Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON THE OLD RIVER ANCHOLME IN BRIGG

The tranquil Old River Ancholme in Brigg during a sunny day in April 2014 - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Three tranquil views of the Old River Ancholme showing the waterway looking good in the April sunshine. Our vantage point was the bridge over Candley Beck, where Elwes Street gives way to Cadney Road. On the far bank is Manley Gardens.

The tranquil Old River Ancholme in Brigg during a sunny day in April 2014 - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The tranquil Old River Ancholme in Brigg during a sunny day in April 2014 - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

NEW BRIGG TRAIN TIMETABLE ON THE HORIZON

Brigg railway station in April 2014 showing recent improvements - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

In a month's time we can expect a new timetable to be announced for the Saturdays-only passenger train service linking Brigg station with Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Sheffield, Barnetby, Gainsborough and Retford. As the picture below clearly indicates, the current timetable runs until May 17. 
At present, trains leave Brigg for Cleethorpes at 9.20am, 1.22pm and 5.23pm. Times of trains to Sheffield are 11.44am, 3.53pm and 7.10pm. But remember...only on Saturdays.
The picture above shows improvements recently undertaken to the surface of both platforms, and there's effective lighting on the station and across the approach road to the top of Station Road. 
We don't really expect more than three trains each way when the new timetable comes in during mid-May, but it would be a very pleasant surprise if one or two additions do come our way.


AUCTION BARGAIN: BRIGG OPEN-TOPPED 2-SEATER


On the site of what most of us in Brigg  still think of as Stennett's Auction we spied this interesting spring bargain. There's nothing quite like riding along in your open-topped automobile during the warmer months of the year and feeling the wind in your hair.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TIME TO REMEMBER SCANLON'S TREE IN BRIGG

The tree in the beer garden of the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Sadly the Nelthorpe Arms pub in Brigg is boarded up at present and we await news of its reopening, having recently changed hands. The bridge street hostelry being out of action means we can no longer enjoy taking a pint out into the beer garden on a spring afternoon or evening. The tree (centre of picture) reminded us of long-serving mine hosts Myles and Mary Scanlon. We took this picture yesterday from the side of the County Bridge as  work continues on outbuildings behind the pub.

CAN BRIGG TOWN CENTRE HAVE ITS BOLLARD BACK, MISTER?


Didn't there used to be a bollard here to deter drivers from taking a short cut into pedestrianised Brigg town centre? We've written so many times about the constant flouting of regulations with seemingly very little by way of punishment being dished out that you must be fed up reading about this topic.  Recently we saw a vehicle parked in Wrawby Street in the morning and it was still there in the afternoon. Yet those who fail to get a ticket in the main car park had better watch out for parking enforcement officers. 


BRIGG DECORATION INSPIRED BY BANKSY?


Brigg Blog doesn't normally draw attention to graffiti in our town as no-one wishes to encourage the practice. However, with Banksy's alleged work near a telephone box in a west country town hitting the national headlines this week, we thought we'd make an exception. Especially as the above is on the side of a rather ugly metal container off Station Road.
It reminded us of those security letters that pop up if you forget your password and have to reset. They are often just as difficult to make out!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BRIGG BIRD MYSTERY IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN

Brigg Blog does not claim to have much knowledge of ornithology but from time to time we spy a bird in the back garden that catches our eye. This morning a warbler-sized bird came and perched on our foliage. It had charcoal under-wings. We can't think what it was, but thought someone might know. Sorry that the info is sketchy and that we failed to snap it for posterity. 
You may recall a year or two ago that we successfully identified a visiting fieldfare and that our more interesting back garden sightings include a sparrow hawk. 
We get a variety of finches, tits, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds and pigeons, plus the odd wren and robin. 
But then, as the crow flies, we are only a few hundred yards from open countryside.
Our reference to "In an English Country Garden" fits in nicely with composer Percy Grainger, who was also a very rare but memorable visitor to Brigg.