Monday, August 30, 2010


The happy couple.

Brigg Blog makes no apologies for being off the air over the weekend, due to a wedding in the family. Our younger daughter, Victoria Fisher, came back to her home town from London to marry Chris Hunter Bennett, also serving with the RAF. They were married at Scunthorpe Register Office on Saturday. On Friday night, Chris was joined by fellow servicemen from the RAF Police for a traditional stag night, involving a few drinks. It started off in the Black Bull, Brigg, took in the White Hart and ended at the Britannia. The girls' "do" was at the Kar Restaurant, Brigg. Victoria is a former pupil of Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Sixth Form College. In addition to getting married, she has just gained a promotion within the RAF.

Stag night at the Black Bull, Brigg, with the groom centre of attention.


The Brigg & District Branch of the Royal British Legion is staging a 10k Race & Charity Fun Run at 1100 hrs on Sunday, 19th September in Brigg Market Place.
"This is your opportunity to raise vital funds for the charity of your choice," say the organisers.
There are three categories:


Fun Run

‘Military Challenge’ - 36lb backpack and boots

A £10 entry fee applies to each runner and there will be trophies for category winners and medals for all finishers.
Entry forms and more information available from Brigg Outdoors or


From Martin North (friend of Josh Parkin)

We would like to publicly thank Brigg Town Football Club players staff and management for their considerations in having one minute's silence in memory of the two Brigg youngsters tragically losing their lives last weekend. This poignant ceremony was held before their game last Saturday against Rainworth MW in the FA Cup.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Brigg Town Council's community venue, the Angel Suite, is again to stage Christmas party nights. They will be on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, with a festive three-course meal and music.
"Bring your family, friends or staff," says manager Karen Deeley. The cost is £26.95.
These party nights might well suit small businesses in Brigg and district, for whom hiring a venue of their own - even if they could find one at that time of year - would be uneconomic.
Bookings are now being taken. For further details call Karen on 07903531201 or 01652 659402, or email

Thursday, August 26, 2010


From Phil Allen (for BASH committee)

The next Brigg Amateur Social Historians' meeting will be RAF Elsham Wold - November 1943 to May 1944, an illustrated talk by Ken Duddell, on Tuesday, 7th Sept, starting at 8 p.m. (at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, Brigg.
I have also attached a copy of the latest BASH poster showing the following
the one above.

(Double-click on the picture to view the details in close-up - NF)

This is a welcome reminder for me that I'm down to speak on the History of the Scunthorpe Telegraph. Hope to see many of you on the night. Especially those heckling at the back!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Kumon, one of the leading after-school education providers in the UK, is today encouraging students and parents across the region to start the new term with a focus on education.
Craig Cook, the Brigg Kumon Instructor, is gearing up for a busy two months as the Kumon Free Trial period is generating an unprecedented response from parents in Brigg and the surrounding area. He says, “We’ve already had a number of parents contact us to arrange an enrolment. People have been attracted by the idea of trying Kumon for two weeks before deciding whether to continue. It gives them an opportunity to have a taste and evaluate the Kumon English and maths programmes for themselves. After the two weeks if they choose to continue is up to them.”
The Free Trial runs from 21 August until 20 October 2010 and is totally free of charge and open to all children in the local area. Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes that are tailored to the needs of each child. Through daily practice and repetition, students build their confidence, improve their concentration and gain effective study skills that will enhance their future learning. Through Kumon, your child can develop an attitude to learning that enables them to overcome obstacles and succeed in life.
Alyson Smith mother of Kumon students, Leanne and Olivia says: “Kumon has become an integral part of our lives and one which I know has had a huge effect on the girls. We have seen them grow and develop in so many ways with Kumon. Their confidence has grown and they aren’t afraid to work hard. Kumon has taught them to try and try again and never give up. This is a key skill for life as far as I’m concerned and one that will mean they can go on to lead successful and happy lives.”
The Free Trial provides children with the opportunity to experience Kumon first-hand and also gives parents an insight into how the Kumon method can benefit their child, without any financial commitment. The offer applies to either or both subjects of English and maths, and is open to families who are new to Kumon, siblings of current students and those already on the programme considering a second subject.
The Kumon method of learning was developed in 1954 by Toru Kumon, both a parent and gifted teacher from Japan. Like any parent, Toru wanted the best education for his son and began devising a teaching method using worksheets in the core subject of maths. Soon word spread of the success of his method and now in 2010, there are approximately 58,000 students studying Kumon at more than 600 study centres across the UK and Ireland.
To enrol on the Free Trial or to speak to your local Kumon Instructor, please contact: Craig Cook at Brigg Study Centre on 01652 653345 or email:


A new club is opening in Brigg - Brigg Modellers' Club. The first meeting is on Wednesday, 22nd September, 7.15-9pm, at St Mary’s Church Hall. The first evening is and Open Night for anyone to go along, meet the members and see models being made. All ages and skills are welcome.
The models shown on their leaflet are of a tank/soldiers on horseback and a sailing ship. Contact details for more information 07929719250 -
In addition, the same gentlemen will be giving a talk and presentation of uniforms and equipment used by the Lincolnshire Regiment and members of the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium 1939/40. The presentation will be a multi-media event, and will include an exhibition of genuine uniforms, weapons and equipment of the BEF soldier. There will also be a first person monologue, utilising Regimental War Diaries and accounts of veterans. It is described as a family event that will be of interest to all ages.
The date is Sept 20th at St. Mary’s Church Hall - doors open at 7pm and close at 8.15pm Admission £1 (Adults) 75p (Children Under 12 and Senior Citizens); serving and ex-service personnel - free.
Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Church and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.




Female Street Leaders - (2 Posts) 6 hours per week at £9.89 per hour.

Would you like to be involved in the innovative project that delivers activities for the young people of Brigg, Broughton and
The 3B’s project is joint initiative between Brigg Town Council, Broughton Town Council and Barnetby-le-Wold Parish Council. Funded by The Big Lottery, it has been operating for just over 2 years.
The project is now seeking to employ two enthusiastic and committed Female Street Leaders to join the existing all male team in order to address the lack of engagement with the project by young females.
You will join the team in engaging with young people and providing a programme of activities for the three areas, primarily in an evening and during the school holidays; and, you will use your knowledge and experience to develop activities that will reach out to young females in the three communities, and increase their participation and involvement in the 3B’s project.
You will have experience of working with young people and must hold a current driving licence. A relevant youth, coaching, and/or outreach qualification would be desirable.
This post is initially a fixed term contract until 30th June 2011, although there may be the opportunity to extend the position beyond this period.
For further information or to request an application pack please contact Brigg Town Council on 01652 659402 or email
Any offer of employment to this post will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau and references.
Closing Date: Friday 3rd September 2010 at 5pm

Brigg Town Council
The Angel Suite
Exchange Place
North Lincolnshire
DN20 8LD


Sunday, August 22, 2010


There can't be many local authorities in Britain which own and rent out fishing ponds, like North Lincolnshire Council does with the water on Manley Gardens, Brigg.
We asked the authority's press office to explain how that came about and the following helpful statement has been supplied.
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "The Urban District Council of Brigg acquired the site in 1970 and it was subsequently 'inherited' by North Lincolnshire Council.
"We do not know why the council took on the site but it seems there was no conscious decision to acquire a fishing pond. Previously it was a quarry and the pond is man-made.
"The site was let to Brigg Fishing Syndicate in 1976 for 20 years and the lease was renewed with effect from 1995 for a further 20 years.
"In the current financial climate we need to review all of our assets and the decision has been made to sell the pond.
"The sale is subject to the existing tenancy to the club. Any new owner will have to abide by the terms of that lease including the level of rent that can be set.
"The site is currently subject to a restrictive covenant to use the site only as a public open space and a fish pond until 2020. The council intends to extend this covenant in perpetuity for the same purposes in any sale.
"We have to get the best price for the site and anyone, including the club, is welcome to submit a bid through the council's informal tender process."


It didn't spark any debate at this week's meeting of Brigg Town Council's planning and environment committee, but disappointing news has been received about the Wolds Villager bus service linking Brigg to Wrawby and Barnetby.
Under the heading Service Review, it was reported that due to increasing un-reliability of the vehicle purchased six years ago through Rural Bus Challenge Funding, North Lincolnshire Council will be inviting tenders from bus operators to take over the operation of the service from January 2011.
It's good that North Lincs is not just ending the service now that the bus seems to be coming to the end of its working life. But what if no-one comes forward to provide a replacement bus at an acceptable price?
The Wolds Villager is used by more Barnetby people coming into Brigg than Brigg folk going to the village. But it provides our town with a useful link to North Lincolnshire's main railway junction. I've used the Wolds Villager myself many times for that reason. Brigg shops also benefit from the people brought in on the Wolds Villager.
No doubt more will be heard on this topic from North Lincolnshire Council in the coming months.
This posting's headline is fitting, as yesterday the country marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by reading one of Sir Winston Churchill's most famous war-time speeches. The great Prime Minister, of course, spoke of "the end of the beginning." KEN HARRISON WILL BE STANDING BY IN THE STREETS, IF NOT THE LANDING GROUNDS AND BEACHES, TO GIVE YOU MORE FROM SIR WINSTON.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


