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...


Click here for the latest weather update...







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.

BRIGG BUILT TWO CHURCHES IN THE SAME DECADE

 

Many people in Brigg today know that the town acquired two new churches - built almost side by side - during the 1960s. But which of them came first?
The answer is the Methodist Church, located on a site today bordered by the A18 (Barnard Avenue) and the aptly-named Wesley Road.
A commemorative stone we photographed recently on the side of the church carries the date 1963 (see above).
St Mary's Roman Catholic Church opened three years later - considerable fundraising having been co-ordinated by Father O'Hanlon, the parish priest, after whom a new residential street in Brigg was named in the 1960s. Fr O'Hanlon wanted a spire to be added on top but it never materialised. The new RC Church took over from one on Bigby Street.
This was also a period of change for other denominations.
The Congregational Church, on Wrawby Street, ceased to host services in 1973 - a year that also witnessed the demolition of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Bridge Street which had been empty for a considerable time.
Thankfully, the former Congregational Church building is still with us today; it's used by the Lovelle Estate Agency.
However, the old United Methodist Chapel, on Bigby Street, was knocked down in the 1960s; it occupied land near to today's Diya Spice takeaway.


Brigg Methodist Church as it is today - viewed across the A18.

A recent view of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Brigg (without spire).

The Congregational Chapel (centre) in the early 1970s.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel (left of centre), on Bridge Street, awaiting demolition circa 1971.

£1,200 ALEADY RAISED IN BRIGG FOR CHARITIES WITH £2K TARGET


The Hett Cup football tournament is now taking a short break after raising £1,200 for charity over the course of a few months.
The last of the 2019/2020 season quarter-finals is coming up at Brigg Town FC's EC Surfacing Ltd Stadium (The Hawthorns).
Brigg Town Under-18s will play Limestone Rangers on Wednesday, February 26 (7pm KO).
Admission is by programme costing £1, with food and drink available to spectators in the clubhouse (at their expense).
The organisers are hoping to raise £2,000 from this season's Hett Cup, to be distributed to various worthy causes.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

TOURISTS FROM NORWAY VISIT BRIGG BECAUSE OF 'OUR' BEER


We can now add Norway to the places from which people visit Brigg as tourists.
Over the weekend a party of football-loving Norwegians arrived and went to watch Brigg Town FC's home game.
They were  sighted in a number of town pubs, helping to lessen the effects of Storm Dennis, whose strong winds and heavy downpours meant some locals who might have visited licenses premises stayed at home instead.
We gather the group from Norway booked in at the Exchange, in the town centre.
Sources at the EC Surfacing Stadium (The Hawthorns) tipped us off that the Scandinavians would be watching Brigg's match against Parkgate.
One volunteer told us ahead of Saturday's game: "Eleven Norwegians are in Brigg this weekend as they sponsor today's home game against Parkgate, if it is on!
"They belong to a weight-lifting club called RVK in Greaker, near to Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad, and their interest was stoked by a beer called Brigg, which was brewed in Norway in the 1970s.
"Fans were delighted to welcome them to the clubhouse last night (Friday) and the guests have been kitted out in club hats and scarves. Even if the game is subject to a late postponement, the club will ensure the guests will enjoy more hospitality prior to flying home via Amsterdam and Oslo."
Another source told us they come over to the UK regularly to watch British football.
Brigg Town FC is to be congratulated, not only for giving the Norwegians such a warm welcome but also for getting the game on against Parkgate.
Every other match in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One had to be postponed because of wet conditions underfoot.
Sadly, the Zebras, who scored first through Martin Pembleton, went down to a 2-1 defeat and are 17th in the table - fourth from bottom.
The crowd, boosted by our visitors from afar, was a decent-sized 145. Even more so because of the rough weather.

