Monday, August 31, 2020



One of the best-known residential streets in Brigg since its creation in the mid-1920s, Hawthorn Avenue still has 80 terraced properties serving their original purpose after undergoing various refurbishments over the years.
Mention 'Hawthorn Ave' to townsfolk of a certain age today and many will immediately think of the Dunderdale family and the 11 brothers. Dave has kindly gave us permission to use an archive picture of them, included in the montage above.
The 'Dundy' brothers grew up in a property just a stone's throw from the 'tenfoot' entrance to Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns ground.
The council eventually adapted the house next door to provide additional space for Kev, Malc, Terry, Dave, Steve, Brian, Ian, Nigel, Mark, Andy and Jeff. The boys arrived successively from the mid-1950s.

Ninety-plus years ago Brigg Urban District Council was striving to cope with rising demand from families for three-bedroom rented accommodation.
The street name was a reference to Hawthorn hedging - many mature examples occupying this part of the town. But a recent check suggests that none now remain adjacent to the street.
The majority of the properties formed a square, outside which were additional houses on three sides.
An extensive estate of prefabs was built post-war immediately to the north of Hawthorn Avenue, and the UDC created the Recreation Ground nearby, in the early 1950s, by acquiring Woodbine Farm.
Brigg Town FC switched to the Hawthorns in 1960 - the main entrance then being off Hawthorn Avenue for vehicles as well as pedestrians.
This period also saw Hawthorn residents gain a pub on their doorstep - the Ancholme Inn, on Grammar School Road. The hostelry was given a large function room and a huge car park backing onto the gardens of some Hawthorn properties.
However, a reduction in trade in the latter decades of the 20th century eventually saw Brigg's newest pub become one of the first to close. Following demolition it was replaced by a new housing development.
Despite the Rec being nearby, the council provided Hawthorn Avenue youngsters with a play area (and some equipment) close to the Preston Drive entrance. Bungalows now occupy this site.


Hawthorn Avenue homes were modernised by the council in the 1970s - central heating and inside toilets being installed.
Brigg UDC's demise in 1974 saw the housing stock pass to the newly-formed Glanford borough authority. Further local government re-organisaion in 1996 put North Lincolnshire Council's name on the rent books. Social landlord North Lincolnshire Homes then took charge, followed by Ongo.
However, 'Right to Buy' - a 1980s initiative - resulted in some Hawthorn Avenue properties being acquired by well-established tenants.
Very few families before the Second World War could afford a car, but higher wages in the 1950s and over successive decades saw more and more vehicles being acquired. With only some end-terrace properties having room for domestic garages, this resulted in on-street parking and subsequent congestion.
This was not helped by the addition of scores of new homes on the Springbank estate after the war - Hawthorn Avenue being an obvious through route for motorists between the A18 (Wrawby Road) and Springbank. The same route was used by drivers living on the Woodbine Grove estate until the prefabs were demolished in the early 1970s.

Hawthorn Avenue never had its own convenience shop as far as we are aware. However, post-war, many residents made the short walk to Grammar School Road to call at Ernie Robinson's well-stocked emporium which, under different ownership, continued to provide a service until relatively recent times. Town housing now occupies the site.
A fish & chip shop was established 60+ years ago on Grammar School Road, within sight of Hawthorn Avenue, and there's still a popular 'chippie' on this site today.
Hawthorn residents also had the option to use Mrs Gray's convenience shop and Evy Wojak's fish & chip business on nearby Glebe Road.
Pigeon-fancying became a popular pastime on the avenue, with lofts in back gardens and the best birds being raced through the Brigg and Glanford clubs.


Glebe Road Primary School (now demolished) was of similar age to Hawthorn Avenue and very conveniently placed for local children who had the option 'to go home for dinner' as many of the so-called Baby Boomer generation did, rather than sample the fare provided by the local education authority (originally Lincoln-based Lindsey County Council). Sandwiches/snacks at home were also cheaper and not requiring dinner money to be tendered every Monday morning by each child to cover the week ahead.
Fair-sized rear gardens were used by many tenants to nurture fruit trees/bushes and provide fresh veg for the table, as well as flowers.
Living in a Hawthorn Avenue house not far from the Dunderdale residence, the Waltham family would later provide Brigg with a Town Mayor and a Leader of North Lincolnshire Council awarded the MBE.
Other well-known family names on Hawthorn Avenue post-war include Jude, Judge, Dent, Chambers, Binns, Turner, Stothard, Steeper, Hartmann, Neve, Skelton, Tock, Johnson, Jacklin, Beel, Brown, Benson, Cooper, Pigott, Bradley, Hammond, Howson, Ringrose, Fisher (no relation) and Taylor (our family, on mother's side) to mention only a few of many. Some members of these families still live in the area.
Ongo, the social landlord, has previously quoted 1924 to Brigg Blog as the date for the creation of Hawthorn Avenue. Our grandparents were certainly living there in 1930/1, and possibly before then.
This is the latest post in our series about the changing face of Brigg streets down the decades. More to come, as time permits.
In case you missed any of our earlier features, here are some links...

