Saturday, May 08, 2021



Pubs and licensed clubs in Brigg are now counting down the days until they will be permitted to serve customers indoors once again. 

But what's the weather going to be like this weekend, and how cold is it going to get after dusk?
Currently there's outdoor 'table service' only on local licensed premises and this must remain the case over the current weekend and the next.
However, from MONDAY, MAY 17 the Government is due to relax more of its Coronavirus emergency lockdown measures due to a significant fall in the number of reported cases across the country.
This move, known as Step 3, is expected to result in Brigg's Britannia Inn, which only has a small beer garden, joining other local licensed premises with more extensive outdoor areas which reopened last month.
But it appears that some restrictions will still apply from May 17 when the rules will be similar to those introduced last July when licensed premises were allowed to reopen after a lengthy lockdown period.
One interpretation which has been sent to Brigg Blog gives the following 'updated' Primary Guidance For Restaurants, Pubs, Bars And Takeaways.
Premises will "be able to serve customers inside" but visitors will "have to be seated and have table service in premises licensed to sell alcohol."

The signing-in system when people arrive at bar entrances is set to continue from May 17, together with social distancing and hand sanitising measures.
Brigg Blog will be talking to those involved in managing local licenses premises over the next few days in an effort to confirm the exact requirements, and also to North Lincolnshire Council whose roles include public health and licensing.
We intend to prepare another post ahead of May 17 to outline what will be required from customers and licensed premises.
Forecasts suggest that Brigg is to receive more rain today (Saturday, May 8) but after 9pm it's expected to remain dry for the remainder of licensed hours. 

Also very welcome will be evening temperatures of 13C or 14C, compared with the chilly 5C/6C endured by hardy souls in local beer gardens over recent weekends. 

Tomorrow (Sunday) will see some rain in the morning but this is expected to disappear by lunch-time and the afternoon and evening should remain dry with reasonable temperatures (similar to Saturday night) for this time of year.

Covered areas (open at the sides) are available in many local licensed premises if you are thinking of venturing out for a pint or two tonight or tomorrow.


Builders and development workers are busy at historic properties in Brigg and are also paving the way for new homes on a well-known site.
In the former category is the ex-HSBC bank in the Market Place where the ground floor has planning permission to be transformed into a licensed bar to be known as The Vault. 

Land to the rear which will become the car park having been cleared some weeks ago, work is now proceeding inside this grade two listed building.
Meanwhile, a new access ramp/entrance is being created to the side of the town's original schoolroom which opened in 1680. Brigg's only grade one listed building, since 1976 this has formed part of the Sir John Nelthorpe Upper School.
Once completed, the new addition will improve access to the school for those with mobility issues.
A tall piling machine is at work on the former Falcon Cycles factory site, off Bridge Street, where more than 60 new homes are being created for well-known local firm Keigar.
An adjoining development on the edge of this site, but closer to the A18, will provide a block of new apartments in due course.
On a smaller scale, extensions are being added to a number of domestic properties across Brigg, with further additions in the pipeline, having received the required planning permission from North Lincolnshire Council. 

Among these is the distinctive Cemetery Lodge, on Wrawby Road, built in the Victorian Gothic style.

PICTURED: Preparatory work being carried out for new homes on the former cycle factory site, and the ramp beginning to take shape at Sir John Nelthorpe Upper School.


Two councillors have been elected to represent the interests of people living in a number of settlements near Brigg.
Following voting on Thursday (vote-counting being undertaken yesterday) Peter Morris (Conservative) was selected to represent the Kelsey Wold Ward on West Lindsey District Council. This area includes Kettleby, Bigby, Grasby, Owmby and North & South Kelsey.
The same settlements will be represented at county level by Stephen Bunney (Liberal Democrats) who was elected as member for the Market Rasen Wolds Ward on Lincolnshire County Council.
These seats were held by Coun Lewis Strange (Conservative) up to the time of his death a year ago.
Lewis was well-known in Brigg as a Rotarian and a long-serving player and official of Brigg Hockey Club.
The results of both Police & Crime Commissioner elections (for Humberside and in Lincolnshire) will be announced later today (Saturday) following the counting of votes cast across both areas on Thursday.

Friday, May 07, 2021


The latest monthly crime figures for Brigg have been released through by the Humberside force.
The data shows that, during March 2021, 47 crimes were recorded within a one-mile radius of our local police station.
Fourteen of these were in the Newlands/Atherton Way area of the town, with a further eight taking place in the town centre and seven on the Springbank estate.
There were 36 crimes reported across Brigg during February and 34 in January, so March saw an increase. However, the  average remained well below two incidents per day.
Brigg crime map graphic credit: and Humberside Police.


The 200-year old Buttercross in Brigg town centre was used as an election polling station instead of the nearby Angel Suite yesterday (Thursday, May 6). Voting took place on the first floor above the tourism hub (currently closed) of this well-known community building.
Whether the Buttercross will host polling in future elections is a question we will be putting to North Lincolnshire Council, our local electoral authority.
The Methodist Church, adjoining Barnard Avenue, also served as a vote collecting venue yesterday when Brigg adults had their say in an election for the post of Police & Crime Commissioner for the Humberside Police area (voting taking place in communities on both sides of the Humber).
Some electors yesterday were surprised to find that rather than just putting a single cross on the ballot paper for their preferred candidate, there was also an option to indicate their second choice (if they wished to do so).
Votes will be counted tomorrow (Saturday) when the result will be announced.
There was no local election required for North Lincolnshire Council's Brigg & Wolds Ward on Thursday, nor for Brigg Town Council.

Vote counting for the Kelsey Ward election held yesterday by West Lindsey District Council will begin at 9am this morning (Friday). This ward includes settlements near Brigg, including Kettleby, Bigby, Searby, Grasby, Owmby and North & South Kelsey.

Counting is also being carried out this morning for Thursday's Market Rasen Wolds Ward election for a seat on Lincolnshire County Council, which also includes these places near Brigg.

