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The Very Reverend David Leaning, 1936-2015

Distinguished old boy of Brigg Grammar School from 1947-1955 and speaker at the annual Briggensians’ Dinner in March 2007, former Dean of Southwell Minster, David Leaning, has died unexpected at the age of 79 years.

Educated at Keble College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1961.

David retired after 46 years serving in the Church of England’s Ministry in Gainsborough, Worsop in Nottinghamshire and Kington in Herefordshire. After 20 years in Parish Ministry he became Archdeacon of Newark in the Diocese of Southwell and then Dean of the Cathedral of Southwell, a position he held for 15 years.

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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 annual Old Boys vs The School football game took place on Friday, 18th September 2015.

The Sixth Form made up the young boys team with Jon Taylor, Richard Golland, Jason North and Ross Belton all playing for the school.

Thirteen old boys showed up for the evening including Craig Benson, Mark Morris, Phil Davies and David Jollands to name just a few.

The young boys went ahead early through a fine Chris Rogers lob. They then stretched their lead with a goal from Harry Cawkwell.

The Old boys passed it well but had nothing to show for it. It was late in the second half when Ben Pepperell scored a consolation goal for the old boys with his head.

Everyone had a great night and we hope we see some ‘even older boys’ for the Christmas game.


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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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