Queen Street

Cary Lane

Bridge Street - County Bridge to the A18 junction

Glebe Road

Albert Street

Elwes Street

Grammar School Road South

Wrawby Road

Hawthorn Avenue (centre right) from the air - courtesy of Neil Stapleton.


Hornsbys is introducing a new bus timetable with some amendments to Brigg and district services. It operates from tomorrow (Tuesday, September 1).
This update will be of interest not only to Brigg people who use public transport but also those living in Broughton, Scawby, Wrawby, Castlethorpe, Greetwell, Wressle, Melton Ross and Barnetby.
The X4 and 4 services to and from Scunthorpe have been included on one timetable, rather than two, which makes it easy to follow what's available.
Also featured are the No 91 and 92 shoppers' buses which run from Brigg housing estates to/from the town centre and the Howsham and Cadney link with Brigg Garden Centre via Cary Lane.
Kirmington and Kirton Lindsey are not mentioned in the updated timetable.
"The X4 service will be running through Scawby Brook, Scawby, and Greetwell, and the first service of the day will be an hour later," a local resident who has already viewed the new timetable tells Brigg Blog.
Saturday buses between Brigg, Broughton and Scunthorpe will continue to follow a route through Bottesford and Ashby.
View full details here and, if you wish, download your own copy of the timings effective from September 1...


The sadly much-shortened 2020 league cricket season having now ended for the Brigg Town club, we can look back down the decades to happy campaigns in which full play was possible from late April/early May through to mid-September - rain permitting.
These pictures were taken at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road.
The one above shows Brigg's Sunday team in August 1990, then playing in the North Lindsey League.
Back row, left to right: Chris Collins, Andrew 'Sass' Markham, Dave Matthews, Nigel Fisher, Steve Antcliffe, Simon Fisher, Matt Mosey.
Front row: Andy Sharp, Garry Dunderdale, Garry 'Gig' Smith and Tony Bailey.
Below is the Town team at the Recreation Ground in the early 1980s, while playing in the South Humberside Alliance (most games being on Saturdays).
Back row, left to right: Roddy McFarlane, Andy Longden, Gerry Longden, Paul 'Fitz' Driscoll, Nigel Fisher, Clive Parker, John Phillips.
Front row: Andy Peall, Mark Robinson, Graham Day, Simon Church and Anne-Marie Fisher (scorer).


Note the wooden pavilion which came second-hand, courtesy of the council, from a former bowls green off Cary Lane.
Cricketers 40 years ago were very grateful for the facility but had to be wary of splinters from the wooden floor sticking into the soles of their feet. The pavilion had no water supply, but there was a tap outside!
Also in the distance are outbuildings that once belonged to Woodbine Farm and passed to Brigg Urban District Council in the early 1950s when it bought the farmland to create the Rec.
Various parts of the row - there was more of it to the left, not shown on the picture - were used for hockey and football changing but cricketers rarely gained admission. Glebe Road School played its football matches at the Rec and we recall in the 1960s donning our kit in what appeared to be a former cowshed or stable.
Just visible on the right (to the right of John Phillips) is one of the basic wooden sheds which provided additional changing accommodation for club footballers.
The row of former farm buildings was latterly used for storage by North Lincolnshire Council, including metal ballot boxes.
In a worthy 'green' initiative the entire row was carefully dismantled by contractor Derek Empringham whose firm supplied reclaimed bricks for repairs to old buildings.
Its removal of the Woodbine Farm survivors resulted in the erection of a tall fence to protect vehicles in the car park from cricket balls hoisted over the boundary.
By the early 1980s the original farmhouse - later used to provide accommodation for the Rec's groundsman - had been demolished.
Today the Recreation Ground has a modern changing room block of sturdy construction, with many showers and even a community room at one end which can be used for mid-match teas. However, due to the Coronavirus emergency the changing room has been out of bounds of late.

Sunday, August 30, 2020


These artist's impressions show how a prominent site in Brigg will look through a redevelopment scheme submitted to North Lincolnshire Council planners with a request for approval.
The application is now being considered by the local authority and includes a shop unit in addition to new housing.


