Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TIME FOR TIFFIN: NEW MEAL DEAL LAUNCHES TODAY AT HISTORIC BRIGG VENUE

The historic Tiffin Room at the Exchange Coach House in Brigg town centre is now being used for dining again

A new meal day is due to launch in Brigg today (Tuesday, June 25) and we expect it to prove particularly popular with diners.
The Thai Meal Deal is available from today at The Exchange, which has pedestrian access off Wrawby Street (through the archway) and Bigby Street.
For a tenner, diners can enjoy a two-course meal and a pint.
There's a choice: Starter and main course, or main course and dessert.
The Exchange has also launched Steak Nights on Wednesdays, with another coming up tomorrow.
This popular licensed venue closed recently for internal refurbishment/redecoration.
We are pleased to see that the historic Tiffin Room, on the ground floor, has reopened to the public and is being used to seat additional diners.
Some of the Tiffin's fine period features date back to the 18th century when the Exchange was built.
If you use the Tiffin, try to identify famous characters from the past whose busts are displayed in this room, which looks out on Bigby Street.
Joe Mullen, owner of the Exchange, invited Brigg Blog along to see the Tiffin Room and to obtain details of the Meal Deal and Steak Nights from manager Mark Burns and staff.
The Exchange, built in 1760, is Brigg's only grade two star listed building.
Joe also gave us a guided tour of rooms on the upper floors that are not currently open to the public.
This proved fascinating and we even ventured onto the roof, enjoying panoramic views of the town centre, and beyond.
Brigg Blog will write at length about this tour of the Exchange, with pictures included, at a later date.




UNSUNG HEROES FROM BROUGHTON WIN AWARD

Photograph of the team from Broughton Primary School accepting the Unsung Heroes award at the ceremony on Friday 14 June 2019.

The catering staff at Broughton Primary School won the Unsung Hero award at the regional Local Authority Catering in Education (LACA) Excellence Awards, held on Friday 14 June 2019.
The award aims to give unsung heroes within the school catering industry recognition by celebrating a team or individual who has shown amazing dedication and goes above or beyond their role.
The team at Broughton Primary School were nominated for the award after they lost a colleague in tragic circumstances.
Despite their grief, rather than see the pupils of the school go hungry, all the kitchen staff returned to work the following day, and every day after that, to support each other make sure lunch was ready for the children.
The  award-winning team –  Debbie Dring, Amanda Haywood, Kim Dobson, Joanne Blakey, Shirley Norton and Elisabeth Senior – have more than 50 years' combined service, and most of them live in Broughton.
Sharon Ainsworth, Head of Catering and Cleaning at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I am immensely proud of how this team has worked together through the toughest of times and have shown real character and dedication to the school. It is fantastic to see this strong team recognised for their professionalism and strength with this award.
“A few months on from the tragedy, the staff at Broughton are now even closer, but the loss of their colleague has left a big hole in the team and their lives which will take a long time to heal. They have recently found the courage and strength to turn the radio back on to their favourite station and smile at the memories of their colleague singing and dancing - remembering all the good times.”
This is the first time the LACA Excellence Awards have been held for the Yorkshire and Humber region, so the team from Broughton Primary School has taken home the very first trophy.

BRIGG TOWN SECOND IN TABLE AFTER CONVINCING HOME WIN


Brigg Town are in second place in the Lincolnshire County Cricket Division Three following a  convincing home win over Barton Town 2nds at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (June 22).
There were two half-centuries scored for Brigg, an impressive 122-run fourth wicket partnership, followed by a five-wicket haul with the ball after tea.
Matthew Bell hit 84 and Danny Minshall 75 as Brigg rattled up 233, despite being bowled out with 35 balls still remaining in their permitted 45 overs.
However, it did not matter as Barton were dismissed for 51 in the 24th over, with Nick Beacock taking five for 18.

Brigg won by 182 runs to claim the maximum 20 points on offer.
Broughton 2nds, who are runaway leaders of Division Three, won their home game against Cleethorpes 4ths by seven wickets on Sunday (June 23).
Robbie Ward took five wickets for Broughton who dismissed Cleethorpes for 96. Joshau Smith then finished 44 not out and Craig Hall 24 not out.
In Division One on Saturday, fourth0-in-the-table Broughton's first teamers had a 26-run home win over Normanby Park.
In Division Two, second-placed Hibaldstow gained a narrow two-wicket win in a low-scoring match at Cherry Willingham 2nds.
Hibaldstow did not have a game in the North Lindsey League on Sunday and are without a Lindsey fixture this coming weekend.


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RESULTS - SATURDAY, JUNE 22
Premier Division
Bracebridge Heath 2nds 81, Haxey 83 for three
Market Rasen 153, Caistor 156 for four
Lindum 2nds 135, Cleethorpes 2nds 130
Cherry Willingham 237 for seven, Nettleham 181 for nine
Grimsby Town 110, Scothern 112 for one

Division One
Holton-le-Clay 175, Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 177 for nine
Barton Town 155 for seven, Outcasts 159 four four
Broughton 139, Normanby Park 113
Scunthorpe Town 2nds 194 for seven, Messingham 186 for eight

Division Two
Cherry Willingham 2nds 97, Hibaldstow 98 for eight
Grimsby Town 2nds 125, Caistor 2nds 78
Old Lincolnians 103, Hartsholme 2nds 107 for two
Clee Town Laportes 257 for seven, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 184 for nine
Market Rasen 2nds 179 for nine, Cleethorpes 3rds 132

Division Three
Brigg Town 233, Barton Town 2nds 51
Lindum 3rds 227 for four, Haxey 2nds 174 for seven
Messingham 2nds 116, Nettleham 2nds 117 for three

Division Four
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 174 for seven, Scothern 2nds 183 for two
Keelby conceded the game to Horncastle

SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Division Three

Cleethorpes 4ths 96, Broughton 2nds 100 for three

Monday, June 24, 2019

'EXCITING OPPORTUNITY' TO OPERATE BRIGG AUCTION MARKET


When Brigg Blog was told that what's widely known locally as Stennett's Market had failed to take place a couple of days earlier, we went straight down to Station Road and found this sign propped up at the front of the auction building.
As North Lincolnshire Council owns the land, we sought a statement and received the following in reply from a spokesperson for the local authority:
"An opportunity has arisen for a new business to take over a vibrant market and auction house in Brigg.
"The market site has traditionally opened on Thursdays with a whole host of different goods including fresh produce, poultry and game, and complementing the Thursday Market which is held in the pedestrianised town centre.
"North Lincolnshire Council is now seeking a suitable partner to deliver a much loved and well attended Thursday auction for Brigg."
Coun Rob Waltham Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, and a ward member for Brigg and the Wolds, says: “This is an exciting opportunity for a new or existing business to take stewardship of one of North Lincolnshire’s many thriving markets. As someone who can remember visiting the old Stennetts market on many occasions over the past forty years, I am really keen that we keep up the traditions of this auction and reinstate it as soon as possible.
“We are really keen to open up discussions with prospective businesses as soon as possible.”
Interested businesses are asked to get in touch with North Lincolnshire Council’s economic development team by either emailing businessinfo@northlincs.gov.uk or calling 01724 297330.
The auction's history can be traced back more than 100 years.
For some time, Thursday morning sales were held on land off Manley Gardens and later on part of the old stockmarket site, near Barnard Avenue (now occupied by the Tesco store).
Things then continued on Station Road, close to the railway station.
A railway campaigner has now emailed Brigg Blog to suggest that a "perfect opportunity" currently exists to re-locate the auction to the far end of the station area.
He believes this will benefit the train service, as passengers using the Saturdays-only service will no longer see any discarded rubbish/litter people have left on Thursdays during the market.
Brigg Blog has happy memories from the early 1980s while on the staff at the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times newspaper at 57 Wrawby Street.
We took our turn on the rota to visit Stennett's auction 'shed' down Manley Gardens to collect that week's produce prices for inclusion in the following day's edition of this local weekly.
The list included eggs, butter, ducks, chickens and pigeons - written on a pre-printed sheet by the chief clerk, using a very heavy 4B (?) pencil.
Long before email arrived, these had to be telephoned to a copy/typist at the Hull Daily Mail, who took down the details which were set in type - one of the last items to be included in the paper before the Mail's press began to roll.
In the 1990s, a few chickens 'escaped' from Stennett's on the old stockmarket site and made their home on the grass beside the senior citizen's bungalows on Barnard Avenue.
Chicks soon joined the chickens, which lived there for some years until eventually, all the poultry were C-lucky to be re-homed in the country!



A Thursday auction scene in 2011

SPEED CAMERAS OPERATING IN BRIGG THIS WEEK


Safer Roads Humber says safety cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk."
They are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: 'Daily enforcement' will be carried out on the A18 between Brigg and Wrawby.
Brigg Blog's advice to drivers is: Slow down and stick to the speed limit in place on local roads at all times.

BRIGG & BARNETBY HAT-TRICK AT FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY PRESENTATIONS

 

Brigg and Barnetby figured prominently in end-of-season local football awards, achieving a notable hat-trick of honours.
The EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League, which operates on Saturdays, presented awards at its recent annual general meeting.
Briggensians, who played home games at Brigg Recreation Ground and Brigg Town's Hawthorns, won the team sportsmanship award, while the club's player/official Craig Benson collected the coveted R. A. (Bob) Bedford Trophy for his efforts during the 2018/19 season.
Barnetby United Reserves' Kyle Sylvester was honoured as the league's top goalscorer.
These pictures come courtesy of the league, which is sponsored by Brigg company EC Surfacing.
Trophies were presented by league president Ray Hewson.
The other winners were: player of the year, Lee Hutchinson, College Wanderers; referee of the year, Jeremy Hyke; secretary of the year, Robert Grocock, A.F.C. Queensway.


PICTURED: Above, Craig Benson receiving the team sportsmanship award for Briggensians; immediately below, Ray Hewson presenting Craig with the Bob Bedford Shield; below that, Barnetby's Kyle Sylvester receiving the league goalscoring trophy. 


 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

BRIGG BUSINESS CELEBRATES NATIONAL AWARD & 40TH ANNIVERSARY

O'Brien's Opticians in Brigg town centre - runner-up in the UK Opticians Awards 2019

Congratulations are in order - a well-known Brigg business has been ranked among the very best in Britain.
O'Briens, on Wrawby Street, finished runner-up in the national Optician Awards 2019 for Independent UK Practices.
The company rightly sees this as a great achievement, and O'Brien's optometrist and director, Dr Sheeraz Janjua, kindly informed Brigg Blog.
Congratulations are due to all staff members at the practice.
The award comes as O'Briens celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Open Monday to Saturday, it says it is welcoming new patients. Call 01652 653595 or email enquiries@obriensopticians.co.uk
O'Briens is based at 43/44 Wrawby Street - opposite Wetherspoon's White Horse pub and close to Queen Street. It offers free home eye tests.
Dr Janjau is also on the ball in another field; he's consultant optometrist to Derby County Football Club.

NEW CAR WASH PLANNED IN BRIGG



A new car wash is planned in Brigg - something that will interest local motorists.
It is designed to replace the existing one at Brigg Service Station, on Bridge Street.
An application from Motor Fuel Limited to install the new facility is now being considered by North Lincolnshire Council.
The new jet washer will have screens made from galvanised steel and perspex.
Plans show the new vehicle washer - situated behind the forecourt's kiosk/shop - will have low-level LED lights.
An earlier application, seeking approval to raise the height of the canopy over the service station, is also awaiting a decision from council planners.

FOOD HYGIENE: FIVE BRIGG & DISTRICT PREMISES RATED


North Lincolnshire Council has carried out more routine food hygiene inspections of premises, including FIVE recent ones in Brigg and district.
The council has awarded a five star - "very good" - rating to the following:

  • Harrisons Hideaway Cafe, Island Carr Road, Brigg
  • The Loft Restaurant, 10 Wrawby Street, Brigg
  • Sir John Nelthorpe by Chartwells, Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg; Chartwells is the school meals provider
  • ASalt n Battery Fish and Chips, Victoria Road, Barnetby
  • Broughton Primary School, Brigg Road, Broughton
Businesses rated through this national 'scores on the doors' initiative receive a green certificate to display, showing the number of stars awarded to them.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

SUMMER GYM MEMBERSHIP OFFER OPEN TO PEOPLE IN BRIGG AREA


People in the Brigg area may be interested in a gym membership offer from North Lincolnshire Council which applies to its Ancholme Leisure Centre, on the edge of the town.
Brigg's Coun Carl Sherwood says it's a fantastic opportunity.

