Friday, April 29, 2016



Brigg District Lions' Beer Festival is set to return from 12 to 14 May 2016 in the Barns at the Nelthorpe Arms, Bridge Street (close to the County Bridge).  
The opening times are Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May, 7pm to 11.30pm, and Saturday 14 May, noon to 11.30pm.  
There will again be a memorable glass, this time in honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday. 
Entry is £2, glasses £1.50 and beer £1.80 per half pint.  
Saturday night will see entertainment from Suburban Blues.  
We have a provisional beer and cider list as follows:

Butcombe bitter
Fuggle Dee Dum
Black sheep
Listers Limehouse Porter
Marston Wainwright
Rev James Gold
Proper Job Gold
Sherriffs Tiple
Dark Mild T Taylor
Gainsboro Moonlight
Lincoln Imperial Ale
Holy Grail
St George Wentworth
Ruddles Best
Otter Ale

Virgin on the ridiculous
Old Rosie
Lemon and lime
Fanny’s Bramble
Slack Alice
Barbourne Painted Lady Perry
Poacher Perry
Blackberry Blush
All profits raised are in aid of charities. 
The event is the 26th event of its kind and is popular within the Brigg Calendar organised fully by volunteers of Brigg District Lions Club.

Our picture above shows some of the drinks on offer at a previous beer festival.


We note with interest that soon after they started work to transform the old Lidl premises into the new B&M store, someone repaired the deep potholes in the entry road leading to the Spring's Parade car park.
We've reported a number of times in the past about the holes in the road being filled in, only for the filler to work loose again.
Whether it's Tesco, B&M, the council or another agency that's sorted these dip-a-wheel hazards, we do not know. But the motorists who use this busy stretch are just grateful that someone has taken positive action.
The B&M store will open in a couple of weeks.



There is a BASH meeting on Tuesday (May 3rd) "Tour Guides Tales of Scawby Hall" - A Talk by Ann Campion. Our meetings are held at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, starting at 8pm. There is a raffle and light refreshments. Admission is free and there is no membership. Everyone is welcome.


Deputy Town Mayor of Brigg, Coun Ann Eardley, is set to take over in the not too distant future as the new Town Mayor.
However, she got an early taste of chairing a full meeting of Brigg Town Council on Monday evening while standing in for Coun James Truepenny, our current first citizen, who tendered his apologies and was unable to attend.
Monday's was not the easiest meeting to chair, with plenty of proposals, seconding and voting going on. But Coun Eardley took it in her stride.
Many readers will recall Coun Ann's hard work over many years with the DONKEY action group, which did much to tidy up and brighten the town some years ago.
She is a long-serving member of the Town Council.
The progressing from one Mayor to the next takes place at the Town Council's annual meeting.



Adults across North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take steps to improve their health and get active as figures reveal* that one in three adults are inactive.
Research shows that living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.
North Lincolnshire Council is supporting the ‘One You’ campaign to help adults across North Lincolnshire avoid future diseases caused by modern day life.
‘One You’ aims to encourage adults, particularly those in middle age to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life.
People in North Lincolnshire have lower healthy life expectancy than the England average. Healthy life expectancy (years spent in ‘good health’) for males in North Lincolnshire is significantly below the pension age of 65.
According to data from Public Health England, the biggest threat to people in midlife in North Lincolnshire is lifestyle issues, particularly smoking, drug and alcohol use, obesity and inactivity. 
Figures show:
  • The proportion of adults who are overweight or obese is significantly above the national average at 69.6 per cent compared to 64.6 per cent in England and 33 per cent are classed as obese.
  • The adult smoking rate is 17.9 per cent and North Lincolnshire has significantly higher smoking related deaths.
  • One in three adults are physically inactive compared to one in four in England
  • Alcohol related hospital admissions continue to rise although similar to the national average.
  • Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40 per cent of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
The One You campaign will provide information to help adults to move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smoke free, and also offer details on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.
The One You website encourages adults to take an online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This will provide personalised recommendations based on the results and direct people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed. Each topic heading on the website provides further details.
To take the quiz, visit:
Locally there are many forms of lifestyle related support services to keep people healthy and having a free NHS Health Check is a good place to start.
For more details on what support services are available locally, visit
Coun Rob Waltham, of Brigg, Cabinet Member for Health, Strategic Projects and Regeneration, said: “We are supporting the ‘One You’ campaign to encourage people throughout North Lincolnshire to rethink their health and consider if there is more they can be doing to ensure they are living healthily.
“The ‘How Are You’ quiz is a brilliant way of evaluating your lifestyle choices and personal circumstances to find out if they are having a positive or negative effect on your health. When you have completed the quiz it will provide you with further details and advice on how you can improve your health (if needed) related to your needs.
“It is surprising that one in three adults are inactive in North Lincolnshire. Keeping active is extremely important and we want to encourage as many adults as possible to increase their physical activity, whether that is walking or high intensity exercise – it all makes a difference.”
Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, Medical Director at North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, welcomed the campaign, which personalises advice to take into account the real lives of people and the day-to-day pressures they are under.
“Whilst we cannot always have an active or outdoor job or avoid a long commute in the car or public transport, there are ways we can reduce sitting time throughout the day,” said Dr Jaggs-Fowler. “Try to do some tasks standing, like telephone calls, catch-up conversations, or even meetings. Some people spend their breaks checking their phones, but if you’re going to do this, maybe do it standing up or at least move away from your desk.
“During evenings, a lot of people simply swap their desk for the sofa, or work computer for a laptop or games console. While we all relax in different ways, it’s a good idea to try and fit some activity or more active hobbies into your leisure time. This is also a good example to set at home if you have children, as habits we learn when young tend to stick with us into adulthood.”
Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser for the One You campaign, said: “Although it has been customary to blame people for their ‘lifestyle’ we now appreciate that we need to take into account the environmental pressures that make it difficult to make healthy choices, having to sit eight hours a day at work for example and then drive an hour home. One You is designed to help every individual identify not only their risks but also the pressures they face in their life and the stress that results, and then support them with personalised tools and advice.”

