Thursday, February 28, 2019


Purple crocus flowers are now evident at various locations in Brigg as part of an initiative to eradicate a disease worldwide.
At the weekend Brigg Blog took these pictures of Purple4Polio flowers on East Park (near the Tintab shelter), in a tub on Wrawby Street and adjoining the Tesco store. But there are others at a range of locations.
In recent years The Rotary Club of Brigg has been urging us to go Purple4Polio to create a polio-free world.
It works with local schools, businesses, councils, groups and residents to plant purple crocus corms in the autumn to sprout into life in spring.
The initiative not only raises much-needed funds but also public awareness about eradicating polio.
Purple represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days when millions of children in many countries are protected against the disease.
In 1985 when the Rotary movement pledged to eradicate polio there were over 10,000 cases being reported weekly.  Since then there has been a huge reduction.
For more information, visit and see the Purple4Polio information. 

Purple4Polio campain crocus flowers in Brigg - February 2019 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog


The former Den's fish & chip shop in Brigg - February 2019 - are these fast food premises set to reopen?

Could a Brigg fast food outlet be reopening in too distant future?
The recently taken picture above shows the former Den's fish and chip shop on Glebe Road.
After being closed for many months, the premises were sold - but there was no sign of activity, until now.
The sign on the front of the building has been removed and we hear that some work has been going on inside.
Will it be reopening as a chippie? Or is some other kind of fast food on the menu?
There's been a chippie on this site for decades; Evy Wojak was in business there in the 1960s; we remember calling in for a bag of chips back then if some spare pockey money was to hand.
By way of comparison, and as a reminder, the picture below shows the shop as it used to look, with the chippie sign still in place. At the time it was still up for sale.



The Kumon Brigg Study Centre in St Mary’s Church Hall on Barnard Avenue has been helping local children grow in confidence as well as improving their maths and English skills for over 20 years. 
Children from all over North Lincolnshire attend the centre, which is open after school on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons, and on Saturday mornings.  (Children attend for between 30 and 60 minutes once or twice a week.)  Because the centre’s now registered with Ofsted, they can now accept childcare vouchers - and parents who receive benefits such as Universal Credit can now claim back up to 85% of their children’s Kumon fees each month, which could make it as cheap as just £9 per subject per month!
In order to give local parents and children a chance to find out how Kumon works and to see how Kumon’s personalised study programmes can help any child of any age and any ability level shine, they’re offering a two-week free trial until the end of March.
To book a free assessment or for more information, call Darren Burton (the Centre Manager) on 01652 802123, email or search for “Kumon Brigg Study Centre” on Facebook and send them a message.
With thanks to Darren for the update and providing the accompanying pictures.
Perhaps Brigg Blog might suggest: Kumon - give it a try!



Has TV's The Great British Sewing Bee inspired you to learn to sew? A Sewing Class Open Day is to be held in Brigg on Saturday (March 2).
Pay a visit to find out about classes with The Party Frock and meet tutor Kate Youdale and some of her students.
There will also be demonstrations and exhibitions of work during the afternoon event at St Mary's Church Hall, Barnard Avenue, from 1pm to 4pm.
The Party Frock offers creative sewing tuition at venues in North Lincolnshire.
To find out more, visit  email or call 07764 756936.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Allotments off Grammar School Road, Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Attention Brigg gardeners and people interested in growing their own food for the table...
Planning permission is now being sought to create a new allotments site in the town, with TWENTY-SEVEN plots.
That adds up to a mound of fresh cauliflowers and cabbages!
An application seeking approval to change the use of land to allotments, including the erection of fencing and timber sheds, is now under consideration by North Lincolnshire Council planners.
The proposed location for the grow-your-own-veg plots is Woodbine Park, South View Avenue.
They will be located near the Preston Drive entrance to the site, which has a children's play area nearby, known as Woodbine Park.
This application has been lodged by North Lincolnshire Council's asset and estates management section.
The intention is to replace the existing Brigg Town Council-run allotments off Grammar School Road, not far from the motorway flyover, to make way for redevelopment off Atherton Way. This scheme was drawn up many years ago in a blueprint for future development.
The planning application says: "A residential development occupied the site until 1974" - reference to the post-war Woodbine Grove prefabs built during the tenure of Brigg Urban District Council.
The application also confirms that none of the land earmarked for allotments is contaminated.
The existing use is described as public open space.
Currently, the area is grassed over.
A period of public consultation is now underway and anyone wishing to comment on the application needs to do so before March 13.
You can email the council at , comment online at or write to the authority.


