Wednesday, November 20, 2019



A new shop will be opening in Brigg town centre towards the end of this month, with the date now finalised.
Locally-based Jerry Green Dog Rescue is to launch its new fundraising charity shop in Springs Parade at lunch-time on Friday, November 29.
The date has been chosen to coincide with that night's Christmas lights switch-on and festive fair, when more than 1,000 people will be visiting the town centre from 4.30pm for several hours.
Pop in and take a look at the new shop if you are attending this event, and keep an eye out for bargain buys!
Having refurbished vacant former off-licence premises, Jerry Green Dog Rescue is now welcoming donations.
Suitable items include clothes (men's, women's and children's), books, CDs, linen, bric-a-brac, and toys with a CE mark, but NOT electrical goods.
If you have things to donate, kindly drop them off at the shop during daylight hours.
Volunteers willing to help in the new retail outlet are also welcome.
Denise Laughton - pictured above with some of the stock - kindly gave Brigg Blog a look inside the shop as it gets ready for business.
Jerry Green Dog Rescue will be hosting a Jingle Ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, Ermine Street, Broughton, on Friday, December 13, from 7pm until late, with a festive-themed two-course dinner to enjoy.
Tickets cost £22 and can be obtained via
Live entertainment will be provided by female vocalist Charlie Rose, and there will be a disco.
Humber Merchants are sponsoring this event and ALL money raised on the night will assist the charity's valued work in rescuing and re-homing stray and abandoned dogs.
Below is a recently-taken picture of the new charity shop's frontage, with the Jerry Green Dog Rescue sign yet to be added.



Staff at Brians DIY - in Brigg town centre - completed a Static Bikeathon in aid of charity at the weekend.
Staff member Helen arranged the posters and collection buckets from the hospital.

Brian's launched its own cycle sales and repair business earlier this year at the Wrawby Street premises. View details here...
Ken Harrison, from Brigg Matters magazine, went along to the event with his camera and reports...


The odometer read 95km, but no-one has gone anywhere!
It was all frantically happening in Brian's DIY emporium on Saturday.
Staff were involved in a non-stop Bikeathon, pedalling madly round the store, but remaining static.
They were taking it in rotation during an all-day event of raising money for the children's Disney Ward at Scunthorpe Hospital.
Folks took is very seriously, with one staff member dressed appropriated in the gear of shorts and vest, complete with bottled water, for his stint in the saddle.
The photographs show the hub of Peter Wilson's (plus his son) chain-gang crew and other staff members waiting for their turn on the bike.
At least the bike didn't get a puncture during the cycle-relay, although repair kits are readily available from Brian's new specialised in-store cycle section. 


Charity fundraising football competition the Hett Cup continues at Brigg Town Football Club's EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) tonight  - Wednesday, November 20.
Hibaldstow Wanderers will be taking on Scotter United (kick-off 7pm).
Spectators are very welcome; a small admission charge applies and fundraising will be undertaken for worthy causes.
Last Wednesday, November 13, Brigg Town beat Barnetby United 6-0, with Reece Moody netting five times for the Zebras in what was the first meeting between these clubs for more than 70 years.

The Hett Cup was donated to local football circa 1912/13.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


An important and very welcome change is to be made to a public transport timetable which will benefit passengers using Brigg railway station for days out to some popular destinations.
From December 21 the first Northern company train on Saturdays will arrive a little earlier.
It will get to Brigg at 9.16am, allowing passengers more leeway to catch the 9.39am connection at Barnetby for Market Rasen, Lincoln and Newark.
Brigg Blog can give a first-hand example showing the importance of this earlier train from Brigg station.
On Saturday (November 16) we were travelling by train to Newark but missed the Barnetby connection because the first service of the morning along the Brigg line had been delayed by two flood-related speed restrictions and another which slowed the diesel unit to walking pace as it crossed our level crossing on Bigby High Road (A1084).
These three hold-ups (beyond the control of the train operating company) meant the Grimsby to Newark (East Midlands Trains) service had left the village station several minutes before our unit arrived.
That resulted in a wait of one hour 45 minutes for the next service to Newark. And what is there to do in Barnetby on a Saturday morning in mid-November, other than visit one of the local shops to stock up on refreshments?
The answer is: Observe a few Drax power station biomass freight trains rumbling through, and take a look at the relatively new £2.50p-a-day car park adjoining the station.
We eventually made it through to Newark but our misfortunes continued later in the day.
While passing through Market Rasen on the return journey (running to time) we checked our mobile phone and saw a helpful message from a fellow railway enthusiast suggesting that the final Northern train of the day, due to get us back to Brigg from Barnetby, had been cancelled due to staff shortages (no guard-conductor being available).
This was later confirmed at Barnetby station on the illuminated platform displays.
We rang the helpline number, as instructed, and were told that a coach had been arranged to get us back to Brigg, which would be leaving nearby Kings Road at 8.07pm.
We had a pint in the nearby Whistle & Flute pub but were at the pick-up point 15 minutes early. Sadly, there was no sign of the coach. Following a further call to Northern, helpful staff then arranged a taxi, but it was 9.20pm before it dropped us off on Station Road, Brigg; the train (if running) would have got us back to town before 8pm.
Various factors meant that our modest-mileage away day took very nearly 12 hours to complete. A pint or three in Brigg was clearly in order after such a marathon!
We've made many train trips from Brigg and Barnetby in recent years without gremlins like this arising. And what happened on Saturday won't deter us from undertaking more in the future, especially from December 21 when the early morning connection should be easier to make because of the amended time.
Last Saturday we rather wished we'd booked the Call Connect dial-a-ride mini-bus to take us over to Barnetby. However, it does not operate after 7pm on Saturdays, so CallConnect could not have helped get us back to town after the Northern service's cancellation.
Sheffield-Brigg-Cleethorpes trains - provided by Northern - only operate on Saturdays, and our  day return ticket from Brigg to Newark was very cheap. So we won't be seeking to claim a refund but trust that normal service will be resumed next time we undertake a Saturday journey.
Our thanks go to Paul Johnson, a staunch campaigner to improve use of Brigg line trains, for his warning message about the non-running final train on Saturday, and also for the informative screensnap (below) giving the amended timetable coming into operation next month.