The following planning applications have progressed through the first stage of the system, with Brigg Town Council raising no objections. North Lincolnshire planners will now decide whether or not to grant permission.

Application Number PA/2010/0844
Prior Notification Procedure – Works to Trees Within a Conservation Area
Notice of Intention to reduce and trim very large confider tree situated within a Conservation Area. 2 Wrawby Street, Brigg.

Application Number 2010/0900
Planning Permission to erect a single storey rear extension and replacement flat roof with pitched roof. 18 Burgess Road, Brigg.

Application Number 2010/0898
Planning Permission to replace an extant planning permission (2007/1968 dated 07/01/2008) for change of use of first floor and part of ground floor into 2 residential units with associated alterations. Rear of 15, Bridge Street, Brigg.


Few Brigg folk know about the existence of a workshop just over the bridge which takes our longest street, Grammar School Road, across the M180. Even some members of Brigg Town Council's planning and environment committee had to have it explained to them. Drive much further and you leave Brigg for neighbouring parishes.
However, the site is now very much in the public domain as the subject of a rather unusual planning application which North Lincolnshire Council will determine.

Application Number 2010/0910
Planning permission to vary condition no 2 of planning application 7/176/85 18/4/1985. The proposed building shall be used solely as a pump repair workshop and shall not be used for any other purpose, whether within Class III or Class IV of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order, 1972 or not without the prior written permission of the district planning authority,
115 Grammar School Road, Brigg.

Planning permission was granted by Glanford Borough Council 25 years ago. In effect, the borough planners sought to ensure the workshop was used for just one purpose. Now, efforts are being to get that relaxed.
Town Mayor Coun Ben Nobbs told Wednesday night's Brigg planning meeting in the Angel Suite that it would be interesting to know what the business "intended to expand into." He stressed: "It's a neat and tidy site there."
Coun Mel Oades said he had "no objections whatsover" to the condition being varied, as requested.
Coun Mike Galvin suggested the applicant "just wants some flexibility."
Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard was unaware of any objections from residents in the area.
The matter was delegated to the chairman (Coun Nobbs) and his deputy (Coun Tom Glossop) to inquire what alternative uses might result from the removal of the condition. If their inquiries raise any concerns, the matter will be brought back for further consideration; if not, North Lincolnshire planners will be told the town council has no objections to the application.


Broadcaster Tim Iredale, who compiled this week's Look North TV piece on the poor situation existing at Brigg railway station, has been in touch and given us the Network Rail statement on the subject.
"The number of trains that call at Brigg station are specified by the Department for Transport (DfT)," it says. "Unfortunately there are no immediate plans to increase the service levels due to the low number of people who use them. In terms of station improvements, we continue to seek new partnership opportunities and are always happy to discuss third party funded improvements with relevant organisations."
Tim does a Blog, too. His story appears there, and he's kindly added a link to Brigg Blog and thanked us for assisting him with his inquiries.
Tim's Blog is well worth a visit at

