Saturday, March 31, 2018
Brigg Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall highlighted a range of positive things while delivering her report to the Annual Town Public Meeting.
Among those mentioned were local business success, the Lions' support for the Christmas Fair, Brigg Heritage Centre, local schools, redecorating the Tintab shelter, transfer of the Millennium Green to the Town Council, Brigg in Bloom and plans to refurbish the Monument war memorial.
She also mentioned the decision to change the time of Remembrance Sunday in November 2018 - moving things forward one hour to bring Brigg into line with many other towns.
Ex-serviceman Charles Brindley, one of five members of the public attending the meeting, thanked the Town Council for that.
Coun Rob Waltham then delivered his North Lincolnshire Council report, being the leader of the unitary authority as well as a member of Brigg Town Council.
He said resurfacing various roads on the St Helen's housing estate would be undertaken, while work had started on a further section of the Ancholme Way footpath and cycle track to eventually link Brigg with South Ferriby.
He said the Buttercross, in the Market Place, pictured above, would be repainted in readiness for its 200th anniversary next year and outlined plans to improve bus shelter provision on Cary Lane.
An "exciting project" was in store at Sir John Nelthorpe School to refurbish an area of the Grammar School Road site, details having been outlined at the recent annual dinner of the Briggensians' Association.
North Lincolnshire Council is continuing to repair potholes, including some on roads in the Brigg area.
The highway authority has revealed that it takes about 20 minutes to deal with each one.
It also points out that folk who spot potholes on local roads can report them online through www.northlincs.gov.uk/highwaysreporting
More than 1,000 potholes repaired
FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
Pothole repairs across North Lincolnshire have continued at a pace this week, with a further 732 fixed, making a grand total of 1,039 filled in the last two weeks.
The A1077 was among the many roads that were repaired this week as part of a £49m investment programme over the next four years.
This includes an additional £645,000 from the government’s pothole challenge fund available in the current financial year.
Highway Officers are continuing routine inspections and any defects are categorised and programmed for repair. In addition, any reported potholes are being inspected and categorised.
Operational Teams are continuously deployed on emergency pothole repairs across North Lincolnshire and this is taking priority over other programmed works.
Whilst we attempt to undertake repairs in a timely manner there are certain areas where delays may occur owing to the need to protect both the workforce and travelling public and introduce formal traffic management to allow the repairs to be completed safely.
This week (from Monday 26 March), pothole crews will be out in the following areas:
- Scunthorpe North and South - Town, Brumby, Frodingham, Ridings, Westcliffe, Lincoln Gardens
- Isle of Axholme – Belton, Crowle, Epworth, Haxey, Wroot
- Continue Hibaldstow Area, Manton Lane, Kirton Lindsey Area.
You can report potholes at www.northlincs.gov.uk/highwaysreporting.
Facts about filling potholes:
- It takes around 20 minutes to fill in a pothole from start to finish.
- Traffic management is put in place first (cones and signs for the odd pothole; up to a full road closure for more major work) to make the road safe.
- On less busy roads, the section of road is cut out, any loose material removed, repaired with new tarmac and compacted.
- On average, the crews fill 20 to 30 potholes a day depending on the size and location
- Potholes have to be a certain depth to be repaired. Programmed permanent repairs are carried out using a machine to resurface larger areas.
“The money is being spent on repairing potholes and making our roads better and safer for all.
“We have seen an increase in number of potholes due to the recent bad weather and motorists will see crews out repairing the roads in the coming weeks.
“Please bear with us. We will do our best to get the work done as quickly as possible but there may be some disruption and we ask you to be patient while work takes place.”
Brigg Blog today raises its long-retired cricket bat in tribute to a local company that is giving generous support to our great summer sport.
The Pipers Crisp Company, based at Wellington House, Wellington Way, Elsham, says: "We are proud to announce that we are supporting village cricket again this Summer by sponsoring the National Village Cup."
This is a major knockout competition involving clubs from small settlements across the country.
Find out more about the National Village Cup through this link...
Elsham had one of the most prestigious cricket clubs in North Lincolnshire for many decades - well into the 1960s.
The beautiful ground was on the edge of the village.
We think its final use was in the 1980s when the Singleton Birch team, from Melton Ross, used it for home games.
We recall going there with Brigg Town in the Scunthorpe Midweek Friendly League, fixtures being played on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Brigg Town Cricket Club entered the town equivalent of the National Village Cup.
