Tuesday, February 25, 2020

SPEED CAMERAS OPERATING IN BRIGG AREA TODAY


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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020: Daily enforcement will be carried out on the B1206 Redbourne Road, Hibaldstow.
Brigg Blog's advice to drivers is: Slow down and stick to the speed limit in place on local roads at all times.

BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE HOUSING DISCUSSED IN BRIGG


Brigg people were given an opportunity to have their say on how our town and the district will be developed up to the year 2036. But if you missed it, there's still time to let the local authority know your views on the blueprint.
North Lincolnshire Council hosted a public consultation in the Angel Suite on market day (Thursday, February 20) with an open invitation to attend between 3pm and 6pm.
There was an opportunity to make personal views known about the council's 'preferred options' for inclusion in the latest Local Plan - setting out how things are going to take shape. Future housing developments form a key part of this.
Present with council staff was Brigg & Wolds Ward's Coun Nigel Sherwood, chairman of North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee.
Staff showed us a map on which land earmarked for housing in Brigg was indicated - some already having planning approval and some yet to progress to the application stage.
The largest sites indicated were the so-called Brigg North development stretching from Wrawby Road to behind the Springbank estate, and two sizeable areas off Bridge Street.
We inquired about the long-approved apartments earmarked for land in the former railway station yard but as yet there's no indication when building will commence (by a developer - not the council).
We wondered whether the council had considered designating housing land on the other side of the railway line, close to Candley Beck, with access possible off Elwes Street/Cadney Road.
It was pointed out to us that this is beyond the Development Boundary and in neighbouring West Lindsey. The area is also low-lying and close to the Old River Ancholme, to which it is connected by the beck.
We noted that York Road 'field' was without land definition on the Local Plan draft map being displayed to the public.
This site was earmarked by Humberside County Council in the late 1970s as the eventual site for Brigg's new primary school (replacing the one on Glebe Road). But some 20 years later, during North Lincolnshire Council's tenure as the education authority, the new school was erected instead on Atherton Way. So this sizeable portion of land has been left untouched as a grassy area of public open space.
Many people living on the St Helens housing estate will be pleased that York Road 'field' is not earmarked for future housing or other change of use, in the latest Local Plan.
Brigg Blog would not have been surprised if the vacant land had been suggested as a site for new Brigg allotments, to replace those off Grammar School Road. But part of Woodbine Park, off Woodbine Avenue, is now the chosen location for these plots and they will start to take shape later this year..
To find out more about land allocations, visit https://localplan.northlincs.gov.uk
People who were unable to make it to the Angel Suite consultation can also view the Local Plan and leave comments online at https://localplan.northlincs.gov.uk up to 5pm on March 27.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT AS BRIGG BLOG BRINGS YOU A TASTE OF SPRING'S FACTORY HISTORY


Many people living in Brigg today know that the famous Spring's Delights factory, overlooking the Old River Ancholme, made marmalade, jam and lemon cheese (curd).
However, a price list from 1934 that has somehow survived down the decades and reached our archives shows there were other products, including a few surprises.
Spring's offered an extensive range of calves' feet jelly - seen as a tonic for people of all ages who had been under the weather.






Some varieties included a touch of alcoholic tipple to help speed recovery!
Back in mid-1930s, tall jars of this jelly were made by Spring's in various flavours - plain, lemon, with Port, with Sherry and even with Champagne! Bulk orders were welcome - 36 jars to the case.
Spring's high quality jams included strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, apricot, greengage, damson and plum.







The firm said in the 1930s that it's Spring's Delights were sold all over the world "and are particularly famous for their pure and wholesome qualities".
It showcased cherry marmalade - "a novelty in afternoon tea jams; a really high-class preserve; one of our most attractive packs; an instantaneous success when first introduced and still growing in popularity."
Small two-ounce jars - "suitable for cafes, etc" - were available at £2 a gross (144).
Spring's finest quality honey was branded The Vitamin Food and sold in liquid and granulated form.
"After 50 years' experience in the expert blending and packing of pure honey, Spring's honey is acknowledged to be the best value on the market," the management declared.
It was so confident in the quality of products that a £500 guarantee was given "to the effect that no pulp - foreign or otherwise - is used in the manufacture of Spring's quality jams."
Spring's factory ceased production in March 1980 (Josie Webb has kindly supplied the month) but the Spring's Delights emblem from the front of the building lived on, being incorporated into the new Grandways supermarket built on the site. That was a nice touch by the developers.
The emblem is still there today - in premises now occupied by B & M. But you'll need to walk round to the side of the store on to the riverside footpath to take a good look.




Monday, February 24, 2020

LATEST BRIGG PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED TONIGHT


Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee will be meeting tonight (Monday, February 24) in the Angel Suite Lounge, from 6.45pm.
Councillors will be considering the latest planning applications submitted within the town and also discussing the naming of a new housing development. The session is open to interested members of the public.

AGENDA/BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED
1. To Receive apologies and approve reasons for absence.
2. (a) To record declarations of interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. 
   (b) To note dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of agenda items.
3. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS CIRCULATED, OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 17 FEBRUARY 2020.
4. To receive any general correspondence; comments invited on naming of the new development behind 11 Almond Grove.
5. 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.
6. To receive the update on outstanding issues from the Clerk
7. a) TO CONSIDER ANY PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONAL PLANS PUBLICISED BUT RECEIVED AFTER THE AGENDA WAS CIRCULATED

Proposal: Planning permission to replace 4 first floor timber single-glazed Yorkshire sliding sash windows with 4 timber double-glazed Yorkshire sliding sash windows to the front elevation at 41, Country Retreat, Bigby Street.
b) TO NOTE THE DECISIONS RECEIVED FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL REGARDING PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS
Tonight's planning meeting will be followed at 7.15pm by the February meeting of Brigg Town Council, also in the Angel Suite Lounge and  open to members of the public. View further details here...

