2003 was a special year for BRGS as it was a dual celebration! The school celebrated its 90th anniversary since it was built at our present site in Waterfoot, as well as our 300th anniversary of when the school was founded, tracing our origins back to Newchurch Grammar School in 1703.

The last reunion before this one for all former pupils was in 1998 and attracted over 1000 people back to their roots at the school. The 2003 reunion included guests who travelled back to Rossendale to renew friendships from as far afield as America, Australia and China.

Rossendale Free Press Articles

"Grammar School's World Class"

"Historic Reunion Spans Generations"

Itinery from this Reunion:

Saturday 4th October 2003

11.30 a.m School opened for viewing of Memorabilia
2.00 p.m

Formal start in the main hall with the present Headmaster, Martyn Morris O.B.E.

4.00 p.m - 6.00 p.m Buffet Tea in the dining room
6.30 p.m Evening concert in the hall featuring Katie Fell, Lynne Altham (nee Johnson) and Gina Lees singing, Chris Storey and Ben Goffee on Brass and Hilary Fielding on the 'cello.
8.00 p.m Philip Clark, former Headmaster (1969-1987), closed proceedings.

Sunday 5th October 2003

11.30 am Sunday Service in the main hall conducted by Reverend John Maiden.