There will be no reunion this year due to current restrictions and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay safe and hopefully we can all get back together in 2021.


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 


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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  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 February 25, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    Update on this year’s Reunion on Saturday 9th May 2020 – Service now in the Abbey NOT Castleton Church !!

    Dear L.D.S Old Girls, Foster’s Old Boys, Members of Staff and Friends,
    Please find attached your Invitation, with Booking Form, for this year’s Reunion on Saturday 9th May 2020.
    Please note that the Founder’s Day Service will now be in Sherborne Abbey and NOT in Castleton Church as advertised previously! (So …. plenty of room – let’s try and fill the Abbey again)!
    The last date for booking your buffet lunch is Friday 27th March 2020.
    Booking is essential !
    At this year’s AGM the OGA Committee will be looking for new members to join the Committee, in order to ensure the continuation of the OGA !
    Daphne will be retiring this year, so we need a new Secretary, and a new Treasurer and new Membership secretary will be needed in 2021 when Wendy and Val retire.
    The book “Looking Back at Lord Digby’s School” is still available at £10 each and may be purchased at the Reunion lunch, or ordered if you are unable to attend. There are a few 2017 magazines and some Centenary magazines available too.
    The O.G.A. Committee looks forward to seeing you there!
    You are invited to the
    JOINT REUNION of L.D.S. O.G.A & O.F.A. on SATURDAY 9thMAY, 2020
    11:30 am Founder’s Day Service in Sherborne Abbey
    12.45pm for 1pm Buffet Lunch in DigbyMemorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne.
    Your spouse, partner, relative or friend would be welcome at the Service and Lunch if they wish.
    Please let any non-members of the O.G.A. know that it would be good to see them in the Abbey and they may book a lunch if they wish to come.
    Local Caterers “Dorset Delights” will be doing the catering again this year.
    The Buffet lunch will include savoury snacks, sandwiches, and cakes.
    Please add your dietary requirements on the attached form.
    This year’s A.G.M. will follow the lunch at approx.3.15pm. in the Griffiths Room.
    *If you have any news for the 2020 Magazine, please send it by 27th March 2020 to
    Collette Stevens. Email: collettestevens@hotmail.com
    Address: 23 Ambrose Close, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne DT9 6RL
    *If you wish to have details of next year’s Reunion, please bring a stamped and addressed envelope with you, or provide an email address.
    *Please return the attached form if you wish to receive the Magazine (every two years) and future communications from the O.G.A .
    The Committee looks forward to seeing you at the 2020 Reunion.
    Yours sincerely,
    Val Giles (Long)
    Membership Secretary.
    To Val Giles, Membership Secretary L.D.S.O.G.A.
    Email: valeralph@yahoo.co.uk
    Name __________________________________Maiden Name________________
    Contact Details if changed: eg. Address, Telephone number, Email address
    *(Tick as appropriate).
    *Please send me future correspondence, including the Magazine. YES____NO____
    *I am an OGA Member___ *I wish to join the OGA & enclose £10 life membership fee____
    *(Delete as applicable)
    *I / We wish / do not wish / to attend the Buffet Lunch. I enclose £15.00 per person.
    (This cost covers payment for the Lunch, Organist and Verger).
    Name of spouse/partner/friend/relative attending___________________________
    Dietary Requirement (Please tick)
    Gluten Free____ Diabetic ____ Other__________________________
    If possible, please send your payment(s) by Bank Transfer to:
    BANK: Lloyds Bank
    BRANCH: Sherborne
    ACCOUNT: Lord Digby’s School Old Girls’ Association
    ACC. NO: 01797031
    Or send a cheque (made payable to ‘Lord Digby’s School Old Girls’ Association’)
    to the Treasurer

  4. 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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