FROM CHRIS O'ROURKE, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Get a six week Fitness+ membership at any North Lincolnshire leisure centre and pay just £40 with the new Shape up for Summer offer.
Choose your leisure centre and get unlimited use of the gym, swimming pool, group fitness classes and racket sports at this discounted price.
You can start your six-week membership anytime between Monday 17 June and Sunday 11 August 2019. Your membership will run for six consecutive weeks from the day you join.
The membership is available at:

  • The Pods, Scunthorpe
  • Ancholme Leisure Centre, near Brigg
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre, Crowle
  • Baysgarth Leisure Centre, Barton upon Humber
  • Epworth Leisure Centre
  • Riddings Pool
If you get bitten by the fitness bug during your six weeks, you can upgrade to swim or Fitness+ membership before your Shape up for Summer pass ends and pay no additional joining fee. Alternatively, you can become a casual gym member at a discounted rate of £5.
The offer is open to customers aged 17 years-old and over. Shape up for Summer membership is valid at the centre of joining only. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is non-transferable.
Terms and conditions apply; contact your local leisure centre for details. For more details on your local leisure centre, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/leisure.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, Cabinet Member for Environment and Wellbeing, said: “The Shape up for Summer membership is a fantastic opportunity for people who haven’t used a gym before or haven’t been for a long time to try out our leisure facilities at a reduced rate and without a long-term commitment. If you decide that you want to carry on with your fitness regime, you can sign up for a membership without having to pay a joining fee.
“Keeping active is really important for your health and has lots of benefits. If you haven’t done much exercise, the staff at the leisure centres will be happy to support you on your fitness journey.”

PLANS FOR NEW BRIGG TOWN CENTRE APARTMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED


Plans to create residential apartments in Brigg Market Place will be considered at a forthcoming meeting.
When the Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee convenes in the Angel Suite Lounge on Monday, June 24, from 6.45pm, it will look at this application for four apartments at 27 Market Place (close to the former HSBC bank).
This is a resubmission of an application lodged some years ago.

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED

1.  Election of Chairman

2.  Election of Vice Chairman

3.  To Receive Apologies and Approve reasons for absence.

4. (a)  To record declarations of interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below.  Members declaring interests should identify the agenda item and type of interest being declared.

   (b)  To note dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of agenda items listed below.

5.    TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS CIRCULATED, OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 29 APRIL 2019.

6. To Receive any general correspondence.

7.    a)    To Receive and Note any Applications for Market Consent
                
        b)    To Receive and Consider any Applications for a Grant or Variation of Premises Licence.
   
8.    To Receive the update on outstanding issues from the Clerk

9.    a)  TO CONSIDER ANY PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONAL PLANS PUBLICISED BUT RECEIVED AFTER THE AGENDA WAS CIRCULATED:  

  • Convert and change use of upper and second floor to form 4 residential apartments and upgrade rear parking area (resubmission of PA/20015/082) at 27 Market Place, Brigg
  • Resubmission of PA/2018/355 for the (conversion of garage, erection of first floor side extension and internal alterations) to alter roof design, height and depth of the first floor extension) at 12 St James Road, Brigg
  • Erect a single-storey rear extension at 30 Central Square, Brigg
  • Erect first floor side extension at 11 Maple Close, Brigg
  • Raise existing canopy over petrol station including associated works at Brigg Service Station, Bridge Street, Brigg

SWIFT ACTION NEEDED TO HELP SUMMER VISITORS TO BRIGG


A very familiar feature of summer in Brigg seems to be less of a spectacle in 2019. But perhaps local people can help, starting from today.
The number of Swifts - birds that screech and swoop across the sky in search of insects - is  down this summer when compared with previous years.
However, it's not just our town that is suffering declining numbers; it's the same across the UK.
These birds migrate from Africa in spring but unusually cool and prolonged wet weather on their flightpath across the Continent  killed many of them long before they reached the UK.
Those that have made it are late getting back to Britain, where they breed.
It was not until the  middle of this week that the birds returned to the East Parade/Central Square part of the town - one of their strongholds. 

We hope more of them will make it to Brigg in the days ahead. 
Bird charity the RSPB is undertaking a  survey in association with Swift Awareness Week (from today, June 22 to June 30).
It is asking people to help with data-gathering by logging Swift sightings. Ones from the Brigg area will be welcome. Use this link if you want to take part...
Loss of nesting sites is not helping and it's suggested that this species is in trouble.
Swifts like to nest under the eaves of roofs but there are fewer of those available today.
Swift nest boxes are provided in some areas of the UK.
In the future, how about some being earmarked for new properties which are granted council planning approval in Brigg?
This is sometimes done for roosting bats, so why not Swifts?

Friday, June 21, 2019

BRIGG SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS


Brigg people are being given the chance to put weeks of dismally wet and cloudy weather behind them tonight (Friday, June 21).
The Yarborough Hunt pub, on Bridge Street, will be holding is annual Summer Solstice Celebrations from 6pm.
It's been far from Flaming June for most of the month but tonight there's a chance to mark a milestone moment in the year with a few drinks, live music from the Johnhouse Duo and a delicious hog roast.
Hopefully the sun will get his hat on for at least part of the evening!
The daylight hours will soon start to reduce, with autumn and winter ahead. But that won't be something to contemplate during tonight's celebrations. Pop along and take a look.
PICTURED: Sunny reflections on the Old River Ancholme in Brigg.

COMEDY AND LIVE MUSIC TO ENJOY IN BRIGG THIS WEEKEND


There's a choice of live music and comedy to enjoy at three Brigg venues on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
An acoustic duo playing pop and rock, Johnny And The Rocket will be at the Woolpack Hotel, Market Place, from 9pm. Free admission - all welcome.
The Blindside rock, pop and indie covers band will be playing at Brigg Town Football Club's licensed Hawthorns venue, from 9pm. Pop along and take a look - admission to the gig £5.
In addition, there's a live stand-up comedy night at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, from 8pm.
This event -  featuring Funhouse Comedy's Andrew Bird, Karen Bayley, Simon Lomas and compere Stevie Gray - is ticket only.
They cost £10 on the door or £8 in advance; Call 07745722113 or use this online link...
PICTURED ABOVE: Award-winning Karen Bailey, who will be cracking jokes at the Servicemen's Club.

BRIGG SCHOOL REUNION POSTPONED

The J D Wetherspoon White Horse pub in Brigg town centre

There was to have been a school reunion taking place in Brigg tonight (Friday, June 21) but please note it has been postponed. The new date has yet to be finalised but we will let you know when it is agreed.
On the Sir John Nelthorpe School playing field, a cricket match will be played between former pupils and a school XI, starting at 6pm.
Afterwards, the former pupils will be meeting up at Wetherspoon's White Horse pub, in the town centre, to talk about their school days, among other topics.