* Data from Public Health England.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Brigg Blog's editor once had a dream job in the 1980s which involved him being paid to travel around the country watching cricket and eating and drinking on expenses!
This involving reporting on the matches played by Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, in the Minor Counties cricket competition.
Among regular players back then was Richard Burton, who was the boss of a Brigg transport company, who played his club cricket for Normanby Park Works, Scunthorpe. He was a seam bowler.
This coming Sunday, weather permitting, Lincolnshire CCC travel to Norwich to play Norfolk in their second group match in the Unicorns (Minor Counties) Knockout Trophy.
Lincs completed a huge 181-run victory last weekend over Northumberland and will select from the same squad as last week namely:- D. Lucas (Capt.), H. Azad, R. Carnelley, J. Tattersall, D. Freeman, L. Robinson, A. Tillcock, D. Brown, C. Wilson (Wkt.), M. Weightman, M. Carter and A. Willerton.
"Norfolk also won their first group fixture so a close encouter is expected," Lincs chairman Chris Keywood tells us.


Continuing the life story of Cliff Turner, now aged 91 and living in New Zealand, who grew up in Brigg during the 1920s and 1930s. This extract will certainly bring back some memories for a good many Brigg Blog readers, we are sure...

The wash house had a copper - a large iron cauldron set in a brick surround and having a fire grate under the cauldron. So on wash days (usually Mondays) the copper fire had to be lit and if it did not go at the first attempt my mother would get very frustrated.
Friday was bath night; this involved dragging a galvanised bath indoors from its hook on a wall in the back yard and filling it from large pans of water heated on the fire or the gas ring. After we children had gone to bed my parents would have their weekly bath. We had no sink in the house; every drop of water used indoors had to be carried into the back yard and poured down a drain.
My mother never had a gas cooker; all cooking was done in the coal or wood fired oven or boiled or steamed on the gas ring. Downstairs lighting was by gas; upstairs, although there were gas lighting fittings, candles were almost invariably used. Electricity did not come to Brigg until the mid-1930s so I can well remember the streets being dug up for the cables to be laid by Yorkshire Power, a private company. I can recall only one substation; it was in Grammar School Road. Going by knowledge gained much later in life I think the transformer, which converted 11,000 volts to domestic voltage, would only have been of about 300 kVA. Today a transformer of that capacity might be enough for about 80 homes.
The local manager was Alfred Haddock; I learned this many years later when I worked for the Yorkshire Electricity Board in Sheffield, where Mr Haddock was the Area Manager. I think I only spoke to him once and that was at one of our annual engineers' dinners. He asked me where I came from and he then told me he had been manager in Brigg when the town first had electricity. I think he was astonished when I said that he must have been the optimist who put up a TV aerial at his house in Grammar School Road when television started in England in 1936.
He admitted that he had indeed been the optimist. In 1936 there was only one TV transmitter in use; at Alexandra Palace in north London. There was no hope of the signal reaching Brigg. The embryo TV service was closed down at the outbreak of war. I cannot remember when it restarted but by the time of the Queen's coronation in 1953 it was receivable in the Brigg area from a new transmitter at Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands.
I made my appearance on 21 March 1925. I was told that it was a Saturday and that it was snowing at the time. 
My brother Charles Kenneth followed on 29 September 1926 but I cannot remember when I first became aware of his existence.
I have few memories of my pre-school days but know that sometimes when my mother visited her parents at Spalding I would be left there for a while. One definite recollection is of bursting into tears on one occasion when my mother and father left to catch the train back to Brigg. I also remember going pea picking with one of Mum’s brothers. The town crier used to go round town telling the public where pea pickers were needed and some people, although they had daytime employment, would go in the long evenings to earn an extra shilling or two. A large bag had to be filled for a shilling. On one occasion I ate so many peas that I was sick before we went home to Granny.
At that time I am almost certain that my Auntie Nancy and uncles Harry, Joe and Dick were still at home so it must have been a full house.
Some other pre-school memories are of our neighbours Aggie and Alf Draper and Clara and Harry Bedford. Aggie and Alf had only one son, Len, a few years older than me, and Clara and Harry were childless. Perhaps that is why I was a bit of a pet at both houses and spent a lot of time with these neighbours before I went to school.
It was at Aggie's house that I was first exposed to "art"; she had on her living room wall reproductions of The Gleaners and The Angelus by the French painter Jean Francois Millet. Alf worked at the Yarborough Oil Mills where cow cake for winter feeding of cattle was made, with linseed oil as its main ingredient, and consequently their house was pervaded by the odour of linseed oil. He was also the first person I ever saw rolling his own cigarettes.
Probably because she had no children Clara Bedford lavished attention on her terrier Tiny and Kitty her cat. They slept together in the same basket and at Christmas Clara used to give them each a chocolate fish.
I think I started school on my fifth birthday, at Brigg's only infants school in Grammar School Road. My mother had taken me there earlier to enrol, but on the big day I was taken by a slightly older boy, Peter Lyon, who lived near to us. My mother met me at midday and on the way home bought me a present at Albert Nettleton's shop. I forget the nature of the present.
School was a mile away but I walked that distance alone four times a day, as I went home for the midday meal. This meant crossing the A18, a major road connecting South Yorkshire with the ports of Grimsby and Immingham at the mouth of the River Humber.
That may sound horrifying to today's parents but in the early 1930's there was little traffic. Close to the school a farmer called Mundey milked a herd of cows twice daily. The cows were pastured during the summer months about a mile away in a field on Westrum Lane and so the cows walked about four miles a day, crossing the A18 road four times and leaving abundant evidence of their passage splattered on the road.
School was a large wooden hut divided into three classrooms. My first teacher was Miss Kennington who lived until I was well into my sixties. Not many memories remain of my early schooldays; one I retain is of a girl called Phyllis Drayton persistently calling the teacher "Lady" and being told "Don't call me Lady, call me Miss." I also recall learning songs about Christopher Robin wanting a rabbit and going to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. I did not know then that Christopher Robin was a real person but in about 1960 I met him in his bookshop in Dartmouth, Devon.
The teacher of the next class was Miss Wilson and I have no memories of the time spent in her class before moving on to the top class taught by Mrs Twidle. During my time in that class Mrs Twidle retired and was replaced by Miss Hodson. Of the four teachers I suspect that only Miss Hodson had been formally trained as a teacher. Many teachers at that time had been pupil-teachers who learned their trade 'on the job' by listening to and helping older teachers who had probably started in the same way. About the only thing I remember of that class was learning about the Eskimos and I found that fascinating.

