Sunday, September 27, 2020


An update about the Brigg Tourist Information Centre was given to the Town Council's latest meeting by Coun Rob Waltham. Having been closed for some months, it will be returning to the Buttercross in a few weeks.
The original intention was to move the TIC to the refurbished Angel building to allow Lindsey Lodge Hospice to move into the ground floor of the Buttercross, having recently vacated its charity shop on Wrawby Street.
Coun Waltham explained that the Hospice could not pursue this option within the timescale required. But North Lincolnshire Council would continue to work with the charity to find it new premises.
His comments to the Town Council followed a recent statement issued by the unitary authority...


Brigg Tourist Information Centre will re-open in November – bringing services back into the community.
Staff will be on hand to offer advice and services from the Buttercross – for example the popular service selling tickets for local events will continue – supporting many of Brigg’s community groups. Digital displays will be used to promote local events and leaflets will be available.
It comes as a new community hub will be opened at the Angel in the town. The new facility will open after an extensive refurbishment which is part of North Lincolnshire Council’s wider £5m community investment programme.
The council had been working with Lindsey Lodge Hospice to open a shop at the Buttercross but current challenges means this won’t now happen.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council said: “The Buttercross and the Tourist Information Centre are an important part of the Brigg community offer. Covid restrictions means that things will be slightly different when we reopen; however, visitors to the town will still be able to gain the support they need.”
“We know that some residents had some concerns about supporting Lindsey Lodge Hospice; however, I believe they are an incredible charity that works tirelessly for people who need the most help and support. We will, of course, continue to work closely with them as they look to get another shop back in the town.”
PICTURED: The Buttercross housing the TIC, inside the centre on the ground floor, and the former Hospice Shop on Wrawby Street.


Brigg Town Football Club made tracks to Harrogate Railway and won 2-1 yesterday (Saturday, September 26).
Having beaten Nostell Miners Welfare in midweek in their opening league game, the Zebras again secured maximum points. Second half goals from Wayne Graves and Jason Pembleton did the trick for Brigg who are fourth in the ToolStation Northern Counties East Divison One table.
On Saturday (October 3) they visit Hull to take on Hall Road Rangers.
At the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) yesterday, Brigg Town Reserves lost 1-0 to Grantham Town Academy in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
On Tuesday (September 29) Brigg Reserves have a home game against Immingham Town (7.45pm KO) and follow that up with another home fixture against Tetney Rovers on Saturday (3pm).



Brigg has a new Town Clerk - Kerry McGrath having been promoted from Deputy Town Clerk. She succeeds Dinah Lilley who has retired after lengthy service in local government - the last three years being spent as Town Clerk.
This officer is responsible for the authority's administration and finances, as well as overseeing the allotments and Christmas lights,  organising various events and functions, taking the minutes at meetings and offering advice to councillors.
Kerry co-ordinated Brigg's latest community litter-picking session on Saturday, September 19 when the volunteers included Dinah Lilley.
Kerry also hosted the Town Council's September meeting on September 22 - held on the internet using the Zoom facility.
PICTURED: Kerry McGrath (main image, right) and with Dinah Lilley (left) and Coun Ann Eardley (right) during a social function held to mark the 200th anniversary of Brigg's Buttercross in June 2019. Pictures by Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters Magazine.


People in Brigg will be making a bee line for Jaylaurs Sewing Studios' annual event.
The Wrawby Street business will be hosting it on Saturday, October 5, from 9am through to 5pm.
Free workshops will be operating and there will be special guests, raffles, competitions and 25% off all fabric & 'habby' in-store. There's an open invitation to pop along and join the party.

Saturday, September 26, 2020


A Brigg eatery has announced that it will be serving Sunday lunches every week from October 4 - noon to 5.30pm.
A selection of roast meats will be available at Pips Kitchen, together with seasonal veg, home-made 'roasties' and 'real gravy'.
Desserts will also be on offer at the venue which is located in Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns clubhouse.
Prices are: Two courses £9-99p; one course £6-50 (adult) and £4-50 (child, includes ice cream).
Deliveries are available, or diners can order and pick up their meal from Pips Kitchen (vehicular access from Wrawby Road).
The newly refurbished function room in the Zebras' clubhouse has seating for 35 people in line with government guidelines and social distancing. Tables can be booked in advance. Call 07714 767820.


There's a football match to watch in Brigg today (Saturday, September 26). It's at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) where Brigg Town Reserves will be hosting Grantham Town Academy in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier (3pm kick-off).

Admission is £3 (adults), £2 (OAPs) and free to under-18s.
Fresh from a tonic 4-2 midweek home win over Nostell Miners Welfare in their opening league game, Brigg's first teamers journey to Harrogate Railway Athletic this afternoon in Northern Counties East Division One.
On the mark for the Zebras on Wednesday night were Jack Tierney, Andrew Taylor, Jack Bowskin and James Osbourne. Town hit three goals in the opening seven minutes before a good-sized attendance - 151.
If you are a planning a visit to the EC Surfacing Stadium this afternoon, Pips Kitchen and the clubhouse bar will be open.
The EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League  (sponsored by a Brigg company) will begin the 2020/21 season later than planned - on Saturday, October 10.
There will be a home game for Brigg team Briggensians against Crowle Colts Development in the first round of the Tortank Barton Brotherhood Cup (2.30pm).
Brigg Hockey Club's Men's 4th XI is scheduled to open the new season today (Saturday) with a home game against Slazengers 5ths (3.30pm).


