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 email@example.com, 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).
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.
This post is just to give a link to where you can download Graham Walker’s article on OMs who died in World War 1, which is here:
OM WW1 war dead. It is in PDF format.
Here’s the link to the Spring 2020 OM Newsletter, for downloading:
OM Newsletter (2020 Spring) No 31