The intention is to demolish the former Sherwood's cycle shop on Bridge Street and the adjoining building on the corner of Forrester Street. A report submitted to the council says they are in a poor state. Therefore, redevelopment is suggested as a viable option.
Three new residential dwellings are proposed for the site, together with a ground floor retail unit suitable for various uses, including a coffee shop.
JK Construction is the company planning the redevelopment. One of the partners, local builder Andy Potts, invited Brigg Blog down to find out more about what's involved. He also passed on the artist's impressions so local people can see what's being proposed.
Andy stresses this is a prominent location in the town - the site being seen by thousands of motorists approaching Brigg along the A18 every week.
As a result, JK Construction intends to use reclaimed bricks throughout the new build so it blends in with existing properties of considerable age along Bridge Street towards the edge of the conservation area.
"We will use matching brickwork to that on the Yarborough Hunt across the road," Andy says.
North Lincolnshire Council will decide the application. However, the first stage in the planning process will see Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee discussing the scheme and passing on its views to the unitary authority. This is expected to take place during September.
Following the closure of Sherwood's premises some months ago, the buildings changed hands.

Please note that Dunham's Bakery is NOT included in the application now being considered, although it appears in the graphic above.
PICTURED BELOW: A public notice about the current planning application on display outside the front of the former cycle shop on Bridge Street.





Autumn came early to Brigg at the start of the August bank holiday and the weather proved to be a major talking point yesterday (Saturday) following heavy rain the previous afternoon and evening.
Autumn is officially three weeks away, unless you listen to weather forecasters for whom September 1 is the date.
Leaves on some of the trees on East Park, near the Tintab shelter, have already started to turn yellow and brown.
A chilly wind and squally showers yesterday made it feel more like late October than late August.
Waves are not commonplace on the Old River Ancholme in Brigg, but there was quite a swell evident near the County Bridge mid-afternoon on Saturday (August 29). The water could be heard lapping against the brickwork on the banks.
The wet weather put some people off visiting Brigg pubs on Friday and last night, which was a shame for licensed premises hit by the enforced Coronavirus emergency closure (March to July). Hopefully things will get back to normal today and tomorrow with some more seasonal weather.
Perhaps we will go on to enjoy a so-called Indian Summer, as was the case not many years ago when T-shirts, rather than coats and jumpers, were evident throughout the town centre in early October as the temperature topped 70F one weekend.
We recall going to photograph a Briggensians football match at Sir John Nelthorpe School where the players were feeling the heat.


Brigg Town Council arranges for a contactor to carry out periodic clearing of rubbish from the River Ancholme. The next Ancholme River Deep Clean will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - August 26, 27 and 28.
"If you notice anything in the river that shouldn’t be there (bikes, shopping trolleys, etc) please do let us know," the council says in advance of the work.
You can notify staff about things you've spotted via the Brigg Town Council Facebook page or by emailing
Over the past six years the amount of rubbish needing removal in Brigg has reduced and the river is said to be cleaner with more varied wildlife observed during the clean-ups.
PICTURED: A recent view of the Old River Ancholme, taken from the County Bridge. Either side of the landmark structure, discarded rubbish sometimes collects, especially if green weed is present. Weed is cut by the Environment Agency and we gather a request has been made for another to take place in the near future.

Saturday, August 29, 2020


Brigg bars missed out on the Easter and May bank holidays in 2020 because of Coronavirus emergency lockdown of licensed premises.
Now those restrictions have been lifted by the government, it's to be hoped that the summer bank holiday weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 29-31 - results in decent trade for our outlets.
The weather is an obvious factor and the bank holiday weekend forecast points to cool conditions but with dry spells.
Even half-decent conditions will see local beer gardens proving popular (with social distancing a requirement, of course).
Many of ours have covered seating areas or cabanas (wooden huts). However, demand for the latter will be heavy.
The first outlet to provide cabanas in Brigg was the Black Bull, to the rear of its Wrawby Street premises.
The previous owners also added some palm trees to offer a taste of sunny Spain this far north.
There's no Costa involved; they are available free to customers lucky enough to find one vacant.
If you are looking to venture out over the bank holiday weekend, local bars will welcome your custom.
Although the Exchange remains closed, all our other licensed premises have now reopened. Some offer meals and snacks.
So take your pick of the following that will be trading: Dying Gladiator, Bigby Street, new bar manager Michelle Dunnion; Wetherspoon's White Horse, Black Bull and Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, the latter having a newly-appointed landlord, Mark Burns; Lord Nelson and Woolpack, Market Place; Yarborough Hunt, Bridge Street; Brigg Servicemen's Club, Coney Court; Brigg Town Football Club, Hawthorn Avenue, with additional access from Wrawby Road via the Recreation Ground.

