Sunday, May 26, 2019


Brigg Town cricketer Nick Beacock took four wickets on May 25, 2019

Although Nick Beacock, pictured above, did well with the ball, Brigg Town Cricket Club suffered a disappointing home defeat at the Recreation Ground yesterday (Saturday, May 25), largely due to a shortage of runs after tea.
Town hosted Haxey 2nds in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three but suffered a 92-run reverse.
Brigg managed to reduce the visitors to 91 for six, but a late flurry of runs lifted the total to a reasonable 161.
However, Town only managed 69 in reply - the only double-figure scores being 22 from David Baggott and an unbeaten 13 by Nick Beacock.
Earlier, Nick had been Brigg's most effective bowler, taking four for 56 in 14 overs, while Danny Minshall managed three for 26.
That result sees Haxey, who gained 20 points, climb above Brigg (five points) into the second promotion spot behind runaway leaders Broughton 2nds, who yesterday beat Messingham by four wickets.
Brigg's record so far is two wins, two defeats and two games abandoned due to rain - adding up to a pretty reasonable start after moving up a division following promotion.
Yesterday was the first time this season that Brigg managed to complete a home game.
Broughton first teamers are through to the semi-finals of the Bob Welton Cup after a comfortable home win over Appleby-Frodigham 2nds yesterday.
Brett Fish performed well with the ball, taking four for 16.
Hibaldstow are also through to the semis, having rattled up a daunting 262 for nine on their visit to Holton-le-Clay 2nds - Joe Taylor leading the way with 73.

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Premier Division
Hartsholme 195, Bracebridge Heath 2nds 198 for five 198 for five
Cleethorpes 2nds 220, Cherry Willingham 222 for six
Grimsby Town 238, Market Rasen 239 for no wicket
Caistor 106, Haxey 108 for two
Nettleham 2nds 123, Scothern 127 for three

Division Three
Haxey 2nds 161, Brigg Town 61
Lindum 3rds 181, Barton Town 2nds 165 for six
Messingham 2nds 145, Broughton 2nds 148 for six

Division Four
Scothern 2nds 183 for six, East Halton 187 for five
Alford 2nds 193 for six, Louth 3rds 197 for four
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 244 for six, Horncastle 129

George Marshall Trophy quarter-final
Barton Town 187 for eight, Messingham 189 for eight

Bob Welton Cup quarter-finals
Broughton 162, Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 74
Hartsholme 2nds 216 for two, Grimsby Town 2nds 142
Hibaldstow 269 for nine, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 162
Market Rasen 2nds 80, Normanby Park 83 for four

George Marshall Trophy quarter-finals (1.30pm start)
Holton-le-Clay v Caistor
Market Rasen v Cherry Willingham
Scothern v Hartsholme


 Sarah Hardy - the new landlady of the Woolpack Hotel in Brigg town centre - May 2019

The historic Woolpack pub in Brigg town centre has a new landlady, and Sarah Hardy stresses: It's my kind of town.
That reference to lyrics in a song made famous by Frank Sinatra is fitting because music will continue to be an important feature of the Market Place hostelry during her tenure.
In addition to regular free-to-attend Saturday live music gigs with bands and singers, DJ Stefan is offering weekly Friday night discos from 9pm.
She is also keen to make contact with local bands interested in performing at the Woolpack during the coming months.
Sarah, who hails from Derbyshire and has run a number of other pubs, had never visited Brigg before her decision to come and work here.
"I think it's a lovely, lovely town and has lovely, lovely people," she told Brigg Blog. "They are so friendly!
"Everybody has been so nice and friendly to a stranger."
Sarah has been busy doing her homework, visiting other licensed premises within the town centre, though she stresses she doesn't see them as competition.
She has already picked up on the fact that Brigg's pubs all have differences in what they offer.
We first met her at the Britannia, on Wrawby Street, where she has struck up a friendship with landlord Shane Garrett and his staff.
Sarah has already made some positive changes at 'The Woolie' with others in the pipeline.
She is keen to attract many more paying guests - business people/workers, tourists and casual visitors - to occupy the nine upstairs bedrooms available at reasonable rates.
"Bookings are coming in," she told us.
Allied to that, and of benefit to locally-living customers as well as residents of her on-suite rooms, is a plan to make food available within the next few weeks.
She is keen to introduce a familiar favourite - reasonably-priced basket meals, including chicken, plus burgers and pizzas - but "with a new twist."
Food will be available to customers throughout the day and will be prepared using new air fryers.
For those more interested in enjoying a pint or three, "happy hours" are now operating, Sunday to Friday, noon to 5pm.
Current prices on offer include Smiths bitter £1.95p, Strongbow cider £2.10p and Fosters lager at £2.40p.
People wanting to inquire about food, bookings and events can get in touch in the following ways:
Telephone 079335 13826 or 01652 408182
Via the Woolpack Hotel's Facebook page.
PICTURED: Sarah Hardy at the Woolpack. Featured is one of the on-suite guest rooms on the first floor, overlooking the Market Place.



