Saturday, August 31, 2019


A group of 'Scotsmen' - that's how their accents have been described to us - were reported to be out and about in Brigg town centre this morning (Saturday, August 31) doing a spot of shopping. Or could they, perhaps, hail from the border country?
Our only suggestion, unconfirmed, is that they might be Carlisle United football fans heading for Scunthorpe, where The Cumbrians are playing the Iron this afternoon.
Perhaps they opted to stay the night in Brigg or close by. For the on-road route would surely be M6, M62, M18, M180 and M181 straight to Glanford Park, taking them nowhere near our town.
We've been to Carlisle several times and wouldn't describe the local accent as being Scots-like, but the Cumbrian town is not all that far from the boundary.
How did they find the Lincolnshire dialect?
It will be no surprise to see Armthorpe FC fans in Brigg shops and pubs today. Armthorpe are playing Brigg Town at the EC Surfacing Ground (The Hawthorns) in the FA Vase this afternoon.
It's not much of a trek from Doncaster, when compared with the distance from Carlisle!


Something we miss in late August is watching the Lancaster bomber come over Brigg on its way to making a flypast at the former RAF Elsham Wold bomber base where a service and reunion were taking place.
We usually went to the public footpath that runs from Churchill Avenue and over the fields to Wrawby to watch the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster come over from its base at RAF Coningsby.
Listening to the distinctive noise made by its famous engines was as enjoyable as watching The Lanc - still in flying condition after all these years.
It is one of "The Few" to quote war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill's legendary speech, though he was talking about fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
One one memorable occasion we were attending a major family event at Elsham Hall's wedding venue and viewed the Lancaster at close quarters as it circled the village's former base. We saw it side on as it went over Elsham Hall. Quite a sight!
Many RAF servicemen and women were with us that day, which added to the significance of the flypast.
While a Brigg-based reporter with the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times newspaper in the early 1980s we were honoured to meet, and interview, some former RAF Elsham Wold bomber crew survivors who made nostalgic trips back to Elsham, some of them being from Canada. Occasionally we accompanied the vets to Elsham, on what's now the industrial estate.
We also wrote about events organised by the RAF Elsham Wolds Association over many years, particularly its annual reunions. See link here...
It's now 74 years since the Second World War ended and and Elsham's bombers flew their last combat missions.
We also worked alongside Edward Dodd at the Lincs Times. Ted, who lived on St Helens Road, had served at RAF Elsham during the war on ground crew duties as a carpenter/rigger.
During many happy summers spent playing Sunday and midweek games for Brocklesby Park Cricket Club, we used to visit the Marrowbone and Cleaver in nearby Kirmington after matches for a drink with the opposition.
There was also a WW2 bomber base at Kirmington - now the site of Humberside Airport - and we liked to look at the pictures of former bomber crews on display at the village pub.
However, we never managed to spot famous actor Donald Pleasence, whose flew from Kirmington, only to be shot down over 'Flak Alley' but survived to become a prisoner of war.
One of his most famous roles was in epic war film The Great Escape, set in a PoW camp. He was ideally qualified for the role!
Donald lived in Scunthorpe as a youngster, his father having a management role at the local railway station.
Here's a link to the BBMF's schedule of events for 2019, featuring its Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire and Dakota. Well worth a look, it demonstrates the planes' continuing popularity well into the 21st century.
ABOVE: A picture by Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters Magazine, showing the Lancaster over Elsham a few years ago.



Plans to create new apartments in Brigg town centre have been given the go ahead.
An application to convert and change the use of the first and second floor to form four residential apartments at 27 Market Place and upgrade a rear parking area has been approved by North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee.
This relates to the former HSBC bank building near the archway (pictured above).
A report prepared by council planning staff explained that approval to convert the upper floors to form four flats had been granted in 2015 but had expired.
Brigg Town Council told North Lincolnshire planners it supported the principle of apartments but had concerns about traffic crossing the pedestrianised Market Place to access the dwellings, and suggested a rear access to the car park would be an appropriate solution.
Planning permission to retain change of use of land in Brigg for motor vehicle sales and storage and to retain portable offices has been granted by North Lincolnshire Council on land south of Engine Street.
Brigg Town Council objected to the application, saying the proposed site was beyond the development boundary limit, and expressing flood risk concerns.
However, a report prepared for North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee said although the proposal "is located outside the development boundary for Brigg" there were "no wider impacts upon the visual amenity of the existing countryside."
The report pointed out that highways staff had raised no objections. In addition, the application site was considered to have "small-scale employment opportunities" in line with a council policy.