The Police & Crime Commissioner of Lincolnshire election result will be declared on Saturday.

PICTURED: Brigg Buttercross as a polling station yesterday.


Two people who live locally were elected to serve on North Lincolnshire Council in an election held yesterday (Thursday, May 6) for a ward which borders Brigg.
Returned as councillors for the Broughton & Appleby Ward were Carol Elizabeth Ross and Janet Lee. Both standing as Local Conservatives, they received 1,217 and 1,141 votes respectively.
Carol lives in Broughton while Janet resides in Castlethorpe.
Seven candidates stood for election for this ward which extends through Wressle and Castlethorpe as far as the Waters Edge housing estate - just a stone's throw from Brigg on the other side of the New River Ancholme.

PICTURED YESTERDAY: The entrances to the Waters Edge housing estate near Cake Mills Bridge and Ancholme Leisure Centre on the other side of the A18 which was used as a polling station by North Lincolnshire Council.


The boundary between Broughton parish and Brigg with some of the properties on the Waters Edge housing estate on the left, beside the New River Ancholme.


Thursday, May 06, 2021


Footballers and cricketers from Brigg and district will be playing club matches this Saturday (May 8).
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League, Briggensians have a Division Two home game against Crowle Colts Development at Brigg Recreation Ground, while Barnetby United Reserves will be hosting Kingsway (both 3pm kick-offs).
The Barnetby United first team is away to Ashby Bowl in Division One.
As a result of Briggensians playing football at the Rec on Saturday, Brigg Town Cricket Club has re-arranged its scheduled Lincolnshire League Division Three home game with Scunthorpe Town 3rds which will be played later in the season.
However, three other local cricket teams will be in action on Saturday, with 1.30pm starts.
Hibaldstow will host Lincoln side Bracebridge Heath 2nds in Division One, while Broughton make the short trip to Messingham for a local derby.
In Division Two, Broughton 2nds will have home advantage against Market Rasen 2nds.


Provision of a new games room forms part of the latest planning application in Brigg to be granted permission by North Lincolnshire Council.
Having last year given approval for a new domestic property to be built on land off Almond Grove, the authority has now agreed modifications "to add fascia and soffits, alter the eaves levels and garage on plot 3 to become a games room."
Higgins Builders Ltd was the successful applicant.
An assessment report prepared by council planning staff said the proposal was seeking to make a non-material amendment to a detached dwelling (already approved) to alter eaves' levels and garage to become a games room.
This property forms part of a small development on land to the west of Almond Grove near the Donkey Park children's play area on the edge of the long-established Newlands housing estate. Vehicular and pedestrian access is from Almond Grove.
Outline planning permission to erect two dwellings in Barnetby is now being sought from North Lincolnshire Council (decision awaited). The intended location is The Sawmill - access road to Low Wood Lodge.
Also awaiting a ruling is an application to erect a two-storey rear extension and a new front porch (following demolition of existing conservatory) at 8 Labrador Drive, Broughton.


People living in Brigg, Broughton and a number of nearby villages have the opportunity to vote in elections today (Thursday, May 6).
There's a chance for those on North Lincolnshire's electoral role to have their say in the choice of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside Police area which covers both banks of the River Humber.
At the same time there's an election to return TWO people for vacant Broughton & Appleby Ward seats on North Lincolnshire Council. This ward includes Wressle, Castlethorpe and the Waters Edge housing estate which borders the New River Ancholme just outside Brigg.
The nominated candidates for Broughton & Appleby, in alphabetical order, are:
Jo Baker (Green Party Candidate).
Graham Ladlow (Labour Party).
Janet Lee (Local Conservatives).
Carol Elizabeth Ross (Local Conservatives).
Mike Speakman (The For Britain Movement).
Amie Alissa Watson (Green Party Candidate).
Lucy Watson (Labour Party).
Over the county border, today will see voting to elect a representative for the Kelsey Ward on West Lindsey District Council and also the Market Rasen Wolds seat on Lincolnshire County Council.
Local settlements in these wards includes Kettleby, Bigby, Grasby, Searby, Owmby and North and South Kelsey.
Just a few reminders for Brigg voters: polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm today, the Buttercross has replaced the Angel Suite as the town centre voting venue (there is another at the Methodist Church on Wesley Road), and you do NOT need to be in possession of a polling card to cast your vote.
Counting the votes cast in the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election will start at 10am on Saturday (May 8), North Lincolnshire Council indicates.
There is also an election today (Thursday) for the post of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (this will include voting in West Lindsey).


Wednesday, May 05, 2021


Humberside Fire & Rescue Service is currently running an eye-catching recruitment campaign in Brigg.
In an effort to take on more retained (part-time) fire-fighters, the service has emblazoned the front of its Brigg station with a large and distinctive poster.
As this demonstrates, male and female applicants are welcome to apply to join the service. There is no closing date.
'Retained' seems to be an old term that has gone out of fashion; today they are known as on-call fire-fighters.
If you are interested or know someone who is, use this link OR call  01482 565333. Alternatively, email:
Brigg Fire Station, located beside the A18 where Barnard Avenue bisects Grammar School Road, was established in 1973 to replace an earlier one on Wrawby Street (where the Blyton ice cream parlour is located today).
Lindsey County Council, based in Lincoln, was phased out in 1974 when the new Humberside Fire Service was introduced as part of local government reorganisation.

PICTURED: The poster boys and girls getting the message across to people passing Brigg Fire Station, which has its own dedicated appliance within.