Keep watching Brigg Blog.... many more memories from Cliff still to come.



The final figure for Saturday's awareness day was an incredible £683.74. 
Zoe and I would like to thank the people of Brigg for their generosity. 
More importantly, we distributed dozens of leaflets to raise peoples awareness of this nasty disease



Last year North Lincolnshire Council's Care Call team received over 76,000 calls for assistance including those activated by door sensors, epilepsy sensors and Telecare equipment; providing a lifeline for many people.
​Following a recent customer satisfaction survey North Lincolnshire Council received some extremely positive feedback from its Care Call users about the service they receive.
Care Call is an expert provider of Personal Alarms and Telecare; bringing support into your home.
It offers support 24 hours a day; 365 days a year through the council’s Scunthorpe based security control centre to enable people to keep their independence and feel supported to stay at home.
Many people across North Lincolnshire have come to rely on this service and have given high praise for the support they receive. 

Here are some examples of customers’ positive comments:
“Would not be without it – it makes me feel safe.”
“You are lucky; I don’t usually rate any service full marks.”
“When I have pressed the button by accident they have always been very polite and forgiving – thank you.”
“10 out of 10. Excellent.”
“I am so pleased with mine – got so much more confidence – thank you.”
“Making possible to install in every home regardless of age – marvellous service – Care Call cares – thank you.”
“I have had need to call the service and I feel now much safer. I wouldn’t be without it.”
“Very good service – everyone kind and cheerful – thank you all.”
“I find the service is perfect – a very comforting help and knowing I only have to press a button.”
“Reassurance of support at all times by a caring team.”

If you feel like this service could support you to live independently at home or if you have a family member that would benefit from this service, get in touch with the Care Call team on 01724 849768 for more details. For information about the different Care Call packages available, visit the council’s website:
Free no obligation demonstrations of all the different services can be given to help you decide if they will make a difference to your life.
The council improved the packages provided through Care Call to offer even more valuable services to ensure people feel safe and supported in their own homes as well as when they are out and about.

The services include:
  • Life Line - Alarm response to ‘pendant’ call system
  • M-call - Support, advice and reassurance via mobile phone
  • Telecare - Remote monitoring of a range of sensors, such as fire and fall alarms
  • R&R Calls - Reassurance and reminder calls.
  • Other services – KeySafe and call blocker
The support you need can be brought into your home providing you with peace of mind at the touch of a button. Care Call offers a range of services to suit individual needs, whether this is for contact and reassurance or getting emergency help – it is an overall support system.

Former Brigg Town Mayor Coun Carl Sherwood, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure, said: “It is wonderful to hear all the positive feedback from our service users. This shows what we are doing is making a difference and offering much-needed support.
“We understand how important it can be for you or a loved one to keep their independence. That’s why Care Call offers a range of services to provide emergency help, as well as contact and reassurance.
“The service gives people independence and freedom to live their life by providing non-intrusive support. Without this service many people wouldn’t be able to live in their own homes.
“There are a range of different services and packages available through Care Call that will suit everyone’s needs. Care Call gives people that peace of mind that if something was to happen then the staff at the security control centre are only on the other end of the phone to help in any way they can – even if it just to hear friendly voice.
“If you would like to find out more about the Care Call service, get in touch with our friendly Care Call team.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Kirsty Westfield, Communications Officer
Tel: 01724 296364

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The Mayor of North Lincolnshire is to attend the Brigg Town Council Civic Charity Dinner at the Mumbai Lounge, on Old Courts Road,  on Friday,  May 6, from 7.30pm
This will be the first civic event at the new venue, though many were held when the premises housed the Kar Restaurant.
The inauguration of the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant at  Scawby Brook will take place on Thursday, May, 26 at 11am.


