Sunday, October 22, 2017


From time to time we get bus-loads of people stopping off in Brigg on their way to other destinations.
Last night (Saturday) saw a large group from Hull call in at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street.
They had been to a beer festival in Gainsborough and were on the way back to their home-base hostelry on the north bank.
We chatted to a few of them and they were interested to learn that the Yarborough is a 'brewery tap' for real ale created just a few miles away.
We also told the real ale fans that they were sitting and supping just a few yards from where a renowned brewery, Sergeants, used to stand until the late 1960s (behind the White Hart).
Hopefully, the next time they are passing through, this group will call again - maybe for a little longer.
Meanwhile at the Yarborough Hunt, landlady Lucy Fensome, pictured, is rightly proud of the extensive and elaborate Halloween decorations that have been added to walls and ceilings, including cobwebs and some spiders.
Well worth taking a look, if you are passing by. And a good excuse for a pint!

The picture of Lucy was taken from Brigg Matters Magazine earlier this year by Ken Harrison.


Brigg Town Football Club secured a good away point yesterday (Saturday, October 21) before a crowd of 80 spectators.
The Zebras drew 1-1 on their visit to Glasshoughton Welfare, with Brigg's Ryan Thompson scoring a penalty just a minute from full-time to cancel out the home side's 50th minute goal.
Glasshoughton is near Castleford, in Yorkshire.
Brigg remain at the foot of the Toolstation Northern Counties East First Division, having taken eight points from 17 games.
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League there was a good home win for Barnetby United yesterday.
They beat New Holland Villa 5-0 in the second round of the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup.
Tom Wilson hit a hat-trick and there were further goals from Daniel Ricketts and William Dawson.
However, Brigg side Briggensians were beaten 3-0 on their visit to The Butchers Arms in the same competition.


Brigg Town Council will be holding its October meeting tomorrow (Monday 23rd) with much of interest to be considered.
Items of note include opening times for the public conveniences, the Christmas lights switch-on and  stage in the town centre, allotments, little bin provision and the Millennium Green, off Elwes Street.
The meeting starts at 7.15pm in the Angel Suite and is open to interested members of the public.
They may raise matters of interest during Public Question Time or merely sit and listen to the discussions.


  • To consider opening times for the public toilets.
  • Police matters
  • To agree that the Town Mayor, Deputy and one other councillor sign the transfer of lease for the Millennium Green.
  • To consider a request for further litter bins within the town.
  • To agree the cost of the staging for the Christmas lights switch-on to be paid for from the major events budget.
  • To agree to delegate approval of the award for the new Christmas lights contract for 2018-20 to the Town Mayor, Deputy Town Mayor, one other councillor and the Town Clerk.
  • To agree in principle the draft heads of terms for the transfer of the Grammar School Road allotments in exchange for the new allotments at Woodbine Park.
  • To receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Council (Brigg & Wolds)  ward councillors.
PICTURED: Last year's stage in the Market Place, erected for the Christmas lights switch-on.


Keeping Brigg streets leaf-free during mid-October, especially with windy weather about, is a never-ending task for North Lincolnshire Council and public-spirited householders and business proprietors who choose to clear the paths near their properties.
We were going to post last Thursday evening about a very deep accumulation outside the Britannia Inn, alongside the A18 - blown there from nearby East Park.
But when we walked past the next morning there was hardly a leaf in sight.
Then, on Saturday, we ventured down Queen Street and encountered a long stretch of slippery fallen leaves on the well-used path (pictured above) at the side of the sorting office and parcel collection point.
Lime trees are especially sticky underfoot when there's been a downpour or two.
No doubt this accumulation will be removed in due course - only for more leaves to fall. And so on and so on until none remain on the trees above.

Leaves from the trees at East Park, Brigg - near the Tintab shelter - piled up by the wind near the public conveniences.



