Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Spring's canning and preserves factory in Brigg during the early 1970s - its final decade before closure

A chance find in Brigg Blog's archives highlights some of the main business employers in the town during the mid-1960s.
The document lists them and details the number of jobs then provided.
We've decided to reproduce the exact wording used by the report's author all those decades ago...
Corah's Stocking Factory: The average number of girls employed is 260. A few men are also employed. The manager, Mr Marshall, says that female labour is very short in Brigg, and he has great difficulty in maintaining a suitable labour force. Each machine costs £400 so every idle machine is a loss to the firm.
Spring & Company Ltd: Founded in 1885 this company provides employment for about 120 regular workers in the canning and preserving of fruit and vegetables, etc. During the summer when fresh fruit is being canned and jammed, seasonal workers are employed, bringing the total labour force up to over 200. In 1965 a new pack, Fish in White Sauce, was launched. Spring's were the originators of the now well-known Mamade, and demonstrations showing how to make this have been given to several W.I. meetings throughout the district.
Peacock & Binnington: 65 employees. They distribute farm machinery and grain drying equipment. They service farm machinery and have a comprehensive store of spare parts.
Rowbottom's Engineering Works: 36 employees. Their main work is to supply steel frames for farm buildings. They manufacture and erect these buildings. They have developed their own system of making special storage panels for grain.
Earnshaw's Wood Yard: 10 employees, including one lorry driver and one office girl. Their main work is making and supplying timbers for the National Coal Board for the mining industries. They also supply the building trade and agricultural concerns with posts and fencing. Trees are bought from the Yarborough and Nelthorpe Estates. They supply chain saws for people who require them for felling trees.
Brigg Sugar Factory - the largest local employer - was sited in Scawby Brook; being outside the town boundary, it was not included in this review.
PICTURED ABOVE: Spring's viewed from the County Bridge, early 1970s. This proved to be the factory's final decade before closure.


Preserved B1 4-6-0 No. 61264 crossing Cadney Bridge, Brigg, with an enthusiasts' train - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The interest generated by last weekend's return of trains along the iconic Brigg line - suspended since summer 2018 due to industrial action - has brought local railway memories flooding back, and has promoted us to launch an appeal for pictures of the past.
As a boy in the mid-1960s we enjoyed an evening film show in a British Railways Travelling Cinema Coach, parked in a siding behind the station. The fact they showed transport films will come as no surprise. Does anyone else remember attending this free show?
On our way to early evening choir practices at St John's Church during the lighter months of the year we would make a detour to Brigg station to watch the fish train from Grimsby coming through. If 'The Fish' was running late, a mad dash to get to the church on time would follow!
Brigg trainspotters in the mid-1960s thought they had a bit of a rough deal compared with the bounty enjoyed by fellow followers of this hobby in Barnetby. The fact that three lines merged near the railway village tripled the number of locos on view.
But Brigg still had passenger trains seven days a week back then, with regular freight train passing through and the pick-up goods calling to shunt the town's sidings.
Rusty steam age survivors seen during 1964/5 were mostly WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' engines or B1 4-6-0s, with a few British Railways 9F 2-10-0s.
Very few pictures of steam engines in Brigg between 1955 and 1965/6 have been placed in the public domain since internet use became widespread. And that's a real pity.
We are confident that a number of people living locally will have images of interest tucked away at home - perhaps taken by older family members or even themselves in their youth.
So today we are appealing for anyone with train treasures tucked away to let us know, in the hope they can be copied and shared online, preserving them for future years.
Views of Brigg station, and others in the district, will be just as welcome, together with lineside pictures and those featuring railway workers.
We are also keen to see pictures that have survived of Brigg Sugar Factory's internal railway network and the shunting locos that worked there.
The factory tracks connected with British Railways at Scawby Brook, where there was a small signalbox (Brigg Siding).
It would also be good to pinpoint when Brigg saw its last British Rail steam-hauled train (excepting preserved locos like The Flying Scotsman).
We think it was probably early in 1966, but can anyone come up with a definite date?
Shunting wagons in sidings was still undertaken at Elsham during the 1960s by a loco sent from Scunthorpe, and this decade saw the closure of North Kelsey and Howsham stations.
In August 1965 we were fortunate to enjoy a ride on Frodingham-based B1 steam loco No 61127 when it shunted the Singleton Birch limeworks sidings at Melton Ross.
This duty was known to railway workers as The Melton Ross Pilot, and after steam's demise was left in the capable hands of English Electric Type 1 diesels (later known as Class 20s). A few of these are still running and have visited northern Lincolnshire in recent years on weed-killing trains.
Other diesel survivors in 2019 include what 1960s trainspotters knew as Brush Type 4s (Class 47s), Brush Type 2s (Class 31s), Co-Co Type 3s (Class 37s) and 350cc diesel shunters (Class 08s).
If you know of any Brigg area diesel pictures from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and are willing to share them, they will also be very welcome.
People with ORIGINAL pictures of local railway scenes from past decades are asked to email giving brief details. We'll get back to you. 

For copyright reasons we can't consider pictures copied from books or magazines.

PICTURED ABOVE: A preserved B1 4-6-0 crossing Cadney Bridge, Brigg, with an enthusiasts' special.


