The 2022 magazine is now available to read here and on the Magazine page – FOSTERIAN Spring 2022 – Final


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: https://fostersdigbys.co.uk/lds-2019-reunion/

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  1. David Norfolk May 22, 2015 / 10:23 am

    For those who were at Foster’s between 1957 and the mid 1970s – my father John Norfolk, who taught geography, sadly died on 17 May at home with us at the ripe age of 98. Memorial service at St.Mary’s Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire on 28 June at 2.30pm. Any Old Fosterian who would care to make the journey would be very welcome!

    • Mike Goode May 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      A well respected member of the staff at Fosters,who lived an exciting life.His wise comments during meetings are still remembered ..A privilege to have known him. Last met at his 90th birthday. Mike Goode. (President OFA.)

    • The Author May 22, 2015 / 2:38 pm

      That is sad news, but what an innings! A privilege to have been taught by him, such a lovely man, a great teacher and very wise.

    • boco06 July 27, 2015 / 10:53 am

      Hello David,
      Sincere condolances on the death of your father. I was at Fosters from 1955-1961 and knew him well. It was and is, as already posted by Mike et. al., a privilige to have known him.

      • David Norfolk July 30, 2015 / 7:45 am

        Thank you for your kind comment – it is much appreciated!

    • stephen wheatley August 4, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Very much enjoyed Mr N’s lessons, always full of witty asides and anecdotes. Sad to learn of his passing.

      • Anonymous August 19, 2015 / 7:56 am

        Thank you Stephen – it is good to hear of how positively he related to his pupils

      • Anonymous September 23, 2015 / 9:17 pm

        Dear David, Hope it is not too late to send our condolences. Your fathers lessons were always greatly enjoyed by my 2 elder brothers and myself. Personally, he made all-things-geographical so interesting that the interest has stuck with me all these years. If I remember well, he was also a good shot with a piece of chalk. Ouch! Nik H

      • David Norfolk September 29, 2015 / 1:48 pm

        Thanks to you too Nik! I am sure he would have been a good shot with the chalk, though I hadn’t noticed any love for corporal punishment at least as far as we children were concerned. Far more effective was his tongue! – David

    • julian fricker October 28, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      Hi David,
      Just found this site, but will now keep coming back.
      Your Father was a very informative man & always made geography lessons interesting. He tought me during 1974 & 1975, & possible 1976.
      He will be sadly missed, but a great teacher & a gentleman.
      Regards, Julian Fricker ( Fosters school 1974-1979)

    • Fiona Konteh nee Inglis December 14, 2015 / 4:44 pm

      Dear David. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We always exchanged Christmas cards and I was going to have to tell him this year of the death of my sister Marion Inglis back in March. Several Lord Digby Old Girls attended her funeral and helped to host a ceremony in Sherborne which was lovely. I hope this reaches you and please pass on my best wishes to everyone especially Judith. I am on Facebook if she wants to get in touch?

  2. W pert June 18, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    Hi Anne just looking Iam delighted to find some one I know I am Jennifer pert formerly Evans

  3. Sally Graham nee Snoddon July 16, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Anyone remember Anne Snoddon, trying to find all her friends, this is her sister Sally. We had the garage over the road, Anne is not quite computer perfec
    t so I am trying to find people, especially Pauline Quirk

    • Jenny Gomm June 19, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Hi Sally,
      Just discovered this website – didn’t know it existed – and seen this comment about Anne. Yes, I was at school with Anne and she came to our “we’re all 60” reunion 4 years ago at the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, so she should have all our email addresses. I remember Pauline Quirk from Sherborne Primary School and, in fact, did have some contact with her when she was on Friends Reunited. Any contact details I had went when Friends Reunited folded, so sorry I can’t help you further. If you can find any links with Sherborne Primary School, Harbour Road, then you may find her through that. She had ginger hair!
      Love to Anne when you’re in touch – if she remembers me. I was Jen Childs (now Gomm).

  4. Hilary Gunn September 9, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    This is a query about my grandmother’s brothers who, I’m given to believe, may have attended Fosters round about 1890 to 1900 or so. Their names were Stubbings, their father was a bootmaker in the town and their mother taught music at Sherborne Girls School.

    • Simon Newell February 8, 2021 / 5:51 pm

      Hi Hilary

      I don’t know if anyone replied to you; all the attendance records are now held by Sherborne Museum. There is a good chance they did attend Fosters from what you say. The curator’s name is Eizabeth and she can be contacted on info@sherbornemuseum.co.uk.

  5. Vivienne Orr September 26, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    My husband is an Old Boy of Fosters School and would be interested in receiving a copy of your magazine and any other interesting information concerning the OLD FOSTERIANS. His name is David John Orr circa 1945. Please advise.

    • Simon Newell February 8, 2021 / 5:39 pm


      Did anyone ever reply to your post? Simon Newell, OFA Membership Secretary

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