It would not be legal to hold an AGM in person at present. Here is a statement of how the Society plans to proceed. Please read if you are a member. The reports referred to in the statement have been concatenated wth it into a single pdf file which is available here for members. Note that the Society does not usually put such documents on its website, although they are of course circulated to members.
Now that the school has restarted, the Society has offered to resume mentoring.
This is a particularly difficult time for the students, and the decision as to what career direction to take must be of concern to some.
We have a number of members who have already offered mentoring, and we will be contacting them to confirm that they still wish to become involved.
Communication between mentors and mentees will probably have to be either by e-mail, phone or video call, as physical contact may not be possible at present, but nevertheless we feel that there will be many members who will be able to offer sound advice.
If you are able to offer mentoring, would you please download the form available here, in docx or pdf format
Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Schemx.docx
Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Scheme.pdf
edit it and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the online version available below
These rules were adopted at an EGM in March 2018 and amend the previous rules. They are designed to meet the General Data Protecton requirement. (A further small amendment was made at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.)
They are available as a Web page at Society Rules
They are posted here in docx format for Word:
OMS RULES 23 March 2018 (DOCX)
and in PDF format for users with other software:
OMS RULES 23 March 2018 (PDF)
Note added September 2020: the 2019 register is no longer available here. It is superseded by the 2020 Register which has been circulated directly to members. The 2020 Register will not be posted on this website. There follows the original version of the post about the 2019 Register.
The new public version of the register can be downloaded here (in PDF format):
OMS Membership Register 2019
Note that to conform with GDPR it does not contain names of those members who have opted out of inclusion, and does not give contact details beyond town of residence. (The Membership secretary does hold contact details, in a secure manner, in the full non-public Membership Register, as described below.)
The covering email message from the Membership Secretary and Treasurer follows
2019 OMS Membership Register
Best wishes to you all for the New Year. We hope you have a successful 2019.
We have pleasure in forwarding the 2019 OMS Membership Register, which is published each year with current information up to 1st January. During 2018 the membership rose from 1859 to 2003, an increase of 144.
The Register is managed by the year of leaving the school.
The details of each member which are held in the Membership Register are the name of the member, the years of joining and leaving MGS, the hometown, contact telephone numbers and their e-mail address. No other information is held. This information is used solely for producing the annual Membership Register (excluding contact details), and for forwarding matters of interest such as the Old Maidstonian Society Newsletter and events held by the OMS and MGS.
The contact details of an individual member may only be released to another member. No person who is not a member of the Society shall have access to any contact information contained in the Membership Register. Unless a member specifically requests that their contact details are withheld, they are released to another Old Maidstonian who requests it. Contact information is never released to any other person or organisation.
A member may request that all or part of their contact details be withheld from being passed to another member, or may request to see what data the Society holds on them, by contacting email@example.com.
A member’s details will be securely deleted from the Membership Register, should they leave the Society.
There is information missing and there will also be errors since much of the information was taken from the previous card system. If your entry is incorrect or incomplete, or you have not provided the Society with a contact telephone number, would you please consider doing so? Please either e-mail the Membership Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01622 730514.
If we can assist in placing you in contact with any other member then please let us know.
Would you please check the information for your entry. If your entry is incorrect then would you please send a brief message to the Membership Secretary at email@example.com. If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or are considering doing so, then would you please inform us. If you have provided a work or university e-mail, would you consider letting us have your private e-mail, which is much less likely to change.
A printed version of the Membership Register is available at £5 per copy including post and packing.
Graham Belson on behalf of the Committee
Old Maidstonian Society
Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041
Here are the draft minutes of the 2017 AGM (as a PDF file). They will be presented to the 2018 AGM for confirmation.
Dear Old Maidstonians
Following the launch of the Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund back in September 2014 we have received generous support from over 120 families and individuals which now totals over £22,000. This is such a pleasing start in the Fund’s infancy.
To ensure its continued development we are seeking an MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer. This will be a voluntary role to support the School and Charity as the Fund grows in size and impact. The role would involve spending between 10 and 15 hours a week in School working closely with me and other key staff. If you are interested in being a part of this and are able to offer a number of hours per week then please contact my PA, Denise Friend via email firstname.lastname@example.org who will send you the Role Description.
If after reading the Role Description you are still interested then please let my PA know and then the Trustees of the MGS Development Fund Charity will consider all interested parties. It would be helpful if you could provide a short statement of any experience that you have in this area and how you see the Development Fund evolving.
Here are the minutes of the 2016 AGM. They were presented to the 2017 AGM for confirmation
Here are the minutes of the 2015 AGM, as presented to the 2016 AGM for confirmation and corrected.
Here are the agreed 2014 AGM minutes:
A message from the Headmaster:
As an Old Maidstonian you will know and appreciate that the history of the School is integral to its ethos and culture, and so the role of a School Archivist is an important one. Following the great work by Mrs Lois Birrell who left at Christmas, the School is now seeking someone who can continue caring for the archives and ensuring they can be shared with future Maidstonians. Two gentleman: Mr Roger Birchall and Mr Jeff Wilkinson assisted Lois in her work and the School is extremely grateful that they are going to continue but are unable to take on the Archivist role fully. If anyone out there is keen to support the School in this area then please contact the Headmaster’s PA on email@example.com. Any support will be very much appreciated.