Brigg Town FC's clubhouse will be open from 2pm on Monday with the family play area's bouncy castle operating if weather permits. The Servicemen's Club will be opening at noon on Monday - "everyone welcome."


Are you sure when the bins will be collected from your Brigg household due to the August bank holiday period? And do you know which bins to put out?
North Lincolnshire Council crews which carry out the emptying will be collecting the following from Brigg properties which normally enjoy Tuesday collections:
Tuesday, September 1: Brown garden waste wheelie bin & burgundy bin containing plastic and cardboard for recycling.
Be sure to put yours out for collection by 7am that morning.
Brigg Blog has just checked (again) with the council and there's still no date for the resumption of its free service which collects bulky items from households for safe disposal. This popular and well-used service was suspended at the beginning of the Coronavirus emergency period. Hopefully it won't be much longer before fridges, freezers and other items can be taken away.

Serving some of the villages near Brigg, West Lindsey District Council says its bin collections will run as normal on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31).


There's another positive sign that Brigg is beginning to return to normal amid the Coronavirus emergency. A major running event in the town is accepting entries.
The Brigg 10k Poppy Race and Military Challenge is planned for the morning of Sunday, October 25.
It is again being hosted by Curly's Athletes and has previously attracted up to 750 entrants.
The organisers say they have added a virtual event option for 2020 so those who are unable to make it on the day can join  'virtually' and still be part of the fun and support the Royal British Legion. Curly's is re-designing the Brigg event "to be Covid safe."
PICTURED: Last year's Brigg Poppy 10K - long before the virus emergency.

Friday, August 28, 2020


Brigg Town Football Club has had to cancel the planned home game against Crowle on Saturday (August 29) at the request of their opponents whose keeper sustained a serious injury in another pre-season match a few days ago.

Picture of the ground by  Neil Stapleton.


Brigg people are being invited to take part in a community wildlife, fauna and flora survey.
The Wilder Ancholme project is asking folk living in the river valley to record what species they observe on Sunday, September 27, which is World Rivers Day.
Some folk will be venturing out along the river bank, but this is not a requirement. The project also wants to know what plans and animals people see that day in their own gardens, communal green spaces/parks and on public footpaths.
Having recorded the number of species observed, submit details through the Wilder Ancholme Facebook page. Or search for @WilderAncholme
Wilder Ancholme launched at Brigg Buttercross in February 2020 - generating considerable interest. But the arrival of the Coronavirus emergency has affected a number of events it planned over recent months.
Wilder Ancholme is an environmental conservation organisation. Its mission is to develop a community-based project to rediscover the lost heritage and biodiversity of the Ancholme Valley.



Brigg Town Football Club hosts Crowle Colts, from the Isle of Axholme, in a pre-season game at the Hawthorns tomorrow (Saturday, August 29), kick-off being 3pm.
Spectators are now permitted to watch from the stands following the lifting of the government's restriction on local football grounds at this level in the pyramid structure.
Pips Kitchen will be open tomorrow for meals and snacks, together with the clubhouse's licensed bar, the adjoining beer garden and the family play area which is free to use and open to all.
Crowle Colts play in the Central Midlands Saturday Premier League. Brigg's first team operates in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One, while the reserves are in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier. 

Pips Kitchen is now open for breakfast orders every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 1.30pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 to 12.30. You can eat in, takeaway or request local delivery to the door. Call 07714 767820. 

10.30pm update, Friday: The game has now been called off at Crowle's request.


Brigg Town Cricket Club will be visiting group leaders Cleethorpes tomorrow (August 29) in the final round of Challenge Cup qualifying fixtures - the Coronavirus emergency having delayed the start of the the campaign until the beginning of this month.

However, all Brigg's games have been played away from home so spectators have been unable to hear the sound of ball on willow in a club match this year.
Brigg Town CC, which folded in the 1930s, resumed in 1974 with Grimsby Saturday League home games at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road.
Coun Brian Parker, the current Deputy Town Mayor, was instrumental in re-establishing club cricket in the town and became secretary in addition to being one of the team's batsmen.
The club has since used Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg Sugar Factory (off Scawby Road, Scawby Brook) and the Rec for home games at various times, and also played a handful at Vale of Ancholme School.
For a few seasons while the Rec was being refurbished, it took on a nomadic existence, being permitted to stage home fixtures at Brocklesby Park, Hibaldstow and Keelby.
The Thoresway club played Sunday friendlies at Brigg Rec for some years prior to the Town club being re-formed in the mid-1970s - Thoresway being a small settlement in the Lincolnshire Wolds near Caistor.
When Barnetby had a team in the North Lindsey League 40 years ago, it used the Rec for a brief period.
Brigg Urban District Council created the ground in the early 1950s and provision was later made for cricket, despite Brigg being without a senior club.