An extension is planned at a petrol station in the Brigg area which has a shop within its forecourt.
Motor Fuel Ltd, of St Albans, if seeking permission to build a single-storey extension to the rear of the existing forecourt sales building at Barnetby Service Station, adjoining the A18/M180 Interchange.
If North Lincolnshire Council gives the go ahead, internal floorspace will increase from 114 to 190 square metres.
This application is now under consideration.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


A community ceilidh is to be held in Brigg to raise funds for a charity to which many local people giving generously.
The dance music will be provided by the well-known Brassy Sharman's Fancy Ceilidh Band.
All profits from the event on Saturday, March 2 will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action.
The ceilidh will take place from 7.30pm to 11.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall beside the A18 on Barnard Avenue.
Admission costs £7 for adults and £4 for under-16s.
Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be on sale and a raffle is to be held. 
Tickets are available from Grandad's Shed, on Wrawby Street, Brigg.
For further details about the ceilidh, call 0775 6871904.


Information about the old Hope Inn - in Brigg Market Place - has kindly been provided by Josie Webb, the well-known local historian and BASH group founder.
Brigg Blog recently ran a picture showing the Hope Inn next to the Woolpack and asked whether any followers of our site knew when the Hope Inn closed.
Josie tells us this inn opened in the late 1700s and fronted a yard named after it - Hope Yard.
In 1826 Jonathan Spring was the landlord, and three years later the yard's name changed again to Spring"s Yard.
In 1849 William Walker was the landlord, and the yard changed name again to Quipp's Lane after the bakery that operated there. It contiuned into the early 20th century.
Finally, the yard became Market Lane because of the access to the cattle market from the Market Place.
Josie adds: "The Hope Inn was used by fishermen angling on the River Ancholme; they would call after a long day's fishing for a ham tea and a pint before making their way home,
"The Hope Inn ceased trading in the mid-1920s."
The picture seen here probably dates from that period.


Planning permission has been granted to erect a single-storey front, side and rear extension at a property close to Brigg.
North Lincolnshire Council approved the scheme for 4 Brook Lane, Scawby Brook.
A council report considering the application concluded: "The extension is well designed to fit in with the existing dwelling and it is not considered that it would detract from the character of the area. It is not considered that the extensions would result in any loss of amenity to any of the neighbouring  properties."
Planners received no comments from Scawby Parish Council or members of the public.

Monday, February 18, 2019


Plans to create a new MoT vehicle testing centre in Brigg have been announced.
The proposed site is on the Island Carr Industrial Estate, off Bridge Street.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the 'change of use' application from Tom Laycock MOTS Ltd.
Planning staff have been told that a successful vehicle repair business has operated here for a number of years; now the proprietor wishes to expand his venture.
The idea is to use a currently vacant unit directly opposite his current premises.
This is seen as offering "an ideal opportunity for this expansion."
MOT testing will be undertaken on vehicles in classes 1-4 - the largest size being a Transit-type van.
Sufficient parking exists near the site, planners have been told, and one full-time person will be employed.
As part of a further application to the DVSA, written planning approval from the local authority is required for the MOT bay.


The next Brigg Live Arts event will be held on Saturday, March 9 at St John's Church Hall, on Bigby Street, from 3pm.
David Gibb's Climb That Tree is an exciting musical stage show aimed at children and families.
Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for under-16s, with tickets being sold at Brigg Tourist Information, in the Buttercross.
Drinks, cakes and snacks will be on sale at the show, with doors opening at 2.30pm.
Find out more about David Gibb and this music through this link...


The Brigg & District Veterans' Group is inviting local people to join them for A Night of 1940s Music.
Marlania Rube will be performing Songs That Won The War.
The show is on Saturday, February 23 at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, from 7pm.
Tickets cost £5, including pie and peas. They are available from the club on Coney Court and on Thursday at Brigg Library in the Angel building, off the Market Place.
For further details call 07542 828342.
People are also invited along to the D Day Club every Thursday at the Servicemen's Club, from 11.30am to 3pm. These sessions feature tea, coffee, biscuits, sandwiches, bingo, dominoes and card games.

Sunday, February 17, 2019


It proved to be unlucky 13 for Brigg Town Football Club yesterday (Saturday, February 16).
Brigg suffered a very disappointing 3-0 defeat at Wyberton in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
It was the first time the Zebras had been beaten in 13 league outings this season.
Brigg are third in the table behind Gainsborough Trinity Reserves and Lincoln Moorlands Railway.


Football action from the Scunthorpe League game between Barnetby United and AFC Queensway - February 2019

There were mixed fortunes for our three Brigg and district teams in the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League yesterday (Saturday, February 16).
In division one, Briggensians lost 3-1 at home to College Wanderers with Sol Hari scoring for the Brigg team, while Barnetby United drew 2-2 at home to AFC Queensway ( match report below and pictures from Lee Fielden).
In division two, Barnetby United Reserves stay second in the table after a 2-1 win at Crosby Colts Reserves - Kyle Sylvester scoring both Barnetby's goals.

Ben keeps Barnetby in the hunt against AFC Queensway

Ben Hunt hit his 10th goal of the season but it took a bizarre own goal 10 minutes from time for the Railwaymen to get a share of the points.
In a carbon copy of the previous week Barnetby took an early lead when Jack Blendell’s free kick from the left drifted to the far post, where Hunt took ready, aimed and fired the Railwaymen 1-0 up.
Minutes later skipper Joe Scott powered home a header from a corner but the goal was disallowed.
Queensway came into the game and outstanding saves from Dobbs kept Barnetby in it.
Dent deservedly got Queensway's equaliser on the half-hour when he ghosted in to bring his side level.
Both sides traded blows on a bobbly pitch and Queensway looked to have won it when Dale Heseltine nipped in at the far post to put his 2-1 up with 15 minutes left.
Lady Luck, who has been a long lost and absent friend, graced the Railwaymen with her presence with 10 minutes remaining when a 40-yard back pass to the hitherto unruffled Queensway keeper saw him miss it and bring the scores to 2-2.
Skirmishes at both ends resulted in no further addition to the score and both sides settled for a point.