  • Spectators will be welcome at the match and ex-pupils are invited to join the players at Wetherspoon's, from about 9pm.
The Briggensians' Association represents former pupils and staff of Brigg Grammar, Brigg Girls' High, Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Sixth Form.
It holds a number of sporting reunions throughout the year and also hosts an annual dinner every March at Elsham Golf Club.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

ROCK BAND TO PERFORM LIVE AT BRIGG BIKE NIGHT 2019

Brigg Bike Night 2019 organiser Lucy Fensome - landlady of the Yarborough Hunt pub on Bridge Street

Brigg Bike Night 2019 organiser Lucy Fensome, pictured, has now announced the band which will be playing live at this showpiece event.
Lucy, who is landlady of the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, tells us that Scunthorpe group The Band of Fiends will be performing at her hostelry on Friday, July 5.
They play classy bluesy, rocky pop from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Fiends will be in the beer garden at the back from 6pm unless the weather is bad, in which case they will be be playing inside the pub, where it will be warmer and drier.
A case of Canned Heat, perhaps! They also perform songs made famous by bands like The Small Faces, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy and Steppenwolf.
Will there be any Atomic Rooster or Juicy Lucy tracks?
The Band of Fiends confirms the line-up for Bike Night, Lucy having previously revealed details of refreshment vans/stands and other supporting attractions.
Bike Night 2019 -  likely to attract a crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 people - will get under way  on Bridge Street from 5pm. View full details here...


BRIGG TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB HITS THE NATIONAL HEADLINES


It's pleasing to see historic Brigg Town Football Club hitting the headlines in the latest issue of a national newspaper.
An extensive and illustrated feature about the Zebras appears in the current (Sunday, June 16, 2019) issue of The Non-League Paper.
It is headlined Back in the Brigg Time - Zebras ready to earn their stripes again.
Brigg - twice winners of the FA Vase - had some seasons in the doldrums before bouncing back and gaining promotion from the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League after a successful season that ended in May.
Their 2019/20 campaign will be in the Northern Counties East - one step up football's pyramid structure.
The Non-League paper is a good read, offering extensive coverage. View its website here...
In past years we often used to see the then chairman of Brigg Town FC buying the latest copy in a town shop when we went to get our Sunday papers.

BRIGG TOWN CRICKETERS MEET OLD RIVALS THIS WEEKEND

Watching the cricket at Brigg Recreation Ground - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

After some weeks of Supplementary Cup action, Brigg Town Cricket Club will be returning to Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three action at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (June 22).
Brigg host Barton Town 2nds (1.30pm start) and spectators are welcome. It's a 45 overs a side contest, expected to last into the early evening.
The Brigg and Barton clubs have played each other, on and off, for decades - in the Lincs League, the Broughton & District Evening League, the Humberside Alliance, the North Lindsey League and the Scunthorpe Intermediate League.
Barton Town CC was formed in the 1840s, while Brigg had a team as far back as the 1820s, although our club disappeared for three decades until the mid-1970s when it was relaunched.

Broughton first teamers have a Division One home game coming up against Normanby Park this Saturday,  while Broughton 2nds will be hosting Cleethorpes 4ths on Sunday in Division Three.
Brigg Town Cricket Club features on the front cover of the latest issue of Brigg Matters Magazine, and inside there's a feature article about the club and its history.  Have you got your copy yet?
Hibaldstow were defeated in Sunday's game in the North Lindsey Cricket League's Knockout Cup Group B. Scunthorpe side Appleby-Frodingham clinched top spot in the group with a five-wicket win at Hibaldstow, who set a target of 146 for eight, Lee Robinson top scoring with 70. But Simon Taylor's 52 and Jay Beattie's 42 not out saw the Steelmen through to the last four.


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FIXTURES -  SATURDAY, JUNE 22
Premier Division
Bracebridge Heath 2nds v Haxey
Caistor v Market Rasen
Lindum 2nds v Cleethorpes 2nds
Nettleham v Cherry Willingham
Scothern v Grimsby Town

Division One
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds v Holton-le-Clay
Barton Town v Outcasts
Broughton v Normanby Park
Scunthorpe Town 2nds v Messingham

Division Two
Cherry Willingham 2nds v Hibaldstow
Grimsby Town 2nds v Caistor 2nds
Hartsholme 2nds v Old Lincolnians
Holton-le-Clay 2nds v Clee Town Laportes
Market Rasen 2nds v Cleethorpes 3rds

Division Three
Brigg Town v Barton Town 2nds
Haxey 2nds v Lindum 3rds
Messingham 2nds v Nettleham 2nds

Division Four
Keelby v Horncastle
Scunthorpe Town 3rds v Scothern 2nds (at Hibaldstow)

SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Division Three

Broughton 2nds v Cleethorpes 4ths

Premier Division games begin at 1pm; matches in all other sections start at 1.30pm.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

226 NEW HOMES PLANNED FOR BRIGG


Plans to build 226 new homes in Brigg have been revealed.
Harron Homes says it has prepared an application to secure planning consent for the development on fields off Wrawby Road, near the Recreation Ground and adjoining Horstead Avenue/Foxton Way.
A "covering letter" sent to North Lincolnshire Council explains this land is allocated for residential development within the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.
The site covers 9.6 hectares and in addition to the new properties there is provision for "associated public open spaces," plus roads and drainage infrastructure.
The land in question is described as being "greenfield."
The site is made up of three agricultural fields separated by hedgerows, trees and dykes.
Vehicular access will be provided by upgrading the existing Wrawby Road/Churchill Avenue T-junction to form a roundabout.
The detailed report submitted to the planning authority by Harron Homes, dated June 6, requests a response from North Lincolnshire Council "within the requisite three weeks."
It has submitted an "EIA screening request for a residential development."
EIA stands for Environmental Impact Assessment.
North Lincolnshire Council has set a Consultation End Date of July 1 for this EIA request.
This is NOT a planning application. However, members of the public can make their views known to the local authority, quoting reference PA/SCR/2019/3.
Harron Homes' nearest office is in Leeds. View the company's website here...

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, AS EXPLAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT

 
The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process. The regulations set out a procedure for identifying those projects which should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, and for assessing, consulting and coming to a decision on those projects which are likely to have significant environmental effects.
The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is also to ensure that the public are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the decision making procedures.
Environmental Impact Assessment should not be a barrier to growth and will only apply to a small proportion of projects considered within the town and country planning regime. Local planning authorities have a well established general responsibility to consider the environmental implications of developments which are subject to planning control. The 2017 Regulations integrate Environmental Impact Assessment procedures into this framework and should only apply to those projects which are likely to have significant effects on the environment. Local planning authorities and developers should carefully consider if a project should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. If required, they should limit the scope of assessment to those aspects of the environment that are likely to be significantly affected. Pre-application engagement can also play a role in identifying when a proposal should be subject to environmental impact assessment. 