Community-minded people are invited to volunteer for the Keep Britain Tidy Brigg Litter Pick on Saturday, April 13.
Get down to the Bandstand, in the Market Place, for 9am if you are able to help.
The local organisers will be grateful for a big turn-out, and North Lincolnshire Council is appealing for people across the district to help tidy the streets.

Litter heroes are needed in North Lincolnshire


North Lincolnshire Council is calling on litter heroes to be part of the pick and join in the 2019 Great British Spring Clean (22 March to 23 April 2019).
This year, the biggest ever litter campaign has been extended to allow more people to get involved in cleaning up their community – and country.
The council continues to back the national campaign to inspire half a million people across the country to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish that lies around us.
Local people, community groups, charities, sports clubs, businesses and town and parish councils in North Lincolnshire are being called on to join in the big clean up weekend. Join the growing army of ‘litter heroes’ who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.
Last year’s Great British Spring Clean was a huge success. It saw around 300 volunteers rally together to collect over 1,000 bags of rubbish over the clean-up weekend and throughout March 2018.
TV wildlife presenter and children’s favourite Steve Backshall is once again lending his support to the Great British Spring Clean campaign, which is backed by anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.
The Great British Spring Clean is led by Keep Britain Tidy.
The aim is to inspire 500,000 people to join forces - in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government - to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.
It also encourages people across the country to get together to clear up the litter that blights towns, villages, countryside and beaches.
Join the ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.
If you would like to get involved in the big clean up, get in touch with the council on 01724 297682 or email The council can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect.
To take part in the Great British Spring Clean, you can register online at where you can download the guide, get advice and tips.
Share your litter picks using the hashtag #GBSpringClean
If every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put it in a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish disposed of.
Cllr Ralph Ogg, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places, said: “We have taken part in the Great British Spring Clean for a number of years now so it is great to be supporting it once again this year. Each year it goes from strength to strength in North Lincolnshire with hundreds of volunteers taking part.
“We are encouraging as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part in the clean-up. Whether you arrange a litter pick one day or go out every weekend, it all makes a difference.
“Council officers do a brilliant job of litter picking in North Lincolnshire, however it is a constant battle with people dropping litter on a daily basis. This campaign not only encourages people to take part in litter picks, it aims to get people to dispose of their litter properly as well.
“If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign, get in touch with us. Even if you don’t have a group set up to take part, there may be a litter pick you can join.”

ABOVE: A previous litter-pick in Brigg pictured by Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters Magazine.


Coun Donald Campbell - Brigg Town Mayor 2018/19 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Mayor Coun Donald Campbell, pictured above, launched an appeal fund in aid of charity when he became the town's first citizen last spring.
One of his major fundraising efforts in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action is coming up.
He will be holding a raffle and auction at next month's Civic Dinner and is now appealing to local businesses and townsfolk to donate prizes.
They can be left at the Brigg Town Council office on the ground floor of the Angel building.
It is open to the public on Monday and Thursday mornings, 9.30am to noon.


Brigg Recreation Ground's entry sign and one of the football pitches - February 2019

Wonderful weather on Sunday in Brigg - 59F (15C), bright sunshine and precious little wind...
But there were no afternoon football or hockey matches played at the Recreation Ground in what were ideal conditions.
North Lincolnshire Council has provided some super facilities but all pitches - grass and synthetic - were standing idle.
The reason is that far fewer people want to play team sports these days than was the case 15, 20 or 30 years ago.
In "our day" Brigg Men's Hockey Club used to have a Sunday friendly team, and its matches often took place while both Rec grass football pitches were being used for league games.
Brigg Servicemen's Club played football in the top division of the Scunthorpe & District Sunday League for many years, with home games often kicking off in the afternoon.
After taking these pictures of vacant pitches we glanced at our mobile phone and saw the following social media post from the Coney Court venue about live sport on TV:
Football showing at Brigg & District Servicemen’s Club this afternoon ... everyone welcome. "Hot dogs on sale during the match. I can smell the fried onions now, yum yum."
Yes, times have changed; watching sport on TV is now very much the norm, rather than playing The Beautiful Game.
We hope they enjoyed the onions at the Servicemen's Club. During Sunday afternoon hockey matches at The Rec we had to make do with a slice of orange at half-time!