The three Brigg & Wolds representatives on North Lincolnshire Council delivered their monthly update on matters in hand for the benefit of Brigg Town Council, on which they also serve.
The report from Couns Carl Sherwood, Rob Waltham and Nigel Sherwood reveals:

  • Work has commenced on the steps leading towards the River Ancholme Way. It is expected that the steps will be closed for three weeks. Work on the path from the steps to the start of the new walkway should follow. 
  • New dog mess bins and seating are to be installed on the Ancholme Valley Way in the next weeks.
  • Work on the Newlands estate is continuing with good progress being made on schedule.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Brigg Town Cricket Club will be looking to cause an upset in one of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's knockout competitions on Saturday (April 30).
Brigg, who play in division four, have been drawn against division one side Appleby-Frodingham 2nds, from Scunthorpe.
The Bob Welton Cup first round tie will be played at Brocklesby Park, where Brigg are playing this season's home games. The start time is 1.30pm.
If Brigg can manage to beat the Scunthorpe Steelmen, they will be rewarded with another home tie in the second round, against either Hibaldstow or Old Lincolnians on Saturday, May 28.
Brigg Town sit proudly at the top of the division four table after the opening two weekends.

Monday, April 25, 2016


The Brigg area will host a European Quadrathlon Championship event next month.
The Keyo Brigg Bomber Quad 2016 is to take place on Sunday, May 29 and will be organised by the hard-working Lincsquad club. 
The event will feature a 1.5k swim, 7k in a kayak on the River Ancholme, a 36k cycle ride and a 10k run.
Local firm Keyo Agricultural Services  will again be sponsoring.
View more about the Bomber here 
View who's entered here
Lincsquad's events email is
The Keyo Brigg Sprint Triathlon will be held on September 25.
It includes a 25m swim at Ancholme Leisure Centre, 20k cycling and 5k run.
View more here
Both these events will attract many spectators from far and wide, including local people.
We will post further details nearer the time and perhaps suggest good places in Brigg to watch the action.


Brigg Town Cricket Club wasted no time in recording a first victory of the 2016 season.
It came on Saturday against Caistor 3rds in division four of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League.
The game was switched from Caistor to Brigg's home venue for this season, Brocklesby Park.
Brigg won the toss and invited Caistor to bat first. They only managed a moderate 84, as Brigg left-arm opening bowler Phil Dewfall took four for 23, Nick Beacock two for 32,  David Baggott one for nought and Jack Richards one for 26.
David held two catches and was named the team's fielder of the match.
Brigg's reply did not start well, with both openers going cheaply.
However, experienced all-rounder Richards hit 24 and Harry Cadwallader an unbeaten 31 to see Brigg to victory in the 24th over. Their cause was assisted by a generous helping of 22 extras.
Having been rained off in their scheduled opening fixture against Scunthorpe Town 3rds at Hibaldstow, Brigg took the maximum 20 points on offer from Saturday's game with Caistor.
Brigg Blog bumped into a couple of the Brigg players last night as they celebrated at the Dying Gladiator.
Our picture shows Phil a few seasons ago when Brigg were still playing home games at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road. Paul Harrison sneaked into the shot.


Just a reminder that Brigg Town Council has a meeting tonight (Monday, April 25) in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.15pm.
Public Question Time is on the agenda, if you want to go along and have your say.
There's also a meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee  in the Angel Suite, from 6.45pm.  That is also open to the public.
If you are going along, entry to the Angel Suite at night is from the rear entrance via the Rotunda (conservatory-like building adjoining the car park, pictured above).


Today we continue the life story of Cliff Turner, now 91 and living in New Zealand, who grew upand went to school in Brigg. Part Four recalls the 1930s when the Dilly Cart came to call at many households.

I know a bit more about Granny's family, the Mussons, and even vaguely remember my great-grandmother Mary Ann Musson, nee Doades. I have a "four generation" photo of her, Granny Hills, my mother and myself in which I look about three years old. Great Grandad Musson died in 1904, before I was born. 
I remember four of Granny's siblings. Joe lived in Queens Road, Spalding, next door to Granny. Aunt Nell Turner (no relation to the Brigg Turners) lived a few doors away and Maud lived with Great Grandma just across the road and stayed on there after her mother died. Aunt Ada, after whom my mother was named, married a bulb farmer, Arthur Wade, who was as deaf as the proverbial post. Growing tulip bulbs was, and still is, a big thing in the Spalding area. On our trips to Spalding when I was a child we used to pay ritual visits to all of these relatives.
Hannah and Charles had seven children; my mother Ada Lydia was the eldest, born in 1903. Next came Charlie, Harry, Ernie, Joe, Dick and finally Nancy who was born in 1914. Joe never married and Harry had no family. In total I think I had eleven cousins on my mother's side but strangely I only have contact with the ones I first met most recently - Dick's daughters Shirley and Sandra. Nancy and I first met Shirley on a visit to England in 1988 after Uncle Harry urged us to call on her, but we had to wait until the end of 1998 to meet Sandra when she came with a large family party to New Zealand.
My mother left school when she was thirteen as was permitted then. The school leaving age was not raised to fourteen years until 1918. I think she went immediately into service with a Mrs Sly.
Mrs Sly's daughter married a bank clerk called Maurice Dibben and when he was transferred to Brigg my mother went with them. At first they lived about two miles from Brigg at Kettlebythorpe on the Caistor road but later moved into a house in Albert Street. My parents never talked about their courtship so all I know is that they were married at Fulney Church, Spalding, in June 1923. I was middle-aged before it struck me how young my parents were when they married.
I am almost certain that they immediately moved into 5 Princes Street. A parallel street is called Albert Street which suggests that the house was built in the mid-19th century. A copy of an auctioneer’s advertisement reproduced by Nostalgia (in the Scunthorpe Telegraph) shows that the land on which houses in Albert Street and Princes Street now stand was to be auctioned on 27 November 1851.
In his History of 19th Century Brigg, Dr Frank Henthorn describes the row of five houses as being superior accommodation for working class people, or words to that effect. That might have been the case when they were built but it was certainly no longer true by the time I came along. The five houses formed a single block and between numbers 3 and 4 a narrow passage at ground floor level gave access to a communal back yard.
The houses were one room wide; a door in the front room opened onto the street as in TV's Coronation Street. This front room was, as in most working class homes, a Holy of Holies used only on Sundays and at Christmas. Our only source of water was one cold tap in a porch by the back door. One side of the porch was open to the elements and another side had a door which gave access to the pantry.
On the first floor there were two bedrooms and from one of these another stairway gave access to an attic which was much more spacious than the two bedrooms below. It was sparsely furnished; the floor boards were bare except for a small rug between the beds. We children slept in the attic which had no form of heating; in the winter mother would wrap a heated iron shelf from the coal fired oven in an old sheet and put it into the bed a few minutes before bed time.
The attic had a dormer window in the roof; from it I could see the windmill at Wrawby which was at that time still working. In the summer months I used to watch swallows flying to and from their nests under the eaves of a house across the street.
In the small back yard there was the lavatory and wash house. The lavatory consisted of a seat with a hole; under the hole was a large bucket which was emptied by Council employees in the early hours of Saturday mornings into a large horse-drawn tank known as the dilly-cart.
We used to sing:   
The Corporation dilly cart was full up to the brim,
The Corporation driver fell in and couldn't swim.
Perhaps it is just as well that I have forgotten the rest of the ditty.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Passing this Privata Land warning sign in Brigg made us think of Captain Alberto Bertorelli from hit TV show Allo Allo and Joe Dolce's 1980s hit Shaddap You Face.
We aren't revealing the location of the hand-written message. Nor are we saying where you can see a gate sign in town which declares Beware of the Wife.