Action from the game between Barnetby United and AFC Queensway. Barnetby are in the black and white strip.


Leaving the late morning Cleethorpes-Sheffield passenger train at Brigg railway station on Saturday, February 16, 2019 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The iconic Brigg railway line welcomed its first passenger trains since last summer yesterday (Saturday, February 16, 2019).
They did not run during a dispute between the RMT union and the Northern company about on-board guards/conductors.
The union having suspended industrial action, the Saturday-only service linking Sheffield with Cleethorpes via Kirton Lindsey, Brigg and Barnetby resumed yesterday.
At Brigg station there were passengers waiting to board the first train of the morning towards the east coast, as was also the case when the veteran Sheffield-bound Pacer unit returned to our town shortly before noon.
Two further runs up and down the former Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway mainline followed later.
There were some delays to the timetable due to speed limits being in place at the level crossings in Brigg and Northorpe.
But waiting for the 11.48am train to arrive gave Brigg Blog the opportunity to have a look round what remains of our originally extensive station and surrounds.
The sidings and buildings that graced the scene until the 1970s are long gone, including the booking hall, station master's house, toilets and waiting rooms on both platforms.
The Victorian cast iron footbridge was replaced a few years ago by a modern replacement with steps -  a 'no-go' for passengers with major mobility issues needing to use platform two to board trains for Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield.
The former coal yard where fuel for household grates was brought in from northern collieries to be delivered by Brocklesby company lorries is now badly overgrown with trees, saplings and bushes.
The historic brick coal drops, with sidings where wagons were accessed from the yard below, were demolished in the late 1990s to make way for redevelopment which has never happened.
Only a few remnants of the brickwork now remain visible in the undergrowth (pictured here).

The only original parts of the railway station are the platforms (much of which has been cordoned off) and a bit of brick wall near platform one.
Unless the RMT dispute resumes, three trains to Cleethorpes and three to Sheffield will be serving Brigg station this Saturday (February 23).
If the sun again has its hat on, as was the case yesterday, some Brigg folk might fancy a day out in Cleethorpes; if not, how about doing some shopping in Grimsby? The town's main station is just a stone's throw from the main precinct.
Regarding refreshments, Brigg Blog recommends the Grimsby Town station buffet (adjoining the booking office) and the nearby Wetherspoon's pub which started life as a hotel serving the railway.
Brigg is still part of the UK passenger network and now the Saturday train service has resumed it's to be hoped that more townsfolk give it a try in the coming weeks and months.

Pacer unit No 142096 calls at Brigg railway station shortly before noon on Saturday, February 16, 2019 with the late morning passenger service to Sheffield - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog
Pacer unit No 142096 calls at Brigg railway station on Saturday, February 16, 2019 with the late morning passenger service to Sheffield on the day trains started running again along the iconic Brigg line following suspension of industrial action by the RMT Union in a dispute about guards/conductors on Northern trains.

Pacer unit No 142096 leaving Brigg station - next stop Kirton Lindsey, then Gainsborough.

A loft view from the Brigg railway station footbridge, looking towards Kettleby and Barnetby - February 2019
A fine view from Brigg railway station's footbridge - tracks stretching into the distance towards Barnetby.

The modern footbridge at Brigg railway station which replaced a Victorian cast iron structure - picture taken February 2019
The modern footbridge, with steps, at Brigg railway station. Passengers need to use it to get to platform two (on the right) and board trains for Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield.

A Northern company notice at Brigg station announcing the suspension of industrial action by the RMT union.

Surviving brickwork from the historic coal drops that once adjoined Brigg railway station - picture taken February 2019
Surviving brickwork from the historic coal drops poking through the undergrowth near Brigg railway station.


Safer Roads Humber says safety cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make our roads safer.  And they will be operating at THREE locations in Brigg and district this week.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk."
Safer Roads Humber is able to deploy them at a range of locations.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18: 'Daily enforcement' will be carried out on Vicarage Lane, Scawby.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: On the B1206 Redbourne Road, Hibaldstow.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22: On the A18 between Brigg and Wrawby.
Our advice is to keep to the speed limit on local roads at all times.



Buildings are being removed from part of the site in Brigg earmarked for the new Aldi store.
Some of the site, close to the A18 on Bridge Street, is already vacant having been used for car sales, but the adjoining area was formerly occupied by Brigg Motor Springs.
Demolition work on the site was well underway when these pictures were taken a few days ago.
In January, Aldi was granted amended planning permission for its new store, which will be slightly larger than the one originally approved by North Lincolnshire Council.
An Aldi spokesperson told Brigg Blog at the time: “We plan to start work on the new store in Brigg this Summer and expect to open our doors in Spring 2020. The new store will create up to 30 full and part-time local jobs."
The retailer says anyone wanting to apply for a job at the store can find out more about the roles available at

Demolishing buildings in Brigg on part of the site earmarked for a new Aldi store - February 2019

The planning application for the new Aldi store in beside the A18 in Brigg - picture taken February 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019


