Saturday, December 15, 2018


 oming soon in Brigg - an exciting development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses . Image used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, December 2018
A large new housing development earmarked for a site in Brigg near the A18 is now being promoted.
Boards advertising a range of properties have gone up on Bridge Street, close to where the homes are to be built.
"Coming soon - an exciting development of 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Houses" is the message being put over to passing motorists and pedestrians.
CLS Civil Engineering, which is based in Brigg, is directing enquiries to its general number 01652 658017 or to
North Lincolnshire Council has already granted planning permission for more than 60 properties on the old Corah's hosiery factory and Falcon Cycles sites.
The entrance to the development will be off Bridge Street.
The site is behind a number of existing properties, including Manton House, The Poplars and Welholme House.
Seen here are pictures of the promotional boards, the layout of the housing development and parts of the extensive site.

Picture - boards advertising a range of new homes to be built in Brigg - image on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, December 2018

Layout plan for the large housing development "coming soon" in Brigg - picture used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018


PICTURED: Part of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store in Brigg

A site plan for the proposed new Aldi store in Brigg shows a "proposed pedestrian crossing with refuge island" close by on Bridge Street.
This is indicated on the A18 directly opposite the foodstore.
The same plan also indicates 107 parking spaces with two pedestrian crossings inside the site to benefit customers, plus some cycling hoops.
A new roundabout on Bridge Street - at the top of Island Carr Road - is proposed to serve the site.
North Lincolnshire Council granted detailed planning permission two years ago, but building work has yet to start.
Aldi recently submitted an amended plan for a slightly larger store with floor space of 1,315 sq metres (an increase of 61 sq m on the original).
This application is being supported by Brigg Town Council and will now go before the local planning authority for a final decision.

An agent for Aldi recently told planners: "The scope and parameters of the changes sought have no material impact over that originally approved, and no impact on other aspects of the development which have previously been accepted by the council, and supported by members."

When granting planning permission for the initial application in September 2016, North Lincolnshire Council stipulated that store opening hours shall be restricted to 8am to 10pm, Mondays to Saturdays; and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. 
When Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee discussed the latest application and agreed it was "in support" a councillor mentioned the possibility of a Zebra crossing near the new store.

PICTURED ABOVE: Part of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store, off Bridge Street, Brigg, viewed from the edge of the A18. BELOW: An artist's impression of the new store.

Artist's impression of how the new Aldi store planned in Brigg will look


Brigg Blog has been asked to give a reminder about entries now being accepted for the town's annual public voluntary service award.
Nominations for the coveted Joseph J Magrath OBE Award need to be with Brigg Town Council by January 14, 2019.

Mr Magrath, pictured, was a very long-serving Town Clerk.
Follow this link to find out more and to download the official nomination form.

Friday, December 14, 2018


There's a musical event to enjoy at a Brigg pub tonight (Friday, December 14).
The Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, is hosting a Christmas Jumper Day karaoke and disco, from 8.30pm.
There's a free shot for those who get up and sing while wearing a Christmas jumper or T-shirt.
Tomorrow night (Saturday, December 15) drop in at The Stables Bar, adjoining the Dying Gladiator) for Simply Sax Does Christmas.
Saxophonist Mike, who is well-known at the venue, will be returning to entertain customers with a wide range of songs, including some Christmas favourites.
He will be performing between 7pm and 10pm.


A scheme which is transforming a vacant former children's home on the Springbank estate in Brigg into six apartments has been welcomed by Coun Rob Waltham who lives in the town.
Brigg Blog is pleased to see they are calling the development Poplar House in keeping with its location.

Government cash supports residents to live independently in Brigg


Work is progressing well on a housing project in Brigg which will support adults with physical or learning disabilities to live independently.
The six new apartments are being built thanks to Government money as part of the Accelerated Housing Partnership Scheme – a joint venture between North Lincolnshire Council, Ongo and the Government.
We’ve received £72,600 funding from Department of Health’s Housing and Technology fund for assistive equipment and technology to be installed in the apartments to enable the residents to live as independently as possible.
The Accelerated Housing Partnership will see a number of new housing projects across North Lincolnshire, and create a total of 240 homes over the next two years.
£25m is being invested through the scheme to help meet housing demand, enable more people to get on the property ladder, live independently and create jobs.
Work is expected to be completed on the apartments in early 2019. The council’s Adult Services will identify the most suitable new residents for the apartments, once they are completed.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Thanks to Government money, these six new apartments will provide much-needed, quality accommodation for disabled adults.
“Through our Government health grant, we’re able to ensure these homes have the right equipment to help the new residents live independently. People prefer to live in their own homes with the support they need.
“In total, the Accelerated Housing Partnership will see over 200 new quality, affordable homes built in North Lincolnshire – a significant investment and a demonstration of our commitment to providing homes and jobs in our area.”
Pete Stones, Director of Property, Ongo, said: “We’re really pleased to see how these apartments are looking. They’re built to a really high standard and will certainly support people to live independently.
“These project is a fantastic example to show how this partnership between us is really making a difference to the people of North Lincolnshire.”
Ross Davy was the architect for the Brigg development, and Broughton-based, Moore Facilities Management were appointed as the contractor.
Pictured above and immediately below: Cllr Rob Waltham and Pete Stone of Ongo at the site of the development in Brigg.

The building as it looked in 2012. It was declared surplus to requirements as a children's home


There's live music to enjoy in Brigg on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Demon Akustic will perform at the Woolpack Hotel in the Market Place from 9pm.
They offer songs made famous by George Michael, Paulo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Cindy Lauper, Prince and the Kings of Leon, to name but a few.
There's no charge for admission to this gig at the Woolie.