Here's the newest bus service in Brigg - CallConnect - caught on camera in Cary Lane on Saturday. If you request a trip to our town centre, or pretty much anywhere else locally,  it's a case of Wilco from the helpful dial-a-ride staff.  Even Wilko in this case!
North Lincolnshire Council is currently trialling the service in the Brigg and Broughton areas.
You ring a number and the bus picks you up at a designated point near your home.  
It runs betweeen 7am and 7pm, Mondays to Fridays, and from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays.
You have to register to use it. Call  0345 2638139 or 0345 2343344.
After that, use it as often as you like!
We've heard good things about this service, which is proving useful to many people and not just non-car owners. Here's a link giving full details
CallConnect now operates alongside the long-established Brigg shoppers' bus service, which is very useful to older residents living on our larger housing estates. It gets them into town to do a spot of shopping and delivers them back to their part of town, purchases in hand, an hour or two later.


Our picture shows a shopper gazing at a landmark sign during yesterday's Brigg Farmers’ Market.
It was drawing attention to  2016 being the 15th anniversary of these monthly events during which the public buys  food and drink from those who produce it.
North Lincolnshire Council oversees the monthly farmers' markets, which go from strength to strength.
Farmers' market Saturdays always see the biggest turnout of shoppers during the entire month.
Other businesses benefit, too. The majority of those who tour the town centre  farmers' market also take a look at what other retail premises and eateries have to offer, together with the general Saturday market.
This spreads out along Wrawby Street and has a good range of stalls.
We noted about 10am that the fresh bread stall outside Lloyds Bank had a lengthy queue of eager customers. It appears this is not unusual.
What Brigg could do with, though, is more stalls and additional shoppers visiting the general markets every Thursday and on the three Saturdays in the month when the farmers' event is not being held.
North Lincolnshire Council has tried a number of initiatives to try and boost the uptake of general market stalls.
We don't have the answer. However, the continuing rise in new business ventures is bringing more trade to the town and hopefully that will have a knock-on benefit to our historic market.


Neighbouring constituency MP for Scunthorpe, Nic Dakin, lent support to the Pancreatic Cancer Action stall at Brigg's Farmers' Market on Saturday, WRITES KEN HARRISON.
Local Pancreatic Cancer Action, Brigg group organisers, Zoe Hall and Andrew (Sass) Markham welcomed the MP's support.
Nic Dakin MP is the Chair of the All-Party Group (APPG) at Westminster on Pancreatic Cancer. The MP emphasised that the Brigg group was not only collecting for a very worthwhile charitable cause, but its interaction with local people visiting Brigg's Farmers' Market was raising the vital need of public awareness of a type of cancer that desperately needs research into its causes, treatment and, possibly, an eventual cure. 
Compared with other types of cancer, pancreatic cancer has regrettably lacked funding; research and advancements in treatments have been very slow, even static for decades.
'Successful treatments of pancreatic cancer should be a priority, but it needs proper funding.  By promoting public awareness of of this type of devastating cancer, as demonstrated by Zoe Hall and 'Sass' Markham on their Brigg stall,  it will hopefully gain the much-needed recognition and resources that it demands', added the Scunthorpe MP, Nic Dakin.
Photo: Zoe Hall, Nic Dakin MP and Andrew Markham on the Pancreatic Cancer Action stall at the Brigg Farmers' Market - Sat 23rd April.

Brigg Blog had photographed Andrew and Zoe on their stall about 10am, while Ken caught up with them and  MP Nic around noon.


Further to earlier Brigg Blog posts about town centre beer gardens, here's the one behind the Woolpack, in the Market Place. The three-storey "Woolie" is one of our most historic hostelries and is now under new management.


Andrew Markham, seen here on a stall at Brigg Farmers' Market yesterday (Saturday, April 23) with collecting tin in hand, has another fundraiser coming up next weekend at the White Hart pub, on Bridge Street. We noticed an A-board outside the licensed premises last night, alerting passers-by.
The charity in question is Pancreatic Cancer research. This form of the disease has a very high mortality rate.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Spotted for sale on a Brigg market stall right outside the front door to Dexters... turkish delight, in boxes. It looked so appetising but we passed by on the other side three times and resisted the temptation to buy on each occasion.