Friday, August 30, 2019


The Three Blokes Blues Band will be making a welcome return to Brigg this weekend.
They will be appearing at the Market Place's Woolpack on Saturday, August 31, from 9pm.
Playing blues/rock covers, the band impressed at The Woolie in early March (see picture above).
There's a charity event at Brigg Town Football Club on Saturday night. A fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action, the 1980s Themed Fancy Dress Night starts at 7pm.  People are invited to go along dressed in clothing from that period. Well-known singer Gray will be performing on the night, and food/snacks will be available. Tickets are NOT required for this event but donations to the cause will be very welcome. Brigg has a very active fundraising group raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
Vocalist Mark Williams - again well-known in Brigg - will be appearing at the Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, on Saturday, August 31, from 8.30pm.


Jess Simpson, pictured above, will be singing at the Black Bull, Wrawby Street, on Saturday, from 8pm.

Last Saturday (August 24) saw Marshall Law appearing at the Woolpack. We caught part of their gig (see picture below).


A steam train at Ludborough Station on the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway on August 26, 2019 when a bank holiday service was in operation

People living in the Brigg area who are looking for an enjoyable day out this weekend should consider paying the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway a visit. If you can't make this weekend, try other dates coming up later in the year, as outlined below.
Historic steam locomotives from the 1920s and Diesels built in the 1950s operate trains between Ludborough and North Thoresby with passengers seated in restored British Railways carriages.
On Saturday (August 31) and Sunday (September 1) the heritage line is hosting a 1940s Weekend, with trains running hourly from 10.45am to 4.45pm.
In line with the  war-time and forces theme, Brigg Blog went on a recce (reconnaissance) on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) when North Thoresby received a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfire fighter plane, based at nearby RAF Coningsby.
The enjoyable and leisurely train trip through the countryside takes 15 minutes.

The first person we saw after buying a ticket on Ludborough station was Nick Willerton, from Brigg; he's a former Brigg Town cricketer who also volunteers at Brigg Heritage Centre.
Getting to the railway from Brigg: Take the A18 past Humberside Airport as far as the Laceby roundabout, then join the A16 heading south to Ludborough; alternatively, take the A1084 to Caistor and head through the Wolds until reaching the A16. Whichever route you choose, the railway is well signposted when you get within a few miles. Sat-nav users tap in DN36 5SH.
Approximate distance: 26 miles from Brigg (both routes).
Car parking: Lots available next to Ludborough station - £1 donation welcome in the bucket provided.
Child friendly: Youngsters born long after British Railways withdrew its final steam locos in the 1960s will enjoy their visit (judging by comments we've read online) and it's educational. There's a children's playground provided.
Dogs: Pooches are welcome, with water bowls provided. £1 fare payable if you take them on the train.
Tickets: No need to book in advance - buy them at Ludborough station when you arrive. Day Rover tickets (not aimed at dogs!) allow unlimited travel; ride the trains as many times as you like. Family tickets available for two adults and up to four children.
Departure times from Ludborough: 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45am, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm. Trains return from North Thoresby 10 minutes after the hour from 11.10am to 4.10pm.
Toilets: Available on Ludborough station (with baby changing facilities).
Food: Take you own and use the picnic area; visit the Steaming Cafe Buffet in permanently-parked carriages at Ludborough; or use the excellent New Inn pub/restaurant with a large dining room, just a few yards from North Thoresby station. On Monday there was an ice cream van and fast food outlets within the Ludborough station car park.
Heritage: This stretch of line opened in 1848, being on a direct route from Grimsby to London via Louth and Peterborough. It closed in 1980 but Ludborough became the HQ for restoration, with North Thoresby being reached by the track-layers in 2009 (this year sees the 10th anniversary being celebrated). Work has now started to extend the line by a further three-quarters of a mile towards Louth.
Forthcoming operating days: Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 1940s Weekend, from 10.45am; Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, Lincolnshire Heritage Weekend, from 11am; Sunday, September 29, Diesel Day, from 10.45am; Sunday, October 13, trains hourly from 10.45am; Sunday, October 27, Halloween Special with Ghost Train, 2.45pm to 5.45pm; Sunday, November 10, trains hourly from 2.45pm to 5.45pm; Sunday, November 24, Winter Warmer with roast lunches available on the train, 10.45am to 2.45pm, online booking required; December 14, 15, 21, 22, Santa Specials - advance booking required online.
Website link:

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway volunteer Nick Willerton, from Brigg, on the platform at Ludborough on August Bank Holiday Monday 2019
A train arriving at North Thoresby station.

Departing from Ludborough station - next stop North Thoresby.

Currently the end of the line, in North Thoresby. Hopefully one day they will be able to remove the buffers are head north towards Tetney.

A lineside banner promoting the 1940s Weekend on August 31 and September 1, 2019.

The line from Ludborough is to be extended in the direction of Louth. Currently this is the southerly limit of tracks.


Having twice won the FA Vase, Brigg Town Football Club have a tie coming up in the 2019/2020 competition this Saturday (August 31).
The Zebras have home advantage against Armthorpe Welfare, who also play in the Toolstation Northern Counties East First Division.
Kick-off at the EC Surfacing Stadium (The Hawthorns) is 3pm for this first qualifying round encounter.
We expect some visiting fans to make the journey from Doncaster to support their club - nicknamed The Wellie.

Armthorpe supporters can come to Brigg by train, using the Saturdays-only service along the Brigg Line from Barnetby. The adult fare is  £12.40-  child's return £6.20.
They can leave Doncaster at 10.37, arriving in Brigg at 11.47; the return train leaves our station at 5.24pm for Barnetby, getting them back to Donny at 6.36pm.
These journeys involve trains operated by TransPennine and Northern.
More than 600 clubs across the country are hoping to make it to next May's showpiece final.
Under legendary manager Ralph Clayton, Brigg famously won the FA Vase in 1995/6, beating Clithero in the final played at the original Wembley Stadium.
Town repeated their triumph in 2002/3 when they defeated Sudbury in the final at West Ham's Upton Park ground, again in London.
Both games were very well supported by sports fans from Brigg and district.
Brigg Town Cricket Club is without a game in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three on Saturday, August 31.

Picture of Brigg Town FC's home ground by Neil Stapleton.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


There has been a slight rise in Brigg crime, latest figures issued by the police show.
Information released through shows 52 crimes during July 2019 - an increase of four on the previous month.
July's crimes are categorised by the police as follows:

  • Anti-social behaviour 10
  • Bicycle theft 0
  • Burglary 3
  • Criminal damage and arson 8
  • Drugs 0
  • Other crime 2
  • Other theft 3
  • Possession of weapons 0
  • Public order 8
  • Robbery 0
  • Shoplifting 1
  • Theft from the person 0
  • Vehicle crime 0
  • Violence and sexual offences 17   
Crimes are measured within a one-mile radius of the town centre, which includes a slight overlap with neighbouring parishes.
There four incidents reported on Waters Edge (Broughton) in July and one in Scawby Brook - all included in Brigg's total.
The town centre saw the most crimes last month - 21 - and there were eight others on the Springbank estate.


Comedian Spiky Mike is coming to Forest :Pines - picture by G. Whitmore

Funhouse comedy shows are not well-established and proving popular with people in the Brigg and Broughton areas.
Another has now been arranged at the DoubleTree By Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, adjoining the A18, at DN20 0AQ.
Spiky Mike, pictured above, will again again be the Funhouse Comedy Club compere with three other comedians on the bill on Friday, September 27.
They are Troy Hawke, Stephen Carlin and Laura Davis.

Troy has just returned from the Edinburgh Festival, Stephen has appeared on ITV’s Comedy Cuts, while Laura is an award-winning Australian stand-up.
Tickets £20, including pie & peas supper and 20% discount on drinks.
Food will be served at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8.15pm.
For bookings and further information click here and visit

Pictures courtesy of Funhouse Comedy Ltd.