Friday, August 20, 2010


Brigg Town Council is to undertake a major consultation exercise with townsfolk of all ages to discover what they would like to see improved and possibly introduced in the future.
The council has successfully applied for a £2,500 grant to draw up a Community-led Plan, which means, in effect, compiling a wish list of what the people want, or don't.
The initial meeting at the Angel Suite on Wednesday saw Coun Tom Glossop elected chairman, with Coun Mike Galvin his deputy.
Consultation sessions are to be held with groups, school pupils/students and the general public, to explain what's going on and seek people's views.
Coun Galvin summed it up by saying it boiled down to what people loved about the town, what they hated and what they wanted.
Although members of the new committee will undertake much work behind the scenes over the next few weeks, the first publing airing of the Community-Led Plan is likely to be over the weekend of September 25/26, which sees the Farmers' Market being held, a Town Mayor's coffee morning and the Civic Service. People will be able to visit the Angel Suite area, off the Market Place, and talk to members of the committee to make their views known.
This is expected to be followed up with similar consultations the following Thursday - general market day.
Another idea being discussed is for the Town Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Ben Nobbs and Mrs Barbara Morris, to visit schools and local groups.
"That's our strongest card to play as far as profile is concerned," Coun James Truepenny suggested.
Brigg Blog comment poster-in-chief, Ken Harrison, went along as an interested member of the public and was duly invited to join the assembled councillors and take part in the discussions.
Chairman Coun Glossop stressed: "We want the public involved as much as we can."
Members of the public wishing to assist in the organisation of the Community-Led Plan are welcome to step forward. Contact Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard, email - or speak to Coun Glossop or other members of the committee. Also involved in the initial discussions were Couns Jackie Brock, Mel Oades and Ann Eardley.
NF adds: These Community-Led Plans are not new to North Lincolnshire, but this will be a first for Brigg. Obviously, until extensive public consultation has been undertaken, no-one has any idea what sort of things townsfolk will wish to see included. Personally, I'd like to see major improvements at Brigg Recreation Ground, as a matter of urgency. At the end of each Plan, which take 12-18 months to complete, a brochure/booklet is produced and a copy sent to local households so they know what's been done and what might come about as a result. Brigg Blog will keep you informed how this progresses.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Brigg Town Council expressed some concerns about a new, unfinished house in Paradise Place, off Elwes Street, on which work stopped many years ago. However, North Lincolnshire Council enforcement staff have said they do not intend to take any action. Town councillors heard the site was now tidier than it had been.
It was suggested the person having the house built has now died.


By Ken Harrison

A little lad, about seven, had been given some money by his mum to buy a tube of Smarties. After his purchase, he held out his hand with the change and excitedly exclaimed: "Look, mum, I've got 45p....and a receipt!"


Further to our piece about North Lincolnshire Council advertising the fishing pond on Manley Gardens, Brigg, for sale, Coun Carl Sherwood confirms the petition has been handed in against the sale and says he and brother Coun Nigel "fully support the campaign to stop the sale and will continue to lend our support in any way we can."
We have asked North Lincolnshire Council for a statement, which will be reported on Brigg Blog, if/when received.


Hope you saw the nice piece about Brigg on BBC TV's Look North yesterday, "plugged" in advance by Brigg Blog. It featured on three different news broadcasts during the day, culminating in the main programme with Peter Levy, starting at 6.30pm.
The theme was Brigg's very poor passenger train service (three a week in each direction, just on Saturdays) and the state of the approaches to the station and the platforms itself.
"Stills" of the railway station in all its glory - with covered roof, buildings and staff - were compared to footage of the dilapidated facility today.
Coun Tom Glossop appeared to explain how Brigg Town Council had been pressing for many years to get improvements. Locals Jim Allcroft and his wife, who have adopted the station under a national scheme, were also interviewed.
Perhaps this came as a minor irritation to the railway firms involved in today's de-nationalised network. And the report ended by saying there were no plans to review the number of trains visiting Brigg each week, which, it was suggested, is in line with the Government's wishes. Presumably that was a reference to some sort of subsidy/support received.
The Brigg line is destined to remain a useful one for freight which can't, for whatever reason, use the Barnetby-Scunthorpe-Doncaster route. But if we can't get more trains, surely the station approaches can at least be improved to a decent standard.


This year, efforts are being made to reduce the amount of summer weed clogging the Ancholme through Brigg, to make life easier for boaters and anglers and make the river more attractive to onlookers, visitors and tourists. Litter-picks are also been carried out to remove the rubbish tossed in by uncaring passers-by.
A further cut/litter sweep will be carried out by the Environment Agency in the very near future - probably prior to the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Agency will cut the central channel of the river, but not close to the banks. There's some sort of regulation in place about that.
Brigg Town Council is chipping in to the cost of this welcome scheme, and a brief update on the situation was given to councillors serving on the planning and environment committee during last night's meeting in the Angel Suite.
Coun Ann Eardley wondered whether it might be possible for the relevant powers-that-be to install under-bridge netting to catch some of the river-bound litter discarded by the public. However, Town Mayor Coun Ben Nobbs pointed out litter in the river accumulated from a very wide area.
Coun Tom Glossop said the cuts would tackle the main infestation of weed but not what he described as the chickweed, which would be dispersed naturally by the flow of the river once heavy rains were experienced.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