Briggensians FC go in search of a second league win of the season when they visit Limestone Rangers tomorrow (Saturday, December 15, 2018).
This game is in division one of the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League - sponsored by a Brigg company.
Briggensians are second from bottom but have games in hand on other teams in the lower half of the table.
That includes Barnetby United who have a fine opportunity to increase their points tally with a home fixture against bottom side Crosby Colts at Silver Street tomorrow.
In division two, Hibaldstow Wanderers visit Sherpa, but there's no game for leaders Barnetby United Reserves.
All league matches at this time of the year kick off at 2pm.

In the Balcan Supplies Lincolnshire Football League Premier there's no fixture scheduled for second-in-the-table Brigg Town on Saturday, December 15.


Picture: A CallConnect dial-a-ride bus in Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Could the handy CallConnect dial-a-bus service be expanded to operate in the Brigg area on Sundays and later in the evening on other days of the week?
Currently, it operates Monday-Friday 7am to 7pm, and from 7.30am to 6.30pm on Saturdays.
But how about a switch to 7am to 9pm, seven days a week?
The fares are reasonable and the service is, as it says, flexible.
But many people would appreciate additional operating hours, particularly on Sundays when a rather sparse service is provided by Stagecoach between Brigg and Scunthorpe.
Currently, hiring a taxi is the only option to get back to Brigg on a Sunday evening for those who don't have a car available.
CallConnect was expanded into our area a few years ago to allow people to get from A to B when timetabled transport is unavailable.
We've found it particularly useful to visit Elsham Golf Club for Saturday functions, and to come back to town from Barnetby railway station after the timetabled Hornsby service had finished for the day.
Find out more about CallConnect in Lincolnshire here...
We thought about this after a supporter of local public transpot sent us a link to a new report suggesting rural transport in the UK is in a "state of crisis, with bus cuts and shrinking transport networks leaving communities cut off, unable to access jobs and services, and creating increasingly congested roads."
The Campaign For Better Transport suggests: “Things need to change. The Government must realise the importance of rural transport and do more to help communities and local authorities provide a public transport network that supports rural economies and improves the health and wellbeing of the people who live there.” Read the full report here...
The Brigg Line passenger provision - just six trains on Saturdays, three in each direction - definitely needs improving; many local people want to see a meaningful service throughout the week so they can get to Sheffield, Grimsby and Cleethorpes or to Barnetby for connections elsewhere.
However, Monday to Saturday, Brigg currently has its best bus service for many years following the addition of the Hornsby X4 expesses to and from Scunthorpe.
Coupled with the long-established No 4 route, this now means that half-hourly buses for lengthy periods of the day link our market town and the steel town.
So we wouldn't say Brigg is facing a public transport crisis, despite trains being few and far between, as they have been for several decades.
But there's always room for improvement, and CallConnect might be the way to achieve this.
If you haven't already done so, register to use CallConnect buses using this link...

A CallConnect bus waiting to pick up passengers bound for Brigg from Barnetby railway station- see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog
A CallConnect bus waiting to pick up passengers bound for Brigg from Barnetby railway station

Thursday, December 13, 2018


A passenger train setting off from Brigg railway station for Grimsby and Cleethorpes - pictured used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018

Brigg railway station gets a mention in a new video on YouTube - courtesy of book authors who have visited every station in the UK, including ours!
They were prompted to comment by the latest annual passenger figures released by the Office of Road and Rail Regulation.
Sadly, these show a decline in passenger numbers at Brigg station - down from 1,710 (in 2017) to 1,688 this year.
Kirton Lindsey station, which is also on the iconic Brigg line, saw a reduction from 358 to 290.
Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall took the train to stations far and wide for their impressive book called Railway Adventures: The Places, Trains, People and Stations.
Watch the couple's video through this link.
The Brigg line is mentioned between 41-50 and 43-50.

Vicki and Geoff visited Brigg station in June 2017 - something we announced at the time. See post here...


rior flats - available for sale through Paul Fox Commercial, December 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

A three-storey building containing a shop and two superior flats in Brigg town centre is now available for sale.
It's on the property market through local agents Paul Fox Commercial.
No 57 Wrawby Street - next to the archway leading through to the Exchange Coach House - has seen many uses over the years.
Ventures since the Second World War have included a painter/decorator/signwriter, the Lincolnshire Times newspaper (early 1950s to mid-1980s), garment repairs, computer fixing and shoe sales.
The latest retail occupier has now relocated to College Yard, Brigg.
The flats above - now known as 57A and 57B Wrawby Street - were created after the newspaper closed and the property changes hands.
View full details, including the asking price, through this link...
The Lincolnshire Times used the ground and first floors of what was then just No 57 as offices and the top one for storage.
The newsroom was on the first floor, overlooking Wrawby Street, and gave reporters a fine view of Brigg life unfolding before them.
It was always interesting to see how drivers who had parked outside local shops reacted to the impending arrival of the traffic warden.
Bowen's bakery and Water's butchers were among those to benefit from quick-stop customers.
Pre-pedestrianisation when Wrawby Street was still the A18 there was an extensive car parking area behind the Lincolnshire Times office.
It later became part of Joe Mullen's Exchange Coach House, where additional rooms were made available in the courtyard.

PICTURED: Above - the building as it now looks, available for sale; immediately below - a 2017 view showing The Shoe Room occupying the ground floor shop; bottom image - The Hub computer shop at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg, in 2011

Picture: The Shoe Room shop at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Picture: Hub Computer Services at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog


The latest monthly crime figures for Brigg have been released.
The statistics issued through show a sizeable reduction in the total number of crimes.
During the period under review (October 2018) there were 57 recorded in various categories - 11 fewer than during September.
That adds up to fewer than two crimes, on average, each day in October.