It was known as the John Haig Club Cricket Championship, being sponsored by a well-known brand of whisky.
Brigg was one of the smallest clubs taking part and we were pleasantly surprised to be admitted to such a prestigious competition.
We once beat Brimington, from the Chesterfield area, in a rain-ravaged home tie on a chilly early May day at Sir John Nelthorpe School.
However, there were usually heavy defeats - notably away to Farsley and Rotherham who played in much higher leagues.
Pipers are on sale at many outlets in the Brigg area, including the town's Yarborough Hunt pub.
We'll make a mental note to buy some next time we pay a visit, as a thank-you gesture to the company. Read more here....
Members of Wrawby WI (Women's Institute) are going to be entertained by a “Mystery Speaker” at the April meeting, which promises to be a very interesting evening.
It will take place at the Village Hall on Wednesday 18th April 2018 – 7.45pm start.
Non-members are warmly invited to attend any of the meetings , where a friendly welcome will await you!
Please phone Sue Baldwin on 01652 657569 for further details.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Copies of the fine quarterly magazine Iron Brew - produced by the Scunthorpe & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) - can be picked up free in various Brigg pubs.
In the February to April 2018 issue the branch reveals the winner of its coveted Winter Pub of the Season Award - the Red Lion, Broughton.
There's also a mention for Richard and Jordan Smith - new mine hosts at Brigg's Lord Nelson Hotel.
An informative article lists the top 10 cask beers in Britain - sales volume and cash value.
Brigg Blog is unsure whether this is good or bad, but we've tried them all in our time.
One of our favourites, Doom Bar, came top of the list, while another we particularly like, Deuchars, came fifth in the rankings.
There's a hint there, local landlords!
Brigg Blog recalls spending a very happy lunchtime in 2011 with members of the Scunthorpe & District Branch of CAMRA when they came to town to present the winter award to the Dying Gladiator when Peter and Vida Carter were mine hosts.
Other Brigg pubs have been similarly honoured over the years.
|SMILE FOR THE CAMRA: Real ale fans at the Dying Gladiator in 2011.|
|FEBRUARY 2011: A proud moment for mine hosts at the Dying Gladiator - Winter Pub of the Season.|
A date has been announced for a popular running event which will attract many entrants and spectators from Brigg, Broughton and surrounding villages.
The Second Broughton Burn 10K charity race will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Society.
Entry costs £17 if you fancy taking part with a T-shirt for all those who finish the course.
There's a limit of 500 runners and entries are already been accepted.
The closing date is August 12.
Fund out more about Broughton Burn and sign up using this link...
FROM DAVID CARRICK, BRIGG SINGERS
Could you please include the following details in your blog.
A Spring Concert is being presented by The Saints' Singers and Brigg Singers on Saturday 21st April at All Saints' Church, Winterton, at 7.30pm
Tickets for this evening with a very varied programme of music are available at £5 each (under 16s free) from Grandad's Shed, Wrawby Street, Brigg, by calling 01724 734285 or on the door.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
There are three important milestones coming up for Brigg to mark.
The triple ahead was pointed out by Rob Biglands, headteacher of the town's Sir John Nelthorpe School (SJN).
He told guests attending the annual dinner of the Briggensians' Association at Elsham Golf Club that 2019 will mark:
- 350 years' of education on the Grammar School Road site, formerly Brigg Grammar School, now SJN's Upper School.
- 100 years since the establishment of Brigg Girls' High School.
- 100 years since the First World War officially ended.
He made reference to a possible event in a marquee on the school field.
The High School was not initially located on Wrawby Road (now SJN lower school). It moved to this site in the 1930s.
The guns fell silent during the First World War in November 1918 but hostilities did not officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following June.
PICTURE ABOVE: Brigg from the air - by Neil Stapleton.
Thirteen new homes are proposed for the Brigg area.
Outline planning permission, with all matters reserved, is currently being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to to erect the dwellings, including access from Brigg Road, landscaping and access
The development is planned on land adjacent to The Poplars, Brigg Road, Wressle.
The site is located along Brigg Road on the left-hand side as you enter from Castlethorpe.
It is directly opposite the first row of houses situated on the right-hand side as you enter Wressle - about 200 yards into the hamlet which is within Broughton parish.
The proposal is for a cluster of new affordable dwellings having two, three and four bedrooms, together with car parking space, driveways and gardens.
New trees, foliage and hedges will replace existing ones along the main street and more will be planted on both sides and to the rear of the boundary line.