On Wednesday night, Brigg were beaten 1-0 when they visited Grimsby Borough for a Lincolnshire Senior Trophy semi-final.
Brigg Town Reserves' scheduled away game at Lincoln United Development was postponed in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier yesterday.
In EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League Division One, leaders Barnetby United managed a 2-1 home win against fellow title-chasers Limestone Rangers. See pictures here, and match report below, from Lee Fielden.
Barnetby are now five points clear of Limestone and have two games in hand.
In Division Two, Barnetby United Reserves - away to bottom side Santon - won 3-1 with goals from Oliver Frith, Josh Goodman and Ryan Frankish. That victory moves the Reserves up to second place.
Brigg-based Briggensians, who are fourth, were without a Div Two match yesterday.


BATTLING RAILWAYMEN EARN HARD-FOUGHT 3 POINTS

Despite the impending presence of Storm Dennis, the Railwaymen took on Limestone Rangers at Silver Street, as 1st played 2nd.
Barnetby had the better of the opening exchanges and when an exquisite through ball from Elliott Gunn sent Will Forrest clear and he duly finished for his 8th of the season.
The game ebbed and flowed until O’Callaghan played a defence-splitting pass through for Forrest who again finished superbly to put his side 2-0 up.
O’Callaghan won a penalty on the stroke of half-time but unfortunately rolled his effort wide as the score was 2-0 at the break.
The second half was ignited on 60 minutes when Barnetby were reduced to 10 men. The resulting free kick then resulted in another free kick from which Max Batty smashed home to make it 2-1.
On 75 minutes, Popple burst down the right, Watson (from full-back) cut inside, was slipped in and his first-time cross was met at the far post by Brendan O’Callaghan to give Barnetby a 3-1 lead.
As the weather closed in the Barnetby backline held firm to secure yet another vital 3 points.

Barnetby United are in the black and white strip in Lee's action pictures.









BRIGG RAILWAY RELIC BACK ON TRACK AT HERITAGE LINE


A railway relic from Brigg is now enjoying a new lease of life after being lovingly restored on a heritage railway.
The cast iron footbridge on Brigg railway station took passengers across the tracks from Victorian times until being declared no longer fit for purpose by Network Rail and replaced by a modern version in 2015.
Carefully dismantled, it was taken to what's known as The Herriot Country Line - The Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire - where it has since been returned to tip-top order.
Various companies assisted in refurbishing the footbridge and many people donated to an appeal fund.
Brigg Blog, and other young trainspotters in the 1960s, stood on the footbridge to watch steam (and diesel) locos pass underneath.
Thousands of passengers also used it during its long working life, under various owners.
We are planning to make a nostalgic visit to The Wensleydale Railway later this year, and won't be the only ones wanting to see a part of Brigg's history serving the travelling public once again.

ABOVE: Brigg railway station's footbridge in November 2015 - just prior to removal.

A freight train passing under Brigg railway station's footbridge in April 2013.


 
Carefully removing the old footbridge and installing the replacement at Brigg railway station.

ALL CHANGE ON THE BRIGG LINE AS BETTER TRAINS ARRIVE


Brigg railway transport is expected to enter a new era this month as the town says farewell to some faithful old friends dating back to the 1980s.
We understand that Class 144 'rail buses' will no longer operate the Saturdays-only Brigg Line passenger service from February 29.
They are to be replaced by newly-allocated Class 158 units.
We've been told that these refurbished units offer much superior ride quality and include a disabled toilet, power sockets and (in some cases) free Wi-Fi.
February 29 will be the last day that the Northern company operates trains to Brigg; the government is then taking over the franchise through 're-nationalisation'.
Class 144 units are known in railway circles as Pacers. Despite offering basic facilities and a rather rough ride, some people have affection for them and it will be the end of an era when they make their last journeys through Brigg, Kirton Lindsey and Barnetby in the near future.
The recently-taken picture above shows a refurbished 158 trying out the Brigg line recently - a sign of things to come. Brigg Blog's thanks go to Sam for the image. Below we see a Pacer calling at our station - a sight soon to become a thing of the past.
People have written off Pacers on a number of occasions over many years, but their impending withdrawal has kept being delayed.
This time, though, it seems they really are coming to the end of the line.
Some examples are being preserved and, going forward, it will be possible to ride a Pacer on one, or more, of the UK's popular heritage lines.