Anti-social behaviour 8
Bicycle theft 0
Burglary 6
Criminal damage and arson 6
Drugs 0
Other crime 2
Other theft 5
Possession of weapons 1
Public order 5
Robbery 0
Shoplifting 3
Theft from the person 0
Vehicle crime 3
Violence and sexual offences 18

Fifteen of October's Brigg crimes took place in, or near, the town centre, while 10 others happened on the Springbank housing estate; the Mill Lane area saw eight crimes and there were five on the Newlands estate.
The area covered by these statistics is a one-mile radius of Brigg town centre, taking in the Waters Edge housing estate (in Broughton) where two crimes were recorded during October.

By way of comparison with the 57 total crimes in Brigg during October 2018, there were 60 in October 2017 and 51 in October 2016.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


The Lord Nelson Hotel in Brigg town centre, 2018 - offering food, drink and accommodation - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

There's a Christmas music quiz coming up on licensed premises in Brigg town centre on Thursday, December 13.
Stef's Xmas Pop Quiz will be held at the Lord Nelson, in the Market Place, from 8.45pm.
There will be six rounds of questions involving "mixed music to suit all tastes."
Entry is just £1 per person, with a range of prizes on offer, plus a raffle.
The organisers promise a great fun evening.
Turn up on the night to take part - as part of a team or on your own.
Quizzes at the Lord Nelson - pictured above - are now to be held every fourth Thursday of the month.

The Nelson has undergone internal and external  refurbishment in the past year and offers food and accommodation, as well as drinks. It belongs to the Old Mill Brewery, Snaith.


The changing fortunes of Brigg pubs have been chronicled at length on this blog, with much more news to come, as posts about licensed premises are are very well read.
But ten years ago, in December 2008, we reported that three pubs had reached crossroads in their long histories.
A decade ago we said that a 'for sale' sign had gone up at the Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, the pub having closed several weeks earlier "with the economic climate a factor behind the shutters going up."
In December 2008 the White Horse Inn, on Wrawby Street, was still trading but available to let from Punch Taverns.
The Brocklesby Ox, on Bridge Street, was also on the market as Christmas 2008 drew near.
"There have been hopes of a new owner, with some people taking a look, but so far no sign of its doors re-opening to Brigg drinkers," we reported 10 years ago.
Thankfully, the uniquely-named Dying Gladiator was bought locally, refurbished and reopened to drinkers.
The White Horse was eventually acquired by national chain J D Wetherspoon and is still going strong in December 2018.
However, the Brocklesby Ox was subsequently demolished, with nice new homes built on the site.
Since 2008 Brigg has also lost Grammar School Road's Ancholme Inn, knocked down with a housing development on the site of the pub and its extensive car park, and (earlier this year) the Nelthorpe Arms, on Bridge Street, turned over to purely residential use.
Still trading in the town as we enter the Christmas 2018 period are:
BRIDGE STREET: The Yarborough Hunt.
MARKET PLACE: The Woolpack and the Lord Nelson.
WRAWBY STREET: The Black Bull, Wetherspoon's White Horse and the Britannia.
BIGBY STREET: The Exchange and the Dying Gladiator (with Stables Bar recently added).
We are hoping to give Brigg Blog followers an update about the White Hart, on Bridge Street, which is closed while the new owners undertake refurbishment.
Brigg also has licensed clubs - the Servicemen's, on Coney Court, and The Hawthorns (Brigg Town Football Club), near Hawthorn Avenue.


PICTURE: Action from Brigg Town Cricket Club's Supplementary Cup ground tie against Alkborough 2nds at the Recreation Ground in May 2018 - Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Cricket Club - newly-promoted to division three of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League - is set to open the new season with an interesting local derby.
The provisional fixture list has Brigg visiting near neighbours Broughton 2nds on Saturday, April 20, 2019.
Town's first home game at Brigg Recreation Ground is earmarked for Saturday, May 11, with Lindum 3rds the visitors.
Brigg's final fixture will be away to Lindum, in Lincoln, on Saturday, September 14.
In the Supplementary Cup, Town have been drawn in Group B and will play mini-league matches next June against Messingham 2nds, Scunthorpe Town 3rds (who play at Hbaldstow) and Haxey 2nds. Winners of the four groups progress to the semi-finals.
Broughton's first team will again be playing league games in division one, their opener being at home to Alkborough on Saturday, April 27.
Hibaldstow will begin the 2019 season with a division two visit to Grimsby Town 2nds on April 20.
In the Bob Welton Cup knockout competition, first round ties will be played on Saturday, May 4. Hibaldstow will host Cleethorpes 3rds, while Broughton first teamers journey into the Isle of Axholme to take on Outcasts 2nds at the impressive Hirst Priory venue.
Fixtures at this early stage are still subject to alteration, but there are not expected to be too many affecting local teams.
Brigg Town were very convincing winners of division four this summer and proud to clinch the championship with only one defeat.
The club first played in division three after first gaining election to the Lincolnshire League way back in 1976.
Brigg Blog remembers it well; we were a member of that team!
Homes games that season were also at Brigg Rec, though a move to groundsman Stan Beedham's pristine square at Sir John Nelthorpe School soon followed.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Brigg played first team fixtures at the Sugar Factory ground, off Scawby Road, helping to boost bar takings in the clubhouse after games.
After that it was back to SJN and then to Brigg Rec.
The Brigg club has used one other ground in the town, playing a few Sunday matches in 1979/80 at Vale of Ancholme School.
How many current and ex-players have appeared for Brigg Town on all four grounds?
It's a very, very short list!

