Friday, October 24, 2014

LIVE MUSIC IN BRIGG

Live music in Brigg gets a real boost next month with a great new concert at The Angel.
Lincolnshire legend John Conolly, the internationally renowned singer/songwriter will be topping the bill, supported by virtuoso musician and singer, Robin Garside.
Grimsby-based John has toured all over the world and appeared at all the major festivals where his mellow voice and lilting guitar and melodeon accompaniment have brought him wide acclaim. He has also written songs for radio, TV and the stage, perhaps most memorably for ‘The Northern Trawl’. His best known song is undoubtedly ‘Fiddler’s Green’, which has become so much part of the folk fabric that it is assumed by many to be traditional.
Robin Garside hails from South Yorkshire and has often performed alongside his old friend John. A master musician, he plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to accompany his singing, and describes his style as blues, jazz and bluegrass as well as traditional folk. He too has appeared at a host of major festivals and is a regular at the North’s biggest folk festival, Whitby.
The pair are playing at The Angel Suite on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm. This promises to be a terrific night, so don’t miss it. Tickets are £9 in advance (£10 on the door) from Brigg Tourist Information and Scunthorpe Central Library.

BRIGG RAILWAY LINE EXPANSION DISCUSSED

Andrew Percy, the Brigg and Goole MP, has posted a report of a visit by Claire Perry, the Rail Minister, to northern Lincolnshire, when our line was mentioned. 
Andrew says: "I was especially keen to push the electrification agenda and we also raised the possibility of direct services to London and the possible expansion of the Brigg line."


BRIGG TOWN CRICKET LATEST

Brigg Town Cricket Club have been promoted to division three of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League for 2015 and have been given permission to play another season's home games at Brocklesby Park while the Recreation Ground is being revamped.
At the league's AGM on Wednesday there were complimentary comments about the relaying of the Brigg cricket square. 
A job well done - new changing block to follow.

LINCOLNSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION THREE 2015
GRIMSBY TOWN 2nds
HIBALDSTOW
MARKET RASEN 2​nds
​BARTON TOWN 2​nds
​CLEE TOWN LAPORTES​
NORMANBY PARK​
​NETTLEHAM 2​nds
HOLTON le CLAY 2nds
BRIGG TOWN

MORTON

CYCLISTS OUT AND ABOUT IN BRIGG AFTER DARK

It was interesting to see many cyclists riding what we used to call "racers" along Bigby Road the other night. It was about 8pm but they were well illuminated. If you work office hours (9-5) early evening offers an opportunity to get out and about in the fresh air. 
Were they, perhaps, connected with the newly-formed club based in our town?

FA TROPHY - PADIHAM 4 BRIGG TOWN 2

MATCH REPORT BY BOB TAYLOR

Brigg lost in  the replay game of the F.A. Trophy Competition game away at Padiham (Burnley) in a good, well fought contest, which unfortunately ended with a couple of critical decisions going against them in the last few minutes.
With a slight slop in their advantage for the first half, Brigg were first on the offensive with Elliot Broughton forcing home ‘keeper into a low save. The home team responded and took the lead after just four minutes when BRETT OMEROD was at the near post to turn Jay Hart’s right wing cross into the net. Jay Hart looked particularly dangerous in possession of the ball and tested Jody Barford with another shot on target but Brigg were unlucky when Anthony Bowsley’s long range shot hit the upright and bounced clear. However, Brigg were back on level terms after seventeen minutes when LEIGH HUTCHINSON found the back of the net after Dan Kingsley won the ball in mid-field and set up a cross from the left wing. Brett Omerod should have restored the lead five minutes later when he was played through the middle with only Jody Barford to beat but the Brigg ‘keeper spread himself well to make a telling save. After that let off, BRETT OMEROD made no mistake in the twenty seventh minute when he was in the right place again to find the corner of the net from another right wing cross from Jay Hart. Brigg again responded well but Dan Kingsley’s shot was easily saved and the home team created a couple more chances, the first being a shot from Jay Hart saved by Jody Barford and the second  being a shot across the face of the goal from Ben Allen after a defensive mistake.
The second half saw Brigg getting more possession of the ball and switching it across the pitch well and an equalising goal came in the sixty-eighth minute when ANTHONY BOWSLEY got forward to head Danny Buttle’s left wing cross into the top corner. The game was up for grabs and could have gone either way but the home team scored again two minutes from time when BRETT OMEROD completed his hat trick. Brigg appealed strongly for a foul challenge against Joe Lightowler, which won the ball but left the player injured on the pitch before the vital cross was delivered. The referee over-ruled and the goal stood. Still, Brigg pushed to get back on level terms and won a corner kick in the first minute of added time. Jody Barford advanced into the opponents’ penalty area and got a header into the goal area, which was clearly handled by the central defender but again the referee ruled in favour of the home team. The ball was knocked out of the area and substitute ROBBIE BROMLEY took aim at the empty Brigg goal from the half way line and the ball slowly trickled into the back of the net for the last action of the game.
A long trip across the Pennines in mid-week at peak traffic period with a depleted team proved to be just too much, - but the players who represented the club on the evening all did well.
BRIGG TOWN: Barford, Wright, Kingston, Bowsley, Cooper , McKay, Broughton, Palmer, Kingsley Jnr, Hutchinson, Buttle. Subs: Lightowler for Broughton (55);
Attendance:    116.


BRIGG CRICKETERS WILL MISS PLAYING SOUTH KELSEY

Brigg Town Cricket Club will not be getting the chance to take on South Kelsey in 2015 because the villagers have withdrawn from the Lincolnshire County Cricket League - very sad news indeed.
Games between these sides were always keenly contested as far back as the mid-1970s when the newly-formed Brigg team joined the Grimsby Saturday League.
The games continued in the Humberside Alliance and then the Lincolnshire League.
Kelsey played Brigg at the Recreation Ground, Sir John Nelthorpe School and the Sugar Factory venue, off Scawby Road.
In 1983 a team comprising many Kelsey cricketers played football at The Rec against a newly-formed side  from the Black Bull pub in Brigg, which became Ancholme Valley Royales and then Black Bull FC, enjoying a few seasons in the Barton Regional Sunday League.
Kelsey played home games on a tiny ground in the village for decades before moving to the former Nettleton Mines ground at Holton-le-Moor, behind the Hope Tavern - a very picturesque venue with the Wolds as a backdrop.
Many Brigg cricketers of the past 40 years will have happy memories of playing Kelsey - home and away.
On one occasion, Simon Church, the former Brigg batsman who emigrated to Australia, came back on holiday and we managed to fit him in for a game at Kelsey, when Adam Dunderdale, Brigg's star all-rounder, scored a century and took eight wickets. 
It meant the rest of us didn't have to expend much energy on what was a very hot day and were fresh to share a good few beers with Simon afterwards. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BRIGG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2014 ON COUNCIL AGENDA

Christmas lights in the town centre and advertising banners and A-boards will be among the items discussed at the next meeting of Brigg Town Council.
It will be held in the Angel Suite on Monday, October 27, from 7.30pm.
Interested members of the public may attend to listen to proceedings or raise issues with their elected representatives during Public Question Time, which forms part of Town Council meetings.
Also open to the public will be a meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee, to be held in the Angel on the same evening, from 7pm.
Applications to be considered include:

  • Approval for prior approval for a householder extension.  Nicholgate, 26 Wrawby Road.
  • Planning permission to extend existing portal frame with lean-to extension, Unit 4 Atherton Way.