Autumn supper booking form

Here is an online form for booking: for details of the menu etc see the Autumn Supper Flyer 2021.

    Autumn Supper 2021 Online booking

    I have made a payment of £ by for the purchase of place(s) at £13.00 each for the Old Maidstonians Autumn Supper being held at the school on Saturday 25th September 2021.

    Your Name (required)

    Year of joining MGS

    Please give either your email address or a telephone number

    Your Email

    A personal e-mail address is preferable to a company or university address, which might change.

    Your preferred phone number(required)


    Alternative phone number (optional)

    Payment will be acknowledged by telephone or e-mail, but tickets will not be issued.

    A vegetarian choice is included in the menu: see the flyer advertising the event.

    2021 Autumn Supper

    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.

    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).