Friday, August 12, 2022


A summer Brigg Food Festival will be held in the town centre on Saturday (August 13) from 11am through to 8pm. It promises to be a very busy day!
Brigg Town Business Partnership and Brigg Live Arts are promoting this event, which will feature 'street food' after 11am and free-to-enjoy live music from noon.
12 to 12.30: North Lincs Guitar Club - playing a range of easy listening guitar music.
13.00 to 13.45: Ancholme River Jazz Band - playing the good old jazz classics as well as songs.
14.00 to 14.45: The Grit Blues Band - playing the blues we all like!
15.00 to 15.45: In Denial. This Indie Band from Scunthorpe/Doncaster will be playing well-known covers but they are also wanting to write and play more originals, too.
16.00 to 16.45: Lizzie Bennett - playing and singing mostly covers with some upbeat tunes as well. It will range from Disney to classics, with something for everyone.
17.00 to 17.45: Mac - playing folk, rock, fusion inter-spaced with covers you will not expect!
18.00 to 18.45: Affinity - playing popular music made famous from Buddy Holly to The Shadows. with lots in between.
19.00 to 20.00: The 3Ps. Their music is a take on popular music from way back... Beatles, Eagles, Dusty Springfield. The 2 Petes will be playing 'Beaty' with some blues thrown in.
Information kindly supplied to us by Freeman of Brigg, Chris Darlington, on behalf of Brigg Live Arts.
A Love Brigg Arts & Craft Market will be operating from 8.30pm through to 3pm on Saturday, with a range of stalls. Also on offer nearby will be fruit, veg, flowers and fish.
Brigg Arts Festival, which opened on Thursday, continues today (Friday) and tomorrow at St John's Church (9.30am to 2pm). Refreshments will be on offer in the adjoining Church Hall, Bigby Street, on Saturday.
Some hostelries will be offering live music, with free admission, on Saturday night (August 13).
Skaburst UK with be returning by popular demand to Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court.
Market Place venue the Woolpack will have Slim & The Dude (a duo) providing pop and rock songs from the 1950s-1980s era, starting at 9pm.
The Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, will be staging a Saturday night disco & karaoke.

Wetherspoon's White Horse, on Wrawby Street, is hosting a gin tasting night today (Friday, August 12). Inquire at the venue for any remaining tickets.

PICTURED: Busy scenes like this are anticipated in the town centre on Saturday during the Brigg Food Festival. Top right - Skaburst UK, and the Ancholme River Jazz Band.


Many people will be heading into Brigg by car tomorrow (Saturday, August 13) to enjoy the special summer food fair, craft and traditional markets, and an extensive live music programme throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
This influx will put pressure on the main car parks off Old Courts Road and to the rear of the Angel building.
So visitors should be aware that a third option - also FREE - is available.
People can park up all day either side of lengthy Station Road at DN20 8XJ - a road which leads through to the railway station where more spaces are available.
A sign now informs drivers they leave vehicles at their own risk near North Lincolnshire Council's former Hewson House office complex (recently declared surplus to requirements ahead of proposed redevelopment to provide more local housing).
Those with local knowledge will probably realise that Station Road - not far from the Monument roundabout - is available for parking, but visitors from other areas are likely to be unaware.
Having parked, people can make their way (straight ahead) past the old Post Office and along Queen Street to access Wrawby Street at the eastern edge of the town centre.
Station Road car parking may prove of particular value to drivers coming into Brigg along the A18 (Wrawby Road) and from places in West Lindsey via the A1084 (Bigby High Road/Bigby Road).
In both cases, turn off at the Monument roundabout past the car wash and then left immediately after the zebra crossing near the old Post Office and the Nisa Local shop.

PICTURED: The last few yards of lengthy Station Road, looking towards Queen Street and the eastern end of the town centre. Inset - the council's advisory notice now on display to motorists who opt to park here.


Brigg Town Cricket Club have a vital and perhaps 'must win' game coming up in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League on Saturday (August 13).
Obviously keen to climb off the foot of the table over the remaining weeks of the campaign, Town host second-from bottom Caistor 2nds at the Recreation Ground (1pm).
Caistor gained a welcome 'walkover' victory last week due to their scheduled opponents conceding the fixture, while Brigg had five points deducted as a penalty when they were unable to field a team for their scheduled away game on August 7.
Brigg are currently 37 points behind Caistor but have two games in hand (20 points being awarded for an outright win).
In the same division tomorrow the top-ranked teams meet up, with Broughton 2nds having home advantage against Barton Town 2nds.
Broughton 1sts are away to Clee Town Laportes in Division One, while Hibaldstow have a Division Two fixture against Hartsholme 2nds in Lincoln.
There will be a game to watch in Hibaldstow where Scunthorpe Town 3rds play Haxey 2nds in Division Three West.
Brigg Town Football Club does not have a first team game in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One this Saturday.
However, Brigg Town Development kick off their 2022/23 campaign in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier, being away to Grimsby side Nunsthorpe Tavern.
Eighteen teams will be competing in the Lincs League this season - Brigg's nearest opponents being Appleby-Frodingham (Scunthorpe) and Keelby.
The next Ancholme Valley Parkrun will be held in Brigg tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am. The start line adjoins the Ancholme Way Bridge.
The previous run, on August 6, attracted 82 competitors. View the results here...
Sunday (August 14) will see Hibaldstow 2nds entertaining Division Two leaders Alkborough in the Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League (1.30pm).
Broughton 2nds will play Caistor 2nds in the Lincs League's Supplementary Cup final at Hirst Priory, near Crowle.

