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Welcome to the website for ex-pupils of Fosters and Lord Digby’s grammar schools in Sherborne, Dorset, UK.

Sherborne Museum Exhibition

Looking back at Lord Digby’s School

There is a new exhibition about Lord Digby’s School running from now until March 2015, opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30-16:30.

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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 magazine 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.

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 12th May 2012 – Founders day service at Castleton Church at 11:30 followed by Founders day lunch from 13:00 at the Sherborne Hotel.

Saturday 13th October 2012 – AGM at 17:30 followed by the annual dinner 18:45 for 19:15, both at The Sherborne Hotel.

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Lord Digby's School

Lord Digby’s School

  1. Peter Richards
    February 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thought I was a dinosaur until I found the site…

    Attended Fosters during the ’50s and in retrospect one of the happiest times of my life…

    Fondly remember the dances with the “diggers” girls.

  2. John House
    March 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Does anybody have a photo of the ‘Fosters flyer’ coach when it was at the school. If so could you please e-mail it to me.
    ps The old bus is now in ‘Preservation’ in the Mislands.

    John House 1949-1953

    • John Handford
      February 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

      John. I came across the Fosterians website accidentally a day or so ago when trawling the internet and was particularly interested in your note – albeit from back in March 2011. I am the present owner of the ‘Fosters Flyer’ EDV 502D and took it on, initially with Chris and Carol Lea back in the 80′s. As you obviously know, it is now preserved in the Midlands and much has been done to it since its Fosters days. As to photographs, I have many in its restored state, but I do have a photograph, not from school days, but shortly after it arrived in the Midlands in its school ‘all over ads’ livery. I also have a copy of the Sherborne ‘Talk of the Town’ and a picture of the coach before its trip to Italy. If you think I may have anything of interest – then please get in touch.

      Regards
      John Handford

  3. March 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I recall the Foster Flyer, but sadly have no photographs!

    Rod Young, ’79 to ’84

  4. A BETHELL
    September 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    fosters pupil in 1981/82/83
    ANDY BETHELL

  5. Matthew rost
    August 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Anyone out there in old git land remember Mandy Bird LDS 1977-79. I’m almost sure I saw her at the Beautiful Days music festival last weekend. Not sure enough to shout out ‘Oi Mandy Bird’ though!

    • stephen wheatley
      April 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Matt, Indeed, she’s given up banking and now works as a teacher – had lunch with her before Christmas! Give me a call on 07867540416.

    • Mandy Bird
      April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Matthew, Mandy Bird here! Now Amanda Donnelly, happily divorced and back in Sherborne. Steve Wheatley just called me and asked me if I was at Beautiful Days. You should have shouted out – I was there with Jane Fairney. Less of the old git land if you don’t mind…
      Anyway, give me a call to reminisce about Beautiful Days or the old days or if you’re coming down to Dorset sometime 07963 834337

      • Anonymous
        April 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        Well if you two weren’t so convincing I’d say this was an April Fool trick! I quite given up any hope of a reply.
        Strangely enough I just returned from Dorset tonight with my daughter (aged 18 would you believe – what was that old git comment again?). We have a holiday home at Lyme Regis. I do sometimes pop over to Sherborne to see my Dad so will contact you both next time I’m there – thanks for the phone numbers.
        I’m also at BDs again this summer with family & friends so let me know if you are going again. We can wave our glow sticks together to Primal Scream – I think that trumps reminiscing about the old days don’t you?

      • Matthew Frost
        April 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Didn’t mean to be anonymous BTW – its Matthew!

  6. Anonymous
    September 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hi there. Anyone from 1976-1982? I left in 1980 to go to yeovil College. i was home in Sherbs at Easter and come home to see my parents every 12-18 months, but have lived in the USA since 1988 – aside from 3 years from 1999-2002 when we lived in Hinton St George. I now live in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid and I have 3 kids – Emily aged 20, Edawrd aged 15 and Sophia aged 11. Kate (Morton) Martin

  7. Kathy (Egbert) O'Rourke
    December 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I was hoping to find more info about Lord Digby’s on this site. Except for the fine photo of the front, there doesn’t seem to be much at all…

    I am an American that attended the school from about 1968 – 1970. I lived in Holwell. Does anyone out there remember me? My maiden name was Kathy O’Rourke.