Brigg Recreation Ground's synthetic 'Blue Astro' floodlit hockey pitch - February 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Scalinis fish & chip restaurant and takeaway in Brigg town centre - picture taken February 2019

A Brigg restaurant will soon be reopening - after refurbishment - and will be offering a new menu to customers.
Scalinis, in the town centre, also offers a fast food takeaway service on the ground floor.
Specialising in fish-based meals, the Wrawby Street premises have been closed for some weeks following an electrical fault.
But refurbishment work is now nearing completion and the business says it will be "opening soon."
It is telling customers: "Come and try the new menu."

Scalinis photographed on Sunday,  announcing the newly refurbished restaurant - "opening soon."
An earlier sign at Scalinis about the electrical fault


Bird's eye view of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store in Brigg - taken February 2019 by Neil Stapleton

The site where the new Aldi store in Brigg is to be built features in these striking bird's eye pictures from local man Neil Stapleton.
The store site - nearest the camera in the above image - has now been cleared of buildings.
The Aldi outlet will be constructed off Bridge Street, close to the A18.
Also visible in the images below is the former Falcon Cycles and Corah hosiery factory site which has planning approval for 70-plus new homes.
Much of this site has been cleared but building work has yet to begin.
The New River Ancholme is in view, together with Earnshaw's timber products business, the Island Carr industrial estate and the Waters Edge housing development, just over the border in neighbouring Broughton parish.
Our thanks go to Neil for providing more panoramic views of our town to add to those shared with us previously.

Double click on the images to take a closer look...

Bird's eye view of Brigg in February 2019 by Neil Stapleton  - showing the Island Carr industrial estate

Bird's eye view of Brigg by Neil Stapleton in February 2019 - also showing the New River Ancholme and the  Waters Edge housing estate in Broughton


The  Hett Cup pictured at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns venue after the final a few years ago - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Here's an update for football fans following progress in the 2019 Hett Cup, games being played at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns ground to raise funds for local worthy causes.
Bad weather has hit some of the scheduled games in recent weeks, resulting in re-arrangements. Ties are played at night - under lights - and spectators are welcome.
Local official Lee Fielden, from Barnetby, has just supplied this update...
The last of the first round matches will hopefully take place this Wednesday (February 27) the re-arranged Barnetby United v Scotter United tie - after which the semi-final draw will take place.
Results so far have been: Broughton WMC 6-1 Ulceby, Brigg Town CIC 3-0 Briggensians, Limestone Rangers 3-0 AFC Brigg.


A fundraiser is coming up for one of the best-known free-to-visit historic landmarks in the Brigg area.
The Wrawby Windmill Society is staging a Windmill Drive on Friday (March 1) at Wrawby Village Hall, from 7.30pm.
Tickets - now on sale - cost £7, including pie & peas and a pudding.
The windmill drive is based on the beetle dice game. Remember that?
Email for tickets and further details.
Built in the 18th century, Wrawby Mill - close to the A18 Melton Road at DN20 8SR - will be open to the public from 1pm on the following dates in 2019:
Monday 22nd April
Monday 6th May
Monday 27th May
Sunday 30th June
Saturday 27th July
Monday 26th August
Saturday 21st September.
Admission and parking is free - donations welcome.
There will also be a family fun day on Sunday, 30th June, from 1pm to 5pm.
Find out more about this interesting survivor from a long-gone era at

Monday, February 25, 2019


Brigg Marina and holiday lodges viewed from the air - February 2019 - by Neil Stapleton

"The cabins are coming along now," Neil Stapleton told Brigg Blog after drawing our attention to one of his lastest bird's eye pictures of the town (February 2019).
Neil refers to the Brigg Marina holiday lodges complex.
It has vehicular access off Mill Lane - under the railway bridge at the very far end (beyond the old windmill).
But as this picture shows, it's best viewed at ground level from Cadney Road (extreme right) by looking across the Old River Ancholme.
That's unless you plan to take a Saturday passenger train, as the iconic Brigg line runs right past the marina development.
Planning permission was recently granted by North Lincolnshire Council for construction of a further 10 holiday lodges.
Approval has also been given for a sizeable restaurant/bar - yet to be constructed.
If proof were needed, this picture shows that Brigg is definitely a holiday and tourist destination.
Before anyone gets pedantic, we'd better point out that the marina site is classed as being within Scawby parish. But so was Brigg Sugar Factory, not to mention Glanford Brigg Power Station!