Brigg Town Cricket Club's complete playing record from its very first season has come to light... after 47 years.
A former player of more recent times, Lee Fielden, who lives in Barnetby, has obtained a Grimsby Cricket League handbook which shows Brigg Town's debut season in this competition, in 1974, when they finished top of Division Two by a very wide margin, having won 12 of their 16 Saturday fixtures, drawing once, having one exciting tie and only losing two games.
Opening batsman Bob Elwood scored more runs that anyone in Division Two during this campaign, winning a league trophy for his efforts.
South Kelsey was a long-established Grimsby League club by the time Brigg joined, and other pages in Lee's handbook show some village players were also trophy winners in 1974 - Arnold Neve, Ted Bemrose and Gordon Neve.
Batsman Edwin Chappell won a trophy as a young player with Nettleton Mines in 1974 but later spent many seasons making runs for South Kelsey.
Indeed, Kelsey CC eventually moved from Skipworth Ridge in their own village to play at the Nettleton Mines ground in Holton-le-Moor, close to the Hope Tavern and the A46. There had been ore mines nearby, in the Lincolnshire Wolds, supplying Lysaght's works in Scunthorpe, until 1970.
The stone was taken to Scunthorpe by rail via Barnetby, and sidings at Holton-le-Moor - on the Lincoln-Barnetby line - adjoined the Nettleton Mines sportsground.
Brigg Town played many weekend games against Kelsey in the Grimsby League (initially), the Lincolnshire League, the Humberside Alliance (1980s and 1990s) and latterly the North Lindsey League.

PICTURED: Brigg Town Cricket Club's team in May 1974 at the Recreation Ground, plus extracts from the handbook (kindly supplied by Lee Fielden). Bob Elwood is third from left on the back row of the team picture, while Coun Brian Parker (currently Brigg's Deputy Town Mayor) is second from left on the front row.




A weekly newspaper based in Brigg helped to introduce a thrilling new spectator sport to North Lincolnshire half-a-century ago.
Brigg Blog received an interesting nostalgia-related email yesterday (Tuesday) about speedway - meetings in Scunthorpe drawing many spectators from our area over the years and this will be the case again in the months ahead.
One of the first local references to this sport came 50 years ago through an advert placed in the Brigg-based Lincolnshire Times newspaper, promoting the very first local meeting.
We managed to locate this advert, some years ago, while pouring through bound copies of the Lincs Times which were then stored at the museum in Scunthorpe.
Scunthorpe speedway reached its 50th birthday on Monday (May 3) the debut meeting having been held at Quibell Park on May 3, 1971.
The current franchise informs us: "Long Eaton boss Vic White and his business partner Pete Wrathall investigated the possibility of introducing speedway to the town, and found a suitable venue at Quibell Park, a stadium for both athletics and cycling.
"Over two hundred tonnes of shale were laid on top of the running track - with speedway and athletics uniquely sharing the same circuit.
"Over 4,000 fans flocked to the first meeting. Scunthorpe Saints mostly used riders from Division Two club Long Eaton, who were run by the same promotion, which also included Ivor Brown, with Wrathall - a current rider - as a silent partner.
"Saints took a 39-38 victory over Hull in the Humberside Trophy, and commenced a series of challenge matches that would see out the summer."
Saints’ scorers for that historic first meeting: Geoff Bouchard 12 (4), Wrathall 7 (4), Stuart Jay 6 (3), Peter Gay 5+2 (4), Roger Mills 4+1 (4), Phil Whittaker 4+1 (4), Garth Coleman 1 (3)."
Current Scunthorpe speedway promoter Rob Godfrey said: “It’s quite a landmark to reach our 50th anniversary.
“Of course, the club didn’t run for every one of those 50 years. After the closure in 1985 of our second home at Ashby Ville, we didn’t open up at the Eddie Wright Raceway until 2005.
“But it’s now 50 years since the speedway bug hit Scunthorpe and it’s formed such a major part of so many lives.
“Without the likes of those who ran the club in those opening years, including Brian Osborn, who switched from one side of the fence to the other in 1972 and had a ten-year association with the club, it wouldn’t be here for us to enjoy today."Scunthorpe Scorpions will take to the track for the first time in 2021 with a "mouthwatering" home fixture on Friday, May 21st (7.30pm) at the Eddie Wright Raceway against a Plymouth Gladiators side containing both treble World Champion Jason Crump and former Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen.
Brigg Blog's spell on the Scunthorpe Telegraph sports desk included covering some evening speedway meetings in the mid-1980s held at the Ashby Ville track (now forming part of the Retail Park).

Tuesday, May 04, 2021


Brigg has been without passenger trains since mid-January because of issues relating to the Covid emergency, but now there are positive signs of a resumption of the Saturdays-only service linking our town and Kirton Lindsey with Barnetby, Grimsby & Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield, with three trains running in each direction.
Operator Northern, which runs passenger-carrying diesel units between Sheffield and Cleethorpes via Brigg and Barnetby, has a new timetable coming into operation in the middle of this month, meaning that Brigg and Kirton will receive trains again from SATURDAY, MAY 22.
The first train of the day from Sheffield to Cleethorpes will arrive in platform one at Brigg station to pick up passengers at 9.13am. Others heading for the resort will follow at 1.10pm and 4.56pm.
Trains to Sheffield will call at platform two (the far one) at 11.47am, 3.43pm and 7.48pm.
There's an opportunity to change trains at Barnetby to make Saturday visits to Lincoln, Nottingham, Doncaster and other destinations.
View the new Northern timetable for Brigg, Barnetby and Kirton (and other useful information) through this link...
Passengers boarding at Brigg can tender their ticket money to the guard/conductor once they get on the train.
This is useful as it allows people, particularly families, to take a look at the early morning weather before deciding to catch the 9.13am train for a day out in Cleethorpes, including a visit to the beach which is literally a stone's throw from the terminus station.