PICTURED: Action from Brigg Town Cricket Club's Supplementary Cup ground tie against Alkborough 2nds at the Recreation Ground in May 2018.



PICTURED: The Phil Grundy Sports Centre, Broughton - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Broughton - Brigg's neighbouring town - is poised to gain a new sports facility.
Planning permission is now being sought to install a multi-use games area (MUGA) with lighting.
The proposed location is the Phil Grundy Community & Sport Centre, off Scawby Road (Broughton Recreation Ground).
A statement submitted to the council with the application says the project has been prepared in strict accordance with Sport England and Football Association guidelines and recommendations. 
It says the location within the site has been chosen to minimise any possible annoyance to the neighbouring school and private dwellings. 
The MUGA will be used by local sports groups throughout the year for practice seasons and sporting events.
Use of the floodlights will be strictly controlled by the Phil Grundy Community & Sports Centre Management Team.
North Lincolnshire Council, the local planning authority, is now considering the application.

Anyone wishing to comment on this application can make his/her views known to planners by December 19.
PICTURED: The Phil Grundy Sports Centre, Broughton.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


A well-known company and employer in Brigg is planning further investment.
Quainton And Kaines, based at Enterprise Court on the Ancholme Business Park near Atherton Way, is seeking permission for the installation of an electrical substation and building to provide increased electrical requirement for the business.
North Lincolnshire Council planners are now considering the application.

With headquarters in Stowmarket, Suffolk, QK Honeycomb Products Ltd describes itself as the UK’s foremost manufacturer of furniture for touring and motor caravans, of which most is produced at its second factory in Brigg, which covers 25,000 sq ft.


A Brigg pub will be hosting a quiz night for Soldiers off the Streets (SOTS) and the Brigg & District Veterans' group tomorrow - Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
The event will take place at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
All contestants will be made welcome - teams to include not more than four people.
The entry fee is £2 per person, with supper included.
Soldiers off the Streets - a registered charity - helps homeless people from all the services, not just the army. Find out more through this link...


North Lincolnshire Council's Ancholme Leisure Centre gym at Scawby Brook - serving the Brigg area - will be closed tomorrow and Thursday (December 12 and 13, 2018) for refurbishment.
We always pleased to report investment in local sport and leisure facilities.
Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham, as Leader of the local authority, has also welcomed the refurbishment and apologised to gym users for this week's temporary two-day closure.

£45,000 boost for Ancholme Leisure Centre gym


The council is investing £45,000 to refurbish the gym equipment at Ancholme Leisure Centre to ensure gym-goers have access to top class equipment.
The gym will be temporarily closed on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December to carry out the work.
This investment follows a consultation with customers which identified that gym users would like different types of equipment to help them with their exercise.
The new state-of-the-art gym equipment being installed includes:

  • Five new cross-trainers – helps tone muscles and strengthen your heart
  • Two recumbent cycles – gentle on your joints and supports lower back
  • Three upright cycles – uses the same muscles as outdoor cycling
  • Arm cycle – a great way to work your chest, shoulders, back, arms and core muscles, and for people with reduced mobility
  • Synrgy 360 T Rig – a multi-use training system that can be used for group classes
  • Squat rack – customisable equipment that two people can use at the same time
The treadmills will be replaced at a later date with interactive treadmills that allow people to run, jog or walk in different countries or link in with other people logged onto the system. 
To find out more about Ancholme Leisure Centre, including the activities it offers and opening times, visit
Cllr Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are investing in the gym at Ancholme Leisure Centre to ensure it's fit for purpose and our customers have access to modern equipment that meets their needs.
“Keeping active is really important for your health and wellbeing and has lots of benefits. It’s important that our leisure centres provide the best possible service and up-to-date equipment, which is why we are fully committed to making improvements.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the two-day gym closure. The new equipment will make a big difference to your gym experience.
“If you are looking to get fit, why not find out about our health and fitness memberships?”


Brigg Blog is suggesting a way to avoid roadworks that are due to start tomorrow (Wednesday, December 12) and may not be completed until Tuesday, December 18.
North Lincolnshire Council, as the local highway authority, will be attending to street lighting on the B1206 Barton Road in Wrawby.
Temporary traffic controls will be operating. But car drivers heading from Brigg towards Elsham could avoid these roadworks by using Brigg Road and Tunnel Road through the village as a diversion.


Plans have been submitted to extend the cafe at a tourist attraction within the Brigg area due to increasing demand.
North Lincolnshire Council is being asked to give listed building consent to remove internal walls to increase the size of café and install an extraction flue at Elsham Hall Gardens & Country Park.
A statement submitted in support of the application says Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park offers beautiful lakeside gardens, a contemporary  walled garden, an adventure
playground and variety of animals and birds.
Regular family events are held throughout the season, including circus and magic acts, car shows, art exhibitions and open air theatre.
Refreshments, snacks and afternoon teas are a speciality and are served in the Tea Room.
The statement adds: "The popularity of the park continues to grow, along with the desire for visitors to drink and dine at the park. With the increased demand, it has become evident that the existing café / dining area has not got the capacity to deal with the numbers of visitors at peak times.
"The proposal is to make internal alterations to the existing structure to facilitate the extension of the café/dining area into what is currently the Wedding Co-ordinator suite."
"Every effort has been made in the design process to respect the historical vale of the building and all on-site works will reflect this ethos."
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the application from Elsham Hall.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Residents can learn more about community safety during a three-hour session in Brigg tomorrow (Tuesday, December 11, 2018).
The Safer Neighbourhoods Drop-in Event will take place from 2pm to 5pm at St John's Church Hall on Bigby Street.
Council staff, elected local representatives and the police are expected to be there to meet interested members of the public.
Safer Neighbourhood set-ups across the country work to ensure that public concerns relating to crime and disorder issues are recognised and acted upon by providing specific work in dedicated geographical areas. There is one for North Lincolnshire.