Laura Davis
Troy Hawke
Stephen Carlin



This year sees the tenth anniversary of an historic, preserved steam locomotive visiting the Brigg area.
Loco No 70013 Oliver Cromwell hauled a special excursion which picked up passengers at Barnetby station in 2009.
We joined the train there and so did Lee Fielden, the Brigg Town cricketer and Barnetby United footballer, and his wife Fiona. Oliver Cromwell then whisked 365 passengers on a capital day trip to London.
But scores more who did not get tickets on the Saturday train – ranging from pensioners to young fans of Thomas the Tank Engine – filled vantage points at stations, level crossings, bridges and fields across the area to watch, snap and video the by-then extremely rare sight of a steam loco drifting by on Network Rail tracks.
Such scenes had disappeared from North Lincolnshire in 1966 when British Railways decided steam traction, developed in Victorian times, had no place in an era of space travel.
Oliver Cromwell made an early morning start from Cleethorpes in 2009, picking up further passengers at Grimsby Town, Barnetby, Scunthorpe and Crowle before joining the east coast mainline at Doncaster.
Although pegged back by a string of signal checks along the route, and stops to take on water, the steam age survivor  – built in 1951 and a member of the National Collection of important engines saved from the scrapyard – performed admirably, arriving at London’s famous King’s Cross terminus four minutes early.
Passengers then spent the afternoon shopping, or sightseeing, before being hauled home by heritage diesel traction in the evening.
Lee and Fiona were making their very first trip on a steam-hauled mainline excursion.
After a memorable day out, Lee told us: “It was great and the food was fantastic. I really enjoyed myself. We only had to walk a couple of hundred yards to the station, and the next thing we were in King’s Cross. We had good food and good company.”
The very successful excursion was organised by specialist firm The Railway Touring Company.
Oliver Cromwell created plenty of interest among local railway enthusiasts in the run up to the weekend excursion. Word soon got round the loco was arriving, under its own steam, on Friday morning, travelling through the Isle of Axholme and Scunthorpe to Barnetby, to await its trip to London.
On the last day British Railways operated steam locos on its mainline - in August 1968 - Oliver Cromwell was among the locos employed to haul a farewell special, which was packed.
The following day the engine chuffed quietly through Lincolnshire on its way from the north-west to East Anglia to begin life in preservation.
Oliver Cromwell was a member of the Britannia class of express engines. Some other classmates, including Clive of India, Hereward the Wake and Robin Hood, were based in northern Lincolnshire during the early 1960s. Some duties took them through Barnetby, Wrawby Junction, Brigg, Elsham, Howsham and North Kelsey.

PICTURED ABOVE: Barnetby's Lee and Fiona Fielden  beside Oliver Cromwell in 2009.

Oliver Cromwell pulling into Barnetby station in 2009.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


This picture shows a Brigg pub changing hands.
Alia Harris has succeeded Shane Garrett in running the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street.
Shane is seen handing over the reigns to Alia when Brigg Blog called yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 27).
With stocktaking and other routine formalities under way, it was a busy time. So we'll be meeting Alia in the next few days to chat about her plans for the popular hostelry.
We will also tell you more about the new landlady in charge, who is no stranger to this pub, having already pulled many pints as a member of staff.
Shane, who ran The Brit for two years, is returning to Barton, his home town.
He's asked Brigg Blog to past on his sincere thanks for all customers who used the pub during his tenure.
Shane oversaw some memorable music nights, charity events, karaoke sessions and countless 'good craic' afternoons and evenings when people just chatted and relaxed. We wish him well.
Brigg already has landladies in charge at the Yarborough Hunt (Lucy Fensome) and Woolpack (Sarah Hardy).
PICTURED: Alia and Shane yesterday (above) and serving up food in June 2019 as the Britannia marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day (below). Alia was unwrapping the Spam sandwiches - this proceeded meat being a staple of war-time rationing.