Both our local councils are hoping that many Brigg people will volunteer to help with a major litter-pick in the town as part of the national Great British Spring Clean initiative on Saturday, May 29. Helpers will be regarded as 'Litter Heroes.'
Brigg Town Council will be taking the lead and is asking locals with a few hours to spare to meet up at 9am at the Bandstand in the Market Place. Litter-picking equipment will be available.
Other sessions will take place in communities near Brigg and across the district between May 28 and June 13, as part of the national Spring Clean campaign.
North Lincolnshire Council says it is again backing the country’s biggest annual litter campaign to encourage people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish blighting our area.
The unitary authority says: "Over the last year, outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever, and the council supports many local litter-picking groups who are working hard to make the local environment cleaner and greener.
"We empty more than 1,800 bins a week, maintain more than four million square metres of open spaces and parks and spend more than £1 million a year cleaning up other people’s rubbish.
"Local people, community groups, charities, clubs, businesses and town and parish councils in North Lincolnshire are being called on to join the growing army of Litter Heroes who have had enough of other people’s rubbish and want to help us take action against it.
"Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean is not only good for the environment, but for mental and physical health, too.
"Last year, 79% of people who took part reported improved mood, and 51% said it encouraged them to move more.
"If you would like to get involved in the big clean up, call us on 01724 297670 or email

"We can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect."

PICTURED: Brigg litter-pickers in the Angel car park following an extensive clean-up session when many bags of rubbish were collected. Image credit: Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters magazine.


Brigg district football teams continue to play late season matches in the Scunthorpe Sunday League, which resumed recently following several months' enforced absence during the Coronavirus emergency lockdown.
Here are the results from May 2, received this morning courtesy of Barnetby official Lee Fielden.
They include a local derby between Hibaldstow and Scawby, a welcome away win for Lee's village side, and a significant victory for Broughton Workingmen's Club in the top flight.
Division One: AFC Berkeley 1 Broughton WMC 5.
Division Two: BFC 8 Redbourn 0, Black Beauty 5 Blyborough Utd 0, Messingham Jrs 6 Zeera FC 4.
Division Three: Ashby 7 Ulceby 1, FC Crown Inn 3 Barnetby Utd 4.
Division Four: Hibaldstow 3 Scawby Rovers 1, Winterton Rovers 6 Westcliff Iron 0, Duffs Dynamos 2 CDF Republic of Heslam 4.

Monday, May 03, 2021



A new chairman has been appointed by Brigg Pub Watch, representing local licensees.
We can announce Andy Noon's elevation to the top post today when Brigg bars are expected to receive an influx of customers on the Early May Bank Holiday.
With many people being off work, there's an opportunity to visit licensed premises for outdoor 'table service' now being permitted by the Government which has relaxed one of its Coronavirus emergency measures.
Andy, who is landlord of Wrawby Street's Black Bull has taken over as chairman now Sarah Ryder has left the Woolpack, in the Market Place, to run a village pub near Boston in the south of the county.
Many pub visits today will be made during late morning and through the afternoon, though most bars will remain open in the evening.
After the sun goes down and the temperature dips, some customers are taking blankets with them at present to guard against the cold.
On Saturday, they were joined by one forward-thinking person who took a small duvet along!
We've just endured one of the coldest Aprils on record; hopefully things will now warm up considerably in May.

PICTURED: Andy Noon in the Black Bull's south-facing beer garden and Sarah Ryder at the Woolpack (pre-Covid emergency).


Should new Brigg bollards be installed to deter people from parking vehicles off-road at the eastern end of Wrawby Street?
This issue - initially raised at a Brigg Town Council meeting in November - was discussed again at the most recent session without a decision being taken, and is now expected to re-appear on the agenda for the late May meeting with a view to resolution.
A relevant factor is the need for vehicles from the emergency services to park if an incident arose nearby.
An adjoining paved area at the front of Wetherspoon's White Horse is already ringed by bollards and contains tables and seating.
Paving was added in the mid-1990s at the eastern end of Wrawby Street by Humberside County Council as part of the pedestrianisation scheme, although the nearby section of Wrawby Street was kept open to traffic approaching on a one-way system from Cross Street and heading up Queen Street.
The paving in question near the A18 bus shelter has suffered some surface damage over the years. It is not designated for off-street parking.
North Lincolnshire Council is the local highway authority and will need to sanction any additional bollards to deter vehicles occupying this paved area. NLC also has wardens who keep a watchful eye on parking.


Brigg people who are planning to exercise their democratic right to vote later this week need to be aware of some important advice and a few changes to normal practice, resulting from the Coronavirus emergency.
Brigg and scores of other settlements will be going to the polls on Thursday (May 6) in an election to decide the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside police area. Voting hours will be 7am to 10pm.
Those Brigg residents who are used to voting in the Angel Suite should note that it has been replaced by the Buttercross for Thursday's election. 

The historic building in the Market Place has a lift as well as stairs leading to the first floor where people will be putting their crosses on ballot papers.
North Lincolnshire Council is our local electoral authority; its tasks include sending out the polling cards and supervising polling stations.
The council will be providing hand sanitisers on Thursday and have measures in place to help with social distancing.
It also says: "People are being asked to bring their own pen or pencil and wear a mask while in the polling stations."
Steve Pintus, Northern Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have worked hard to ensure people can exercise their democratic rights safely on May 6th.
“All polling stations have been assessed as Covid-19 secure, but we do need the support of local people to make voting as safe as possible.
"Numbers entering polling stations will be restricted.
“Crucially, if people have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate they should not attend a polling station in person.
“Please remember that even if you have been vaccinated you still need to follow the guidelines to stop the spread.
“These measures may add to the time it takes to vote and we ask for people to be patient."
Those who cannot make it to the polling station can apply to vote by proxy - the deadline being "before 5pm on Thursday, May 6." To find out how to apply, call the helplines 01724 296245 or 01724 297000.
And finally, you do NOT need to have a polling card with you to be eligible to vote.


Jonathon Evison, home address given in Barton Upon Humber, The Conservative Party Candidate.
Keith Hunter, address in Haltemprice & Howden, Labour and Co-operative Party.
Bob Morgan, address in East Riding of Yorkshire, Liberal Democrats.
Follow this link to read statements from the three candidates...