Access to the new proposed site will be via a new road entrance off Brigg Road (the B1208).
The new entrance will allow refuse trucks, fire engines and other means of vehicles to manoeuvre around the surrounding dwellings in the cul-de-sac, council planners have been told.
Agent for the applicant is Kato Tsang, of the CT Studio, Brigg.
A Hibaldstow Cricket Club player was congratulated by a famous sportsman.
Chris Nash won the trophy for being top wicketkeeper in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's second division.
It was presented to him by England Test cricketer Angus Fraser (above, right) during the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's annual dinner, held at Hemswell Court, near Caenby Corner.
Angus made a point of congratulating the venue on the quality of the food - the main course being roast Lincolnshire turkey.
Broughton Cricket Club, which has two teams in the competition, also had some members in attendance at this showpiece event.
League chairman Bob Welton, from Grasby, introduced Angus Fraser, whose memories of his days in international and county cricket proved popular.
'Yours truly' - as a committee member of the league - was kept busy photographing award winners and dinner guests.
VIEW MANY MORE PICTURES FROM THE DINNER - SHOWING GUESTS AND AWARD WINNERS - IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE SCUNTHORPE TELEGRAPH, NOW ON SALE.
|League chairman Bob Welton welcoming chief guest Angus Fraser to the dinner.|
There will be a range of live music to enjoy in Brigg over Easter weekend 2018.
Drop the Accent will be playing live at the Woolpack, Market Place, Brigg, on Saturday, March 31, from 8.30pm.
Drop the Accent are a four-piece swinging rock and roll rockabilly band playing all kinds of modern covers from pop rock and dance music from the 1990s and 2000s.
Marshall Law will be delivering classic rock at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, on Saturday, March 31, from 9pm.
The band will perform popular songs from the past six decades, including tracks by AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, The Cult, Deep Purple, Kings of Leon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, Motorhead, Nirvana, Status Quo, Steppenwolf, The Sex Pistols, The Stereophonics, The Stones and ZZ Top.
Find out more about the band through this link...
Sunday, April 1 sees a Pink tribute at Brigg Servicemen's Club, from 9pm.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
One of the best-known landmarks in Brigg can now be refurbished.
North Lincolnshire Council has granted listed building consent so work can be carried out on the Monument war memorial - not far short of 100 years old and encircled by the A18 roundabout.
Brigg Town Council made a successful application to clean the memorial to include re-gilding of memorial plaques and re-point exposed joints with lime-based mortar.
The work will be undertaken ahead of November when Brigg will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent in the First World War.
PICTURED: Above - Townsfolk gathering at the dedication ceremony when the Monument was unveiled to the public, with a number of First World War soldiers present. Below - How the memorial looks today.
The Angel Suite community venue in Brigg town centre is used for many purposes.
Every Thursday you can now enjoy sequence dancing from 7.30pm to 10pm.
"All welcome" is the message and the organisers say it's a case of "no partner, no problem."
Go along and enjoy "some quality social time."
You can obtain further details by calling Derek and Ann on 01405 813046.
Our picture shows the Angel Suite staging a formal dinner.
A Brigg store is to hold a Home and Garden event which starts on on Friday, March 30.
Boyes - on Old Courts Road, close to the town's main car park - has a range of offers on everything from paint and fencing preservative to cutlery, pans and spring clothing.
Follow our lead and pick up a four-page glossy leaflet giving full details in the store's entrance, visible in the picture.
A Brigg takeaway has been sending out colourful, glossy leaflets to households, saying it is under new management and giving details of dishes new to the menu.
The leaflet reminded Brigg Blog of our 'fast' response to the opening of this town centre fast food outlet, Kebabish, back in January 2017.
"Talk about being on the ball," we posted back then. "Brigg Blog was walking home on Saturday afternoon after taking some footie pictures at Sir John Nelthorpe School - Briggensians v Santon - when we spied lights on in the former Bella Pizza takaway at the corner of Princes Street and Bigby Street, premises which had been closed for many months.
"Someone was having a look through the window. We crossed over and joined him to view the price list on display through the glass when a member of staff inside summoned us to the entrance and handed us a menu apiece.
"That was 3.40pm. And when would the new Kebabish takeaway at 10 Princes Street be opening its doors for the first time?
In 20 minutes!
We had the story on www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk within half-an-hour.
Fast work, or what!