BIG ATTENDANCE FOR THE WILDER ANCHOLME PROJECT LAUNCH IN BRIGG

 

There was a sizeable attendance in Brigg for the launch of the Wilder Ancholme Project at the weekend.
Public consultations and project launches in our town often fail to attract the numbers they deserve, but this was far from the case in the function room at the Buttercross on Saturday (February 22) as the above picture shows. And we gather we weren't there during the peak period!
The organisers wisely selected the day of the month when the Brigg Farmers' Market was operating - increasing footfall in the Market Place - and this certainly helped to boost the launch turn-out.
The Heritage Lottery-funded Wilder Ancholme Project's stated aim is "Rediscovering and Rewilding a 'Lost Landscape' - Lincolnshire's Ancholme Valley." This involves exploring its hidden heritage, local history and biodiversity.
We'll be hearing a lot more about this 18-month project which is already "working with the community to explore the Ancholme valley's past, present and future."
Local folk are being invited to share their thoughts and memories of the valley through North Lincolnshire Museum (represented at the launch event).
Also present on stands were members of the project team, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust  and Brigg's Paul Hildreth, well-known for his knowledge of geology.
We also spotted some local farmers paying a visit to Saturday's session, but most of those who attended were interested members of the public who picked up a number of helpful leaflets that were free to collect.

Brigg Blog has offered itself as a source of information for local folk as the project progresses and events arise.
But project team made it clear that even if you failed to make it to Saturday's session, there's plenty of time to get involved and contribute. They are keen to hear your views and to see you at future events.
Visit www.ukeconet.org/ancholme.html - follow Wilder Ancholme on Facebook or email info@hallamec.plus.com
The project also has a Twitter presence @WAncholme and is on Instagram - see wilder_ancholme
Many events across the valley will be coming up over the next 12 months, including some in Brigg, Broughton and Bonby. They include a woodland bat walk, a dragonfly walk and a Big Test Pit Dig Day (recording archaeological finds). 
Brigg Blog will preview these nearer the time. 

'A Vision for a Wilder and Wetter Ancholme Valley'
The project says in a post on its website: "Adapting to change and working with nature may mean some lands will be wetter and many areas will be farmed differently. However, this VISION  is one of a wetter countryside yes, but also one with a vibrant farming economy and community at its heart. Developed effectively, a wetter Ancholme can be a growth-pole for regional leisure and tourism economies, a wonderful wildlife resource, and an attractive countryside too. As an artery linking the great Humber Estuary, the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the coastal marshes and sand-dunes, and the heart of rural Lincolnshire itself, the Ancholme can be transformational for the region and bring enormous benefits to people, nature, and the economy.
"We are seeking opinions, ideas and partners to bring about changes over both the short-term and the longer timeline." Read the full post through this link...
 

Professor Ian D. Rotherham at the launch event.

Lewys Wheeler - a member of the project team.

Brigg's Paul Hildreth on one of the stands.

A sign outside the Buttercross on Saturday, alerting people to the launch.

BRIGG WARNING SIGN AIMS TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY


This useful advisory sign is displayed on Cadney Road, Brigg - in an effort to improve road safety.
Carrying a red for danger border, it features the logo of Safer Roads Humber - the organisation that's better known for monitoring vehicle speeds with cameras on various roads across the Humberside policing area, on both banks of the river.
The sign's 'Pass wide and slow' message is aimed at drivers who may encounter horse-riders and cyclists, for whom this is a very popular semi-rural route.
Tree-lined Cadney Road, alongside the Old River Ancholme, is narrow and a Class C minor highway. However, it still sees a great deal of vehicular traffic.
The sign advises horse-riders and cyclists to 'be seen' by wearing bright clothing; we take that to include reflective jackets.
Our picture was taken late one afternoon in February when the light was beginning to fade. However, the trees either side of Cadney Road - even when in leaf during spring and summer - blot out some of the natural light. So visibility is often not ideal.
We don't like the term 'boy racers' but it's a fact that some youthful drivers use Bigby Street, Elwes Street and Cadney Road as they circuit the town, which is not a problem if they stick to the speed limit. But if any young motorists are reading this post, will they please watch out for cyclists and horse riders as they head for, or return from, Cadney. The same goes for drivers in all other age groups - women as well as men.
We aren't sure how long this sign has been in place on Cadney Road but it wasn't there last time we visited this part of the town.

ANNUAL BACON BUN DAY COMING UP IN BRIGG


It will be open house at WI House, in Brigg town centre, on a market day in the near future.
The Women's Institute headquarters - midway along Queen Street - will be hosting its annual Bacon Bun Day on Thursday, March 26, from 10am to noon.
"Come and join us for a bacon bun, tea/coffee and a bit of banter," the organisers say.
The cost is just £3, and there will be a raffle.
There's no need to book places in advance - just pop in for a snack.
Queen Street, of course, found fame for its pork products. Just a couple of doors from WI House, Turner's butchers - for decades - sold its tasty range of home-made pork pies, haslet, Lincolnshire sausages and other products to eager shoppers.
After Turner's closed, 8 Queen Street - on the corner of Garden Street - was converted into The Beauty Clinique.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

MIXED BAG OF RESULTS FROM BRIGG & DISTRICT FOOTBALL SIDES


Brigg Town Reserves were the only local football side to record a victory yesterday (Saturday, February 22).
They enjoyed a welcome 3-0 home win over Wyberton in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Brigg Reserves are in tenth spot, with three sides below them in the table.
Brigg Town's first teamers lost 3-1 away to North Ferriby in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One.
Joe Smithson scored a late consolation goal for the Zebras in a match watched by 340 fans, including some who travelled north over the Humber Bridge. This was the second highest NCEL attendance of the day.
Ferriby are in fourth spot, while Brigg are fourth from bottom, having now played 28 league fixtures.
In EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League Division Two, mid-table Briggensians lost 1-0 Crosby Colts Reserves at
at Brigg Recreation Ground.
In the same section, second-in-the-table Barnetby United Reserves drew 2-2 at home to third-placed Limestone Rangers Reserves - Barnetby's scorers being Joe Plaskitt and Brendan O’Callaghan.
Barnetby's first teamers - due to visit College Wanderers in Scunthorpe - saw their EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup semi-final postponed due to adverse pitch conditions. It will now be re-arranged.

