Former students reunite for annual Briggensian dinner

Martin Robinson  - Guest Speaker at the Briggensians 2014 dinner. EMN-140303-081853001
Martin Robinson - Guest Speaker at the Briggensians 2014 dinner. EMN-140303-081853001

The Briggensians’ Association, the organisation for former students of Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg Girls’ High School and Brigg Grammar School, hold their Annual Dinner this month, when they welcome former student Martin Robertson as guest speaker.

Martin was born in 1960 at Twigmooor Hall, the house that was to feature in the failed escape plans of Guy Fawkes.

He was educated at Brigg Primary School and Brigg Grammar School, from 1971 to 76, where, even though he lived in the nearby village of Scawby, he stayed as a boarder. Life in the boarding house held many vivid memories.

Having left school at 16, he prepared for college life by studying for two part time qualifications before departing to Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire to study Agricultural Engineering.

But before his final year had been completed, his life was to take a new direction and he went into farming.

In the meantime, he has travelled as a Nuffield Scholar, become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, been President of the Rotary Club of Brigg, organised and travelled on vehicle dependant expeditions to the south of Morocco, the Jebel Akakus in Libya and the Trans Saharan Highway and Hoggar Mountains in Algeria.

Martin currently manages and farms an area just short of 1,700 acres and in various guises; he sits on the Home Grown Cereals Authority Research and KT Committee and is a non-executive board member of the Green Pea Company.

Tickets for the dinner at Elsham Golf Club on Saturday, March 22 cost £22 via the Briggensians web site or the school on 01652 656551.