Friday, March 31, 2017



Brigg needs two new school crossing patrols to keep pupils and accompanying adults safe and well on our roads. 
A new patrol point is to be introduced on Atherton Way, helping those on foot heading for the new Vale Academy and the Brigg Primary School, while North Lincolnshire Council is also looking to appoint a patrol man or woman on Wrawby Road to serve Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School.
A spokesman for the local authority told Brigg Blog today: "We are recruiting for both those sites in Brigg. The Wrawby Road site is an existing site so we would be looking to recruit to that site first, but we welcome applicants interested in both sites. As the Atherton Way crossing is new, it is not yet 'live' so to speak, but we hope to have it set up soon."
You can find details about the rate of pay and apply online through our website here 
"Those interested are also welcome to call our team for a chat, to find out more, or to apply over the phone on 01724 297463.
"No particular closing date applies - we are always looking to hear from people interested in becoming patrols.
"The previous Wrawby Road School Crossing Patrol was Mrs Ann Etty and she had been on the same site, rain or shine, for the past 26 years."
North Lincolnshire Council's leader, Coun Rob Waltham, made reference to the need for school crossing patrols during the council meetings held in Brigg's Angel Suite on Monday evening. He mentioned the retirement of the Wrawby Road patrol lady. 

This  super bird's eye view of Wrawby Road and Sir John Nelthorpe School was taken by drone-owning Neil Stapleton.


A scheme which is seeking to provide 40 new homes in Brigg is expected to be considered by planners in the near future.
North Lincolnshire Council's Estate Management at Scunthorpe Civic Centre is seeking outline planning permission for a proposed mixed development of 40 residential apartments, commercial market and enhancements to the new village green on land at Station Road.
Although the application was lodged in mid-October and a consultation period ended in late January with no significant objections raised, North Lincolnshire Council planners have yet to rule on the application.
However, the authority's leader, Coun Rob Waltham (pictured) told Brigg's Annual Town Public Meeting on Monday night in the Angel Suite that it is hoped there will be a decision "in the next month."


Plans to expand a Brigg business have gained the support of the Town Council.
When the Town Council considers schemes it can choose to raise objections, make observations or give its support.
And in the case of plans to extend a business on Island Carr, off Bridge Street, it has expressed support.
Well-known Brigg businessman Mick Smith, who has a number of properties in the town, is seeking permisison to erect an extension incorporating a cafe, to relocate a steel container and change the use of land to a car park.
The existing Harrison's Hideaway Cafe at Smith's Fishing Pond offers a range of meals to the general public as well as anglers using the pond which is close to the River Ancholme.
The shop/cafe building - pictured below - also provides equipment and supplies for anglers.
When Brigg Town Council considered the application, Coun Mike Storey, who is chairman of the authority's Planning & Environment Committee, said the extension was "due to demand" for the facility.
He pointed out that another specialist fishing tackle shop elsewhere in the town had closed some time ago.
Coun Storey suggested the Town Council should support the application to extend the facility at Smithy's Pond, and that was agreed by fellow councillors.
The application will now be considered by North Lincolnshire Council, the local planning authority, which will make a final decision.

A bird's eye view of Smithy's Pond, Brigg

Inside Harrison's Hideaway Cafe at Smithy's Pond, Brigg

The location of Harrison's Hideaway Cafe and the fishing tackle and equipment shop, on Island Carr, Brigg.


Brigg Town Council's support for an initiative to eradicate one of the world's worst diseases has been recognised with an award.
Rotary Club's across the globe are raising funds for vaccine through the Purple4Polio appeal to get rid of killer disease polio, which is still present in a handful of countries. 
Money and awareness are being raised by planting distinctive purple crocuses.
Many are now appearing in public spaces and gardens throughout Brigg, and that has been marked by the presentation of a certificate to Brigg Town Council.
At the start of Monday night's Annual Town Public Meeting in the Angel Suite, Brigg Rotary Club president Ambrose Fowler presented the award to the council, saying that 26,000 crocuses had been planted locally.
Ambrose is pictured handing over the certificate to Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


A Brigg pub will be serving complimentary grub while a big football match is being screened this weekend.
Go along to the Dying Gladiator on Saturday to see the big Liverpool vs Everton derby kicking off at 12.30 where they will be putting on free food at half-time.