PICTURED ABOVE: Part of the proposed development site, viewed from the Churchill Avenue/Wrawby Road T-junction.


NEW MOVES TO DEAL WITH LITTER ON BRIGG STREETS


New moves to help keep Brigg neat and tidy are to be considered at a meeting next week.
Brigg Town Council is set to purchase additional litter and cigarette bins and consider buying a mechanical street sweeper.
These proposals will be discussed at the authority's next meeting, to be held on Monday, June 24 in the Angel Suite Lounge, starting at 7.15pm.
Public Question Time is also listed on the agenda, should anyone have issues they wish to raise.
Members of the public should note that all council meetings are now being held in the Lounge, which is downstairs (lift available) and not in the main room above as was previously the case.
This switch follows the size of the Town Council being reduced from 19 councillors to nine with effect from the recent election.

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED

1. To Receive Apologies and to Approve Reasons for Absence.

2.  a) To Consider the suspension of the Meeting for the Purpose of Prayer.
      b) To Resolve that Standing Orders be reinstated

3.    a)  To Record any Declarations of Interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below.  Members declaring interests should identify the Agenda Item and the type of interest being declared.
        b)  To note any dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of the Agenda Items listed below.

4.    Police Matters   

5.    To receive any correspondence (for information only).

6.    To receive the update on any outstanding issues from the clerk.

7.    Public Question Time
   
8.    To Receive any Questions from Members.

9.    To Receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Council Ward Councillors

10.    MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS.
    i. To approve the minutes of Annual Council  - Monday 13 May 2019
    ii. To note the minutes of Personnel Committee  -  Monday 10 June 2019

11.    To receive reports from members delegated to serve on outside bodies and working groups.
    • Environmental Development Group (to comprise previous groups - Masterplan and Arches, Millennium Green, CCTV, Litter Picking Group)
    • Angel Suite Review 

    • Brigg in Bloom
    • Christmas Lights Switch On Working Group (to meet on the rising of the Council meeting)
    • Garden Competition

12.    ALLOTMENTS UPDATE
    i)     Redcombe Lane
    ii)    Grammar School Road
    iii)   Allotment relocation update

13.    ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
a)    To Receive the following Budget Monitoring Reports as at 31 May 2019, and Approve the Accounts for Payment as listed in the Appendix for Full Council and the Angel Suite, and Bank Reconciliations for each.
    • Full Council Accounts and petty cash payments
    • Angel Suite Accounts and petty cash payments

14.    TO APPROVE THE TOWN COUNCIL POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND RISK ASSESSMENTS
Following the approval, at the March meeting, of the following policies:-  a) Council Standing Orders, b) Committee Delegations, and  c) Financial Regulations the remainder of all of the Council policies (no changes made) be approved for 2019-20. 

15.    TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE ADDITIONAL LITTER AND CIGARETTE BINS (To receive a proposal from Members).

16.    TO CONSIDER A PROJECT AND AGREE A BUDGET TO PURCHASE INFORMATION BOARDS FOR CAR PARKS AND LARGE RETAIL AREAS eg LIDL, LEISURE CENTRE, TESCO

17.    TO APPROVE THE PROCUREMENT OF PHASE ONE OF THE ARCHES PROJECT

18.    TO CONSIDER THE OPTIONS FOR A MECHANICAL STREET SWEEPER AND APPROVE THE PURCHASE.

19.    TO RECEIVE NOMINATIONS AND TO APPOINT ADDITIONAL FREEMAN OF BRIGG

20.    TO AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT FOR 75 MEMORIAL FLAMES FOR HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2020.

21.    TO NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATES FOR THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEES FOR THE YEAR 2019-20
Dates of the Personnel Committees to change to the first Monday of the Month:- 1 July, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December, 6 January, 3 February, 2 March, 6 April, 5 May.

22.    TO NOTE THE DATES OF THE CIVIC AND TOWN EVENTS FOR THE MAYORAL YEAR 2019-20
     • Civic Service – Sunday 14 July 2019
     • Civic Coffee Morning (to include Garden Competition) Saturday 14 September 2019
     • Civic Operatic Evening – to be confirmed
     • Remembrance Day Service – Sunday 10 November 2019
     • Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 29 November 2019
     • Civic Dinner – 7 March 2020

23.    TO AGREE THAT A LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS BE SENT TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR FIRST CHILD

BRIGG TRAINER HOPING FOR VICTORY AT MARKET RASEN RACES

 

Five of Lincolnshire’s racehorse trainers are set to compete for a share of the honours on the annual Associated British Ports County Raceday at Market Rasen Racecourse on Friday (June 21)..
Nine horses trained in the county have been entered in the seven races on a day when adults can buy tickets in advance for just £10.
Conor Dore, whose stables are near Boston, could send hat-trick seeking Hurricane Rita – a grey mare with two victories to her name already this month – into the Inter Terminals “Flying The Flag” Mares Handicap Hurdle.
The extended two-mile contest is also under consideration for trainer Steve Gollings’ Rococo Style, who is owned by a number of staff in The Jockey Club including the racecourse’s General Manager Nadia Powell. The mare was placed in a race last month at Southwell, the track at which she won on her racecourse debut.
Conor Dore has two other potential runners on Friday, with Grantham trainer Laura Morgan also considering three horses for outings, including Cake De l’Isle, a winner at Kelso Racecourse a month ago, in the DFDS “Summer Plate Trial” Handicap Chase.
Brigg’s Nick Kent is hoping that Picknick Park can win at the 19th time of asking – with 13 of those races having been at Market Rasen – in the Unifeeder Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Michael Chapman, who trains in Market Rasen, has put L’Es Fremantle – an 80-1 winner at her local track last autumn – into two races.
The highest rated horses on Friday are in the DFDS “Summer Plate Trial” Handicap Chase which could feature potential runners in Market Rasen Racecourse’s major race of the year, the Betway Summer Plate which takes place in front of ITV’s cameras on Ladies’ Day on Saturday, 20th July.
All eyes will be on Champagne At Tara, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and placed in a Grade 3 race at the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree in April, and trainer Neil King’s Princeton Royale who was in fine form during the spring.
On County Racedays, like Friday, the racecourse opens all its facilities for one set admission price, meaning everyone can enjoy the best that’s on offer. All are able to utilise the County Enclosure, with the best views, bars and eateries – as well as the rest of the racecourse, including watching the horses in the parade ring.
Further details are at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/marketrasen where tickets can be bought in advance from just £10 (£15 on the day). Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. The first race is at 1.50pm, with gates open two hours before.
Preview kindly supplied to Brigg Blog by Market Rasen Racecourse.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

