Updated Rules: as of 23 March 2018

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)

2019 Members 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
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Dear Members,

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 oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk.

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 oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk 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 oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk. 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.

Warmest regards,
Graham Belson on behalf of the Committee

Membership Secretary
Old Maidstonian Society
Tel: 01622 730514
Mob: 07770 738041
www.oldmaidstonians.org.uk

MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer

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 denise.friend@mgs-kent.org.uk 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.

Yours sincerely
M Tomkins
Headmaster

MGS (and OMS) seeks Archivist

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 denise.friend@mgs-kent.org.uk. Any support will be very much appreciated.

M Tomkins

Headmaster

Musings from the President

[Taken from Newsletter No. 12, Winter 2013. The President’s picture is among the slides at the top of the page.]

On Friday 13 September last, I was honoured and delighted to be asked, as Guest of Honour, to give the prizes at the annual Senior Speech Day in the Big Hall.

This is a resumé of what I said.
‘The last time that I spoke at Speech Day, I started with a joke about one of the many nicknames that I had been given during my time teaching at MGS. Few people present here would remember it but nonetheless I am going to repeat it in view of the date today, Friday 13th September, and the on-going cull that is happening in parts of the country at the moment. I value my life! (Note: the name was ‘Badger’!).<!--more-->

‘I am fortunate this Speech Day, though I retired nine years ago, to have seen many of you in the course of your years at MGS, if not in the occasional cover lesson then almost certainly during the trials of your examinations where I was invigilating, or possibly during your triumphs or tribulations on the games field when I have watched inter-school fixtures, or fired the starting pistol on Sports Day, or marvelled at the music produced in the school concerts, or at the art work on display in the Art Room and around the school.

‘We all of us here owe a great deal to MGS and it has offered such a wide variety of experiences that our lives should have been enriched; if not then it has been our fault, for the opportunities have been there. For me, I thank MGS for the most rewarding career that I could have asked for and for a host of good and true friends, both colleagues and Old Maidstonians. We may not have enjoyed every moment of our time here – school mirrors life in that it is a learning process, and we learn from our mistakes – but we are all the better for it.

‘I am speaking to you today to congratulate every one of you, whether it be individually or as a member of a group, on your achievements in an increasingly challenging and competitive world. I sympathise with you if you feel you did not fully achieve your potential. When I told my Headmaster at my old school that I intended to become a teacher he looked at me, raised an eyebrow and said he would write me a reference: the main reason being not that he was impressed by my academic progress (which he wasn’t), but that he was a firm believer in the theory that old poachers make the best gamekeepers. I must agree that such ‘poaching’ experiences have held me in good stead during my career – I’ve done everything that pupils vehemently deny they would ever dream of doing!

‘I’m also speaking in my role as this year’s President of the Old Maidstonian Society, to echo the Headmaster’s words about the school as a community and to encourage you, when you have left these buildings and grounds later today, to keep in touch with your contemporaries, even, dare I say it, your teachers. (Seriously, I think they would appreciate it.) Meet up with them at least once a year – and what better time to do this than in March every year at the OM’s dinner, held here in the Big Hall this academic year on Friday March 28th, 2014. Before you leave today get together with your friends and pencil it into your diaries.

‘What a delight it has been this year to watch the revived OM’s rugby and cricket matches over at the Mote and to appreciate the high level of skill that all players have acquired during their time at MGS. Let us hope that football, hockey, even rowing and golf can be added to the regular list. (Any further suggestions welcome.)

‘Finally, my congratulations to all your teachers, your parents, but above all to you yourselves and the very best of good luck, success and happiness in what you
set out to do.’

While on the subject of congratulations, I am sure that all those OM’s reading this would like to join me in congratulating our previous President, David, on the occasion of his marriage to Kathryn recently. I wish them a long and happy time together and hope they will revisit soon and often.

Ron McCormick