A Brigg pub is hosting a family fun day barbecue on bank holiday Monday (May 27) in aid of  worthy causes.
There's an open invitation to call at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, from 11am and through the afternoon.
The entry price includes either a burger or a hot dog - adults £3, concessions £1, children £1.50p.
There will be various stalls, a raffle... and more!
All proceeds will go the the Royal Naval Association and the Brigg & District Veterans' Group.


Councillor Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for environment and wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council

Congratulations are due to Brigg councillor Carl Sherwood, pictured above, and to Ridge Ward's Coun Neil Poole, who have both been given places in the new cabinet team overseeing North Lincolnshire Council's operations. 
Ridge Ward includes villages near Brigg like Scawby and Hibaldstow.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), who lives in our town, has now appointed eight councillors to join him on the cabinet team, with some new roles created.
Following the local elections held on May 2, the unitary authority continues to be Conservative controlled. They hold 27 seats and Labour has 16.
The following councillors have been selected for cabinet roles:
Julie Reed, cabinet member for connectivity
David Rose, cabinet member for children, families and culture
Neil Poole, cabinet member for prosperity
Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for environment and wellbeing
Ralph Ogg, cabinet member for adults and health
John Davison, cabinet member for safer communities
Elaine Marper, cabinet member for residents' engagement and governance
Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for place shaping and deputy leader
The council says that specific delegated powers have been given to each of the cabinet members who will make decisions within their areas of responsibility (portfolios).
"This will be done following legal requirements to ensure decisions are open and transparent," a spokeswoman said.
The annual meeting of North Lincolnshire Council took place on Monday, May 20.
Coun Waltham, the council's Leader, said: “The environment will sit at the heart of our future policy agenda, as we aim to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill and as we seek to recycle more. We will plant more trees and seek to continue to improve air quality, but not at the expense of local jobs.
“We are currently in the process of bidding for Government money to bring more businesses into our town centre. Retail can only be one aspect of the regeneration of our town centres, and it requires investment in homes and other jobs, too.
“We want to be closer to our communities and we are keen to improve our residents’ experience of contacting the council.
“We recently announced a £15m boost to road and pavement funding and many residents will have seen or be about to see schemes being carried out from this extra money.
“We have a strong record of securing and delivering on school investment and we intend to continue to support pupils to have the best school experience possible.
“As our residents live longer, we are determined enable them to live as independently as possible, that means more bungalows and apartments for older people need to be built and we intend to deliver on our promise to deliver these.”

Coun Neil Poole

Saturday, May 25, 2019


A 2019 world championship sports event is to be held in and close to Brigg on Sunday, May 26 - and is is being sponsored by a local firm.
The Lincsquad group is staging the Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon - forming part of the 2019 World Quadrathlon Championship.
Sunday's event will be centred on North Lincolnshire Council's Ancholme Leisure Centre at Scawby Brook from 8.30am to lunchtime.
Competitors will undertake a 1.5k swim in the River Ancholme (wearing wetsuits), cover 7k in kayaks on the river through Brigg, ride 38k by bike on local roads including Brigg, Redbourne and Hibaldstow, and finish with a 10k run through Brigg to Cadney and back.
For 2019 the order has been changed to swim, bike, kayak, run.
Prizes will be presented near the leisure centre at approximately 12.45pm.
We expect plenty of spectators to turn out and watch the different disciplines.


A popular and fully licensed Brigg eatery is to close for refurbishment.
Brigg Blog has been asked by proprietor Mark Burns to draw this to the attention of those using his town centre Exchange Coach House.
Mark stresses that the closure will be brief and that normal service will be resumed after a few days at a venue renowned for its Thai and English fare.
The closure will run from from Wednesday, May 29 to Monday, June 3.
The eating area will then be "new and fresh" - being housed on the Bigby Street side of the grade two star listed building.



It's good to see the bunting back in Brigg town centre.
Provided by Brigg Town Council, it adds a nice touch of colour along Wrawby Street within the pedestrianised shopping area and will continue to do so throughout the warmer months of the year.
Sadly, when we paid a visit last Sunday morning to take these pictures we observed some vehicles that had been driven past the signs signifying No Entry.
However, despite it being a sunny day, we are pleased to report that no cyclists were observed flouting the regulations.
Look closely at the picture below and you might be able to spot a CCTV camera surveying the scene on Wrawby Street.
We mention that fact in the hope that it may deter some of those thinking about ignoring the restrictions that are in place for a good reason.
The pedestrian zone is meant to be exactly that.
As we came through the Market Place on Saturday evening, while it was still light, we observed a couple of house martins circling above.
This was our first spring sighting of this bird species, and some national reports suggest fewer martins and swallows have made it back to Britain for 2019.
It's also the time of year for the swooping swifts to pay Brigg a return visit. We hope they've fared better on their long flight back from Africa.

STONE THE CROWS? We've noticed some of these large birds on bird tables in suburban gardens. Bet they didn't leave many crumbs for the smaller species after eating their fill!