The next fixture at Market Rasen is ‘Super Sunday’, 9th April - the day after the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. 
All three enclosures – County, Tattersalls and Lawn – will be open, offering visitors a choice of where to watch the races and enjoy refreshments. Adult tickets start at £7.20 when bought in advance.
More information is available – and tickets can be purchased - at Young adults, aged 18 to 24 years, can get half-price admission by registering at to receive a free RacePass membership card. 
Senior citizens can obtain discounted admission by joining The Diamond Club, with details available online.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Brigg Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley has praised the campaigners who are working hard to promote greater passenger train use along the railway  line serving our town and bringing in more people to use the shops and enjoy a wide range of local attractions, events and facilities.
She also expressed a hope that more trains can be added to serve the town's station.
In her report delivered during the Annual Town Meeting, held in the Angel Suite on Monday evening, she said the Brigg line had seen an increase in passengers.
"Thank you, the Friends of the Brigg Line," she said.
"I was honoured to be elected as your Town Mayor.  Over the past 30 years as a Town Councillor I have seen many changes, some of which have been controversial.
"I think, overall, these have been beneficial to both residents and visitors.
"We have the best Tourist Information Centre, award-winning Garden Centre and Farmers' Market.
"The Town has 175 small businesses and the Business Partnership if working very hard to promote the town's events, such as the Blessing of the Pumps. Brigg came second in the Best British High Street competition.
"There are other events in the town - the annual Horse Fair, Christmas Lights switch-on, as well as events organised by Brigg Live Arts, all of which attract visitors to our lovely town.
"I would like to thank all the volunteers who make these events possible.
"The Brigg Heritage Centre is also thriving with support from volunteers.
"The River Ancholme Trail goes as far as Broughton Bridge and improvements made from Water's Edge now reach Castlethorpe Bridge.
"It is used by many families for walking, dog-walking, cycling and jogging. I would also like to thank Mr Tony Parker for the work he does as the Footpath Warden.
"The Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon and Triathlon and Ancholme Head Race also bring people into Brigg from afar - even Europe.
"The Scunthorpe & District Angling Club have replaced the fishing stands and again this attracts anglers from all over.
"North Lincolnshire Council has accessed grants for new seating and litter bins and these will be enhanced by the new planting scheme to be introduced by the Brigg in Bloom group.
"This is an excliting project led by my good friend and fellow councillor, Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Sharon Riggall (full report to come on Brigg Blog - NF).
"The Newlands Estate has benefited from new roads and drainage, with the footpath levelled out. It is hoped that these last another 70 years, just like the old ones!
"It is 36 years since the residents of the Newlands Estate signed petitions to save the Donkey Field Play Area on Almond Grove.
"I am pleased to hear that the improvement work is nearing completion. The Ward Councillors have been liaising with different departments at North Lincolnshire Council to sort out the drainage issues. I am looking forward to knowing the completition date and then a celebration can be organised.
"We now have excellent sports facilities at Brigg Recreation Ground and I would like to thank the Ward Councillors and the persistence of the various sports groups that have helped this come to fruition. There is a community room for hire and the whole site is protected from Wrawby Road by CCTV.
"The Millennium Green lease is to be transferred to Brigg Town Council, once the legalities have been agreed upon. It is hoped that a new Holocaust Memorial will be sited there."

NF ADDS: The Ward Councillors for Brigg & Wolds are Couns Rob Waltham, Nigel Sherwood and Carl Sherwood. Further reports from the lengthy Annual Town Meeting will appear later on Brigg Blog, including some interesting contributions by members of the public on a wide range of topics. Coun Eardley still has a couple of months remaining in her year as Town Mayor and is continuing to raise funds for her Appeal Fund to help worthy causes.


