Saturday, August 20, 2022


An eagerly anticipated exhibition about Brigg Sugar Factory is now being promoted nationwide in a programme of Heritage Open Days to be held across the country.
Brigg’s ‘Beeting’ Heart can be viewed at the Heritage Centre, on the first floor of the Angel building in the Market Place, on the following dates, from 10am to 2pm, during the UK's heritage week:
Friday, September 9; Saturday, September 10; Tuesday, September 13; Thursday, September 15; Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17.
There is no need to book, and admission is free.
View further details about the exhibition here...
We should stress that the 'Beeting' Heart will continue until the end of December 2022 at least, and possibly into the New Year.
Brigg Sugar Factory opened in the late 1920s and lasted into the 1990s before closure. It processed beet grown on farms over a wide area and turned it into bags of sugar for sale.
There was a nearby sportsground and licensed social club, off Scawby Road - also to be featured in the forthcoming exhibition.
The factory had extensive sidings which connected with British Railways' Brigg Line - allowing full and empty wagons to come in and out.
Phill Hewson's fine picture above shows the factory's own diesel shunter at work circa 1980, with Glanford Leisure Centre and the New River Ancholme in view.
Many ex-factory employees still live locally today, as do members of families whose mums and dads or brothers and sisters were employed there.
Other people will have played sports on the factory ground or attended functions and events in the clubhouse.
We anticipate major interest being shown in this exhibition, which should prove to be one of the most popular staged so far by Brigg Heritage Centre.
It will be a case of sweet success!
There will be more than 100 free-to-attend Lincolnshire heritage open days during the period from September 9 to 18 (with well over 4,000 others in other counties).
People from the Brigg area may well be interested in visiting some of those in Lincs. So were are providing some helpful links.
Brigg Blog suggests The Ted Lewis Get Carter Experience (in Barton).
Author Ted grew up in Barton, and his father managed a quarry in our area at Elsham.
Ted's best-known book inspired the gritty film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. It was released in 1971.
There is now a Ted Lewis Centre, on Ferriby Road, Barton, DN18 5HG.
Not a lot of people (from the Brigg area) know that! View further details here...
In the Isle of Axholme, there's an opportunity during the open day week to Discover the Crowle Peatland Railway.
Even nearer to Brigg will be A Ghost of Industry Walk Around Kirton in Lindsey.
Winterton is offering Tales of Typhoid and Tombs.
Or visit Immingham to learn about its unusual Tin Town dwellings, erected to house contractors building the dock for the Great Central Railway in the early 20th century.


Work aimed at fixing a long-standing Brigg problem was under way yesterday (Friday, August 19).
Brigg Blog recently flagged up a street fault on lengthy St Helen's Road, which is used by many pedestrians.
We reported a long out-of-action street light to North Lincolnshire Council, the local highway authority.
It acknowledged our repair request verbally and later by email - the suggestion being there was an electricity supply issue.
A week later, workers with mobile plant (on behalf of Northern Powergrid) arrived and excavated the footpath along St Helens Road from the junction with Kings Avenue.
Those of us walking home from Brigg pub visits late tonight (Saturday) will hopefully find normal service has been resumed and that the previously pitch-dark section of St Helens Road is again fully illuminated.
Our advice to local people reporting various problems to North Lincolnshire Council is to use the online 'chat' system available through its website.
A member of staff will then swap online messages with you after a question and answer exchange.
This information will then be passed to the relevant section or department and you can expect to receive emails confirming what has been logged with the council on your behalf. We have used this method a number of times.


The success of local free swimming sessions has been praised and welcomed by councillors from the Brigg & Wolds Ward.
Hundreds of youngsters have taken advantage of free swimming across the six pools in North Lincolnshire, including Ancholme Leisure Centre's at Scawby Brook near Brigg, as part of the authority's Summer Daze programme.
And there's still plenty of time for local youngsters to enjoy more free dips - the closing date being September 4.


