Saturday, October 31, 2015


Brigg Town Cricket Club WILL be playing in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League next summer.
The club has been given permission to continue playing home games at Brocklesby Park while Brigg Recreation Ground is revamped and brought up to the standard required of member clubs by the county competition.
Without this very important decision, made at a meeting on Wednesday night, Brigg Town could not have continued in the league.
At the end of the 2016 campaign in Division Four, Brigg Town CC will need to have a home ground of accepable standard ready to show the league's inspectors.
Brocklesby Park has a good standard playing area but lacks a number of necessary off-the-field amenities, as required by league rules.
Our Town club has been using the rural ground as a temporary home until Brigg Rec's refurbishment is complete.
Brigg Town CC was represented at this week's league AGM, held in Market Rasen, by Nick Beacock, Nigel Beacock and Mark Dawson.
Nick explained Brigg Town's situation at some length. A vote among member clubs was taken later on a motion that Brigg Town be given permission to play one further season at Brocklesby Park. 
North Lincolnshire Council intends to revamp the Rec. The initial scheme was submitted for planning permission late last year. Revisions have since been made and the latest scheme is now progressing through the planning process. Extensive work was carried out on the cricket square last year but more will be required.
There is also the issue of who is going to maintain the square, and outfield - a skilled and time-consuming task. It also requires a range of specialist and expensive equipment.
Brigg Town Council has been consulted about the Rec redevelopment scheme, and at a meeting held on Monday night in the Angel Suite there were no objections  from the Planning & Environment Committee to the latest, revised application.
This now progresses to North Lincolnshire Council, as the local planning authority. Planning permission is required before  work can at last begin on what will be a very welcome development for sport and leisure in Brigg.

The  picture (above) was taken several years ago when Brigg Town CC was still playing home games at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road. It is to be hoped the ground can be brought back to acceptable standard for the Town team to return there for home games in 2017.



On Friday the 24th I had the pleasure of attending the Network Rail Northern Lincolnshire Working Group in Lincoln.
This group is formed of people from the railway industry and local councils and is to forward plan ideas and solutions to bring the railways of North Lincolnshire and its structures up to date. 
It is quite clear that the cutbacks of the 1980s in BR have had an effect on the Brigg Line and it service planning.
Single line sections between Gainsborough and Kirton In Lindsey, Brigg and Wrawby Junction, and Grimsby Town and Cleethorpes make  trying to plan a service a nightmare.
Network Rail admit they are looking at doubling the section between Grimsby Town and Cleethorpes, as with an improved Brigg Line service this will become a hot spot for bottlenecks. 

Saturday 25th October - a bad weather day
Brigg station area was very clean and praise must be given to John Pickard, from North Lincolnshire Council, who despite a limited budget is trying to keep on top of the ongoing problems in the station area with fly-tipping.
Both Brigg and Gainsborough Central now have spray markings where the new footbridges will go. A number of people who got on the train at Brigg thought the footbridges would include a ramp. They are in for a surprise! 
Thanks to Neil, from the Friends Of Glossop station, who took time out to visit the Brigg Line on what was an awful day for travelling. 
We are delighted to say that both the Brigg Heritage Centre and North Lincolnshire Council have now updated their webpages to include details of the Brigg Line.

Meet The Manager:  To confirm again, the Northern Rail meet the management event will take place on Thursday 12th November, 10am-12pm, Bandstand, Market Place, Brigg.   (ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND - N.F ADDS)
Some pictures from Saturday can be found through the link below. 


Friends Of The Brigg & Lincoln Lines
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North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging people most at risk to have the flu vaccine this winter to prevent the chance of them getting a more serious illness.
Flu is an unpleasant illness, but if you are healthy it’s not serious and you will usually recover within a week or two. However for some people, catching the flu increases the risk of potentially serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are therefore advised to have a flu jab each year.

The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to people who are at risk. 

  • You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you: 
  • Are 65 years-old or over 
  • Are pregnant 
  • Have certain medical conditions (check with your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible) 
  • Are very overweight (Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40) 
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an elderly, or disable person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
  • If you are a health and social care worker, check with your employer about who will pay for your flu vaccination 

Dr Nick Stewart, a local GP and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s lead clinician for long term health conditions, said otherwise fit and healthy people will usually recover from flu within a week.
“However, some people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. We strongly advise them to take up the offer of a flu jab each year. This is really important if you have a long term health condition but also if you are a ‘carer’ for someone who relies on you to take care of them and can’t afford you to fall ill.”
The annual flu vaccine for children is available on the NHS as well from autumn 2015. 
The vaccine is recommended for:
  • Children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition such as diabetes or lung disease 
  • Healthy children aged two, three and four, and those in primary school aged five to seven years 
  • Children at extra risk between the ages of six months and two years will continue to receive the annual flu jab. 
  • Children aged two to 17 who are at extra risk from flu because they have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease will have the annual flu nasal spray instead of the annual flu jab. 
The number of people aged over 65 in North Lincolnshire that have had the flu vaccine is below average and is currently in the bottom 25 per cent of local councils across the country.
This is a further decline compared with rates in 2012/13. For those aged 65 and above in North Lincolnshire, the vaccine coverage has never risen above 72 per cent, meaning over a quarter of individuals aged 65 and over are still not vaccinated.
Currently rates for those individuals identified as ‘at risk’ from the flu, North Lincolnshire ranks at just below average. It has never exceeded 52 per cent, which was back in 2010/11.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), Cabinet Member for Health and Strategic Projects, said: “It’s important to get vaccinated against the flu annually as the strain of flu also changes year on year. Your local pharmacist or GP surgery will be able to answer any questions you may have about the flu vaccine.
“If you are eligible, make sure you have your vaccine each year to ensure you don’t put yourself at risk of other more serious illnesses.”
For more information on how to stay healthy this winter, visit the health pages on the council website:

Friday, October 30, 2015


A sponsored cycle ride masterminded by Andrew "Sass" Markham, of Brigg, raised £1,782-52p for Pancreatic Cancer Action - a magnificent effort. The cheque appeared in the Market Place on Saturday, together with getting over the message about this disease with a high death rate. 

Andrew Markham (centre) with the Town Mayor and Mayoress.


Here's our third and final batch of pictures taken by Ken Harrison at the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge 2015. The initial batch appeared yesterday and the second gallery earlier today. Have you viewed them all?
You can also see additional Scunthorpe Telegraph pix through these links...

Enjoy 97 more pictures of the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge taken by Brian Gamble for the Scunthorpe Telegraph

View 25 more pictures from the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge


Here's Brigg Blog's second batch of pictures taken by KEN HARRISON at the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge 2015. The first batch appeared yesterday, Thursday, and a further batch will appear later today. 
You can also view well over 100 other pictures in two galleries. See links below...

Enjoy 97 more pictures of the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge taken by Brian Gamble for the Scunthorpe Telegraph

View 25 more pictures from the Brigg Poppy 10k and Military Challenge