PICTURED: Spectators watching Brigg Town playing Haxey 2nds in a Lincolnshire League fixture during the 2018 season when Coronavirus-related social distancing was not an issue.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


There is positive news on the restoration of the passenger train service through Brigg which was suspended in March due to the Coronavirus emergency.
It's expected that diesel units will be travelling along the Brigg line next week for staff training purposes, ahead of normal service being resumed. Clearly, they won't be stopping to pick up passengers, but this is a very welcome sign.
The Saturdays-only timetable is expected to return from Saturday, September 19 - calling at Brigg, Barnetby and Kirton Lindsey stations.
This will allow local townsfolk to travel east to Grimsby and Cleethorpes and (in the other direction) reach Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield.
By taking a train from Brigg to Barnetby, connections are available to Market Rasen, Lincoln, Newark and other 'day out' destinations.
It will be interesting to see what type of diesel stock appears on the Brigg line from mid-September, as changes were anticipated around the time our service was suspended in March. Many local train-users will be happy to see ANY class employed as long as pick-ups are made in Brigg, Barnetby and Kirton!
During lockdown, the Brigg line again demonstrated its importance as a back-up route when the alternative Cleethorpes-Barnetby-Doncaster-Sheffield line was out of action for many days due to track problems in Scunthorpe.
This resulted in many revenue-earning heavy freight trains being diverted along the Brigg line, including 'green' biomass from Immingham to Drax power station in Yorkshire, and 'empties' returning to the port.
Our picture shows one of the old, familiar Pacer diesel units calling at Brigg station in 2019 on its way to Sheffield. The remaining Pacers based in our region were facing withdrawal earlier this year.


This pile of bricks is all that now remains of a major employer's long-closed factory in Brigg.
Corah once employed 300 people, mainly female, making clothing at its Bridge Street outlet.
The factory closed in the mid-1970s but the offices at the front of the site - set well back from the road - remained until quite recently.
Much of the building was then taken down, with final demolition now being completed.
The former stocking factory and the ex-Falcon Cycles site are earmarked for new housing development.
Our pictures show the site at various times from 2014 to the present, and also a happy scene outside the offices in 1965 when local council representatives paid a visit at Corah's request. Councillor Barnard is wearing his chain of office as chairman of Brigg UDC.




Brigg has a fine record over the years when it comes to volunteer litter-picking sessions to help tidy up the town.
They have been put on hold of late due to the Coronavirus emergency. However, details have now been announced of an event in September, with the hope that 'Litter Heroes' will step forward to assist.


The biggest ever campaign to clean-up North Lincolnshire is back – with the council calling on all litter heroes from across the area to take part.
The Great British September Clean, led by Keep Britain Tidy, gives people the opportunity to help clean up their community and make a difference.
Last year 400 volunteers from 40 groups across North Lincolnshire collected more than 1,000 large bin bags full of rubbish.
North Lincolnshire Council, which spends almost £1m of taxpayers’ cash every year cleaning up after other people, has backed the campaign for a number of years and has recently introduced a new environment protection team in response to residents’ increasing concerns about litter.
There are around 3,000 bins across North Lincolnshire. The council is responsible for around 1,500 as well as 540 dog waste bins while hundreds of others are available in towns and parishes across the area.
The new team will operate patrols across the county and can issue anyone over the age of 17 caught dropping, throwing or depositing litter on the ground with a £150 fine.
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for the environment and strategic planning at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Great British Spring Clean is a fantastic initiative and I am sure that residents across our communities will come out in force to support the effort in September.
“We have some brilliant parks and open spaces in North Lincolnshire, that most people do not want to see tarnished by litter. These are places we should rightly celebrate and be proud of.
“The council has a zero tolerance policy to litter, and are committed to keeping the county clean and tidy.
“I would encourage all residents to join the big clean up. No act is too small. Just by picking up some litter when walking the children to school, for example, can make a big difference.”
The Great British Spring Clean normally takes place in the spring, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus. While the event has been adapted to ensure that people stay safe, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Whether that is by pledging to pick up litter while on a family walk or hosting a small clean up with family and friends, it all contributes to the effort.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We already spend around £1m a year on keeping streets across the area clean and tidy and have recently introduced the new environmental protection team to issue fines to people who drop litter.
“These measures, combined with the community spirit we see across North Lincolnshire, will all contribute to making the area a nicer place to be so more people are kept safe and well.”
Keep Britain Tidy has published guidance to support all volunteers to litter-pick safely. They recommend that litter-picking is carried out alone, in pairs or small groups of up to a maximum of six people, in line with the current government guidance.
To take part in the big clean up, call the council on 01724 297670 or email The council can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect.
In addition to making the council aware, participants can also register their involvement online at the Keep Britain Tidy website to ensure that all clean-ups are recognised and added to the national map.
Share your litter picks using the hashtag #GBSeptemberClean
PICTURED: A previous litter pick in Brigg - volunteers photographed by Ken Harrison.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020


