Tuesday, January 17, 2017


How come they don't re-route passenger trains through Brigg when there's a problem on the line between Sheffield, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes?
This question came to mind again recently when there was a problem at Keadby, near Scunthorpe, which resulted in trains being cancelled.
Brigg line rail campaigner Paul Johnson suggested to Brigg Blog that "under the First TransPennine franchise,  diversion routes need to be examined."
He added: "Via Brigg would be one of these. A number of Cleethorpes crews know the route via Brigg, but services were cancelled instead of using the line."
The same issue arose when a big landslip near Doncaster a few years ago put the Doncaster-Scunthorpe route out of action for many weeks.
The current Saturdays-only passenger trains between Sheffield and Cleethorpes, via Brigg, use the original Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway mainline.
However, First TransPennine's Sheffield to Cleethorpes trains operate through Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Barnetby.
Freight trains are often re-routed along the Brigg line due to issues on the Scunthorpe route. 
You'd think they could do the same with passenger trains, perhaps with a connecting bus service from Brigg station to Scunthorpe.
However, things are more complex today.
Once there was just British Rail, with all its faults in many eyes, operating the tracks and running freight and passenger trains.
Now there's Network Rail looking after the infrastructure and a host of other companies moving people and goods about the country.
Read more about our railway station and passenger service by visiting Paul Johnson's Blog through this link...

ARCHIVE PICTURE ABOVE: A rarity spotted at Brigg station - a First TransPennine unit, but not recently. This scene could be seen more often if they re-routed Sheffield to Cleethorpes trains along the Brigg line when, for whatever reason, the Doncaster-Scunthorpe-Barnetby route is out of action.


Meal "club" nights are very much the forte of national pub chain Wetherspoon's, which operates the White Horse on Wrawby Street Brigg.
However, we note that the Lord Nelson Hotel, in the Market Place, has three meal nights of its own on offer each week.

  • Thursday: Pie Night, £6.95p including drink
  • Friday: Burger Night, £6.95p including drink
  • Saturday: Curry Night, £7.95p including drink.

There are full details on an A-board outside the entrance to the Nelson/Hardy's, including the drinks you can choose to go with your food.
Here's a link to the full list of club nights offered by J D Wetherspoon, including Mexican Mondays and Fish Fridays.
We've tried the "Spoons" Thursday Curry Night and were impressed with what you got for the price.


Former Brigg resident Cliff Turner, 91, emailed this picture to us from his home in New Zealand.
Brigg Blog followers may remember Gerhard Moerbe, from Scawby, who came to Brigg during the war as a PoW and stayed on.
He married Joan Allbones, who is on his right of the picture which was taken in the house of daughter Marlene in Cambridge, New Zealand; she is on Cliff Turner's left.  Cliff's wife Nancy is also in the group.
Marlene and husband John ran a successful cafe in Cambridge.
Brigg Blog recently finished serialising Cliff's memories of growing up in Brigg during the 1930s and 1940s, which were well received.
We remember a fascinating and enjoyable evening some years ago at the White Horse pub, in Brigg (pre-Wetherspoon's), when Gerhard looked back on his time at Pingley Camp.
This formed the centre-piece of a Brigg Amateur Social Historians monthly meeting which was took the form of a question-and-answer session, with a good deal of valued input from the audience. 
People who had lived in the camp after the war, while it was used as accommodation for farm workers, also attended.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Here's a timely reminder for Brigg households which get Tuesday collections from the bin crews from North Lincolnshire Council.
You need to put  the following out  by 7am on Tuesday, January 17 if you want the contents to go on the cart:

  • Green or black general waste wheelie-bin
  • Blue box containing newspapers
  • Dark green box containing cans and glass bottles
  • Textiles bag (if you have one).

The collection of brown bins containing garden waste will resume in Brigg on Tuesday, January 24.