PICTURE CREDIT: North Lincolnshire Council -

Sunday, May 02, 2021


Brigg is stepping up the battle against litter, with teams of volunteers playing their part and more people expected to join the cause.
Since Brigg Blog mentioned litter picking while reporting on the recent Annual Town Public Meeting when this topic was raised, Mike Creese has been in touch to give us an update and a great deal of additional information. He spoke at the public meeting on behalf of the Brigg Litter Busters group which now has more than 80 members.
North Lincolnshire Council has provided 30 sets of kit with more on order, while some group members have bought their own.
"From the meeting I understand there is a huge demand from individuals who want to help with litter picking," Mike tells us. "This is fantastic but there is still a wait for our orders, especially for children's litter pickers.
"As a growing group of local litter pickers, we keep in touch with each other via a dedicated Facebook group to advise what we have done in the week and to encourage each other; this is the most important bit as it's not the most glamorous job!
"Many of us litter pick in and around our local streets/park/paths in the week and we have worked together during weekends to cover more difficult areas, supporting Brigg in Bloom along Atherton Way which is around 50% commercial rubbish/50% general litter including many bottles of urine thrown from the lorries parked overnight!
"We have been active on Station Road/Holland Park to clear a vast amount of fly-tipping with much more still to be done and along Cadney Road out towards Cadney village.
"In places we are collecting huge amounts of litter dating back two decades. We have been in contact with local businesses too, to ask if they could help by keeping their premises clean to stop commercial waste (mainly light plastic) from blowing out into the town.
"We keep in touch with other litter picking groups, too - the Broughton Bloomin Wombles, Barton Baggers and Scunthorpe Litter pickers and have been active in supporting the litter picking team on the Mortal Ash Hill pilot project. 

"We will also be supporting the Brigg Town Council Big Spring Clean on Saturday, 29 May."
Mike adds: "We welcome anyone who wants to join us, work with us and support us; the key to success is working together! "The aim, of course, is to clean up the town, not just in the town centre but in the shrubs, hedgerows and trees in all areas of the town.
"Last weekend it was so disheartening to see birds' nests made out of plastic and a Mistle Thrush looking for grubs amongst layers of plastic bags.
"I am actively looking to local businesses to see if we could have further support in providing litter picking equipment for the group to use.
"If you could help in raising awareness of what we are trying to achieve that would be greatly appreciated."
Other interested volunteers can contact Brigg Litter Busters through the group's Facebook page.


Brigg Town cricketers had to wait until the third Saturday of the 2021 season to play their first fixture. But with a couple of veterans in form, it produced a fine away win yesterday (Saturday, May 2).
Town journeyed south to Legbourne to take on Louth 3rds in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three and secured a six-wicket victory, claiming the maximum 20 points on offer.
Louth batted first and were dismissed for 131, Danny Minshall having Brigg's best bowling figures of three for 19. Two wickets apiece were taken by Nigel Beacock, Owen Dunderdale and Paul Neal.
Two long-serving batsmen then performed well in the Brigg innings, opener Jack Richards making an unbeaten 42 and skipper Nigel Beacock 38 not out.
Coming together when Town were 50 for four, they shared an impressive match-winning and undefeated fifth wicket stand of 84.
Our other local sides were all in knockout cup action yesterday.
In the senior competition, the George Marshall Trophy, Broughton (Division One) lost narrowly, by two wickets, when hosting top-flight Holton-le-Clay at the Scawby Road ground.
Broughton managed 171 which featured 72 from opener Neil Simpson and a middle-order 41 by Russ Blackburn.
The Premier Division visitors then slumped to 102 for seven before recovering through a later partnership between two of their all-rounders.
Left-armer Shaun Clark finished with Broughton's best bowling analysis - three for 17 in his permitted nine overs.
In the Bob Welton Cup, Hibaldstow suffered a 134-run home defeat against Grimsby Town 2nds. Chasing 206 for victory after tea, Hibaldstow were dismissed for 70 - the only double-figure contribution being 30 from Jerry Thomas.
Broughton 2nds also exited the same competition in the first round. Having made the lengthy trip to Alford, they were bowled out for 92 and then failed to capture a wicket as the home side's opening batsmen knocked off the runs without being parted.


George Marshall Trophy round one: Broughton 171, Holton-le-Clay 174 for eight.
Bob Welton Cup round one: Grimsby Town 2nds 205 for eight, Hibaldstow 70; Broughton 2nds 92, Alford 93 for no wicket.
Division Three: Louth 3rds 131, Brigg Town 134 for four; Louth 2 pts, Brigg 20 pts.

PICTURED: Veterans Jack Richards (top left) and Nigel Beacock who shared a match-winning partnership for Brigg Town yesterday.


The Brigg area local derby clash proved to be a seven-goal thriller in EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League Division Two yesterday (Saturday, May 1)
Barnetby United Reserves edged out Briggensians 4-3 at the railway village's Silver Street venue.
Nathan Plaskitt (2), Dawid Kotwica and Terry Carolan were the scorers for Barnetby, with Charlie Bradley, Sol Hari and Scott Soulby replying for the Brigg team.
In Division One, Barnetby's first teamers lost 2-0 on their visit to Scunthorpe side College Wanderers.
Latest tables (below) for the end-of-season competitions, started after lockdown was lifted on sports matches, come courtesy of league fixtures secretary Paul Birkitt. The league is sponsored by Brigg company EC Surfacing, of Europa Way.



Saturday, May 01, 2021


Plans have been revealed to build a new gym in Brigg for use by the public and members.
Creating four full-time and two part-time jobs, this leisue facility will be located in a steel-framed building to be erected on currently vacant land now used as overflow car parking.
The location is close to the popular Smithy's Fishing Pond on the edge of the Island Carr Industrial Estate, off Bridge Street.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering this application and Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the planning process.
A design and access statement submitted to the local authority about the Baker-Smith Gym explains it is planned to erect a 20m x 12m mono-pitch steel-framed building incorporating two internal mezzanine floors. Gym facilities will be available to the public and members over the two floors.
Car parking will be provided within the site and the gym hopes to operate between the following hours:
Monday-Friday: 6am to 10pm.
Saturday, Sunday & bank holidays: 8am to 10pm.
Agent for the applicant is Scunthorpe-based North Lincs Structures Ltd.


