Gryphon Remembrance Service

This year’s Service is on the 9th November at 10:30.  The speaker is an ex-Gryphon student who is now a Major. Please advise Philip Dolbear if you will be attending by using this form.

2018 Reunion


Saturday 13th October 2018
At Sherborne Golf Club DT9 4RN
6.45pm for 7.15pm
Tickets £20.00

The annual reunion dinner is open to all past pupils of Foster’s and Lord Digby’s schools, and all their wives, husbands and partners as well.

Had you considered making up a Year Group party?

Click below for menu and booking form

2018 AGM

will be held on

SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER 2018 at 5.30 pm
(Preceding the Reunion Dinner)

At the Sherborne Golf Club


• Minutes of the AGM 2017
• Matters arising from the Minutes
• Election of officers and committee
• Members’ Resolutions
• Any Other Business

Members are advised that should they wish to submit any
resolutions for consideration at the meeting, copy(ies) must
be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary of the Association
21 days prior to the meeting.

Joint Founders Day Service – Saturday, 12th May 2018. 2.00pm. Sherborne Abbey and afterwards at The Digby Hall for Afternoon Tea.

Dear Members

Our Founders Day Service is coming up once again and as usual held jointly with the LDSOGA on 12th May. However this year is a little bit special being their Centenary Year. Hence a return to the Abbey and a change to the tea location. Please also note the revised Service time of 2pm.

Please find attached your Invitation and Booking Form.  The last date for booking your afternoon tea is the 22nd February 2018.

Booking is essential so that the caterers know the numbers attending well in advance.  Please send your form to the LDS address and annotate the form to highlight you are a member of the OFA.

I look forward to seeing you there

Yours faithfully

Philip Dolbear, Chairman

2018 OFA and LDSOGA Founders Day Service and Tea Booking Form January 2018

Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School

Booklet: When the Sherborne Museum exhibition ‘Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School’ was being planned for 2014 it was decided to collect a booklet of information and memories.  There are no plans to print this booklet at the present time but it can be downloaded here and is especially suitable for reading on a tablet computer.

Talk: 7 December 2017 – To follow on from the Sherborne Museum exhibition at the talk given,  as part of the 2017/18 series of museum Winter talks, the availability of this booklet being available via the website was announced.

Looking Back at Lord Digbys School

Remembrance Day 2017

On Friday 10th November the Gryphon School will be holding its annual remembrance service at 10:30 am. Old Fosterians will lay a wreath and read out the names of those Fosterians who gave their lives in the two worlds wars.
If Old Fosterians would like to attend then they are most welcome, but it would be helpful to know numbers so please let me know if you intend to be there – you can reply using the form here

Annual Remebrance Service at the Gryphon School
Annual Remebrance Service at the Gryphon School

LDS Magazine 2017

LDS Mag 2017


Calling all former Lord Digby’s School pupils A reminder that there is still time, just, to send any information about yourself or friends to be included in the next magazine which is being worked on now – please send any copy to Susan McNight as we knew her, Susan Vincent as now … or to me The next reunion is on Saturday, 13th May, 2.30 p.m. At Castleton Church with tea afterwards at the Eastbury – we need to know numbers for tea in advance. And another date for your diary – the 2018 reunion will celebrate the centenary of the Old Girls Association with the service being held in the Abbey, again during the afternoon. If you cannot come this year, please come and join us again in 2018 – from Pauline Batstone, Chairman LDS OGA.

Sherborne Museum : Looking Back at Foster’s School

From Barbara Elsmore of the Sherborne museum:

CoverBooklet: When the Sherborne Museum exhibition ‘Looking Back at Foster’s School’ was being planned for 2013 Ken House suggested that it would be good to have a booklet of some sort to accompany it. As I had started to collect memories from some of the old boys of the school we decided to begin with these and add to them throughout the time the exhibition was running and the resulting booklet contains twelve accounts contributed by former pupils ranging from the 1880s to the 1970s. In addition to these accounts you will find information on the history of the school. It was a very enjoyable experience for me to put this collection together and I hope that you too will enjoy reading through the accounts.

Looking Back at Foster’s School


If you haven’t been receiving your annual magazine maybe we have an incorrect address for you, please let us know of any change of address using this form.

And don’t forget the Facebook page which can be found here (links to other related sites can be found in the “blogroll” at the right of this page).

Updates please?

If you have any updates for the OFA about yourself, family, other old boys/girls or anything else for the magazines then PLEASE send them in.

Also, if you have moved house and think you’ve dropped off the mailing list for Fosterian Magazines drop us a note or you can join the OFA.

66 thoughts on “

  1. Pauline Batstone May 1, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Dear Old Girls and Former Members of Staff,

    I am so sorry if you have been feeling insecure about your Tea booking for the Reunion. I realise there will have been confusion over the waiting list scenario but no cheques were paid in until we knew you could be accommodated.

    I have posted on social media that all bookings sent and paid for are accommodated, even if yours arrived after the deadline, and Pauline has been advertising this too. Please spread the word if you know anyone who hasn’t yet heard!

    It has not been usual for Reunion Tea bookings to be acknowledged since cheques paid in are deemed to be your receipt, and with over 200 bookings this year, it was not really possible.

    There will be about 240 of us at the Digby Hall on 12th May – wow!

    Please find attached the Programme for the day.

    If you have not yet paid your £10 for the book “Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School”, would you please confirm whether or not you still want the book.
    If you think you have paid and may have written £10 on the “Top-up donation enclosed” line by mistake, please let me know that too!

    Thank you all for keeping in touch, especially to those who have not made contact for a while.

    On behalf of the Committee I would like to say ”Welcome”, too, to all members who have recently joined the Old Girls’ Association! It’s still only £10 for Life Membership, so get in touch if you are interested.

    See you on 12th May.

    Very Best Wishes,
    Val Giles

    Membership Secretary,

  2. Sara Arthur ( nee Meaker) May 14, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Dear Pauline and your team

    Many thanks for last Saturday’s wonderful reunion. I think it is only the second I have been to since I left in 1964! It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old classmates and I think there were about 10 out of the 24 in my year there.

    Your team did a brilliant job getting so many of us together. So, once again, many thanks.

    • Pauline Batstone May 17, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you… lets see what we can do next year.

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