Here is an online form for booking: for details of the menu etc see the Autumn Supper Flyer 2021.
Here is the link to the Summer 2021 edition
Summer 2021 ‘The Old Maidstonian’ 35
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.
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.
Here’s a link to the Spring 2021 Newsletter
OM Newsletter (2021 Spring) No 34
Here’s a link to the latest Old Maidstonian (past editions were
listed as the Old Maidstonian Newsletter) – in PDF format
Old Maidstonian (Winter 2020) No. 33
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the online version available below
This is a short Youtube video prepared by the Deputy
Headmaster, Robbie Ferguson (OM 1994-2001) about the School
during the recent lockdown.
Here’s a link to the 2020 Summer Old Maidstonian (in PDF format)
OM Newsletter (2020 Summer) No 32
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).