Sunday, September 25, 2016


Briggensians FC lost 2-0 at Barnetby United yesterday (Saturday, September 24) in the first round of the E C Surfacing Ltd Sporting Shield, organised by the T.S.W. Printers Scunthorpe & District Football League.
This Saturday (October 1) there will be a chance to see Briggensians play in Brigg when they host Epworth Town in the first round of the  T.S.W. Printers Challenge Cup at Sir John Nelthorpe School (2.30pm KO).


Planning permission to build a new Aldi store in Brigg has been granted.
North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee, meeting at Scunthorpe Civic Centre, granted permission for the store on Bridge Street, off the A18 and close to the bridge over the New River Ancholme.
The application was "for demolition of existing buildings and erection of a retail unit (Use Class A1) with car parking, landscaping and associated works."
Planning officers prepared a report for elected councillors on the committee, in which they recommended the granting of permission to Aldi Stores & Ancholme Estates.
A condition of planning permission is that opening hours shall be restricted as follows:
Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm.
Sundays, 10am to 6pm.
The reason is "to protect the living conditions presently enjoyed by the occupants of residential properties in the area" in accordance with the council's policy.
N.F. ADDS: Aldi will be joining other major retailers Lidl, Tesco and B&M in competing for the lucrative 'family shop' grocery market in Brigg. 

ABOVE: An artist's impression from Aldi to show how its new Brigg store will look.


Raised and educated in Brigg, Cliff Turner, now 91 and living in New Zealand, recalls how after serving with the Royal Navy and the merchant fleet, he took a job at Scunthorpe's largest steelworks as he counted down the days to his wedding in 1951...

It was time to look for work and I approached the Appleby-Frodingham steelworks at Scunthorpe only to be told I would need to join a trade union as they had a "closed-shop" policy. 
I attended a meeting of the Scunthorpe branch of the Electrical Trades Union and was admitted to membership.
My chief memory of the meeting is that when it finished I found there would be a long wait for a bus home, so I walked the eight miles (about 12 km) to Brigg.
I cannot remember exactly when I started work at Appleby-Frodingham as an electrical fitter; it was probably late June or early July 1951. I had bought a new bike and at first I cycled there from Brigg; starting time was 7:30am so I had to be up early. When winter approached I used the bus. 
A lot of my work was repairing control gear for big electric motors and I was not exactly enraptured by it. From some of the apprentices I learned that they attended Doncaster Technical College one full day per week to study for the Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in Electrical Engineering. This was a three year course and success in it allowed one to do another two years for the Higher National Certificate (HNC).
I arranged to see the works' education officer. Fortunately I still had much of my written work from my Torpoint days and showed it to this man. He thought my earlier studies could get me exemption from the first two years of the ONC course and that I could be allowed one day a week with pay to attend the technical college. He was right on both counts and so when college started in September I was there. 
To get to Doncaster from Brigg meant catching an early train at Elsham Station, about three miles away. I used to cycle there and, leaving my bike at the station, catch the train for Doncaster. It was a long day since we were required to attend the college in the evening as well as all day and so it would be about 10:00pm when I got back to Brigg. Luckily, Doncaster boasted a very good cafe where we had an excellent lunch and tea at reasonable prices. As well as the full day at the college we had to do homework which occupied about three hours a week. 
Between arranging to continue my education and the new academic year starting in September came the school holidays and Nancy spent about three weeks with me in Brigg. Although we had agreed to marry we had spent very little time together so this was an opportunity to become better acquainted. 
At Doncaster I found the course fairly easy; in mathematics we did differential and integral calculus which I had covered in my navy apprenticeship and most of the electrical course covered familiar ground. 
At about this time I spent a weekend in Liverpool and we made our engagement "official" by buying a ring at a jeweller’s called Boodle and Dunthorne.
We also told the world by notices in the Bangor and Brigg local papers.


Saturday, September 24, 2016


Following our recent post about an early morning pong in Brigg, Ken Harrison contacted us about another location where bad smells can be encountered from time to time.
Ken says: "In the town centre, the Market Place, Wrawby Street, and so on, there's a definite bad odour that, on occasions,  is emitted from the street drains. The odour, typically the rotten cabbage smell, tends to be randomly  localised to a particular drain.
There is some suggestion that the street drainage system, owing to the high water table, lacks 'U' bends that would otherwise trap the foul-smelling gases in the pipes. Consequently, a flush of rain can force the odour to the surface to annoy passers-by.  
Alternatively, an atmospherically low air pressure, such as that related to a period of warm, dry sunny weather can encourage the comparatively denser, but smelly gases to wriggle through the drain grating.

Many apologies to Ken that we failed to post (on time) another interesting message he sent us which should have gone on Brigg Blog at 00:01 hrs on Thursday morning. We are going to share its contents anyway...
About the time when Brigg market traders are packing away their goods ready for the off; about the time when local school children are preparing to snake their way home, at 3.21pm, a world-wide astronomical phenomenon will occur.
On Thursday, 22nd September, the astronomical Equinox (from Latin.. Equi = equal... nox = night) will happen at 2.21pm GMT, or 3.21pm BST, as displayed on watches and clocks.
Give a thought while having a mid-afternoon latte in one of Brigg's many refreshment outlets that the Earth has completed yet another annual cycle and from the local time of 3.21pm,  (UK) days will become comparably and progressive shorter than the increasing nightime hours.
But experience will tell us that such a progression is not everlasting...from the Winter Soltice, Wednesday, 21st December...just in time from Christmas, nightime hours will be progressively eroded to return the Equinox back to an equilibrium in late March, 2017....only 6 months away.
In the Southern Hemisphere, folks will be celebrating 22nd Semptember as their astronomical Spring, or Vernal Equinox..a date from which their nights become shorter.
One can't beat the balance of nature, or the heavens. 


Brigg Town Football Club have a home game with Knaresborough Town today (Saturday, September 24). Kick-off at The Hawthorns is 3pm.
Brigg are eighth in the Toolstation North Counties East League Division one and Knaresborough a place below them.
The Zebras are fresh from a 2-0 midweek win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in their seventh league outing of the season.


Coun Jane Kitching has kindly reminded Brigg Blog about An Evening of Musical Entertainment to be held at the Brigg Methodist Church on Friday 7th October, from 7pm. 
The £5 admission includes light refreshments,  she tells us.


Planning permission to erect a detached dwelling in Brigg has been granted by North Lincolnshire Council.
The successful applicant, Joe Mullen, has been given the go-ahead at Berwyn, 14 Wrawby Road.
Two letters of objection were received by council planners from what they describe as "neighbouring residents."
A North Lincolnshire Council assessment of the application said: "The proposed dwelling would be positioned within a well-sized plot and the proposed location and design of the dwelling would ensure that it would not result in a significant loss of daylight or sense of prospect at any neighbouring dwelling.  Furthermore, the location of proposed openings, and the imposition of conditions ensuring the use of obscure glazing where appropriate, would ensure that the scheme would not adversely impact on privacy at any neighbouring dwelling. 
"It is therefore considered that the proposal would not have an adverse impact on residential amenity."
The report also concluded that the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact on the character of the Conservation Area.