North Lincolnshire Council will now decide whether to grant permission for two new town houses to be built on Glebe Road, having earlier granted outline permission to redevelop the Kids Club site.
However, when Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee was consulted about the latest detailed application there were "concerns over lack of parking for the extra vehicles a residential development will bring to this area" and also "concerns regarding over development in this area."
A statement submitted with the detailed application mentions that the proposed site has outline planning permission granted "with all matters reserved for subsequent approval." The outline application was approved in 2018.


Another Brigg business has closed its shop to work from home.
Following on from Molly's Flowers in the Market Place taking this step, Rachel Brothwell has now closed her Curtain Couture premises on Springs Parade but remains in business, offering made-to-measure curtains and blinds.
Rachel, who lives in the Isle of Axholme, ran her shop in the town centre for 11 years.

Find out more about Curtain Couture here...

Louise Beacock's Molly's Flowers had shop premises in the town centre for 18 years until early July when it switched to a home-based workshop, offering the same service to customers.

PICTURE: The Curtain Couture shop at the weekend, following closure.


There were plenty of talking points in Brigg bars at the weekend - one being how to pay for your pint.
Brigg Blog suggests that people planning to visit any local pubs take cash as well as a bank card with them. We came close to being caught out on Saturday (August 22) which is not something that should happen to a long-serving former club cricketer!
What we assume were technical issues meant that the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, was temporarily unable to accept card payments. As we had anticipated using the modern method, we hadn't much cash to hand, but did manage to stump up enough for a round.
Hopefully, things are now back to normal at the Yarborough, but in future we'll ensure there is plenty of cash in pocket before leaving home to visit any of our bars, just in case. 

When this pub reopened it initially indicated card payments only, but please note it is now "allowing cash payments although card is preferred." Booking a visit in advance is advised (by phone call or Facebook Messenger) but not compulsory, at weekends.
There was a good mid-evening attendance at the Yarborough on Saturday, including a number of regulars we hadn't previously seen on the premises post-lockdown.
New landlord Mark Burns spent his first weekend in charge at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, and hosted a free buffet for customers on Friday afternoon from 3pm through to 6pm. By then it had become Burns Night! Mark has moved to the Brit from the town centre's Exchange, which still remains closed.
Government-imposed signing-in tracing requirements continue to operate at local bars.
Michelle Dunnion, the new bar manager at the Dying Gladiator, has clipboard in hand as she records customers' names, while at the Lord Nelson visitors continue to write their names down on a sheet on arrival and post it in the box provided. Yarborough Hunt customers are allocated numbers on their initial visit and merely quote that to staff when they drop in again.
Please note that Brigg people will be welcome at a summer fair this weekend where social distancing will be observed. The organisers in nearby Wrawby on Sunday, August 30 (from noon to 5pm) have put careful thought into setting things up.
Stalls will be dotted around the village outside people's homes, and scarecrows will also be on display.  Refreshments can be purchased from some of the stalls.
There's also an opportunity to call in at the Jolly Miller, on Brigg Road, for a drink and/or a meal as part of a visit to the summer fair.

Broughton Working Men's Club reopened on Monday after lockdown. Signing in guests has been suspended for the time being.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


North Lincolnshire Council is planning to introduce new signage at the historic Angel in Brigg which is within the conservation area.
The intention is to remove the current 'mismash' of signs overlooking the public car park to the rear of the landmark building. These inform people about services and facilities available inside the building.
The council is now seeking advertisement consent for two display screens and three other signs.
A detailed statement submitted with the application explains: "The proposal is to install a limited amounted of new signage on the rear (south) elevation of the Angel Building. Over the years, many permanent fixed signs and temporary signs have been added to the rear elevation with consent. This has provided a mishmash of signs, of different sizes and materials, and with no consideration to the requirements of conservation.
"The proposal is to reduce the amount for signage and de-clutter the rear elevation. The proposal for the signage is to install the minimum of signs that informs the public of the functions within the building, including The Angel, The Heritage Centre and The Court Yard CafĂ©.     
"Further to the signs, there is a requirement to provide public information about Brigg Town Council and the new Hub. Again to reduce the amount of temporary signs, this is to be done by two display screens which will scroll and loop information."
The aim is to remove many of the existing signs and install a limited number of new ones to reduce the mishmash of signs and to de-clutter the rear elevation, the statement says, with clearer direction and public information notices.
The proposals - yet to be decided by planners - are now subject to a public consultation period which ends on September 17.
Various internal changes have been made at the Angel building in recent months, as part of a refurbishment programme.
A new front entrance has also been installed from the Market Place so visitors will no longer need to pass through the Cafe Courtyard to access a range of services, including the Library and the community hub.
Brigg Town Council has relocated its offices from the Angel Suite to one of the upper floors.
PICTURED: The rear of the Angel, which is not a listed building, viewed recently from the pay-and-display car park as work progressed inside the building.