Congratulations to Barnetby United Football Club on becoming the 2019/20 Hospital Cup winners in the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League, sponsored by a Brigg company.
Barnetby beat The Butchers Arms 5-1 with goals from Josh Goodman (2), Ben Hunt, Cameron Hill and Greg Brackenbury. The final - delayed from last Spring because of the Coronavirus emergency - attracted a socially-distanced crowd totalling 214.
Barnetby will be visiting Brigg Town Football Club's ground on Thursday, October 1 to play in the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup final (7.30pm). Their opponents will be Scotter United, and a good-sized attendance is expected.
PICTURED: Barnetby striker Cameron Hill.


North Lincolnshire Council's installation of a new slide on the Davy Memorial field  (pictured here) will bring back memories of the original slide for those who used it over many decades from the 1950s onwards.
After giving great service to town youngsters, the initial slide was replaced by a newer and smaller one. Today's is smaller still.
No criticism is intended, as the new one located within a fenced off area of the park which is aimed at younger children, for whom the latest model seems ideal.
Decades ago the field was 'open plan' with tots and teenagers competing for the equipment and the grass.
Has anyone in Brigg got a picture or two of the original slide being used which they are prepared to share with us?
We remember it being very high up when you climbed the metal steps and got to the tower at the top, but that might be because we were still attending primary school at the time, in the mid-1960s, and had yet to reach 5ft.
When the crossing gates clanked shut, train-loving youngsters dashed across the field and up the grassy bank to stand and admire steam locos when they came into view.
After tea on weekdays a fish train from Grimsby used to run through, leaving a certain lingering smell in the air long after it had cleared the station and headed off towards Sheffield.
Diesels eventually took over the fish trains but, by the late 1960s, Grimsby's finest was sent far and wide by road rather than rail.
Amid competition from lorry firms, the number of fish wagons in each train reduced considerably, year by year, making this trade uneconomic for British Rail. It was the same at other fishing ports, including Hull.
Fish trains did not stop in Brigg to drop off supplies in the 1960s, but cod, haddock and other species remain popular in the town.
Last Thursday (market day) we counted an early morning queue of 11 people waiting to be served from the fresh Grimsby fish van located near the Buttercross.

Friday, September 25, 2020


International discount retailer Aldi opened its new Brigg store to customers yesterday morning (Thursday, September 24) at 8am. 

The company has now supplied us with comments and information about the new facility off Bridge Street, following on from Brigg Blog's own post as one of the initial customers.
The store - close to the A18 - has 1,315 square metres of retail space and is run by manager Scott Gittens, along with "a team of 28 colleagues from the local community."
Commenting a few hours after the opening, Scott said: “It’s been a wonderful morning here at the opening of Aldi Brigg. It was lovely to welcome our new customers into store and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks.

“I’d also like to thank our customers for following the social distancing guidelines we have in place to ensure the health and safety of both our customers and colleagues.”
Aldi says the new store has large chillers and freezers dedicated to fresh British meat products, a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store, a back wall showcasing Aldi’s award-winning beers, wines and spirits, and an exclusive section for health & beauty products.
Customers visiting the store can take advantage of Aldi’s famous Specialbuys, which are available every Thursday and Sunday.
During its opening week the Brigg store will be offering a wide range of baking essentials, including, a 3-in-1 hand blender for £14.99, a classic stand mixer for £49.99 and a 4-piece bakeware set for £9.99.
Brigg Blog should have no difficulty remembering the store's postcode DN20 8NF - useful for 'sat nav' customers coming by car.
Opening hours are: Monday - Saturday: 8am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.
PICTURES COURTESY OF ALDI; Manager Scott Gittens, his staff and their new store. 



Brigg pubs, bars and even sit-down restaurants will have to close at 10pm this weekend to comply with tighter restrictions imposed by the government to tackle a national rise in Coronavirus cases. 'Table service' is also mandatory - meaning no more trips to bars (even with protective perspex screens) to request top ups. Masks will have to be worn when entering premises until people sit down, and put on again if customers leave to visit the toilets or go elsewhere within the building.
It will be interesting to see what time 'last orders' are called and how much 'drinking up time' is permitted, using an historic term not mentioned often these days.
Will customers have to be off the premises, with doors closed, at 10pm?
These factors will become clear in Brigg over the weekend.
It could be that police visit some premises ahead of 'drinking up time' with one eye on the clock. Licensing was taken away from the police some years ago and passed to local authorities (in our case, North Lincolnshire Council).
Police forces are required to enforce some Covid-related emergency measures across the UK, while other are assigned to councils.  In certain areas, it seems, they both have jurisdiction.
Many local pub-goers have a sense of relief that at least the bars have been permitted to stay open - unlike the period from late March to early July when closure was enforced by the government.
It seems likely that a good many customers will just visit local licensed premises earlier than they usually do; therefore, the amount of time they spend drinking in a socially-distanced manner in local bars will remain pretty much the same as it's been since early July when the government permitted pubs to reopen.
Shops and stores holding off-licences must also stop selling beer, wine and spirits at 10pm. We think this might be an unfortunate price the stores are being made to pay to avoid potential drinking on the streets or in parks by groups after 10pm, having bought cans or bottles of booze for this purpose.


The monthly Brigg Farmers' Market will be held in the town centre on Saturday (September 26) from 9am to mid-afternoon. It will be accompanied by stalls forming the Saturday general market.
It's hoped that now Brigg's passenger train service has resumed, some people from South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and other parts of Lincolnshire will pay us a visit for the markets and will also take a look at local shops while they are here.
Established 20 years ago by North Lincolnshire Council, the award-winning farmers' market offers a wide range of products, including jam, bread, cakes and cheese. Fast food will also be on offer. Free parking is offered in Brigg on Saturdays.

Earlier this week we checked that the farmers' market will be proceeding as planned, in view of amendments being made to some Coronavirus emergency restrictions by the government. Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham, the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, indicated to us that the market would be unaffected and proceed as normal.
PICTURED: A busy scene at a previous Brigg Farmers' Market held in September.