ACTION PLANNED TO AVERT LEAVES ON THE LINE IN BRIGG


Boosted by wet June weather, vegetation has received a growth spurt and is now encroaching on the railway line through Brigg - as demonstrated by this picture Brian Hall took from the top of the footbridge at the town's railway station.
These overhanging trees have been reported to Network Rail, which operates and manages tracks and adjoining land.
Having been sent what it regards as an excellent picture, NR has now alerted maintenance staff.
It has teams of workers who remove vegetation for various reasons.
These include branches masking signals that approaching train drivers need to see from a distance and also removing dead, dying or diseased trees which could pose a hazard to the line or neighbouring properties.
Network Rail works through its list of troublesome vegetation in ranking order so it could take some time before this excess vegetation in removed in Brigg.
Some freight trains use the Brigg line on various days but passenger services only operate on Saturdays - three in each direction between Sheffield and Cleethorpes via Barnetby.
Deciduous trees growing near railway lines are more usually a problem in the autumn when leaves that have been shed get onto the steel rails, are turned to mulch by rain and cause train wheels to slip.
This can affect the stopping distance of trains that encounter them.
We think the loco pictured above is a Class 37 diesel - a survivor from the 1960s when they were known as English Electric Type 3s. They used to be a common sight on the Brigg line but not many come to town these days.

15 APPRENTICESHIPS ON OFFER AT COMPANY ON BRIGG ROAD, SCUNTHORPE


The Lebus Upholstery factory near Brigg Road, Scunthorpe - picture by Lebus


Young people living in the Brigg area may well be interested in the creation of 15 apprenticeships at a company in Scunthorpe.
The firm in question is located on the Queensway Industrial Estate, off Brigg Road, Scunthorpe, close to the No 4 and X4 bus routes from Brigg and Broughton.

FROM CHRIS O'ROURKE, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Scunthorpe-based Lebus Upholstery are offering 15 new apprenticeship places for young people in North Lincolnshire, with a guaranteed job offer available after training.
One of the largest furniture manufacturers in the UK, Lebus currently employs nearly 500 people at their site off Brigg Road in the town.
The fifteen new apprenticeship places are open to 16 to 20 year olds, and the new recruits will start at the firm in September 2019.
Apprentices will work towards their Intermediate Apprenticeship level 2 in modern upholstery and are each guaranteed a position within the company, once they’ve finished their apprenticeship.
Those who might be interested in an apprenticeship are invited to an open day at Lebus Upholstery on Saturday 22 June 2019, at their Scunthorpe site. Prospective applicants can come along between 9am and 12pm, with site tours taking place every half hour.
John Brewster, Operations Director at Lebus, said: “Lebus products are designed and manufactured to the highest possible standards.
“We want to develop local talent to help create our sofas that are in homes across the country.
“No previous experience is necessary for these positions, so with attractive pay rates, fully supported training, 32 days holiday and a meal allowance for apprentices, Lebus Upholstery is the place to start your career.”
If you would like support completing your application or honing your interview skills, you can get help from North Lincolnshire Council’s Action Station, based at Scunthorpe Central. You can contact the Action Station on action.station@northlincs.gov.uk or by calling 01724 296969.
You can find more information about the apprenticeships available at Lebus, and apply online, at www.lebus.co.uk
Cllr Richard Hannigan, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Our Economic Growth team are keen to support local businesses looking to upskill their workforce or grow their operations. We’ve been working with Lebus to help them plug their skills gap and find the next generation of furniture-makers right here in North Lincolnshire.
“It is so promising to see businesses thriving in our area and recognising that North Lincolnshire has the space and job-ready workforce needed to support growth.”
Lebus Upholstery is based on Queensway Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe, DN16 3RN.
Picture of the Lebus factory kindly supplied by the company through North Lincolnshire Council.

BRIGG PARK GIVING MOTHER NATURE A HELPING HAND


One of the parks in Brigg boasts plenty of flora and fauna, whose growth has been assisted by recent 'Flaming June' rainfall.
We took these pictures a few days ago at Holland Park, near the town's railway station, during a break between showers.
Our intention was a brief dog exercising walk. But having negotiated the nettles at the entrance off Station Road, the grass became too high 100 yards down the track for our small pooches and we turned back.
This is NOT a criticism; we like to see some pockets of land left to Mother Nature.
Indeed, we've previously suggested that wild flowers might be sown on some areas of public space - perhaps on part of the extensive York Road field and on the steep grassy bank where the Davy Memorial Field borders Bigby Road, beside the A1084 near the level crossing.
Brigg has many well-tended borders, gardens and grassy areas. But surely there's a case for leaving some others to grow wild to help butterflies, bees and other insects.
Having said that, how about keeping a narrow path on Holland Park clear of grass so walkers and dog-owners can venture from the entrance through to the the culvert near the railway line?
Maybe some public-spirited citizen, or citizens, would be willing to take a lawn-mower down to carry out the work.
Or perhaps North Lincolnshire Council, or Brigg Town Council, might consider taking on this task during the warmer months of the year.
Holland Park honours Brigg resident Geoff Holland, who took a keen interest in green spaces and was also a fine local footballer.

The picture above shows the stone, with memorial plaque, recording the the official opening of the park by Brigg & Goole MP, Andrew Percy, and Gill Holland, in October 2016.


 

Monday, June 17, 2019

NEW BRIGG HOMES & EXTENSIONS APPROVED


New homes, property extensions and office usage in Brigg have been approved by North Lincolnshire Council.
Councillor planners have accepted a modified application from Higgins Builders Ltd for new dwellings on land off Almond Grove, near the allotments.
A report prepared by council staff said: "The current proposal seeks permission to revise the appearance of the five dwellings.
"Their positions within the plot and overall scale and design remain the same, the difference is that the windows and doors have been given a more contemporary appearance, and some of the more decorative porch/canopies have been removed to create a less cluttered style. 
"The access remains the same and parking and turning facilities are unaltered from that of the previously approved scheme. The revised details are considered to be acceptable in this location, where there is a mix of older style houses, where no particular architectural style or character is particularly prevalent."
The report said Brigg Town Council supported the application "but would seek reassurance that there is sufficient mitigation of flood risk."
North Lincolnshire Council has also granted permission to convert a garage, erect a first floor side extension and make internal alterations at 12 St James Road.
It has approved a single-storey rear extension at 14 Springfield Rise and has granted permission to retain use of The Cedars, Bigby Road, as offices.
The Cedars is a distinctive three-storey building near the Monument roundabout.
In the past it has been used as a clinic and doctors' surgery.
A report by council planning staff said: "The site has sufficient dedicated off-street parking to the east and the building has been vacant for a number of years, and the office use now established within the building has brought it into active use and for a use which is compatible within a residential area."
Brigg Town Council supported this application.