 

BRIGG VOLUNTEERS WELCOME FOR THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN


Coun Carl Sherwood mentioned the forthcoming Great British Spring Clean during Brigg Town Council's latest meeting.
He's also a member of the decision-taking cabinet at North Lincolnshire Council, and the unitary authority has now furnished us with further details...

Be part of the pick – join the Great British Spring Clean in North Lincolnshire

FROM KIRSTY WESTFIELD, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Litter heroes in North Lincolnshire are being called on to take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean between 20 March and 13 April 2020.
The biggest ever litter campaign gives people the opportunity to get involved in cleaning up their community and country to really make a difference.
North Lincolnshire Council has backed the campaign for many years to encourage people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish that lives around communities.
Local people, community groups, charities, sports clubs, businesses and town and parish councils in North Lincolnshire are being called on to join in the big clean up. Join the growing army of ‘litter heroes’ who have had enough of other people’s litter and want to take action against it.
Last year’s Great British Spring Clean in North Lincolnshire saw around 400 volunteers from 40 groups collect over 1,000 large bin bags full of rubbish.
The mass clean-up is about people demonstrating that they love where they live – whether that’s by pledging to pick while walking the dog or taking the kids to school, hosting a clean-up or joining a group clean-up.
It also encourages people across the country to get together to clear up the litter that blights towns, villages, countryside and beaches – protecting wildlife and ultimately, stopping the tide of plastic that is doing so much damage to oceans and marine life.
Join the ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.
If every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put it in a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish disposed of.
If you would like to get involved in the big clean up, get in touch with the council on 01724 297670 or email neighbourhoodservices@northlincs.gov.uk
The council can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect.
In addition to making the council aware, register your involvement online at www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

This will ensure that all clean-ups in North Lincolnshire are recognised and your clean-up is shown on the map along with others taking place up and down the country. You will also be able to download the guide, get advice and tips.
Share your litter picks using the hashtag #GBSpringClean
The Great British Spring Clean is led by Keep Britain Tidy.
NF adds: Brigg Town Council, and others, organise periodic litter-picking sessions which Brigg Blog is always happy to publicise in advance to assist in attracting volunteers.

PICTURED: Brigg litter-pickers with bags of rubbish following a collection session in the town. Image courtesy of Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters magazine.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

STORM DENNIS WEATHER WARNING FOR NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE TODAY AND TOMORROW


The wind picked up and Storm Dennis duly arrived in Brigg early this afternoon (Saturday, February 15).
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain across North Lincolnshire.
It gave a bad weather update today "to extend the warning eastwards across a larger chunk of England."
The yellow warning for the east of England covers the period from 12:00 Saturday to 21:00 tomorrow (Sunday).
Some commentators in the UK are suggesting that Storm Dennis will not prove to be as severe as Storm Ciara last weekend when high winds brought down a number of fences and trees, including the one pictured above on Sunday along Birch Avenue, Brigg, by local resident Ken Harrison.

BRIGG COUNCILLORS ABOUT TO CONSIDER PLANS TO ALTER THE ANGEL BUILDING


North Lincolnshire Council's plans to refurbish the Angel building in Brigg town centre will be considered at a forthcoming meeting which is open to interested members of the public.
A planning application has been lodged seeking approval to make internal alterations, erect a canopy at the rear and formulate a new opening within the arch canopy at the front of the Angel, including associated works.
As the first stage in the planning process, Brigg Town Council has been consulted. And the Angel application will be considered during a meeting of Brigg's Planning & Environment Committee on Monday (February 17) in the Angel Suite Lounge, from 6.45pm.
Any comments or recommendations the Town Council wishes to make will be forwarded to North Lincolnshire Council planners who have the final say in whether to grant the application.

