Saturday, July 23, 2016


Old British Rail era sign showing the way to Brigg railway station for drivers and passengers on foot - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Grimsby Town FC sent a Twitter message out earlier to promote today's game with Sheffield United. But will fans of The Blades use the iconic Brigg line to get to Blundell Park? 
Or will they, instead, take the more heavily used TransPennine Express route via Scunthorpe? 
The Mariners are hoping for a crowd of about 4,000. Tickets cost £10 & £5.
Sadly, our Brigg line trains from Sheffield to Cleethorpes do not stop at New Clee - a halt near the Blundell Park ground. 
Passengers from Brigg line trains wanting to watch GTFC home games must get off at Cleethorpes and walk some way back to the ground, which is near the boundary with Grimsby.
Perhaps calling at New Clee is something the firm running our Brigg line trains might look at.
TransPennine Express trains from Sheffiled via Scunthorpe don't stop at New Clee, either.
Only those running along the Barton line will pick up passengers at this halt close to the North Sea.
The same goes for Grimsby Docks station, between Grimsby Town and New Clee. 
Could Brigg Line trains stop there, too?
Docks station is ideal if you want to shop on Freeman Street (and visit the market) or along Cleethorpes Road, Grimsby, 
The only option at present for passengers using the Brigg line is to get off at Grimsby Town.


Two members of the Royal College of Surgeons will be attending an event in Brigg this autumn.
The Women's Institute office, on Queen Street, is now publicising the evening with Mr Ahmed and Mr Chandrak (both MRCS - Members of the Royal College of Surgeons, which is "Advancing Surgical Care").
It will be held on Friday, October 14 at Brigg Methodist Church, on Wesley Road, starting 7.30pm. Call at the WI office for further information. 


Stable staff from Jonjo O’Neill’s training yard landed £1,000 – plus boxes of Pipers Crisps - for having the most ‘best turned out’ racehorses at Market Rasen Racecourse this year.
The prize came courtesy of Elsham-based Pipers Crisps and the racecourse itself – and was presented during Betfred Summer Plate & Lincs FM Ladies’ Day, one of the most popular fixtures of the year.
There was a crowd of just under 10,000 spectators at the popular track to witness the ceremony when grooms Flo Willis and Derick Rezac (pictured) were presented with their reward by representatives of the Brigg area snacks company which was founded 12 years ago by three farmers.
Trainer Jonjo O’Neill said: “Market Rasen has always been one of my favourite racecourses. We’ve been lucky to have a fair few winners there over the years. The horses can’t always win so it’s brilliant for the team to come away with something and winning the ‘Best Turned Out Awards’ has become a bit of a habit. The staff who travel with the horses do a great job.” 
Alex Albone, Brand Owner at Pipers Crisps, said: “Stable staff are the unsung heroes and heroines of the sport of horseracing and we are delighted to play our part in rewarding them for their efforts in looking after their horses and making racing days at Market Rasen Racecourse such a success.”
George McGrath, the Chief Executive of National Association of Stable Staff, said: “We welcome the initiative shown by Market Rasen Racecourse and Pipers Crisps in recognising the hard work the racing staff put into getting their horses looking their best.
“Not only do the staff work hard to get the horses looking great, they also make a great effort to make themselves look smart, not an easy task when you consider the nature of the work.
“Hopefully this will encourage other racecourses to follow the wonderful example shown by Market Rasen which is punching above its weight in terms of looking after the racing staff.”
Market Rasen Racecourse is staging 22 jump racing meetings in 2016 and is a leading conference and events centre in the East Midlands. 
More information is available at


Brigg police station on Barnard Avenue - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Humberside Police have a stand near Brigg Bandstand today during Rural Crime Week (July 17 to 24).
Officers in the Market Place are offering crime prevention advice to shoppers visiting the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market and adjoining general market.
"Shutting the gate on rural crime," is the slogan they are using.
Pay the stand a visit if you are passing. Or follow this link for useful information from Humberside Police...