Almost 3,000 sessions have happened as children from across the area have been swimming for free at the council’s leisure centres in Brigg, Crowle, Barton-upon-Humber, the two Scunthorpe pools at the Pods and Riddings and at Epworth Swimming Pool.
The inflation busting programme makes the sessions available for all under 16s for the whole six-week summer holiday.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It’s been brilliant to hear just how many young people have taken advantage of the free swimming sessions – it’s not the first time we’ve done it and it certainly won’t be the last.
“These sessions really help hard-working parents keep their children occupied in a safe environment.”
The sessions continue to take place at The Pods in Scunthorpe, Ancholme Leisure Centre in Brigg, Axholme North Leisure Centre in Crowle, Baysgarth Community Hub in Barton-upon-Humber, Riddings Community Hub in Scunthorpe and at Epworth Swimming Pool until Sunday, 4 September.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Safer, Stronger, Communities – Rural, said: “Swimming is a really important life skill and it is also a really good way for children to stay active, keeping them fit and healthy while they have lots of fun too.
“There has already been loads of children take advantage of this amazing offer and I am sure many more will for the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays.”
The Summer Daze free swim sessions are part of the NL Active summer holiday activity programme that also includes discounted 3G football and racket sports, junior gym classes, badminton coaching, and other pool activities such as snorkelling, sea scooters, mermaid / merman training, pool inflatable and funsplash sessions, and crash course swimming lessons.
You can find out more about all the NL Active summer holidays activities including the holiday timetable on our website.
Young people across North Lincolnshire can also still get involved in the Fuelled activity programme – which returned bigger and better than ever this year.
Since launching the scheme with Government cash in April 2021, the council has worked with community groups to enable thousands of children, many from low-income families to join boredom-busting activities.
This summer there has been more events to enjoy than ever before, with exciting new activities including motocross featuring alongside popular favourites like arts and crafts and sports camps.
Visit the Fuelled page on our website to find out more.

During the latest Brigg Town Council meeting, Coun Waltham suggested North Lincolnshire's free summer holiday swimming sessions were unique among UK local authorities across the country.

PICTURED: Coun Carl Sherwood (left) and Coun Waltham (right) are seen above supporting the free swimming sessions made available at Ancholme Leisure Centre in 2018. Image credit: North Lincolnshire Council.

Friday, August 19, 2022


Drivers using main roads in Brigg are warned about their speed by 'flashing' signs outlining if they are complying with the 30mph limit.
Similar signs to those in place on Brigg's Wrawby Road (A18) and Bigby High Road (A1084) are now planned in neighbouring Wrawby, supported by a community grant from North Lincolnshire Council.
The local highway authority has earmarked £3,000 for 'flashing' speed signs on Melton Road (A18) and Barton Road (B1206) within the village.
Wrawby Parish Council submitted the successful application and is contributing £3,000+ in "match funding" for this project.
A North Lincolnshire authority officer's report about the purchase and installation explained it was an attempt to reduce the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit through the village.
"NLC monitoring figures recorded an average of 396 offending vehicles per day in September 2020 and 488 in July 2021," the report said.
Brigg's 'flashing' signs to deter speeding were supported by our Town Council and have been in place for many months as a welcome drive to improve road safety.

Safer Roads Humber will have speed cameras operating on the A18 in Melton Ross today (Friday, August 19). 

PICTURED BELOW: Signs on Wrawby Road, Brigg.




Brigg has a special market, two live music gigs and karaoke sessions coming up this weekend.
Market Place venue the Woolpack offers karaoke tonight (Friday, August 19).
A Totally Locally Indie Market with a range of stalls will be held in the Market Place on Saturday from 8.30am alongside the traditional market offering fruit & veg, flowers and fish.
Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, has the Sound Injectors band (pictured) performing on Saturday from 7.30pm.
Ska, reggae, northern soul and blues hits can be enjoyed for a £5 admission charge. There will also be a supporting disco.
The Woolpack will have pop/rock covers band Katmandu on stage from 9.15pm on Saturday (admission free).
There will be disco & karaoke on offer at the Dying Gladiator, Bigby Street, the same evening.