A member of the Royal Family will be visiting Brigg tomorrow - Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
The official engagements list says the The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) will be opening the Vale Academy's new buildings off Atherton Way.
On the same day HRH will also be opening community trust premises in Lincoln and the renovated railway station at Market Rasen.
The Vale Academy, pictured above, says online that it is extremely proud and honoured to host a visit by HRH The Princess Royal.
The Princess Royal has been to Brigg before, visiting the Carers' Support Centre, on Redcombe Lane, in July 2014.


Brigg & District Servicemen's Club's annual pensioners' Christmas party is being held today (Monday, December 10) with food at 5pm, entertainment from 2Smart, bingo, raffle and a gift. Tickets are £5 from the club on Coney Court, if any places are still left.


With nominations now being invited by Brigg Town Council for its annual Joseph J. Magrath OBE voluntary public service award, younger followers of our blog may well wonder who Joe was and what he and the forerunner of the current Town Council, the Urban District authority, did for the town.
The UDC was created in 1894, replacing a Local Government Board comprising worthy folk and businessmen who kept an eye on matters like public health and safe water provision for the majority of Queen Victoria's long reign.
Joe Magrath came to our area from Warrington in the early 1930s to work in the rating department of the Rural District Council which had an office in Brigg but provided local government services to surrounding villages.
He transferred to the finance staff of Brigg UDC in 1934, gaining a couple of promotions and being appointed Town Clerk - the top post - in 1938.
Joe retired as chief officer in December 1972 but continued to work part-time for the UDC after that.
Urban and rural district councils and Lincoln-based Lindsey County Council were disbanded in 1973/4 by local government reorganisation, which involved the creation of Beverley-based Humberside County Council, providing major services like education, highways and refuse disposal; second-tier Glanford Borough Council, based in Brigg, dealing with council housing, markets, refuse collection, public health and planning; and Brigg Town Council, on a par with parish councils but with the right to elect a Mayor and comment on issues of note and concern.
Joe continued his public service as clerk to the town council for some years after its formation and was still in charge when we reported on our first meeting of the authority for the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times in January 1980!
Brigg UDC had a very small staff by today's standards but did a great deal for the town.
Between the early 1920s and the early 1970s it built and managed scores of council houses, notably on the Newlands estate, Hawthorn Avenue, Central Square, Woodbine Avenue and the Springbank estate, plus the post-war prefabs on Woodbine Grove and Elwes Street (demolished in the 1970s).
Joseph J Magrath, who was a nationally renowned figure in road safety, was instrumental in the purchase of Woodbine Farm, off Wrawby Road, to provide the Recreation Ground, which opened to the public in the early 1950s. The 18 acres were acquired for £3,500!
During Joe's spell as chief officer, the UDC developed the sizeable Corn Exchange as a community venue to be used by local groups for events, productions and functions.
For many years the town also had its own gas works, supplying not only Brigg but some surrounding communities.
Brigg's busy Thursday and Saturday markets and the stockmarket off Cary Lane (built in the early 1960s) were also managed by the UDC.
In his renowned book about Brigg, published in 1974, long-serving local journalist Edward Dodd paid tribute to the era of Brigg Urban District Council, noting that it had served in the best traditions of community service for nearly 1,000 months.
Ted's three-page article about the UDC featured a picture of Town Councillors and the entire staff, including Joe Magrath.
About a dozen staff administered and ran the town, though there were also workers (not pictured) who emptied the dustbins and maintained plumbing, drains and the fabric of the extensive council house stock, much of which was refurbished in the early 1970s with central heating, internal toilets and bathrooms and new windows installed in all the older properties.
Many of the UDC officers doubled up, with the accountant also being deputy town clerk, the finance clerk venturing forth to collect rents from properties across Brigg, and the deputy surveyor also being public health inspector.
UDC councillors in the early 1970s included a number who would later gain seats on the new Brigg Town Council.
They included Bryan Robins, the Lincolnshire Times photographer and official of Brigg Town Football Club; George Hewson, after whom North Lincolnshire Council's Station House office block in Brigg was named; Bill Smart, the local hospital administrator; Vic Gray, local cafe owner; Jack Wattam, a steelworker who ran a chip shop on Wrawby Street for some years; Ivor Strudwick, from St Helen's Road; Eric Robinson, who had lock-up garages off Glebe Road; and the Chamber of Trade's Ken Pearce, who became the very first Town Mayor of Brigg.
Brigg UDC never had a Mayor, but it did elect a Chairman, who had a chain of office, to serve for a year as head of the authority.
The UDC was based in the Buttercross for many decades, but later built a small two-storey office block on Cary Lane, close to where the Wilko store now stands.
This had the grand title of Town Hall, and is still in office use today, with Humberside Police as the tenant.
Today there's not much left in Brigg to remind us of the era of the UDC.
Some manhole and drain covers carry the UDC's initials, while the lettering 'Brigg Urban District Council' can still be seen on a few old black and white street signs.
Last but by no means least, of course, there's the Joseph J. Magrath OBE Award for Public Voluntary Service.
Joe, who is pictured above in the early 1970s, enjoyed a small perk afforded him by staff of the Lincs Times -  permission to use our large car park when he ventured into the town  to do some shopping or make calls on local contacts.
Pre-pedestrianisation, this was accessed through the brick archway which now takes those on foot to Joe Mullen's Exchange Coach House.
The town clerk would also join staff on Saturday mornings for a cuppa at the 57 Wrawby Street  offices - giving reporters an opportunity to ask him about issues in the town.
Brigg Town Council originally had a base at what's now Hewson House and held its meetings in a wonderful wood-panelled council chamber that had belonged to the Rural District Council.
The Town Council moved to the Angel Suite in the mid-1990s after this had been created from part of the former hotel, including the ballroom.
Brigg UDC, as Edward Dodd said in his book all those years ago, served Brigg well, as the current Town Council continues to do today, though its role is rather different.