A Brigg petition has been launched in an effort to persuade North Lincolnshire Council to ensure the town's former Youth Centre on Grammar School Road is retained for future community use.
Having announced its intention to provide youth services elsewhere in the town, the council put the building near Colton Street on the property market late last year, suggesting that (subject to planning approval) new housing might be constructed by the buyer(s).
The Youth Centre remains 'for sale' but this week saw a petition created online, available to local people who feel the existing building should continue to serve the community.
Local resident Hannah Dobson, who informed Brigg Blog about the petition, has made the council aware of its launch and will be submitting the findings at the end of May for due consideration.
The introduction to the petition online says of local youth service provision: "Whilst alternatives have been quoted in the way of the Rec and the Angel, these are not a direct replacement for the current offering. There is also potential for wider use of this space as a community hub, too, if it were retained by the community."
Those signing the petition "would like to see this building retained as a community building and to support the needs of the community."
They are asking North Lincolnshire Council to review its sale of this building "and look at all options available in which this can be kept within the community."

The petitioners want to see community use continue if it retained as a council building, if it is leased to the community or if ownership passes to an investor or investors.
People wishing to support the petition can do so by using a link provided by Hannah. Click here...
Brigg Blog regulars may recognise Hannah's name; she's a key member of the group operating Brigg Food Bank.


Planning permission has been granted to local firm CLS Civil Engineering Ltd to erect five industrial units with associated car parking and landscaping on land to the north of Plot B, off Atherton Way, Ancholme Business Park.
The application submitted to North Lincolnshire Council describes these as "start up units" to be located near the M180 and indicates 10 full-time "proposed employees."
The only objection submitted to the local authority during the application's consultation period came from nearby Brigg Primary School, expressing concerns over highway safety and increased traffic.
However, a North Lincolnshire Council assessment report compiled by local authority staff and recommending the granting of permission notes that the existing highway network was constructed to accommodate HGV movements as it serves an existing industrial estate.
This report says that no issues were raised by highways staff on pedestrian or highway safety grounds "and this site has previously been allocated for future industrial use."
Brigg Town Council supported the application.
The units approved are to be located within a building set back approximately 60m from the highway. This allows for an area of hardstanding to be positioned at the front with 21 spaces for staff and visitor parking, the planning report says.
CLS Civil Engineering Ltd is based on Atherton Way. This road was named after Coun Terry Atherton, a former Leader and Mayor of Brigg-based Glanford Borough Council, who took a keen interest in industrial development and local job creation schemes.

Friday, April 30, 2021


Protective sleeves and backing support stakes have been provided since Brigg Blog's previous post about the planting of saplings on the extensive area of public open space off York Road.
About 150 have received this treatment and a few have already grown to reach the top of their circular protective coverings which have removed the threat of damage from hungry creatures, playful dogs being exercised, stray footballs and people's size 10s!
When the saplings were planted some time ago there were no sleeves or supports - something that was raised as a topic of concern during Brigg Town Council's February meeting. However, North Lincolnshire Council indicated that protective measures were pending.
The saplings on York Road field have been spaced well apart in three roughly circular areas.
The North Lincolnshire authority has launched a major environmental project which will involve planting 170,000 saplings across the district. We can expect to see more added at other locations in Brigg.
Meanwhile, it's to be hoped that many of today's saplings on York Road go on to become mature trees in the years to come.
This suburban green area in the centre of a housing estate was designated in the late 1970s/early 1980s as the site for Brigg's new primary school, to replace the one on Glebe Road which had opened in 1929.
That was a decision made by Humberside County Council while it was the local education authority.
However, following the creation of North Lincolnshire Council (founded in 1996) it was subsequently decided to build the new primary off Atherton Way, on the other side of the town and to leave York Road field to continue as an area of public open space.
Today the periodic grass cutting is carried out by a contractor working for Brigg Town Council. 



It was heartening to see many traders serving shoppers at the Thursday market held in Brigg yesterday (Thursday, April 29) and also the number of people who turned out to support their efforts.
These pictures were taken around 10.30am when the market was busy, despite chilly 5C temperatures (well below average for the time of year) which meant stall-holders and customers donning winter clothing in many cases.
In addition to the dozen-or-so stalls set out by North Lincolnshire Council in the Market Place and Wrawby Street there were trailers and vans selling cheese, fish and meat.
We've visited and photographed the Thursday market not too long ago when the number of stalls had dipped, but things have certainly picked up since then - a welcome and optimistic sign.
A second look at the town centre around 1.30pm yesterday saw some traders packing up their stalls and preparing to head off home before April rain showers arrived - the morning having seen some hail for a time as well as sunny spells.
Brigg was awarded its market charter way back in the early 13th century. Thursdays see the main general market operating from 8am, with a smaller version on Saturdays. Once a month the latter supplements the very popular farmers' market which was founded 21 years ago by North Lincolnshire Council.




Football and cricket continues to operate side by side, with more fixtures coming up for Brigg and district teams on Saturday (May 1).
There's a local derby coming up in the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League where Barnetby United Reserves will be hosting Briggensians in a Division Two encounter at the railway village's Silver Street ground (3pm kick-off).
Meanwhile, Barnetby's first teamers will be visiting Scunthorpe side College Wanderers for a Division One encounter.
In the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, Brigg Town's programme will finally begin, weather permitting, on the third Saturday of the season. Town head south to Legbourne to take on Louth 3rds in a Division Three game.
Our other local teams will be in knockout competition action tomorrow.
In the first round of the Bob Welton Cup, Hibaldstow host Grimsby Town 2nds (1.30pm) while Broughton 2nds make the long trip down to Alford.
Broughton's first teamers entertain Holton-le-Clay at the Scawby Road ground in the first round of the George Marshall Trophy (1.30pm).