Having read a number of online comments, Brigg Blog thought we'd go down and take a look at the new mini-roundabout installed outside the entrance to the 'coming soon' Aldi store which will be opening to shoppers in a few weeks (date still to be announced).
We spent some time observing how drivers are dealing with the feature recently added to the A18 along Bridge Street.
Red and white signs have been placed by the A18 to alert drivers to the fact they are approaching a new road layout.
One motorist we saw came from the direction of the petrol station and used it as a turning circle to head back in the other direction, which is permitted.
Carrying out such a manoeuvre on the rather mini mini-roundabout a few hundred yards away in Scawby Book, as many drivers do, can confuse other drivers approaching on the A18 at Castlethorpe, as some people will be well aware from past experience.
The mini-roundabout near Aldi is larger. A major issue will be how long it takes car-driving customers to find a gap in the traffic when they leave the store and use the circle to turn right towards Brigg town centre. This will be where the majority want to go.
It's already easier to cross this part of the A18 on foot by using the traffic islands installed as part of the project.
The store site was a hive of activity yesterday (Monday) with a good deal still to be done before the initial shoppers arrive.
Many people in the town, and living nearby, are keen to know the opening date, and we've already lodged a request with Aldi to be informed.





Brigg Town Cricket Club's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Challenge Trophy nosedived at the weekend when they suffered defeat at Grimsby Town in the North East Group.
Grimsby, on their Augusta Street ground, posted a daunting 245 for eight and then dismissed Brigg for 142 to secure the maximum five points on offer.
In the same section, Broughton rattled up 220 before bowling out visiting East Halton for 71.
Hibaldstow, in the North West Group, enjoyed an emphatic win over Scunthorpe Town 2nds, posting 232 and limiting their opponents to 80.
Cleethorpes, who Brigg visit on Saturday (August 29) for their final group game, top the table, with Grimsby in second spot.
Brigg and Broughton have two wins and two defeats after four games, as do Barton Town, but they are all three points behind Grimsby and five behind Cleethorpes.
Hibaldstow have the same playing record in their group.
So the very late starting 2020 season for all our local sides is set to end this weekend after only a month.
Things were delayed because of a government-imposed restriction relating to the Coronavirus and team sports.
Pre-arranged fixtures in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League (sponsored by Readers) and the three scheduled cup competitions all had to be cancelled. However, the Challenge Trophy, throughout August, has given teams at least five competitive games apiece.

Monday, August 24, 2020



Brigg Town Football Club continued the pre-season build-up with a visit to Gainsborough yesterday (Sunday, August 23).
The Zebras lost 3-2 at Gainsborough Trinity Under-18s in a friendly, having beaten Bottesford Town 3-2 the previous day in the Ian 'Chalkie' White Memorial Trophy.
The Toolstation Northern Counties East League has now announced September's fixtures, with the remainder of the 2020/21 programme to follow in due course.
The start of the campaign has been delayed until Saturday, September 19 because of the Coronavirus emergency. Brigg will not be in league action on the opening day; instead, they will host Winterton Rangers in the Buildbase FA Vase.
The Zebras' opening league match will be under lights at the Hawthorns on Wednesday, September 23 against Nostell Miners Welfare (7.45pm).
Brigg will then visit Harrogate Railway on Saturday, September 26 (3pm).
League fixtures for Brigg Town Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League premier division have yet to be announced.


Gemma Chelton, from Brigg, is busy modelling clothes for one of North Lincolnshire's best-known charities.
She's The Face of Lindsey Lodge Hospice Fashion and is showcasing outfits available for sale online to generate funds towards the operating costs of the facility in Scunthorpe which helps people from a wide area.
Gemma, who has done modelling work in the past, is donating her services to the Hospice.
She works for a business based in Brigg town centre.
A spokeswoman for the Hospice told Brigg Blog: "Lindsey Lodge Hospice launched its official Instagram page, which features pre-loved pieces for every size and budget. The Instagram launched with 'The Vintage Edit' which showcased some of our best vintage style finds. Womenswear, menswear and homeware will be featured and payments can be made via our PayPal. 