The Woolpack Hotel and Hope Inn side by side in Brigg Market Place - picture thought to date from the 1920s

Brigg once had two pubs that were next door to each other within the town centre.
This must have stretched the saying "There's nothing like a bit of healthy competition" to its limits!
In the Market Place, for many decades, the much larger Woolpack adjoined the Hope Inn, also occupying three floors.
The 'Woolie' was owned and operated by local brewery company Sergeant & Co for some time, and sold its popular Brigg Ales.
The Hope (centre of the picture) stocked ales and stouts from Newark's Hole & Co Ltd, which  acquired 33 hostelries in Lincolnshire during the mid-1920s.
We think this archive image might date from that period or perhaps the early 1930s.
The inn and the hotel both appeared in the renowned Pigott's Directory in 1841 when the town boasted an impressive 30 licensed premises of varying sizes.
Several bricked-up windows on the frontage of the Woolpack are an interesting feature of this  picture, when compared with the modern view below.
The hated Window Tax, first introduced in 1696 and based on the number of windows a property had, was not repealed until 1851.
Could it be that a past owner of the Woolpack took steps to reduce the tax bill?
Still trading today as licensed premises, the Woolpack building is grade two listed and described as being late 18th century. It became a listed building in 1976.
Does anyone know the date when the Hope Inn closed?

The historic Woolpack Inn in Brigg town centre - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog


A Brigg town centre pub is launching a couple of new attractions.
Starting tomorrow (February 17) there will be FREE bacon sandwiches on Sundays from 10.30am at the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street.
This offer will be on a 'when they're gone, they're gone' basis.
The Black Bull will be staging its first Pyjama Party on Friday, February 22, with party food from 7pm.
Those who come in nightwear can expect a fee shot with the first drink bought at the bar.


Cricket being played at Brigg Recreation Ground during the 2018 season - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Cricket Club only had 14 league games last season and will be playing 16 during the forthcoming 2019 season between early May and mid-September.
However, back in 1983 the Town first team had TWENTY-SIX league fixtures.
Brigg finished fifth out of 14 teams that competed in the South Humberside Alliance 36 years ago, Broughton finishing third and South Kelsey sixth.
These statistics, and many others, were recorded in that year's Alliance Handbook, a copy of which Brigg Blog has just uncovered in our sporting archives.
The Alliance became so popular that the following season, 1984, it had to split into two divisions.
Brigg Town 2nds joined the new second section, along with fellow applicants Waltham.
The Alliance enjoyed many good seasons but team numbers began to drop and eventually it was absorbed into the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, forming a fifth division.
That operated for a few seasons before being discontinued, with the remaining sides found places elsewhere within the Lincs League.
Back in 1983, South Kelsey Cricket Club was still being managed by the legendary Walt Blackburn, who would go on to complete half-a-century as its secretary.
Brigg's 26 games saw 10 victories, seven draws and only five defeats, with four other matches being affected by rain and deemed 'no results'.
Tony Bailey (ex-Brigg Sugar Factory and Broughton) was Brigg Town's leading batsman with 425 runs at an average of 32.7 (highest score 86 not out).
One of the younger players, Alan Brock, who lived on Grammar School Road, spearheaded the bowling with 33 wickets at an average of 10.5, while Andy 'Tom' Willey, of Churchill Avenue, took 39 wickets at 15.7 apiece.
Among that season's league umpires was Ray Atton, of Scawby Brook, who, despite advancing years, went to The Rec to watch a number of Brigg Town home games last season (2018).
For much of the 1980s and 1990s Brigg Town had two Saturday teams, one or two midweek sides playing evening matches, and a Sunday XI, playing league games or friendlies.
There were also junior teams for various age groups.
So the keenest players in the club would enjoy three or four games a week.
It kept us fit and also helped generate useful income for local pubs like the Queen's Arms and the Black Bull after matches!
The period from 1983 to 1990 was perhaps the golden era of club cricket in the north of the county, in terms of matches played and teams taking part.
Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays: Lincolnshire County League, South Humberside Alliance (later Humberside Alliance), Grimsby & District League.
Sundays: North Lindsey League (with a few games still being played on Saturdays).
Midweek: Broughton & District League, Scunthorpe Midweek Friendly League, Isle of Axholme Evening League, Grimsby Midweek League, West Wold League.
Junior: Various age group leagues based in Scunthorpe and Grimsby (Under-11 to Under-19).
Humberside Alliance teams in 1983, in order of places achieved were: Norsk Hydro, (Immingham), Belton, Broughton, Haxey, Brigg Town, South Kelsey, Nuform (Scunthorpe), Winteringham, Alkborough, Scunthorpe Town, Normanby Park Works (Scunthorpe), East Halton, Caistor, Grimsby BRSA. Most of these were 2nd or 3rd X1s, although  Brigg Town's first team took part.

Friday, February 15, 2019


A busy scene on platform one at Brigg railway station - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg railway station will rejoin the national passenger train network tomorrow (Saturday, February 16).
Units - operated by the Northern company - will be stopping in Brigg for the first time since last August when an industrial dispute began.
The RMT union has now suspended action in a dispute about whether guard/conductors should continue to be deployed on Northern trains.
Northern says:  "From Saturday Feb 16, we are pleased to confirm that we will be running a full Saturday timetable."
The Brigg line only sees trains between Sheffield and Cleethorpes on Saturdays - three in each direction. It will be good to see them stopping once again.

