Friday, August 19, 2022


Drivers using main roads in Brigg are warned about their speed by 'flashing' signs outlining if they are complying with the 30mph limit.
Similar signs to those in place on Brigg's Wrawby Road (A18) and Bigby High Road (A1084) are now planned in neighbouring Wrawby, supported by a community grant from North Lincolnshire Council.
The local highway authority has earmarked £3,000 for 'flashing' speed signs on Melton Road (A18) and Barton Road (B1206) within the village.
Wrawby Parish Council submitted the successful application and is contributing £3,000+ in "match funding" for this project.
A North Lincolnshire authority officer's report about the purchase and installation explained it was an attempt to reduce the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit through the village.
"NLC monitoring figures recorded an average of 396 offending vehicles per day in September 2020 and 488 in July 2021," the report said.
Brigg's 'flashing' signs to deter speeding were supported by our Town Council and have been in place for many months as a welcome drive to improve road safety.

Safer Roads Humber will have speed cameras operating on the A18 in Melton Ross today (Friday, August 19). 

PICTURED BELOW: Signs on Wrawby Road, Brigg.




Brigg has a special market, two live music gigs and karaoke sessions coming up this weekend.
Market Place venue the Woolpack offers karaoke tonight (Friday, August 19).
A Totally Locally Indie Market with a range of stalls will be held in the Market Place on Saturday from 8.30am alongside the traditional market offering fruit & veg, flowers and fish.
Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, has the Sound Injectors band (pictured) performing on Saturday from 7.30pm.
Ska, reggae, northern soul and blues hits can be enjoyed for a £5 admission charge. There will also be a supporting disco.
The Woolpack will have pop/rock covers band Katmandu on stage from 9.15pm on Saturday (admission free).
There will be disco & karaoke on offer at the Dying Gladiator, Bigby Street, the same evening.


Sports fans in Brigg & district have plenty on offer to them this weekend.
Brigg Town Football Club have a first team home match against Harrogate Railway Athletic at the EC Surfacing Stadium on Saturday (August 20), kicking off at 3pm.
This is in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One.
Pip's Kitchen and the Hawthorns bar will be open for refreshments.
When the sides last met in Brigg, Harrogate beat the Zebras in an end-of-season play-off fixture which attracted well over 600 fans.
Brigg Town Development will be visiting Skegness Town Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
At the Recreation Ground on Saturday, Brigg Town Cricket Club will be hosting Messingham 2nds in Lincolnshire League Division Three West (1pm).
Having bowled very well, Brigg only required two batsmen to visit the crease last week to secure a 10-wicket victory and full points.
Mid-table Broughton are at home to leaders Barton Town in Division One, with Hibaldstow welcoming Alford after their lengthy drive north for a Division Two game. Hibaldstow, who are third from bottom, could do with a good points haul.
On Sunday (August 21) Broughton 3rds visit top team Alkborough in Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League Division Two.

The Lincolnshire cricket team's final three-day county championship game of the season begins on Sunday (August 21) away to Norfolk in Norwich. Lincs are top of NCCA Eastern Division One.
Tomorrow morning (Saturday) sees the latest Ancholme Valley Way Parkrun, starting close to Brigg's Ancholme Way Bridge at 9am.
Last week's event (August 13) attracted 106 competitors. View the results here...

PICTURED: Brigg Town v Harrogate in the April 2022 play-off clash; inset - Brigg cricketers Jack Richards and Danny Bradley, whose unbeaten opening partnership helped to secure a welcome win at the Rec last Saturday.