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 listed below.
3. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS CIRCULATED, OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 27 JANUARY 2019.
4.  To Receive any general correspondence.
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:
Application No: PA/2020/3
. Proposal: Planning permission to create an access and two car parking spaces, Quinton And Kaines, Enterprise Court, Ancholme Business Park.
Application No: PA/2020/7. Proposal: Planning permission for internal alterations, erect canopy at the rear and formulation of new opening within the arch canopy including associated works at The Angel, Market Place.
Application No: PA/2019/1929. Proposal: Advertisement consent to replace existing signage with 1 facia sign, 1 aluminium composite panel sign, 1 push/pull & window manifestation, 1 lockable poster case at One Stop Stores Ltd, 10-12 Atkinson Avenue.
TO NOTE THE DECISIONS RECEIVED FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL REGARDING PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS

NF adds: The Angel Suite Lounge, where this meeting is being held, is in the basement. Access is via the Rotunda (conservatory-like building off the rear car park). Then take the stairs down to the Lounge or use the lift provided.

BIGGEST BRIGG SCHOOL REUNION OF 2020 COMING UP


Tickets are now on sale for the biggest Brigg school reunion event of 2020.
School friends will be reunited at a showpiece dinner on Saturday, March 14 in the Elsham Golf Club restaurant (meet 7pm for 7.30pm).
Organised by the Briggensians Association, this event is for former pupils and staff of Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg Grammar School and Brigg Girls' High School. The Nelthorpe comprehensive was created in 1976.
Dinner tickets cost £25, and the guest speaker will be Old Briggensian David Horsley.
He left Brigg Grammar in 1969 following A-levels, going on to study zoology at the University of London. He then became a biology teacher.
Now retired, David's interests include photography and he has travelled widely, including South America, Greenland, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, Australia and Madagascar. He features in our picture montage above with some of the guests at a previous annual dinner.
Cheques for dinner tickets should be sent to The Briggensians Association Dinner Secretary, c/o Rachael Harvey, Sir John Nelthorpe School, Wrawby Road, Brigg, DN20 8DS, and the closing date for applications is March 1.
The dinner in March will be the 43rd staged by the Briggensians - making it the longest-running reunion event for Brigg school 'old girls' and 'old boys'.

THREE WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES IN BRIGG


Road closures will be in force on one of the most used highways in Brigg at various times over three successive weekends.
Dates have been notified for the installation of a new barrier crossing to replace the existing one on Bigby High Road.
Motorists are advised that delays are likely to result from this project, to be carried out by Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.
March 14 and 15: Workers will decommission the existing crossing between 9pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.
March 21 and 22: Barrier preparation and testing will be undertaken between 9pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.
March 28 and 29: Commissioning of the crossing between 9pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ABOUT PARKING IN BARNETBY



There's a public consultation coming up in Barnetby about parking issues near the village railway station.
It will be held in the Church Hall on Monday (February 17) between 5pm and 6pm.
North Lincolnshire Council will be involved in the consultation.
Our picture, taken in November, shows recently introduced pay-and-display car parking bays near the station.

Friday, February 14, 2020

ROADWORKS ABOUT TO START IN BRIGG - DELAYS LIKELY



Roadworks are scheduled in Brigg between Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 23, with delays likely for motorists.
The location is Grammar School Road, near Wesley Road, and will result in a lane closure.
BT will be installing ducts in this part of the town.

WHAT'S UP, DOC? BE-SPOKE ADVICE AVAILABLE AT NEW BRIGG 'CLINICS'


Brigg is about to welcome the arrival of a new doctor, but he does not come on the National Health.
This specialist's surgeries will offer a BE-SPOKE service - only for cyclists.
Brians Cycles - located within the long-established Brians DIY store on the corner of Wrawby Street and Grammar School Road South - is introducing Dr Bike.
Coming soon, the 'Bike Doc' will be available on the first and last Wednesday every month, offering a free consultation service to locals who are keen to keep their cycles in good order. It's 'no' to punctured lungs but a definite 'yes' to punctured tyres!
Brians explains: "We will check your bike's gears, brakes, chain wear, tyres and inflate your tyres if needed."
Should your cycle fail to get a clean bill of health in the check-up, any work that needs doing "will be charged at a special Dr Bike rate and parts will be charged at the recommended retail price."
The Dr Bike service launches towards the end of February. Send a Facebook message to Brians Cycles to book a session or pop into the premises in person.