Thursday, September 24, 2020


The Aldi store in Brigg on the day it opened - September 24, 2020 with low prices on offer to shoppers

The new Alid store in Brigg opened at 8am today (Thursday, September 24, 2020) with about a dozen shoppers queuing to become the first to use the new facility off Bridge Street when the doors were unlocked.
Brigg Blog was among them and took time to tour the store, which we must say it larger than we expected in terms of floor space.
Friendly staff were busy greeting customers and helping them to locate items along the aisles.
Unfortunately, cool and wet weather this morning coincided with the Aldi opening but some people still visited on foot, although the majority came by car.
We had a walk down and used one of the new pedestrian crossing points provided on the A18. We didn't observe any difficulties relating to the new mini-roundabout offering access to, and entry from, the new store.
As for prices... Baked beans 29p a can, four cans of 'own brand' cider (440ml) £1.89, a jar of horseradish sauce 79p. Brigg Blog goes shopping for essentials?
Aldi has asked us to stress that face masks must be worn by shoppers inside the Brigg store, and they need to keep their distance from staff and other customers.
PICTURED: The Aldi store in Brigg on the day it opened - September 24, 2020 with low prices on offer to shoppers; below - customers queuing ahead of the doors opening at 8am.


The first shoppers waiting to use the new Aldi store in Brigg when it opened on September 24, 2020



Historic Brigg railway station welcomed back its first trains for six months on Saturday (September 19)  but 'lost' a number of potential passengers because of its most modern feature!
The station dates back to 1848 but the current footbridge leading to platform two is a fairly recent addition. Unlike most on the network - including the one at Barnetby - ours does NOT have gently sloping ramps - only steep steps.
The Independent Brigg Line Rail Group informs us: "We could have got some more passengers on Saturday if it wasn't for the fact that the footbridge doesn't have any ramps."
A woman she would like to travel on the train with her wheelchair, the IBLRG says.
It was explained to her that the far platform at Brigg does not have ramp access and (returning from Cleethorpes in the afternoon) she would have to either get off at Barnetby and secure a taxi back to Brigg or stay on the train until Kirton-in-Lindsey, which has only one platform, and then wait for the next eastbound train back to Brigg.
The group passed on the freephone Northern Rail assistance number for her to use.
"Not surprisingly, the lady and her party decided this was too much of an effort and did not travel," the IBLRG reports.
All Brigg station's original buildings, including the booking hall and waiting rooms, were removed decades ago.
The platforms - build to cater for 13-coach mainline trains - were also shortened for use by modern one and two-car diesel units.
But a few years ago when the Victorian cast-iron footbridge was condemned, rail bosses decided to install a replacement without sloping ramps. This was the less expensive option, although the stepped footbridge still involved major investment in a station which only sees passenger trains on Saturdays.
The cast-iron footbridge was carefully dismantled and taken away to be refurbished and used on a heritage railway in the north-east.
The Independent Brigg Line Rail Group campaigns to get more passengers to use the Brigg line: Twitter @IBLRG -

Trains will also be departing from Brigg station this Saturday (September 26). 

To Barnetby, Grimsby & Cleethorpes: 8.59am, 1pm and 4.57pm (from platform one).

To Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield: 11.48am, 3.43pm and 7.48pm (from platform two).


A planning inspector, appointed by the government, has given the go ahead for a new property to be built in Brigg after North Lincolnshire Council refused to grant permission.
When the application to build on land adjacent to 56 Bigby High Road was rejected, an appeal was lodged with the Planning Inspectorate.
Having considered submissions from applicant Harry Thorpe and the council, the inspector overturned the local authority's ruling.
As a result, the erection of the single dwelling with new vehicular access can proceed.
The inspector noted the council's appeal statement made reference to encroachment into open countryside which, the authority suggested, would alter this well-established "entryway" into Brigg, resulting in the urbanisation of the existing countryside.
However, the inspector pointed out: "A new dwelling could be accommodated on the appeal site with a layout, scale and design to compliment those of the existing dwellings on Bigby High Road. For these reasons it would assimilate well into its surrounding environment and there would not be harm to the character and appearance of the area or the countryside as a result."
Brigg Town Council had supported the application for the new dwelling but some concerns were expressed that the proposal was in an area designated as open countryside. The town authority did not want to see a precedent created.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Brigg shoppers have been waiting patiently for the town's new Aldi store to open and it will do so tomorrow (Thursday, September 24) at 8am.
We expect a rush of customers to arrive by car at the Bridge Street store off the A18, and also on foot via the new crossing points provided. A mini-roundabout has been installed to control traffic entering and leaving Aldi's premises.

Aldi has sent four-page glossy leaflets about its new store to many Brigg households this week. Super Weekly Offers include 24 rashers of unsmoked bacon (720g) for £3.29p, and Wagyu rump steak (average weight 227g) for £5.99p. Carrots will be on sale at 39p per kilo - the same price as a pack of three large brown onions. The 'Super 6' also features figs, plums, celery and garlic for 39p (various weights). The store is licensed and will be selling wines, beers and spirits. 

The new store is being run by manager Scott Gittens. The international discount retailer stresses that it offers high quality, low-price products.
Aldi’s 'Specialbuys' will be available in the central aisle every Thursday and Sunday - "offering extraordinary value on a wide range of products, from electrical items to garden tools."
The new store is located at DN20 8NF (for sat nav users coming by car) and will be trading Mondays-Saturdays from 8am to 10pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
As a grocery and 'weekly shop' provider, Aldi joins existing major companies Tesco and B&M which are already established in Brigg.
Many Brigg residents will have shopped at Aldi stores elsewhere, including Scunthorpe and Ashby. It certainly offers low prices!
Remember social distancing if you are planning to visit the new Aldi premises.



