Monday, September 16, 2019


The best gardens, allotments and floral displays in Brigg during 2019 were revealed on Saturday morning (September 14).
Brigg Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall announced the winners in the Angel Suite.
Sponsorship of the town council's annual competition was again received from Brigg Garden Centre.
Coun Riggall was assisted in presenting the awards at various times by Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker, Andrew Markham, Anne Gray and the Garden Centre.
The prizes ranged from gardening vouchers to trophies and certificates, and the majority of winners were present to receive their awards in person.
The ceremony formed part of the Town Mayor's coffee morning which was very well supported by Brigg residents and people from the surrounding district.
A raffle and tombola were held, and proceeds from the coffee morning will go to the Mayor's Appeal Fund in aid of the Brigg Breast Cancer Group.
She thanked everyone for their support after the raffle had been drawn at this enjoyable event.

PICTURED ABOVE: Many of the winners following the presentations.THE 2019 AWARDS IN FULL

Allotments category: 1st Terry Robinson, Redcombe Lane Plot 5; 2nd Jason Ladley, Grammar School Road Plot 23; 3rd Val Bacon, Grammar School Road Plot 16.
Business & organisation category: 1st St John's Church; 2nd The Hungry Fisherman; 3rd Ancholme Mews.
School category: 1st Brigg Primary.
Hanging baskets category: 1st Mrs H. Dent, 12 Elm Way; 2nd 40 Maple Close; 3rd 5 Preston Drive.
Front garden category: 1st Mr and Mrs Whitehead, 37 St Clare's Walk; 2nd Derek Capp, 18 Almond Grove; 3rd Marina Williams, 18 Churchill Avenue; certificate of merit, Mrs H. Dent, 12 Elm Way.
Special awards, certificates of merit: The Brigg District Veterans' Group D-Day Display, Wrawby Street; all College Yard businesses "for working together" - the Cafe, Green Jay, 2nd Chance, Charlie Lui and Indulge.

The following pictures appear in the order they were presented at the prize-giving.

Val Bacon - allotment certificate of merit, with Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall.
Jason Ladley - second in the allotment category, £20 voucher & certificate.
Terry Robinson - allotment winner, trophy, £30 voucher & certificate.
Andrew Markham presenting his family shield awarded to St John's Church - winner of the business/organisation category, with a £30 voucher and certificate also forming part of the prize.

Brigg Primary School representatives after receiving the Gray family trophy from Anne Gray. The school's prize also included a £30 voucher and a certificate.

Second place in the hanging basket category for 40 Maple Close, presented by Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker, right. The prize comprised a £20 voucher and certificate.

First place in the hanging basket category being presented by Coun Parker to Mrs H. Dent, of 12 Elm Way - trophy, £30 voucher and certificate.
Mrs Dent receiving a certificate of merit for the front garden at 12 Elm Way from Brigg Garden Centre.
Marina Williams, of 18 Churchill Avenue, receiving a certificate and £10 voucher for third place in the front garden category.
Derek Capp - runner-up in the front garden category for 18 Almond Grove, collecting a £20 voucher and a certificate.
Mr & Mrs Whitehead, of 37 St Clare's Walk, winners in the front garden category - the prize comprising a cup, £30 voucher and certificate.
A certificate of merit for the Veterans' D-Day plot (pictured below on Saturday morning after we left the Angel Suite ceremony).

Two of the certificates being presented to businesses on College Yard.
The coffee morning and presentations attracted a large attendance in the Angel Suite.

Brigg Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall presiding at the presentations and coffee morning.


Brigg Town Council has agreed grants totalling more than £7,000 to help local causes.
The money was allocated at the authority's September meeting in the Angel Suite Lounge, following four applications for assistance.
Brigg in Bloom: £2,600 for watering the plants.
Brigg Arts and Culture Centre: £2,000 for 200 chairs. These will be used by the audience attending events at the centre within Sir John Nelthorpe School's Grammar School Road premises. Phase one of the project has already delivered sympathetic restoration of the Old Library, part of the original 17th century school building.
Park Run: £1,500 for event and technical equipment. A weekly 5k walk/jog/run is to be held on Saturdays from 9am, using the new Ancholme Valley Path in Brigg. From underneath the A18 Ancholme Way Bridge, participants will head north for 1.25k, turn around and head back to the bridge, then repeat the loop.
North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival: £200 + VAT for banners and stickers.