Returning to the present day, the Kebabish leaflet lists 12 new items on the pizza and platters menu, including Texas BBQ (chicken, ham, pepperoni).
|The Kebabish takeaway, on Bigby Street, Brigg, March 2018|
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Brigg Town Football Club - bottom of the Tool Station Northern Counties East first division - visit mid-table Campion (Bradford area) on Wednesday night (March 28).
On Saturday (March 24) the Zebras lost 4-0 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare at The Hawthorns before a sizeable crowd of 162 fans.
However, they had slipped to the foot of the table a few days earlier when Retford United recorded a surprising 6-3 away win.
On Saturday, March 31 the Zebras will journey to fifth-placed Yorkshire Amateurs.
Brigg are currently two points behind Retford but have four games in hand on the North Nottinghamshire club and a better goal difference.
However, the Zebras are six points adrift of third-from-bottom Worsbrough Bridge, both teams having played 32 fixtures.
The bottom two in the division could face relegation at the end of the season.
One sunny day in May 2016, Brigg Blog gave a short guided tour to a professor from New Zealand who was visiting our town.
She was interested in North Lincolnshire's 18th and 19th century rabbit industry and we took her to look at Coney Court, whose name recalls this trade.
We've now been sent a copy of Professor Carolyn King's fascinating research paper, with extensive references to Brigg and district.
In the late 19th century, New Zealand was having major problems with wild rabbits on grass set aside for valuable sheep.
It was decided to ship large numbers of weasels and stoats - trapped in our area - and set them free to keep the rabbit population down.
The predators sold for huge sums after arriving in New Zealand.
However, nature being as it is, the weasels and stoats did not limit themselves to a diet of rabbit and also ate other species.
So what might have seemed to be a good idea to many at the time turned out to be anything but.
The full title of Professor King's work is The History of Transportation of Stoats (Mustela Erminea) and Weasels (M. Nivalis) to New Zealand, 1883-92.
It includes a photograph of a rabbit display in Brigg Heritage Centre "celebrating the importance of rabbits to the local economy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."
Dr Frank Henthorn's book A History of 19th Century Brigg was among works used as reference.
Unexpectedly, Brigg's Blog's tiny contribution is recognised in a section called Acknowledgements, alongside many other people in New Zealand and the UK who gave much more valuable assistance, we are sure.
This topic would certainly make an interesting subject for a future monthly meeting of BASH (Brigg Amateur Social Historians).
An Abstract of the 80-plus page research paper can be read through this link...
An Abba tribute act is coming to perform in the Brigg area.
Knowing Me and Knowing You, there are many local fans of the chart-busting group among us.
So we expect plenty of interest when Dreambelles - pictured above - play Elsham Golf Club on Saturday, April 14. The Abba tribute evening starts at 7.30pm.
The £15 cost includes scampi or chicken and chips, with a vegetarian option available.
Book your ticket by dropping in at the clubhouse, which is just off the Brigg to Elsham road, or follow the advice of the Abba song title and Ring, Ring 01652 680291.
During the January meeting of Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee, held in the Angel Suite, members decided they were "in support" of an application for a two-storey extension, including minor alterations, at 16 Springbank.
That view was passed on to North Lincolnshire Council planners who have granted permission (March 2018).
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering an application to erect a single storey side extension at Copperfield, Chapel Lane, Broughton.
The council has also been informed that an extension is planned at 46 George Street, Broughton.
In Wrawby, permission is being requested for the erection of a single storey extension to rear, removal of conservatory, construction of a pitched roof to rear and the blocking up of window opening to front elevation in Old Post Office Row, Vicarage Road.
West Lindsey District Council is now considering an application for outline planning application to erect four dwellings on land at Highfield, Thornton Road, South Kelsey.
PICTURED: Part of the Springbank estate, Brigg, by Neil Stapleton.
Monday, March 26, 2018
The booking office for the circus that's set up its big top on Brigg Recreation Ground is open for ticket sales from Monday, March 26.
The circus is located close to the entry road leading to the Rec.
There will be shows from Thursday, March 29 through to Monday, April 2.
Admission is £7 - "any seat, any day" - and the on-site ticket office is open from 9am daily. Call 07491 222714 or email info@Jamesrichardscircus.co.uk
There's also a website www.jamesrichardscircus.co.uk
Visit James Richards Circus on Facebook or @Jamesrichardcircus on Twitter.
James Richards Circus describes it as an "all human production."
Brigg Blog's initial post about the circus coming to town generated plenty of interest.
