Funding required for rowing at MGS

From the Headmaster, Mark Tomkins

Since July 2012 MGS has been affiliated to British Rowing. This means that the school is categorised as a rowing school and can compete at rowing competitions as MGS. We have already had a number of successes at Sudbury Regatta in August and at the Maidstone Head in October. A growing number of students attend training on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, but what we really need now are boats. The Judd School, where I used to work, are selling their rowing boats. Since I left, the sport has been in decline and they have made the decision to wind the rowing club down. I have been in consultation with them over the last few months and they have agreed to sell all of the equipment to MGS at a cost of £4000. This includes 7 boats, numerous blades/oars, a rack (which racks four of the boats), cox box and life jacket.

In order to take over the ownership of the boats I am in the process of raising the funds from private donators. Currently I have raised just under £3000 from parents of students who row. This is a fantastic amount and I am immensely grateful for their generosity. I am now asking any Old Maidstonians to see if they would like to make a donation which takes us a lot closer to the target of £4000. A number of the current students who row will become OMs next year and they are keen to return and row as an OM/Alumni squad. Some OMs who left before I arrived, and who I know through my own rowing club, are also keen for MGS to develop the sport.

If you are interested then please email me directly on

I really hope that with the purchase of these boats MGS can develop as a recognised rowing school and encourage more students to enjoy the sport as much as I do.

Many thanks.

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)