Deputy Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall launched Brigg in Bloom during the Annual Town Meeting, held on Monday evening in the Angel Suite. And she appealed for members of the public to join and help add colour to the town.
"We first started the Brigg in Bloom in 2016," she explained. "The plan initially was to look for key areas where planting could take place and have the maximum effect on the town we live in.
"We have already ordered the equipment and our first year's blooms and the expected date for planting in the areas is the end of May/beginning of June.
"Recently we have decided that the Town Council would take on other bedding areas in the town. These were previously planted by North Lincolnshire Council.
"There will still be two areas in the town that will continued to be planted by North Lincs and the group have negotiated the same colour planting scheme.
"At the moment, Brigg Town Council have helped fund this initiative with an added grant scheme from North Lincolnshire Council. However, in the future, we would hope that, like in other towns, Brigg in Bloom can become self-funding.
"Tonight I would like to reach out to our town and community and ask for their support to join a Green Team who could help with planting and general maintenance of the areas within the town.
"It would be fantastic is local businesses would consider sponsoring beds and planters around the town. Prices will be based on plants used, so if anyone would like to sponsor areas and planters, please leave your details and once we have this information we will notify you.
"In the next month we are looking to hold a competition for a Brigg in Bloom logo and hope that the pupils from the primary and secondary schools will enter so that they, too, can be part of this exciting venture.
"We have also entered East Midlands in Bloom and CPRE, in the hope that the town could win awards for your hard work."

NF ADDS: People interested in joining the team can contact the Town Council for further information. Either call at the office in the Angel Suite, or complete the form available through this link or askTown Councillors for further information.


Brigg Town Council is now back to full strength.
There had been a vacancy for some weeks following the resignation of Coun Paul Keane.
As no call was made by the general public for an election to be held, the co-option method was used at Monday night's meeting of Brigg Town Council.
Written statements were considered by councillors from three people interested in filling the vacancy.
Voting then resulted in Chris Dyson being elected, bringing the council's membership back to 19.
Chris has served on the council previously and spent many years of his working life in a very senior role with a leading engineering company.
After signing his acceptance of the role, Coun Dyson will take his seat at the next meeting of Brigg Town Council.

ABOVE: Chris Dyson - photographed by Ken Harrison, of the Brigg Matters magazine.


People from the Brigg area who are  looking for a dayor afternoon out in pleasant surroundings can make the most of Normanby Hall Country Park and buy an annual pass - it allows you to visit as many times as you like over the next year.
The annual passes are great value for money. They are valid from the date you buy it until 31 March 2018.
You can buy them online at or from the Normanby Hall Gift Shop.
A family annual pass costs £29, a pass for two costs £23 and a pass for one person is £16.
Entry to the park is free for children under the age of five.
The annual pass allows entry to the park and gardens all year round. It also gives you entry to the Hall and Farming Museum during the open season.
It offers great savings – if a family of four buys a pass and visits the park weekly for the duration of the year; their visits average out at just 55 pence per trip!
Another great benefit for annual pass holders is that they can get 10 per cent off at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre shop if you show your pass.
There will be lots for families to do at Normanby Hall Country Park again this year. The popular Splashpad will reopen for the summer season (1 April to 29 September).
The petting farm will return this summer during the six week school holidays with a whole range of animals for children to meet, including rabbits, donkeys, guinea pigs, goats and lambs! There will also be the opportunity to get up close to the animals at daily sessions.
If you are looking for a bit of history, why not join in the free tours of the Hall on Tuesdays and Thursday throughout the summer season?
New in the costume gallery this year is 'Join Our Club!’ an exhibition looking at the uniforms and accessories of clubs, societies, and schools and the history behind them.
For more details about Normanby Hall Country Park and what’s happening during the summer season, visit
Coun Carl Sherwood, from Brigg, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The annual passes are brilliant value for money if you are planning on visiting numerous times throughout the year. Compared to other local attractions in the area, they are cheaper and you get a lot more for your money.
“During the spring and summer months, Normanby Hall Country Park comes to life. There is so much for families to explore and do. It is the perfect location for a family day out. You can enjoy a picnic in the park, have fun on the splashpad or discover Normanby Hall’s history.
“If you haven’t already got an annual pass, you can buy one from the gift shop or online.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