Saturday's marathon left us wondering how people who don't have mobile smartphones cope with travel gremlins in today's era.
We used one of the call points provided on Barnetby's station platforms on Saturday night but it connected us to staff at TransPennine.
They gave us Northern's 0800 number, which we rang. But what if you are a passenger on the platform without a mobile phone to hand?

PICTURED ABOVE: Passengers waiting to board the delayed first morning train on Saturday at Brigg station. BELOW: The Full Monty - Passenger trains operated by all three local service providers - Northern, East Midlands and TransPennine calling at Barnetby station on Saturday, plus some views of the pay and display car park and one showing the modern train ticket sales machine at the entrance to the station. We had to fill in time somehow!


A decision is now imminent on a planning application seeking permission to build three new houses in Brigg town centre - two years after it was submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.
Approval is being sought for the two-storey properties to the rear of 53 Wrawby Street - on land facing Cross Street which is currently used for private parking.
North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee - meeting in Scunthorpe on Wednesday, November 20 - will decide whether to approve or refuse the application.
Three letters of objection have been received - suggesting a loss of available parking, loss of privacy for a flat nearby on Wrawby Street, and the fact that no parking spaces are indicated for the new properties.
A detailed report prepared for councillors by planning staff ahead of the meeting says: "The main issues for consideration with regard to the determination of this application are whether the proposed dwellings, in terms of their design, are acceptable with regard to the character and appearance of the conservation area, and whether, in terms of their siting and scale, they would adversely affect the amenities afforded to neighbouring residential properties."
Planning staff are recommending that the application is refused, but the decision rests with elected councillors serving on the committee.
The meeting, to be held in the Conference Room at Church Square House in Scunthorpe town centre, starts at 2pm and is open to interested members of the public.
Other applications to be considered at this meeting include:
Outline approval to erect a dwelling on land west of Glovers Paddock, Ings Lane, Hibaldstow.
Outline approval for nine dwellings to the north of Habrough Lane, Kirmington.
Erect a dwelling, with associated works, adjacent to Samantha, Main Street, Howsham.


Residents of Brigg and surrounding communities might well be interested in attending a local charity fundraiser with lots on offer this weekend, including Santa's grotto, craft stalls and a range of tasty food.
Hibaldstow's Winter Wonderland will take place on Saturday (November 23) at the Village Hall, Station Road, from 11am to 4pm.
Adult entry costs only £1 - children under 10 admitted free.
All proceeds will go to local charities.
Attractions include a tombola, funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, Santa’s letterbox, tea/coffee, crafts, wax melts, bath bombs, games, raffle, Yorkshire pudding wraps, crepes, sweets and balloons.
To find Hibaldstow Village Hall from Brigg, head through Scawby Brook and pass over the half-barrier level crossing; keep going when you pass the cafe and tyre-fitting business near the Hibaldstow sign and then turn sharp left at the junction before the Wheatsheaf pub. Head left for a short distance along Station Road and the Village Hall is on your right, adjoining the playing field, with a large car park available. Postcode DN20 9DY if you are a sat-nav user.

Monday, November 18, 2019


It was a case of presenting umbrellas during the opening dedication of the Brigg Tree of Light during Saturday afternoon (November 16).
Brigg Blog being out of town on Saturday, our thanks go to Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters magazine, for this report and accompanying pictures from an event we would otherwise have attended.
Despite the heavy downpour quite a large crowd attended the service in Chapel Court, which was jointly officiated by Father Owain Mitchell, from St John's Church, and Methodist minister, the Rev Peter Thomas.
This is the fifth year of Brigg's Tree of Light, which has been organised by the Brigg Town Business Partnership, and it was attended by Brigg Town Mayor, Cllr Sharon Riggall, and her escort - husband Martin. 
It was a poignant occasion for Sharon and Martin as his father, Ralph, died recently.  Ralph, the brother of Brian, of Brian's DIY, was Wrawby's postmaster and proprietor of the village general store.
Following the dedication, those attended had the opportunity to attach their Memory Cards to the tree.
The Tree of Light will remain in place until Saturday, January 4th, 2020.
Cards are available from Design Orchard, E-Cig, Cure DM, Brigg Carers' Centre - Redcombe Lane, St John's Church, Brigg Methodist Church, The Deli Diner, Co-Op Funeralcare, Naylor#s Funeral Directors and Brigg Tourist Information Centre.
In addition, a Book of Remembrance will be located at the Tourist Information Centre.
Proceeds from the Tree of Light will be donated equally to the Brigg Carers' Support Centre and the Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Fight.