    • Kathy (Egbert) O'Rourke
      December 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Oh, golly…. My maiden name is Kathy Egbert!! I guess I’ve been married quite a while. LOL!

  8. Plucker
    December 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hi Kathy, I’d love to put more info about Lord Digby’s school up but I don’t know where to get it. I’m sure someone out there must have magazines, photos etc. Must try harder in tracking it down!

    • February 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Just noticed the query above – as the Chairman of the Lord Digby’s School Old Girls Association I think we need to talk. We are about to produce the 2013 Magazine to send out to those OGA Members who have told us they still want to receive it. Anyone out there who does not normally get a copy and wants one please let me know a.s.a.p.

      I had not realised this website existed and is intended to serve both schools but now I have found it its just what we need as the LDS OGA. because I have been muttering about the need for an internet presence for quite some while.

      Pauline Batstone – p.batstone@btinternet.com

  9. mike goode
    February 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    so pleased to see the association continues to move forward. would love to hear from anyone who had ‘suffered’ goode123@btinternet.com best wishes Mike

    • Debbie Sylvester
      May 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Hello Mike…..I was one of the more ‘disruptive’ Lord Digby’s pupils in your Chemistry class! Debbie Taylor……! Hope you are well x

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2014 at 8:03 am

        thanks for your good wishes. I live near Lyme Regis and enjoy life apart from having Parkinsons. Always love a visit from Fosters or Digbys. Mike Goode

  10. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Pauline, I’ve emailed you, we’ll get together and work out the best approach for getting the OGA integrated in the site.

  11. Abigail Bromell (nee Vincent)
    April 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Hi I would like to get a copy of the magazine please.

    • Kathy ORourke
      April 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Hello! I would also like a magazine, please.

      Kathy (Egbert) O’Rourke

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Galaxy Slll.

    • April 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Hi to anyone who has enquired – I hope we may be able to put the mag. on this site electronically, and some of its predecessors, but in the meantime, anyone wanting a copy needs to join the OGA and pay your one-off £10 Life Membership, the next issue being this coming May.

      Pauline Batstone,

      Chairman, LDS OGA

      • Anonymous
        April 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        How do I go about joining OGA? Many thanks

  12. Alison Manuel
    April 2, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I would love to get a copy of the old girls magazine, love reminiscing .

  13. April 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Jeff has very cleverly put a Membership Form on this website (Pages – Membership – LDS OGA) which comes through to me and I will print off and pass on to the OGA Secretary Betty (she does not have e.mail). I can acknowledge that electronically which gives you my address and you can send me a £10 cheque made out to the Lord Digby’s School Old Girls Association which I will also pass on. That means we can send hard a copy of the Magazine to you when it is produced which is every 18 months now.

    I hope there are more Old Girls out there who would like to reminisce, as you say. I also hope we can look to the future and developing closer links with Gryphon School, as the Old Fosterians have already done.

    With best wishes,
    Pauline

  14. Ann Hibbert (Wright)
    May 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I spent some while looking at the Fosters 1961 school photo in April with Sue Wood (Deacon) and remembering great times and wonderful friendships! Ann Hibbert(Wright)

  15. Anne Cooper (nee Dryden)
    May 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Founders Day service yesterday (10/5/2014). Thanks to everyone who was involved with the organisation, both Fosters and Digbys. We managed to get some tables put together to accommodate 9 of us from the 1956-63 years. Numbers are dwindling and it would be nice to see some of the younger ex-pupils attending. The Sherborne Museum kindly stayed open until 6 pm and it was lovely to see the LDS exhibits.

  16. John Abbott
    May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    This all looks jolly good! I am embarrassed to admit that over the last 47 years I haven’t done anything to stay in contact with old school friends.. That’s with the one exception of Barry Barter. Amazingly we have remained the best of friends since meeting at the age of eleven at Fosters. That must have been in 1960. Thanks for telling me about this site Barry. I don’t see any familiar names on it yet but here’s hoping that someone might remember me – John Abbott. Some of you girls might remember my sister Margaret who was at Lord Digby’s.

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