Pictured above: Inside Brians Cycles, Brigg.

MISSING SIGN MYSTERY ON THE EDGE OF BRIGG


Now you see it,  now you don't, then you do! Brigg Blog is describing the Scawby Brook road sign on Bridge Street, passed by thousands of drivers on the A18 as they approach the New River Ancholme bridge and leave town for the adjoining hamlet.It has disappeared and re-appeared several times - for reasons yet to be explained.
The supporting framework has always stayed in place beside the main road, but not its all-important Scawby Brook information board.
Back in November 2018 we took another picture to show this nameboard being absent (it's in our image archive with auto-generated date attached via our digital camera).

Hopefully the sign will now regain some permanence so drivers heading west know they are leaving Brigg and entering Scawby parish.
Otherwise, non-locals at the wheel or on foot might well assume they are still in Brigg when they get to Scawby Road.
Land on the other side of this lengthy lane belongs to another parish entirely, and a roadside sign is still in place today, near the bridge, informing people that the Waters Edge housing estate is part of Broughton. A few rooftops can be seen in the distance on our picture.

Brigg Blog emailed North Lincolnshire Council, the local highway authority, seeking information about this road sign. We'll let you know if a reply is forthcoming.

SEVEN JOBS ON OFFER IN AND AROUND BRIGG


North Lincolnshire Council has various Brigg area job vacancies at its Hewson House offices and the Ancholme Leisure Centre, Scawby Brook.
At Hewson House, pictured above, the local authority is seeking a specialist team lead (£38k to £45k).
At the leisure centre it needs a health and well-being activator (£20k-£22k), a membership & sales administrator (£18k+) and a casual leisure attendant (£9.36 per hour plus payment in lieu of holiday). View further details and how to apply through this link...
Brigg Garden Centre, on Bigby High Road, has vacancies for a landscape assistant and a garden sundries department manager. View details here...

The Oxfam Book Shop, on Wrawby Street, requires a deputy manager (12 hours a week - £5,617 per year). Find out more through this link...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

ALDI STORE 'COMING SOON' TO BRIGG


Aldi has now updated the status of its forthcoming Brigg store to 'Coming Soon'.
Although the company has yet to reveal the date when the new retail outlet off Bridge Street will welcome its first shoppers, this is the first time Brigg has appeared on its online list of stores set to open across the UK during 2020. A dozen others are also categorised as 'Coming Soon'.
Aldi is currently advertising for 'permanent' Brigg store assistants, to be paid £9.40p to £10.41p an hour. Use this link to find out more...
Construction work is now under way off Bridge Street, with a mini-roundabout on the A18 to be added prior to the store opening.

IMPRESSIVE GIG ENJOYED AT BRIGG PUB

 

Those who watched and listened to a Brigg pub's live music gig at the weekend enjoyed an impressive performance.
The Under the Covers duo, as their name suggests, performed hit songs made famous by a variety of top bands down the decades when they appeared at the Woolpack on Saturday night (February 8).
The play list included an energetic version of the late 1980s Guns N' Roses classic Sweet Child O' Mine, complete with a Slash-style guitar solo!
Week after week the Woolpack, in the Market Place, continues to offer live music of various kinds - from solo singers to bands.
RedBooT have been booked to appear this Saturday (February 15) from 9pm.
Admission is free - all welcome.

Singer Kelly will be performing hits from the 1960s through to the present day when she appears at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club on Saturday (February 15) from 8.30pm. Free admission - everyone is welcome, says the Coney Court venue. 
There will be a pool flyer at the club on Sunday afternoon, from 1pm. Entry fee £10 - pay at the bar. 
There will be a Valentine's Day disco/karaoke at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Brigg Market Place, on Friday, February 14, from 8pm. 
 
Under the Covers performing at Brigg's Woolpack. Pix taken on our camera phone rather than the usual 'digital' which offers better quality.  Our second excuse - the energetic duo wouldn't keep still!