CHANGES PLANNED FOR THE ANGEL BUILDING DISCUSSED BY BRIGG TOWN COUNCILLORS


A scheme to alter the landmark Angel building in Brigg Market Place has moved a step closer being carried out.
Meeting in the Angel Suite Lounge, Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee raised no objections to the proposal, having been consulted as part of the planning process.
The final decision will now be taken by North Lincolnshire Council planners at some point in the coming weeks.
North Lincolnshire Council's estates section has submitted a very detailed application to alter the Angel's front and rear entrances; it is also planned to make changes to the layout inside the building which provides considerable office space and houses the Heritage Centre, library and community hub.
Members of the Town Council's committee studied the proposals at length and viewed some of the technical drawings relating to the application which they viewed on a tablet computer.
Most of their discussions centred on the proposed front entrance.
It will be at a right angle to the current entrance - see our picture montage above.
Committee chairman Coun Brian Parker, Deputy Town Mayor, told colleagues it was planned to put the new front entrance where a window is currently located.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall noted "a lot of writing" on the relevant drawing supplied with the application, but noted: "It does not show how it is going to look."
The committee then turned its attentions to what the proposed new entry point will mean for people visiting the Angel.
At present, access is gained through the Cafe Courtyard. If the alterations are agreed, this will no longer be necessary.
Coun Riggall described the current arrangement through the eatery as "not ideal."
Coun Parker thought what was planned would prove better for people going to and from the library (on the ground floor) "rather than have to go through where people are eating."
Coun Jane Gibbons sought information about the changes planned inside the building through alterations to the layout.
The Town Council is surrendering its lease on the Angel Suite to North Lincolnshire Council, the owner of the building, including the main function room, kitchen, lounge and basement offices.
Town Clerk Dinah Lilley said the Town Council would be located at the front of the building behind the Angel carving.
After the committee had agreed to raise no objections to the planning application, the Town Mayor added: "We have had a good look at it."
The Angel, to many people's surprise, is not a listed building; however, it is within the Brigg Conservation Area and there are many other listed buildings nearby.
The public consultation period for this application ended on February 19.

UPDATE TO BE GIVEN ON NEW BRIGG ALLOTMENTS SITE


An update on the establishment of a new allotments site in Brigg will be given during a meeting next week.
Plots are being established on land which forms part of the Woodbine Park play area, near Preston Drive.
The allotments' relocation, from Grammar School Road (see picture above), will be considered when Brigg Town Council hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, February 24 in the Angel Suite Lounge, starting at 7.15pm. This is open to interested members of the public.
The meeting will also receive an update about Brigg in Bloom and future litter-picking sessions.

AGENDA/ 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.
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. To approve the minutes of the last Council meeting and note the minutes of the last Planning and Environment Committee meeting
11. To receive reports from members delegated to serve on outside bodies and working groups:
  • Environmental Development Group
  • Brigg in Bloom
  • Dates for next Litter Picks – Great British Spring Clean 20 March to 13 April; Brigg Litter Pick 28 March 2020
  • Christmas Lights – to set a meeting date
12. ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
a) To Receive Budget Monitoring Reports as at 31 January 2020, and Approve the Accounts for Payment
13. ALLOTMENTS UPDATE
i)  Redcombe Lane
ii) Grammar School Road
iii) Allotment relocation update
14. GRANT APPLICATIONS - To consider requests i) Briggensians
15. TO PROPOSE ANY AGENDA ITEMS FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
16. In view of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted, it is advisable in the public interest that the press and public are excluded and they are instructed to withdraw; (Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, section 1(2)).
17. WEBSITE PROVIDER
18. TOWN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
19. THE HANDYMAN

HOME IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED IN BRIGG TOWN CENTRE


Home improvements are planned within Brigg Town centre.
Planning permission to replace four first floor timber single-glazed Yorkshire sliding sash windows with four timber double-glazed Yorkshire sliding sash windows to the front elevation is being requested for Country Retreat, 41 Bigby Street (opposite St John's Church). This is not a listed building but is within the Brigg Conservation Area.
A heritage statement accompanying the application says the existing windows are in very poor condition with extensive rot to the lower frames and sills.
"The appearance of the replacement windows will be the same and this will preserve the character of the traditional building and the street-scene in Bigby Street," the statement says.

North Lincolnshire Council is now considering this application.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

SHOPPERS URGED TO 'LEAP' ON UNIQUE BRIGG LINE TRAINS ON A DAY WHEN IT'S ALL CHANGE FOR OUR LOCAL SERVICE


Brigg railway station has a very sparse passenger train service - Saturdays only and then just three trains in each direction calling between Sheffield and Cleethorpes. So a very apt Leap Year promotion has been arranged for February 29 - the rarest date in the calendar, only encountered every fourth year.
The promotion on the final Saturday this month will encourage people from other communities along the Sheffield-Cleethorpes line, in South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, West Lindsey and northern Lincolnshire, to take the train and visit Brigg, where local businesses will be glad of their custom, including eateries and niche shops.
The Business Partnership Rail Group has teamed up with a graphic designer to produce a poster encouraging people "to leap on the unique Saturday only train service and visit Brigg."





