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In recent years, Grimsby’s profile has seen a change. There’s been a wave of positivity thanks to dedication and growing faith in the area. Grimbarians is a photo-documentary project that highlights the change happening in and around Grimsby. It tells the stories of the great, fascinating and inspirational people at the heart of the movement, including charitable and religious figures, businessmen and women, and those who have had a positive impact on the town’s perception and morale in their own way.

Alexandra Powlett

Alexandra Powlett, born in Grimsby, is a veteran of the Armed Forces, a public speaker, and in 2018 headed the restoration project of Grimsby Cenotaph. After attending Nunsthorpe Junior School and Tollbar Secondary School, Alexandra joined the British Army in 2004 as...
Tina Brocklebank

Tina Brocklebank

Tina Brocklebank is a true make-up artist. The Grimbarian, born and raised in the area, studied make-up at The London College of Fashion before moving to Nottingham to become a freelance make-up artist. Throughout her award-winning career, Tina has created looks for...

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Dave Berry

Dave Berry

Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish is shipped across the UK and beyond. It’s recognised for its craftmanship, its taste, and its quality. For almost 45 years, Dave Berry has been helping to produce this renowned delicacy. Born and raised in the town, Dave began working...

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Patrick Hawes

Patrick Hawes

Patrick Hawes has been described as “one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers.” Born in Grimsby, Patrick went to school in the Lincolnshire area, including Welhome Primary School, before heading to Durham University to read music as an organ...

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Kirsty Douglas

Kirsty Douglas

In 2011, Kirsty Douglas saw her very first roller derby bout at Grimsby Leisure Centre when Lincoln’s The Imposters took on Manchester Roller Derby, and she fell in love with the game straight away. “So many strong, inspirational women skating fast and hitting hard,...

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Grace Robinson

Grace Robinson

Since 2014, Classroom in the Woods has given over 6,000 young people the opportunity to learn in the great outdoors, inspiring school children from nursery-age to Year 6, in both their school and everyday lives. Grace Robinson moved back from London to join the family...

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Richard Askam

Richard Askam

Richard Askam has turned his inspirational business story into a career as a globe-trotting motivational speaker, spreading the good word of Grimsby along the way. Born in Cleethorpes, Richard worked in his family’s renowned drinks business for over 20 years. When he...

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Sam Delaney

Sam Delaney

Sam Delaney is a true honorary Grimbarian. Since moving to Grimsby in 2012, he has made an undeniable impact on the community, supporting those going through the recovery process in order to live a life free of addiction with his Community Interest Company, CREATIVE...

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David Wrightam

David Wrightam

This year, David Wrightam has celebrated 60 years in theatre. Born in Grimsby, David had his first experience of the stage at age 8, when he joined a Caxton Theatre production of A Christmas Carol in the role of Tiny Tim. He trained with the Caxton Players until he...

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Charlotte Hay

Charlotte Hay

Charlotte Hay is ‘Grimsby through and through’. She grew up in Healing, went to school in the village, and attended college in Grimsby before moving to London to study and begin her career. Her mum grew up in Healing, her dad in Grimsby, and her Grandpa was even the...

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Good news from across Grimsby

Say hello to Grimsby Really Is More, the good news newspaper for Grimsby!

This has always been an aim for us as a part of Grimbarians, and this first issue is something we’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a place to find giggles, pride, and inspiration, filled with positive and uplifting news from around the Grimsby area.

In the first issue, we have good news from Grimsby Food Kitchen, Totally Locally,  TheCultureHouse, and more, as well as features from Grimbarians Alexis Powell-Howard and Richard Askam, and Glenys Woodhead’s #Grimbarians story.

You can find printed copies at Docks Beers, Riverhead Coffee Grimsby and Cleethorpes, and Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, for you to read while you enjoy food, drink and a chat.

Please share your good news with us too by emailing info@grimbarians.co.uk. we need your help to spread the word, get people talking about the positives, and bring a smile.

Enjoy!

The Grimbarians Blog

Grimsby Really Is More: The Exhibition

Grimsby Really Is More: The Exhibition

  Everyone, the first exhibition from Grimbarians is coming!  Entitled Grimsby Really Is More, the exhibition will continue the stories of the great, inspirational Grimbarians featured as a part of the project so far. Get up close and personal with a selection of...

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

For far too long, the town of Grimsby has been a victim of its own name. After all, “it’s grim up north,” is an all too popular phrase. Though the town gets its fair share of drizzle, the word “Grim” means a lot more to its residents than typical English weather and...

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Guest post: The Tidal Optimist

Guest post: The Tidal Optimist

Something that many of our Grimbarians have in common is their passion for bringing what they have learned throughout their lives back to the area, helping to change perceptions and inspire people within the community. Richard Askam, a motivational speaker, grew his...

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