A Brigg town centre pub will be continuing its Thursday quiz nights.
The Woolpack, in the Market Place, held an introductory one last Thursday (September 17).
Landlady Sarah Hardy, pictured here at the Woolie, said the first went very well and others will follow tomorrow (September 24) and thereafter, all starting at 7.30pm.
Prizes are on offer and there's an open invitation to attend. Teams of up to four people can take part and the usual social distancing measures will be observed.
For further details, call 07933 513826 or inquire at the bar during opening hours.


Proposed housing developments within the Brigg & Wolds and Broughton Wards will be considered by North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee during a 'virtual' meeting held on the web today (Wednesday, September 23) starting at 2pm.
BROUGHTON: Approval is being sought to erect 24 dwellings comprising 12 'rent to home buy', 6 shared ownership and 6 open market dwellings, on land to the east of Hillside Road.
WRAWBY: An application will be considered seeking permission to erect a dwelling, including demolition of existing garage, on land to the rear of Milkwood, Melton Road.
The planning committee is chaired by Coun Nigel Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds). It has been unable to meet on council premises in Scunthorpe for a number of months due to Coronavirus emergency restrictions on gatherings.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Pictures showing the White Hart pub in Brigg town centre - put up for sale in September 2020

An historic Brigg town centre pub has been put up for sale through a property company which specialises in finding buyers for licenced and hospitality premises across the UK.
Next to to County Bridge and with a large beer garden overlooking the Old River Ancholme, the White Hart has a £300,000 price tag.
Having been closed for some time while owned by a brewery chain, it changed hands in 2018 and the company which acquired it revealed plans for refurbishment. Some work was carried out inside the premises but it has remained closed.
Property agent LLH Solutions, based in Rutland, now has the White Hart in its portfolio and a sign advertising the fact has gone up on the front of the building.
The agent says renovation began in earnest two years ago, until its clients (the current vendors) "had their attention demanded by another of their business enterprises, and then the work ceased."
LLH Solutions says this needs completing "by way of full fit out" but stresses that the project and pub "has massive scope."
The White Hart has changed hands a number of times over the past 50 years.
Following a period of closure in the late 1970s, it was acquired by local businessman Ray Neall and his wife Norma whose extensive refurbishment transformed the premises, which includes living accommodation, rear car park (accessed through an archway) and beer garden with riverside mooring.
The current asking price for the freehold is £300,000 plus VAT, with vacant possession.
The agent can be contacted by calling 01780 435072, emailing or through the web using this link...
These pictures of the White Hart were taken yesterday (Monday, September 21).


Customers at the Tesco store in Brigg can now park and charge electrically-powered cars free of charge while doing their shopping.
Brigg Blog reported three weeks ago that this 'green' initiative was coming to town.
These recently-taken pictures show the charge points plugged in and available for use alongside the Barnard Avenue emporium.
It's a self-service facility, with instructions given to motorists through display screens.
A Tesco spokesman explained: “As part of our Little Helps Plan we’re rolling out 600 free electric vehicle charging points across the UK."
More than 200 are now in use at Tesco stores nationwide - ours being in the latest batch.
"Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice, giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is a little help to make this easier," Tesco told Brigg Blog.
The petrol station continues to operate at our local store - being sited well away from the 'green' alternative.




A famous figure in North Lincolnshire football for many decades was a spectator at the Brigg Town v Winterton Rangers Buildbase FA Vase tie at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) on Saturday (September 19).
As Town's influential manager, Ralph 'Raz' Clayton led the club to victory in two FA Vase finals - at the original Wembley stadium, London, in 1996 and again in 2003 at West Ham United's Upton Park.
'Raz' managed Brigg and also had a spells in charge at Scunthorpe steelworks club Appleby-Frodingham, Bottesford and other clubs.
Winterton won 3-2 on Saturday before a sizeable crowd, now confirmed as 260 - just 40 short of the government-permitted maximum.
In the next round, Rangers will meet New Mills. The Peak District town's vicar is Father Owain Mitchell, who moved there from St John's Church, Brigg, in January.
'Raz' is pictured above, covering his face during a light-hearted moment with the Brigg Town team in the 1970s.
Third from right is another Lincolnshire football legend - centre-forward Matt Tees who played for Grimsby Town in two spells during the 1960s and early 1970s, averaging an impressive goal every other game for the Mariners in the Football League.
Brigg Town first teamers will finally get under way in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One on Wednesday (September 23) the start of their league season having been delayed several weeks due to the Coronavirus emergency.  Town will be hosting Nostell Miners Welfare (7.45pm KO). The licensed Hawthorns bar will be open, as will Pips Kitchen for food. Social distancing measures will be in force in the stands and the clubhouse. On Wednesday night, Brigg Town CIC Reserves will be away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.

On Saturday (September 26) the first team journeys to Harrogate Railway Athletic for an afternoon fixture.  Brigg
Reserves will host Grantham Town Academy in a league fixture on Saturday (3pm).