Calendars featuring photos of some of Lincolnshire’s breath-taking skies will help to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Do you enjoy seeing the changing skies and seasons across the varying Lincolnshire landscapes?  Do you love living in Lincolnshire and want to show family and friends from further afield how beautiful our county really is?  Or maybe you used to live in Lincolnshire and reminisce about the wonderful big skies with their amazing sunsets?
If so, then a Lincs Skies Calendar should be in your kitchen ready to go on the wall in January or to send to family and friends as a gift for the New Year. And, what’s better, all of the proceeds will come to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
The calendars are designed using the 12 winning images selected from over 180 entries into the Lincs Skies Photo Competition which is run each year during October by Rachel Rodgers.  The competition attracts entries from the best amateur and professional landscape photographers in the county.
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Head of Fundraising & Communications, Sally Crawford, said: “This year the standard of photos submitted has been truly amazing, our local photographers have certainly pulled out all the stops and significantly raised the bar, which means the final calendars really are breath-taking. It is great to be able to include a smaller list-style calendar this year to take advantage of some of the amazing smartphone photos that we have seen. A big thank you to Rachel Rodgers from Lincs Skies for once again choosing to support our Charity.”
Thanks to Elsoms Seeds Ltd and other local businesses and individuals who have sponsored the calendar and covered the printing costs, all proceeds from calendar sales will come straight to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
Our iconic yellow helicopter is often seen in the Lincolnshire skies as it attends an average of 3 missions a day, 365 days of the year.
It costs our Charity £2.5million to keep our flying. As such, we rely totally on the generosity of people, organisations and businesses in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to help us raise this money.  By buying a stunning Lincs Skies calendar you will be doing your bit to help us continue saving lives every day.
Calendars will go on sale on Saturday, October 21, and can be purchased online at, as well as all Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance shops in Lincolnshire and a wide range of other outlets listed at
There are two calendar sizes to choose from, a large A3 wall calendar, featuring high resolution images taken using DSLR cameras, and a smaller list-style calendar, which includes smartphone images.  The calendars cost just £10 and £8 respectively. And remember, every penny will come to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
Paul Banton, Director of Ruddocks Printers and a member of the judging panel that selected the winning images, said: “The standard of photography in the shortlisted entries was outstanding. It was very difficult to select 12 winners.  As well as judging, I have had the added pleasure of seeing the images I helped to select come together in the final design.  The end results coming off the printer looked absolutely amazing.  I hope people will support this wonderful way of raising funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and buy a calendar for the New Year.”
Find out more about our life-saving charity and how you can support us at
Or to buy a calendar online visit

NF ADDS: The air ambulance does great work and only the other Sunday came to Brigg to airlift someone to hospital. Fundraising takes place in our area to support the work of the life-saving ambucopter.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


The latest shop to grace Brigg town centre opened at 1pm yesterday (Friday, October 20).
The Age UK Lindsey charity shop has been fitted out to a high standard in terms of fixtures, fittings and flooring.
Brigg Blog was delighted to be among the guests at the mid-morning launch.
We chatted to former Brigg man Councillor Peter Clark, the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, who had the honour of cutting the ceremonial tape to launch the new venture.
Money raised in the shop goes to help the charity provide a range of services for senior members of the community.
Brigg Town Councillors Ann Eardley, Mike Campion and Penny Smith were in attendance, together with Graham Wilson, from DDM who created the impressive shop unit at 74 Wrawby Street over many months, and Ken Harrison, representing Brigg Matters Magazine.
There's a good range of stock to browse - so pop in and take a look.
You may well bag a bargain or two!
Coun Clark said he was very pleased to be back in his home town and  was at the Mumbai Lounge, on Old Courts Road, last night, hosting a fundraiser for his charity appeal fund.
He shared some memories of Brigg in days gone by with us during our chat.

Read more about the shop and see further images through this link...



Brigg and its wealth of independent retailers are gearing up for a busy festive season with a number of activities taking place in the lead up to Christmas.
On Tuesday November 21st, The Brigg Town Business Partnership are holding their Christmas Mince Pies & Mulled Wine event at The Buttercross which will also see the Posada begin its journey around Brigg. This informal get together is open to all businesses in Brigg to attend.
A Christmas Window Competition and a Children’s Trail will take place during December with entry forms being available from all participating shops and Brigg Tourist Information Centre with the winners being announced on Saturday December 16th at 1.00pm
The Festival of Christmas Trees and Wreaths take place at St John’s Church and Church Hall between Thursday December 7th and Sunday December 10th  with The Tree of Light being situated in Chapel Court between Monday November 20th and Saturday January 6th 2018.
The Brigg Christmas Fayre (2016 event pictured above), organised by Brigg District Lions Club, takes place on Friday December 1st between 5.00pm and 9.00pm where there will be wide array of stalls and entertainment with most retailers remaining open.
Brigg’s final Farmers' Market for 2017 will take place on Saturday December 16th between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
You can enjoy 2 hours' free car parking Monday to Friday and free parking all day on Saturdays, making your visit to the bustling market town even more enjoyable.