The developer interested in building 226 new homes on land not far from Brigg Recreation Ground is still waiting to hear North Lincolnshire Council's response.
The recently-taken picture (above) shows crops growing in a field near the Rec, which is just beyond the distinctive avenue of tall trees.
In early June the council made public an "EIA screening request for a residential development" it had received for land off Wrawby Road, involving three fields.
EIA stands for Environmental Impact Assessment. Such a request can be made to a local planning authority prior to a formal planning application.
North Lincolnshire Council duly put the screening request out for one month's public consultation.
When making its submission for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening on June 5, the company said it would be grateful if the council responded "within the requisite three weeks."
As we near the end of August the council still has the EIA listed as "Decision not yet determined" although a date we've seen online might suggest that this will be announced in the not too distant future.
The intention is to provide access/entry to the development from the A18 by way of an improved junction on Wrawby Road near the the top of Churchill Avenue (see picture below).
The aim is to have a "four-armed priority-controlled compact roundabout."
It is not felt that the amount of traffic generated by the housing development will impact significantly on the operation of the local highway network.

The current access to the field near Brigg Recreation Ground, looking across the A18 towards  the Churchill Avenue junction with Wrawby Road.


Planning permission to erect a replacement conservatory is being sought for 40 Albert Street, Brigg.
Listed building consent and planning permission are being requested to convert a barn to a dwelling at Elsham Chalk Barn, located on an access road within the former airfield.
At 6 High Street, Broughton, permission has been applied for to convert an existing building into a dwelling, including extensions, alterations, demolition of existing warehouse and associated works. This is the former Brown's of Broughton motorcycle shop, now earmarked for residential accommodation.
At Options Watermill, Common Road, Wressle, approval is being sought to erect a single-storey detached accommodation unit and a single-storey detached recreational unit. The Outcomes First Group is looking to provide accommodation for four residents.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering all these applications.

West Lindsey District Council has refused to grant permission for a dwelling with detached garage on land to the north of South Street, North Kelsey.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Brigg & District Servicemen's Club is holding another of its popular outings - keeping up a tradition stretching back many decades.
This one will be to the Beverley Bullet Race Day on Saturday, August 31.
The party will be leaving Cary Lanes bus stop at 11am and returning from the North Bank course at 6.30pm.
The coach fare is £10 - admission to the races needs to be paid on entry to the course.
Apply at the Coney Court venue for further details.


The top racehorse training yards in Britain are set to target valuable prize money in Lincolnshire as jump racing steps up a gear next month at Market Rasen Racecourse.
Saturday, 28th September, marks the finale to summer jumping and the start of the autumn and winter season, with the Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Raceday & Beer Festival featuring the Listed £35,000 Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle and £24,500 Ferry Ales Brewery Handicap Chase. The total prize fund across seven races is £100,000.
There will be pub games and musical entertainment from the Moonshiners ceilidh and folk band during and after racing.
Admission for adults is from £10.80 in advance and £12 on the day. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Visitors can take advantage of a pint-sized offer for a Tattersalls admission ticket, race-day programme and a pint of beer, glass of wine or soft drink – all for an inclusive price of £22.
The hugely popular ‘Best of British Experience’ will be running in the Brocklesby Suite Restaurant offering County Enclosure admission, a race-day programme, reserved table, a betting facility and a two-course set meal, all for £68 for adults and £20 for under 12s. There is also the even more exclusive ‘FAB Experience’ in a private hospitality suite for a minimum of 12 adults at £118 each.
The feature race, the Listed Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle, was won 12 months ago by leading northern jockey Brian Hughes on board Caius Marcius, trained in Cumbria by Nicky Richards. In 2017 the prize went to this season’s current top trainer Dan Skelton with Listen To The Man.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Spectators at the racecourse on Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Raceday get the best of both worlds. There is an exciting jump racing card and we are also once again delighted to have our partnership with Lincolnshire’s Ferry Ales Brewery for our annual beer festival. It’s a great way to say goodbye to the summer jumping season as we look forward to the sporting delights of the months ahead.”
Further details are at where tickets can be bought in advance. The first race is at 1.40pm, two hours after gates open. The finale is at 5.10pm.



Much  effort is being put into tackling litter in Brigg with plans formulated for additional bins, while various litter-picking sessions are also being undertaken at different locations by volunteers from time to time.
Brigg Blog recorded the above scene recently while walking through East Park, near the Tintab shelter close to the Monument War Memorial. Perhaps we could label it Pizza Topping!
With the pizza box carefully placed on top of the litter bin we immediately thought this was just another example of a consumer being too lazy to dispose of the aftermath of his/her fast food takeaway.
But our picture suggests that the holes in the side of the bin are not wide enough to accommodate such a box, unless someone is prepared to tear it in two (a messy task and hardly likely to be undertaken).
Many people who buy takeaways in Brigg, especially in the evenings, pass by East Park with food in hand or stop off to finish their snack while sitting in the shelter.
Wherever litter bins are placed, and however many are provided, someone will question the choices made. But perhaps East Park might be considered a priority for one of the larger types available on the market.