By Chris Osbourne

SW Steelers FC 2 Brigg Town U18s 4

The cautious optimism of the Brigg coaching staff is proving to be well founded as the youngsters travelled to Grimsby Division 2 side SW Steelers on Friday 13th August.
Long term coach Neil Scott and recent addition Chris Osborne made a couple of changes to the side that enjoyed a comprehensive win at Barnetby only two days before. Kicking off in a downpour, the smaller Brigg players were facing an uphill task against their bigger stronger opponents. Steelers are among the favourites to win Division 2 and set about securing an early breakthrough.
Brigg held their lines superbly and Centre Back Lewis Wilson put in a stirling performance. As Steelers mounted a wave of attacks, they pushed men forward and left themselves open to a through ball. The home centre back helped the ball on to his advancing keeper, but didn't get enough on it and lightning quick Josh Gallagher latched onto the ball. He rounded the stranded keeper and scored to give Brigg the lead. Steelers launched themselves at Brigg and Keeper Stiffell made a string of decent saves to retain their lead. The home side qualised witrh a firm header at the far post following a string of corners and they looked as though they would go on and finish the young side off.
Their is a growing resistance in this young side and they struck back in short order. A corner from midfielder Danny Lord was only half cleared and Wilson pounced to prod the ball home.
The second half saw the home side begin to tire and the young Brigg lads began to exert more and more control in the game. Danny Lord and Logan Osborne broke and Lord's low cross was turned into his own net by the retreating centre back.
Brigg mounted a series of attacks as their opponents tired. Steelers were still breaking sporadically and squeezed a late header past Stiffell to reduce the deficit. Brigg were rampant now and Watson in the midfield began to dictate proceedings. He was the architect of numerous attacks and it was fitting that as time ran out, he picked up the ball 30 yards out and evaded a couple of challenges, before slotting home a low shot to complete the scoring.
It was an excellent win against very good opponents. The Under 18 side are beginngint to be noticed a little now and if theyy achieve the consistency that eluded them last year, could well be in the hunt for silverware this term.


By Ken Harrison

One of my favourite shops is Grandad's Shed. Run by Paul Kean and supported by cheerful Colin, the shop is an emporium of quality furniture. It a truism to say that I'm about the shop several times a week, even if its just en-route to The Loft, which incidentally is managed by Paul's wife, Beryl - a fellow Liverpudlian, so we, at the start, immediately struck up a chord of mutual interest.
Before venturing to The Loft yesterday to sample one of the award-winning bistro's excellent meals, I observed a number of new Stephen Hill's - a Brigg-born artist - paintings.
Stephen has in the past tended to concentrate his paintings upon well-known Brigg characters, such as the late Bryan Robins, characterised in the picture complete with cameras and standing outside the Lincolnshire Times office in Wrawby St., but Stephen has thrown in the odd Brigg scene. For example, Grandad's Shed recently displayed Stephen's picture of the now demolished Glebe Road School.
However, the most recent paintings on display show a slight, but very interesting diversion and include a Victorian, circa 1850, scene of folks gathered about the well pump in Grammar School Road. It is captioned, 'Wharf Well Pump', while next to the pump there is a wall poster advertising the wares of one Edward Smith - I assume a forebear of Smith's hardware shop, Smith Parkinson and dare I say, Cllr Penny Smith. Others include scenes of Stennett's Market; the auction room of Brigg's Cattle Market and a portrayal of Brigg life 60 years ago with a painting of , 'Friday Night's Dilley Men' going about their business in Glebe Road in the 1950s.
Well worth a visit - and have a coffee and scone in The Loft afterwards.

Monday, August 16, 2010


A "new emerging problem" is the theft of plants/flowers from gravestones at Brigg cemetery, off Wrawby Road. Brigg police say this has already been "factored in" to their evening patrols.
The latest Community Issues newsletter from our Neighbourhood Policing team says 50 crimes were recorded in Brigg during July, including two of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and five of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
There were 20 thefts reported and 11 of criminal damage to property.
Police say that although parking in the pedestrian area continues to be an issue "we have, over recent months, seen a significant reduction."
To contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team ring 0845 60 60 222 and ask for Brigg Police Station, or email