Many posters (see below) are on display at various locations in the town.
|A poster beside the entry road to the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road (A18).|
BRIGG HOUSEHOLDS MAY BE SURPRISED TO DISCOVER WHAT EASTER WASTE ITEMS THE COUNCIL WILL COLLECT & RECYCLE
FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
There will be no collections on Good Friday, and instead all collections will be brought forward one day on this week.
For example, if your usual collection day is Tuesday, your bins and boxes will be emptied on Monday. Wednesday’s collections will take place on Tuesday, and so on.
The following week (from 2 April), waste and recycling collections will take place on your normal day.
To make sure you don’t miss your bin day this Easter, check your collection calendar carefully.
You can also check your collection dates online at www.northlincs.gov.uk/collectiondates
Across the UK this Easter, we will throw away an estimated 3,000 tonnes of packaging from 80 million Easter eggs.
Did you know that the waste from your Easter treats can be recycled?
Cardboard boxes and plastic packaging from Easter eggs can be put in your burgundy bin and the foil from around the egg can be placed in your green recycling box.
Recently we have all become more aware of the problem of plastics contaminating our oceans and the importance of dealing with our waste responsibly.
Making sure that we recycle as much waste as possible can make a big difference to the environment.
If this packaging is thrown in with the general waste it is also extremely expensive, costing over £100 a tonne.
If we all recycled, it would reduce the cost as well.
If you're having a spring clean over Easter, don't forget your old clothes, shoes, curtains and bed linen can go in your red textile sack.
A range of additional recycling facilities are also available at our network of household recycling sites that are open across Easter.
Find out the opening times of each of the sites at www.northlincs.co.uk/householdrecyclingcentres
FROM KIRSTY WESTFIELD, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
Since Brigg Community Café was set up by volunteers in September 2014 at Brigg Youth Centre it has continued to make a positive impact within the local community – going from strength to strength - over three years on.
A group of local volunteers set up the café and their dedication has ensured it is a success.
The Community Café runs every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Brigg Youth Centre. It offers a comprehensive range of activities.
They play bingo and chess, colour therapy activities, quizzes, craft workshops and card making – plus much more.
Sports activities include indoor bowls, table tennis and chair-based exercises – to name a few.
There is also the opportunity to use the four computers in the Youth Centre, with support provided by the children’s centre staff.
On top of all that, they also offer laughter therapy, relaxation classes and cooking workshops.
The group at the Community Café have enriched the lives of others, supporting individuals by making new friends, fighting long-term illnesses and addictions, securing new homes, boosting self-esteem and confidence. And also encouraging individuals to gain new skills, accessing training courses and developing new hobbies and interests.
The café has supported people that are more vulnerable by providing a healthy homemade snack. They have also signposted people to health trainers and free health checks. Advice on keeping safe from LIVES First Responders and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have been provided.
Over the years numerous events have taken place at the café such as ‘A trip down memory lane’ where North Lincolnshire Museum held reminiscence sessions including war memories, the British monarchy and afternoon tea.
Brigg Community Café continually raises outstanding funds to improve outcomes for individuals and the community. An amazing £1,000 was raised for MacMillan by holding a community fun day. Other charities the café has supported, include Jen’s Special Place, Carers' Support and Pancreatic Cancer.
Volunteers and members of the café have been working together to provide the neonatal united at Scunthorpe Hospital with hundreds of knitted items for premature babies.
The next event at the café is an Easter celebration on Tuesday 27 March from 10am to 12pm. There will be a buffet, raffle, Easter themed quiz, and a cup cake decorating competition.
Residents from a local care home attend the Community Café every week.
One person, said: I look forward to my Tuesdays now. It has been a lifesaver for me.”
Cllr Carl Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds), Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: The volunteers at Brigg Community Café are passionate advocates for people within their local community. They have made a real difference for many people. The café provides a base for residents in need of support, company or a place to socialise.
“All the volunteers and members should be very proud of all they have achieved. It is a great asset for Brigg.”
Here are some further progress pictures showing development work under way on a very prominent site in Brigg.
Thousands of motorists pass by on the A18 along Ancholme Way, in addition to people on foot.
The fact that a very large crane has been employed on the site - visible from considerable distance - has added to the interest being shown.
|Latest picture taken Sunday, March 25, 2018|
In 2016, A F Carpets, of Brigg, were given permission to change the use of what was once the Trent Foods factory, latterly occupied by a car sales business.
North Lincolnshire Council planners approved change of use from mixed warehouse, office and car sales to mixed retail, warehouse, offices and car sales, including partial demolition.
