Times gone by at Brigg

Nigel Fisher (left) looks back at the final edition of the Lincolnshire Times with BASH Vice Chair Brian Denison EMN-160217-093800001
Nigel Fisher (left) looks back at the final edition of the Lincolnshire Times with BASH Vice Chair Brian Denison EMN-160217-093800001
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Brigg Amateur Social Historians (BASH) has commenced its spring programme and this month’s talk was on The Hull and Lincolnshire Times Newspaper, which covered the Brigg area from 1957 to 1985.

The illustrated talk was given by Nigel Fisher, once a journalist on the paper, who included photographs from the late Brian Robin’s collection.

Brian was the newspaper’s well known photographer for many years and word has it he sometimes met up with the editor of the Market Rasen Mail, in Grasby or thereabouts, to swap stories or photographs.

The next meeting is on March 1, at the Brigg & District Servicemen’s Club in Coney Court, starting at 8pm and is entitled ‘The Disappearing Policeman, The strange case of Henry Davey’.

When one of Lincolnshire’s police officers disappeared, there was an attempt to hide what happened to him.

This talk explores his tragedy and some of the darker corners of Victorian Policing and Criminal Justice.

On Tuesday April 5, the subject will be ‘The Life and Times of Guy Gibson’, an illustrated talk by Jim Shortland (Historian) of 617 Squadron The Dam Busters.

The talk covers the early life of Guy Gibson – through to his tour of Fighter Command – on to various operational training units and his period with 106 Squadron, before moving to RAF Coningsby in 1944. Gibson died in that year.

The final Spring meeting is on Tuesday May 3, when Ann Campion tells ‘Tales of Scawby Hall’.

This early Jacobean Manor House was begun by Richard Nelthorpe of Glanford Brigg in 1605 and has been lived in by members of the Nelthorpe family ever since.

The talk covers a brief history of the house and also Ann’s many interesting experiences as a Tour Guide there.

All are welcome at the meetings; there is no membership or admission charge, but a raffle is held to set against meeting expenses. A buffet supper is also provided.

‘BASH’, founded in October 2003, promotes an interest and awareness in the social history of Brigg and surrounding areas, as well as supporting traditional and historical events in the area.