BRIGG TRACTOR RUN WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR LINDSEY LODGE HOSPICE


An event that proves quite a spectacle in Brigg and the surrounding area is about to rev up for another year.
The Annual Tractor Run 2020 - organised by Brigg Young Farmers - will take place on Sunday, March 8.

(PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE OF DATE, LATER MADE BY THE ORGANISERS  AFTER THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF MAJOR ROADWORKS IN BRIGG ON THE 15TH).
The usual departure point will be used - Ripon Farm Services, on Westrum Lane - with the cavalcade of farm vehicles leaving at 10am.
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 include modern models and a good number that first took to local fields decades ago.
We intend to include the route of the run, taking in roads within the Brigg area, nearer the time.
Brigg Young Farmers' Club was formed in 1938 and holds meetings at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns clubhouse.
Our picture shows some of the tractors on Wrawby Road after they returned to Brigg along the A18 in March 2019.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

LOCAL HISTORY EVENT IN BRIGG TONIGHT


Don't forget that there's a special Local History Event at the Oxfam Book Shop in Brigg tonight (Wednesday, February 12).
The Wrawby Street premises will be opening from 6pm to 8pm so people can view the selection of local history books on offer, with light refreshments being served. Read further details here...

There's no need to BOOK in advance, just turn up and browse!

DETACHED PROPERTY PLANNED IN BRIGG REFUSED APPROVAL


North Lincolnshire Council has refused to grant planning permission to erect a new detached dwelling in Brigg.
An application had been submitted seeking approval to build at 1 Bramble Way - on the edge of the Newlands estate.
Giving its reasons for refusing consent, the council told the applicants: "The erection of a dwelling of this size, on this limited, irregular shaped plot, with minimal separation distances from the boundaries of the site and with limited private amenity space, would create an unacceptable over-development of this relatively small site that would be out of keeping with the character of the area, and that would provide a poor living environment for future occupiers."
Brigg Town Council had also objected to this proposal.
Anyone refused planning consent by a local authority may, if they choose, lodge an appeal against the decision.

BRIGG FARMERS' MARKET UNDER DISCUSSION


Thousands of motorists and scores of pedestrians pass the railings beside the A18 Monument roundabout in Brigg every week.
So this is seen as an ideal spot to erect a temporary banner advertising North Lincolnshire Council's farmers' market ahead of this very popular monthly event.
However, Coun Penny Smith told Brigg Town Council's latest meeting that on Saturday, January 25 the banner on the railings had been removed while the market was still operating, leaving some people wondering whether that day's event was actually proceeding.
Coun Nigel Sherwood - a member of North Lincolnshire Council - replied: "It's on the fourth Saturday every month."
Brigg Blog has long considered this issue from a slightly different angle.
Over many previous Saturdays we wondered whether the banner on the railings had been left up TOO LONG. We've seen it still in place on Sundays and even early on Mondays.
As the banner carries the lettering 'This Saturday' it might cause some confusion, we've often thought.
The general rule is that the farmers' market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month.
However, in December there is usually a change; it is brought forward to before Christmas when there's heavy demand for products of all kind  from the stalls.

FORMER BRIGG VICAR INSTALLED IN HIS NEW PARISH


Former Brigg Vicar Father Owain Mitchell has been installed at his new parish in Derbyshire so we can start to think about who his replacement will be at St John's Church and how long this process is going to take.
The member of clergy appointed will also minister to the spiritual needs of parishioners in Wrawby, Cadney & Howsham, Bonby and Worlaby.
Father Owain, who conducted his last service in Brigg on December 29, was inducted as Vicar of New Mills, in the Peak District, on February 6. In attendance were the Bishop of Derby and the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.
St George's Parish Church has posted "An Introduction to Father Owain Mitchell, Vicar of New Mills" - informing parishioners about his time in the church, which began in the Bridlington area.
In accordance with Church of England procedures, he resigned his living in Brigg on February 5 - after 15 years - and the following day was made Vicar of St George’s.
Our picture - taken by Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters magazine - shows Father Owain during his last service at the town's St John's Church.