Friday, April 23, 2021


Modern technology will be employed for the first time to stage what has previously been very old-style meeting in Brigg next week. And all interested people can take part.
The Brigg Annual Town Public Meeting - a consultation session between the Town Council and local residents - is an historic annual event which gives members of the public an opportunity to put questions to councillors and raise topics which electors consider of interest.
Such sessions have been held for many years in the Angel Suite, with chairs laid out in rows to be occupied by local residents.
Mass gatherings have been ruled out by law since the Coronavirus emergency was declared by the Government in March 2020, and that ban remains in force.
So, instead, Brigg Town Council will be using the Zoom platform to host the Annual Brigg Town Meeting 2021 online.
It will take place on Tuesday, April 27 from 6.45pm.
Taking part is simple and does NOT involve downloading the free Zoom app; people can access the session via any internet browser.
Simply send an email now to to inform the Town Clerk you intend to take part. As 'host' of the meeting, she will be ready to admit you to the 'virtual' session prior to 6.45pm on Tuesday night. You just need to use the online link she will have supplied by then.
Alternatively, people can take part by listening into this meeting by phone. The numbers to call can be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk.
Zoom has been used successfully for many months to host monthly Town Council meetings.
They always include Public Question Time as an agenda item, and local people who are not councillors have logged in and taken part on various occasions.
However, next Tuesday's session is different as this meeting is devoted entirely to questions from the public, as outlined in the agenda below. The session will be chaired and hosted by the Town Mayor, Coun Sharon Riggall.

1. Welcome by the Town Mayor.
2. Receive the minutes of the last Annual Town Public Meeting.
3. Any matters arising from those minutes.
4. Town Mayor's Report 2021.
5. Open Forum. The opportunity for you to raise your own issues with the Town Mayor and your elected representatives. "Have your say; it's your turn to speak."



Nostalgic reminders of Brigg Town Cricket Club's very early days are contained in online ebay purchases made recently by a former player.
Lee Fielden, from Barnetby, who played for the club as a wicketkeeper/batsman of note some years ago while he was a pupil at Sir John Nelthorpe School and after he left Brigg Sixth Form College, has obtained a copy of the Grimsby & District Cricket League Handbook published in 1976.
Reviewing the previous season, it shows that Brigg Town had first and second teams in different divisions, while opening batsman Bob Elwood finished the 1975 campaign as the leading batsman in the top flight. Bob was a very reliable opener who accumulated his runs in steady fashion. A former club captain, he later became a league umpire after moving to the Alford area.
Although Brigg Town received a number of mentions in the 1976 Handbook, our local club had already resigned by the time it was published.
A successful application was made during the close season to step up a level to the Lincolnshire County Cricket League.
So May 1976 saw Brigg playing its first games in the Lincs competition, to which it sill belongs today.
Neighbouring Broughton CC also made its Lincolnshire League debut at the same time, having previously played in the North Lindsey competition (then mainly a Saturday competition).
Some Brigg Town players from 1975 are still living locally today and will remember the Grimsby League era.
We are among them and recall playing in what turned out to be the last Grimsby League home game (at Brigg Rec) when the first team lost to champions North Thoresby - a very talented side - in late August.
We also played in the club's final Grimsby League fixture - a second team match a couple of weeks later when Town lost narrowly away to East Halton, then based at a quaint ground on Townside Farm where the players changed and took tea in a wooden hut which had once been the booking office/waiting room at the village railway station!
This match saw Brigg 2nds' veteran vice-captain Roy Hunt play in the same team as his sons Graham, Keith and Martin. This was a proude moment for Roy and his boys. He lived at Scawby Brook and was senior employment officer at Appleby-Frodingham steelworks, Scunthorpe. We think this was Roy's last appearance before retiring.
Brigg Town Cricket Club's annual presentation evening for the 1975 season was held in what the Angel Hotel Ballroom (now the Angel Suite community venue). It included a 50/50 disco (remember them?) and a buffet.
Our thanks go to Lee for sharing his ebay purchases which have brought back many happy cricketing memories for us, and probably will do likewise for Brian Parker, Martin Hunt, Allan Kemshell, Simon Fisher and Pete Kerridge who are all still living in the town. Some other members of the squad now reside elsewhere in North Lincolnshire.
Club cricket in the mid-1970s was very different to today's game. Generally speaking, playing squares were not as good back then, resulting in much lower average team totals.
During summer 1975 we remember visiting Grimsby with Brigg 2nds to take on eventually Division Three champions Alpine-Findus when our side was skittled for either 16 or 18. We think Brigg were captained that day by Brian Parker who is currently Deputy Town Mayor of Brigg. We await his confirmation with interest!
We also recall keeping wicket that season away to South Kelsey, on the village's very small ground at Skipworth Ridge.
In very fine weather, across the rolling agricultural fields to the south, they used to reckon you could see the tall spires of Lincoln Cathedral in the far distance.
Happy days... 46 years ago!

Thursday, April 22, 2021


North Lincolnshire Council planners have now decided an application made by Tesco for its Brigg store site between Barnard Avenue and Cary Lane.
The major retailer sought 'retrospective' approval for additions made in its car park adjoining the store.
The council has now granted advertisement consent for one LCD screen and three flag pole signs relating to electric vehicle charging points. They offer a welcome free service to customers. View details here...
The Brigg installation formed part of a Tesco 'roll out project' to benefit shoppers at various company stores across the UK
A council delegated assessment report prepared by staff recommended that permission should be granted, saying these additions would not be out of character for a supermarket site.
"Whilst the site is in close proximity to Brigg Conservation Area, the proposals would not increase the impact of the superstore building on the setting of that area," the report said.