A couple of days after this picture was taken we noted that the pizza box had gone - presumably collected the next time the bin was emptied. The bin is being well used to dispose of litter, other than large pizza boxes.


It was interesting to watch Brigg Town Cricket Club employing two slow bowlers, Paul Neal and Jack Richards, during a recent home game at the Recreation Ground.
Seam bowlers of greater pace have dominated club cricket for decades. But although the slow men tend to concede more runs per over across the season, they have a handy knack of breaking partnerships,  getting among the wickets and earning their side some valuable bowling bonus points under the current scoring system.
Bowling effectiveness is sometimes defined by strike rate - the average number of deliveries/overs bowled to take each wicket.
Among the spectators at Brigg Town's game when Paul and Jack were bowling together was the club's legendary former all-rounder 'Gig' Smith (pictured above) who retired in 2000.
He was a very effective line-and-length medium-pace seamer who often bowled all Brigg's overs from one end - 20 or 23 depending on the length of the particular Lincolnshire League fixture.
But to add variety 'Gig' used to send down his renowned 'tweaker' - a slower off-spinner.
As he went back to his mark, he would instruct the fielder at mid-on to go back a few yards ahead of the change-of-mode delivery.
This was surely a hint to any batsman paying attention but it was amazing home many times this delivery brought Brigg a wicket - often Caught N. Fisher (at mid-on) Bowled G.S. Smith - as batsmen's eyes lit up at the sight of something they thought they could, at last, score from after being tied down.
He dismissed the same opponents in the same way time after time.
When 'Gig' reached the fourth or fifth ball of an over, his colleagues knew to expect the slower ball.
He decided to retire from club cricket aged 60 while still taking lots of wickets and among the best bowlers in Brigg's division.
He also played for Elsham, Brigg Sugar and (briefly) East Halton.
'Gig's batting contributions dropped off with advancing years but for most of his lengthy career he was a genuine all-rounder who would open the batting if required.
The slog-sweep shot now so often seen in televised one-day cricket matches was being played by 'Gig' donkey's years ago to boost Brigg's run tally.
He also played football with Brigg Amateurs, for whom he became a prolific goalscorer, was a notable table tennis performer, played darts to Super League and County standard and took up golf. A genuine sporting all-rounder!
PICTURED BELOW: 'Gig' Smith's last match for Brigg Town - away to Hartsholme in Lincoln - before he retired. Back row, left to right: Gary M. Smith, Lee Fielden, Mick Wescott, Jack Richards (still playing for Town), Alan Ford (of Brians DIY) and Paddy Kenny. Front row: Phil Dewfall (still with Brigg), Col Mumby (playing club cricket this season with Broughton 2nds), 'Gig' Smith, Ross Richards and Peter Mumby. Picture taken by 'yours truly' who went along specially to watch our clubmate's final performance.


Monday, August 26, 2019


There's a new event taking place in Brigg today - bank holiday Monday, August 26, 2019.
The initial Paint Brigg Pink Fancy Dress Fun Run will be starting at 11am from the Woolpack in the Market Place (pictured above).
If you want to take part, get there not later than 10.45am and check in.
If not, please turn out as a spectator and support this charity event.
The route will take in a number of other town centre hostelries - all potential refreshment stops - the Yarborough Hunt, Lord Nelson, Dying Gladiator and Black Bull before finishing at the Britannia where there will be a barbecue during the afternoon, plus a raffle, tombola, and games. Mark Williams will be playing music from 2pm to 4pm. 

If you want food prepared for this event, a small charge applies.  
This fun run is being organised in aid of the Soldiers off the Streets charity by the Brigg & District Veterans' Group, in association with the Britannia, with other licensees offering support. 