Read more about the marina complex and holiday lodges through this link...


Brigg Live Arts have asked us to mention a forthcoming Community Ceilidh to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
Roberta Fulford says: "On Saturday, March 2nd the local band, Brassy Sharman's Fancy, have organised a Community Ceilidh to encourage families and friends to get together, listen to some great music, dance and enjoy a fun evening.
"It is being held in St Mary's Church Hall, Brigg, starting at 7.30pm, and it's a 'bring your own drinks and snacks' event. Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for under 16s and can be bought in advance from Grandad's Shed in Brigg or reserved by telephoning 07756871904/07808933763.
"Reg Stones, the caller for the night, will explain exactly what you have to do and it's suitable for people across all age groups. For this event the band have linked in with a local group who regularly raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. This type of cancer has touched the hearts of many people but is not so well publicised as others so it needs that extra special support to raise awareness and funds.

"Don't be shy, give it a try!"


Proposals to fell one tree in Brigg town centre and 'crown reduce' another are to be considered by the Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee, together with plans to create a new MoT vehicle testing centre.
Councillors will be meeting in the Angel Suite tonight (Monday, February 25), starting at 6.45pm. This session is open to interested members of the public.

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED (amended agenda with additions  received & posted 9.30am Monday, Feb 25 - N.F.)
1.    To Receive apologies and Approve reasons for absence.
2.    (a)  To record declarations of interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. 
    (b)  To note dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of agenda items listed below.
4.    To Receive any general correspondence.
    a) Lincolnshire County Council – Comments sought on Statement of Community Involvement – Minerals and Waste
    b) Notification of Appeal submitted. PA/2018/1316 Planning permission for the retention of Wressle-1 wellsite and access track for the production of hydrocarbons, together with an extension of the site by 0.12 ha for the installation of additional security facilities; site reconfiguration to facilitate the installation of a new impermeable membrane, french drain and surface water interceptor; construction of a new bund, tanker loader plinth and internal roadway system; installation of up to 2 additional groundwater monitoring boreholes and deepening of 3 existing groundwater monitoring boreholes; well operation; installation of production facilities and equipment; instillation of gas engine and electrical grid connection; oil and gas production for a temporary period of 15 years; and restoration to arable land at Wressle-1 wellsite, Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Appleby, DN15 0DB
5.    a)    To Receive and Note any Applications for Market Consent
    b)    To Receive and Consider any Applications for a Grant or Variation of Premises Licence. YellowBelly Pizzeria, 28a Market Place, Brigg for supply of Alcohol for Consumption on the Premises
Monday to Saturday – 11.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs
Sunday 11.00 hrs to 22.00 hrs
Hours Open to the Public
Monday to Saturday Saturday – 09.00 hrs to 23.30 hrs
Sunday 09.00 hrs to 22.30 hrs
6.    To Receive the update on outstanding issues from the Clerk
    i) Proposal: Planning permission to erect single-storey rear extension at 26 Kings Avenue, Brigg
   ii) Proposal: Application to crown lift and crown reduce an ash tree identified as T1 in and subject to Tree Preservation (Barnard Avenue, Brigg) Order 2001 on land adjacent car park at Police Station, Barnard Avenue, Brigg
   iii) Proposal: Notice of intention to fell a leyland cypress tree within the Brigg conservation area at Demeter House, Bigby Street, Brigg
   iv) Proposal: Planning permission for a change of use to an MOT testing station at 16 Island Carr Road, Island Carr Industrial Estate, Brigg
   v) Proposal: Planning permission for change of use of commercial building to two residential flats at 40 Bigby Street, Brigg
   vi) Planning permission to change the use of vacant office to two residential flats including replacement windows and doors and rendering all elevations at 40 Bigby Street, Brigg
   vii) Proposal: Planning permission to erect single-storey rear extension, first-floor rear extension, detached garage/workshop extension, new detached garage, and create new vehicular access at 63 Bigby High Road, Brigg
   viii) Proposal: Planning permission to change the use of land to allotments including the erection of fencing and timber sheds at Woodbine Park, South View Avenue, Brigg
   ix) Proposal: Advertisement consent to display 11 street signs at The Buttercross, Market Place, Brigg

Sunday, February 24, 2019


 Dancing to the live music at The Exchange Bar in Brigg - February 23, 2019 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Live music shows continue to be staged at various licensed premises in Brigg.
There were three last night (Saturday, February 23) with Marlaina Rube at the Servicemen's Club, the Black Orchid group at the Woolpack and Ellie Gent at the Exchange Bar.
Ellie, from Yorkshire, is pictured here, together with some locals who decided to dance to the music.
Black Orchid, who we've seen perform previously in Brigg, were just setting up their equipment when we popped into the Woolpack about 8.30pm.
Brigg Blog will continue to promote forthcoming live music gigs in the town. Get in touch if you have one in the pipeline and we'll give it a mention.