A F Carpets, on Bridge Street, also successfully applied in 2016 to amend "operational hours" at the Ancholme Way premises to 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday; and 10am to 4pm on Sunday and public holidays.
A council report at the time said: "The hours of delivery will take place during social hours of the day and delivery vehicles will utilise the existing access from the A18.
"Inevitably there will be an increase in activity at the site (arising from the increase in the number of retail units); however this is a defined town centre site where shopping uses are considered acceptable."
Many in Brigg are looking forward to seeing the end product of all this hard work.
|The A18 (Ancholme Way) adjoins the site.|
|Work being carried out on the roof.|
|The rear of the Ancholme Way development viewed across the river from the Spring's Parade car park.|
|AF Carpets on Bridge Street, Brigg.|
|A REMINDER: How the site on Ancholme Way, Brigg, once looked.|
Sunday, March 25, 2018
BARNETBY UNITED 0 CROWLE TOWN COLTS 10
Barnetby conceded 10 for the first time in 12 years as Crowle rattled in five goals in each half of this EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League first division game.
Seven changes were forced to be made following Thursday night's cup final defeat but they were no match for a rampant, title-chasing Crowle.
Straight from kick-off the signs were ominous as stand-in keeper Lee Fielden was forced into a save within 30 seconds. Five minutes later it was 3-0!
5-0 down at the break, Barnetby’s young side enjoyed a period of 25 minutes where they matched Crowle and the score remained the same, but they lost their way in the last 20 minutes as Crowle took the chance to boost their goal difference with devastating effect.
In division two, second-placed Briggensians beat Epworth Colts Blues 3-0, Ben Lingard netting twice and an own goal completing the scoring.
Barnetby United Reserves won 3-2 at Crosby Colts, Ross Hempstock scoring twice and Adam McGuire also being on the mark.
Brigg Blog would like to remind householders in the town about alterations to bin collections this week by North Lincolnshire Council because of the forthcoming Easter holiday.
Brigg homes which usually get a Tuesday call from the collection gangs need to be aware that they will receive a MONDAY collection on March 26 (tomorrow).
Yes, the crews will be collecting a day earlier.
On Monday, March 26 the council will empty your general waste wheelie bin, and blue and green recycling boxes, plus bags of textiles (if you have them).
On Tuesday, April 3 the council will collect your brown garden waste bin and burgundy bin containing plastic and cardboard for recycling.
Delays due to roadworks are likely for drivers in the Brigg area using the main A18 this week, with temporary two-way traffic signals in operation over four days.
North Lincolnshire Council, the highway authority, has given notice that it will be working on the railway bridge between Wrawby and Barnetby Top from Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29.
This bridge carries the A18 over the Barnetby to Scunthorpe railway line.
Three community grants totalling more than £9,000 have been awarded in the Brigg area by North Lincolnshire Council.
The Steel Rooms venue, in Brigg town centre, is to receive £2,000 to help with the cost of the After Bird exhibition of commissioned work by local artists working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Lincs Wildlife Trust.
Hibaldstow Cricket Club it to receive a £7,060 grant for the purchase of specialist equipment to use in ground maintenance/improvement.
The council has also agreed £460 for Barnetby Youth Activities involving hire of the Village Hall.
|The Steel Rooms in Brigg town centre|
|Hibaldstow Cricket Club's ground|
|Barnetby Village Hall|
Members of the public are welcome to attend Brigg Town Council's March meeting.
It will be held in the Angel Suite tomorrow - Monday, March 26 at 7pm.
There will be an update on Brigg in Bloom 2018 and the Millennium Green, off Elwes Street.
Brigg in Bloom - a popular scheme - provides flowers to brighten up various locations in the town.
BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED
1. Notice convening the meeting.
2. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND TO APPROVE REASONS FOR ABSENCE.
3. a) To Consider the suspension of the Meeting for the Purpose of Prayer.
b) To Resolve that Standing Orders be reinstated
4. a) To Record any Declarations of Interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. Members declaring interests should identify the Agenda Item and the type of interest being declared.
b) To note any dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of the Agenda Items listed below.