Sunday, August 15, 2010


We understand Brigg railway station and its very infrequent, Saturdays-only passenger service will feature in a news item on BBC Look North this coming Wednesday, August 18th, at 6.30pm.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


There's a petition going round against council plans to sell of Manley Gardens pond, which has been a popular spot with Brigg anglers for about 40 years.
We will contact North Lincolnshire Council when they get back to work next week in an effort to find out what's behind this rather unusual move. Authorities are, of course, facing financial cutbacks, meaning any revenues raised from sales of assets will help the public purse in other areas.
This topic has been mentioned to me in a pub, and prompted an email and a phone call in the past couple of days - so clearly it matters to quite a few folk.
We hope to keep you posted, so to speak! Perhaps the Councillors Sherwood, given their very local knowledge of the area, will be able to prompt a speedy reply from the relevant council department.


By Ken Harrison

A funny thing happened to the traffic lights (Barnard Avenue/Old Courts Road). I approached the lights at 05.55am - lights on red, but they quickly changed sequence and were on green within seconds. I looked in my rear view mirror and the lights had rapidly changed to red - no vehicles emerged from side roads. Then the lights quickly repeated the sequence and went back to red - staying on each colour/combination for no more than one sec.
I stopped near Tesco to view the lights from a distance - they were forming a rapid changing string of sequences. I watched as they did this about six to eight times, before I moved off.
Fortunately, the road was quiet at that time of the morning. There was just enough 'green' to allow one vehicle through, but the rapid sequence didn't give 'reds' time to actually stop the little traffic flow that there was along the road.


The following planning applications go before Brigg Town councillors next week - the first stage in the process. Town representatives may make observations but the final say rests with North Lincolnshire planners.

Planning permission to vary condition of planning application saying the proposed building shall be used solely as a pump repair workshop and shall not be used for any other purpose without the prior written permission of the district planning authority, 115 Grammar School Road, Brigg.

Planning Permission to replace an extant planning permission (2007/1968 dated 07/01/2008) for change of use of first floor and part of ground floor into two residential units with associated alterations, rear of 15 Bridge Street, Brigg.

Prior Notification Procedure – Works to Trees Within a Conservation Area - Notice of Intention to reduce and trim very large confider tree situated within a Conservation Area, near 2 Wrawby Street, Brigg.

Planning Permission to erect a single storey rear extension and replacement flat roof with pitched roof at 18 Burgess Road, Brigg.

Friday, August 13, 2010


By Chris Osbourne

As the eagerly-awaited new season approaches, Brigg Town Under 18s played their first pre-season game at Barnetby on Wed 11th August. The young Zebras have strengthened their squad through the summer, and for many of the new boys it was to be their first outing in the familiar striped shirts. Quite a few of the youngsters had already featured in the first team squad during pre-season and acquitted themselves well. Coaches Neil Fox and Chris Osborne named an attacking line up and the young side immediately took the game to their stronger, and bigger opponents. Rick Broadly playing upfront, ably supported by Jake Parker, Danny Lord and new boy Josh Moore from midfield, began to create chances. After 15 minutes Broadley opened the scoring, and the Brigg side began to take control with some clever passing. They went tinto the break 3-0 up as Moore score on his debut and Broadly added a second. The coaching staff made a number of substitutions at the break and Barnetby began to mount attacks of their own. They pulled a goal back when Fox unleashed a tremendous 35 yard drive that keeper Stiffell could do nothing about.
Brigg re-organised and regained the momentum as Drew Jickells and Josh Gallagher's front-running began to cause havoc in the home side's defence. Gallahre sprinted 60 yards to collect a through bal from Parker and neatly slot home, past the advancing keeper. Within a couple of minutes Jickells had increased the lead following a 6 man fluent passing move. It was left to Jickells to complete thscoring when he was laid in by a clever Gallagher pass and drove home. The final score was 6-1 to Brigg, and although there were a few spots of rust, the side looked in excellent shape.
They face Grimsby side SW Steelers tonight (Friday 13th) at Cheapside in Waltham. The home side will no doubt provide a stiffer test for the young Brigg team.