Come on, be honest! If we asked you to identify the location of Old School Court, Brigg, could you do so?
Planning permission for a first floor extension at 12 Old School Close is currently being requsted from North Lincolnshire Council.
The Close - a cul-de-sac -  is off Glebe Road and occupies the site of the former Brigg County Primary School.


We are delighted to see the Union Jack flag flying proudly on the poll outside Brigg police station. Thousands of drivers are passing it along the A18.
We presume it's been run up the flagpole to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, for which events will be going on across North Lincolnshire and the UK over the  next few weeks. The actual date was Thursday, as most people know. It's also St George's Day today.
Brigg police station may no longer be a base for neighbourhood policing but it's good to see that the long-standing tradition of flying the flag on suitable occasions continues.
The Barnard Avenue police station was built in 1978, replacing the original Victorian one in Wrawby Street, next to the courthouse (latterly converted into living accommodation). 
What would you think about a sizeable flagpole being sited in the Market Place?
Could Brigg do with a patriotic centre-piece actually in the town centre?


We've just used the newly laid out car park which will serve the long-awaited B&M store when it opens in mid-May.
This is a quality job, with bays marked out by clear lines.
The town centre needs every car parking space it can get, given the influx of visitors.
B&M will prove quite a draw, we are sure!


Sunny weather today should ensure a big turn-out for the April Brigg Farmers' Market in the town centre.
There will be a touch of wind chill factor but the presence of a bit of sun always works wonders when it comes to shopping numbers.
And let's not forget the Saturday general market stalls. These traders keep alive Brigg's ancient tradition, week in and week out.
A few years ago, in late April, we paid a family visit to the London area and ventured to the capital's famous Borough Market.
We found Moden's (pictured above) had a stall selling their Lincolnshire plum bread - a business also supporting Brigg Farmers' Market.
It's a small world, as the saying goes!
REMINDER: They will be collecting for the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness charity at the market today. We posted a story earlier about this, courtesy of Andrew 'Sass' Markham.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Brigg Town Council will holds its monthly meeting on Monday, April 25 in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.15pm.
This meeting is open to interested members of the public,  with Public Question Time being on the agenda.
The Town Mayor, chairing the meeting, will ask whether anyone in the public seats wishes to raise issues.


1. Notice convening the meeting. 

2. To Receive Apologies and Reasons for Absence 

3. To Consider the suspension of the Meeting for the Purpose of Prayer. 

 4. a) To Record any Declarations of Interest by any member of the council in respect of the 
agenda items listed below. Members declaring interests should identify the Agenda Item and 
the type of interest being declared. 

 b) To note any dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of the Agenda 
Items listed below. 

5. Police Matters 

6. To receive any correspondence (for information only). 

 7. To receive the update on any outstanding issues from the clerk. 

 8. Public Question Time. 

 9. To Receive any Questions from Members. 

10. To Receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Ward Councillors. 


i) Full Council Monday 21st  March 2016 
ii) Planning & Environment Committee Monday 4th  April 2016 
iii) Full Council Monday 18th  April 2016 


 To approve the schedule of meeting dates for 2016/17. 

 a) To Receive a report on any outstanding issues from the clerk: 

b) Redcombe Lane site: 

i) To Receive and Consider the site visit report and any observations from the 
Allotment Representative, and consider any questions from tenants. 
ii) To Receive and Consider any reports from Countryside Pest Control. 
iii) To Receive a report from the Clerk regarding fencing and security at the site. 

c) Grammar School Road 

i) To Receive and Consider the site visit report and any observations from the 
 Allotment Representative, and consider any questions from tenants. 
ii) To receive a report from the clerk regarding tenancies relinquished or terminated. 
iii) To Receive and Consider any report from Countryside Pest Control. 
iv) To Consider a request from allotment tenants that the holes in the roadway 
through the site are filled with appropriate material to aid access, together with 
the provision of a small skip. 

 a) i) To receive the following financial reports and approve the Accounts Paid and for 

 ii) To review the cumulative report for the Year ending 31st  March 2016 

 b) To receive a report from the clerk regarding any issues approved under delegated powers. 

 c) To receive the clerk’s update on outstanding issues, with particular reference to the broken 
platform lift. 

 d) To approve the refurbishment of the wooden entrance doors to the Rotunda of The Angel 
Suite. (Further information will be available at the meeting) 


a) To receive an update on the current situation from the Clerk. 
b) To approve the payment of the invoice for the 2015 installation. 

a) To consider a request from Brigg Community Live Arts for a grant from the Major Events 
budget towards the staging of “Our Big Gig”. 

b) To consider a request from Brigg Heritage Centre Craft Room for a donation from the 
Grants and Donations budget towards the purchase of craft materials and a storage unit. 
(Supporting documentation enclosed.) 

c) To agree that amendments to the Grants and Donation Policy be an agenda item at the next 
Case of Need meeting of the Full Council to be held on Monday 16th  May 2016. 

To Review the management and publication of the Web Site, Facebook, Brigg Blog and 
the Newsletter. 


 a) To Receive the following Financial Reports and Approve the Accounts for Payment: 
 As at 31st  March 2016 for Full Council. 


An application for an alcohol licence for the new B&M store, soon to open in Brigg, will be considered by the Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee when it meets on Monday, April 25 in the Angel Suite, starging at 6.45pm. 
This meeting is open to interested members of the public.
North LIncolnshire Council is the licensing authority, but Brigg Town Council is always consulted on applications.