Thursday, April 29, 2021


The popular annual competition to identify and reward the best gardens in Brigg is to make a welcome return.
It was not held in 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency, but now it is planned to resume this annual competition which was launched many years ago.
Organised by Brigg Town Council, it initially saw councillors touring Brigg streets to view gardens and draw up a shortlist for final judging. However, this was later replaced by a system involving people emailing entries to the council.
Details of the 2021 competition, including how and when to enter, will be revealed in due course. See a future Brigg Blog post and the Town Council's section in the next Brigg Matters magazine.
The return of the competition was sanctioned by councillors during their latest online meeting, held on Tuesday evening (April 27).
Pictured are a few of the colourful Brigg gardens nominated in previous years.


A tree felling and pruning application within the Brigg Conservation Area has now been decided by North Lincolnshire Council planners.
Consent has been given to fell a pear tree and prune a group of holly and a Robinia tree at The Gables, a domestic property on Bigby Road near the A1084.
Having received a Notice of Intention for these works, the council prepared an assessment report which advised against making a Tree Preservation Order (TP0) in this case.
"These trees are situated within the rear garden of the property and cannot be seen within the street scene or wider landscape," the report concluded. "It is therefore considered that they do not have high visual amenity in this area and therefore are not worthy of being made subject to a TPO."
The proposal was publicised and no objections were lodged with North Lincolnshire Council.


Brigg Blog has long campaigned for more to be done locally to celebrate our own county day. 

So we were pleased to hear during Tuesday night's meeting that when Brigg Town Council installs a new flagpole on the side of the Buttercross building, it intends to fly the flag in support of Lincolnshire Day on October 1 (as well as others on the calendar, including royal anniversaries).
Many counties, including Yorkshire, have long held their own days to highlight local heritage and food delicacies.
Lincolnshire Day became a fairly recent addition in 2006 and has since failed to generate the support it merits in the northern part of the historic county.
Some householders who have flag poles in their gardens have been known to fly the county flag (example pictured above).  

So it will be good to see the landmark Buttercross in the Market Place reminding passers-by, this autumn, about Lincolnshire Day.
This will be an opportunity to eat locally-made sausages, pork pies, haslet, plum bread, Poacher and Yellowbelly cheeses and to drink beer made in the county by firms like Lincolnshire Craft Beers (Melton Ross), Batemans (Wainfleet) and Axholme Brewing (Grimsby).
Our Yarborough Hunt pub, on Bridge Street, is the 'brewery tap' for Lincolnshire Craft Beers - serving its range of ales as well as guest beers from other suppliers.
As September's Brigg Farmers' Market will be held only a few days prior to October 1, 2021 (a Friday) there will be a golden opportunity to stock up with suitable products.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Tackling litter in Brigg dominated a public meeting held last night (Tuesday, April 27) with new measures to be taken to deal with discarded cigarette ends like those picture above which are proving a drag when it comes to keeping the town centre pavements tidy.
There were various references to litter prevention and collection during the Annual Town Meeting held online using the Zoom platform, with members of the public logging in for the discussions.
The commitment shown by a host of community-minded volunteers who carry out litter-picking sessions at various locations was highlighted and it was stressed that suitable equipment is being made available to help them.
Members of Brigg Town Council, which arranged this once-a-year public forum, also indicated the authority's commitment to deal with cigarette ends discarded on pavements outside some local pubs.
The council agreed many months ago to provide special bins outside some hostelries.
Although this provision has been delayed by pubs being in enforced lockdown (until recently) the council intends to talk with licensees to get these bins installed.
Coun Rob Waltham said it would required pubs' agreement "and they have not been open." But smokers had to take responsibility for their own actions. The fact that a bin might not be available nearby was no excuse for discarding cigarette ends.
Coun Ann Eardley also stressed that they should not be discarded into drain grates across the town; this was unacceptable.
There was also reference to chewing gum being discarded on local pavements.
Brigg Blog adds that all licensed premises provide ashtrays for their customers, and some also have bins near their frontages.
However, as Coun Waltham rightly pointed out, those who have finished their 'fags' need to ensure the remains do not end up on the pavement.
Pubs have only been permitted to reopen on a limited basis so far - serving drinks outdoors. Full service resumpton is expected to be approved by the Government in mid-May.


A new Brigg Town Mayor is to be installed next month to serve as the community's first citizen.
Coun Brian Parker, currently Deputy Town Mayor, will be nominated by Town Council colleagues at the authority's annual meeting in late May.
But there will be an enforced change to the traditional Mayor-making ceremony when one holder of the post formally accepts the post and receives the chain to wear for official duties.
With some public building meeting venues unavailable for various reasons, the Town Council is now looking to confirm an alternative.
The Methodist Church on Barnard Avenue is one option, while Coun Rob Waltham came up with a very interesting suggestion during last night's Town Council meeting: Could the Mayor-making ceremony be held outdoors, to be followed by a formal meeting of the nine town councillors indoors?
If so, Coun Carl Sherwood wondered about using the Millennium Green on Elwes Street for the formal section of the evening.
Town Clerk Kerry McGrath explained it would be a legal requirement to hold the AGM as a "physical" meeting in May.
All council meetings since the Coronavirus emergency was declared by the Government in March 2020 have been held 'virtually' online using the Zoom platform because of continuing restrictions on public gatherings.
Coun Ann Eardley, a former Town Mayor, wondered whether the concert room at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, off Coney Court, might provide a suitable venue.
But the Town Clerk explained that the law did not permit council meetings to be held on licensed premises. She also discounted the idea of holding the May meeting before 6pm because of time-related regulations.
After Brigg Town Council was formed by local government reorganisation in 1974, successive Town Mayors were inducted at ceremonies held in the ornate wood-panelled council chamber inside what's now the Hewson House office block off Station Road.
When the Town Council moved base in the mid-1990s to the Angel Suite, the converted former hotel ballroom became the venue for such ceremonies.
Coun Sharon Riggall, our current Town Mayor, is pictured above with Coun Parker, who is in line to be installed as her successor during Brigg Town Council's Annual Meeting next month - venue to be confirmed. In addition to being the current Deputy Town Mayor, Coun Parker also chairs the Planning Committee.
Although there may well be further Government changes to the current emergency regulations by the time the council's AGM is held in late May, Brigg Blog expects that a social aspect of the Mayor-making may well be ruled out - the serving of light refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting when people gather to congratulate the new first citizen on his/her election.


