Forthcoming dates 2016/2017

Remembrance Service – 11th November 2016. 10.30am. The Gryphon School

We are invited to join the Gryphon Service and part of the Service is laying wreaths on the Fosters School Roll of Honour Boards which are rtained and displayed there. Please contact Philip Dolbear if you plan to come. <

Joint Founders Day Service – 13th May 2017. 2.30pm. Castleton Church and afterwards at The Eastbury Hotel for Afternoon Tea.

It would be good to have more boys there – we are usually well outnumbered! 

Please contact Philip Dolbear if you plan to come. <

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. 

Sherborne Museum : Looking Back at Foster’s School

From Barbara Elsmore of the Sherborne museum:

CoverBooklet: When the Sherborne Museum exhibition ‘Looking Back at Foster’s School’ was being planned for 2013 Ken House suggested that it would be good to have a booklet of some sort to accompany it. As I had started to collect memories from some of the old boys of the school we decided to begin with these and add to them throughout the time the exhibition was running and the resulting booklet contains twelve accounts contributed by former pupils ranging from the 1880s to the 1970s. In addition to these accounts you will find information on the history of the school. It was a very enjoyable experience for me to put this collection together and I hope that you too will enjoy reading through the accounts.

Talk: January 2016 – I have prepared a talk as part of the Sherborne Museum series of Winter talks, entitled ‘Looking Back at Foster’s School – a Personal View’. I hope to tell of my own connection to the school, as my father and grandfather were former pupils, and how I then came to assist Ken House and John House with the opening up of the Foster’s School archive in 2012 where we discovered the many photographs and items that were donated to the museum when the school closed in 1992. I hope to be abled to enlarge on this experience by sharing some of these interesting items and re-meet some of the people who were involved with the school over the years. The talk will include many old photographs and will be for museum members only but, should there be sufficient interest, I hope to give it again at sometime in the future. Barbara Elsmore

Looking Back at Foster’s School


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  1. 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).

  2. Dr Elizabeth Williams August 29, 2016 / 7:29 am

    This is to let everyone know that my father, Fred Paulley (Frederick Bernard Paulley) died last week on 24th August 2016, the day after his 88th birthday.

    Funeral service of thanksgiving will be held at at St Mary’s church, Beaminster at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd September, followed by burial at Cattistock and tea at st Mary’s academy school, Beaminster.

    Please let anyone who knew Fred know. I expect that you already know that his brother, John Paulley, died only 3 months ago.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • V. Orr October 20, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Have not heard from you – note you include us in your `comments` – would appreciate your advice as to receiving the magazine.

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