The graphic, seen here, gives the train times and prices from Sheffield, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough, Kirton Lindsey, Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
February 29 will be the last day when the Northern company runs trains along the iconic Brigg Line. After the final train has completed its journey on Saturday, it's a case of all change for this service with 're-nationalisation' taking place.
The Department for Transport says the government will operate the Northern Rail franchise from March 1, 2020, and adds: "Passenger journeys will not be affected."
While the government is taking an interest in railways in our part of the country, Brigg Blog thinks it should consider improving what's on offer at our station.
Most stations, including the one at Barnetby, now have very helpful display screens on their platforms which give waiting passengers constant updates about train arrival times and delays, backed up by loudspeaker announcements.
Sadly, such facilities have yet to be installed at Brigg station.
Recently, when signalling issues (beyond the Northern company's control) delayed the first Saturday morning train by 50 minutes, there was no way to inform people waiting on platform one at Brigg station.
Brigg Blog was very fortunate on this particular Saturday; with a tight connection to catch at Barnetby on our way to Newark, we decided to hire the CallConnect dial-a-ride bus service to take us from Brigg to the village station... for a bargain £2.10p!
In view of the unexpected 50-minute delay, this proved to be a very wise move.
However, when we came back from Newark via Lincoln, the final Northern service of the day from Barnetby was on time and we arrived at Brigg station before 8pm, as planned.
The government wants to improve punctuality and reduce cancellations on services currently run by Northern. However, some of these are down to reasons beyond the control of the train operator. Passengers will be hoping for better things after March 1 but it will take time.

'LIKE FOR LIKE' SIGNS APPROVED FOR HIBALDSTOW PUB


A pub serving meals in the Brigg area can display new signs, North Lincolnshire Council has decided. 
Planners have granted advertisement consent for the Wheatsheaf, on Station Road, Hibaldstow.
Approval was sought to display two refurbished board signs, one refurbished hanging sign, three picture signs and four painted signs at the well-known building in the centre of the village.
The proposed signage makes reference to food and cask ales being available, plus "live sports" (TV) and a real fire. The main sign's lettering reads: The Wheatsheaf - Pub & Dining.

Hibaldstow Parish Council raised no objections to this application.
Recommending that consent should be given, a North Lincolnshire Council officer's report concluded: "It is reasonable to expect that a business of this nature would require adverts  to announce its presence in the area, and the level of signage proposed is considered to be commensurate with the size and scale of the existing use and size of the building, and does not detract from the character or appearance of the area. 

"The signs are mainly like for like replacements, and do not create clutter or loss of amenity to the area."

SATURDAY MORNING MEMORIES OF A BRIGG NEWSPAPER REPORTER - PART ONE


The shopping preferences of Brigg residents and visitors from surrounding communities could be observed 40 years ago from the reporters' lofty perch above the front entrance to the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times weekly newspaper offices at 57 Wrawby Street. It gave them a panoramic view of everyday life as people passed by. 

The A18 was still running through the town centre in the early 1980s, with traffic wardens out and about, on foot, to deter drivers from parking on the yellow lines outside shops and hampering the free flow of vehicles.
However, motorists continued to draw up near Bowen's to pop in for their fresh-bread order or a bag of delicious cakes.
The town's first gaming arcade was proving popular with the younger element, and there were many more stalls on the Saturday market 40 years ago than there are today. The Queen's Arms pub was serving up pints on Wrawby Street, and Woolworth's store was the town's largest although it was nearing the end of the line.
Editorial staff at the Times took turns in covering the 9am to noon Saturday morning shift - by far the easiest of the week.
This began with a walk across Wrawby Street and the Old Courts Road car park to the Barnard Avenue police station (then relatively new) to pick up details of any overnight crimes  - often drink-related due to people enjoying the previous evening a little too much.
So-called Police Calls were a reliable and regular source of news, the information usually being furnished personally by the duty inspector or a senior sergeant, but sometimes by the chief inspector in charge of the Brigg & Barton Sub-Division of the Humberside force.
If the Saturday reporter had covered the previous morning's cases at Brigg Magistrates' Court (since closed and converted to residential use) these would be bashed out using an old typewriter, to appear in the next issue. The paper provided for this purpose was not Basildon Bond, nor even the most basic form of A4; instead you got left over 'crop ends' from the huge rolls of newsprint used by the printing press at the Hull Daily Mail). These were cut roughly to shape and the sheets bundled together with string.
Carbon copies had to be made and kept in case the originals went astray on their long journey to Hull via the Humber Ferry, sometimes involving trains from Barnetby to Habrough and then Habrough to New Holland.
What could possibly go wrong?
The Saturday shift also provided time to write up news gleaned during the two meetings of Glanford Borough Council held in Brigg most Thursdays and including planning, health and housing. Glanford then rented out hundreds of council houses before social landlords appeared on the scene.
A top priority on Saturdays was penning articles for the Farming Notebook column that appeared on one of the inside pages.
This was not too difficult, even if your knowledge of farming was restricted to potato picking while at school, as many press releases arrived from agricultural suppliers as well as farming concerns.
Later in the week these would be supplemented by the widely-read Brigg market prices - reflecting the degree of trade at the stock market (where Tesco's store now stands), cereal sales (from Halmshaw's), Stennett's auction (then located down Manley Gardens) and potatoes, provided by Norman Leaning and staff at the Potato Marketing Board office. Varieties listed included King Edward, Wilja, Desiree and Estima, grown in Wold or warp soil, with demand from buyers described as heavy (in good times) or sometimes hesitant.
Norman, from Scawby Brook, was also the secretary of Brigg & District Servicemen's Club at this time.
Saturday's leisurely mid-morning tea break gave administrative, advertising, photographic and reporting staff an opportunity to bring each other up to date about a wide range of topics planned for the following Friday's edition as it began to take shape.
Brigg Town Clerk, Joseph J. Magrath OBE, sometimes joined us for a Saturday cuppa, having special rights to park his car behind the office, to which access was gained via the brick archway that now leads through to the Exchange Coach House Inn's courtyard development.
Sometimes the Saturday morning reporter would be required to accompany photographer Coun Bryan Robins to cover an event of note in the town or one of the nearby villages.
On one occasion, several members of a Second World War bomber crew returned from Canada to Elsham airfield, where they had served on Lancasters, for a nostalgic reunion. Their story duly appeared on the 'centre spread' called Times Feature Focus.
It was a shame that reporting veteran Edward (Ted) Dodd, by then retired from his post as news editor, was not in the office that morning, as he often was. Being a WW2 ground crew member from RAF Elsham Wold, he would certainly have volunteered to take on this mission! Long after he had left the payroll, Ted continued to work as a reporter, filling in when staff were on holiday or attending residental college courses lasting several months.
Editorial staff had a pool car at their disposal - vehicles allocated in the early 1980s including a T-reg Ford Fiesta (with indifferent manual choke) and later a Mini Metro. If these failed or were in for a service, there was a trusty Bedford van assigned to ever-cheerful Branch Manager, Cliff Hatley. This was the vehicle in which editorial newcomers were expected to undertake a short driving test on local roads to confirm that the company was satisfied with our competence - for insurance purposes.
Saturday being rather a 'slow' shift, it was a good time to top up the Ford Fiesta or Metro's tank at Sass's Monument Garage petrol station (now the site of the hand car-wash). No cash was required, just a signature, as the Times had an account.