Roofing problems are the reason for the closure of a set of public conveniences in Brigg.
North Lincolnshire Council, which provides the toilets on East Park near the Tintab shelter, recently pinned 'out of order' notices on the entrances to the men's and ladies' with the gates staying firmly locked.
Coun Rob Waltham, from Brigg, who is the unitary authority's leader, confirmed to us over the weekend that roofing issues are the cause. A survey of the building is to be undertaken.
It's not possible to say at present when the WCs will reopen, but we'll endeavour to keep Brigg Blog followers informed once news is to hand.
As our picture (below) shows, the roof needs work doing to make it leak-free - if we can use that phrase in this context!


"The Ladies" in need of roofing repairs.

Viewed from Bigby Street, the WCs on East Park, adjoining the Tintab shelter and close to the A18.


Brigg Town Cricket Club concluded the 2019 season in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three with a 30-run defeat at the hands of Lindum 3rds in Lincoln on Saturday (September 14).
This result means Brigg finish fifth  -  mid-table being a decent achievement having stepped up a level this summer after gaining promotion from Division Four.
Matthew Bell scored 91 and Danny Minshall 31 on the final Saturday of the season but Town were bowled out for 188 when chasing Lincoln's impressive 218 for eight.
Mike White - making his first appearance of the season - had a fine all-round match for Brigg, taking five wickets for 55 runs and later scoring 29.

Brigg Town's 16 divisional fixtures produced seven wickets, three rain-ruined 'no results' and six defeats.
Congratulations go Hibaldstow who have secured the Division Two championship. We had a word with some of their players in Brigg's Dying Gladiator pub on Saturday night, raising a glass to the team's success.
Broughton had a mixed season. The first team finished seventh out of 10 teams in Division One. However, the 2nds clinched the Division Three championship in emphatic fashion.

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Premier Division
Lindum 2nds 164, Caistor 165 for five
Cherry Willingham 287 for six, Hartsholme 268 for seven
Cleethorpes 2nds 183, Market Rasen 108
Haxey 153, Grimsby Town 154 for five
Nettleham 111, Scothern 113 for two

Division One
Alkborough 58, Messingham 60 for one
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 116, Scunthorpe Town 2nds 117 for seven
Barton Town 227 for three, Normanby Park 182 for nine
Broughton 113, Holton-le-Clay 117 for two
Louth 2nds 258 for six, Outcasts 124

Division Two
Cleethorpes 3rds 325 for six, Caistor 2nds 119

Grimsby Town 2nds 150 for nine, Clee Town Laportes 154 for six
Hartsholme 2nds 144 for eight, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 147 for eight
Market Rasen 2nds 210 for seven, Cherry Willingham 2nds 84
Old Lincolnians conceded to Hibaldstow

Division Three
Lindum 3rds 218 for eight, Brigg Town 188
Messingham 2nds 230 for five, Nettleham 2nds 56
Outcasts 2nds 86, Haxey 2nds 88 for no wicket

Division Four
Louth 3rds 129, Alford 2nds 130 for four

Sunday, September 15, 2019



Brigg Town Football Club gave it their best shot but lost 3-2 at Chadderton in the FA Vase second qualifying round yesterday (Saturday, September 14).
Some supporters of the Zebras made it across the Pennines to cheer on the team.
Brigg raced into a two-goal lead within 20 minutes, through goals by Stephen McCarron and Jake Reed.
Chadderton bounced back to level the scores before half-time and then came up with a winner late in the second period.
In EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League Division Two, Briggensians lost 4-1 at Limestone Rangers Reserves - Ciaran Savage scoring the Brigg side's goal.
Barnetby United Reserves triumphed 3-1 at Scotter United Reserves, Craig Hall, Daniel Newell and an own goal settling the issue.
Barnetby's first team, in Division One, won 2-1 at home to Limestone Rangers and head the table with maximum points from the opening two games.
Pictures from this match accompany the report below by Barnetby's Lee Fielden. Barnetby play in black and white.


