Sunday, September 22, 2019


Brigg Town Football Club gained a welcome away point with a 1-1 draw at Dronfield yesterday (Saturday, September 21).
Dronfield Town took an early lead but Tom Wilson soon levelled the scores.
Brigg are 16th in the 20-strong Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One, having taken six points from seven games.
It was not a good day for local sides belonging to the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe and District League.
Briggensians lost 8-0 when hosting College Wanderers in the first round of the Challenge Cup.
Barnetby United Reserves went down 3-2 in their Division Two home game against Limestone Rangers Reserves. See the match report below and action pictures from Lee Fielden.


Barnetby Reserves' unbeaten start to the season was ended at Silver Street as Chris Thornton's 86th minute winner saw Limestone Rangers Reserves edge a tight encounter.
Limestone were the quickest to settle and had already had a good chance when Thornton got his first of the afternoon as he latched onto a through ball and rounded keeper Buckley to roll the ball home in only the 3rd minute.
Barnetby gradually started to get a foothold in the game and after Newell and Klawinski squandered great opportunities Dawid Kotwica played a great 1-2 with player manager Ben Clark to level matters up.
They then shot themselves in the foot as woeful marking from a corner allowed James Hewitt the freedom of the box and he smashed it home to restore Limestones lead.
The second half followed a similar pattern as both sides traded blows. Limestone had a goal disallowed for offside before Chris Bradley cut in from the left to drift a shot into the bottom right hand corner to level things for a second time.
The contest looked to be heading to a draw when a misjudgment by the Barnetby backline allowed Thornton to leave them in his wake and his confident finish sealed  3 points for the men from Willoughton.


This is a milestone year for one of the main landmarks in Brigg - our Monument war memorial, erected and dedicated 100 years ago.
Donated to the town by Alderman Harry Stamp, it was unveiled in 1919 - one of the first memorials to appear after World War One.
Most across the UK came in the 1920s, often as a result of local fundraising over a number of years.
Brigg's 2019 Remembrance Sunday commemorations on November 10 will include two minutes' silence at the Monument at 11am.
The landmark - now grade two listed - has been well maintained, the most recent refurbishment being undertaken by Brigg Town Council with assistance from the North Lincolnshire authority.


There's a new name in Brigg fast food takeaways.
Pizza Jim can be found in the premises formerly known as Kebabish on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street.
We saw the new signs going up and thought local folk would appreciate an update.
Hungry types are being recommended to try Pizza Jim's square pizzas, plus kebabs, burgers and wraps.
Early in 2017 we reported that Kebabish had launched in the former Bella Pizza premises which had been closed for many months.


The newest landlady in Brigg is keen to put a popular and traditional old favourite on the menu in due course.
Alia Harris, who has taken over at the Britannia on Wrawby Street, is looking to put food back on the menu at the Wrawby Street hostelry in the next few months.
And stew will be among her range of pub grub and bar meals, along with burger and a pint, pizza and a pint, and other good value dishes.
Alia's aim it to have winter warmers like stew on offer before the cold weather takes hold.
On the same timescale she is also reintroducing Sunday dinners - not only a roast of the day but also options like home-made steak pie and bangers and mash.
Having succeeded Shane Garrett, Alia is continuing the popular karaoke/discos on Friday and Saturday nights, supplemented by a live act once a month.
There's a free jukebox and free pool on offer every Monday, with a team from the pub taking part in a local quiz league from Monday, September 16.
Two pool teams operate on Tuesdays, with a darts side entered in one of the local leagues.
Alia, who used to live in Somerby, was educated at Caistor Yarborough School.
She came here six years ago and worked behind the bar at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns venue.
She started bar work at the Britannia in May 2018 and recently took sole charge of licensed premises for the first time.

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Hundreds of people living in Brigg today attended the old County Primary School on Glebe Road, which educated youngsters from 1929 until 12 years ago when it was replaced by the 'new build' on Atherton Way.
Those of us who are ex-pupils still have many memories of the old school.
The other day we found our copy of the book that long-serving teacher John Holland wrote some years ago, covering the period 1963-1996 when he was on the staff.
John was the official school photographer and used many images he took to illustrate this impressive and locally important book.
We reviewed it on Brigg Blog in autumn 2010.
John still lives in Brigg - not far from us - and among his achievements was introducing many youngsters to the game of cricket down at The Rec. Many thanks for that!
We are uploading this post on a Saturday because John's book recalls it was a Saturday when Glebe Road School opened its doors for the final time.
That was on January 20, 2007 so former pupils could take a last look and reminisce. The new school opened that month.
John went to Brigg County Primary himself, moved on to Brigg Grammar, left to do his college training and returned as a teacher at Glebe Road in 1963.
In our review in 2010 we said John's keen interest in taking pictures down the years  made possible this delightful book, which reads like a Who’s Who of Brigg people and families.
"Turn page after page and you see the young faces of today’s adults," we stressed.
"There are pictures of pupils in class, on school trips, taking part in sports and enjoying the swimming pool."
Glebe Road School had only three headmasters - Reg Stocks, Brian Wass and Steve Pearce - over a 50-year period.
We belonged to Reg's era in the 1960s.
John concluded his book by mentioning the demolition of the school buildings and the creation of a housing development on the site.


Brigg Town Council's Planning and Environment Committee will be considering the latest local applications at a meeting on Monday (September 23).
It takes place in the Angel Suite Lounge from 6.45pm and is open to interested members of the public. The Lounge is on the ground floor - use the stairs or the lift in the entrance.
Following the planning session there will be an extraordinary meeting of Brigg Town Council, starting at 7.15pm, in the Lounge.
There is only one item on the agenda and the press and public are likely to be excluded while councillors consider it.
The item is: To determine the requirements for the future location of the Brigg Town Council Office.
PICTURED: Brigg Town Council 2019 - elected members and staff. Coun Nigel Sherwood was unable to be present for our photo; he was elsewhere at the time.


Brigg Amateur Social Historians have now held their 2019 annual meeting.
Founder member Josie Webb tells us it has been a good year for this very active group.
It is now 16 years since BASH first started out  at the White Horse pub. How time flies!
A certain Brigg journalist presented a talk at that initial meeting about The Lincolnshire Times Newspaper and some 60 people attended.
The new committee is - Chairman, Pat Parkinson; Secretary, Shirley Finney; Vice- Chairman, Brian Denison; Treasurer, Denise Torpey; Social Media, Josie Webb;  Buffet,  Jean Neall, recently made a Freeman of Brigg;  other committee members, Chris Witty and Malcom Scott. 
Future evening meetings at Brigg Servicemen's Club  are:
"Fokker Fodder" - an Illustrated talk by Paul Hare. The story of unarmed aeroplanes that were easy prey for those built by  Anthony Fokker in 1915/16.---Tuesday, October 1st.
Tuesday, November 5th. "Women in Geology" - an illustrated talk by Paul Hildreth. Investigatating the struggle for women to gain recognition in male-
dominated science.
Tuesday December 3rd. "All in a Day"s Work" -  an illustrated talk by Josie Webb. The history of the women's land army - including her mum Katleen Webb "s memories of her time in the land army, including  photos taken of her.
The Halloween Ghost Walk will be on Sunday evening, November 3rd  - with a 7pm start from outside The White Horse pub. Tickets available from Brigg Tourist Information at the Buttercross - £3 each.
Pictured above - a 2010 BASH talk about Brigg as it was decades ago.