However, Brigg Blog gathers this Saturday's trains may be running a little late.
There could be delays of five to 10 minutes due to 5mph speed restrictions being in place at Northorpe and Brigg level crossings.
If so, the connection Brigg passengers need to make at Barnetby station to board the 0939 train to Lincoln Central will be tight.
However, the 0952 TransPennine train from Barnetby to Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Meadowhall, Sheffield & Manchester will be achieveable for travellers from Brigg.

If you plan to visit Grimsby or Cleethorpes this Saturday, the timetabled departure time from Brigg is 9.19pm for the first morning train.
The next departs at 1.21pm, leaving plenty of time to get to Blundell Park for Grimsby Town's home game with Cheltenham, if you are a football fan.
The last train back leaves Cleethorpes at 7.17pm and Grimsby Town station at 7.24pm, getting to Brigg at 7.48pm.
Sadly, Brigg-Cleethorpes trains do not call at New Clee, which is nearer to the football ground than Cleethorpes station.


Horse racing fans from Brigg and district will be heading for the Market Rasen course for this weekend's meeting, to be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Gates open at 12.10pm, the first race will be at 2.10pm and the last at 4.50pm.

Racecourse is ready for ‘Love Market Rasen’ Raceday


It’s all systems go this Sunday for Market Rasen Racecourse’s grand celebration of everything that is great about the Lincolnshire town following the resumption of horse racing in Britain.
The sport was halted last week after an outbreak of equine influenza, but racing is re-starting across the country on Wednesday.
‘Love Market Rasen’ Raceday, which is backed by Market Rasen Town Council and West Lindsey District Council, will rejoice in all that is wonderful about the local community. Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of activities and entertainment facilitated by local businesses, services and community groups whilst taking in the excitement and thrills of a day at the races.
There will be a large exhibition marking the rich history of Market Rasen town, MiniKicks football, golf lessons by professionals from Market Rasen golf course, a comprehensive agricultural machinery display to be enjoyed by the whole family, a pop-up market and a demonstration by West Wolds U3A (University of the Third Age).
Schools are also getting involved in the big day. Market Rasen Primary School Literature and De Aston School Art Competition Finals will take place.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “We are inviting the people of Market Rasen to celebrate their racecourse, their town and their community. As a major Lincolnshire venue attracting visitors to our town, we are passionate about playing our part in the local economy and community. As well as a full programme of jump racing, lots of activities are being laid on for families to enjoy and so we are looking forward to a great day of sport and entertainment on Sunday.”
The gates of the racecourse will be open from 12.10pm on Sunday. Racing is between 2.10pm and 4.50pm.
Adult tickets are just £10 in advance (£15 on the day). Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Restaurant options are from £57 for adults and £43 for children over 12 – under 12s eat free of charge in the Brocklesby Suite when booked in advance with an adult meal.
Further details about Market Rasen Racecourse, including ticket purchases, can be found at
Market Rasen Racecourse, which is part of The Jockey Club, is staging 22 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


Brigg & District Servicemen's Club will be continuing its programme of live music this weekend.
The licensed Coney Court venue within the town centre venue will have The Gas Band providing entertainment on Saturday, February 16, from 8pm.
Enjoy songs made famous by Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Elvis, Billy Idol, The Blues Brothers and The Bay City Rollers, to name just a few.
The Home Fires are scheduled to appear at the Woolpack Hotel, in the Market Place, this Saturday evening.


A Brigg football team has a home game coming up tomorrow (Saturday, February 16).
Briggensians, who are third from bottom, will host third-in-the-table College Wanderers in the first division of the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League (2pm KO).
Meanwhile, Barnetby United will be taking on AFC Queensway at the village's Silver Street ground.
In division two, Barnetby United Reserves visit Crosby Colts Reserves.
Barnetby will be keen to regain top spot, having been overtaken at the weekend when they were in cup rather than league action.
In the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier, third-placed Brigg Town visit Wyberton.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


There's an opportunity coming up to join a well-known group in Brigg for a tasty sandwich, a cuppa and a chat.
Drop in at Women's Institute HQ on Queen Street, in the town centre, on Thursday, February 21, from 10am to noon.
The Bacon Bun Day at WI House will feature tea/coffee "and a bit of banter."
The cost is £3 plus raffle, and there's an open invitation to attend this 'Open House' session.



Funeral arrangements have been announced for well-known footballer, coach and youth development officer Ian Whyte, whose many clubs included Brigg Town.
Brigg Town FC held a minute's silence in his memory at the weekend.
In a social media post, the club said everyone has been "devastated by the loss of this great man."
It added: "After joining Brigg he worked very well with their U18 and U21 teams."
Ian also helped to develop young footballers at Scunthorpe United, Lincoln City, Sheffield United and elsewhere.
His funeral will take place on Thursday, February 28 at Scunthorpe's Woodlands Crematorium, from 11.20am.
Afterwards, people will meet up at Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park ground.
Brigg Blog last met Chalkie - as he was known in local football - at the Hawthorns when he was with visiting team Rainworth in the EvoStick Northern Division One South.
We also reported on matches in which he played as a talented attacker in local football.
Scunthorpe United have posted a fitting tribute on their website, highlighting his enthusiasm for the sport. Read it through this link...


Housing in Brigg - a place where many people are keen to live - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg people who are looking to get on the property ladder might well be interested in attending an information evening that North Lincolnshire Council is organising.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), the authority's leader, says  useful information and expert advice is on offer.

