Thursday, August 11, 2022


Brigg Town Football Club drew a sizeable attendance for their home game played last night (Wednesday, August 10).
Following a goalless first half, the Zebras came from behind to draw 1-1 with Derbyshire side Dronfield at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
James Petronzio was the local side's marksman - the official attendance being 275.
Brigg remain unbeaten in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One, as are Dronfield.
With one win and two draws from their opening fixtures, the Zebras are in tenth place in a 20-team division.
The latest free-to-attend Bike Night is coming up at the ground tonight (Thursday) from 5pm. View details here...


New housing is planned on a site in Brigg where old residential properties, which stood for decades, were demolished not long after the Second World War.
Approval is now being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to build a pair of semi-detached homes on Manley Gardens, within sight of Bridge Street and close to the town centre.
The original properties were demolished in the late 1940s, with the land subsequently being concreted over and used for car parking.
The site is located behind the former chapel (grade two listed) which stands on the corner of Bridge Street and Manley Gardens.
This was latterly used by a well-known local carpet & flooring company until it relocated to new premises.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the housing application for what's described as "the concrete area off Manley Gardens." (The ex-chapel does NOT form part of the scheme).
Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the planning process.
"Associated parking" is included in the housing scheme.
Brigg being a very popular place to live, there is high local demand for residential accommodation, particularly within easy reach of the town centre.

PICTURED: Views of the proposed development site, looking towards Bridge Street, with the rear of the former chapel (and latterly retail premises) in the distance (left and centre). This building changed hands a few months ago. The back of the China Garden restaurant is evident on the right of the picture above.



The proposed site for new on Manley Gardens housing (looking south).


Twelve additional "three-tier" planters to display colourful flowers will be installed in Brigg. The Town Council will be seeking "external sources" of funding.
These tall planters are designed to retain water in their bases to assist plant growth.
Smaller tubs, of a different design, have given good service over many years but do not retain moisture to the same degree, which can cause difficulties during spells of hot weather.
It is possible that some, or all, of the smaller planters will be deployed to other locations in the town, in due course.
The worthy Brigg in Bloom initiative has again provided flower displays this summer - examples being seen here on, and near, the County Bridge.
Hanging baskets are also featuring outside many business premises, bringing further touches of colour to the town centre.
When the Town Council agreed to invest in the three-tier planters at its latest meeting, Coun Ann Eardley called for hanging baskets to be re-introduced on the frontage of the Angel building in the Market Place.
Hooks (previously used for this purpose) are still evident, and she kindly pointed them out to us following the session held in the Angel Suite Lounge.


RECENTLY PICTURED IN BRIGG: A three-tier planter, one of the small ones already in use, a flower tub on top of the County Bridge and a hanging basket hook on the front of the Angel building.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022


The Brigg area has two Bike Nights coming up... on the same night!
One will take place in the town, while the other revs up just a few yards beyond the town boundary.
Brigg Town Football Club, which launched its series of monthly Bike Nights in April, has the next coming up this Thursday (August 11) from 5pm at its EC Surfacing Stadium (main access from the A18 off Wrawby Road).
The Hawthorns clubhouse and Pip's Kitchen will be open for refreshments.
There is also a fenced off and well-equipped children's play area on the ground for families to use, free of charge.
Meanwhile, Brigg Garden Centre - alongside the A1084 on Bigby High Road and just over the county border in West Lindsey - will be offering its summer 2022 Bike Night from 6pm on Thursday. There will be live music, food and drink, a DJ and stalls.
We anticipate some bikers dropping in at both events - admission being free.
The traditional Brigg Bike Night - a major event centred on Bridge Street in early July - failed to take place this summer.
However, many people are hoping it will make a welcome return in July 2023 and draw another attendance of more than 1,000 enthusiasts.


Brigg Blog was interested to learn that the Vault Bar - now being created by converting the former HSBC bank premises in the Market Place - is advertising for a resident singer to perform once it opens to the public.
This set us thinking back over the decades, and the only hostelry we can recall having a regular resident performer was the old Brocklesby Ox, on Bridge Street, where Vanessa (Vin Bull) appeared at weekends over many years, seated at the piano.
Vanessa was well-known across North Lincolnshire as a charity fundraiser.
The Vault's resident singer will perform three weekends each month. Described as a Cocktail Bar, the venue (pictured above, top left) will be "unlocking soon."

'LOCAL' PROJECT: Also generating much interest on the other side of Brigg Market Place is the proposed scheme for a new 'drinking establishment' in the former florist's shop adjoining Coney Court's archway (pictured above, top right).
Licensing, planning and listed building applications have been made for a Bottle Shop & Micro Pub, with North Lincolnshire Council yet to announce its decisions on all three.
People may be interested to learn that a resident of Brigg is involved in this project, with a company from Caistor the appointed agent.
A wide range of supporting information has been submitted to the council on behalf of The Bottle Box Ltd.
Brigg Town Council, as a consultee, has raised no objections to what's proposed.

