Brian Taylor MBE
Brian Taylor MBE (1944-1949) passed away peacefully in Castlethorpe Nursing Home on 13th December 2020 aged 87.
Brian has been a force for good through his many years of dedicated community service in so many ways. He was one of the kindest and most respectful people you could wish to meet.
He was born in Scawby in 1933, the youngest of four children. When the family moved to Broughton in 1947, he joined the Church Choir and the Scouts. He was educated at Brigg Prep, Broughton Juniors and Brigg Grammar School. Later he became a School Governor and Foundation Governor (overseeing the Trust's Assets) at Sir John Nelthorpe School, a capacity in which he served for many years. His contribution was invaluable in charting the school's development to become such a valuable community asset.
Brian was also a Governor at North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe's Riddings Comprehensive and Wrawby Church of England School.
Brian did 2 years National Service with the RAF and then worked for the Co-operative Society for 28 years becoming Personnel Manager before joining Glanford Borough Council as Personnel Officer where he served for a further 17 years until retirement in 1996.
He joined the Pharos Masonic Lodge, Scunthorpe in 1966 and it was during this period that he became Chaplain, Almoner, Worshipful Master and Senior Grand Master. He was a Freemason for 54 years.
He had a lifelong interest in sport and played cricket, tennis and snooker then bowls in retirement. Interest in Athletics, especially when his children were young, led to him becoming an AAA's qualified timekeeper in the days when timekeepers used stopwatches. Brian officiated at many athletics meetings across the Midlands and North of England, including Special Olympics events for the Disabled.
Brian and the late Pam had two children, Stephen and Julie followed by 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was very close to his family and dearly loved by them all.
He was an active Churchgoer and was Treasurer, Church Warden and Sidesman at St. Mary's Church, Wrawby.
Brian was a JP for 22 years until 2003 serving on the Criminal Bench, Family Bench and Licensing Bench, sitting at Brigg Magistrates' Court on Wrawby Street and later in Scunthorpe before retiring aged 70.
Well known for his support for good causes he became a representative for the British Heart Foundation attending many events across the local area, frequently to accept cheques of support. He was a founder member and Vice Chair of the Heart2Heart group, formed in 1998 and helped to raise funds and inform and support sufferers recovering from heart attacks.
The year 2011 was a special time. Brian received his MBE from Prince Charles in 2011 for his community work in North Lincolnshire. He was President of Brigg Probus Club in the same year and the Briggensians Association in 2012 having been Briggensians Treasurer in 1976 and on their committee since he joined. He was also in the Lions for 14 years from 1981.
Brian thoroughly deserved his MBE having had such an active life in support of so many aspects of the local community. Sadly, he will be missed by so many.
'Our Place in Time' mugs
The commemorative 'Our Place in Time' mugs are now available to purchase, priced at £5.00 each (plus postage and packing of £3 uk where applicable). For further details please contact Mrs Julie Taylor by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All profit from the sale of the mugs goes directly towards the School's Arts & Culture Centre project..
David Waite fron Sir John Nelthorpe as part of the research into school casualties of World War 2 has been in contact with the Australian nephews of John Lang. John attended Brigg Grammar from 1929 to 1938, and lived with his grandparents on Albert St. His parents had already emigrated to Australia.
He was an athletics and swimming captain for Ancholme House and a patrol leader in the school scout troop.
He enlisted at the start of the war and was evacuated from Dunkirk. He then joined 11 (Scottish) Commando, and was killed in action in 1941 in a battle against the Vichy French in Palestine.
His nephews have sent a picture from an album that John posted to his sister in Australia. He is on the right, wearing what looks like swimming shorts.
If any Briggensians can name the other boys, or give a location it would be greatly appreciated. If you look closely there are some white houses in the distance on the left, so it might possibly have been taken on the school field.
Briggensians Anniversary Meeting 2019
Across the generations, past and present students of Brigg Girls High School, Brigg Grammar School and Sir John Nelthorpe School, gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of both original schools for a celebratory Dinner at Elsham Golf Club.
The story begins when men wore armour and went to war on horseback.
Sir John Nelthorpe, was a lawyer in London but fought at Nasby with Fairfax (1645) and served under Oliver Cromwell. He was knighted in 1666, the great plague was 1664-1666 and the 'Fire of London' in 1666.
When Sir John Nelthorpe died, he left instructions in his will to set up a free school in Brigg and that was 1669; 350 years have passed and the original school building is still in use today. It is a listed building on Grammar School Road in Brigg. The school opened with a Master and Usher and 13 pupils, all boarders because transport was so difficult.
The Master taught Hebrew, Latin and Greek to prepare students for university and the Usher taught the basics. They were both churchmen, had local parishes, and preached on Sundays.
The Girls High School had very different beginnings. It opened in 1919, 100 years ago, in the Congregational School Rooms on Wrawby Street plus a Kindergarten in Pratts shop in the market place.
Wooden huts were quickly erected on a small site adjoining the old Vicarage. The girls were very happy there under the direction of the inspirational Miss Lardelli. There were enrolled sixty-six pupils but initially only thirty-five desk spaces.
The girls grew vegetables on a patch of garden and used them when cooking their own lunches.
The cramped conditions and inadequate accommodation was eventually recognised and a new school built on Wrawby Road; this opened in 1937 at a cost of £23,500. (The new Ancholme Academy cost over £31million)
Political will determined that the High School and Grammar School would amalgamate and the Sir John Nelthorpe School was born in 1976 alongside the Brigg Sixth Form College created in conjunction with the Vale of Ancholme School.
Planning for the school based celebrations is well underway with an ambitious multi-phase project “Our Place in Time” just getting started which will see the development of a community, theatre, arts and music, facility based around the old schoolroom and performance areas with new access from Grammar School Road.
It is with great sadness that I report the sudden and sad loss of John Hastings' wife Sylvia.
They had been out to visit friends and Sylvia had a fall that resulted in her having a brain haemorrhage.
It was not possible to revive her and she passed away.
We send sincere condolences to John and both their families.
SJN - Our Place in Time project
This video rendering shows how the original old school room at Sir John Nelthorpe would look following its refurbishment for the 'Our Place in Time' project. This would serve as a reception area for both the school and a new performing arts centre for Brigg.
You might recognise the Middleton Door in the background.
This video rendering shows how the original old school room at Sir John Nelthorpe would look following its refurbishment for the 'Our Place in Time' project. This would serve as a reception area for both the school and a new performing arts centre for Brigg. You might recognise the Middleton Door in the background.
If you can offer time, expertise or funding to help make this a reality, do get in touch. We will be emailing members as soon as more details are announced.
BGS Football 1924-5 & 1926-7
Below are a couple of old photos of BGS football between 1924-5 (left) and 1926-7 (right). Can you spot any old family members?
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