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 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……..

    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


  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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