5. Police Matters
6. To receive any correspondence (for information only).
7. To receive the update on any outstanding issues from the clerk.
8. Public Question Time
9. To Receive any Questions from Members.
10. To Receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Ward Councillors.
11. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS CIRCULATED, OF THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES AND SUB COMITTEES.
i. Full Council Monday 26 February 2018
ii. Planning Committee Monday 26 February 2018
iii. Brigg in Bloom 5 March 2018
12. To receive reports from members delegated to serve on outside bodies and working groups.
- Neighbourhood Plan (Masterplan and Arches) – (R Waltham)
- Millennium Green – (C Sherwood)
- Standing Orders – No meeting
- Angel Suite Review – No meeting
a) To Receive the Financial Reports as at 28 February 2018 and Approve the Accounts for Payment as listed in the Appendix for Full Council and the Angel Suite
14. TO AGREE THE COST OF INSTALLATION OF BUNTING IN THE TOWN
15. TO AGREE THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE BRIGG IN BLOOM COMMITTEE
16. TO CONSIDER THE REMIT FOR THE HANDYPERSON POSITION
Brian Blessed - the famous actor with the booming voice and bushy beard whose family lived in Brigg during Victorian times - is to perform a one-man show in North Lincolnshire.
An Evening with Brian Blessed will be staged at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on September 5.
He came to Brigg a few years ago to record a TV programme about his ancestors, screened in the Who Do You Think You Are? series.
Brian's ancestors had a cottage in one of Brigg's town centre courtyards during the Victorian era.
In the programme he was seen looking round a similar one on Chapel Court, which has survived.
Brian caused quite a stir when he came to Brigg to film in the town centre for this programme.
Many folk were excited and surprised to see a famous figure.
Perhaps Brian will reveal more about his Brigg links when he stars at the Baths, on Doncaster Road, as part of a national tour that is now under way.
Ticket information via this link...
Poster photo credit: Brian Hutson.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
FROM LEE FIELDEN, BARNETBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Barnetby Football Club's dream of lifting the Nursing Cup is over following a 2-1 defeat in the final at Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe.
A lacklustre first half saw them trail Scunthonians 2-0 at the break as mistakes were punished.
A reshuffle at half time saw a vast improvement and Barnetby held the upper hand in the second half.
A thundering header from skipper Joe Scott threw the Railwaymen a lifeline with 5 minutes remaining but Scuns held firm to lift lift the trophy.
Our thanks go to Lee for the report and the picture of the Barnetby team.
Brigg people will get an opportunity to raise issues of interest to them with members of the Town Council at a special session next week.
The Annual Town Meeting 2018 will be held on Monday, March 26 in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.30pm.
There's an open invitation for town residents to attend and, if they wish, question their elected representatives.
In addition, there will be reports on the past year's achievements from Brigg Town Council and also North Lincolnshire Council, which will be represented on the night.
1. Welcome by the Town Mayor (Coun Sharon Riggall, pictured above)
2. To Receive Minutes of the 2017 Annual Town Meeting
3. Matters arising from the Minutes
4. Town Mayor’s Report
5. Reports from others, to include:
i. North Lincolnshire Councillors.
ii. Policing in Brigg (subject to officer availability)
6. Brigg in Bloom Update – Coun Riggall
7. OPEN FORUM – the opportunity for you to raise your own issues with the Town Mayor and your elected representatives.
"HAVE YOUR SAY, IT’S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK!"
Brigg Blog has early 1960s childhood memories of being taken on a big green Lincolnshire Road Car double-decker bus to Scunthorpe Market - the old one in the centre of the steel town before the current indoor market was established in the early 1970s.
So we have been interested to hear about an ambitious scheme to move the current Scunthorpe indoor market to a former department store.
Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham - in his role as Leader of North Lincolnshire Council - has commented at length about what's in the pipeline.
Many people from Brigg like to visit Scunthorpe Market during shopping trips.
So - largely for their benefit - we are sharing the details (see below).
We went shopping with mother around Brigg Market on many a Thursday in the 1960s.
The first thing drummed into children back then was to keep a very close eye out for traffic, as the Market Place stalls were beside the A18 and vehicles of all sizes trundled past.
This was far from ideal and through traffic ceased when the pedestrianisation scheme was introduced during the 1990s.
However, as we've said so many times on Brigg Blog, some motorists continue to ignore the No Entry signs and drive into the town centre without just cause.
"Loading Only" is what the signs say is permitted. No reference is made to visiting cash points or using the pedestrian area as a short cut!
A local question arising out of the council's plans for Scunthorpe town centre is whether Brigg might benefit from moving our market stalls indoors.
Brigg's Market Charter was granted in the early 13th century, since when stalls have always been outdoors (see picture above).
