Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The deadline is drawing near for a Brigg school reunion.
So now is the time to make an application to attend.
The Briggensians' Association - representing former pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg Girls' High, Brigg Grammar and Brigg Sixth Form College - will be holding its 41st annual dinner at Elsham Golf Club on Saturday, March 17, 2018 (7pm for 7.30pm).
Guest speaker will be Dr Anne Rae, head of genetics research with renowned Lincolnshire duck-breeding specialist Cherry Valley.
Those wishing to attend should note that the closing date for applications is Friday, March 2.
Tickets cost £22.50p. Cheques made payable to the Briggensians' Association should be sent in an envelope marked The Briggensians' Dinner Secretary to Sir John Nelthorpe School, Wrawby Road, Brigg, DN20 8DS.

PICTURED: School friends reunited at a former dinner of the Briggensians' Association.


It can take a long time for things people want to see in Brigg to come about. But we tend to get there in the end.
Ten years ago this month, in mid-February 2008, Brigg Blog reported: "A decision on the future of the garages at the end of East Parade is hoped for within the next few weeks."
Brigg Blog Blog highlighted the unslightly state of the lock-ups, many of which have been badly vandalised.
During the February 2008 Town Council meeting, Town Mayor Coun Michael Doherty reported on a meeting of the Hawthorn Avenue Residents' Association he had attended when  this topic was raised.
Coun Doherty said it was understood North Lincolnshire Homes had still to decide what to do with the garages, a few of which remainded in use.
Coun Nigel Sherwood said he had also raised the issue and received the same response.
Fast forward to December 2017 and Ongo Homes (now our local social landlord) was granted planning permission to erect a detached bungalow  and landscaping on part of this site (PICTURED ABOVE).
Elsewhere in February 2008, a residents' petition relating to the lack of street lighting on Almond Grove was presented  to councillors.
A small piece of land adjoining Brigg Servicemen's Club was up for sale.
Today it is still undeveloped and awaiting a new use, though we think it has changed hands.
Planning permission to replace an existing cashpoint machine with a new model at Barclays Bank, in the Market Place, was granted by North Lincolnshire Council 10 years ago this month.
However, gremlims were affecting a new computer-controlled facility in the bus shelter on Cary Lane.
It was supposed to give people the latest travel information but had been out of action for some months.
A message on the screen early in 2008 suggested someone ought to plug in the keyboard.
Then the blank screen was replaced by a Microsoft screensaver.
"Next, perhaps, bus times will at last reappear," Brigg Blog suggested in February 2008.
"All Brigg's public transport users want is something which tells them the time of the next bus to 'Sunny Scunny' - before the vandals and graffiti 'artists' render the facility unusable."



Just a reminder that there's another Yappy Hour for pets and their owners at a Brigg pub tonight (Wednesday, February 21).
The Nelthorpe Arms, on Bridge Street, has now switched these sessions from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm. 

Find out more by calling 01652 408088.


North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee, meeting at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe, granted permission for home improvements to be carried out within the Brigg Conservation Area.
Feeling UPVC windows would detract from the character of Brigg Conservation Area, officers recommended refusal but the committee, comprising elected councils, gave the go ahead to replace the windows at the front of Thornsett, on Bigby Road,  with black and white flush-fit conservation-style UPVC windows.
A condition has been added that the work must start within three years.
Brigg Town Council supported  the application submitted by Rachel Coles.
The planning committee's February meeting also approved an application to erect a detached 1.5 storey eco dwelling with attached double garage on land adjacent to 17-19 Front Street, Elsham.
The committee gave permission for the erection of 10 new dwellings, along with associated access and landscaping, on former school playing fields, Broughton High Street.


Brigg Blog was interested to learn that a book we co-wrote in 1999 was being offered online - for more than £490!
People were clearly stunned by the price - judging by some of the comments posted - but we added a tounge-in-cheek suggestion that it was worth every penny. The original price was £12.99p.
Memory Lane - Scunthorpe & District was a millennium publication from the Scunthorpe Telegraph. We compiled it with colleague Chris Horan, the features editor, who is sadly no longer with us.
Chris, who was then Mr Nostalgia, wrote most of the text and we chipped in with pictures selected from the archive, captions, scanning prints and negatives and a few technical bits, as production editor.

Everything was saved on a Zip disc. Remember those, Apple Mac users of the past?
The book was printed by a firm in the Midlands, and they did a very good job.
Memory Lane - Scunthorpe & District  sold out, and we recall attending a pre-Christmas 'signing session' at W H Smith's store in Scunthorpe town centre.
Yes, there were a few takers on the day, in case you were wondering.
The post we saw about our book now  appears to have been removed. We presume there were no bids that came close to £490.
If it did sell, though, we'd be happy to add provenance by signing it!
We presented a copy of the book, in 1999, to Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg, where it went into the library in the grade one part of the site, off Grammar School Road.
Have many students have read it? Perhaps not the sort of book to appeal to the younger generation.
Chris and 'yours truly' produced a second 'Telegraph Nostalgia' book a couple of years later.
It cost less but was not as successful as the first.
The original was in hard-back, unlike the follow-up. So perhaps that was the difference.


Brigg Blog is always pleased to report developments that will improve the lot of local sportsmen and women.
So we welcome plans announced to erect an extension to the existing village hall off  Station Road, Hibaldstow.
Hibaldstow Parish Council is applying to provide enlarged changing rooms, kitchen and extra function rooms.
The village recreation ground is used by many people and its playing area for cricket is second to nine in terms of quality, hosting many Lincolnshire county junior matches as well as Lincolnshire League fixtures played by Hibaldstow CC.
Now it seems additional off-the-field facilities are on their way, subject to the necessary approval being granted by North Lincolnshire Council planners.
The application is now under consideration.

 Our picture shows a Hibaldstow Cricket Club match with the building that's the subject of the current planning application in the distance.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


An educational improvement is planned to benefit pupils at a Brigg school.
North Lincolnshire Council has announced plans to extend the school playground, incorporating a French drain, at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, off Grammar School.
Planning permission is being sought by the maintenance services department based at Hewson House offices, on Station Road, Brigg.
A currently grassed "soft, informal area" is earmarked to become a Macadam playground covering 230 square metres.