1. Notice convening the meeting. 

 2. To Receive apologies and reasons for absence. 

 3. (a) To record declarations of interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. Members declaring interests should identify the agenda item and type of interest being declared. 

(b) To note dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of agenda items listed below. 

 4. To Receive any general correspondence. 

 5. a) To Receive and Note any Applications for Market Consent 

 i) Exchange Coach House Inn, less than 15 stalls, solo date – 7th  May 2016 

 b) To Receive and Consider any Applications for a Grant or Variation of Premises Licence. 

 i) B&M store, Springs Parade, Brigg.  Supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises, Monday to Sunday 0800 to 2200hrs. 

 6. To Receive the update on outstanding issues from the Clerk 

Planning permission to erect single storey front and side extensions AMENDED PLANS 
42 Birch Avenue, Brigg. 

Planning permission to replace shop front to No. 73 Wrawby Street, ‘Ambience’. 

Planning permission to remove an existing hedge running along Bigby High Road and replace it with concrete post and timber boarded fence.  49 Bigby High Road. 



Here are all of the details of BriggLiveArtsFest on Saturday May 7th. We hope that you find something that you might enjoy and it will be good to see you on the day.

To help us make it a fantastic day please share on social media, forward the email to friends and family and spread the word - we'd be very grateful indeed.
  • On the day between 10.00 and 5.30 craft, storytelling and drama workshops for children and singing sessions for children and adults in the Library, Heritage Centre, Nelthorpe Arms
  • Performances by a range of musicians in St John's Church, The Nelthorpe Arms and under The Bandstand in The Market Place
  • Join in music sessions; Scawby Fiddle Club (plus small strings), folk tune session for all to join in and also a recorder workshop ( a chance to dust it off and have a go at playing it again). 
  • Craft stalls of the very best quality in the function room of The Exchange Coach House Inn.
  • Busking spots available for anyone who fancies it; check in at the Information Point in the Market Place to get a slot - keep what you collect.
Stay for your tea between 3.30 and 5.30 when Special Bru will be playing in the Nelthorpe Function Room. Get yourselves there for a Bop and a BBQ.
Don't forget that the majority of events are free but donations welcomed if you enjoy yourselves.
The evening event will see us celebrating in style with Room 21 Big Band in St Mary’s Church Hall (the only ticketed event) Get you £8 tickets in advance as places are limited.
Looking forward to a fantastic day.


The flood warning danger signs on the A18 in Brigg have now been removed.
They were on Ancholme Way, not far from P&B and the former car lot.
A spokeswoman fot North Lincolnshire Council, the highway authority, explained: "They were put up when we had heavy rainfall. The roadside kerbs had become blocked and there was surface water flooding."
Brigg Blog notes that the lamp-lights which were permanently 'on' in the Market Place over many months have now been fixed, while an out-of-action street light on Springfield Road was soon mended by the council.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


We've noted the return of a few house martins to Brigg for the warmer months of the year.
These are early arrivals. given the low temperature late yesterday and the ground frost overnight, they must be wishing they'd stayed on a bit longer in Africa before making the long flight back to the UK.
Swallows and house martins arrive back in Brigg earlier than our families of swifts.
The swifts then set off south in mid-August, a few weeks before their fellow feathered friends.
The swooping swifts are quite a sight in Brigg on warm summer evenings, as they go in search of insects. You can see them in the town centre and there's a strong concentration along Grammar School Road.
During our first week at Brigg Grammar School, one September day in the 1960s, we recall being in one of the hut-type classrooms nearest Glebe Road and watching swallows gather on nearby telephone wires.
It was a chilly September morning but a few hours later, after a games lesson football match, we  were all ordered into the UNHEATED swimming pool.
That is why we remember it so vividly. 


Planning permission to remove an existing hedge running along Bigby High Road and replace it with a concrete post and timber boarded fence is being sought from North Lincolnshire Council for No 49.
Meanwhile, the council has decided that prior approval of planners is not required for a  household extension at 23 Bigby High Road.
However, an application seeking permission to erect five dwellings and garages on land to the west of Almond Grove is still waiting for a  decision, having been submitted last July.
The status on this application has been  "pending" for some time.


Last night saw Brigg Town councillors and the Town Clerk leave their meeting at the Angel Suite and undertake a walking tour  to look at places where flowers and plants might be placed to add some more colour to the town centre.
We covered our first town council meeting for the press in January 1980 and this was the first time in 36 years we can remember debates being suspended while councillors went on a walkabout tour, which included Wrawby Street, the Market Place, Bridge Street and Ancholme Way.
Town Mayor Coun James Truepenny then reconvened the meeting to discuss their findings.


Here's the third instalment of memories from Cliff Turner, now 91 and living in New Zealand. A member of the well-known butcher's shop family, he grew up in Brigg and attended the Grammar School.