Sports fans in Brigg & district have plenty on offer to them this weekend.
Brigg Town Football Club have a first team home match against Harrogate Railway Athletic at the EC Surfacing Stadium on Saturday (August 20), kicking off at 3pm.
This is in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One.
Pip's Kitchen and the Hawthorns bar will be open for refreshments.
When the sides last met in Brigg, Harrogate beat the Zebras in an end-of-season play-off fixture which attracted well over 600 fans.
Brigg Town Development will be visiting Skegness Town Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
At the Recreation Ground on Saturday, Brigg Town Cricket Club will be hosting Messingham 2nds in Lincolnshire League Division Three West (1pm).
Having bowled very well, Brigg only required two batsmen to visit the crease last week to secure a 10-wicket victory and full points.
Mid-table Broughton are at home to leaders Barton Town in Division One, with Hibaldstow welcoming Alford after their lengthy drive north for a Division Two game. Hibaldstow, who are third from bottom, could do with a good points haul.
On Sunday (August 21) Broughton 3rds visit top team Alkborough in Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League Division Two.

The Lincolnshire cricket team's final three-day county championship game of the season begins on Sunday (August 21) away to Norfolk in Norwich. Lincs are top of NCCA Eastern Division One.
Tomorrow morning (Saturday) sees the latest Ancholme Valley Way Parkrun, starting close to Brigg's Ancholme Way Bridge at 9am.
Last week's event (August 13) attracted 106 competitors. View the results here...

PICTURED: Brigg Town v Harrogate in the April 2022 play-off clash; inset - Brigg cricketers Jack Richards and Danny Bradley, whose unbeaten opening partnership helped to secure a welcome win at the Rec last Saturday.

