Sunday, November 29, 2015


Here's a busy scene at Brigg Fire Station, on Barnard Avenue, viewed from Old Courts Road - its vehicular access to the nearby A18 when our retained fire-fighters are  "on a shout."
In the spring there was a planning application to erect a single storey extension, which was followed in the summer by one seeking approval to change existing windows in the south elevation.


As we reported recently on Brigg Blog, mushrooms popped up in an unexpected location  in the town's main Old Courts Road car park. Here's a picture to prove we were not pulling your leg! Autumn in the season when fungi thrive, we gather.


If you are looking to treat a family member in Brigg this Christmas (hint, hint, Mrs F...) there's a fine selection of "new" Lincolnshire ales available at Newell's, in Wrawby Street.
Seen here on display in the shop window are various ales from the Black Horse Brewing Company, Louth, and our own Tom Wood, of Melton Ross.
You can generally stock up on  bottles of Tom Woods from a stall at the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market. Or sample some of his range on draught at the Yarborough Hunt, in Bridge Street.
But we can't be the only real ale fans in Brigg who have yet to try the bottled beers pictured here from the Black Horse stable (pardon the pun!).

Saturday, November 28, 2015



Today (Saturday, November 28)  sees the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market being held in the town centre, from 9am to 3pm.
That's quite easy to work out, as the market does businesses on the fourth Saturday of the month.
However, there will be an important exception to this rule next month. Vitally important, we might say, as December's  is usually the best-supported of the year (weather permitting) as everyone stocks up on tasty goodies for Christmas.
So take careful note that SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 will see the Pre-Christmas Brigg Farmers' Market 2015 (having been brought forward one week).
While checking those dates for you with North Lincolnshire Council, which manages the markets, we thought we'd better seek confirmation of the general market dates for the next few weeks.
Our thanks go to Vicki Brooks, the authority's Events Management Officer, for furnishing the official list.
Dates of Brigg's general markets in the run up to Christmas are: 

Thursday and Saturday, December 3 & 5 - from 9am - 4pm.
Thursday and Saturday, December 10 & 12 - from 9am - 4pm.
Thursday and Saturday,  December 17 & 19 - from 9am - 4pm.
Thursday  December 24 - from 9am - 1pm. 
Christmas Eve will see a roaring trade being done in  fruit, veg, nuts and other festive essentials. Our advice is to get there ahead of the 9am  opening. 

PICTURED ABOVE:  Brigg Farmers' Market, December 2014.


"Drains collapsed at Recreation Ground  - The old hockey pitch is cordoned off whilst work is being undertaken by Anglian Water, taking up to four weeks."
That update was given by Couns Carl Sherwood, Nigel Sherwood and Rob Waltham to Monday night's November meeting of Brigg Town Council.
Brigg Blog commented on these very welcome emergency repairs a few days ago, featuring a couple of 'work in progress' pictures with our post. 
We then stood with our back to the cordoned-off site to take this picture of "the old hockey pitch" as the councillors describe it. 
In our day as a player with Brigg Men's Hockey Club, this was known as the front pitch. When hockey was still played on grass - today artificial, floodlit facilities are the norm -  this patch of pristine turf was used by the first and second teamers for their home games. 
Those of us in the lower XIs played on pitches either side of the cricket square at Brigg Rec.
For some years now the grass pitch nearest Wrawby Road (pictured) has been used for junior football. 
It's good to know that today's youngsters are getting enjoyment out of it, just as our sporting generation did.
The Recreation Ground was created post-war by Brigg Urban District Council, passing into the control of Glanford Borough Council in 1974 and then the current North Lincolnshire unitary authority in 1996.
Which brings us neatly to our next point...
"Consultation has finished on the planning application for the Brigg Recreation Ground and we are waiting one final statutory consultee response."
That's a further update from our three Brigg & Wolds councillors, kindly outlined to Brigg Blog on Monday night.
North Lincolnshire Council plans to completely refurbish this leisure facility. The planning stage has taken a lot longer than anyone expected, but hopefully will be completed in the not too distant future. Then we'll be able talk of a likely starting date for our 21st century sporting centrepiece.
We are sure that Coun Carl Sherwood, whose cabinet remit includes sport and leisure, will  keep us informed of developments so we can let you know.
The grand opening will be a real red letter one for anyone with an interest in Brigg sport.


This being a Saturday in November, Brigg Blog is getting a shade nostalgic for sporting days long gone, but not forgotten.
Had today been a November Saturday some 20, 25 or 30 years ago, this building would have been the focal point of a very enjoyable day.
It was then the Queen's Arms pub, on Wrawby Street, and all four teams from Brigg Men's Hockey Club would be dropping by - probably before as well as after their matches.
Come the evening, player after player would dump his kit-bag (and stick) on the growing pile near the door on the right of the picture before venturing inside for a pint or three.
The Queen's was run by Jean Cunningham at the beginning of the period under review, later being acquired by Bob and Sue Nicholson.
Sue provided some very fine teas for visiting teams.
The pub later became speciality eatery The Fish Inn and was later transformed into a restaurant.
The Vines has not been open to diners for some time


Brigg Blog has followed the refurbishment of the former Kar Restaurant, on Old Courts Road, Brigg, with great interest.
It is now the Mumbai Lounge, serving Indian food, rather than the Chinese cuisine for which previous owner/proprietor Harry Wu built up such an extensive client list across northern Lincolnshire and even beyond.
After Harry retired and the premises were placed on the market, we were always confident a buyer would be found, although we were surprised it took as long as it did.
Many of us have happy memories of "A night at Harry's" and we now look forward to visiting the premises once again and sampling a different menu.
Perhaps we'll see you there!