The only Freeman of Brigg - Tom Glossop, a former long-serving town councillor - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

A sporting group that has been hiring facilities in Brigg for many years has won a victory by avoiding an increase in charges.
Indoor bowlers use the main room at the Angel Suite for regular Monday sessions, but a Brigg Town Council review suggested councillors should consider a small increase "to reduce the level of subsidy required."
However, after hearing the contents of a letter from Freeman of Brigg, Tom Glossop, pictured above, the council decided not to impose a rise.
The letter was read to the meeting by Coun Penny Smith.
Attendances at the bowls sessions have declined over the years and the group is trying to attract new members.
It was pointed out that the group has paid a great deal of money in hire charges over a lengthy period, using a regular slot at a time of the week when few others might wish to use the Angel Suite.
Coun Ann Eardley thought the council should be supportive, while Coun Mike Campion called the bowlers "our most loyal customers."
Coun Rob Waltham said he could understand the business case for additional income, but in this instance he proposed leaving the fees at the current level.
This course of action was agreed.
Coun James Truepenny, on behalf of the council's Angel Suite Review Group, reported a good level of bookings and said the community facility was showing a profit.
The scale of charges for bookings are not being increased, but this is expected to be reviewed again at the end of the current financial year next spring.

Tom Glossop, pictured above, later told Brigg Blog that people interested in joining this group are welcome to attend sessions at the Angel Suite from 2pm on Mondays.

Sunday, December 09, 2018


Picture: Action from the cup semi-final between Barnetby United Football Club and College Wanderers on December 8, 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Football Club enjoyed a super 6-2 win at Lincoln Moorlands Railway in round three of the Lincolnshire Junior Cup yesterday (Saturday, December 8, 2018).
Moorlands led 2-1 at half-time but the Zebras went on a goal spree in the second half.
Reece Moody finished with a hat-trick, while Tom Pearson, Charlie Dolling and Jack Tierney also found the net.
Brigg Town will now entertain Scunthorpe side Appleby-Frodingham at The Hawthorns on Saturday, January 5 in the quarter-finals.
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League yesterday, Barnetby United lost 4-1 at home to College Wanderers in the semi-finals of the T.S.W. Printers Sporting Shield Semi-Finals.
Briggensians went down 7-2 in a division one game at Scotter United, with Ben Lingard scoring twice for the Brigg side.
In division two, Hibaldstow Wanderers lost 9-0 at home to Epworth Town Colts Blues.
Below is a match report from Barnetby's cup-tie, kindly provided (together with these pictures) by Lee Fielden.

United stumble at the semi-finals again

For the 4th time in 5 seasons Barnetby exited the Sporting Shield at the semi-final stage.
Things could  have been quite different as it was them that started the brighter and deservedly took the lead when a flowing move down the right was centred to Steve Glentworth who finished neatly.
As has happened all too many times this season, from a position of promise they were 2-1 down in no time.
Barnetby pushed hard all through the second half but failed to break a solid College back line, and as things got desperate College hit them twice to wrap up a 4-1 win.
College will face The Butchers Arms in the final. They overcame Crosby Colts 5-0 in the other semi-final.


Households in Brigg which get Tuesday bin collections from North Lincolnshire Council should note important changes coming up for Christmas 2018 and the New Year.
The alterations result from Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1) both falling on a Tuesday when the refuse collection teams will not be out and about.
NORMAL: Tuesday, December 18 - green/black wheelie bins will be emptied, together with blue boxes filled with newspapers, green boxes of cans and glass jars and bags of textiles.
CHANGE: Monday, December 24 - burgundy plastic and cardboard bins will be emptied.
CHANGE: Tuesday, December 25 - no collections.
CHANGE: Monday, December 31 - green/black wheelie bins will be emptied in Brigg, together with blue boxes filled with newspapers, green boxes of cans and glass jars and bags of textiles.
CHANGE: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - no collections.
NORMAL: Tuesday, January 8 - burgundy plastic and cardboard bins will be emptied.
Householders should also note that there will be NO collection of brown garden waste bins for five weeks either side of Christmas and New Year.
Tuesday, December 11 will see these bins emptied, but the next collection will not take place in Brigg until Tuesday, January 22.


A special Christmas meal being laid on for "elderly, isolated and lonely people" in Brigg is already a sell-out success.
Organised by the Brigg Angels Women's Institute, it will be held in the Angel Suite on Friday, December 28, from 3pm.
Brigg Town Council has provided a £475 grant to help with costs.
This will be the third year that the Angels have provided such an event during the season of goodwill.
But this time, rather than a cold carvery being on offer there will be a cooked meal.
Local shops and businesses and volunteers will be giving their support.


