Thursday, March 23, 2017



Brigg Town Council's Annual Civic Dinner saw volunteers receive their Joseph J. Magrath Awards for public voluntary service.
Framed certificates were presented in the Angel Suite by Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley, who also presented the top building award to Brown & Co for its premises in the Market Place.
The Town Mayor went on to present some gifts of her own to some of those who have been helping her during her year as the town's first citizen.
Among the recipients was Ken Harrison, chairman of the Brigg Matters community magazine.
Ken kindly took all the pictures except for one, and our thanks go to the stand-in photographer who took the one of him with Coun Eardley.
This year saw the Magrath Award shared by a number of worthy winners.

ABOVE: Pancreatic Cancer Action campaigners Lesley Whitehand, Zoe Hall and Andrew Markham receiving their Magrath Award certificates from Coun Eardley, right.

Chris Darlington, whose voluntary work includes LIVES, Brigg Rotary and the Business Partnership, with Coun Eardley 

Brigg Angels Women's Institute official Karen Deeley, left, receiving her Magrath Award certificate from the Town Mayor.
Peter Jacklin being presented with his certificate for voluntary transport work with Brigg Gateway

Brown & Co receiving the annual building award. Philip Dunn is seen with Coun Eardley
Ken Harrison, chairman of Brigg Matters magazine - run by volunteers - alongside Coun Eardley
Top table guests at the Brigg Civic Dinner with Coun Eardley and Coun Riggall behind the flags
Brigg Town Councillors Deb Dunderdale, left, and Jane Kitching at the Civic Dinner. They both put in a great deal of hard work for the Brigg Town Business Partnership.
A view of the Angel Suite with flags flying during the Civic Dinner
SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS: Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley, left, Town Clerk Claire Davis, centre, and Deputy Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall.


The 40th annual dinner of the Briggensians' Association enjoyed a good turn-out of ex-pupils and members of school staff from Sir John Nelthorpe, Brigg Grammar and Brigg Girls' High.
It was held on Saturday night (March 18) at Elsham Golf Club and proved memorable and enjoyable.
Guest speaker Chris Moore - Brigg-born and a former Sir John Nelthorpe School pupil, pictured above - gave a fascinating insight on his career in the world of music, playing guitar and trumpet in bands touring the Continent and other parts of the world, and being involved in stage and tour management, sound and lighting for some big names.
"I was introduced to Bob Dylan," said Chris. "What a guy! A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful thing for me."
Chris went to Korea as lighting engineer with Rialto, then the top-rated band in that part of the Far East.
Music on a somewhat lower scale came from the dinner guests, who sang the old Grammar School song, Fortitudine.
Many of them could still remember both verses and did not need to refer to the words printed on the back of the menu.
Ben Pepperell, chairman of the Association, proposed the toast to absent friends.
Sadly, as ever, a good number of people had passed away during the previous 12 months.
This week's Scunthorpe Telegraph (now on sale) includes more pictures from the dinner and also reveals the identity of some of the stars from the world of music with whom Chris Moore worked prior to his switch to teaching.  And it's quite a list!
We will give one clue: The biggest name had a famous pet who loved small-sized bananas!


Brigg people will get an opportunity to raise issues of interest to them with members of the Town Council at a special session next week.
The Annual Town PUblic Meeting will be held on Monday, March 27 in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.30pm.
There's an open invitation for town residents to attend and question their elected representatives.
In addition, there will be reports on the past year's achievements from Brigg Town Council and also North Lincolnshire Council, which will also be represented on the night.
PICTURED: A previous annual town meeting, with councillors and members of the public in view.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Details of another live music night in Brigg are now to hand.
Singer Gary Hodgson is to perform Fade to Gray on Good Friday, April 14.
He will be at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, from 9pm.
Make a note of the date but we will give a Brigg Blog reminder nearer the time.


There's a regular Brigg event coming up on Saturday (March 25) which you can watch for free.
Go down the Old River Ancholme towpath from the town centre until you almost reach The Point where it joins the New River.
On the opposite bank - from mid-morning - you will be able to watch large cranes lifting Glanford Boat Club members' craft from dry land into the water, ready for the new season .
This interesting annual event is a sure sign that spring is on the way.
Glanford Boat Club will be holding a Lift In Party for members on April 1 to celebrate the start of the boating season.
The craft will be lifted out of the river on November 4, to be repaired and tended over the colder months.
For more about the club, based on Island Carr, off Bridge Street, visit


Weather permitting, Saturday (March 25) will see a big crowd of shoppers coming to Brigg.
On offer will be the monthly farmers' market and adjoining general market in the town centre.
The wide range of stalls will offer a wide variety of goods and produce. And the vast majority of shoppers will go on to visit shops, eateries and other business premises.
That should add up to the biggest pay day of the the month for many traders.
Our picture shows a previous year's March farmers' market, organised by North Lincolnshire Council. We can't resist adding the caption to our illustration: SAY CHEESE, LADIES!


Half-a-dozen potholes along Yarbrough Road - not one of the longer streets in Brigg - have now been repaired. The largest was at the busy junction with St Helen's Road, and there was another in an akward spot near the turn into Springfield Road.
That's good news for drivers, with thanks due to North Lincolnshire Council, the highway authority.
Last time we looked, the deep pothole on Spring's Parade - mentioned in an earlier post - was still there. We believe this is not an adopted road and so is outside the local authority's remit.