Thursday, August 18, 2022


There are many popular eateries and takeaway food establishments in Brigg town centre today, most of them using premises formerly utilised by other business ventures people may well remember with affection from earlier decades.
However, today's Hungry Fisherman, on Coney Court, enjoys a unique 'plaice' in this context.
A takeaway and restaurant, it occupies the ground floor of a building which has been selling fish and chips at least since the 1930s.
Gordon Neall's parents bought the business in 1941, having left the nearby White Hart pub they had been running.
The Coney Court eatery was acquired from Eli Hounslow - father of Geoff Hounslow, the tobacconist who ran Hounslow's shop adjoining the Buttercross for many years.
The Neall family had the Coney Court business for 48 years before selling it.
The long-established China Garden takeaway, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Queen Street, occupies premises formerly used by the renowned K's Corner Cafe (occasionally written as Korner). In the 1960s and 1970s, this was a popular meeting place for fans of two-wheeled transport, with its jukebox a particular attraction. Prior to K's, 42 Wrawby Street housed a grocer's and sweet shop.
Today's Golden City takeaway premises, on the corner of Wrawby Street and The Little Butchery, hosted Boots (the chemist) for some years prior to the national company switching to its now-familiar outlet midway along Wrawby Street in the 1970s.
Mamaris Pizza, towards the eastern end of Wrawby Street, is housed in premises whose previous uses were rather different.
The Little People (children's clothes) was owned and run by Mrs O'Neil. Prior to that a shop, operated by a lady called Gerda, sold baby clothes and wool.
In the 1870s a glass and china shop was evident at 45 Wrawby Street, run by William Blessed - an ancestor of famous actor Brian Blessed, who came to Brigg some years ago during filming for a TV programme about his family history.
Scalinis Fish & Chips (restaurant and takeaway) is well-established at 79 Wrawby Street. But how many customers calling in today realise they are inside a building formerly used by W. H. Smith, one of the world's most famous newsagents and book sellers?
As well as undertaking newspaper deliveries in Brigg, Smith's offered an efficient system for magazines and periodicals. Customers were assigned numbered folders inside which the latest issues of publications they had ordered were placed by staff, pending collection.
In the 1980s the Old School Restaurant, on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street, was providing steaks and other fare in a building now used by Pizza Jim to provide fast food. The Old School House was on two floors and took its name from an original Victorian use of this property as a seat of learning.
The Market Place's Cafe Courtyard is located on the ground floor of North Lincolnshire Council's Angel building which now provides a range of local services including the community hub, library and Heritage Centre. This followed earlier conversion of the centuries-old Angel Hotel (originally a coaching inn). The hotel closed in 1989.
The Cafe Courtyard is based in the former hotel entrance foyer, once featuring trailing vines, where meals and drinks were enjoyed through to the late 1980s.
La Finca, adjoining the Cafe Courtyard, utilises the one-time Angel Hotel off-licence shop.
At nearby 28A Market Place, YellowBelly Pizza (eat in or take away) uses a building which formerly housed Brambles Cafe and prior to that Sandwich Heaven.
The Deli & Diner at 13 Wrawby Street is housed in premises which were formerly a family restaurant.
Going back further in time, this was once the site of the Butchers Arms pub, owned by a Nottinghamshire brewery. This hostelry specialised in offering board and lodging to anglers who came by train from industrial areas of South Yorkshire in large numbers to fish the River Ancholme.
Prior to the Deli & Diner's arrival, these premises housed Ma's Pantry. From the 1970s onwards for some years, Bookmaker Alec King used the ground floor of 13 Wrawby Street.
The two-storey building on Old Courts Road which is now the Mumbai Lounge (restaurant with takeaway service) formerly housed Harry Wu's Kar Restaurant on two floors.
Cooplands bakery & takeaway sandwich shop at 70 Wrawby Street converted the former Shoefayre premises in 2008 to create its new outlet.
The Bengal Spice restaurant & takeaway at 6 Wrawby Street uses the ground floor of a building occupied for many years by Lynes Ropery, and later a clothes shop.
College Yard Cafe takes its name from the courtyard which one boasted residential properties as well as business premises. In the 1980s this pedestrian-only walkway was redeveloped to a high standard.
Shipley's CuriosiTEAS, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Cross Street, occupies premises which have seen various uses down the decades, including Richardson's newsagents (occupying part of the ground floor with a sweet shop next door) and later Jan's Pantry.
Groomers, the well-known hairdressing salon, originally used the Bigby Street building which is now utilised by the Diya Spice takeaway.
Brigg Kebab House is located in a lengthy row of retail units created by warehouse conversion in the 1980s, following the closure of the Spring & Co preserves factory. No. 11 had offered fish & chips courtesy of an earlier business venture.
At the other end of Springs Parade, adjoining the Market Place, the Steel Rooms (with cafe) today occupy premises where a games arcade once operated.
Also sited in a row of late 20th century units are butchers, bakers and sandwich makers Spelmans - facing the town's main car park on Old Courts Road.
Wrawby Street's Costa Coffee (also offering sweet snacks and sandwiches) uses a ground floor converted from the former Poundstretcher store. For some years the William Jackson grocery store/small supermarket traded here.
Gracie's Cafe, in the Market Place, converted the former Ink It UK computer printer accessories shop. Earlier, T. Mundey (family butcher) had used this building; by the late 1950s (see picture below) it had been established for 300 years!
Teasdales (bakers) operates from 61 Wrawby Street in an impressive row of retail premises which won the Brigg Town Council Civic Building Award a few years ago.
The Loft restaurant at 10 Wrawby Street (above Grandad's Shed) is in a building whose former uses include offices for DDM and also the Wold Florist.
Today's Curry Corner takeaway at 20 Market Place (adjoining Elwes Street) utilises the long converted showrooms of a quality furniture and furnishings business, Woolliams & Eyre (also selling glass & pottery items). Food-related ventures since then have included La Buca and Le Raj restaurants; more recently, the Brigg Tandoori takeaway.
Now owned by Wetherspoon's, the White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street, is also a restaurant offering meals throughout the day. Much enlarged by the present owner, these licensed premises date back to the 18th century. Ward's Brewery (Sheffield) operated the hostelry for many decades.
Also still providing a full meals service and menu is the historic Lord Nelson Hotel, in the Market Place, using premises enlarged in the 1980s by incorporating an adjoining shop. More recently, the Old Mill Brewery's Lord Nelson received a Brigg Town Council award, following tasteful refurbishment.
Please note that we've defined 'town centre' for this feature article as being Wrawby Street, Bigby Street, the Market Place and premises in connecting courts.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to local historian Josie Webb, who has kindly taken the time and trouble to fill in some gaps in our knowledge/memory about the previous uses of some of these premises.

PICTURED AT THE TOP OF OUR POST: Jean and Gordon Neall busy in their Coney Court 'chippy' in the 1980s, and the premises today (inset) now the Hungry Fisherman (under different ownership); Ma's Restaurant in the 1990s with today's familiar Deli & Diner beneath. 




Andrew Percy MP visiting Brambles Cafe, Market Place, in 2011. It was located in premises now used by YellowBelly Pizza (below).