Monday, September 21, 2020


Tripadvisor has rated Beldon House, Brigg, in the top 10 per cent in the world in its field, the proud Wrawby Road business has announced.
A famous global forum which posts millions of reviews by customers using many services and venues, Tripadvisor told the boutique guest house on Wrawby Road: "Congratulations Beldon House on being a Travellers' Choice Winner. Each year, we comb through reviews, ratings and saves from Travellers everywhere and use that info to award the very best. You're part of an exclusive group, and we want to help you celebrate (and promote) this major accomplishment."
Tripadvisor has issued the Brigg business with a Travellers' Choice 2020 Award Certificate suggesting "the world's just waiting to celebrate with you."
Beldon House told Brigg Blog it had been recognised as a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award winner "for Best of the Best Guest House."
It pointed out that travellers have consistently praised the "great hospitality/hosting, comfortable rooms and a great breakfast."
It means that Beldon House has been "placed in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe."
Tim McIntosh - owner of Beldon House - told Brigg Blog: "It’s always a delight to have your hard work recognised, especially in 2020 when things have not been easy out there for the hospitality industry. I am forever grateful to our guests old and new for continuing to place their trust in Beldon House. We have always taken cleanliness seriously but these are not ‘normal times’ so I am really pleased that guests feel safe and comfortable here!
"I love Beldon House and I love the community here, so I am overwhelmed to be at the forefront of our industry in this region!"
In September 2017, Beldon House featured in a national TV series presented by Gogglebox couple Steph and Dom Parker, screened on Channel 4. The One to Five Star series saw the celbrity hoteliers offer hints and advice while staying at Beldon House and venturing into our town to shop.
Beldon House has supplied information from Tripadvisor which explains more about the highly-rated awards.
“Winners of the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travellers as the world begins to venture out again.”
To see what Beldon House has to offer, visit
Travellers across the world use the Tripadvisor site and app to browse more than 860 million reviews and the opinions of 8.7 million about accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises.
PICTURED: Beldon House, Brigg; Tim McIntosh with celebrity couple Steph and Dom during their stay; notification about the award.



Planning permission to erect a single-storey rear extension at 37 St Helens Road, Brigg, has been granted by North Lincolnshire Council.
WRAWBY: Approval has been given to erect two dwellings, modify an existing vehicular access and erect detached a double garage at Rose Cottage, Melton Road.
BROUGHTON: Permission to erect three dwellings with associated landscaping and parking (amended plan) has been granted for land to the rear of 6 High Street.
BARNETBY: Permission has been granted to replace an existing car port with a garage, tiled canopy to the front of the dwelling & to replace driveway at 38 Victoria Road.
HIBALDSTOW: Approval has been given to erect a single-storey rear extension at Sunnyvale, 15 Ings Lane.


Litter-picking volunteers are seen here in Brigg Market Place before setting off to tidy areas of the town on Saturday (September 19).
They included Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall (right) and Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker (left).
The town's first citizens were joined by other councillors, staff (past and present) and members of the public.
Co-ordinated by the Town Council, this was Brigg's contribution to the Great British September Clean, involving communities large and small across the country.
Equipment was distributed to volunteers from the Bandstand and anti-Coronavirus social distancing observed as demonstrated by our picture taken near the Buttercross.
Periodic Saturday litter-picking sessions are held in Brigg and publicised through the Town Council's website, Brigg Blog and Brigg Matters magazine which will be resuming publication in the autumn following a break during the emergency period.
If you have a few hours to spare, your litter-collecting support will be appreciated in the future. We will supply the date of the next one when it's confirmed.

Sunday, September 20, 2020


Twice previous winners of the FA Vase, Brigg Town Football Club bowed out in the first qualifying round of the 2020/21 competition, going down 3-2 when hosting Winterton Rangers at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) yesterday (Saturday, September 19). This local derby attracted a sizeable crowd.
Winterton went ahead after 35 minutes but Jamie Osbourne soon levelled.
On 38 minutes the visitors took a 2-1 lead, only for Andy Taylor to come up with an equaliser.
Having had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, Rangers clinched a place in the next round with an effort which did stand one hour into the game, although Brigg's Wayne Graves later went close to making it 3-3.
Winterton now meet New Mills in the next round.
Brigg Town: Birch, Bowskin, Lowis, McCarron, Heward, Smithson, Reed, M. Pembleton, Taylor, Osbourne, Graves; subs, Tierney, Shaw, Moody, J. Pembleton, Mascall.
Brigg Town Reserves lost 3-0 yesterday on their visit to Louth Town in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.


A medical surgery in Brigg is seeking permission to fell trees within the Conservation Area. Notice of intention to remove two silver birches has been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council, through an agent.
The trees are to the rear of No 53 - Bridge Street Surgery. North Lincolnshire Council planners are now considering the application, and Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the process.
The town's Planning & Environment Committee will do so on Tuesday (September 22) in a 'virtual' meeting on the web using the Zoom facility, starting at 6.45pm.
The committee will also discuss and comment on the following applications submitted recently:
Outline planning permission to erect 70 dwellings with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent consideration – Keyo Agricultural Services, on Island Carr Road, Brigg.
Advertisement consent for two display screens and three signs to the rear of building – The Angel, Market Place, Brigg, by North Lincolnshire Council.
Final decisions on all three applications will be made in due course by the North Lincolnshire authority.