TALKING COBBLERS: Brigg received an influx of football fans when Northampton Town supporters called in on Saturday (August 6) for a refreshment stop on their way to the afternoon game at Grimsby Town.
The supporters' coach (pictured) was parked on Station Road (adjoining Hewson House) and fans of The Cobblers (Northampton is famous for making boots and shoes) set off on foot into the town centre.
Brigg Blog decided to take a look at what the football followers found once they left their coach.
It was good to see the 'Welcome to Brigg' box well-stocked with Business Partnership leaflets, setting out what the town has on offer.
However, one of the finger-post indicator signs on the post above - saying 'Town Centre' - directs people along Bigby Street, which is mostly residential.
So potential passing trade for the many businesses along Wrawby Street may be lost.
Could a slight adjustment to the finger-post be made to point visitors along Queen Street instead? If so, there's a good chance of them seeing the town's main shopping street and various premises offering food.

RECORD RECYCLING? The good news is people are currently recycling masses of cans and bottles in Brigg - possibly more than ever before.
Having filled the modestly-sized kerbside box provided by North Lincolnshire Council, they are taking the trouble to visit the Recycling Centre off Old Courts Road with bags and boxes packed with metal and glass items.
But this picture (taken at the weekend) tells its own story.
Someone really needs to monitor how full these large recycling bins are getting.
Could the collection rota then be amended, as required, to respond to local demand.
The council, quite rightly, is asking people to recycle as much as possible.


BOOK NOW: The CPRE Northern Lincolnshire Branch has organised a talk in Brigg by well-known historian Dr Kevin Leahy (pictured above).
The countryside charity says this event will be on interest to many people.
Called The Lost Valley: Anglo-Saxons in the Winterton Vale, it will be held at Market Place venue the Buttercross on Saturday, October 15, from 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available from 2pm.
Admission to Dr Leahy's talk is free to CPRE members and £5 for visitors.
Tickets are available from Mary Allen - email or call 07977 703623.

ON HIS BUCKET LIST: A community-minded resident we met at the weekend was intending to return to the town centre with equipment to clean up piles of 'deposits' within the paved area of the pedestrian area which remained after Friday's Brigg Horse Fair.

FREE FRUIT: Despite the recent hot and dry weather with much-reduced rainfall, there's a fine crop of brambles ripening near the entrance to Holland Park, off Station Road. Interested pie, crumble and jam-makers can take their pick!


Brigg will be commemorating Remembrance Day in a special way this year.
In addition to the usual poignant events and reflections, a production called Songs of Love & War is planned for November which will involve local singers.
Folk ‘Round ‘Ere (FRE) tells Brigg Blog that tickets (and further information) will become available in September.
The songs will focus on the impact of war on the lives of ordinary people, including families left behind when soldiers went off to fight.
FRE has been working with staff and students of Brigg's Sir John Nelthorpe School to design the poster and incorporate some of the research undertaken into local men who died in both world wars.
Directors Julia Pollock and Bob Cuthbertson are currently working with Brigg Live Arts and a cast of about 25 singers and musicians.
The production is expected to sell out.
FRE is re-launching a project it started before the March 2020 Covid-related lockdown.
"Originally intended for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, this project now has a new focus," it explains.
"On the 11th of November 2021 we lost our founder Roberta Fulford, and with her partner’s permission we plan to commemorate her contribution to the arts and heritage of Brigg by dedicating our next production to her memory."
Further details can be obtained by emailing

Tuesday, August 09, 2022


A former Brigg resident, who is in her nineties, made a nostalgic return to the town and is seen here in a very interesting 'Then & Now' picture montage.
Enid Gillard visited from her home in Nottinghamshire to see some friends, but primarily to view the refurbished Tintab seating shelter on East Park, near the Monument roundabout.
It was bequeathed to the town in the 1930s by her Grandfather, David Andrew.
She was delighted with the refurb and particularly pleased to see the blue plaques put up in the shelter by Brigg Town Council to commemorate her Grandfather's work.
In the montage above we see Enid as a young girl with her Grandfather, and next to the plaques during her return visit.
She is ex-Elwood's ironmongers, and many Brigg Blog followers will remember this family business being in the town centre over many years.
The Tintab refurbishment was completed last year. View details here...
Generous benefactor David Andrew used to own a popular fishing pond in the town.
He served as a police officer in Sheffield, became a member of Brigg Urban District Council and was a guardian of the Brigg Union Workhouse (since demolished) which was sited on the other side of the main road from East Park.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to Enid's son, Phil Gillard, for supplying the pictures and informing us of his Mum's visit.