West Lindsey District Council has now granted planning permission for the caravan site established at the far end of Westrum Lane - just beyond the North Lincolnshire boundary.
The West Lindsey authority has approved the change of use of land to a residential caravan site, including construction of road, hardstandings and retention of buildings and cess-tank.
However, another nearby application has been withdrawn - for 11 residential gypsy pitches with associated hardstanding and access at Kettleby Caravan Park, Kettleby Lane, Wrawby.
Brigg Town Council's planning and environment committee has this topic on the agenda for next Wednesday's meeting at the Angel Suite (6.45pm), under the heading Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation.
It says: "The Joint Meetings between Brigg Town Council, North Lincolnshire Council and West Lindsey District Council will now focus on resolving the need for residential pitches for the remaining gypsy families with long-standing and proven associations with the town and for transient provision that will also resolve the
ongoing issue of unauthorised encampment in Brigg."


Brigg is to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War Two in style on Remembrance Day - Sunday, November 14.
Following the Remembrance Parade, Town councillors are inviting residents to join them "for a friendly afternoon of entertainment" at the Angel Suite. Town Mayor Coun Ben Nobbs will host this special event.
The Town Council says: "You will be welcomed to a warming lunch of filling 1940s fayre - stew and dumplings, crumble and custard (vegetarian option available). The room d├ęcor will be staged like a traditional street party. Sit back and enjoy music from The Kings of Swing. Sing Along to The Hits from the Blitz. We may be lucky enough to see a dancing display. Our own bar facilities will be available
There will be an auction, raffle and collection. All proceeds to be shared equally between The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help For Heroes. We would very much like to see you there on the day. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support these very worthy causes any donations would be gratefully received at the Brigg Town Council office or we could collect if you contact us prior to the event."
Tickets cost £14 and priority (up to August 27) will be given to service members of the armed forced, ex-service personnel and also former Land Girls. Following that deadline, tickets will go on general sale.
Cheques should be made payable to Brigg Town Council, Angel Suite Account.
Details of the Remembrance Parade on November 14 have also been announced. It will form up in Station Road at 10.25am, ready to move off at 10.35am for the service at St John's Church, which will commence at 10.50am. The Parade will enter the church via the Wrawby Street entrance. Following the service the parade will re-form in Wrawby Street, before proceeding to the War Memorial for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Sounding of Calls. The Parade will return to Station Road to dismiss.
The local contact for wreath orders is Maureen Glossop “Sandcrest”, 50 St. Helen’s Road, Brigg, tel 01652 656744. Prices are £20 for wreaths, including insignia badge. Cheques payable to Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal should be submitted with your order. Last date for orders - Monday 13th September.
The cost of all wreaths ordered must be met by each individual / organisation. Failure to do so reduces the actual profit received by the Royal British Legion, and will therefore affect the funds available to finance their excellent work on behalf of ex-servicemen. Wreaths will not be ordered unless a specific instruction and payment have been received.
Those wishing to obtain further information can contact the Town Council by email -


Tonight (Friday) sees a farewell party for mine host Sharon at the Nelthorpe Arms (Scanlon's), in Bridge Street, Brigg, as it's her final night behind the bar. The final session begins at 7pm with a range of drinks reduced to £2 a pint. Many regulars will be dropping in. No public announcement has yet been made about who's taking over.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Planning permission to erect a single storey rear extension and for replacement of a flat roof with a pitched one is being sought at 18 Burgess Road, Brigg. North Lincolnshire planners are now considering the application.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Munchkins Nursery will be holding an open day for prospective parents on Sunday, August 22. It is located behind Demeter House School, on Bigby Street, Brigg, and will be open from 10am until 4pm.
"Munchkins offers places for 0-5 year-olds. With large enclosed outdoor areas, newly-refurbished indoor rooms and a wide range of daily activities, Munchkins is the place to be for learning, laughter and lots of fun!" they told Brigg Blog. "Please come along and meet us."
Further information is available at or you can call 07729207323. The email address is and you can follow them on Facebook (Munchkins Nursery, Brigg).


The plan to create the new Brigg Town Green on the Paddock, near the railway station, makes mention of the nearby former coalyard being included.
The brick "coal drops" as railway folk call them were demolished about 12 years ago, since when nothing has happened by way of development. The demolition was a shame, as they were one of relatively few remaining examples of these interesting structures, once common on the rail network.
For the uninitiated, a siding ran off the mainline, beyond the station, allowing wagons to be shunted into the coalyard. The rails ran above the brick arches, from where the coal could be let out of the wagons for storage, prior to being bagged and loaded onto Brocklesby's lorries, for delivery to the public.
Many, many coal fires back then, of course, in Brigg - including on the extensive council estates.