More passengers used Brigg railway station last Saturday (March 25) than at any time this year.
On his Brigg Line Blog, rail campaigner Paul Johnson, pictured above, suggests this was due to nice weather, the  monthly Farmers' Market being held in the town centre and "a new phase of advertising" to promote the Saturdays-only passenger service to Brigg from Sheffield, Retford, Cleethorpes and Grimsby.

A TransPennine Express passenger train at Barnetby station, bound for Cleethorpes. One of the waiting shelters provided for passengers can be seen in the distance, near the footbridge. Picture taken by Brigg Blog a couple of weeks ago. Barnetby station can be a bleak and windswept location so shelters are important for the comfort and well-being of travellers. The one featured here, from Brigg, was awaiting a connecting train to Lincoln via Market Rasen.

Paul also tells Brigg Blog that he attended a North Notts and Lincolnshire Community Rail Partnership meeting  at Barnetby station last Friday - this being North Lincolnshire's main railway junction and served by Brigg line services on Saturdays.
Issued raised included:

  • Additional car parking: A site to the south of the bridge on King's Road was identified as a suitable location behind the now redundant Barnetby East signal box. In addition, car parking available on the approach road to the station is felt to be "ad hoc" so space is wasted. It was suggested that white lines marking out bays would be welcome. 
  • Shelters: The "inadequacy" of platform shelters was noted and it was suggested two more to the west of the existing shelters would be beneļ¬cial. 
  • Catering provision: Could a local caterer be found who is willing to park a vehicle at the station at peak times and make refreshments available to passengers?

Paul adds that there have been Twitter comments suggesting additional Brigg Line trains are required. Currently we only see three trains in each direction on Saturdays; none at all on the other days of the week.


Some tickets are still available for a charity concert coming up in Brigg.
There will be an Almost Pink tribute show, plus disco and raffle, on Friday, April 28 from 8pm at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court.
Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancert Support.
Tickets cost £7 - call Lona on 0779 919 4095.
Let's get the party started...


The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is to be held in St John's Church Hall, Bigby Street, Brigg. It will take place on Monday, April 10, from 7pm.
The meeting will elect nine representatives to serve on the Parochial Church Council, two representatives on the Lincoln Deanery Synod and also sidesmen for St John's Church.
An annual report will be given on the "proceedings of the Parochial Church Council and the activities of the parish generally."
The full agenda - posted by Father Owain Mitchell, Minister of the Parish - can be viewed at St John's Church, pictured above, by interested members of the parish.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Our thanks go to Tom Brock, of Brigg Town Cricket Club, for kindly forwarding these pictures showing club representatives celebrating after being presented with the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's division four championship pennant and trophy for their efforts last summer.
The showpiece dinner was held last Friday night at plush Hemswell Court - the former RAF officers' mess not far from Caenby Corner - when the chief guest and speaker was former first class cricketer Peter Bowler.
A good time was had by all, including the Brigg Town contingent!
In addition to winning the division, Brigg players also won two individual trophies...
Tony Haith Shield (Div 4 Bowling): Tom Brock

Keith & Dennis Wadd Shield (Div 4 Wicket Keeping): Mark Dawson

TOP PICTURE: Left to right - Phil Dewfall, Tom Brock, Mark Cawkwell and Nigel Beacock.

Nigel Beacock proudly displaying the league championship pennant.
Phil Dewfall and Tom Brock, right.
BOOTED AND SUITED: Phil Dewfall, Tom Brock, Mark Cawkwell and Nigel Beacock.
The league dinner gets the thumbs up from Phil Dewfall, Brigg Town Cricket Club's left-arm seam bowler
Trophies collected by Brigg Town


The Monument war memorial on the A18 in Brigg is set to be refurbished.
During Brigg Town Council's March meeting to be held in the Angel Suite tonight (Monday, March 27) councillors will determine which contactor will carry out the renovation of the landmark structure (pictured above) erected following the First World War.
They will also consider the provision of hanging baskets beside the river.
This Town Council meeting will start at 7pm and is open to interested members of the public.
Councillors will also consider the election - by co-option - of another member to fill the authority's vacant seat.

