Dates for 2018

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

2017 Annual Dinner – 14th October 2017. Sherborne Golf Club.

Mark your diaries now! More details to follow. 2017 will be 25 years since Fosters closed. 

Remembrance Day service 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

And we’ve moved!

As you may have  noticed if you’d been to the old site, I’ve moved the hosting to a much better wordpress hosting company.  I think it’s all working but if you do come across anything that isn’t please let me know by adding a comment here.

A new look for a new year

I’ve refreshed the website’s design with a new look and may move the site off and onto a dedicated server soon so that it can get even more funky features – I’d like to add a history timeline and some other stuff that can’t be done using I’d also like to remove any advertising that may be appearing because of the hosting.

If anyone has any suggestions for the site please let me know, I could add a social network type section as well if people would use it?

Foster’s School exhibition update

The Foster’s School exhibition is drawing to a close but will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in February and March, so there is still time to catch it if you have not yet visited. The booklet to accompany the exhibition Looking Back at Foster’s School is available (downloadable via Dropbox) at the Sherborne Museum website (see Schools and Education). This booklet now contains some additional chapters including some information on those who came back to see the exhibition. It has been a very successful exhibition and I would like to thank all those who came to view it on behalf of the volunteers at Sherborne Museum. This exhibition will be followed by a look back at Lord Digby’s School, currently in preparation.

Barbara Elsmore

January 2014

Lord Digby’s exhibition at the Sherborne Museum


Looking back at Lord Digby’s School

There will be a new exhibition about Lord Digby’s School running from 1 April to 16 December 2014

I have met with June Helson, former pupil and teacher and with Pauline Batstone, former pupil and president of the Old Girls’ Association and plans are now well under way for the opening of the exhibition after Easter. The exhibition will then run for a year. Around Founder’s Day, in May, the window of the museum will also be used to display various larger items of memorabilia. As with the exhibition in 2013, for Foster’s School, there will be a series of articles on the school. These articles, it is hoped, will ‘grow’ as old girls of the school come forward to share their memories. In the case of Foster’s, which started out as half a dozen chapters, it eventually grew to 18 by the close. So the challenge is on can the girls equal or even exceed this!

There is further information and you can download the booklet ‘Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School on the Sherborne Museum website This booklet will be added to during the course of the exhibition.

Barbara Elsmore January 2014