Many Saturday stories in the early 1980s were written about Brigg Sugar Factory - then still a major local employer, together with the cycle factory off Bridge Street, However, Spring's preserves factory and Corah's hosiery concern had closed during the previous decade.
To be continued later in Part Two...

 

Friday, February 21, 2020

WELL-KNOWN BANDS PLAYING IN BRIGG THIS WEEKEND




Two bands that are very well-known in the Brigg area are getting ready to play in the town on the same day.
The Moggies will be making a welcome return to Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, on Saturday, February 22, from 8.30pm. This long-established band, featuring former Brigg & Goole MP Ian Cawsey, plays many songs that were popular during the 1960s.  Ian is a Freeman of Brigg.
On the same night, across at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns venue, The Dirty Pitchers, pictured, will be performing their Britpop set, from 8.45pm. Enjoy tunes made famous by Oasis, Stone Roses, Pulp, Shed Seven, Supergrass, Green Day, Blur and many others. This local band always attracts a good crowd.
The Reason, a North Lincs-based acoustic duo, will be playing at the Woolpack, Brigg Market Place, on Saturday 22nd, from 9pm.

RedbooT  - a rockabilly/rock and roll band  - performed at the Woolpack last Saturday (Feb 15). See picture below... They played a range of songs from the Carl Perkins era through to Adam & The Ants. RedbooT did indeed Stand and Deliver!



 

CHOICE OF FOOTBALL MATCHES TO WATCH IN BRIGG ON SATURDAY


Brigg Town Football Club supporters will be heading across the Humber Bridge on Saturday (February 22) to watch the Zebras play North Ferriby in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One (3pm KO).
Ferriby are fourth, while the Zebras are 17th in the table, but Town have picked up some useful points on their travels this season.
Brigg Town Reserves have a home game at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) against Wyberton in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Table-topping Barnetby United take a break from EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League Division One action this Saturday (Feb 22). Instead, the Railwaymen will be bidding to secure a place in the 2019/2020 final of the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup.  They visit College Wanderers (Scunthorpe) for a semi-final which kicks off at 1.30pm.
In Division Two, Briggensians and Barnetby United Reserves are both in action, weather permitting.
At Brigg Recreation Ground, Briggensians will be playing Crosby Colts Reserves, while Barnetby Reserves host Limestone Rangers Reserves at Silver Street (both 2pm KO).

STOCK UP AT BRIGG FARMERS' MARKET THIS WEEKEND




The monthly Brigg Farmers' Market will be held this Saturday (February 22).
People will be coming from far and wide to buy goods and produce from the stalls between 9am and mid-afternoon. The adjoining Saturday general market will also be operating.
There's free parking on offer in Brigg on Saturdays - courtesy of North Lincolnshire Council, which is the local markets authority.

The Brigg Pancreatic Cancer Action Group will be staging an awareness day to coincide with the farmers' market. Your support will be appreciated.
PICTURED: Above - a previous February Farmers' Market in Brigg, with shoppers visiting the stalls. Below - a view of the January 2020 market, with a notice proclaiming its award-winning status.

FOUR-WEEK ROAD CLOSURE IN THE BRIGG AREA


Notice has been given of extensive roadworks coming up in the Brigg area, involving a full Monday-Friday road closure spread over four weeks. Drivers please note.
Night-time resurfacing works to replace the worn out carriageway on the B1434 Cross Lane, Brigg Road, Station Road and the B1434/Station Road junction will start in North Kelsey on Monday, March 16, Lincolnshire County Council has informed Brigg Blog.
The total programme of works is expected to last four weeks, Monday to Friday, subject to suitable weather.
A full road closure will be in place from 7pm to 6am each weekday.
The signed diversion route will be via the B1434, A1084, A46, B1205 and B1434.
Access for residents within the affected area will be maintained as far as reasonably practicable. Access for emergency vehicles will also be maintained at all times.
Coun Richard Davies said: "As part of these works, we will be resurfacing parts of the B1434 in North Kelsey to replace road surface that is nearing the end of its serviceable life.
"While on-site, we'll also be carrying out some minor drainage works on Brigg Road to avoid more works in the area in the future.
"In light of all the disruption the area has experienced over the past twelve months, we've decided to deliver these works at night so that North Kelsey residents can go about their daily business as usual without further disruption.
"These improvements will make travelling on the B1434 a safer and more comfortable journey, so we ask for your continued patience while these works are carried out."
Brigg Blog was been delayed by other roadworks and flood-related diversions while making car journeys through this part of West Lindsey late last year and in January 2020. So the early notice given by the county council about March's work in North Kelsey is appreciated.
For up-to-date information about this and other roadworks, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks

Thursday, February 20, 2020

FIVE NEW HOMES PLANNED ON BRIGG ROAD, HIBALDSTOW


Outline planning permission is being sought to to erect five dwellings on land to the north of Wheelgates, on Brigg Road, Hibaldstow.
A planning statement prepared by Brigg-based Brown & Co to support this application says: "The application site comprises of part of a field to the north of an agricultural yard and existing access track. A dwelling has recently been approved to the south of the track.  Two dwellings have recently been approved on land to the south of Wheelgates, a two-storey dwelling which was once part of the former Sargent’s Ice Cream site. 