Local football historian Lee Fielden, from Barnetby, wonders whether he has unearthed the biggest win in Brigg Town Football Club's very long history.
Researches among old newspaper reports by the former Brigg Town cricketer and ex-Sir John Nelthorpe School pupil have located an 18-0 victory for Brigg Town in the first round of the Lincolnshire Challenge Cup.
Town - founded in the 1860s - thrashed Brigg Grammar School 18-0 on January 28, 1882.
According to the match report, the school team was weakened by the fact that "masters" (teachers) were debarred from playing in this competition.
The pupils played "very pluckily" but had their backs to the wall for the entire match.
Brigg Town's top performers were H. Hett, J. Bartle and G. Carr, with Young, O. Hett and W. Denton gaining a mention on the school side.
The newspaper was fully justified in using the headline Extraordinary Result.
The tie was played at the Town Club ground in Brigg, which we think may have been near the railway station.
Town later played behind the Brocklesby Ox, before switching to The Hawthorns circa 1960.
Elsewhere in the first round of the Lincolnshire Challenge Cup in 1882, Grimsby Town beat Brigg Ancholme 5-3, while Brigg Britannia lost 1-0 to Barton Town.
The draw for round two was carried out in Brigg - venue unknown, but probably on licenses premises!
Grimsby Town - originally Grimsby Pelham - had only been in existence for a few years in 1882 and did not gain admission to the Football League for a further 10 years,
Through his researches, Lee Fielden has discovered a huge amount of information about Barnetby United FC in past decades. He has now managed the club's first team in more than 500 games. See details here...
Brigg Grammar School was enlarged in 1878 with the imposing boarding house added not long after.
Staff often bolstered school teams in sporting fixtures, with headmaster Richmond Flowers a notable cricketer of this period when Queen Victoria reigned over Britain and its Empire across the seas.

Lee now  tell us that Bob Taylor has no record of a greater win by Brigg Town FC. Bob served the club for many years as an official and has extensive historical information about the club stretching back many years. 
Lee has also acquired the interesting football medal pictured below. J.W. Watts was a Brigg Town FC committee member, elected to the North Lindsey League committee at a meeting held at the town's Nelthorpe Arms pub in 1923.  He later served Frodingham Athletic, Scunthorpe.

Picture one of football medal awarded to a Brigg official in 1923

Picture two of football medal awarded to a Brigg official in 1923

Saturday, December 08, 2018


PICTURE: A train heading towards Brigg railway station in 2018 - used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

A new timetable for trains calling at Brigg, Barnetby and Kirton Lindsey comes into operation from December 9.
The Brigg line will still only have a Saturday service, with three trains in each direction to Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield.
Times of trains to Grimsby and Cleethorpes, given in the Northern Company's timetable to operate from December 9, 2018 to May 18, 2019, are:

  • Kirton Lindsey 9.10am, Brigg 9.19am, Barnetby 9.38am.
  • Kirton Lindsey 1.12pm, Brigg 1.21pm, Barnetby 1.32pm.
  • Kirton Lindsey 5.10pm, Brigg 5.19pm, Barnetby 5.34pm.
Times of trains to Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield, from December 9 to May 18, are:
  • Barnetby 11.40am, Brigg 11.48am, Kirton Lindsey 11.56am.
  • Barnetby 3.36pm, Brigg 3.43pm, Kirton Lindsey 3.52pm.
  • Barnetby 7.41pm, Brigg 7.48pm, Kirton Lindsey 7.57pm.
For further information about these services, call Northern on 0800 200 6060.
It's been drawn to Brigg Blog's attention that the first train of the day heading east is scheduled to take 19 minutes to reach Barnetby, while the next reaches the village in only 11.
Passengers need to take these timings into account when looking for connections at Barnetby to travel to other parts of Lincolnshire and beyond.
We're also told that the nine-minute allowance for trains to get from Kirton Lindsey to Brigg may prove testing.
Having said that, Brigg people who like to travel by train from our station on Saturdays will be looking forward to making more journeys along the iconic line that was once the pride of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway.
This later became the Great Central, which had a London terminus at Marylebone.
We visited this impressive station very recently while making a family visit down south.
Sadly, it was on a Friday, with no trains running from Brigg, so we took the Hornsby bus from Brigg to Scunthorpe and then the National Express coach to London.
Decades ago we'd have been able to take a Friday train from Brigg to Retford or Sheffield and then board one heading for London.

Efforts to resolve the current long-running dispute between a rail union and the company that operates Brigg line trains, and many others, recently collapsed, according to the RMT. View details here...


Many people in Brigg and district like to make a visit to the Boxing Day race meeting at the Market Rasen course part of their Christmas programme. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 event, and here's a full guide to what's on offer, plus useful information for those who haven't been before...