Football and cricket teams from the Brigg area will be in league action on Saturday (April 24).
All three of our local sides in the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League have fixtures.
Barnetby United host Limestone Rangers at Silver Street in Division One, while
Barnetby Reserves are away to Santon, and Briggensians visit Kingsway in Division Two.

Brigg Town are yet to begin the new 2021 season in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, but two more local sides will be starting their campaigns tomorrow.
They are Broughton, who host Louth 2nds, and Hibaldstow, who entertain Alford (both 1.30pm starts in Division One).
Broughton 2nds, who played last Saturday on the opening day of the season, make the short journey to Normanby Park tomorrow for a Division Two encounter.

Appleby-Frodingham 2nds  v  Cherry Willingham
Grimsby Town  v  Cleethorpes 2nds
Haxey  v  Caistor Town
Holton-le-Clay v  Lindum 2nds
Market Rasen  v  Nettleham


Bracebridge Heath 2nds  v  Hartsholme
Broughton  v  Louth 2nds
Hibaldstow  v  Alford
Messingham  v  Scunthorpe Town 2nds
Outcasts  v  Clee Town Laportes

Alkborough  v  Cleethorpes 3rds
Hartsholme 2nds  v  Grimsby Town 2nds
Normanby Park  v  Broughton 2nds

Alford 2nds  v  Scothern 2nds
Caistor Town 2nds  v  Scunthorpe Town 3rds
Lindum 3rds  v  Barton Town 2nds
Nettleham 2nds  v  East Halton


North Lincolnshire Council has provided us with further information about Brigg Farmers' Market to be held on Saturday (April 24).
This will be the first of these monthly events to be held in the town centre since the Government changed its advice to the public from 'Stay Home' to 'Stay Local'.
A spokesman for the local authority told Brigg Blog: "We have a hand sanitiser station in the bandstand and social distance markings on the floor to assist both customers and traders.
"All traders have also completed a Covid-19 risk assessment which they have submitted to the Council which demonstrates that they will operate safely."
If the spell of fine weather continues until Saturday, a sizeable attendance is expected as shoppers head for the stalls between 8.30am and mid-afternoon. The Saturday general market, also organised by the council, will operate at the same time. Read more about this Saturday's farmers' market here...

PICTURED: Social distance markings near the fruit & veg stall, and former Brigg Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley shopping at the market (pre-Covid emergency).

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


All the signs point to a big turnout for the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market to be held on Saturday (April 24) alongside the usual general market which offers fruit, veg, flowers and other items.
Although some potential shoppers may still have reservations about being out and about with other people, the Government is now saying 'Stay Local' rather than 'Stay (At) Home, while our markets are organised and promoted by local government (North Lincolnshire Council). We photographed one of the banners beside the busy A18 earlier today (see above).
Brigg Farmers' Market is an open air event, and hundreds of people living in Brigg and district have now had one or both injections against the Coronavirus, Covid-19.
The stalls on Saturday will be located apart, and face-masks will be worn by many town centre visitors, although this is not mandatory. Many market stallholders also accept contactless card payments, avoiding the need to handle cash tendered by customers and while offering change for banknotes.
As has been the case for more than 20 years since the monthly farmers' market was established, this Saturday's will see most shoppers opting to visit local businesses.
On April 24, for the first time since December, there will also be an opportunity for market-goers to have a pint at our pubs, though only at tables located adjacent to the hostelries. The Government recently relaxed restrictions to permit this.
The FREE car parking concession continues courtesy of the council and the stalls will be trading from circa 8.30am through to mid-afternoon.
Goods on offer at the farmers' market include cheese, cakes, pastries, jam, pies and bread. Locally brewed bottled beer is also expected to feature.
This Saturday's event has the potential to attract the biggest attendance of the year so far, depending on the weather.


The Zebras is a well-known nickname for Brigg Town Football Club but another black and white zebra in the town is slowly losing its stripes.
Brigg's only surviving zebra crossing - there used to be four - is still doing valued pedestrian safety work on Bigby Road/Street near Dent's Nisa Local shop, Hewson House and the original Post Office.
However, the white markings on the highway have worn away and are in need of a repaint.
During the Coronavirus emergency of the past year, North Lincolnshire Council - the local highway authority - has faced various challenges and many people might see the repainting of a zebra crossing as being a long way way down the list of jobs to be undertaken.
But if it is possible to send out a line marking crew in the next few weeks, could these workers also be asked to look at the footpath markings along Wrawby Road?
The Brigg-Wrawby route became Brigg's first joint cycle-way/footpath many years ago, but the white painted markings indicating which half of the path is for pedestrians and which is for riders have worn away in various places.
It there was an unfortunate collision between someone on foot and a bike rider, might the absence of clear markings be called into question?
When the A18 still followed its original route through Brigg town centre, there were zebra crossings near East Park, on Wrawby Street close to the Cross Street junction and on Bridge Street. The new alignment/by-pass saw button-controlled pelican crossings with traffic lights installed. 

These are a better design because a red light means drivers must stop, whereas drivers are supposed to stop at zebra crossings if pedestrians are waiting.
The zebra crossing near the old Post Office still has two historic Belisha Beacons - the orange lollipop-shaped lights, named after a politician who was Minister of Transport in the 1930s when many of these were installed as the first 'zebras' were introduced on busy roads across the UK to improve pedestrian safety.
Bigby Street, for many decades, formed part of the main A18 (westbound) towards Scunthorpe via the Market Place and the County Bridge until the 1990s; today it is less busy than it was - the only 'through' destination being Cadney via Elwes Street. However, it still sees a fair amount of internal traffic, particularly drivers heading along Cross Street on the one-way system which serves the eastern end of the town centre.