Many Brigg teenagers have now received their GCSE and A-Level exam results for 2019, with many working hard on their studies at the Vale Academy, pictured above, and Sir John Nelthorpe School, below.
We trust that most have cause to celebrate and will now be moving on to further education at Brigg Sixth Form or other establishments, and at colleges and universities in the case of those aged 18.

Back in the early 1970s, exam results were posted to pupils' homes in stamped addressed envelopes. That was the way in which you found out how you'd performed. And then it was a case of buying a local newspaper to read how all your classmates had done.
A good many Brigg householders were still without telephones in the early 1970s, although public call boxes were available to pupils keen to discover close friends' results.
In our case it was impractical to bike to all their houses as Brigg Grammar School then had pupils living as far away as Scunthorpe, Bishop Norton and Keelby!
All is much-changed now, of course, with teenagers owning smartphones and sharing their results via social media within minutes of them being revealed.
Folk of a certain age who have young relatives or neighbours might be a shade confused by the latest results.
In our day a Grade 9  was a dismal failure, but it's now the top mark!

GCSE success for students in North Lincolnshire, August 2019


The results are in for GCSEs across the region - with more students in North Lincolnshire achieving the higher grades in English and mathematics.
Early indications are that nearly two thirds of students have passed both English and mathematics (grade 4), with a record 42 per cent achieving the higher grade 5 in both subjects.
This is the second year since the harder examinations and new grading system were introduced.
In North Lincolnshire nine out of 10 schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted - the highest proportion in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for children, families and culture at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Congratulations to all our young people receiving their GCSE results today. I wish them every success in their future learning, whether they choose sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or work based training.
“The new GCSEs were brought in last year and schools have responded well to the increased challenge, with students also clearly determined to succeed. Students, teaching staff and parents should be really proud of their achievements today.
“The quality of education in North Lincolnshire is excellent and makes a huge contribution to raising aspirations and creating opportunity for children and young people of all ages.”


Grants totalling more than £18,000 have been earmarked for Brigg, Broughton and Elsham following Enabling Communities to Flourish applications.
North Lincolnshire Council has agreed to make £500 available to Brigg Bowling Club, which is based off Dudley Road (see picture below). This is to support the cost of installing a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system for its green.
Little Acorns in Broughton receive £17,031 to help with the cost of resurfacing/repairing the playground and providing some shaded areas, plus new musical equipment.
Elsham Parish Council has been awarded £600 for the installation of two information boards for a heritage trail.
Having considered the latest round of applications earlier this month, North Lincolnshire Council also made grants to many individuals and groups in other parts of its area.



Decisions are expected to be made by councillors this week on three Brigg & Wolds planning applications, one involving the site of a former well-known pub.
Rulings are due from North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee which will be meeting at Church Square House, in Scunthorpe town centre, on Wednesday, August 28, from 2pm.
This meeting is open to interested members of the public.
The Brigg & Wolds applications listed for consideration are:
BARNETBY: Erect four pairs of semi-detached dwellings, site of the former Railway Inn, Kings Road (Considered by the council to be of "significant public interest").
SCAWBY: Raise and replace garage roof, including roof lights and associated works, 3 Swannacks View. (Objection by Scawby Parish Council).
WORLABY: Install a dropped kerb, 47 Top Road. (Objection by Worlaby Parish Council).
A number of applications from other wards are also listed for consideration on Wednesday.
North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee, which is chaired by Coun Nigel Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds Ward), meets monthly.
It has the power to grant or refuse permission or can opt to make a site visit and reach a decision at a later date.
Many planning applications these days are delegated to council officers for decisions to be made.

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Brigg Town Football Club lost 2-1 at Selby Town in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One yesterday (Saturday, August 24).
Joe Smithson put Brigg ahead in the first half but the home team levelled after 75 minutes and managed a winner four minutes from time.
The attendance was 170 - the second highest in this section on Saturday.
The Zebras are now in 14th place in the 20-strong division, having taken four points from their opening five fixtures.
Brigg Town Reserves lost 3-2 when hosting Sleaford Town Reserves at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) yesterday.
This game was in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Brigg Reserves are in 11th place - third from bottom - with one point gained from three games.