Singer Ellie Gent performing at the Exchange Bar in Brigg on Saturday, February 23, 2019 - more pictures on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog



Action from the cup semi-final between Scotter United and Barnetby United on Saturday, February 23, 2019 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Football Club maintained a 100 per cent home record in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier yesterday (Saturday, February 23).
The third-in-the-table Zebras beat bottom side Louth Town 2-1 at The Hawthorns and are five points behind Lincoln Moorlands Railway and seven adrift of leaders Gainsborough Trinity Reserves in the chase for the championship title. However, Brigg have played three fewer games than Gainsborough.
The Zebras have won all five home league matches in 2018/19, but have played nine away from The Hawthorns.
All three Brigg and district teams from the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League were in action yesterday.
In Division One, Joe Taylor scored for Briggensians in their 1-1 draw with A.F.C. Queensway, whose scorer was Michael Hame.
In Division Two, Dominic McGuire, Liam Dawson, Jaroslav Judiny, Josh Goodman and Kyle Sylvester netted for second-placed Barnetby United Reserves as they won 5-1 against Limestone Rangers Reserves.
Barnetby first teamers lost 1-0 at Scotter United in an EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup semi-final.  Barnetby's Lee Fielden has kindly supplied these match pictures and the report below...

Railwaymen come up short in Challenge Cup Semi

A Paul Reilly goal on 50 minutes settled a keenly-fought contest at Northmoor Road as Scotter reached the Challenge Cup Final.
The game was in stark contrast to the league encounter in November when Barnetby were dispatched 6-1. They had their fair share of the play but couldn’t quite carve a clear cut opportunity.
Scotter were slow to get going but gradually built up a head of steam and had an effort cleared of the line on 40 minutes.
0-0 at the break, the decisive moment came seconds after the Railwaymen were forced into a change as Cottam was forced off with a hamstring strain.
As the game went on Barnetby tried in vain for an equaliser but the gaps they left at the back weren’t exploited by Scotter.
In the dying seconds of the game captain Joe Scott powered in a header that was cleared off the line.
Scotter will now face the Butchers Arms at Brigg Town FC on April 25th after the latter defeated Limestone Rangers 2-0 at Willoughton in the other semi-final.


Brigg school swimming in the 1960s - open air pool

Seeing this picture circa 1965 of pupils enjoying Brigg County Primary School's newly-built swimming pool will bring back memories for those who attended the seat of elementary learning on Glebe Road.
Pupils were invited to take along weekly contributions (sixpence or a shilling) which were collected class by class on Monday mornings.
Eventually, with other fundraising, sufficient money was raised for the pool and changing rooms to be installed.
Built in the school garden on the Grammar School Road side of the site, the facility operated during the summer holidays as well as during term time. However, the absence of a roof limited the swimming season.
The pool was well heated, but a nasty shock was in store for male pupils who passed the 11+ exam and joined the ranks at Brigg Grammar.
For until 1969 its pool was only heated by the rays of the sun. Not too bad during rare June or July heatwaves - but swimming continued well into September!


The Little Angels Pre-School on Glebe Road, Brigg

Families living in Brigg and surrounding areas can sign up for funded childcare, with obvious benefits.
North Lincolnshire Council has provided full details and says NO application process is involved...

Funded childcare benefits thousands of families

North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging all families to take advantage of funded childcare of up to 15 hours a week for children aged three and four years.
All children aged three on or before 31 December 2018 are eligible for up to 15 hours per week of funded early education. Children can start straight away; there is no application process.
Parents should contact their chosen childcare provider who will discuss what they offer, how they help your child settle and the types of activities your child will benefit from. It is recommended that you visit a number of childcare providers to see which is best for your child.
Parents can choose the number of hours to meet their child’s needs (up to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year) and can increase the hours termly if they wish.
Each type of setting offers different sessions, from three hours to full days.
Children can access their funded place in:

