques should be made payable and sent to the Funeral Directors, who are Sears, 2 Thornhill Place, Maidstone, Kent ME14 2SF.

I don’t have the e-mail address of everybody who might like to know about this, so I would be grateful if you could pass this on. Many thanks.

Ron Dillon

Charlie Bogg – 1976?

(First posted on previous site on 17/04/11)

The following was in the Downs Mail in March 2011:

A tribute to Charlie Bogg (53) was read out by Maidstone mayor, Eric Hotson at the full council meeting in February. He died of a heart attack the previous month. He joined the council in May 2004 and worked on the IT helpdesk, and then as information management officer in IT services where he was an influential member of the team. He went to Maidstone Grammar School before starting work as an apprentice car mechanis at Dutton Forshaw. Motorbikes were always his passion and he spent a few years in that line of work.

In 1995 he decided he wanted to get into computers though he knew nothing about them. So he read a book on databases and was taken on as a support engineer at Microsoft where he eventually became a team leader. There, he met Chris Woodward, who knows works at Maidstone Council and who later persuaded Charlie to apply for a job. A colleague said “ Charlie had an amazing capacity for learning. It was just not his ability to take in technical detail but his willingness to learn”.

In his spare time Charlie renovated boats, restored bikes, did parachute jumps and enjoyed a drink at his local, The Bell, in Bearsted. He also took part in online gaming, most recently at World of WarCraft using his online name Skitz. His colleague added “we will all remember him for his larger than life character, his capacity for friendship, but most of all his innate cheerfulness and great sense of humour”. Charlie leaves his Mum Dorothy, his grown up children Sam and Sara Jane, and his many friends.