New Expo has all the help you need to buy a house


North Lincolnshire’s first Homeownership Expo will take place on Saturday 2 March at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire,  for residents to find out everything they need to know about getting on, or moving up the property ladder.
The Expo – which will take place at the UTC in Church Square, Scunthorpe from 1pm to 6pm – has been organised by North Lincolnshire Council, with support from Smooth Financial Solutions, Sills & Betteridge Solicitors, and Walshe’s Property & Letting Agency.
Visitors to the event can meet with estate agents, mortgage providers, solicitors, banks and building societies, insurance companies, house builders and more for advice and guidance on every stage of the house-buying process.
This free event is suitable for everyone on any rung of the property ladder, from first-time buyers to down-sizers. There will also be advice for those looking to buy a second property to let.
Cllr Rob Waltham, the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, will officially open the event. He said: “Buying a house can be daunting and stressful, especially for first time buyers. The Homeownership Expo aims to make the process as smooth as possible by providing advice and guidance, to help you make informed decisions.
“Visitors can also find out about schemes like Help to Buy, discounted market sales and Shared Ownership on offer, which reduce the barriers people face to buying a house and bring the dream of owning your own home a lot closer.”
Look out for talks from guest speakers taking place throughout the afternoon, giving you advice on getting a mortgage, Stamp Duty, investing in property and buying a house for the first time.
Steve Urry, Mortgage Advisor of Smooth Financial Solutions, said: “Having 10 years of mortgage experience, this event gives the chance to improve local consumers’ knowledge and confidence, as many changes have occurred in the mortgage market over the years. I would like to share my mortgage knowledge to help those that would like to buy but don’t know where to start. I’m really looking forward to it”.
Josh Walshe, the director of Walshe's Property and Letting Agency, also said he was looking forward to the Expo. He said: "I think it is exactly what the community needs. I think that the real problem is the lack of education and general knowledge in the property industry; hopefully this event can be the start to addressing this issue.
“There are so many people out there who are not homeowners but would be able to buy, and equally there are as many people out there who could be making their money work harder for them through basic property investment."
Each of the businesses sponsoring the event – Smooth Financial Solutions, Sills & Betteridge Solicitors, and Walshe’s Property & Letting Agency – will be running competitions at the Expo, and on their social media accounts, for visitors to win prizes associated with buying or selling a house.
Tiffany Smith, Associate/Branch Manager of Sills & Betteridge in Scunthorpe, said: “Recent investment and redevelopment has put Scunthorpe back on the map as a great place to live and work. We are delighted to be involved in the Expo and are giving visitors the chance to win a free conveyancing package.
“We are an experienced Team of Conveyancers and are confident we can assist visitors with all their conveyancing queries.”
Businesses interested in coming along to the Homeownership Expo to speak to house-hunters, can get in touch with the council’s Events team on
Visit for more information and to register your interest in one of the talks.
N.F. ADDS: The UTC is located within Scunthorpe town centre, just a short distance from the bus station.

Pictured above: Housing in Brigg - a place where many people are keen to live. Image by Neil Stapleton.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Shopping for fruit and veg on stalls at historic Brigg Market - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog February 2019

Brigg Blog was very interested to receive extensive details of a promotional event to be held by North Lincolnshire Council to attract stallholders to the new covered market it's establishing in Scunthorpe town centre.
Could something similar be staged in Brigg, as OUR market, also run by the unitary authority, could certainly do with more stalls.
Things aren't too bad on Thursday, but the Saturday open air general market is down to just a few stallholders and a man with a van!
Our award-winning monthly farmers' market - also a North Lincolnshire Council initiative - continues to thrive.
Brigg gained its market charter in the 13th century; Scunthorpe has had a town centre market for about 100 years, and there's one on Ashby Broadway - also operated by North Lincolnshire Council and refurbished quite recently.
It's quite possible that some business people living in the Brigg area are interested in taking stalls at St John's Market in Scunthorpe.
We also expect many local folk will be journeying to the steel town to take a look at the new market, which will have free public toilets - a very welcome addition to the town centre.
St John's Market is within the converted former BhS store building on the High Street, not far from Scunthorpe bus station served by the No 4 and X4 Hornsby services from Brigg.
Brigg Blog has now asked the council whether it will consider an event, in due course, to promote Brigg market. If this idea it taken up, we'll let you know.

Set up your business at St John’s Market


North Lincolnshire Council is hosting the Business Information Event on Monday 18 February at Scunthorpe Central for budding and existing businesses to find out about taking up a stall at St John’s Market.
Start-up and existing businesses are invited to the event and can drop-in between 9.30am and 12 noon to find out what opportunities are available.
A number of stalls are available - giving people a unique opportunity to join other established, independent retailers in their new home.
Whether you currently have your own business and want to expand or are have a business idea that would work well in St John’s Market, go along to the event. You will be able to find out about the exciting plans for St John’s Market.
St John’s Market in Scunthorpe town centre is the ideal location for a business.
The market, while being in a modern setting, will offer visitors a celebration of retail heritage from Scunthorpe and the wider Lincolnshire region with a wide variety of stalls selling must-have, locally-sourced goods including fashion, cosmetics, jewellery, accessories, hardware and music.
Fresh produce will be available from butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers offering a unique experience for visitors to the town centre, six days a week from 8am to 5pm.
A new concept also being revealed for the market is The Food Court. Located on the first floor, with a large communal area for eating, drinking and socialising, a range of delicious foods - including hot and cold sandwiches, Indian street food, burgers, jacket potatoes, crepes, hot puddings, tasty sweets and cakes - will be on offer.
The Food Court will open six days a week with opening hours extended into the evening.
Free Wi-Fi will be available in the new market and free public toilets, which will replace the existing public facilities at the bottom of the high street.