Approval has also been granted to erect a single-storey side and rear extension at 24 Meadow Vale, Scawby.
West Lindsey District Council has refused an application to erect a single-storey dwelling, with parking, on land at Salisbury, Main Street, Grasby.
Planners felt this would represent an over development of the site, harming the residential amenity of neighbouring  dwellings and  creating a dominant feature not in keeping with the character of the  surroundings.

THE BELL TOLLS FOR BRIGG TOWN CRICKETERS DESPITE MATTHEW'S HALF-CENTURY

Brigg Town Cricket Club batsman Matthew Bell

Heavy rain halted Brigg Town Cricket Club's bid to make the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's Supplementary Cup on Saturday (June 15).
Brigg needed to win their last qualifying group game at Haxey 2nds to have a chance of making the knockout stage of this popular competition.
Town were going well on 87 for two, with the best part of 10 overs still to be bowled in their innings, when play had to be abandoned.
Matthew Bell, pictured above, was unbeaten on 54, while opener Danny Bradley was 21 not out as the players left the field.
In accordance with the rules, a bowl-out at the stumps then followed which Haxey won 2-1, with Jack Richards being the only Brigg bowler to rattle the timbers.
So Haxey go through to the semi-finals, to be played on Sunday, June 30.
Broughton 2nds have also  qualified following Saturday's five-wicket home win over Cleethorpes 4ths.
Kavithessh 'Kav' Karunanantharajah was Broughton's star bowler with five for 22 in his permitted six overs, while Sam Benson top scored with the bat, hitting 46 as Broughton reached their 112-run target with 12 overs in hand.
Hibaldstow, who occupy second spot in Division Two, enjoyed an emphatic nine-wicket victory at Caistor 2nds on Saturday.
Tom and Joe Taylor both took five wickets for Hibaldstow as they bowled out their hosts at the Brigg Road ground for only 46.
Opener Josh Cowling then scored 32 as Hibaldstow took only 6.1 overs to secure the full 20 points available and keep up their push for promotion.
In Division One, Broughton first teamers' scheduled game at Louth 2nds failed to take place because of wet conditions.

THE DRAW
Supplementary Cup semi-finals
Louth 3rds v Scothern 2nds
Haxey 2nds v Broughton 2nds
Ties to be played on Sunday, June 30 (2pm starts)

LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE
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RESULTS - SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Premier Division
Cleethorpes 2nds 97, Caistor 98 for one
Hartsholme 101, Scothern 62 for two - abandoned due to rain
Bracebridge Heath 2nds 171 for nine, Lindum 2nds 78 for two - abandoned
Nettleham 101, Market Rasen 102 for three
Grimsby Town v Haxey - no play due to wet conditions

Division One
Alkborough 78, Holton-le-Clay 82 for three
Louth 2nds v Broughton - no play possible
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 151, Messingham 34 for two - abandoned
Normanby Park v Outcasts - cancelled

Division Two
Caistor 2nds 45, Hibaldstow 46 for one
Cherry Willingham 2nds v Market Rasen 2nds - no play possible

Division Three
Outcasts 2nds 171, Barton Town 2nds 90 for no wicket - abandoned

Supplementary Cup Group A
Nettleham 2nds 21 for no wicket v Lindum 3rds - abandoned; Nettleham won bowl-out at the stumps
Scothern 2nds 66 for four v Horncastle - abandoned; Horncastle won bowl-out

Supplementary Cup Group B
Brigg Town 87 for two v Haxey 2nds - abandoned; Haxey won bowl-out
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 157 for no wicket, Messingham 2nds 134 for three

Supplementary Cup Group C
Cleethorpes 4ths 111 for seven, Broughton 2nds 114 for five

Supplementary Cup Group D
Alford 2nds v Keelby no play due to wet conditions; Alford won on the toss of a coin
East Halton v Louth 3rds - no play due to wet conditions; Louth won on the toss of a coin

BRIGG D-DAY LANDING CRAFT DISPLAY STILL REMINDING US OF THE SACRIFICES MADE

Craftsman Stuart Denniss (back row, centre) with representatives of  the Brigg & District Veterans' Group, the Britannia Inn and Demeter House School after they had joined forces to erect the D-Day landing craft on the raised flower bed beside the A18 in June 2019

Brigg Blog thinks the town can take pride in the way in commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
In comparison with some other towns and communities in North Lincolnshire, we did our bit, to use a phrase often applied to people's contribution to the war effort in decades past.
Our commemorations will continue until Remembrance Sunday, in November, courtesy of the hand-crafted D-Day landing craft sited on a raised flower bed at the eastern end of Wrawby Street, alongside the A18.
The D-Day landings by Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy, in northern France, began on June 6, 1944.
But the invasion continued long after that, with further troops and vital supplies coming ashore.
The push towards victory over Germany in the Second World War, secured in May 1945, began in Normandy.
The 75th anniversary of D-Day was a bitter-sweet occasion.
We celebrated the establishment of a foothold on the Continent and the achievements of our Army and other Allied troops, supported by the Navy and RAF.
However, it was also an occasion to remember those on active service, from various nations, who paid with their lives.
Brigg reflected both facets, 75 years on, with dancing in the streets and a less up-beat afternoon event hosted at one of the town's pubs, which was attended by a number of people from the Brigg & District Veterans' Group.
Day by day, more people of all ages are being reminded of D-Day when they stop to admire the landing craft display and read the simple 'Lest We Forget' inscription on a supporting wall.
We wonder whether sales of Spam have been boosted by the June 6 event held at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, in conjunction with local Veterans' Group.
Landlord Shane Garrett laid on fare that was a staple diet for British people during Second World War rationing - Spam (processed ham) and corned (bully) beef sandwiches, followed by apple crumble and custard.
Brigg's first citizen, Town Mayor Councillor Sharon Riggall, was among those who tucked into the tucker.
Further down Wrawby Street, the Shipley's CuriosiTeas tea shop also offered a lunch and afternoon menu reminiscent of the war-time period, with Spam and corned beer sandwiches on offer to supplement the usual fare available. Proprietor Amanda Gould and her staff donned war-time dress on the day.
Popular war-time songs were played at both venues, with energetic dancers taking to the paved pedestrian area outside Curiosities, near the junction with Cross Street.
If you've yet to take a close look at the landing craft, it was created by a Howsham cabinet-maker Stuart Denniss. Read more here.
The craft is of the type used in the Normandy landings, with silhouettes of soldiers disembarking on Sword Beach.
The weather on D-Day was an all-important factor in launching the Allied invasion against German-held territory, with concerns about heavy rain and choppy conditions in the English Channel.
But on the 75th anniversary, the weather in North Lincolnshire was ideal, with the sun shining down on those people who supported commemorative events.
Some shops also displayed flags on the anniversary, and are few kept them on view.
National newspapers and TV stations gave extensive and impressive coverage to the D-Day anniversary.
When the 80th anniversary comes round on June 6, 2024 we are sure Brigg will do its bit, and hope that some other local communities will also  join in this time. 