Brigg Town cricketers kept up their good run of victories when visiting Messingham 2nds in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three yesterday (Saturday, August 24).
Brigg won by four wickets and remain third in the table.
Messingham recovered from being 42 for six to make 115 all out, Town's most successful bowlers being Nick Beacock (four for 19) and Matthew Bell (three for 29).
Five Brigg batsmen then reached double figures as they secured another maximum 20-point haul, Matthew Bell (pictured above) scoring 27, Mark Dawson 18 and David Baggott 18 not out.
Town are without a game this coming Saturday (August 31). They then face away matches at Nettleham 2nds (September 7) and Lindum 2nds (September 14) to complete the 2019 season.

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Premier Division

Market Rasen 180 for seven, Haxey 181 for two
Cleethorpes 2nds 231, Scothern 133
Grimsby Town 201 for eight, Cherry Willingham 204 for five
Lindum 2nds 140, Nettleham 142 for eight
Bracebridge Heath 2nds conceded the game to Caistor

Division One
Barton Town 190 for three, Scunthorpe Town 2nds 139
Broughton 190 for six, Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 191 for five
Normanby Park  208 for six, Louth 2nds 209 for five
Alkborough 125, Outcasts 126 for three

Division Two
Cherry Willngham 2nds 251 for two, Grimsby Town 2nds 118
Cleethorpes 3rds 151 for five, Hibaldstow 90
Clee Town Laportes 253 for seven, Hartsholme 2nds 181 for six
Market Rasen 2nds 209, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 210 for five
Old Lincolnians conceded to Caistor 2nds

Division Three
Outcasts 2nds 89, Lindum 3rds 90 for nine
Messingham 2nds 115, Brigg Town 116 for six
Barton Town 2nds 75, Nettleham 2nds 76 for one

Division Four
Alford 2nds 248 for seven declared, Scunthorpe Town 3rds 156

Premier Division

Cherry Willingham v Lindum 2nds
Grimsby Town v Scothern
Hartsholme v Cleethorpes 2nds
Market Rasen v Caistor
Nettleham v Bracebridge Heath 2nds

Division One

Alkborough v Broughton
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds v Barton Town
Louth 2nds v Messingham
Normanby Park v Holton-le-Clay
Outcasts v Scunthorpe Town 2nds

Division Two
Cleethorpes 3rds v Hartsholme 2nds
Hibaldstow v Cherry Willingham 2nds
Holton-le-Clay 2nds v Caistor 2nds
Old Lincolnians v Market Rasen 2nds

Division Three
Barton Town 2nds v Broughton 2nds
Haxey 2nds v Cleethorpes 4ths
Messingham 2nds v Lindum 3rds

Division Four
Horncastle v Louth 3rds
Scothern 2nds v East Halton
Premier Division games begin at 12.30pm; matches in all other sections start at 1pm.


Well-known local band The Dirty Pitchers will be performing in Brigg at the Dying Gladiator pub, Bigby Street, today (Sunday, August 25).
The boys, pictured above, will be offering Acoustic Britpop in the (Beer) Garden, from 5pm.
The Glad management is hosting a FREE barbecue, starting at 4pm.
There are drink deals on offer from 6pm-11pm, including New Cider - three bottles for a fiver.
Karaoke will follow tonight from 9pm until late.
Across at the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, singer Hannah Goodall will be performing from 8pm tonight.
The Drag Dreams Duo will be at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, from 9pm.


The recent Wrawby Horticultural Show 2019 attracted plenty of interest from villagers, people visiting by car from Brigg and also those with cameras to hand to record the scenes.
Brigg Blog began by posting an illustrated report featuring images we took. View them here...
A few days later 28 pictures from Stephen Harris were shared with our followers. Click here to view...
Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters, has now been in touch with some he took during the Sunday afternoon event. And here they are...
Watch our for more from Ken in the next issue of the community magazine covering Brigg and surrounding communities.
Among the presentations made during the show was one to Susan Day - chosen as Wrawby's Person of the Year (see picture above).
Brigg Blog enjoyed this horticultural show - not something we'd attended for many years - and will be keen to visit the event again in August 2020.
It seems a shame that Brigg no longer has something similar of its own.

Some of the floral exhibits

Wrawby Show 2019 in the Village Hall.

Judging in progress

Wrawby dinosaurs

Volunteers from the Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital, Appleby.

A g-lovely picture of a hedgehog at Wrawby.