Brigg rail line campaigner Paul Johnson took three pictures on Saturday  showing dog bins in close proximity on Station Road.
He  had read our recent post suggesting there's more dog mess about on Brigg paths and verges at present than there used to be - and should be!
"Incredibly, they are all within the first 250 yards," Paul says of the Station Road dog bins."
But he adds: "There are no rubbish bins on Station Road, despite a number of requests from our rail group."
Brigg Blog wouldn't criticise North Lincolnshire Council for providing so many dog bins in this location, knowing that the old railway station yard and nearby Holland Park are  very popular locations for dog-owners taking their pets on "walkies."
However, Paul makes a valid point about lack of rubbish bins to collect people's litter.
So perhaps the council will take the well-meaning rail campaigner's suggestiont onboard and install one or two without delay between its Hewson House offices and the railway station.
Or couldn't the doggie-do bins just have a sign affixed on the side saying  they can also be used for litter?
Dog mess and litter are not going to be recycled. So would it matter if they were deposited in the same bin?
A few sticker signs would not break the bank!
Read more about our railway station and passenger service by visiting Paul Johnson's Blog 



Change4Life has launched the Be Food Smart app to help parents take control of their children’s diets. North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging local parents to use the app to help reduce their children’s sugar, saturated fat and salt intake.
The national Be Food Smart roadshow will visit North Lincolnshire on Tuesday 21 February, to help people with any technological issues and to provide live demonstrations.
According to Public Health England, many children consume half the daily recommended sugar intake before the morning school bell rings. The recommended daily intake of sugar is between five and six cubes for children. Many are consuming the equivalent of almost three cubes at breakfast time. By the end of the day, many have consumed the equivalent of more than 15 cubes of sugar.
Becoming overweight or obese and developing tooth decay are problems associated with eating and drinking too much sugar. It is very easy to do when sugary cereals, drinks and spreads are easily accessible.
Sweets, chocolates, biscuits, muffins, pastries and soft drinks consumed throughout the day are also contributing to an unhealthy diet and the associated health issues. The Change4Life, Be Food Smart, app aims to help parents make healthier choices for themselves and their children.
The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and highlighting the sugar, saturated fat and salt levels, so parents can compare brands and varieties to make an informed decision. It includes food detective activities and mini missions for the whole family, to make healthy eating even more enjoyable. Visit the Change4Life website www.nhs.uk/change4life or your app store to download the Be Food Smart app.
The national Be Food Smart roadshow will visit the Morrisons supermarket in Scunthorpe on Tuesday 21 February from 9am to 5pm. Shoppers will be shown how to download the app, if they haven’t already, and the team will provide live demonstrations to show people how it works.
For local support with achieving a healthy weight, contact the Get Going programme on 07702 275246. It is a programme for four to 16 year olds who are above a healthy weight. The team will work with you on a one-to-one basis over 12 weeks, providing support and advice on eating a healthy, balance diet and doing physical activity.
Coun Carl Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds), Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “In North Lincolnshire, 23 per cent of our four to five year olds and thirty-seven percent of our 10 to 11 year olds are overweight or obese. We need to reduce these numbers so that our children can continue to enjoy long, healthy lives.
“Food and drink labels can be very confusing. The Be Food Smart app helps to break through this confusion in a fun and visually appealing way, simply by using the camera on your smart phone. It helps people to make a quick decision on a healthier option during the chaos of family life.
“Pop along to the roadshow at Morrisons on 21 February for help with the app, or contact the Get Going programme to help your family achieve and sustain a healthier weight.”


A new farm shop and cafe within easy driving distance of Brigg is getting ready to open.
It's located in a converted Victorian school and also features:

  • deli & butcher
  • florist 
  • antique centre

Messingham Farm Shop will be launching on Saturday, February 4 at 9am. 
The location is 42a Northfield Road, Messingham, DN17 3SA. 
Call 01724 762110 and/or visit www.messinghamfarmshop.co.uk