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

OLD FOSTERIANS’ ASSOCIATION DINNER & 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

OLD FOSTERIANS’ ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
will be held on


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

At the Sherborne Golf Club

Agenda

• 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

LDS OGA

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 ….susanvincent11@yahoo.co.uk. or to me p.batstone@btinternet.com. 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

Magazine

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 March 5, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    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 ….susanvincent11@yahoo.co.uk. or to me p.batstone@btinternet.com. 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.

  2. Sandy Lowth ( nee Newman ) May 25, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Thank you for the latest magazine. I’ve just spent a very relaxing afternoon in the sunshine reading from cover to cover !!

    Dates at LDS 1957-1964

    • Moira Morling December 29, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Wow! A blast from the past! Happened to be idling away some time & there she is – Sandy Newman !! Would LOVE to get back in touch even if from a distance as I live in France . We were at LDS together – I’m Moira Morling. DO please pass on my email to Sandy.

  3. Clive Sheward November 30, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    As an old Fosterian I would like to be included n your mailing list, and if possible will attend the next reunion…. Having just turned 65 it will be a good time I feel.

    I have had had an interesting career thanks to Fosters and CRWF in particular, working in banking in the Middle and Far East rising to the giddy heights of CEO at the Bank of Maldives amongst others.

    Shame they sold the school, never have understood why……..

    Regards
    Clive Sheward. 1967 – 971

  4. Andrew Stewart April 3, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Hi Clive

    I haven’t checked this site for a while – I meet up with Simon Ralph, Tim Lawes and Chris Fort fairly regularly. Last year Leon Nettley, Martin Eastment and Geoff Trevett joined in. I am trying to arrange another meeting – probably in London in the autumn – email me on andrew_stewart1@outlook.com and will let you know time and place when it is fixed

    All the best

    Andrew

  5. Pauline Batstone May 1, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Programme for L.D.S.O.G.A Centenary Reunion on 12th May 2018

    Everyone is welcome to the Service at 2pm in the Abbey. We are asking attendees who are not coming to the Tea to sign a check list as they leave the church as it would be lovely to know just how many have attended because not everyone will be coming to the Reunion Tea. There will also be Membership forms for those who may want to join.

    After the service at about 3pm, please make your way up to the Digby Hall for the High Tea.
    There is some limited parking at the Hall and there is also Hound Street car park across the road.

    On entering the Digby Hall, Old Girls will be asked to pick up name badges and their copy of the magazine. Please join a queue at one of the two tables using the Maiden name of the Old Girl who has made the booking (early part of the alphabet on the right and later part on the left). The person who made the booking will be given her badge (plus the badges for her guest(s). Please wear them so your old friends can find you. Every Old Girl (whether OGA Member or not) will be given a copy of the latest Magazine. This is an extra magazine to the one we produce every 2 years, so there will be containers available should people wish to give a donation towards the costs. If you have booked a tea we will have a badge for you, if you have not booked and there is no badge, you will not be able to come to the Tea.

    If you have ordered and paid for the Book “Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School” this will be in an envelope with your name on it and can be collected at the same time as your badge.
    Books for people who will not be at the Tea will be posted to you.

    On going into the hall please choose to sit where you like. Cups of tea and coffee and glasses of water will be available on arrival and cakes and savouries will be laid out on each table, rather than people having to queue at a buffet table.

    We will be joined at the Service and the Tea by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell and his wife, by Cllr Jon Andrews and his wife representing the Town Council, Mrs. Biddy Wingfield Digby representing our Founder’s family, and the Head Teacher of the Gryphon School, Nicki Edwards. We are not intending to have special tables for our guests but will be sitting them at tables in the Hall to mix with Old Girls and guests. So if you go to a table with one or two reserved places on it, this does not mean that the whole table is reserved. Please help the Committee by making our guests feel at home.

    The 100th birthday cake which has been ordered will be on display below the stage……(and there will be a gluten free cake).

    At around 4.30 p.m. our Chairman, Pauline Batstone, will go up to the stage with the Lord Lieutenant. She will say a few words and will ask the Lord Lieutenant to respond on behalf of the guests. The caterers will be serving each person either prosecco or a non-alcoholic drink ready for the toast. The cake will then be cut, hopefully by one of our Oldest Old Girls. The Chairman will then propose the Toast to Lord Digby’s School Old Girls. There will be two or three very short reminiscences from Old Girls. People can then resume their catching up and our official guests can leave if they choose to do so.

    Between 5.00 and 5.30 p.m. Pauline will call the meeting to order and we will conduct a very very short AGM. The Treasurer’s Report and Chairman’s Report will have been printed off and copies put on each table. Those will be taken as read at the meeting although we can take questions. We will then do the election of committee members – although in fact there is room for whoever wants to lend a hand. We need more people coming forward as four of our stalwarts are standing down. Officers of the Committee including the Chairman will be elected at the first Committee Meeting, which is to be held at 2.30 p.m on 18th May. Currently the Committee meets in the afternoon but that can be changed to accommodate those who are not free during the day.

    We are expecting everyone who does not have time to help clear up to have left by 7.00 p.m. so we (the Committee and any other helpers) can get on with it……….

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