The 1st team made it 2 wins from 2 in the 1st division and finally ended a 12 game winless run against Willoughton based Limestone Rangers.
Brendan O’Callaghan gave them the lead in the 15th minute from the spot after Cameron Hill’s exquisite touch from an Adam Mcguire centre resulted in him being brought down.
United failed to get any rhythm to their game though and Limestone consistently asked questions of the back line though stand in keeper Gunn held firm until a rash charge from his line resulted in a rightly given penalty.
The cross bar bore the brunt of the subsequent spot kick and Barnetby cleared their lines, eventually. Limestone then had a chance rightly ruled out for offside and the halftime scoreline of 1-0 to Barnetby bore no reflection to the 1st half proceedings.
Glentworth had replaced O’Callaghan on the half hour mark and Popple replaced Mcguire after 50 minutes but Barnetby started the 2nd half as they had finished the 1st and Limestone deservedly equalised on 55 minutes through Ben Johnson.
Injury was added to insult when captain Joe Scott left the game with a shoulder injury, this led to a formation change and the reappearance of George Merrick in a Barnetby shirt after 2 and a half years.
His first contribution was to float a free kick into the Rangers box which was met by the towering Glentworth whose nod down was smashed home by Alex Green on the half volley for the Railwaymen to retake the lead.
This sprung United into life, Forrest hit the bar and the Rangers keeper saved superbly from Hill and Glentworth. Wilson also saw a chance blocked as Barnetby bossed the closing stages despite not putting the game to bed.
The full time whistle was most welcome as it kept up a great start to the season and finally saw the Railwaymen end their winless run against Limestone Rangers.




Brigg has created eight new Honorary Freemen of the town - a prestigious honour.
They include a man who is 100 years old, the serving Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole, a former MP and a two members of the same family (brother and sister).
Until Friday night (September 13) when a special ceremony was held in the Angel Suite, the town's only Freeman was Tom Glossop, installed in 2011. The former Brigg youth leader, who still lives in the town, served as a local councillor for 32 years until his retirement.
Freeman Tom has now been joined by the following whose 2019 nominations were approved by Brigg Town Council:
Ian Cawsey: Marking his period as MP 1997-2010 and acknowledging his charity work with animals, particularly dogs and donkeys, and through music, supporting many events in Brigg town centre as a singer and guitarist.
Andrew Percy MP: Marking his service to Brigg since 2010 during which he has promoted and supported many local projects that benefit the town and its residents through education, health, economic regeneration and enhanced connectivity.
Tony Parker: For voluntary services to various organisations. He is Brigg's former Footpath Warden and involved with the Ramblers’ Association, promoting a healthy lifestyle to residents. An ex- Scout, he has trekked all over the world and is a good neighbour to many.
Jennifer Parker: For voluntary services to the Guiding Movement and the Methodist Church in Brigg. She is now a member of the Trefoil Guild and supports the community in a quiet manner.
Hubert 'Hughie' Markham: For voluntary services to the town and retention as a fire-fighter from the end of WWII until retirement in 1978. Hughie is now 100 years old. He was unable to be present at the ceremony and will be presented with his certificate at a later date.
Pam Braithwaite: For voluntary and local ministry services to St John's Church and transforming many young lives through education and fundraising, being a former head of department at Sir John Nelthorpe School.
Jean Neall: For voluntary service, particularly to the older community within Brigg and for providing meals and baking for various local groups and people, including neighbours. She helped to run a Brownie pack in the town for 23 years.
Chris Darlington: For voluntary service, through charitable work, to the community in health, education and music. He is involved with charity projects through Brigg Rotary Club and a member of the LIVES first responders.
In addition to the title, the Town Council has  decided that Freemen shall be invited to attend all the council’s civic functions (with a guest), and at those functions where a formal Civic Procession occurs, they are entitled to "process" with the Town Mayor and Consort.
Councils across the UK can honour community-minded people who have demonstrated extensive and eminent service or who have made a significant contribution to the well-being of its residents.
The relevant legislation for Honorary Freemen is the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.
These pictures, featuring Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall who made the presentations, were taken during the induction ceremony on Friday in the Angel Suite Lounge.

All the recipients, in turn, thanked the Town Council for granting them this honour. 
The Town Mayor and Coun Rob Waltham paid tribute to their commitment to making the local community a better one over the years.
We hope to bring you a picture of Hughie Markham with his Freeman's certificate in the near future, once the presentation to him has taken place.

Ian Cawsey receiving his Freeman's Award Certificate from Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall - the first to be presented on the night.
Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy with his award.
New Freeman of Brigg, Tony Parker.
Jennifer Parker being congratulated by the Town Mayor.
Pam Braithwaite being presented with her award.
Jean Neall with Coun Riggall.
Chris Darlington and his civic certificate.


Brigg Town Football Club is to stage a family fun day at its EC Surfacing Ltd Stadium (The Hawthorns).
There will be action on and off the field on Sunday, September 22, from 11am onwards.
Kicking off at noon will be a friendly between Brigg Town Legends and Steve Jordan's XI, to be followed by a karate demonstration at 3pm.
Other attractions include a barbecue, bouncy castle, children's games, ice cream van, food stalls, tombola and face painting, plus a visit by a fire engine.
Children can take part in a penalty shoot-out and a crossbar challenge.

Picture above of the ground courtesy of Neil Stapleton.