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

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

Update on the Foster’s School Archive held at Sherborne Museum

Just before Christmas 2015 two boxes of items left by Ken House were deposited with the Curator at Sherborne Museum for assessment towards possible accession. These items are included in the final list of all the items found by Barbara Elsmore during the time she helped review the archive with Ken and with John House. Any future correspondence regarding items in the archive should be made to Sherborne Museum Curator, Church Lane, Sherborne DT9 3BP email info@sherbornemuseum.co.uk.

Anyone who wishes to view any item held in the archive or who wishes to donate any further items not already on the list should also contact the curator.

Archive to OFA Feb 2016

 

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