Tuesday, January 22, 2019


The A18 in Brigg with the site earmarked for the new Aldi store on the left and the A18 on the right - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, January 2019

Aldi now having been granted planning permission to build its long-awaited new store in Brigg, road improvements will need to be undertaken near the entrance off the A18 on Bridge Street.
A North Lincolnshire councillor for the Brigg & Wolds Ward has made it clear that these measures are seen as a priority.
Coun Carl Sherwood says: "There are a number of road improvements that need to be carried out as part of the scheme. We will be seeking to ensure that these happen as soon as possible to minimise the impact this new store will have on residents."
Coun Carl has commented in the latest, donations-funded edition of the In Touch newsletter for the the Brigg & Wolds Ward, issued by local Conservatives.
Aldi is looking to open the store next year, 2020, on currently vacant land and an adjoining site previously occupied by light industry.
The retail unit will be on the opposite side of the road the splay entrance leading to Island Carr Road.
N.F. adds: In addition to improvements to the vehicular entrance to the store off the A18 there are also plans to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the town's busiest road. Aldi says up to 30 new jobs will be created by the development.


Brigg Town Cricket Club players prior to the start of the 2018 season in which they won the Lincolnshire League division four championship - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, January 2019

Brigg Town Cricket Club is to receive FIVE awards presented to them by a former Test cricketer and England captain.
Local players will get to meet international all-rounder Chris Cowdrey, who played for his country 11 times and also for Kent and Glamorgan in the County Championship.
His father Colin (later Lord Cowdrey) was one of England's top post-war batsmen, and he and Chris both captained England
Chris will be the guest speaker at the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's showpiece dinner on Friday, March 29 at Hemswell Court, near Caenby Corner.
Among the trophies he will be presenting on the night will be the following to Brigg for performances during a memorable and very successful 2018 season:
Division four championship trophy, to the club; divisional award for the top batsman, Matthew Bell; leading bowler, Tom Brock; best wicketkeeper, Mark Dawson; scorer of the season, David Baggott.
In addition, Hibaldstow's Chris Nash will be rewarded as leading wicketkeeper in division two. Chris will be the first recipient of the new Bryan Simpson Trophy, presented in memory of the former Broughton club wicketkeeper and official who later became a leading league cricket administrator, including a lengthy spell as Lincolnshire League treasurer.
Broughton 2nds' Paul Clark will be presented with the trophy for being division three's top bowler.
Brigg Town Cricket Club and players have won many Lincolnshire League awards since the club first joined the competition back in 1976. But Brigg Blog can't recall another season in which five trophies have been won.
Chris Cowdrey is a renowned after dinner speaker, and anyone wishing to attend this function is being urged to make early ticket applications to avoid possible disappointment.
It's destined to be a sell-out success, with a good contingent in attendance from the Brigg, Broughton and Hibaldstow clubs.
Brigg Blog will be attending - camera in hand!


The Bargain Booze off-licence shop in Brigg which will be closing on January 25, 2019 - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The final weekend's trading for a town centre business in Brigg prompted us to take this after-dark picture after the sun had set on Saturday evening.
Many townsfolk have been sad to learn that our Bargain Booze off-licence, on Springs Parade, will cease trading this Friday, January 25. 
It's the only dedicated "offie" in the town, though many convenience stores and larger retail outlets are licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.
Let's hope someone steps in to keep the Springs Parade outlet as an off-licence or reopens it as shop selling someone else.
Prices at  Bargain Booze have been reduced by 20 per cent in the run up to closure.
Many of us have enjoyed good service from staff at this shop, under various owners, for many years.

Monday, January 21, 2019


Drivers need to be aware that major roadworks on the busy A18 are coming up in Brigg with delays likely to result.
Ten new lighting columns are to be installed and existing ones removed between the Monument roundabout and Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School.
The work is planned to take place along Wrawby Road between Wednesday, January 30 and Tuesday, February 5.
Stop/go boards will control traffic during work being carried out for North Lincolnshire Council - the local highway authority.


THEY LOVE BRIGG: Shoppers enjoying the sun in the town centre  - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

We think an I Love Brigg event would be very welcome in 2019. It could promote what our historic town has to offer shoppers and visitors.
The idea is not ours - it comes from Market Rasen in neighbouring West Lindsey.
Brigg could easily amend what Rasen is doing to benefit our town.
If this idea appeals to them, the go-ahead Brigg Town Business Partnership could work in conjunction with Brigg Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council to promote an I Love Brigg Day or even Weekend on a suitable date, or dates, during late spring or the summer.
In addition to a wide range of shops, Brigg has historic buildings that might feature in guided tours, many interesting pubs and eateries, the Heritage Centre and the Ancholme Valley Way walk/cycle track alongside the River Ancholme.
Let's not forget that the Saturday-only passenger train service on the iconic Brigg Line will allow interested visitors to come to town from North Nottinghamshire, Gainsborough, Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
There's also Hornsbys frequent No 4 and X4 bus services allowing people from Scunthorpe and Broughton to come to Brigg.
Here are the details sent to us from Market Rasen Racecourse. Please read what's on offer and see whether you agree with us that Brigg could do something similar...