Thursday, August 18, 2022


There are many popular eateries and takeaway food establishments in Brigg town centre today, most of them using premises formerly utilised by other business ventures people may well remember with affection from earlier decades.
However, today's Hungry Fisherman, on Coney Court, enjoys a unique 'plaice' in this context.
A takeaway and restaurant, it occupies the ground floor of a building which has been selling fish and chips at least since the 1930s.
Gordon Neall's parents bought the business in 1941, having left the nearby White Hart pub they had been running.
The Coney Court eatery was acquired from Eli Hounslow - father of Geoff Hounslow, the tobacconist who ran Hounslow's shop adjoining the Buttercross for many years.
The Neall family had the Coney Court business for 48 years before selling it.
The long-established China Garden takeaway, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Queen Street, occupies premises formerly used by the renowned K's Corner Cafe (occasionally written as Korner). In the 1960s and 1970s, this was a popular meeting place for fans of two-wheeled transport, with its jukebox a particular attraction. Prior to K's, 42 Wrawby Street housed a grocer's and sweet shop.
Today's Golden City takeaway premises, on the corner of Wrawby Street and The Little Butchery, hosted Boots (the chemist) for some years prior to the national company switching to its now-familiar outlet midway along Wrawby Street in the 1970s.
Mamaris Pizza, towards the eastern end of Wrawby Street, is housed in premises whose previous uses were rather different.
The Little People (children's clothes) was owned and run by Mrs O'Neil. Prior to that a shop, operated by a lady called Gerda, sold baby clothes and wool.
In the 1870s a glass and china shop was evident at 45 Wrawby Street, run by William Blessed - an ancestor of famous actor Brian Blessed, who came to Brigg some years ago during filming for a TV programme about his family history.
Scalinis Fish & Chips (restaurant and takeaway) is well-established at 79 Wrawby Street. But how many customers calling in today realise they are inside a building formerly used by W. H. Smith, one of the world's most famous newsagents and book sellers?
As well as undertaking newspaper deliveries in Brigg, Smith's offered an efficient system for magazines and periodicals. Customers were assigned numbered folders inside which the latest issues of publications they had ordered were placed by staff, pending collection.
In the 1980s the Old School Restaurant, on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street, was providing steaks and other fare in a building now used by Pizza Jim to provide fast food. The Old School House was on two floors and took its name from an original Victorian use of this property as a seat of learning.
The Market Place's Cafe Courtyard is located on the ground floor of North Lincolnshire Council's Angel building which now provides a range of local services including the community hub, library and Heritage Centre. This followed earlier conversion of the centuries-old Angel Hotel (originally a coaching inn). The hotel closed in 1989.
The Cafe Courtyard is based in the former hotel entrance foyer, once featuring trailing vines, where meals and drinks were enjoyed through to the late 1980s.
La Finca, adjoining the Cafe Courtyard, utilises the one-time Angel Hotel off-licence shop.
At nearby 28A Market Place, YellowBelly Pizza (eat in or take away) uses a building which formerly housed Brambles Cafe and prior to that Sandwich Heaven.
The Deli & Diner at 13 Wrawby Street is housed in premises which were formerly a family restaurant.
Going back further in time, this was once the site of the Butchers Arms pub, owned by a Nottinghamshire brewery. This hostelry specialised in offering board and lodging to anglers who came by train from industrial areas of South Yorkshire in large numbers to fish the River Ancholme.
Prior to the Deli & Diner's arrival, these premises housed Ma's Pantry. From the 1970s onwards for some years, Bookmaker Alec King used the ground floor of 13 Wrawby Street.
The two-storey building on Old Courts Road which is now the Mumbai Lounge (restaurant with takeaway service) formerly housed Harry Wu's Kar Restaurant on two floors.
Cooplands bakery & takeaway sandwich shop at 70 Wrawby Street converted the former Shoefayre premises in 2008 to create its new outlet.
The Bengal Spice restaurant & takeaway at 6 Wrawby Street uses the ground floor of a building occupied for many years by Lynes Ropery, and later a clothes shop.
College Yard Cafe takes its name from the courtyard which one boasted residential properties as well as business premises. In the 1980s this pedestrian-only walkway was redeveloped to a high standard.
Shipley's CuriosiTEAS, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Cross Street, occupies premises which have seen various uses down the decades, including Richardson's newsagents (occupying part of the ground floor with a sweet shop next door) and later Jan's Pantry.
Groomers, the well-known hairdressing salon, originally used the Bigby Street building which is now utilised by the Diya Spice takeaway.
Brigg Kebab House is located in a lengthy row of retail units created by warehouse conversion in the 1980s, following the closure of the Spring & Co preserves factory. No. 11 had offered fish & chips courtesy of an earlier business venture.
At the other end of Springs Parade, adjoining the Market Place, the Steel Rooms (with cafe) today occupy premises where a games arcade once operated.
Also sited in a row of late 20th century units are butchers, bakers and sandwich makers Spelmans - facing the town's main car park on Old Courts Road.
Wrawby Street's Costa Coffee (also offering sweet snacks and sandwiches) uses a ground floor converted from the former Poundstretcher store. For some years the William Jackson grocery store/small supermarket traded here.
Gracie's Cafe, in the Market Place, converted the former Ink It UK computer printer accessories shop. Earlier, T. Mundey (family butcher) had used this building; by the late 1950s (see picture below) it had been established for 300 years!
Teasdales (bakers) operates from 61 Wrawby Street in an impressive row of retail premises which won the Brigg Town Council Civic Building Award a few years ago.
The Loft restaurant at 10 Wrawby Street (above Grandad's Shed) is in a building whose former uses include offices for DDM and also the Wold Florist.
Today's Curry Corner takeaway at 20 Market Place (adjoining Elwes Street) utilises the long converted showrooms of a quality furniture and furnishings business, Woolliams & Eyre (also selling glass & pottery items). Food-related ventures since then have included La Buca and Le Raj restaurants; more recently, the Brigg Tandoori takeaway.
Now owned by Wetherspoon's, the White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street, is also a restaurant offering meals throughout the day. Much enlarged by the present owner, these licensed premises date back to the 18th century. Ward's Brewery (Sheffield) operated the hostelry for many decades.
Also still providing a full meals service and menu is the historic Lord Nelson Hotel, in the Market Place, using premises enlarged in the 1980s by incorporating an adjoining shop. More recently, the Old Mill Brewery's Lord Nelson received a Brigg Town Council award, following tasteful refurbishment.
Please note that we've defined 'town centre' for this feature article as being Wrawby Street, Bigby Street, the Market Place and premises in connecting courts.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to local historian Josie Webb, who has kindly taken the time and trouble to fill in some gaps in our knowledge/memory about the previous uses of some of these premises.