"100% of the profits from all of the Instagram sales will go directly to Lindsey Lodge Hospice care, to ensure that we are there to care for local people and their families both now and in the future.
"To follow the Instagram, please visit "
These pictures come courtesy of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.



Considerable interest is being shown in recently submitted applications for Brigg town centre pavement licences to allow tables and chairs to be provided for customers outside YellowBelly Pizza and the Woolpack pub in the Market Place.
Brigg Town Council is not objecting but is suggesting that North Lincolnshire Council considers the location of market day stalls near these premises when it makes decisions on both applications. 



Brigg Blog took the pictures seen above on Saturday (August 22) during the monthly farmers' market to show stalls near near the pizza outlet and the pub.
We wonder whether a compromise might be possible by granting permission but adding a clause to say that the street furniture shall not be arranged on the paved area when markets are under way.
Below are a scenes not long after the farmers' market and the adjoining general market got underway.
An accordion player, on Wrawby Street, provided music for passers-by, but a gusty wind meant that stallholders had to keep an eye on some of their lightweight items displayed for sale.
Sadly, some motorists and cyclists decided to pick their way through the shoppers within the pedestrian area while the market was operating - a problem that has existed ever since this zone was created about a quarter of a century ago.
The presence of someone in uniform 'having a word' on market days, and at other times, would help. Perhaps a patrol or two can be arranged for future Thursdays and Saturdays.


Sunday, August 23, 2020


Brigg Town Football Club secured a trophy in the first game of the 2020/21 season permitted to be watched by spectators from the stands.
The Zebras beat Bottesford Town 3-2 in the Ian 'Chalkie' Whyte Memorial match played at the Hawthorns yesterday (Saturday, August 22).
Captain Martin Pembleton (2) and Steve McCarron got the goals for Brigg, who today are due to visit Gainsborough Trinity Under-18s as part of both clubs' pre-season build-ups.
Spectators will be admitted to this game, following the lifting of the government's ban on football grounds.
In the Buildbase FA Vase, Brigg Town have a local derby against Winterton Rangers coming up on Saturday, September 19 at the Hawthorns (3pm) which should attracted a decent-sized crowd. This is in the first qualifying round.
Brigg have won this national knockout competition twice in their history.
No matches as yet are scheduled in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One in which Brigg's first team will be playing. The nearest teams to Brigg in this section are Winterton, East Hull, North Ferriby and Hall Road Rangers.


Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee has expressed support for a proposal to erect 5 industrial units with associated car parking and landscaping on land to the north of Plot B on Atherton Way, Ancholme Business Park.
Chairing the meeting, Coun Brian Parker, the Deputy Town Mayor (pictured above), said this development would mean employment. He described the drawings submitted with the planning application as first class.
There were no reservations about proposed household extensions planned for 37 St Helens Road, at 1 Ashdown Close and at 2 Atkinson Avenue.
Plans to erect a first floor side extension and to convert the garage into living accommodation at 10 Churchill Avenue prompted some discussion, with the committee deciding to lodge no objections. However, it was noted that comments about this application had been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council by a local resident.
All the schemes discussed by Brigg's Planning Committee now progress to North Lincolnshire Council for decisions to be taken.
This was a special meeting held at the suggestion of the committee chairman because of the high number of planning applications submitted in recent weeks.


Brigg Blog has now received an informative and detailed reply from North Lincolnshire Council about can recycling within the town.
In a recent post we asked whether there is a contamination issue if people leave cans in plastic bags when tipping them into the recycling bins at local sites.

The answer is YES, IT CAN (no pun intended!). So please deposit your items but not the dustbin or plastic bags used to carry them to the site. 



North Lincolnshire Council stresses: "The quality of the material in relation to levels of contamination can have a significant impact on the income received from reprocessors. Plastic bags can get wrapped around key pieces of equipment in the materials recycling facility (MRF), causing delays, shutdowns, and safety concerns for workers.
"Unacceptable quality can also lead to material being rejected by a reprocessor; this may then require further sorting and processing to remove the contamination or in the worst case the load may need to be disposed, both of which will incur additional costs."
The council is also asking people to help keep recycling sites clean and tidy.
Unfortunately, it says, fly-tipping and litter incidents can be a common occurrence.
"Discarded litter and refuse makes an area look neglected, undermines the legitimate recycling service and tends to encourage the recurrence of anti-social behaviour," the authority says. "It takes time and money for North Lincolnshire Council clears this waste."
At the Old Courts Road recycling site there are several litter bins nearby in which plastic sacks can be put after recycling. Or people can take sacks them home, put them in the shed or garage and use them again for another load.