  • A private day nursery
  • A pre-school or playgroup
  • With an accredited childminder
  • A children’s centre with day care
  • Schools
A child’s home learning environment is key for a good start for children, but high quality early education provides lasting benefits to children throughout their school years. Whatever type of setting parents choose, their early education is through a range of learning opportunities centered on play. These include: painting, reading, cooking, climbing, singing, dancing, dress-up, running around, building and gardening – plus much, much more!
Parents of three and four-year olds in employment may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours childcare during term time (up to a maximum of 30 hours per week for 38 weeks per year). Parents are encouraged to apply now for an eligibility code to use from 1 April 2018.  To find out more about the additional 15 hours and how to apply for this, visit
Cllr David Rose, Cabinet Member for Children, Families, Learning and Leisure, said: “Early education can make a real difference to children’s life chances. It supports their communication, language and social skills, as well as their physical development and understanding of the world in readiness for school.
“It helps families who work, but it can also assist families who wish to return to work, or increase their working hours, by making childcare more affordable.
“If you are in work and have a three or four year old who you would like to access the additional 15 hours funding, apply as soon as possible to make sure you get the funding in time for the summer term.”
For more information about support with the cost of childcare, including funded childcare for two and three year-olds and Tax Free Childcare, contact the Family Information Service on 01724 296629 or visit

PICTURED: The Little Angels Pre-School, on Glebe Road, Brigg.



These four pictures show Brigg events of various kinds that were enjoyed in the mid-1960s.
Hopefully they will bring back some memories. Can you spot any familiar faces?
Above we see some of the people who supported a Convent garden party, with tasty cakes and biscuits on sale. The Convent was on Bigby Street, for the benefit of younger viewers!

Next we see cast members from Brigg Amateur Operatic Society's production of Oklahoma at the Corn Exchange. An interesting range of headgear on view.

Well-known Brigg resident Violet Scuffham features (extreme right) while taking part in a fancy dress parade, possibly at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns or the Recreation Ground. This staunch supporter of the Women's Institute had many interesting letters printed in local newspapers on a range of topics over many years.

And last but not least... A big turn-out for a Brigg Bowling Club dinner, with some local councillors supporting the function. It looks like Councillor Barnard on the top table nearest the wall, wearing a chain - possibly as chairman of Brigg Urban District Council. Coun Vic Gray is among those at the far end of the room.

Saturday, February 23, 2019


The new pizzeria at 28A Brigg Market Place which will be opening in Spring 2019

A new pizzeria is to open in Brigg town centre, with plans for alcoholic drinks to accompany the food.
A licensing application has been made to North Lincolnshire Council and is now under consideration.
The location of the Yellowbelly Pizzeria is 28A Market Place next to the archway near the former HSBC bank branch.
George Kendall is seeking permission to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday 11:00hrs to 23:00hrs
  • Sunday 11:00hrs to 22:00hrs
Suggested opening hours for the pizzeria are:
  • Monday to Saturday 09:00hrs to 23:30hrs
  • Sunday 09:00hrs to 22:30hrs
Refurbishment work is underway at 28A Market Place with the intention of opening the Yellowbelly Pizza Company's pizzeria in Spring 2019.
Previous occupiers of these premises have included an antiques business and Sandwich Heaven.


The Brigg Singers are looking to commission a Song for Brigg and the idea will be considered by Brigg Town Council during its next meeting, to be held on Monday, February 25 in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.15pm. 

A council grant is being sought by this group.
Monday's meeting is open to interested members of the public.


1. To Receive Apologies and to Approve Reasons for Absence.
2. a) To Consider the suspension of the Meeting for the Purpose of Prayer.
   b) To Resolve that Standing Orders be reinstated
3.a)  To Record any Declarations of Interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. 
  b)  To note any dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of the Agenda Items listed below.
4.  Police Matters   
5.  To receive any correspondence (for information only).
6.  To receive the update on any outstanding issues from the clerk.
7.   Public Question Time
8.  To Receive any Questions from Members.
9.  To Receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Council Ward Councillors.
    i. To approve the minutes of Full Council - Monday 21 January 2019
    ii. To note the minutes of Planning Committee - Monday 21 January 2019
    iii. To note the minutes of Personnel Committee - Monday 14 January 2019, Monday 11 February 2019
11.  To receive reports from members delegated to serve on outside bodies and working groups.
Masterplan and Arches
Millennium Green - to receive an update on the proposed CCTV installation
Angel Suite Review - no meeting held
Brigg in Bloom - meeting held 5 February 2019
Litter Picking Group
    i)    Redcombe Lane
    ii)    Grammar School Road
    iii)   Allotment relocation update
iv)    To agree the arrangements for Grass Cutting for 2019
a)    To Receive the following Budget Monitoring Reports as at 31 January 2019 and Approve the Accounts for Payment for Full Council and the Angel Suite, and Bank Reconciliations for each.
To Determine the Grant Application from the Brigg Singers for the Commission of a ‘Song for Brigg’.