The former HSBC bank premises are currently for sale, with NatWest's imposing building due to close in June.
Buying either would be expensive for the public purse and the outlay could never be recovered by way of rents from stallholders.
There's also an issue about whether these premises would be large enough.
It might be possible to house the Thursday general market stalls but the very popular monthly farmers' market would be too extensive to accommodate.
Location revealed for new indoor market for Scunthorpe
|A vision of how the new Market Hall will look|
Plans to invest in a new, modern, indoor market that will continue the regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre have been discussed with traders.
The existing Scunthorpe Market building requires a multi-million pound refurbishment to meet the current appropriate standards.
In addition, traders would have to move to a temporary facility or cease trading whilst the building was re-fitted. Both traders and shoppers were clear this was not an option during a recent consultation.
The Leader of North Lincolnshire Council Cllr Rob Waltham revealed the former BHS store in the Parishes is the preferred new home for the market.
“These plans not only create a great new location for a modern, vibrant indoor market but also bring back into life a prominent town centre store,” Cllr Waltham said.
“In fact many traders and shoppers suggested BHS as a new home for the market in the consultation.
“We have listened to our residents and traders and the result is this exciting announcement for Scunthorpe town centre.
“The former BHS store is a terrific location, close to the bus station where footfall is high and in the heart of the town’s retail offer. Also we hope that the new market will help support other retailers to take up units in the area.
“We have been through an extensive business planning process and relocating the market to BHS provides best value for local taxpayers, whilst also keeping the current market trading.”
This represents a substantial investment as part of the council and business led £60-million commitment to regenerate Scunthorpe town centre, said Cllr Waltham.
“There is a lot of work to do but now we have a location, we can work with traders on the detail,” he said.
This option will allow the traders to continue trading at the existing site until the new facility is ready to open for business, ensuring minimum disruption to their livelihood.
The new market will also be important to the wider business community in the town centre.
“Our stated aim is to bring more visitors into Scunthorpe. We are one of the only councils in the country to offer free car parking and hundreds of thousands of visits prove how this is supporting our local economy and providing a free offer to our residents.
“Now we are keen to continue to support more employment and business opportunities in and around the town centre.”
“We are determined to transform the town centre into a successful retail, education, employment and leisure destination.
“Most of the town centre investment will come from businesses; the council is a small but instrumental player in improving the town.” Cllr Waltham said.
“However, this investment sends out a clear message that we are serious about increasing prosperity in North Lincolnshire.”
Increased footfall through a quality market offer are the objectives. He pointed to the success of Ashby Market as an example of how a market could be revitalised.
“This is a new concept - it is not a simple relocation.”
“We are looking to create a market that has a real buzz and great atmosphere. Somewhere customers want to go and traders want to be.”
“If people doubt our ambitions I would point them in the direction of Ashby. The investment there and the subsequent move has regenerated the area.”
“We have a waiting list of traders wanting to be part of it. That’s what we want to do with the new market in Scunthorpe.”
Cllr Waltham said there was a commitment from the council to consultation throughout the development process.
FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
From 1 April 2018, North Lincolnshire Council is changing the council tax support scheme to make it fairer for everyone who pays council tax.
The maximum level of financial support towards paying some residents council tax bills will reduce from 77 per cent to 50 per cent.
The changes affect those of working age who are currently receiving help to pay their council tax bills through the council tax support scheme.
The council is sending an explanatory leaflet to residents with their council tax bills in March to let those affected know. The aim is to also let others know about the scheme who may be eligible.
Around 5,000 residents will be affected. It does not affect pensioners – they will still be entitled to receive up to 100 per cent support. Also, those with a disability will continue to receive up to 77 per cent assistance.
The council is making it easier for residents to access their accounts – they can check their council tax bills online 24/7, see payments they’ve made or view any discounts they receive. People can also pay their bill online.
To register for this free service, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk and click ‘My Account’ on the home page. All you need is an email address and your council tax account number.
For more details about other financial support available, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/moneyadvice.
Cllr Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The changes are necessary to make it fairer to everyone.
“The council has a duty to all taxpayers to deliver cost effective services. It is unfair for tax payers to keep subsiding some residents to the tune of 77 per cent”.
“We want to encourage more people to work so they can earn money and contribute themselves. Working provides many benefits – to health and finances. Earning money enables you to provide for your family and buy things you need or want, which ultimately improves quality of life.
“From April, we will reduce what the council pays to 50 per cent, which is still a big contribution to help those genuine cases where people may be struggling.”