The train calling at platform one at Brigg railway station on Saturday at 9.04am was the first to pick up passengers here for six months.
The diesel from Sheffield via North Nottinghamshire and Gainsborough arrived a few minutes late, but the three passengers from Brigg who boarded, bound for Cleethorpes, were just happy to see the service resume after such a lengthy break resulting from the Coronavirus emergency which led to the withdrawal of trains in March.
Saturday saw normal service resume in Brigg with the introduction of a new timetable by train provider Northern.
It allocated a two-car Class 150 unit for the initial run, perhaps suggesting that the elderly Pacers have finally make their final journeys along the iconic Brigg Line (some survivors from this 'bus on wheels' class have now gone to UK heritage railways).
Three trains in each direction were timetabled through Brigg on September 19.
New signs have been erected in the town to point the way to the railway station - one being pictured here in the A18 bus shelter near Wetherspoon's White Horse pub. There is also a new information board at the top of Station Road, underneath the familiar red and white British Rail sign.
All being well and government virus restrictions permitting, passenger trains will be calling at Brigg station again this Saturday (September 26). The first of the day towards Grimsby and Cleethorpes is timed to depart at 8.59am. Change at Barnetby for connecting services to other destinations, including Doncaster and Lincoln.
Only one passenger got off the train in Brigg on Saturday; he was a train-lover from Nottingham who had travelled via Sheffield with his cycle. He is visiting all the remaining stations in the UK and was looking to add Brigg, Ulceby and Kirton Lindsey to the already extensive list recorded in his notebook.
We watched him cycle off down Station Road on Saturday morning on his way to Barnetby via the A1084 Bigby High. This avoided using the busy A18 in breezy conditions. Brigg Blog recommended a couple of refreshment stops - Brigg Garden Centre's restaurant and Barney's diner at Barnetby Top.
We hope he managed to achieve his target on Saturday and enjoyed his bike/train visit to North Lincolnshire.
There are some people in Brigg today who do not realise that the town has a functioning railway station, if only offering a Saturday-only service at present.
Please help to spread the word if you have friends/neighbours who have moved to the town in recent years.
PICTURED ABOVE: Jackie and Peter Brock, from Brigg, boarding the first train of the day on Saturday for a day out in Cleethorpes. Below - the train arriving in platform one, and a couple of the new signs. 



Saturday, September 19, 2020


Brigg Town Football Club indicated early this morning that some 200 tickets have been sold already for this afternoon's FA Vase tie with Winterton Rangers at the EC Surfacing Stadium. There's a government-imposed limit of 300 on football matches like this during the Coronavirus emergency.

So some places are still available to those wishing to watch the local derby and pay at the turnstiles. Kick-off is at 3pm. If the 300 limit is reached, no-one else will be admitted. So get there early to avoid possible disappointment.

The club stresses that social distancing measures apply inside the licensed Hawthorns clubhouse and will be enforced. The same applies to spectators during the game.

Pips Kitchen will be open, serving meals and other refreshments.


Brigg Town Council members are being asked to approve the purchase of a flashing speed sign to improve road safety, and also decide its location.
This is among items to be discussed during the authority's next meeting on Tuesday, September 22, from 7.15pm.
With Coronavirus emergency restrictions on gatherings still in place, this session will be a 'virtual' one, with councillors and staff logging on at home via the Zoom facility.
Councillors on Monday evening will also be asked to agree the purchase of new public benches alongside the River Ancholme.
Additional approval is being sought for a project involving shop fronts within the town centre. A verbal report is expected from Coun Rob Waltham, who is the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and also a member of the town authority.
PICTURED: A flashing speed sign in operation in Brigg. These signs have appeared locally from time to time on a temporary basis before being moved on to other locations. Beside the A18 on Ancholme Way has proved a popular location in the past.


Many people from Brigg and district belong to Elsham Golf Club. This sport is enjoyed by people of varying ages on our impressive and long-established local course.
In his latest update for Brigg Blog, club spokesman Peter Thompson reports on the achievements of one of the teenagers, and has kindly supplied the picture above...

A young golfer is making quite a name for himself at Elsham Golf Club and beyond. Callum Bruce has become one of the youngest club champions at 17 years of age in winning the title two years running.
Callum started playing golf at the age of eight, and realising what the sport offered young people these days, was soon setting his sights high.
“I have really been playing serious golf since I was ten years old and playing at Normanby Hall Golf Club. There the professional David McNicholas started coaching me and I moved to Elsham four years ago.”
McNicholas has been the pro at Elsham since then, continues to coach Callum and it is clearly a partnership that is working. Callum has got his handicap down to plus 1 and qualified for the English Boys Under 18 Championship which was played at Broadstone near Bournemouth last month. Disappointingly that competition was ruined by rain but Callum hopes that he will be able to take part in further prestigious competitions to gain more experience.
“I am looking to play amateur golf for the next three years and see where that takes me, how good I can get and see what level I can achieve.”
His next big date is not far away for at the end of this month he will be playing the North of England Championship at Alwoodley Golf Club near Leeds and also the Lincolnshire Amateur Championship at Holme Hall Golf Club.
“Last year I finished third in the Lincs Amateur and shot a 3 under par on my second round,” he says.


Brigg hedgerows, bushes and trees offer free food for the table at this time of year (mid-September). Although not exactly Fruits of the Forest, there are brambles, apples and pairs about.
Some households with fruit-bearing trees in their gardens still share the surplus with family members and neighbours to make pies, crumbles, jam and even crab apple jelly.
But this is not as common as it was decades ago when free food for the table was eagerly awaited at a time when there was less money about than today.
Our Gran, who lived on Hawthorn Avenue, tended strawberry plants and bushes of redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries in her back garden, to be eaten at the height of summer - washed down with a cold glass of Brigg-made LAWS or White's pop. That was back in the 1960s.
One of our pictures, taken this week, shows rosehips, packed with Vitamin C, on an area of public open space in the town.
In the late 1960s, some Brigg youngsters liked to extract the 'insides' and shove the contents down the back of other kids' shirts and blouses. This prank involved what was known as Itching Powder. The rosehip hairs were the active ingredient and proved unpleasant when they touched the skin. Don't try this today, folks!
All the cereal grain has now been harvested from local fields without the stubble burning which once followed - a practice halted many years ago but still remembered by many of us.
Thoughts will soon turn to potatoes, for which Lincolnshire is renowned. Machines harvest them today, but in the 1960s and 1970s teams of women and children with baskets still hand-picked 'spuds' in return for some welcome money from local farmers. It was hard work but there were many takers.
PICTURED: Rosehips and fruit growing in Brigg, mid-September 2020.

