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Dave Brittain writes:

A football match organised in memory of popular and highly respected Brigg teacher and sportsman Adrian Gibbons, who died in March 2014 aged just 63 has raised funds for the British Heart Foundation.

The match was held at the Hawthorns where a Briggensians XI faced a team made up of the club's old boys and former Brigg Town players. The result was 4-3 to the Briggensians, however the old boys performed well especially with their 14 players during the second half!

Gibb, as he was known, worked at the school for more than 30 years and was still an active sportsman, playing for Briggensians just three days before he died.

Organiser Jon Taylor, a PE teacher at Sir John Nelthorpe worked with Mr Gibbons for 14 years, says,

"He played for Brigg Town, Briggensians and many other teams, so football was his passion and this was my natural way to remember him and try to raise a bit of money for charity.”

Around 40 players expressed an interest in pulling their boots on for the game so there was 2 teams playing 45 minutes each. Players each paid £5 to take part in the game.

As well as Briggensians and Brigg Town old boys, there were players who have turned out for clubs such as Bottesford Town and Appleby-Frodingham and many who he inspired.

Representative Brian Taylor for the British Heart Foundation received proceeds from the match that raised £1,222.

Ryan Johnson (head boy) took the photographs. Pictured are Brian Taylor representing the British Heart Foundation, Jane Gibbons, Jon Taylor, Carl Sherwood, Matt Mosey, Kelley Gibbons, Lucy Gibbons and Alex Smith. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.


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Reunion for 1973 leavers

Dave Brittain writes:

On a beautiful June day twenty of the class of ‘73 from the Grammar and High School met for a long overdue reunion. Somehow a 40 yr. anniversary seemed worthy of celebrating and it is something that had been hinted at in despatches for a while, but nothing had happened. Tim Fell was kind enough to entrust the use of his ‘Party Barn’ and his wife Lindsey brave enough to have 19, mostly strangers, in her home and organise a wonderful lunch.

Despite the passing of 40 years, peoples’ character, mannerisms, sense of humour and inter-personal relationships changed very little and they all took their usual seats in class without ‘Harry Stinson’ having to throw a single piece of chalk.

There were swopped experiences and stories, births, deaths and marriages as they dusted off the cobwebs, memories of people, past glories (hugely exaggerated) and long forgotten misdemeanours.

All had a memorable day and will be repeating the event in celebration of all their 60’th years.

Men: Kevin Lalor, Martin Beckers, David Sleight, David Wood, Paul Goodwin, Steve Howe, Tim Fell and Robert Hunt.

Girls: Back Row: Carol Burns (nee Whitehand); Hazel Gray (nee Swan); Wendy Cooney (nee Vessey)

Front row: Judy Wood (nee Flint); Ann Heathcote (nee Spillman); Carol Rigby (nee Willey); Ruth Brook (nee Gunnee); Joy Winn; Jane Bradburn (nee Kemp); Denise Adams (nee Weaver); Lorna (nee Broome)

Do not forget to let the Briggensians’ Secretary know if you are planning a reunion; better still why not time it to coincide with the annual reunion dinner. Next year the Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, 19th March 2016 at Elsham Golf Club

The 2015 Dinner pictures and speeches are on the web site should you wish to view them and hear the talks.

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Cricket vs School

The old boys were triumphant in the annual Old Boys v School cricket fixture on Friday 10th July 2015; a few who could not make it last minute but two teams were selected.

The young boys won the toss and batted first setting a target of 62 with good batting performances from Joe Taylor and Owen Dunderdale, Tom Atkinson was not out with his slightly unorthodox style.

The old boys were managed by Nick Beacock and included names such as Willey, Cadwallader, Bell, Holmes, Dewfall and Golland to name a few. Bell excelled with the bat and had to retire, as did Dewfall.

The game went to the final overs but the old boys ended up worthy winners.

Thanks to J Taylor senior for umpiring.

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