PICTURED AT THE TOP OF OUR POST: Jean and Gordon Neall busy in their Coney Court 'chippy' in the 1980s, and the premises today (inset) now the Hungry Fisherman (under different ownership); Ma's Restaurant in the 1990s with today's familiar Deli & Diner beneath. 




Andrew Percy MP visiting Brambles Cafe, Market Place, in 2011. It was located in premises now used by YellowBelly Pizza (below).




Brigg Town Football Club moved up the table with a comfortable away win last night (Wednesday, August 17).
The Zebras secure a 4-1 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic (near Barnsley).
Dayle Hutson netted twice, and there was a goal apiece for Scott Phillips and Fraser Papprill.
Brigg led 3-0 at the interval, with Worsbrough's effort coming in the final minute.
Brigg are now ninth in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One... and remain unbeaten.
The Zebras have won both their away games and drawn the two played at home.


It is now 10 years since Brigg was chosen to pilot a welcome 'green' initiative by North Lincolnshire Council.
Some of the town's conventional street lights were replaced by LED types - longer lasting, requiring less electricity and resulting in considerable running cost savings for the public purse following the initial investment.
Streets in Brigg selected for the pilot included St James Road, Churchill Avenue, O'Hanlon Avenue, Yarborough Road and Burgess Road.
They were given LED lights in what North Lincolnshire Council called  a 'controlled trial' and it supplied local households with questionnaires to get their feedback.
Brigg Town Council also gave careful consideration to this lighting trial, with lengthy discussions during a Planning & Environment Committee meeting.
Brigg Blog listened to those discussions and reported on August 16, 2012: "Comments varied - but were generally of a positive nature.
"In most cases the new lights seemed to tick the right boxes!"
We concluded that a "glowing report" had been forthcoming in Brigg for the lighting project.
Following the pilot scheme, North Lincolnshire Council subsequently installed LED lights across its district, in an extensive programme which took some years.
However, even long-lasting lights can experience difficulties over time.
Having passed an out-of-action street light on St Helens Road after dark for some weeks, Brigg Blog recently stepped in to report the fault to North Lincolnshire. We think this may be a power-related issue.
The faulty light is located not far from the junctions with Glanford Road and Kings Avenue.
'Candle power' is a term still used today for the strength of lighting. But we don't anticipate a celebratory cake with candles marking the tenth anniversary of Brigg's part in what became a welcome project for our local highway authority!
Not everyone was happy with the new LED lighting programme. One local man contacted us some years ago to lament "the loss of those lovely old orange sodium street lights in and around Brigg as a result of this latest 'improvement' scheme."

PICTURED: Street lights after dark on Yarborough Road and Cary Lane, Brigg.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Brigg people will soon be able to enjoy a wide range of meals at a local bar & restaurant following the appointment of a chef.
A full meals service will be available at The Millfield, Castlethorpe, from Friday, August 26.
Brigg Blog was invited to the launch night in late April, following which the bar opened to the public with limited food available.
The Millfield management now say they have found their perfect chef.
Booking tables is highly recommended for those planning to sample the menu - details of which will be announced "in due course."
The Millfield is located on Wressle Road, Castlethorpe, close to the A18, at DN20 9LF. The former Arties Mill premises have been lavishly refurbished.
Get in touch with the venue through

TAKE NOTICE: A new Brigg Town Council noticeboard has been installed adjoining Bigby Road (the A1084) not far from the Monument roundabout.
Many pedestrians pass by this spot, including folk exercising their pets.
Initially, this board displayed contact details for our Brigg & Wolds Ward unitary authority representatives and a poster advertising a forthcoming event.
Further information of interest to the public will follow, in due course.
Traditional noticeboards like this are common in nearby villages - an example being Scawby parish's located near the entrance to the former sugar factory sportsground on Scawby Road.
Brigg Town Council has also moved with the technological times. Some months ago it gained use of a 'rolling scroll' digital noticeboard to display information on screen at the rear of the Angel building.

OFFLINE: We've been informed that a couple from Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, came to Brigg by car for last weekend's food festival and really enjoyed their visit. However, they would have preferred arriving here and returning home by train. The passenger service they could have used was suspended by the operating company in January due to Covid-related staffing issues and has yet to resume. A review of the situation is expected in December.

LIVING SPACE: Planning permission is being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to erect a two-storey rear extension, including demolition of an existing conservatory, at 15 The Rookery, Scawby. Planners have yet to rule on this application.

PICTURED: Inside The Millfield; the council noticeboard on Bigby Road, and deserted Brigg railway station on a recent Saturday when no trains were calling.