Monday, August 09, 2010


Anyone, and everyone, interested in ensuring a worthwhile future for Brigg Town Cricket Club should attend a very important emergency meeting on Thursday (Aug 12) at the Nelthorpe Arms (Scanlon's), in Bridge Street (7.30pm).
Things have reached a real low point for various reasons and a meeting has been requested, which is being seen as a good time to sort things out. Hopefully, concerns the club may not survive in its current format can be allayed.
Brigg Town CC was an important one in Victorian and Edwardian times, folding during the Second World War but being re-formed for the 1974 season.
I played for them from then until retiring at the end of the 2004 season (774 games). Despite six years' umpiring since then I desperately want to see a town of our size still have cricket to offer youngsters and seniors, also.
That's why I've every intention of attending on Thursday, despite having nothing to offer on the playing side.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Brigg Town Councillor Mel Oades took five wickets for two runs yesterday to break a 30-year record in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League division three. He was playing for Hibaldstow againt Cherry Willingham 2nds.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Brigg Town Council has secured £2,500 from the North Lincolnshire authority to assist with the cost of delivering a Community Plan.
This is a scheme through which a community, like ours, can draw up a sort of wish-list of projects and other things of benefit it would like to see.
Brigg Blog might suggest redevelopment of the Recreation Ground, by way of an example. Or the plan to turn the old Paddock, near the railway station, into a Town (we can't say village) Green.
The next stage will arrive on Wednesday (Aug 18) when a meeting is held of the Community-Led Committee of Brigg Town Council, in the Angel Suite (7.30pm). If you are interested in getting involved and helping with the Plan, pop along.
To assist, the Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council has produced a "toolkit" of useful information and advice.
Prior to this meeting, Brigg Town Council's Planning and Environment Committee will meet at the Angel (7pm). We haven't seen the agenda for that one, yet, but will keep Brigg Blog followers informed of items of interest, nearer the time.


Many Brigg folk who like a tipple will have been delighted to receive a glossy voucher, called the Magnificent Seven, offering £1 a pint off a selection of drinks at the Black Bull, in Wrawby Street, until August 27, including Carling, John Smith's and Strongbow.
I'll be taking avantage of the offer!


A host of other things, including work in Hull and Grimsby, got in the way towards the end of the week - but we are now back in business!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Former Brigg Grammar School pupil and Brigg Town cricketer, Bill Eaton, has sent us a message from afar. He likes reading Brigg Blog to keep in touch with what's going on round here.
"I'm resident in the Middle East nowadays, living and working in Riyadh, so I'm particularly keen to see how your weather is. Out here there's only one weather...... whether its very or just plain because it is always HOT!" he reveals.
"I really should coincide a visit home to Newcastle with a Briggensians' Sports Day and see if I can still turn my arm over," he adds. "Take care and I'll keep on reading the daily exploits of a little town in Lincolnshire from a growing city in Saudi Arabia."

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Thursday (August 5) is the traditional day for Brigg Horse Fair.
Groups and local government types have tried in the past to give the event a more organised footing. But the fact is it just happens, being overseen by members of the travelling community who come from all over the north to trade their steeds, as they have for decades.
The horse fair has settled on Station Road in recent years, having earlier been near the Woolpack and, of course, immediately outside the White Horse. Starting time? We will estimate 10am.
Expect the usual good turn-out of interested spectators, keen to enjoy this free spectacle. And there aren't many of those about these days!
Brigg Horse Fair is often confused with Brigg Fair, afforded international prominence by composer Frederic Delius (search on Google/You Tube to hear some fine renditions of his arrangement of this traditional folk song).
It's accurate to say the horse fair can trace its roots back to the 13th century when Brigg was afforded a royal charter, which allows a market and fair to be held. However, it would be incorrect to suggest what we now see on August 5 has much in common with the old fair. In short, our horse fair has not been going since 1205.
Back in the early 1990s, the horse fair almost died off altogether. There were only two horses traded - I seem to recall on land off Cary Lane. However, things have recovered.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph/Lincolnshire Times archive contains many fine horse fair pictures taken down the decades. A few years ago, Brigg Amateur Social Historians staged an exhibition of some of them, in the White Horse, and some travellers were delighted to spot their relatives on the black and white images.


Notice of intention has been given to reduce and trim a very large conifer tree situated within Brigg's town centre Conservation Area. It is near Nos 2 and 30 Wrawby Street. The matter is now with North Lincolnshire planners for consideration.