Lincolnshire racecourse set for Boxing Day races


Market Rasen Racecourse is getting in the festive mood for one its most popular jump racing occasions of the year, the Rand Farm Park Boxing Day At The Races meeting.
Every year at Christmas time, over 9,000 people descend on the Lincolnshire track with friends and family for a traditional and value-for-money sporting day out, with accompanied under 18s being given free admission.
Boxing Day racing at Market Rasen is always a great chance for families and friends to continue the festive feeling, with many people in Lincolnshire enjoying a once-a-year chance to go to the races. There will be real reindeers on course, along with a sleigh as well as Christmas elves.
There is entertainment for all ages, including festive pony rides, a colouring wall, giant Christmas tree giveaways, a Guinness marquee, a Salvation Army choir, plus a Mr & Mr Competition with great prizes including tandem sky dives and tickets to Craig David’s Jockey Club Live concert at the racecourse next August.
There’s a packed programme of jump racing, including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National. Like the ultimate Aintree race – the Randox Health Grand National - stamina is crucial for the Lincolnshire National, which is run over a distance of three and a half miles.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. 26th December is always a very affordable festive day out for families over Christmas.
“Visitors who buy their tickets before Boxing Day get the best prices, so purchasing in advance is a great idea. I would also recommend people to set off in plenty of time to get to the racecourse on Boxing Day. The racecourse is clearly signed, with a number of routes in place and we urge all visitors to follow them and to get here early.”
The gates of the racecourse will be open from 10.10am when the fun begins for a first race time of 12.10pm. The final race of seven is at 3.30pm.
Adult tickets are from £11.70 in advance (£13 on the day) for the Lawn Enclosure. Tattersalls advance admission is £19.80 (£22 on the day) and County is £24.30 (£27 on the day).
Further details about Market Rasen Racecourse, including ticket purchases, can be found at
Clugston Lincolnshire National: The racing highlight of Boxing Day racing is invariably the Clugston Lincolnshire National. At three and three-quarter miles, the contest is the longest race in the racecourse’s calendar. There have been two Lincolnshire-trained winners in the last six years in Soudain and Gonalston Cloud, while race-goers with longer memories will recall Victory Gunner’s hat-trick of victories between 2005 and 2007.
Every year the Clugston Lincolnshire National produces a headline. In 2015, James Banks booted West Of The Edge to victory to complete a double on the day for him and trainer Dai Williams who had made the long journey from west Wales. In 2016, as many as five horses had a chance at the last fence before Gonalston Cloud, from the Nick Kent stables in Brigg and ridden by Adam Wedge, pulled out a bit more to take the prize ahead of Amiral Collonges. Last December, Amiral Collonges was an unlucky runner-up again, having to give second best to 7-1 chance Cyclop.

Guide to coming to the Boxing Day races

What should visitors know before they set out and as they arrive?
What to wear: Dress for the weather. Warm is usually best! People move around the racecourse quite a bit, so comfortable shoes are advisable.
How much does it cost? Tickets are available at from £11.70 in advance. Accompanied under 18s get in free on the day. Remember, 18 to 24 year olds can get half-price admission – young adults should register at to receive a free RacePass membership card.
Parking: General parking – with the exception of the picnic car park - is free.
Food and drink: Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic into the car parks or into the Lawn Enclosure. Please note food and drink is not permitted in the County and Tattersalls Enclosures. Bars, restaurants and food outlets are available across all enclosures with a variety of options to suit all tastes.
The race programme: The official programme is invaluable. The silks worn by the jockeys are displayed in colour. The programme shows the recent record of each horse running, the weight the horse will carry in the race, and the name of the jockey and trainer.
Betting: People put their money on with the bookmakers or with the Tote. They ‘take a price’ with a bookmaker at the time when they put your money on, whereas with the Tote the bet goes into a pool, with the winnings decided after the race.
Choosing a horse to back: Visitors can watch the horses in both the pre-parade ring, where the horses are saddled, and the parade ring itself. They can read the form – or just choose their favourite jockey or a horse whose name they like or whose rider is wearing their favourite colour. After all, it’s just a bit of fun.
The races: Now watch the races from the grandstands and cheer the winners as they come back into the winners’ enclosure. The highlight of the racing during the afternoon is the Clugston Lincolnshire National.
Timings: The first race is scheduled for 12.10pm; the finale is at 3.30pm. Gates open at 10.10am and the best advice is to reach the racecourse in good time. The latest news is available at or on Twitter @MarketRasenRace
Market Rasen Racecourse, which is part of The Jockey Club, will be staging 21 jump racing meetings in 2019 and attracts over 60,000 visitors each year.
It has been chosen by the Racehorse Owners' Association as one of the top smaller racecourses in Britain for the last four years. More information is available at


People pictured enjoying live music at the Yarborough Hunt pub in Brigg during 2018 - Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog image

A Brigg pub is giving local people the chance to get into the Christmas spirit a little early.
There will be a "a little Christmas sing-song" on Sunday, December 9 at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, between 4pm and 8pm.
In addition, Tom Bedlam will be performing a wide range of music, including pop, folk and rock, plus some Christmas favourites.
There's an open invitation to attend - tickets not required.

Pictured: Enjoying live music at the Yarborough Hunt earlier this year.

Friday, December 07, 2018


A cheque presentation for £474.90p was made to Andrew Markham of Brigg (second left on the picture) - a Regional Rep for Pancreatic Cancer Action, by Nisa/DHL Scunthorpe. - picture used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, December 2018

A cheque presentation for £474.90p was made to Andrew Markham of Brigg (second left on the picture) - a regional rep for Pancreatic Cancer Action, by Nisa/DHL Scunthorpe.
The money came from an event to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.
It was one of several to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day on November 15th, 2018.
Andrew has updated Brigg Blog about the local group's other activities in November.
"We are very grateful for the continued support of the people of Brigg and North Lincolnshire," he stressed.
"Brigg Inner Wheel organised a pilates session at Elsham Golf Club and a quiz night at St John's Church Hall, which raised over £1,000.
"A collection round Brigg on the 10th yielded £393.65p.
"Brigg Garden Centre generously allowed us to collect  £135 on a recent Saturday."
These fundraisers, along with the support of Brigg Town and North Lincolnshire Councils, meant a very successful awareness month, said Andrew on behalf of himself and fellow group members Zoe, Lesley and Tracy.


Singer Jo Jo will be making a welcome return to a Brigg town centre venue this weekend.
She will be performing at the Woolpack, in the Market Place, on Saturday evening (December 8) from 8.30pm until late.

Brigg Blog took this picture of Jo Jo during an earlier appearance at the Woolpack. 
Across the Market Place - at the  Lord Nelson -  Gray will be performing from 9pm. He is also well-known in Brigg.
Gray will also be appearing at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club on Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24, from 8.30pm.