PICTURED ABOVE: Craftsman Stuart Denniss (back row, centre) with representatives of  the Brigg & District Veterans' Group, the Britannia Inn and the town's Demeter House School after they had joined forces to erect the D-Day landing craft on the raised flower bed beside the A18.



Inside Shipley's CuriosiTeas

Alia Harris and landlord Shane Garrett at the Britannia Inn, getting the Spam sandwiches and apple crumble ready.

Proprietor and staff in period dress outside Shipley's CuriosiTeas.

D-Day dancing in Brigg town centre.

Brigg Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall, left, supporting the D-Day Afternoon at the Britannia Inn.






Sunday, June 16, 2019

BRIGG SCHOOL MEMORIES: FROM WARM MILK TO RHUBARB & SNOWBALLS

Swimming in the new pool at Brigg County Primary School  in 1965

This is an important year for education in Brigg - offering us an opportunity to reflect on schooling in the past and how things have developed.
The town's original school, later known as the Grammar School, was founded 350 years ago in the will of Sir John Nelthorpe in 1669.
Part of the initial building remains, off Grammar School Road, now being grade one listed and forming part of the Sir John Nelthorpe comprehensive, created in 1976.
What became known as Brigg Girls' High School started 100 years ago, in 1919, off Bigby Street, receiving new buildings on Wrawby Road in 1937 (now also part of Sir John Nelthorpe School).
However, we won't be able to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the school on Glebe Road this year. For although Brigg County Primary opened in new buildings during September 1929, these premises closed in 2007, to be replaced by a new build off Atherton Way.

A housing development now occupies the site, following demolition of the school buildings.
Those of a certain age who attended Glebe Road School may remember some of these features:

  • The open stream that ran alongside the perimeter fence
  • Snowballs being thrown from East Parade onto the roofs of nearby classrooms
  • The scrambling net in the infants' playground
  • Growing fruit and veg in the school garden and buying rhubarb, wrapped in newspaper, for a few old pence to take home
  • Successfully negotiating rows of tins set out by the police to gain a coveted cycling proficiency certificate
  • Coke being delivered by lorry and tipped down a shute to heat the main school buildings
  • Trying to slurp down warm and slightly curdled milk from bottles during the summer term (it was pleasant during cold weather, though, when ice formed on the bottles)
  • Taking to the swimming pool, installed circa 1965, with steam sometimes rising from its surface
  • Riding to school by bike on local roads (footpaths NOT permitted, as the police were then watching and stopped offenders!)
  • Buying a 'penny bread loaf' before, or after, school from Bowen's Bakery near the top of Glebe Road (or a meringue if you were really 'in the money')
  • Carrying chairs down to Brigg Recreation Ground on sports day
  • Chanting for it to snow a bit faster between December and March in the (forlorn) hope that Headmaster Reg Stocks would close the school and send pupils home
  • Taking a shilling into class on Mondays to deposit in your Trustees Savings Bank account
  • Sitting the 11+ exam in the school hall
  • Checking the weather-watching gauges within the wooden Stevenson's Screen
  • Reading notices pinned to the side of the cycle shed to see if you'd been picked for a school or house sports fixture
  • Applying Army-surplus dubbing, from green tins, to make the old leather footballs waterproof (not a guaranteed fix!)
  • Bring-and-buy sales which raised money for the Christmas parties
  • Learning poetry to be performed on the stage as Brigg Corn Exchange during the Music Festival each March
  • Filling the ink-wells when fountain pens were mandatory
  • Finishing school early on a Friday if the class went a week without any absentees.
  • Those were the days!

14 NEW HOMES PLANNED IN THE BRIGG AREA


Fourteen new homes are planned in the Brigg area.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering an application seeking permission for 14 dwellings, garages and landscaping.
The suggested location is land at Brook House Farm, Church Street, Hibaldstow.
J. Cavill Properties Ltd, of Hibaldstow, is seeking approval to change the use of a farmyard to provide the properties.
The scheme involves 9 four-bed properties, 3 with three bedrooms and 2 that are two-bed.
This is a reduction of two properties from the 16 previously proposed.
The application is being made through an agent, TAS Building Design, of Brigg.
Car parking for 28 vehicles is indicated in the application.
Current use of the site is described as vacant.

North Lincolnshire Council is also considering an application to erect a two-storey side extension and garage at Highfield House, Silversides Lane, Scawby Brook. Mr and Mrs Whiteman are the applicants, through an agent based in Scunthorpe.
Approval is being sought to build a first floor side extension at 11 Maple Close, Brigg, by Mr G. Scott through Brigg-based agent DDS1 Limited. The intention is to provide an additional bedroom.

ROADWORKS COMING UP NEAR BRIGG - DELAYS LIKELY


Delays resulting from roadworks are likely for motorists heading into and out of Brigg.
On Wednesday, June 19 they will be carried out for telecom company BT on Scawby Road, Scawby Brook, not far from Sangreat Kennels.
Temporary traffic lights will be in operation.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

BRIGG DRIVER ALERT: LEVEL CROSSING CLOSURE


Motorists in the Brigg area should not a forthcoming level crossing road closure.
Network Rail Infrastructure needs to close Hibaldstow crossing on the B1206 for necessary work to be undertaken.
This closure to vehicular traffic will operate from 9pm on Saturday, June 15 until 7.30am on Sunday, June 16.
Diversions will be in place via Sturton, Scawby and Scawby Brook.
Hibaldstow level crossing is on the Brigg railway line and only sees passenger trains on Saturdays, but none of them run late at night.

Delays may result for drivers using Grammar School Road, Brigg, while BT carries out works in the footway near No 47 on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. 
Motorists may also experience hold-ups on the A1084 Bigby High Road between Wednesday and Friday, June 19 and 21, due to works being carried out for Anglian Water.