Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Brigg people will be going to polling stations for the second time this month.
Following the North Lincolnshire Council and Brigg Town Council elections held on May 2, there's another coming up for the European Parliament tomorrow - Thursday, May 23.
Six seats need to be filled and nine parties have nominated 51 candidates for the Yorkshire and Humber Region of the European Parliament, which includes us.
Polling stations in Brigg and elsewhere will be open between 7am and 10pm.
It will be interesting to see the percentage turnout.


The Cary Lane bus station in Brigg, North Lincolnshire

Better public transport is on the wish list of many people who live within the Brigg area.
We could do with a meaningful train service - rather than the current Saturdays-only timetable offering only three easterly journeys to Cleethorpes and three to Sheffield.
And grateful as we are for the fine bus links between Brigg and Scunthorpe, including the relatively new X4 Hornsbys expresses, journeys to towns and cities other than our neighbouring metropolis can prove difficult if not impossible.
We thought about this while making a recent Friday trip from Brigg to Buckinghamshire, returning three days later, on a Monday.
First, we had to take the No 4 bus from Brigg Cary Lane to Scunthorpe because connecting National Express company cross-country coaches from Hull to the steel town, via the Humber Bridge, do not call in Brigg on their way to London and other destinations.
Is there any chance the powers-that-be could ask for our town to be included through a slight diversion to the route?
We duly boarded the mid-morning Friday National Express coach in Scunthorpe and headed for Birmingham, where we took a train from Moor Street station to High Wycombe, arriving mid-afternoon.
Between Birmingham and our destination we gazed from the window of the excellent and very frequent Chiltern Trains service as we passed through towns that, unlike Brigg, still have stations with a meaningful timetable.
Having returned to Scunthorpe on the Monday aboard the National Express coach we were in time to catch the 8.10pm Hornsbys No 4 back to Brigg, via Broughton and Scawby.
However, had we chosen to return a day earlier, a taxi would have been required from Scunthorpe to Brigg as no late buses are operated by Stagecoach on Sundays.
Talk to people living in many other parts of the UK and they find it hard to believe that an area like North Lincolnshire has sparse public transport, compared with what they enjoy and assume to be the norm.
And what about more local  public transport?
There's a bus service between Brigg and Lincoln, via Scawby and Hibaldstow, but it only runs on Fridays.
If you want to go to Grimsby - Monday to Friday - you can get a bus from Brigg to Barnetby and back again, but timetabling makes it difficult to spend a meaningful length of time in the coastal town. The same applies if you want to visit Barton.
Buses, coaches and passenger trains are all run by private companies, not North Lincolnshire Council which, to its credit, supports some public transport routes and also the CallConnect dial-a-bus service. However, much as we appreciate CallConnect (being a registered user) it does not operate at all times when demand exists.
When it comes to the all-important carbon footprint and reducing global warming, we are told that using public transport is most desirable because it reduces the number of individual car journeys.
But someone, somewhere has to ensure that buses and trains are available whenever people want to comply with this worthy aim, and that means in the evenings and weekends, seven days a week.
Our traveller's tale does have a happy ending. Having arrived at High Wycombe railway station, we had some time to kill.
Just beyond the car park we spied the Bootlegger pub that proved to be an absolute delight. So much so that we took some pictures of it to share with fellow real ale fans once we got back to Brigg.
Viewing the line-up of pumps on the bar, we selected a refreshing light ale made by a local brewery called Fisher's!

Fisher's Blonde Ale on tap at the Bootlegger pub (below) in hilly High Wycombe.

Birmingham's famous Bull Ring Centre viewed from Moor Street railway station in the centre of the city.