"Opposite the application site there is a garage/petrol station and cafĂ©, with dwellings to the south in a row  of ribbon development connecting to the main body of the village.
Brown & Co is the agent for the applicant who is from Sturton.

In Scawby Brook, planning permission to erect first floor rear extension is being sought for Asholme, Silversides Lane. This is to permit the addition of a bathroom on the first floor.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering both applications.

Planning permission has been granted to to erect a two-storey side extension at 28 St Albans Close, Hibaldstow.

BRIGG BLOG LIKES TO TALK ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY


Brigg Blog enjoyed delivering a recent illustrated talk to a group interested in local history.
This time we were at Scawby Village Hall, recalling the development, and in some cases later demise, of railway lines, stations and goods depots within North Lincolnshire.
Stations to get an honourable mention included those serving Brigg, Scawby & Hibaldstow, Kirton Lindsey, Howsham, Barnetby, North Kelsey and Howsham.
Reference was also made to Brigg Sugar Factory, which had its own sidings connected to the Sheffield-Brigg-Cleethorpes mainline, and also resident shunting engines (steam and then diesel).
We've also delivered other illustrated talks over the years to various groups, including Brigg Amateur Social Historians (BASH) at the White Horse, the Ancholme Inn and Brigg & District Servicemen's Club.
The History of the Lincolnshire Times Newspaper (with an office at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg) has proved our most requested topic over the years, followed by The Humber Ferry.
Any group interested in a local history talk can email scoopfisher@aol.com for further details.

Pictured above: A view of Brigg circa 1904.

BRIGG SCHOOL SPORTS REUNIONS PLANNED THROUGHOUT 2020


Five Brigg school sports reunions will be held during 2020.
They are for former pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Grammar School - represented by the Briggensians' Association.
The Golf Section will hold its Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 19, to be followed by a Past v Present event on Monday, July 6 and the Autumn Meeting on Sunday, October 18.
Requests to play should be made to dave.harness@gmail.com or call 01652 688005.
There will be a Youth v Experience cricket match on a Friday in July (date to be confirmed nearer the time). The venue will be the Sir John Nelthorpe School field. Interested players are asked to meet at 6pm. Afterwards, players and spectators will be meeting up at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, Brigg (pictured above).
A winter reunion football match will be played on Sunday, December 27 at 10.30am, to be followed be followed by 'pub games'.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

HAVE YOUR SAY ON WHERE NEW BRIGG HOMES SHOULD BE BUILT AS COUNCIL CONSULTS RESIDENTS


People living in Brigg and the surrounding district can help to shape the future development of North Lincolnshire, including having a say about where they think new housing developments should be built.
North Lincolnshire Council is inviting residents and businesses to comment on a 'preferred options' document that sets out the council’s "favoured approach for the new Local Plan."
This plan sets the overall strategy for development in North Lincolnshire up to 2036. It contains key strategic policies, detailing land for new jobs and the number of new homes to be built, the council says.
The consultation, which started on February 14, asks residents what they think about the council’s preferred options within the Local Plan, including housing, settlement boundaries for villages and towns, local landscape designations, and a new suite of policies relating to planning applications.
There are a number of ways to take part in the consultation.
You can visit a public consultation session in Brigg's town centre Angel Suite on Thursday, February 20, between 3pm to 7pm, and talk to advisers. View the plan and discuss any issues prior to providing comments to the council. To find out when these are, visit https://localplan.northlincs.gov.uk
People can also view the Local Plan and leave comments online at https://localplan.northlincs.gov.uk by 5pm on March 27.
Other public consultation events are taking place in other towns across North Lincolnshire.
Coun Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for place shaping, said: “North Lincolnshire’s Local Plan supports building a better future, which helps us achieve our goals: growing the economy, keeping residents safe and well, and enabling our communities to flourish.
“I would encourage residents to go along to one of the consultation events to take a look at the Local Plan and let us know what they think. If residents are unable to make any of the events, they can share their views online.
“We need to think about being a sustainable area, where people of all ages want to, and can, continue to live and work. The council is interested in hearing the views of all our residents to help guide and shape the future of our area and I would encourage everyone to take the time and to get involved.”

Brigg Blog has waded through the mass of information made available online. In a document called Meeting Our Housing Need is a list of Deliverable/developable extant planning permissions above 10 dwellings or more 2019/20-2035/6.
This includes the following 'Site Allocations' in Brigg which are described as being on brownfield land:
COMMITTED SITES
Station Road: 40 'remaining dwellings' (elsewhere in the report this is is indicated as being Housing for Older People). This site occupies part of the former railway station yard.
Island Carr: 60 'remaining dwellings'
Bridge Street: 67 'remaining dwellings' (site described as Falcon Cycles) See picture of part of the site above.
Silversides Lane: 44 'remaining dwellings' (this is actually within Scawby Brook - Scawby parish).

