Mike Goode

22 April 1939 – 7 April 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mike Goode. As evidenced by the outpouring of emotion, memories and respect on social media to the news, Mike was one of the iconic Masters of Fosters School in recent times. As 1st Form Master, he was our first contact and guiding light for our early School days, and the experiences just got better from then on, whether in the Physics Lab, at Blashenwell Camp or in everyday life around the School, and Boarding House for some. 

He was devoted not only to the School, but afterwards to our Old Boys’ Association. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. In latter years he did not enjoy the best of health with Parkinsons, but with no surprise, he tackled this and ageing life with energy, a positive mind and always a cheery smile. Our thoughts go to Selina, his wife, Caroline and Jennifer, his daughters, and the wider family. We hope they will take some comfort that Mike is at peace, and also from the massive recognition he has received on the news of his passing.

Sadly on a national scale, these are unique times and we will not be able to pay our respects for, and celebrate Mike’s life for a little while. I know the family are planning something for later in the year and I hope we will be able to play our part in that as an Association.

With best wishes, keep well and keep safe.
Philip Dolbear Chairman 


Saturday 9th May 2020
11:30 am.  Sherborne Abbey

16 March 2020: This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19


Saturday 10th October 2020 The Grange Hotel, Oborne DT9 4LA
Phone 01935 813463
12.30 for 1.00pm Lunch
          (You are welcome to arrive earlier for coffee, etc. at your own convenience)
Tickets £26.00


Menu choice


(A) Autumn vegetable soup, croutons
(B) Chicken and duck liver parfait, red onion marmalade, melba toast
(C) Galia melon, fruit compote

Main courses:

(J) Guinea fowl breast, savoury stuffing, pommes anna, shallot and red wine sauce
(K) Torched salmon fillet, spinach creamed potato, salsa verde
(L) Vegetable tagine, chick peas, savoury basmati rice, poppadum   (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian)


(X) White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, Dorset clotted cream
(Y) Fruit salad
(Z) West Country farmhouse cheeses with biscuit, quince, chutney & fresh grapes

Please use these code letters when ordering.

Please put your choice on the form below and return to Ian Maun, 13 Higher Brimley, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8JS

Please inform Ian if you have any dietary requirements (wordsmith@eclipse.co.uk).


There are a limited number of rooms available in the Grange Hotel at a specially negotiated B&B rate of £99.00 per night.  Please contact the Hotel direct on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, quoting the reference ‘Foster’s’



Wednesday 11th November 10:30am

We are once again kindly invited to join the Gryphon School Service, a part of which includes reading the Old Fosterians’ Roll of Honour form the School Boards and Poppy Wreath laying.

Please phone Philip Dolbear (01935 873497) if you plan to attend.


Photographs of the 2019 Founders Day Service and LDS Reunion Lunch can be found here: http://fostersdigbys.co.uk/lds-2019-reunion/

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68 thoughts on “Mike Goode

  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.

  3. Val Giles(née Long) March 11, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    NB From L.D.S. O.G.A.Membership Secretary, Val Giles.

    Reference this year’s O.G.A and O.F.A. Reunion on 9th May 2020.

    Please note that the VENUE for the Buffet Lunch is now the RALEIGH HALL, Digby Road, Sherborne, so NEXT DOOR to the Memorial Hall!

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