BRIGSTOCK enjoyed a traditional Boxing Day when the Woodland Pytchley Hunt, which is based in the village, gathered on Hall Hill, to be greeted by a crowd of about 2,000 people.

David Reynolds, master of the Woodland Pytchley, thanked everyone for their support and emphasised the hunt would continue to operate in accordance with the current legislation.

About 100 horses and riders galloped through the village before setting off into the countryside.

FOLLOWING the meeting of the hunt, the annual tug-of-war between Brigstock Cricket Club and a Brigstock Select was held in the meadow near the cricket pavilion.

The event this year was dedicated to Ian Smith, who has been the referee for the past five years and was one of the founders of the Brigstock tug-of war, which has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.

Before the contest began a minute's silence was observed for Ian, who died on December 15 at the age of 59. The cricket club maintained its unbeaten record by winning all three pulls.

Proceeds from donations to the event will be shared by the PFA, the Pre-School Playgroup, the Youth Club and the Cricket Club.

THE New Year's Eve party dance at Brigstock Village Hall was, in the words of organiser Harry Winrow, "absolutely terrific", with a great party atmosphere. The evening's entertainment was provided by Daniel's Supersound, who received a standing ovation at the close, along with organisers Tricia, Harry, Ena and all the other helpers who made the event such a success. The organisers would like to thank all those who generously contributed raffle prizes. The next dance will be on Friday, January 26, from 8pm to 11.30pm, when Terry Stewart will provide the music for ballroom, Latin and old-time dancing.

Entrance is 3.50 and tickets will be available on the door. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be provided but those attending are advised to bring their own drinks and glasses. Contact Harry on 373369 for details.

THE Morning Service tomorrow at Brigstock URC will be a Communion service conducted by the Rev D Redfern, which will begin at 10.30am.

A NEW course for the spring term, organised by Brigstock WEA, will begin on Thursday in the village hall.

The 10-week course, which is open to everybody, is entitled music and poetry.

The full fee for the course is 36, concessions 30, and each session will run from 2pm to 3.30pm.

For information call Peggy Adams on 01536 373221, Ann Shrive on 01536 373216 or Mary Amey on 01536 373374.

AN act of thanksgiving for the Restoration of St Andrew's Church, Brigstock, will take place this evening at 6pm. This will be followed by mulled wine and light refreshments.

STANION and District Horticultural Society is running a coach trip to Springfields Flower Show on Saturday, February 3. To book a place, which costs 15, call Marion Knott on 01536 203933.

A BAD taste fancy dress disco will be held at Brigstock Cricket Club Pavilion on Saturday, January 27. This is an opportunity to wear all the things you shouldn't but always wanted to, such as shell suits, white socks, sovereign rings, kaftans etc.

Anything goes and prizes will be awarded for the best of the worst outfits. There is a rumour a special prize will be awarded to the committee member whose fancy dress is most similar to his usual dress style.

Tickets can be obtained by calling any of the following numbers; 07713 642041, 07766 422168, 07779 721355 or 07780 647867.

A NEW five-week yoga class for beginners starts on Monday in Brigstock Village Hall from 12.15pm to 1.45pm. Places are limited and booking is essential. Call Lori Brown on 07941 841485.