PLUS 'PROPOSED SITES' LISTED
Land north of Atherton Way: brownfield site - 149 potential dwellings
Land at Western Avenue:  greenfield site - 186
potential dwellings 
 Wrawby Road Phase One: greenfield site - 152 potential dwellings
Wrawby Road Phase Two: greenfield site - 333 - 
potential dwellings

BRIGG BOASTS MANY FINE TREES BUT HOW OLD ARE OUR BEST-KNOWN EXAMPLES?


Brigg Blog is sure many other people living in our town would be interested to know the dates when some of our very fine trees were planted.
This came to mind when Storm Ciara recently claimed a silver birch on Birch Avenue, which came to ground and had to be cleared from the highway by council workmen.
Having posted a couple of pictures of that damage at the weekend, a couple of days later we received an informative email from a Brigg Blog follower who is aware that when Brigg Urban District Council developed the Newlands housing estate in the run up to the start of the Second World War, the 'species of tree' names afforded to the streets were represented by the types of saplings planted.
Our correspondent tells us: "I had always been led to believe that the trees were all of the variety of their respective street name, and had assumed that they were therefore planted when the houses were built in the mid to late '30s. They were certainly all mature trees by the early '80s.
"I recall the trees in Elm Way were all cut down sometime about 1980, maybe a couple of years later.  I believe this was due to Dutch Elm Disease. Whether they had it, or they were just at risk of it, I don’t know.  I think all the replacement trees are beech, so even these will be about 40 years old now.
"There is a presumably early '70s aerial photo of Brigg with the Newlands estate on p54 of Ted Dodd’s first Brigg book. The elms in Elm Way are fairly large, but I can’t make out the fallen birch so it must be below eaves height, so maybe not 35 years old by then?"
In respect of the Newlands estate, he adds: "The first houses built were in Cherry Tree Avenue, and the bottom of Elm Way and Ash Grove.  These houses all had individual wooden garden sheds (I doubt any survive – I demolished one about 1990 as it was starting to rot). Part way along Elm Way and Ash Grove, the later-built houses have brick-built garden sheds, as do all the houses in Birch Avenue and Almond Grove. You can clearly see these on Google Maps."
For many years we used to arrange a spring picture of that year's Miss Scunthorpe Telegraph admiring the pink cherry blossom on Cherry Tree Avenue - after a colour printing press had been installed in the mid-1990s, obviously.
It would be good to discover the ages of various trees, including the very tall poplars at Brigg Recreation Ground, the distinctive avenues formed along Wrawby Road and Cadney Road, and the cluster on East Park near the Tintab shelter.
A few trees in Brigg are covered by Tree Preservation Orders, while some species, such as oak, can live for hundreds of years.
However, disease and very strong winds can sometimes take their toll; in other cases, trees can pose a danger to nearby properties.
But in this age of 'green' environmental concerns about the future of the planet, trees are often mentioned as having a very important role to play in terms of the air we breathe and the climate.
North Lincolnshire Council has a policy of planting five trees for every one on its land that's lost, though not necessarily in the same spot.
We'll have to wait and see whether a silver birch sapling is planted on Birch Avenue to replace the mature example now sadly lost.
Another damaged tree came down on Bigby Road some months ago (on a grass verge near the Monument) blocking a lane of the A1084 for a short period. It was removed but the stump is still evident today.
PICTURED ABOVE: The much-admired row of trees on the boundary of Brigg Recreation Ground - backdrop to thousands of football, hockey and cricket matches down the decades, with many more the come. The Rec, fashioned from farmland, opened in the early 1950s. Were they planted at the same time?


Trees lining Bigby Road - summer 2015.

Cadney Road trees in July 2015.

East Park trees five years ago.

Wrawby Road trees in 2015 - viewed from the Monument roundabout.
 

LANCASTER BOMBER TALK TO PROVE POPULAR IN BRIGG


Brigg Blog predicts particular interest to be shown in BASH's next monthly meeting in the town.
Mike Chatterton will be giving an illustrated talk - A Tale of Two Lancasters - to Brigg Amateur Social Historians on Tuesday, March 3.
The meeting is at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court (overlooking the town's main car park) from 8pm.
Mike will talk about his time flying the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster, The City of Lincoln, - based at RAF Coningsby.
He will also share some of his father's memories of flying 'Lancs' during World War Two.
There's no need to book tickets for BASH meetings, just turn up on the night.
Admission is free, light refreshments will be served and a raffle held to help with costs.


Lancaster over Elsham picture by Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters magazine.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BRIGG TRACTOR RUN 2020: AMENDED DATE ANNOUNCED


Please note that the Brigg Tractor Run 2020 has changed its date due to forthcoming roadworks on the A1084 while a new barrier crossing is being installed by Network Rail.
Brigg Young Farmers say the Tractor Run will now take place on Sunday, March 8 and NOT the following Sunday, as originally planned.
This switch follows Brigg Blog posting a story about the crossing replacement contract - details of which were drawn to the attention of the Tractor Run organisers, who reacted quickly and amended the date. We do have our uses - occasionally!
Route and timings for the event are as follows:
10am: Gather at Ripon Farm Services near the level crossing at the top of Westrum Lane, Brigg, with refreshments available.
10.45am: Set off along Bigby High Road, the A1084.
10.55am: Bigby.
11.00am: Barnetby.
11.15am: Elsham.
11.30am: Worlaby.
11.35am: Bonby.
11.40am: Saxby-All-Saints.
11.45am: Horkstow.
12:15am: Picnic Area, Barton - refreshment/dinner stop.
1.00pm: Set off for Barrow.
1.15pm: Thornton Curtis.
1.20pm: Wootton.
1.30pm: Croxton.
1.40pm: Melton Ross.
1.50pm: Wrawby.
1.55pm: Re-enter Brigg along Wrawby Road.
2.05pm: Finish back at Ripon Farm Services.
Please note that these are approximate times; delays may occur along this lengthy circular route.

