Monday, October 21, 2019


There's an important public consultation coming up in Brigg tomorrow (Tuesday, October 22).
A letter has been sent out by our three Brigg & Wolds Ward councillors about the 'engagement event' to be held in the town centre's Angel Suite, off Exchange Place, between 4.30pm and 7pm.
Our household was not alone in receiving a copy of this letter in the post, and an invitation to attend.
In their letter, local representatives Couns Nigel & Carl Sherwood and Coun Rob Waltham, say: "Following our recent successful investment in the Brigg Recreation Ground, the continued expansion of the River Ancholme path and the recently completed new Arts and Culture Centre based at Sir John Nelthorpe Upper School, we want to invite you to a public engagement evening regarding some proposals to bring together more council services and to improve the customer experience for residents in Brigg."
The councillors say they would really appreciate 'feedback' from members of the public.
"If you are unable to attend the event, please make contact and we will happily call and go through the plans in more detail," they add.
Their contact email addresses are:
NF ADDS: What the proposals "to bring together more council services" involve are not outlined in the letter but obviously will be made clear during Tuesday's engagement session. So this should be seen as an important event for people interested in the future development of the town. We have our own thoughts regarding what might be involved but will wait until Tuesday's engagement session to discover whether we are on the right track or barking up the wrong tree!

PICTURED ABOVE: Brigg from the air - courtesy of Neil Stapleton.


A road closure will affect part of Brigg town centre, with diversions in place.
North Lincolnshire has made an official Order permitting this to happen on Sunday, October 27.
The Order will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along the following streets/roads in and near Brigg between 9.10am and 11.30pm:

  • Bigby Street (from the junction with St Clare’s Walk)
  • Elwes Street
  • Cadney Road
  • Brigg Road to the Bridge Lane junction.
The diversionary route for drivers between Brigg, Howsham and Cadney is Bigby Road, Bigby High Road, the B1434, Main Street, Cadney Road.
This temporary closure is not due to roadworks but because the Brigg Poppy 10k race will be taking place.
Previously, runners and spectators - particularly along Cadney Road - have encountered moving vehicles heading into and leaving Brigg.
Some 'advance warning' signs about the impending road closure have already appeared locally, suggesting it will last "approximately two hours" and apologising to motorists for any inconvenience.

One of the advance warning signs in Brigg - this one being sited recently near the Monument roundabout.


Brigg will be well served by Halloween parties and events in 2019.
Blyton Dairy Ice Cream's parlour/shop, on Wrawby Street, will be holding a ticket-only Halloween party on Friday, October 25, from 6pm to 8pm. There will be competitions, games and the chance to build your town ice cream sundae. Tickets cost £6.50p which includes a hot dog, snacks and juice. Call in the shop to find out more.
The Exchange, off Bigby Street, will be hosting a children's Halloween party on Saturday, October 26, from 3pm to 7pm, with free admission, free buffet and disco. There will be prizes for best-dressed girl and boy, and for the top carved pumpkin.
The Woolpack, in the Market Place, will be staging a "Spookytacular" fancy dress disco on Saturday, October 26, from 8.30pm, with a prize for the best costume.

Costa Coffee, on Wrawby Street, will be hosting a £5-a-time Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31, from 5pm to 7pm.
The Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, has declared November 2 'Halloween Saturday' with an open invitation to attend and join the fun. There will be events for children from 5.30pm to 8pm, and for adults from 8pm until late. Halloween-themed food will be available and music will come courtesy of a karaoke and disco. Folk of all ages are welcome to attend in suitable fancy dress.

Sunday, October 20, 2019



Brigg Town Football Club moved up three places in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One following a tonic 3-0 win at Worsborough Bridge Athletic yesterday (Saturday, October 19).
The Zebras are now 12th - comfortably mid-table - with 13 points from 11 games.
An early penalty from Reece Moody and two second-half goals by Ryan Thompson sealed the points against the Barnsley side.
The attendance - just 65 - was a far cry from Brigg's home game the previous week against North Ferriby which attracted 505 to the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
Brigg Town Reserves capped a great day for the club yesterday with a 6-4 home win over Lincoln United Development in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League on Saturday (October 19) Barnetby United defeated Limestone Rangers 4-0 at Silver Street in a T.S.W. Printers Sporting Shield quarter-final. Full report below and these action pictures come courtesy of  Lee Fielden with Barnetby (The Railwaymen) wearing their familiar black and white kit.
However, Barnetby United Reserves lost 2-1 at New Holland in the Johnstone Insurance Nursing Cup first round. Barnetby's goal was scored by Amadou Jarra.
Brigg-based Briggensians were without a fixture yesterday.


