2021 AGM

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.

OMS 2021 AGM Statements & ReportsI

Mentoring scheme: mentors sought

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 oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk, or complete the online version available below

    Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Scheme




    Please limit it to one word to summarise each area of expertise.

    Experience to support the field/s of expertise:
    Please give very brief details of work and career experience.

    Contact between mentor and mentee:

    It will be necessary for the mentor and mentee to be in contact and in completing this form and submitting it to the Old Maidstonian Society you are supplying the above details of your skills and career experience and agree that this information be passed on to current or recent past MGS students to assist them in their educational and career choices.
    Contact between the mentor and mentee will probably be either by e-mail, telephone or video call and in completing and submitting this form it is accepted that these contact details be passed to the school and a student.

    R V Hughes (Staff 1968-74)

    We received the following news from Joe Cloke:

    I am writing to let you know that Mr R V Hughes, who was Director of Music at MGS in the 70s (I think), died last Sunday 26 March at the age of 88.

    I met Reg in September 1962 when I took up my first teaching post at Gosport County Grammar School and became friends with him and his wife, Peggy.

    He was Head of Music and somehow persuaded me to take a leading rôle in two operettas, La Belle Hélène and Gypsy Baron. He also played the organ at my own wedding.

    It was an odd coincidence that, when he left Gosport, he joined the staff of my old school!

    Sadly, just over 2 years ago he suffered a stroke, which, while not impairing his mind, left him immobile to the extent that he spent the rest of his life in a nursing home. He is survived by Peggy, his daughter Jane and son John.

    I am sure that there will be Old Maidstonians who have fond memories of him as I do.

    The Society’s archivist, Jeff Wilkinson, writes:

    Reg Hughes was at MGS from 1968 to 1974 when he taught English and was, as you say, Head of Music. During his time he played the piano when the school choir entered the Llangollen Eisteddfod, led the Transport Society, was instrumental in creating the Musician’s school tie, arranged concerts and school productions as has been mentioned before. Included in the latter was La Belle Hélène (photos attached) when appears to have been an exquisite production judging by the photos, although I am not too sure about the Victorian bathing costume! Sorry about the quality of the photos – they are scans taken from The Maidstonian (best I can do at the moment).

    Kent history

    Members may be interested by the information in this email from John Bunyard to the OMS committee.

    “I just wanted to let you know that the talk I gave before Christmas at Maidstone Museum, which you kindly advertised in the last Newsletter, was a sell-out. Interestingly, there were some heavy hitters in the audience from the Kent sports scene. It led directly to the start of discussions about the possibility of developing more than one permanent exhibition of Kent sports and social history. Not a bad result!

    Needless to say, the Covid crisis has put it all on ice for the moment. Since the public appetite is obviously there, however – 20,400 visitors came to the Maidstone exhibition – I thought we must keep the flame burning. So I’ve been working furiously on a major new website concerning Kent’s amazing history. If I get to the end, it will contain over 800 exhibits; but, as a lot of people are already going a bit stir-crazy, I’ve just posted the first 10%, which ought to keep anyone occupied for an hour or two. It’s now up at https://oldbunyardskentpride.com/

    Please do take a look, and by all means share it around.

    Regards
    John”