Drivers and passengers are paying a fee to take part, and proceeds will be donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice, the local charity.
Tractors taking part will include modern models and a good number that first took to local fields decades ago.

FORMER BRIGG SPORTSMAN TAKING TO THE RING IN AUSTRALIA


A former Brigg cricketer and Sir John Nelthorpe School pupil is to make his boxing debut on the other side of the world - in West Australia.
Simon Church, who grew up in Barnetby, emigrated Down Under many years ago and is currently in training for his first bout in the ring on March 28.
It's the latest stage in his return to fitness following an horrific leg injury sustained five years ago.
Simon says he's welcoming sponsorship from people in the Brigg area as he seeks to raise funds for the McGrath Breast Cancer Care Nurses.
"My aim now is to raise $1000 for The McGrath Foundation by asking 100 family, friends and acquaintances to kindly donate $10 each," he says. 

"The McGrath nurses provide invaluable support and care to women and men experiencing breast cancer."
Simon has been known as 'Chozzie' or 'Choz' to many of us for decades, but he has now acquired a new nickname as he prepares to make his boxing debut - The Grave Digger!
His bout will take place during a Gym Show in Kalamunda.
We are waiting for news about it being available to view live on Sky Box Office!

LINK to DONATE
https://fundraise.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/fundraisers/simonchurch/churchy--s-boxing-debut

RETAILER WITH STORE IN BRIGG ASKS: ARE YOU THE UK’S BEST WILD BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER?


Capture a feathered friend on camera for the chance to win a gift card and see your work in wilko's 2021 Wild Bird Calendar, says the company which has a store on Cary Lane in Brigg.
There are many keen amateur photographers living locally who take nice pictures of wildlife, some of which have been featured on Brigg Blog over the years.
We might share this post on Twitter - it's worth a tweet!

FROM KRISTIAN BRENNAN

Winter is a tough time for wild birds but as spring approaches and the weather becomes warmer, we should expect to hear more tweeting in our gardens.
One of the UK’s leading home and garden retailers, wilko, is inviting you to share your best wild bird photos in its annual competition to capture the best of our feathered friends.
Are you a keen photographer? If so, wilko invites you to share your best wild bird pictures for the chance to see your snaps in its 2021 Wild Bird Calendar and win one of 12 wilko gift cards worth £100.
All you need is a camera, an eye for detail... and a flying visit from your favourite wild birds to be in with a chance of winning.
Thankfully, with wilko’s superb range of wild bird food – delivering high-energy, nutritious meals – you could see starlings, sparrows and robins flocking to your feeders.
Daniel Bingham, Senior Pets Buyer for wilko, offers some practical advice: "Birds feed every day and don’t store energy well, so one or two bad days in cold weather or without food can be very dangerous for them.
"Put out a good selection of food in feeders or on tables to attract birds to your garden - things like fat balls are nutritious and high in energy - perfect to help them maintain weight and stay fuelled.
“Put some soft food down for the songbirds who can’t reach the feeders. Suet blocks and pellets work particularly well as they give the birds a great energy boost and plenty of calories.
“Don’t forget to provide fresh water. Ponds, puddles and other water sources may freeze over, making them inaccessible to birds.
"Birds can be timid so you’ll need to be patient, build up trust by sharing plenty of treats and you could soon be rewarded with the perfect wild bird shot”.
For further information and advice, we’d recommend that you visit www.homes.rspb.org.uk
The wilko wild bird competition runs from January 26 until 29 March.
All photographs should be taken in a garden or outdoor setting and must have been taken by you. Email your entries to WildBirdCompetition@wearebrazenpr.com
For full terms and conditions, visit life.wilko.com/wildbirdcompetition

Monday, February 17, 2020

STORM DENNIS AND BRIGG: PICTURES FROM THE RIVER ANCHOLME WITH FLOOD ALERT IN FORCE


An Environment Agency flood alert is still in place for the River Ancholme in and near Brigg today (Monday, February 17).
However, the Agency, which manages and monitors the river, said early this morning:  "Our forecasts indicate that flooding to properties isn't likely and therefore flood warnings are not expected to be issued. 

"Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."
The Agency expects "flooding of low-lying land and roads close to the river."
During high tides in the River Humber - morning and late afternoon - the Agency is unable to let flood water out of the Ancholme where it joins the estuary at South Ferriby. So those times of the day can be followed by rising levels on our river.
Brigg Blog took these pictures beside the Old River Ancholme late yesterday afternoon (Sunday). They show scenes near the Millennium Green, where Elwes Street meets Cadney Road, at the top of Candley Beck where it joins the river and along the Ancholme Way riverside path as far as the A18 Ancholme Way bridge.
The Environment Agency says it will issue a further update later today (Monday).

Read more about current North Lincolnshire flood incidents here...


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BRIGG BUNTING TO BE IN PLACE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF WW2 VICTORY IN EUROPE


Brigg Town Council will be flying the flag when local celebrations are held in the spring to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe after Germany had surrendered in 1945.
During its latest meeting the council sanctioned the purchase of new colourful bunting to adorn the town centre.
It was stressed that this will be in place ahead of the Victory in Europe celebrations on Friday, May 8. This is a national bank holiday, replacing the one usually held on the first Monday of the month.
Councillors also agreed that Queen Street will be added to the places given bunting.
Coun Rob Waltham pointed out: "This is a retail area."
Coun Penny Smith reminded colleagues that the 'old' bunting - now in store - had been purchased with public money in the past but still had some value.
This is now on offer to local groups - in return for a suitable donation.
Those interested can obtain further details from the Town Council by emailing enquiries@briggmarkettown.co.uk
Brigg & District Servicemen's Club will be the venue for a Second World War themed musical evening on May 8 for which tickets are already on sale. View details here...

PICTURED: Previous bunting adorning Wrawby Street, Brigg, on a hot summer's day.