Councillor Jane Kitching, from Brigg, receiving her best garden award from the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Councillor Trevor Foster. Picture courtesy of Christopher O'Rourke posted on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, July 2016

Two Brigg gardens have been rated among the best in North Lincolnshire.
The winners of the North Lincolnshire Best Kept Garden Awards 2016 were announced during a ceremony at Normanby Hall earlier this week.
The Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Coun Trevor Foster, presented awards to the 17  winners and runners-up.
The North Lincolnshire Best Kept Garden Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of our area’s gardeners and have been running every year since 1983, but have a history that dates back to before the Second World War.
The Mayor said: “I was lucky enough to visit a number of the gardens entered into this year’s competition and the beautiful and innovative gardens that we’ve seen is truly outstanding.
“I hope others feel inspired by these fantastic gardens. I would encourage everyone to get out into your own garden and flex your green thumbs. Who knows, maybe next year your garden could be crowned one of the best kept in North Lincolnshire!
“The standard of this year’s entries was phenomenal and it was a very tough deliberation process to decide the winners. All our gardeners should be very proud of themselves and I hope that they will continue to pursue their passion and enter their garden into the competition again next year.”
The winner from each category received a £100 voucher for Brigg Garden Centre, with the runner-up receiving a £50 voucher and third place winning one for £25.

Winners in each category were as follows:

Best School Garden
Winner: Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe
Runner-up: Lincoln Gardens Primary School, Scunthorpe
Third Place: Holme Valley Primary School, Bottesford

Best Eco Garden
Winner: Shelagh Seddon, Goxhill

Best Garden Maintained by Someone with a Disability
Winner: Lucy and Dennis Richmond,  Scunthorpe

Best Allotment
Winner: Roy Hindmarsh, Scunthorpe
Runner-up: Emma Green, Scunthorpe
Third place: Maureen Williams, Scunthorpe

Best Small Garden
Winner: Barbara Butler, Scunthorpe
Runner up: Lucy and Dennis Richmond, Scunnthorpe
Third place: Jane Kitching, BRIGG - Pictured above receiving her award from the Mayor, Councillor Foster

Best Medium Garden
Winner: Lyn Dawes, Scawby
Runner up: Mr and Mrs Chandler, Scunthorpe
Third place: Sara Jickells, BRIGG

Best Large Garden
Winner: Richard Prior, Appleby
Runner up: Thomas Brown, Melton Ross
Third place: Mrs Lois Hindmarsh, Scunthorpe

The North Lincolnshire Best Kept Garden Awards are sponsored by North Lincolnshire Council and Brigg Garden Centre.

Brigg Blog's thanks go to Chris O'Rourke at North Lincolnshire Council for supplying details of the presentations and also the picture of Coun Jane Kitching receiving her award from the Mayor.



Do you want to save money on your fuel bills? Sign up to our successful collective switching scheme that aims to help save you time and money on your fuel bills by finding you a better deal.
You could save on average around £320 a year if you sign up to the scheme.
Since collective switching started in August 2013 it has saved residents a total of over £91,000 on their energy bills.
Make sure you don’t miss out on these fantastic savings. Sign up to the free collective switching scheme and change your energy supplier.
Around 97 per cent of households that have registered for the scheme benefited from savings.
If you want to save money on your fuel bills, register online at
It is free to register on the scheme. Registration opens on 2 August 2016 and the auction will take place on 11 October 2016.
Collective switching offers households the opportunity to sign-up to a scheme that allows the council to enter an auction with energy companies on their behalf, to secure a discounted energy price.
The scheme is run in partnership with iChoosr Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of collective switching.
You have until 10 October 2016 to register for the scheme. The auction will then take place on 11 October, offers will be issued on 21 October and the scheme will close on 29 October.  
To request a paper registration form or for more information contact the council on 01724 297000 or email
For further information and to register online, visit
Coun  John Briggs, Cabinet Member for Commercial Enterprise, said: “Now in its third year, the collective switching scheme is going from strength to strength. People who have switched suppliers have saved thousands of pounds altogether. You could benefit from this great scheme.
“It is completely free to sign up and what’s better, we do all the hard work for you. You have no reason not to sign up. Register today and you could save money on your bills.”


Planning permission to carry out alterations and extensions to an existing office in Brigg is being sought from North Lincolnshire Council.
The location is Wrendale Designs, off Station Road.
The application from Jonro Properties, of Searby, is now being considered by local authority planners.