Activities

The Old Maidstonian Society holds regular and occasional events. One annual fixture is the Annual Supper (here’s a link to the Annual Supper Page, which gives details when available). The Supper is normally on the penultimate Friday of March and preceded by the Annual General Meeting (see the Organization Page), both held at the School. A link to the booking form will be found on the right when available. The Events page and the posts in the events category list others. Also included in the events page and category are School events to which OMs are invited.

The Society awards a number of prizes and grants. See the Awards page for details of these (and in the case of grants, the guidelines and application form). In order to maintain these awards, the Society undertakes fundraising by various means: see the Fundraising page. Members are strongly encouraged to contribute to these charitable funds and thereby support current and recent pupils.

Please let us know if you are organizing a reunion so we can post it here and notify others who might be interested.

The Society runs a mentoring scheme, and OMs are invited to consider becoming mentors to current and recent pupils: see the Mentoring page.

There is an Old Maidstonians rugby team, organised jointly with Maidstone Rugby Club.
Details are available at:
http://www.maidstonerugby.org.uk/old-maidstonians
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In recognition of the link with the club, it has made the head a Vice-President.

CURRENT AND RECENT EVENT LISTINGS

2021 Autumn Supper

Posted on July 9th, 2021

On Saturday 25th September the Society is holding an Autumn Supper in the School Hall as an occasion to get members and partners together for a sociable evening with fellow OM’s.
We had to cancel two Annual Suppers in April 2020 and this year so this will be something of an occasion to “catch up” with fellow members, but with less formality than the Annual Supper.

Here is a link to the flyer with full details including menu and booking details (PDF format). This has also been emailed to members.
Autumn Supper Flyer 2021.
An online booking form is available here
Autumn supper booking form

The event will start at around 4.00 pm and the school will be open so that members can see recent developments and major upgrades to the school’s facilities: the “All Weather” sports pitch; the new pavilion; the refurbished library; as well as recent classroom and laboratory upgrades.

Year 13 leavers from 2020 and 2021 were denied any traditional “farewell fling” to end their school days so this will be a superb opportunity for them to get together.

A buffet supper is being arranged for around 6.30 pm at £13 per head: details and menu are in the flyer. A pay bar will be provided for drinks before and during the meal. Our President Nancy Powell and the Headmaster will say a few words of welcome (much less formal than the Annual Supper!) and after the meal members will be welcome to socialise and chat with friends further, with proceedings coming to a close sometime between 8.30 and 9.00 pm. So not a “late” night but one starting in daylight to see what has become of our old school.

Hopefully this will be well supported and will take the place of the “London Event” we have held in recent years. As a Saturday evening it should be easier for OM’s from across the South East to get to Maidstone to meet and have a Reunion with friends.

Your Committee hope that the traditional Annual Supper will be held as usual in the Spring of 2022.

OMS AGM and Annual Supper 2020 – Friday 27th March

Posted on February 4th, 2020

The Old Maidstonian Society AGM and Annual Supper will be held at the school on Friday 27th March 2020. Dress is jacket and tie.

The AGM will be held from 17:45 to 18:30. The Supper will commence promptly at 19:30, and will conclude equally promptly by 22:00, as there will again be a Master of Ceremonies to ensure that all runs on time, as it has done for the past couple of years.

The President, Nancy Powell, has invited Toby Davies as her guest. Toby left MGS in 1994. Since leaving he has worked as a stage and screen writer (something he began to much acclaim whilst at MGS). He has worked on major TV series, and stage shows, here and in the US for a range of production companies. We are certain he will be an entertaining speaker.

The incoming President for 2020 to 2021 will be Graham Walker, who retired in 2018 after 37 years at MGS, and whom many of you will remember, not least because he was the President’s guest at the Annual Supper last year.

There will again be a professional bar service with beer, spirits, port and soft drinks being served before dinner and also at tables during the meal. The bar will be open by 18:00, and the hall and bar will remain open until 23:00. Entrance will again only be through the main entrance door, where you will be greeted.

There were many compliments about the newly appointed caterers for last year’s Annual Supper, Cucina. They will again be preparing our meal. The menu is available at this link in PDF Supper Menu as PDF or Word Supper Menu for Word. The meal will again be served at the tables. The caterer will provide place names with each diner’s menu choices printed on one side.

Everyone attending is requested to:

Make payment by one of the methods below;
Pre-select their menu choices from the attached menu, and forward them to the Membership Secretary either by e-mail, phone, or by mail to the school, addressed to the OMS;
Advise the Membership Secretary when booking if you wish to sit with another member.

The cost is £25 per head, which remains the same as last year and still reflects the very high quality and quantity of food being served. In view of the fact that meals will be prepared and served with each individual’s menu selections, payment must be made in advance.

You may pay either by internet bank transfer to (If you use this method, please drop me an e-mail letting me know):

The NatWest Bank
Maidstone Branch: 3 High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XU
Account: Old Maidstonian Society
Account no: 00051802
Sort Code: 60-60-08
IBAN: GB31 NWBK 606008 00051802
BIC (Swift): NWBKGB2L
Reference: Your name/OMS AS

Or by sending a cheque, made payable to ‘Old Maidstonian Society’ to:
The Old Maidstonian Society
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 7BT
Tel: 01622 752101

Warmest regards,
The Committee