Annie arried Arthur Cross. Arthur’s parents had a farm at the very end of Grammar School Road. Annie's first two children, Geoff and Charley Cross, were brought up by their Turner and Cross grand-parents respectively. Annie went on to have another seven children. Geoff and Charley were both older than me but are now dead, so I am the eldest living Turner grandchild and I have been since birth the eldest grandchild of Hannah and Charles Hills, my maternal grandparents.
Florence followed in 1906, then came Albert in 1908 and finally Fred in 1910. Flo married Chris Vessey of Barnetby and spent the rest of her life there. Chris worked on the railway as a plate layer. Flo had four boys: Reg, Ron, Fred and Keith, but I believe that Fred is the only survivor.
Albert’s bride was Miriam Green; her father was a game-keeper on the Nelthorpe estate at Scawby. They had three children: Violet, Douglas and John. Douglas died when he was about six. I saw Violet at her home in Messingham in 2003; she was not in good health and died not very long after we returned home. I was never told why Douglas died in childhood, but looking back I think the cause was probably leukaemia. In contrast to his brothers, who worked in the family business until they retired, Albert was a restless soul. For a short time he had a butchers shop in Elwes Street, Brigg, and also had butchers shops in Grimsby and Sheffield and finally a grocery shop at Messingham. He and Mim lived for two separate periods in Scunthorpe but I do not know how he was employed on those occasions.
Fred was the last to marry; his bride was Joan Fuller of Poolthorne Farm, Cadney, one of three very pretty sisters. Their father managed the farm. This was the only wedding of the five children that I can recall. It took place in the Brigg church but the reception was held at Poolthorne and my chief memory is of seeing the cows milked. Weddings cannot remove the requirement of cows to be milked!
Fred and Joan had three children: Keith, Jean and Colin. Colin died at a fairly early age and Keith died when about 76. He was the last to run the family business.
It's time to turn to my mother's family. I know less about them because they lived in South Lincolnshire at Spalding, about 60 miles from Brigg. Grandad (Charles Alexander) Hills came from London and I know very little about his parents. I knew he had at least one brother, Henry, because he went to live for a while at Spalding at the beginning of the war when we all expected mass aerial attacks on London, but he did not stay for long. I know my mother had a cousin Katie, on her father's side, but know nothing about her.
Grandad had served in the Royal Marines. I have a copy of his Certificate of Service; it says that he was born on 21 May 1877 (which was about 18 months before his actual birth date) and joined the Marines on 19 July 1895. His previous employment was as a telegraph messenger. The address of his father Joseph is given as 95 St Phillips Street, Battersea, London.
He served in HMS Victorious for more than two years. I believe he may have visited Japan as I was once shown a picture of a Japanese girl and Granny said "That might have been your granny". There must have been a good story in those words but, alas, we will never know. At my grandparents’ house, 17 Queens Road, Spalding, a large picture of a warship used to hang in the front room and I am almost certain it was of the Victorious. His service certificate says he was invalided out of the Marines on 13 November 1903 as the result of an accident.
At the 1901 Census my grandmother, Hannah Musson, was in service with Lt Col John Britten in Kensington. When they married, early in 1902, Grandad was still in the Marines but it seems likely that he moved to Spalding soon afterwards. When I first knew him he was a postman but I think he got that job as a result of his service in the 1914 war. He had seven children when he voluntarily joined the army during the First World War (Regimental Number 8373, Lincolnshire Regiment). He was severely wounded at the battle of Passchendaele in Belgium in 1917, and was honourably discharged from the army. My cousin Shirley has his discharge papers dated 10 June 1918. It is only now, as I write these words, that I have realised he must have been 35 years old at the start of the war, and with such a large family it is unlikely that he would have been conscripted. Granny Hills died in 1943 and Grandad in 1957.
(Many more instalments to follow.... Above we see part of the family tree)


The Woopack, in Brigg Market Place, is now under new management and offering Carling lager and Tetley's bitter at £2.60p a pint.
Saturday night saw Brigg Blog visiting the Yarborough Hunt, Lord Nelson and Dying Gladiator, in that order.
We hadn't been in the Nelson or the Glad for some weeks.
We noted  pancakes being advertised on a board outside the White Hart - a fairly new addition to the fare on offer in the town centre. 


Brigg has seen a good many wheelbarrow races down the decades, with pairs touring the town to down ale at the pubs and raise money for charity.
The aptly-named village of Barrow-on-Humber has something slightly different which maybe Brigg might try as a community event.
Entries are now open for the 5th Better Barrow Community Project Wheelbarrow and Village Garden Weekend.
The first weekend in June - 4th and 5th - will see a host of decorated barrows around the village and a number of gardens open to visitors. 
Entry to the competition is free and there will be prizes for the judge's winner and runner-up and for the "people's choice".  Local TV and radio broadcaster Amanda White has once again agreed to judge the wheelbarrows.
Maps showing the location of the barrows and gardens will include a raffle ticket for prizes to be drawn on the Sunday and also a voting slip for visitors' favourite barrow.
Various attractions in the Market Place include buskers, a woodcarving demonstration, a barbecue, entertainment by Nutty Norman for the children on Saturday afternoon and performances by Barrow Band on Sunday.
The newly formed Barrow Women's Institute will be serving teas in the Village Hall and refreshments will also be available in some of the gardens.
Last year, there were 90 entries and a dozen open gardens and forms for both can be obtained from Barrow News or by e-mailing
The closing date for entries is May 13th.

Monday, April 18, 2016


There's an event in Brigg  tomorrow (Tuesday, April 19) as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.
A coffee morning will be held by the Brigg Community Cafe at the Youth Centre on Wesley Road/Grammar School Road, from 10am to 12 noon.
Pop along and support this community event.


Further to our earlier post about Brigg pub beer gardens here are pictures of two of the best.
Those at the White Hart  (above) and the Nelthorpe Arms (below), on Bridge Street, are beside the Old River Ancholme.
On warm, sunny days they are favoured spots for enjoying a pint or two.
The Nelthorpe Arms beer garden includes Mary’s Tree, looking colourful at this time of year.
It is named after Mary Scanlon, who ran the pub for decades with husband Myles.
Many people in Brigg still refer to the hostelry as Scanlon’s.
PS: We took these pictures on a Sunday morning when both premises were closed. Just in case you were wondering about the absence of punters!