At a number of meetings in recent months Brigg town councillors have discussed the mess made by pigeons in the town centre, with droppings littering the paving on Wrawby Street and courtyards leading from the Old Courts Road car park to the shops.
We won't be surprised if this rather unsavoury topic features in discussions during Brigg Town Council's next meeting later this month.
This unusual picture was taken on Monday (February 11) from Bigby Street, looking across to one of the tallest buildings in the town centre and shows 30-plus pigeons that had gathered to enjoy the mid-morning winter sunshine.
Many more pigeons frequent the town centre, and we took this view to help highlight the extent of problem facing the powers-that-be.


Listed building consent has been granted to overhaul the existing heating system at Scawby Hall, on Vicarage Lane, Scawby.
The 17th century hall is one of only a handful of grade one listed buildings in the Brigg area.
A statement submitted with the application assured North Lincolnshire Council planners there will be minimal impact on the actual fabric of the building.
It says that overhauling the existing heating system will enable a more constant temperature to be maintained.
No objections were raised to the application from Mr and Mrs Tom Nelthorpe.
North Lincolnshire Council's conservation officer considers the new heating system is necessary "for the continued habitation of the Hall" and notes the system has been designed to limit the impact on the historic fabric of the building by utilising existing ducts and pipework routes. 

The new radiators are of a style considered suitable for this building.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


The youth team of local Flyball club Brigg Muttley Crew will be going head to head with the best youth teams in the country at Crufts International Dog Show, held in March 2019 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The youth team of local Flyball club Brigg Muttley Crew will be going head to head with the best youth teams in the country at Crufts International Dog Show, held in March at the NEC.
The team whose members are aged 11 – 19 qualified when they won the East Midlands Qualifiers Competition held last summer in Birmingham.
Passionate about both dogs and Flyball the team members and their families compete for Brigg Muttley Crew at events around the country including the British Flyball Association Indoor and Outdoor championships.
Qualifying to walk into the main arena at the world’s largest and most prestigious dog shows is a dream come true for the team.
Youth Team Captain Lydia Smith (23) said: “The fast paced nature of Flyball means that not only do the team need strong bonds with their dogs but also with each other, to enable them to react and respond during the race. The girls have worked really hard as a team this year and it’s fantastic to see them qualify, I am so proud of them.”
The team comprises Jennifer Ketley (17) and her dog Ted, Coral Wright (19) and Cocoa,   Ellie Keyworth (11) and Annie, Emily Dabb (12) and Timmy, and Molly Taylor (17) who will be box loading.
The youth team will be joining Brigg Muttley Crews first team who have also qualified for Crufts in March, so the club will be aiming for a double celebration.
BMC Captain Mary Carter-Bathgate said “I’m thrilled to have both teams qualify for this year’s Crufts, we have a lot of fun with our dogs and Flyball but we also work hard which I think is reflected in our success.  I can’t wait to see our teams in the main Cruft arena.”
The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is the Kennel Club’s organisation for dog-mad children and youngsters aged 6 to 24 but the teams are only allowed 1 hander over 19. The organisation encourages its members to enjoy a number of different activities with their dogs, and promotes good dog ownership, good sportsmanship, responsibility and cooperation.


  • Flyball is a fast and furious sport which came to the UK from the USA.
  • It made its debut at Crufts in 1990.
  • At competitions, four-dog teams race in parallel lanes, with dogs negotiating hurdles to reach a special box that they turn on.
  • Once triggered by the dog, the box launches a tennis ball which the dog must catch and return to its handler.
  • Just like in any other relay race, speed and timing is everything, with dogs passing each other shoulder to shoulder in a space no more than four foot wide.
  • The current world record for completing a four-dog relay race is 14.182 seconds.


A road in Brigg it to be closed to traffic for up to four days.
Cadent, the gas network company, will be carrying out essential works on Glanford Road between Monday, February 18 and Friday, February 22.
During the closure period, traffic will be diverted along nearby St Helen's Road.


A steam-hauled excursion at Barnetby station in 2011 - picture by Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

People from Brigg and Barnetby have booked tickets on a number of nostalgic 'vintage' trains over the past 20 years.
Another excursion is coming up - run by West Coast Railways - and will be picking up passengers at Barnetby station.
It will be pulled by a diesel engine while in Lincolnshire, but the latter section from Hellified along the famous and very scenic Settle & Carlisle line will be hauled by a preserved steam loco - the highlight of the day for most passengers.
After a two-hour stop in Carlisle, the train will return with steam in charge as far as Hellified before a diesel takes over.
We gather that Appleby (in Cumbria, not North Lincolnshire!) will be the water stop point for the loco.
The Settle to Carlisle Thunderer will run on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, departing From Cleethorpes and picking up in Grimsby, Habrough, Barnetby, Scunthorpe and Thorne.
"Our steam engine will be put to the test as it tackles the steep gradients and twisting route," the organisers say.
Prices start from £79 (standard class) and you can view full details with booking information, through this link...
Alternatively, call 0844 850 3137 (Monday to Friday).
Exactly which steam loco will be used has yet to be revealed; Brigg Blog will let you know when that's confirmed.
We've been on several steam-hauled runs across the Settle & Carlisle line down the years, and it's a glorious route when the sun is shining and a steam loco is at the head of the train.
Pictured above: A steam-hauled excursion at Barnetby station in 2011.