1) Notice convening the meeting
2) Apologies
3) Prayers
4) Declarations of interest
5) Police matters
6) Correspondence received
7) Update on outstanding issues from the Town Clerk
8) Public Question Time
9) Questions from councillors
10) Report from North Lincolnshire ward councillors
11) Approval of minutes of previous meetings
12) Reports from councillors delegated to serve on "outside bodies"
13) Accounts for audit
14) To determine the installation of artificial hanging baskets along the riverside walk
15) Authorise the formation of a Brigg in Bloom sub-committee
16) Purchase of hardware
17) Determine which contactor will carry out renovation of the Brigg War Memorial
18) To consider the applications for co-option and determine the candidate who will fill the Town Council's vacant seat
19) To consider and formulate a response to the request from North Lincolnshire Council in respect of the Community Governance Review
20) Consider planning applications received
Application PA/2017/277: Planning permission to erect an extension incorporating a cafe, to relocate a steel container and change the use to car park, Smithy's Fishing Pond, Island Carr Road, Brigg.

The Town Council meeting will be followed at 7.30pm by the Annual Town Public Meeting, also in the Angel Suite, which members of the public are welcome to attend.


A well-known personality within the Brigg area's pub trade has taken on a new role serving customers at a local hostelry.
Amber Smith, formerly of the Black Bull in Brigg town centre and the Red Lion at Broughton, is now working at the Sutton Arms, Scawby.
She mentioned this in a Facebook post alongside the village pub's new restaurant menu, saying customers would now have the added bonus of being served by her.
To book meals at the West Street hostelry in the centre of the village and find out more about the food on offer, call 01652 652430.
Our picture shows Amber pulling a pint at the Black Bull on Wrawby Street, Brigg, a few years ago. We are unsure of her exact job description/role at the Sutton Arms but this gives us an excuse to pop in for a pint and find out!



Offering a musical recital at St Mary's Church at Wrawby on Saturday afternoon, 25th March, were musicians from the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
The recital was arranged by the Brigg and District Curate, the Rev Trudy Hobson, who once served in the RAF as a musician, based at RAF Cranwell.
The RAF musicians also included the Rev Trudy's sister, Corporal Nancy Hobson.
Any monies raised by the raffle and donations will be shared equally between RAF charities and the church.
St Mary's was full to capacity and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

PICTURED ABOVE: RAF musicians with the Rev Hobson, left, outside St Mary's Church, Wrawby.

The Rev Trudy Hobson, right, and her sister, Nancy

Corporal Nancy Hobson on the trombone

Chief Technician Sgt Hannah I'Anson

The audience - including people from Brigg - applauding the musicians

RAF musicians, the Rev Hobson, fourth from left, and and veterans and wives of the local branch the the National Service RAF Association

The Rev Hobson with the RAF musicians who performed at the concert in Wrawby


North Lincolnshire Council will be  running another walking football session at Brigg Recreational Ground tomorrow (Tuesday morning) from 10am to 11am.
Are you itching to get back on the pitch but are not able to play the traditional game of football? Walking football could be for you.
Walking football is an alternative option to play the game and is aimed at people aged 50 and over, who due to reduced mobility or for other reasons, are not able to play. Anyone under this age is also welcome to attend the sessions.
It costs £3.50 a session. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.
If you would like more information about the walking football sessions, contact the Sport, Play and Community Development Team at North Lincolnshire Council on 01724 297255.