16.    Arrangements for the 2019 Garden Competition
17.    Arrangements for the Christmas Lights Switch On, to reconnect with the working group to look at 2019.
18.    Trade Watch - to receive an update on the North Lincolnshire initiative and to consider for decision how the council might use its crime and disorder budget to support in the town.
19.    To Consider items for the agenda for the Annual Town Meeting on 25 March 2019.


There's a new name now on display in Brigg at well-known premises close to the town centre.
The 5 Tenets Martial Arts Academy is using the West Terrace building familiar to many as John Turner's Black Belt Academy.
A Grand Renaming Day was held on February 16 to mark the change of ownership.
View further details through this link or call 01652 650509.


World famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman at Barnetby station in 1968

Trainspotters from Brigg and much further afield joined the crowds at Barnetby station in September 1968 to see the world's most famous steam loco, Flying Scotsman.
The iconic engine stopped in Barnetby for about 15 minutes, and people crowded the platforms to see it at closed quarters.
Barnetby's water tower, used to replenish engines, was still standing in 1968 - two years after steam traction disappeared from North Lincolnshire.
The tower can be seen on the right of our picture.
LCCB - on the engine's smokebox - indicates the organisers of the special excursion that brought the famous loco to Lincolnshire.
The Locomotive Club of Great Britain ran The East Riding Limited Rail Tour.
It started at London's King's Cross station and headed north through Peterborough, then followed the East Lincolnshire Line (to be closed in 1970) via Boston and Louth to Grimsby.
From Grimsby Town station the train journeyed to Barnetby, then through Scunthorpe to Hull, before heading via Goole to Doncaster.
The east coast mainline through Retfore and Peterborough took the train back to London.

Friday, February 22, 2019


Ellie Gent (pictured above), described as a terrific and fun female singer, will be entertaining at the town centre's Exchange Bar on Saturday evening, February 23. 
Meanwhile, Marlaina Rube will singing "songs that won the war" during a 1940s night at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, on Coney Court, from 7pm.


Shoppers visiting February stalls on Brigg Farmers' Market - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Now passenger trains are running again on the Brigg line, hopefully some people from North Nottinghamshire, Gainsborough and Kirton Lindsey will use the service to visit Brigg Farmers' Market in the town centre tomorrow (Saturday, February 23).
Shoppers and stall-holders will be hoping for decent weather when the monthly market takes place from 9am to mid-afternoon.
There's an opportunity to purchase a wide range of tasty food and drink from the producers.
The Saturday general market will also be taking place in the town centre at the same time.
Both markets are organised by North Lincolnshire Council.
The first train of the day from Sheffield leaves the city at 7.55am, calling at Worksop (8.25am), Retford (8.36am), Gainsborough (8.57am) and Kirton Lindsey (9.10am) before arriving at Brigg station at 9.19am - perfect for those going to market.
People from Cleethorpes and Grimsby can also use Brigg line trains, restored last weekend following months of industrial action. The first train tomorrow will get them into Brigg station at 11.48am.
Our pictures show a previous February farmers' market.


A Brigg school's achievements are potentially being viewed by hundreds of passing motorists and pedestrians every day.
This banner about the Vale Academy is currently on display on a wall near the A18 Bridge Street - Brigg's busiest road.
The Vale Academy says it is proud to be in the top five per cent of all schools and colleges in England for overall student progress.
The school explains on its website: "The Vale Academy has had its ‘well above average’ status confirmed in the Department for Education’s KS4 Performance Tables, which were released this week. The Vale’s ranking puts the academy’s performance in the top 5% of schools and colleges in England."
Read further details through this link...
The Vale recently enjoyed a visit by The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) who performed the official opening of its new building off Atherton Way. A plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion.

The Vale Academy's new building off Atherton Way, Brigg - replacing previous premises built in the 1950s
The Vale Academy's new building off Atherton Way, Brigg - replacing previous premises built in the 1950s