PICTURED: Action from last season's match at Brigg Rec between Brigg Town and Caistor 2nds, and a previous Parkrun.

Thursday, August 11, 2022


Brigg Town Football Club drew a sizeable attendance for their home game played last night (Wednesday, August 10).
Following a goalless first half, the Zebras came from behind to draw 1-1 with Derbyshire side Dronfield at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
James Petronzio was the local side's marksman - the official attendance being 275.
Brigg remain unbeaten in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One, as are Dronfield.
With one win and two draws from their opening fixtures, the Zebras are in tenth place in a 20-team division.
The latest free-to-attend Bike Night is coming up at the ground tonight (Thursday) from 5pm. View details here...


New housing is planned on a site in Brigg where old residential properties, which stood for decades, were demolished not long after the Second World War.
Approval is now being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to build a pair of semi-detached homes on Manley Gardens, within sight of Bridge Street and close to the town centre.
The original properties were demolished in the late 1940s, with the land subsequently being concreted over and used for car parking.
The site is located behind the former chapel (grade two listed) which stands on the corner of Bridge Street and Manley Gardens.
This was latterly used by a well-known local carpet & flooring company until it relocated to new premises.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the housing application for what's described as "the concrete area off Manley Gardens." (The ex-chapel does NOT form part of the scheme).
Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the planning process.
"Associated parking" is included in the housing scheme.
Brigg being a very popular place to live, there is high local demand for residential accommodation, particularly within easy reach of the town centre.

PICTURED: Views of the proposed development site, looking towards Bridge Street, with the rear of the former chapel (and latterly retail premises) in the distance (left and centre). This building changed hands a few months ago. The back of the China Garden restaurant is evident on the right of the picture above.



The proposed site for new on Manley Gardens housing (looking south).


Twelve additional "three-tier" planters to display colourful flowers will be installed in Brigg. The Town Council will be seeking "external sources" of funding.
These tall planters are designed to retain water in their bases to assist plant growth.
Smaller tubs, of a different design, have given good service over many years but do not retain moisture to the same degree, which can cause difficulties during spells of hot weather.
It is possible that some, or all, of the smaller planters will be deployed to other locations in the town, in due course.
The worthy Brigg in Bloom initiative has again provided flower displays this summer - examples being seen here on, and near, the County Bridge.
Hanging baskets are also featuring outside many business premises, bringing further touches of colour to the town centre.
When the Town Council agreed to invest in the three-tier planters at its latest meeting, Coun Ann Eardley called for hanging baskets to be re-introduced on the frontage of the Angel building in the Market Place.
Hooks (previously used for this purpose) are still evident, and she kindly pointed them out to us following the session held in the Angel Suite Lounge.


RECENTLY PICTURED IN BRIGG: A three-tier planter, one of the small ones already in use, a flower tub on top of the County Bridge and a hanging basket hook on the front of the Angel building.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022


The Brigg area has two Bike Nights coming up... on the same night!
One will take place in the town, while the other revs up just a few yards beyond the town boundary.
Brigg Town Football Club, which launched its series of monthly Bike Nights in April, has the next coming up this Thursday (August 11) from 5pm at its EC Surfacing Stadium (main access from the A18 off Wrawby Road).
The Hawthorns clubhouse and Pip's Kitchen will be open for refreshments.
There is also a fenced off and well-equipped children's play area on the ground for families to use, free of charge.
Meanwhile, Brigg Garden Centre - alongside the A1084 on Bigby High Road and just over the county border in West Lindsey - will be offering its summer 2022 Bike Night from 6pm on Thursday. There will be live music, food and drink, a DJ and stalls.
We anticipate some bikers dropping in at both events - admission being free.
The traditional Brigg Bike Night - a major event centred on Bridge Street in early July - failed to take place this summer.
However, many people are hoping it will make a welcome return in July 2023 and draw another attendance of more than 1,000 enthusiasts.