For the 5th time in the last 6 seasons Barnetby have reached the semi finals of the Sporting Shield. They triumphed 4-0 against Limestone Rangers to set up a semi-final tie away to Crosby Colts on December 7th.
Limestone could have been 2-0 up in the opening minutes but from Barnetby’s first attack Jake Parker swung in a corner that was met by the head of Brendan O’Callaghan to put Barnetby 1-0 on 5 minutes.
Limestone had settled the better but squandered chances. On 15 minutes Will Watson carried the ball out from the back, cut inside and then fed O’Callaghan into the inside left channel, he made no mistake to put Barnetby 2-0 up.
Barnetby came into the game now and pressed the men from Willoughton at every turn.
O’Callaghan centred a ball from the left which Ben Hunt killed instantly, his initial attempt was blocked but he was able to nod home his 1st of the season from the rebound.
3-0 up at the break The Railwaymen lost O’Callaghan with a leg injury early in the 2nd half and the game ebbed and flowed with no great chances created at either end.
As the half wore on Alex Green found space on the left as did his replacement Olly Lloyd. Jack Wilson sent in some telling crosses from the right and when Will Hartley broke through the centre he saw his attempt saved but Will Forrest was hand to smash home to rebound and put the Railwaymen into the last 4.
It was also Barnetby’s first clean sheet since March 23rd, as Dobbs in goal with Watson Stothard and Merrick in front him and Andy Bradley in front of them were outstanding.


Many people from the Brigg area will be interested in the forecasted creation of up to 1,200 new jobs in Barton - 10 miles away by road.
Wren Kitchens is expanding - great news that has been warmly welcomed by Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham in his role as Leader of North Lincolnshire Council.

Brigg Blog hopes that, in due course, public transport between the Brigg area and Barton will be looked at to help people get to and from this factory.

Green light for £120m Barton business expansion


An application from Wren Kitchens to expand their site in Barton upon Humber has been approved by North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee (Wednesday 9 October 2019).
The £120m expansion scheme would almost double the size of the company’s operations on the site – known as The Nest – off Barrow Road in the town, and lead to the creation of up to 1,200 jobs.
Cllr Rob Waltham, the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Wren and support their growth here in North Lincolnshire.
“Wren’s expansion in Barton will provide a major boost to our local economy and bring more, highly skilled jobs to our employment market. Such a large private investment is a real vote of confidence in North Lincolnshire, and can often act as a catalyst for further investment elsewhere in our area.
“This planning permission is just the start and I look forward to continuing to work with Wren to help expand their workforce and find the right skills they need to support growth.”
Wren Kitchens Managing Director, Mark Pullan, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the huge amount of support we’ve received from the community and the council for this new manufacturing facility. Over 200 people attended our drop-in session providing us with great feedback what we were able to incorporate into our plans.
“Since we set up our headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber in 2013 we have been welcomed by the local community and we have developed strong ties with local community groups, sports teams, charities and schools.”
After launching ten years ago, Wren is now the largest kitchen manufacturer and retailer in the UK, employing over 4,000 people.
Building work on the extension is expected to start in late November 2019.

NF ADDS: This is a very welcome development. We trust that, in due course, consideration will be given to improving the existing bus service linking Brigg and Barton via neighbouring villages to ensure that people can use public transport to get to and from the Wren Kitchens factory if they are fortunate enough to secure jobs. This will be more environmentally friendly than multiple car journeys.  Some people, of course, do not own cars in which case public transport will be essential unless they can arrange lifts with fellow workers who do.

PICTURED: A 450 Brigg-Barton bus in Cary Lane.


People from the Brigg area who have an interest in railways, transport and how things used to be may be interested in attending a film show that's now on track.
The organisers tell us that enthusiasm for railways and transport is thriving across North Lincolnshire.
Rob Foxon will be presenting another of his popular film shows from 7.30pm on Thursday, November 14 at the Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AH.
Genuine historic film footage will be screened using a vintage film projector - "just like those of a certain age may remember from school."
Brigg Blog has attended a number of these shows over the years and they always attract big attendances to this sizeable venue.
Grimsby-born film archivist and railway enthusiast Rob, who now lives in the Midlands, is celebrating 40 years of archive film shows this year, but always looks forward to "returning home" to Lincolnshire.
This time he will present a specially prepared Railways Remembered show.
There will be significant 'film finds' including Midland Railway footage (1896-1909), traditional railway civil engineering with steam-powered navvies and a special local item showing Cleethorpes promenade in the 1930s (courtesy of Classic Home Cinema, Cleethorpes).
There will also be contributions from prominent amateur cameramen featuring the Wirksworth branch, steam in East Anglia and trains at York in 1960.
There’s a special item on Beyer Garratt articulated locomotives and reminders of some much-loved film classics, being screened the way the original film makers intended us to see them - on FILM on the big screen!
As Rob stresses, there's nothing digital about his shows!
Supporting the event will be the Friends of the Barton Line, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway (Ludborough to North Thoresby), the Grimsby Branch of the WEA (workers' education), Classic Home Cinema and others.
Tickets - priced £7 - will be on sale on the door on the night of the show.
Parking is available at, and near, the venue which is best reached from Brigg via the A18, rather than the M180.
Travel through Melton Ross and Great Limber, keep going past Morrisons (on the outskirts of Grimsby) and stay on the A18 until you reach the Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, roundabout with the wonderful white-painted art deco building ahead of you. The Memorial Hall adjoins this roundabout.
Those electing to take the longer route along the M180/A180 should go right to the end of the latter, then travel up Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, and Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, passing Blundell Park football ground, until they see the art deco building on the left near the roundabout.


A Confectionery Bingo & Curry Night will be held at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, on Friday, October 25, from 7.30pm.
The £2.50p ticket price includes a curry meal, and all proceeds will go to the Royal Marines Association (Lincolnshire).

Eyes down for a good night; call in at the pub to find out more. And let's hope for a full house!