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RECENT NEWS

Denys Whatmore (1944)

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

A message from Pat Whatmore:

I regret my husband died suddenly in May.

Keith Mitchell (1946)

Posted on August 31st, 2017

From the Membership Seceretary
“I was informed by Mrs Mitchell when I telephoned yesterday that her husband passed away on 16th July 2016. I passed on the condolences of the Committee.”

Jimmy Clinch memorial concert – Otham 30 Sept

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

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

Michael Banks (OM 1948)

Posted on August 17th, 2017

From the Membership Secretary:

I have just been informed by Ken Dulson that his old friend, Michael Banks,
passed away last month. I have no further details.