Monday, February 11, 2019


Holiday lodges at the Brigg Marina development - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Marina Ltd has been given the go ahead to erect 10 additional holiday lodges on its site off Mill Lane.
North Lincolnshire Council has given the required approval, a report prepared by planning staff concluding the proposal was considered acceptable.
The lodges will have timber walls and slate roofs, and 16 car parking spaces are to be provided for visitors who book them.
A statement submitted with the application said: "The proposed development relates to the provision of additional facilities on an existing  tourism site which already features holiday lodges, a marina and has planning permission for a restaurant/bar and other facilities."
It added: "The addition of the proposed facilities will help the site to grow as a sustainable tourism location."
Near the lodge development is the marina close to the Old River Ancholme on the bank opposite Cadney Road.
The marina has 26 fully-serviced berths, but once fully completed will be able to cater for between 54 and 84 boats, depending on their size.
Last July, Brigg Blog was invited down for a guided tour, viewing the marina and the interior of some of the lodges that have already been constructed.
We were also shown the area of land earmarked for a new restaurant/bar building.

PICTURED: Some of the existing holiday lodges.


 The new inscribed wooden totem outside Scawby Village Hall - February 2019

One of the most unusual applications made to North Lincolnshire Council last year came from the Brigg area.
Planning permission was sought from, and granted by, the local authority to display an ornate carved wood totem at Scawby Village Hall, on West Street.
The ornate item was earmarked for a large grassed area within the grounds of the community venue, planners were told.
Brigg Blog reported this approval in December 2018, and our neighbouring village has wasted no time in bring the scheme to fruition.
The totem rests on an expanse of grass in front of the village hall.
We took these pictures earlier this week, soon after the talking point had been put in place.
Brigg Blog likes it, and so do others we spoke to while visiting the village.
Doubtless there will be much discussion about the totem in the weeks ahead as villages and passers-by from elsewhere stop to study it at close quarters.
Scawby has centuries-old links with the land and property-owning Nelthorpe family, whose extensive estate is synonymous with trees and timber.
Inscriptions on the totem make reference to a local smithy, joiner's shop, forestry and farms - "age old crafts adding rural charm" to Scawby down the decades.
Cattle are depicted within The Pinfold - Scawby being among the few villages still having such an enclosure where animals found wandering locally could be left to be claimed by their rightful owners.
The front of the totem says: "Let's hope our village can go on for ever."
Will Brigg now take a leaf out of Scawby's book and install something similar within the town - perhaps on a grass verge, within a roundabout or on the Millennium Green?
Or are we, perhaps, barking up the wrong tree!

The new inscribed wooden totem outside Scawby Village Hall - a local talking point - February 2019


Opening day at  the Sweet Memories shop on Wrawby Street, Brigg - February 2019

Saturday was one of those lazy windy days where the wind would rather go through than around you, writes Ken Harrison of Brigg Matters Magazine.
Nevertheless. the old camera never shuts down and remained clicking to create a montage of folk out and about Brigg on a very windy Saturday (February 9). So windy, it was nearly blown into Sunday...

Pictured above: Brigg lady, Pat Taylor, one of the first customers, buys £2 worth of large liquorice torpedoes (hubby's favourite) from Tasha Andrew, in the newly opened Sweet Memories retro sweetie shop. Pat put a special order in for that old favourite, Spanish Tobacco, and will roll-up when it arrives.

Parris Watson and staff at the Deli Diner in Brigg - February 2019

There nothing like Parris in the spring-time with his Deli Diner counter-attacking staff!

Steve doing the spadework in a garden - with a fork.

Inside the Lindsey Lodge charity shop in Brigg town centre - February 2019

A menagerie of assorted £10:99 lovable weighty door-stop creatures in the Lindsey Lodge Charity shop. Naturally trained to open doors. Feeding not necessary.


Brigg Pet Shop on Wrawby Street - February 2019

Bev, from the Pet Shop, is inclined to take a rest, while taking a peek of what's happening outside in the human world. The Pet Shop offers good leads, doggie treats and has a big leaning towards pet foods.....apparently, bird-seed has been known to go cheap!


Councillor Penny Smith - long-serving volunteer at the Oxfam Book Shop in Brigg - February 2019

Penny for your thoughts... Penny Smith in the Oxfam Bookshop. Penny said that she has now been an Oxfam volunteer for over 30 years. Obviously, voluntary work is a big chapter in Penny's life. Meanwhile, she takes a break until she is paged to assist about the shop. 'I will continue volunteering, until I come to a full-stop.' Penny asserted.


Jill and Kate debate Brigg architectural ambience (true) and general family and social matters during an encounter in Wrawby Street.


Proprietor Clair Smith outside her Hidden Garden flower shop in Brigg - February 2019

Hidden Garden flower girl, Clair, kept making a note and coining the phrase that she was on the way to the bank before the stalking camera turned up. Anyway, she was happy to pose and the picture looks blooming good.


Staff at the College Yard Cafe in Brigg town centre - February 2019

It was easy taking a photo of Clarissa (centre) and her assistants at College Yard Café - they just filtered into line; it was a piece of cake. When the chips are down, the café also offers a variety of mains and snackables - all served with lashings of smiles and gravy, but not the puddings - with apple pie and cream, real, or ice, being a favourite.