Historic Wrawby Mill near Brigg in North Lincolnshire

Individuals and families in the Brigg area who are looking for somewhere interesting to visit over the forthcoming bank holiday should note that Wrawby Mill will be holding an open day on Monday, May 27 (from 1pm to 5pm).
This Free-to-visit historic landmark is cared for by the Wrawby Windmill Society.
Built in the 18th century, the mill - close to the A18 Melton Road at DN20 8SR - will also be open to the public on these dates in 2019:
Sunday 30th June
Saturday 27th July
Monday 26th August
Saturday 21st September.
Admission and parking is free - donations welcome.
There will also be a family fun day on Sunday, June 30, from 1pm to 5pm.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Get those entries in now for the Brigg Garden Competition 2019, organised by the Town Council.
You can nominate your own or a friend's or neighbour's that has taken your eye.
But don't delay as the closing date is drawing near - June 14.
The competition is a long-established one, culminating in a showpiece, late summer presentation ceremony in the Angel Suite to which finalists are invited to hear the results  announced and see the the trophies and certificates being presented.
In addition to the top gardens, there are also awards for the most impressive allotments tended by plot-holders on Redcombe Lane/Atherton Way and Grammar School Road who hire their veg-growing patches from the council in return for a small annual rent.
Schools and business premises with floral displays are also included.
Categories are:

  • Best house front garden
  • Best hanging basket/display - business or organisation premises
  • Best allotment plot
  • Best school display - basket, flower bed or vegetable plot
Entries can be made in several ways, and judging will be undertaken during July.
You can collect a printed form from the Town Council Office on the ground floor of the Angel building or from the Tourist Information Centre at the Buttercross in the Market Place.
Alternatively, CLICK HERE and download the form.

Please note that as this competition is organised by our town council, all gardens must be located within the Brigg parish boundary.
Well-received changes were made last year to the way in which the garden competition is organised.
Small groups of councillors used to tour the town, street by street, looking at gardens and drawing up a shortlist of those that impressed them to go forward for final judging.
This time-consuming method has now been replaced by a simpler system involving nominations by townsfolk for the judging stage.
Click here to view the current trophy-holders, following the presentations made last year.

PICTURED ABOVE: The best front garden of 2018, tended by Derek Capp, of the Newlands estate, seen below receiving the coveted trophy from Town Mayor Councillor Donald Campbell last August in the Angel Suite.


A Brigg pub that does not normally offer food to customers is to make notable exceptions.
Traditional pizza, prepared in a wood-fired oven, will be available at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, between 4.30pm and 8.30pm on three days over the coming months.
The dates are May 31, July 26 and August 30 - all Fridays.
The food - "a little taste of Napoli" - will be provided by Scunthorpe-based Pizza da Angelo.
The Yarborough hosted something similar in terms of pop-up pizza last summer.

Angelo de Pizza will be visiting many other North Lincolnshire hostelries to run pizza nights over the next few months.


Brigg Town Football Club's promotion to the Northern Counties East League Division One for the 2019/2020 season has now been confirmed, allowing us to take a look at some of the sides the Zebras will be playing during the new campaign, starting in late summer.
Brigg finished runners-up in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier earlier this month, making them eligible to move up a grade in the football pyramid to what's known as Step 6.
Twenty teams are scheduled to play in the NCEL First Division, including nearby Winterton Rangers.
There are several sides from the North Bank within comfortable travelling distance, but the only other Lincolnshire club is Skegness.
Brigg will also face Retford - potentially giving local fans the chance to use our Saturdays-only passenger train service to get to the North Nottinghamshire town, and Retford followers to come to us.
Familiar teams Brigg have played at this level in previous seasons include Armthorpe Welfare, Harrogate Railway, Selby Town, Dronfield Town and Campion.
Brigg Town have also confirmed that they will be operating a reserve side next season, playing in the Lincolnshire League.
So there will be continuous Saturday football available to watch at The Hawthorns.

Monday, May 20, 2019


Here's a fine and wide selection of colourful pictures showing the Brigg Pump Blessing 2019 event held in the town centre on Saturday, May 18.
The 30 featured were all taken by Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters Magazine, to whom we extend our sincere thanks.
Brigg Town Business Partnership co-ordinated the festivities with sponsorship and support from a number of local companies.
Many townsfolk and visitors from neighbouring communities watched the dancing and the ceremonies beside the pumps.
Also in attendance were Brigg Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall, Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker, North Lincolnshire Council Leader Coun Rob Waltham and Brigg's Curate, the Rev Trudy Hobson.
The cast iron pumps that once supplied water to homes and businesses in the town centre are located on Bridge Street, near the County Bridge, and on Grammar School Road South, close to Wetherspoon's White Horse pub.