Townspeople to celebrate ‘Love Market Rasen Raceday’

A grand celebration of everything that is great about Market Rasen is to take place at the Lincolnshire town’s racecourse in February.
‘Love Market Rasen Raceday’, sponsored by Market Rasen Town Council and West Lindsey District Council, is on Sunday 17th February. The ‘Love Market Rasen’ theme will resonate through events in the town for the rest of the year.
The first Sunday racing day of 2019 will rejoice in all that is wonderful about the local community. Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of activities and entertainment facilitated by local businesses, services and community groups whilst taking in the excitement and thrills of a day at the races.
There will be a large exhibition marking the rich history of Market Rasen town, MiniKicks football, golf lessons by professionals from Market Rasen golf course, a comprehensive agricultural machinery display to be enjoyed by the whole family, a pop-up market and a demonstration by West Wolds U3A (University of the Third Age).
Schools are also getting involved in the big day. Market Rasen Primary School Literature and De Aston School Art Competition Finals will take place.
Councillor John Matthews, Chairman, Market Rasen Town Council, said: “Market Rasen Town Council is delighted to join forces with West Lindsey District Council to help promote and sponsor this wonderful community raceday. 

Market Rasen Racecourse is an integral part of the town attracting huge quantities of visitors into our economy, to the shops, eateries, pubs and accommodation providers.
“This initiative not only displays the desire to involve the people and businesses of the town with the racecourse but also gives an underlying message that the racecourse is an important part of the town and we are continuing the theme ‘Love Market Rasen’ in events throughout 2019.”
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “We are inviting the people of Market Rasen to celebrate their racecourse, their town and their community. As a major Lincolnshire venue attracting visitors to our town, we are passionate about playing our part in the local economy and community. As well as a full programme of jump racing, lots of activities are being laid on for families to enjoy and so we are looking forward to a great day of sport and entertainment on Sunday,17th February.”
The gates of the racecourse will be open from 12.10pm. Racing is between 2.10pm and 4.50pm. Adult tickets are just £10 in advance (£15 on the day). Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Restaurant options are from £57 for adults and £43 for children over 12 – under 12s eat free of charge in the Brocklesby Suite when booked in advance with an adult meal.
Further details about Market Rasen Racecourse, including ticket purchases, can be found at http://marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk


  • The place-name features in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the parish church dates to Norman times
  • The town sustained an earthquake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale, in February 2008.
  • A post-war record crowd of 14,136 attended the town’s racecourse for an evening of racing and a concert by Jess Glynne in August 2016.
  • The late Oscar-nominated songwriter and Heatwave band member Rod Temperton was educated in the town.
  • The River Rase flows through the town and has three bridges across it.
  • The town newspaper, the Market Rasen Mail, was founded in 1856.


Plans submitted to extend the cafe at a tourist attraction within the Brigg area, due to increasing demand, have been approved.
North Lincolnshire Council has granted listed building consent to allow remove of internal walls to increase the size of café and install an extraction flue at Elsham Hall Gardens & Country Park.
A statement submitted in support of the application said Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park offered beautiful lakeside gardens, a contemporary walled garden, an adventure playground and a variety of animals and birds.
Regular family events are held throughout the season, including circus and magic acts, car shows, art exhibitions and open air theatre.
Refreshments, snacks and afternoon teas are a speciality and served in the Tea Room.
The statement added: "The popularity of the park continues to grow, along with the desire for visitors to drink and dine at the park. With the increased demand, it has become evident that the existing café / dining area has not got the capacity to deal with the numbers of visitors at peak times.
"The proposal is to make internal alterations to the existing structure to facilitate the extension of the café/dining area into what is currently the Wedding Co-ordinator suite."
"Every effort has been made in the design process to respect the historical vale of the building and all on-site works will reflect this ethos."
A council report prepared about this application "accepted that an external flue is a common feature on barns within the open countryside and it is necessary to allow this existing business to relocate its kitchen and improve its dining area for the public."

Sunday, January 20, 2019


Brigg Town Football Club's chances of securing the league championship increased after results yesterday (Saturday, January 19).
Second half goals from Jake Reed and Jake Crossland gave Brigg a 2-0 win over Lincoln side Ruston Sports at The Hawthorns.
Meanwhile, Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier leaders Gainsborough Trinity Reserves lost 4-2 to Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Brigg are now five points behind Trinity and have three games in hand on their rivals.
Moorlands are third in the standings but have played two matches less than Brigg and five fewer that Gainsborough.
So it looks like being a three-horse race for the title in the latter months of the season.