Vision launched for new culture and arts centre which could bring national acts to Brigg

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Sep 2018

A vision aimed at creating a new centre for arts and culture in Brigg has been officially launched.

The centre, which would host local, regional and national acts, is planned for Sir John Nelthorpe School and would form part of celebrations to mark the 350th anniversary of education on the former Grammar School site next year.

The school's Our Place in Time celebrations will also mark the centenary of the inception of the Girls' High School, which was subsequently sited on Wrawby Road.

The community centre plans would see the school library sympathetically redeveloped and the existing music and drama suite adapted to provide space for visiting artists and local performers.

A launch event was held at the school yesterday to raise awareness of the project, which is already being supported by North Lincolnshire Council and other partners, among local businesses and community groups.

Hannah Seddon, Louie Rodgers and Tom Shoulder, pictured at the launch event at Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg (Image: David Haber)

The new venue would aim to further raise the profile of Brigg as a centre for the arts in North Lincolnshire and is to be accessible to the public as well as school pupils.

Plans for the proposed facilities were on show at the launch event, while opportunities were on offer for businesses and groups to discuss supporting the scheme and helping to raise the money needed to make the centre a reality.

Sir John Nelthorpe School head teacher Rob Biglands said: "The Our Place in Time anniversary celebrations, which will take place in the summer term of 2019, will encapsulate the richness of both former schools on the present site and I look forward to sharing more details of the planned events as this academic year progresses.

"Nothing will be more fitting than to mark these key milestones in the history of the school in newly refurbished facilities that will celebrate the proud history of the school and the community at the same time as providing a modern and versatile resource for all to enjoy.

"I very much hope we can enlist the support and backing of the North Lincolnshire community to turn this vision into a reality.

"I am extremely grateful to the combined bodies of the governing body, the Nelthorpe Trust and the Briggensians Association, who are supporting this venture whole-heartedly."

Tom Nelthorpe (second-left), chairman of the Sir John Nelthorpe School Foundation and vice chairman of the school's governors, is pictured with the school's headteacher Rob Biglands (right) and councillors Rob Waltham and Julie Reed at the Our Place in Time event (Image: David Haber)

Council leader Rob Waltham, who is a former pupil of the school, also spoke at yesterday's launch event.

He said: "We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic project alongside Sir John Nelthorpe School.

"The new centre will bring together Brigg's arts and culture in one place.

"We are keen to work with local businesses and community groups in Brigg to develop the project, making sure it has a real community feel."

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