Friday, September 18, 2020


Brigg Town Football Club has a very attractive home game coming up tomorrow (Saturday, September 19) and it could well prove to be a sell out!
The Zebras' first competitive match of the season at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) is a Buildbase FA Vase tie against Winterton Rangers.
This Lincolnshire derby, kicking off at 3pm, is in the first qualifying round.
Pips Kitchen will be open for meals and snacks, and the licensed bar will be operating.
Please note that government restrictions limit crowds to 300 - so early arrival at the ground is strongly recommended. Tickets can be obtained in advance from the Hawthorns clubhouse tonight, from 5pm.
Both teams play in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One.
Under legendary manager Ralph Clayton, Brigg famously won the FA Vase in 1995/6, beating Clithero in the final played at the original Wembley Stadium.
Town repeated their triumph in 2002/3 when they defeated Sudbury in the final at West Ham's Upton Park ground, again in London.
Both games were very well supported by sports fans from Brigg and district.
Brigg Town Reserves visit Louth Town this Saturday in the Balcan Lighting Suppplies Lincolnshire League Premier.


More Brigg volunteers are welcome to come forward and take part in a litter-picking session in the town, to be held on Saturday (September 19).
Brigg will be playing its part in the Great British September Clean taking place across the UK.
Our Town Council still has spaces available on Saturday for individuals or for groups of not more than six.
The council tells Brigg Blog: "We are providing surgical gloves, hand sanitisers and santising equipment, but people must be responsible for their own and fellow volunteers' safety. We will be taking information for track and trace. They are to provide their own masks too, if they would like to wear one."
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Bandstand, in the Market Place, for 10am.
"Please do get in touch via email or by call/text 07584 315971 to register your interest," the council adds.



A train bound for Grimsby and Cleethorpes picking up passengers at Brigg railway station

After a gap of six months, passenger trains will be calling at Brigg railway station again from tomorrow (Saturday, September 19). And efforts are being made to get people living up to 50 miles away to come to town for the day and visit our shops and other attractions.
Trains were suspended in mid-March when the Coronavirus emergency was declared and the train operator introduced a reduced timetable across the north.
From tomorrow, Brigg will again see three trains calling on their way to Grimsby and Cleethorpes via Barnetby, and also three heading for Sheffield via Kirton Lindsey, Gainsborough and Retford.
Various people and groups are publicising the return of trains along the iconic Brigg line, built in 1848/9 and a major route for much of its life, although that's no longer the case.
Among those helping with marketing is VisitBriggByTrain (through Twitter) @IBLRG
People from South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and elsewhere in Lincolnshire are being informed about the availability of day trips to our town.

Trains from Brigg - making for Cleethorpes - will depart at 8.59am, 1pm and 4.58pm. Trains to Sheffield, from the far platform, leave at 11.48am, 3.43pm and 7.48pm.

By changing at Barnetby, trips to Market Rasen, Lincoln, Newark and other destinations are possible, returning to Brigg on the last train of the day which leaves Barnetby at 7.43pm.
Brigg's Saturdays-only trains will run into December when the timetable will be reviewed and some alterations to the times may be made.

The Independent Brigg Line Rail Group, which says it works in co-operation with the Brigg Town Business Partnership, has produced a number of online posters to promote the return of the service from this Saturday, as well as setting up a new Twitter and Instagram page.
"This follows the group's no-nonsense, back to basics campaign in which promotion of services, improvements to stations facilities, ticketing & information signage are still the priority," the IBLRG adds.
"You can put as many plant pots as you want on a station; this does not get the public catching trains, it's all about bums on seats and cash in the till at the end of the day."
The group says it "would like to see better co-operation from North Lincolnshire Council, especially when dealing with the dreadful state of the station area at Brigg which still comes under their remit and leads to a continuity of complaints."
NF ADDS: The council has granted planning permission for apartments to be built on part of this land but development is still awaited. The authority is also continuing to advertise for a new operator to restart Thursday auctions in the metal building adjoining the railway station.
Brigg Blog has written a guide about what Brigg Blog has to offer visitors from up to 50 miles away who might not have been many times previously, if at all. You can view it here...

Thursday, September 17, 2020


Aldi is to open its brand new store in Brigg a week from now - Thursday, September 24 at 8am.
The new store on Bridge Street, near the A18, will be run by manager Scott Gittens, the international retailer informs Brigg Blog.
Aldi has also released details about the range of products and offers available to customers living in Brigg and district...


As part of Aldi’s investment in local communities across the UK, the store will bring 15 new job opportunities to the area and offer more customers access to Aldi’s high quality, low-price products.
The new store will offer fresh, British meat products with weekly offers, Aldi’s award-winning ‘Specially Selected’ range, which was recently voted ‘Favourite Premium Supermarket Range’ by readers of Good Housekeeping magazine, exclusive Beers, Wines and Spirits, and a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store.
Aldi’s legendary Specialbuys will also be available in the middle aisle, every Thursday and Sunday, offering extraordinary value on a wide range of products, from electrical items to garden tools.
Aldi Store Manager, Scott Gittens, said: “We’re really looking forward to opening the first Aldi store here in Brigg. It’s set to be a great day and it’ll be lovely to welcome our new customers into the store and provide them with access to affordable, high quality food.”
Additionally, the new Aldi store is calling on local charities and food banks in Brigg to register with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to charitable organisations in the local community.  
Local charities that register will be able to collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods, up to five days a week. Any charities in the area that would like to partner up with the new Aldi store should email
The new store will be located on Bridge Street, Brigg, DN20 8NF, and will be open: Monday-Saturday: 8am-10pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm.