Just a reminder that Brigg folk are welcome to attend the Annual Town Public Meeting tonight (Monday, March 27) in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.30pm.
Entry to the Suite at night is via the Rotunda (conservatory-like building alongside the rear car park).
There is a lift on the ground floor  for those unable to cope with the steps leading up to the Suite.
Brigg Town Council organises the Annual Public Meeting but representatives of North Lincolnshire Council will also be in attendance.


1) Welcome by the Town Mayor, Coun Ann Eardley
2) Receive minutes of 2016 Annual Town Meeting
3) Any matters arising from the minutes
4) Brigg Town Mayor's Report 
5) Reports from others to include: a) North Lincolnshire Councillors b) Policing (subject to officer availability)
6) Brigg in Bloom launch - Coun Sharon Riggall, Deputy Town Mayor
7) Open Forum - the opportunity for you to raise your issues with the Town Mayor and your elected representatives.


Sunday, March 26, 2017


Rachel Day - a well-known singer in the Brigg area - reports a really successful Cabaret Show at Scawby Village Hall last night (Saturday, March 25) also featuring Mash and Memphis Dave.
Brigg-educated Rachel, from Broughton, posted on Facebook that it proved to be a fantastic night. 


Brigg Town cricketers picked up the fourth division championship pennant during the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's annual dinner, held at Hemswell Court, near Caenby Corner, on Friday night.
This was for their efforts during the 2016 campaign.
Brigg Town's new season will begin on Saturday, April 22 with an away game against Cleethorpes 4ths at the Immingham Blossom Way Ground.
The first time Brigg Town Cricket Club gained one of the distinctive championship pennants from the Lincs League was in 1979, losing only two games all season in division three. 
This was the campaign in which top all-rounder Garry "Gig" Smith performed the hat-trick twice in the same innings, on his way to a nine-wicket haul against Caistor.
How about a 40th anniversary reunion in 2019?
"Gig" lives in South Ferriby but comes to Brigg quite often to watch local football.
We chatted to him a few weeks ago at Sir John Nelthorpe School during a gave involving Briggensians FC.


A football team from Brigg faces a 'must win' game this Saturday to keep alive hopes of gaining promotion.
Currently fourth in division three of the TSW Printers Scunthorpe & District Football League, Briggensians FC will journey to second-in-the-table AFC Blades on Saturday, April 1 (3pm KO).
Yesterday (Saturday, March 25) Briggensians suffered a heavy 11-0 defeat at Shape Changers, who clinched promotion having won 12 and drawn one of their 13 league fixtures, scoring well over 100 goals in the process!
It also proved to be an off day for Barnetby United yesterday.
The first team lost 3-0 at Limestone Rangers in division one, while the Reserves went down 5-1 when hosting AFC Blades.
This coming Saturday, Barnetby's first teamers will be at home to College Wanderers (3pm KO).
  • Armchair sports fans in the Brigg area can watch Scunthorpe United v Bradford City live on Sky Sports today. Kick-off at Glanford Park is 12.30pm.

2.27pm: Promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United won 3-2 against Bradford. It was a nervy performance by the Iron at times but collecting all three points sees them in fourth place.


Glanford Boat Club - based on Island Carr, off Bridge Street, Brigg - brought in two huge cranes on Saturday, March 25, 2017 to lift members' pleasure boats from dry land back onto the River Ancholme in readiness for the new season.
Brigg Blog took these pictures across the water from the old towpath, which runs alongside the newly-created Ancholme Way footpath and cycle way.
Other Brigg residents also went down to observe this free spectacle, some with cameras.
The weather was perfect for the lifting operation - sunny, warm and with very little wind.
Spring is now in the air - official!


Our final picture was taken as we walked back along the towpath en route to Brigg Farmers' Market and gives an indication of how pleasant the weather was yesterday, with the sun reflecting off the surface of the water as far as the County Bridge in the distance. Families with young children went along to feed ducks on the Old River Ancholme, while some people of more senior years just went for a stroll or chose to walk down to the Lidl store.  When we recorded the scene it  was a shade early for the White Hart pub, right, to have its renowned riverside beer garden open for those who fancied a cooling pint.