The reason why the refurbished Angel complex in Brigg town centre has yet to reopen to the public has been explained by North Lincolnshire Council - and the delay is due to factors connected with the Coronavirus emergency.
Extensive work inside the community use building began months ago and the project was due to have been completed "by late August."
The council now tells us that work "has been delayed slightly due to a key supplier being affected by Covid-19."
September became "the ambition" but the local authority now suggests it looks like this is going to be pushed into October. A firm date has yet to be confirmed.
However, a spokesperson for the authority has revealed details of what will be on offer, saying: "The library space will be on the ground floor with an enhanced offer on the 2nd floor, which is fully accessible by stairs and lift.  The new community hub space is much more, though, than just a library, with people being able to access a range of different spaces if they need to. This means people needing to research and study, or perhaps have a group discussion as part of a local book club or history group, will be able to use the space that suits them best in the hub.
"The investment is part of the £5m community investment programme building on the success of the transformation of Scunthorpe Central with a view to caters for much more than libraries by bringing together lots of services – private, public and voluntary – together under one roof.
"The Market Hall in Crowle  has been redeveloped as part of the community investment programme, complementing community resources at Ashby, Riddings, Epworth, Scunthorpe and Barton."
The new Brigg community hub will incorporate:
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Library services including a children’s library
  • Access to computers
  • Healthy lifestyle advice
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Coffee mornings
  • Children and adult group activities
  • Community space.
N.F. ADDS: A new and repositioned front entrance to the Angel has been created off the Market Place as part of the project, while Brigg Town Council has relocated within the building. Brigg Heritage Centre has yet to reopen, but the Cafe Courtyard and La Finca Restaurant, on the ground floor, have been unaffected by the building work and continue to serve customers.
PICTURED: The landmark Angel building and a sign placed near the entrance some weeks ago saying it would reopen in late August.


Brigg Blog was very pleased to report the recent installation of a new slide on the Davy Memorial playing field by North Lincolnshire Council, but the start of the new football season has not been greeted by the return of a set of 'missing' goalposts on the same park.
One frame remains but the other, which stood 50 yards away towards Kings Avenue, 'disappeared' many weeks ago.
Kids can still meet up and have a kick-about centred on the surviving goalposts, but they might prefer to pick teams and engage in more energetic and competitive matches requiring a full set.
We made it our goal to find out the reason for one set's removal and also if a replacement is pending.
North Lincolnshire Council now tells us that these goalposts were unsafe.
"After years and years of dogs depositing liquid against the foot of the posts, they had decayed and become a risk," Brigg Blog was informed.  
Replacements are being discussed, but the council says it has to purchase them in pairs. Clearly, in his case, only one set is required.
The council may well prefer not to spend cash on two sets when only one is currently required, but equally the authority promotes healthy exercise by people of all ages, including youngsters.

PICTURED: A view of the football pitch at the Davy Memorial playing field, viewed from where the second set of goalposts would normally be.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Brigg youngsters will soon have a new piece of play equipment to use at one of the town's parks.
A new slide, pictured here, has been installed on the Davy Memorial playing field between Kings Avenue and Bigby Road.
Although currently roped off, it's expected to go into service in the very near future.
North Lincolnshire Council removed the previous slide on safety grounds earlier this year. The authority's Leader, Coun Rob Waltham, later suggested feedback from   local youngsters would be welcome to gauge whether a slide was still wanted at this location.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the first of at least three slides to occupy this site afforded young trainspotters a fine side-on view of steam locomotives chuffing by on the nearby railway line, passing the signal box and the level crossing. That was a period when the Brigg line was still busy with freight and passenger trains which ran seven days a week.
Kids visiting the field once the new slide launches will be able to watch the relatively few trains that pass by, but they will have to do a U-turn first as the equipment is facing in the other direction to how things were previously. The new slide's chute looks towards properties on Kings Avenue rather than the railway.
We don't think this will make any difference at all to youngsters in 2020, and the local authority has explained the reason for this directional U-turn.
It told Brigg Blog earlier this week: "The reason for its re-pointing is a slide should always face against the direction the sun rises to reduce the prospect of staring into the sun for most of the day.

"The funding for the slide and any follow-up work comes from the Park’s Operational Budget."


Quiz nights have proved popular in Brigg pubs since at least the 1980s.
So many people in the town will be pleased to hear that the Woolpack, in the Market Place, is launching a new series.
On Thursdays from tomorrow (September 17) there will be a pub quiz beginning at 7.30pm with an open invitation to attend.
"Lots of prizes to be won," says the management.
Pop in to the hostelry during opening hours to find out more or call 07933 513826.
Landlady Sarah Hardy tells Brigg Blog this is a general knowledge quiz with teams of up to four people permitted and some picture rounds included. 

Social distancing will be observed throughout.


A new shop front is being installed in Brigg town centre. The location is Riverside Mews, in the Market Place, adjoining the County Bridge and within the Conservation Area.
North Lincolnshire Council granted planning permission. Then, in May this year, an amendment was approved to alter the position of entrance doorways within the new shop front. This is now nearing completion and there may be signage to add towards the end of the project.
A council planning officer's report concluded that the amended scheme relating to the doorways "will not alter the character and appearance of the property." As a result "the proposal is not considered to result in loss of residential amenity."
Decades ago this was the location of a distinctive front entrance to the large Farmers' Company premises beyond.
This locally famous firm dealt in agricultural products, and barges served it from the Old River Ancholme below, with hoists employed to move the cargo.
The earlier Chatterton’s corn and cake mill had been taken over by the Farmers’ Company in 1907. Today the building houses flats/apartments.
Many traditional and historic Brigg building have undergone 'change of use' down the decades, meaning they lived on as part of the 'townscape' (another term favoured by the planners).