When is Brigg going to have a new vicar appointed? This question was raised during the Town Council's April meeting held last night (Tuesday) by Coun Nigel Sherwood among "requests from councillors for future agenda items."
He said the post had been vacant for an awfully long time and suggested lodging an inquiry with the Diocese of Lincoln.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall agreed, suggesting this would be a good question to ask.
Brigg Blog last raised this point is January, saying: "Brigg will soon have gone a year without a vicar, following Father Owain Mitchell's departure to take over a parish in the Peak District and no successor being appointed."
A popular figure in Brigg, Father Owain conducted his last service at St John's Church in late December 2019, but his tenure in the town did not officially end until late January 2020. He was inducted into his new parish - New Mills, Derbyshire - the following month.
Father Owain spent the best part of 15 years serving our town and some nearby villages as the Church of England's representative.  

The Vicar of Brigg also looks after the spiritual needs of Wrawby, Cadney & Howsham, Bonby and Worlaby.
The Lincoln Diocese told Brigg Blog in late January that no appointment had been made at present, nor had the role been advertised.
"The diocese is currently undertaking a review of its finances and the number of clergy that are deployed around the county is one element of this review," the added.
Any vacant roles for the clergy are advertised via Pathways, the Church of England recruitment site, and the diocesan website, we understand.

PICTURED: Father Owain Mitchell conducting his final service at St John's Church, Brigg, in December 2019 - images by Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters magazine.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021


The fact that some 'For Sale' signs in Brigg are soon being replaced by 'Sold Subject To Contract' set us thinking about the popularity of our town as a place to live and also how many new homes are in the pipeline to add to the existing housing stock.
Pictured here are three Brigg 'Sold' signs evident on the same residential street yesterday (Monday, April 26) and another we encountered elsewhere a few minutes earlier while visiting the town centre.
In the case of the three properties within 100 yards of each other, they weren't 'For Sale' very long before firm offers were forthcoming.
Many other Brigg residents are busy extending existing properties as an alternative to moving. These schemes always generate considerable interest when Brigg Blog features their progress through the various stages of the planning process, usually culminating in permission being granted by North Lincolnshire Council.
Brigg's obvious appeal as a place to live means that demand can exceed supply and additional properties are needed.
Builders and developers - large, medium and small - are keen to meet the town's needs.
At the top end of the scale, Keigar has now started building a development which will provide more than 60 new houses off Bridge Street. Another scheme for land elsewhere on the former Falcon Cycles and Corah factory site recently received approval for new apartments to be built.
Former cycle shop premises on Bridge Street will be demolished with three town houses and a retail unit erected on the site.
Still awaiting decisions from council planners are schemes to build more homes near the northern end of Island Carr Road's industrial estate and also properties near Barnard Street on the other side of the A18. Town housing is also planned behind Dean Wray's carpet shop, with access from Engine Street. There is also a 'pending' application for additional housing on land off Westrum Lane.
North Lincolnshire Council has the former Youth Centre on Grammar School Road and the ex-community hub off Horstead Avenue on the property market for sale at present and is suggesting that both sites will be suitable for accommodation, subject to planning permission being obtained.
Approval was given several years ago for a sizeable block of apartments to be built on currently disused land near the railway station but this has failed to proceed... so far.
More medium or long term, perhaps, is the so-called Brigg North Development - a huge scheme for new housing on fields within sight of the Recreation Ground, Wrawby Road, the Springbank estate and the M180, stretching as far as Grammar School Road and Atherton Way.
Last, but my no means least, is the conversion of existing Brigg buildings into residential accommodation.
It's now a couple of years since the grade two listed Nelthorpe Arms pub closed on economic grounds and was soon converted to provide additional town centre housing without altering the outside appearance of the premises.
The old police station and courthouse on Wrawby Street were transformed into Courthouse Mews, while elsewhere in the conservation area a former accountant's office on Bigby Street was re-purposed as flats.
These are just a few examples, and we can expect to see more conversion schemes being drawn up in the future.

PICTURED: Current 'Sold' signs near Brigg domestic properties. The town also has a number of other local agents including DDM, Brown & Co, Bell Watson and Paul Fox.


Local history is the theme of the current window display at the Oxfam Book Shop in Brigg town centre.
As a so-called 'non-essential' shop, this Wrawby Street outlet of the worldwide charity has now been permitted to reopen from Coronavirus emergency lockdown.
While walking past yesterday (Monday, April 26) our attention was caught by a purple-covered book within the display.
It's no real surprise that Post-war Scunthorpe and District looked familiar; we co-wrote it 21 years ago with fellow Scunthorpe Telegraph journalist Chris Horan!
This was the second Telegraph 'Nostalgia' book looking back on the 20th century - both publications being compiled to mark the ending of one century/millennium and the beginning of the next.
We hope someone snaps up this copy of a book which contains a range of local history articles and is illustrated with pictures drawn from the newspaper's extensive archive. Brigg features, as you might expect.
We resisted the temptation to inquire from Oxfam about the book's sale price!


Most of this month has been dry in Brigg - and that's not a reference to the fact that our pubs were under enforced lockdown until quite recently!
The lack of those usually heavy April showers and more prolonged periods of rain will be concerning for farmers, domestic gardeners and probably the town's allotment holders who rent their plots off Grammar School Road and Atherton Way/Redcombe Lane from the Town Council with a view to growing fruit & veg for the table.
However, the dry weather has been welcome for walkers and dog exercisers - making paths that are sometimes muddy at this time of year a real joy to use.
The picture above shows cracked earth on the popular public footpath which leads from Churchill Avenue over the fields to Wrawby. A field containing cereals is to the right.
There's a farmers' irrigation reservoir and historic St Helen's Well near to this public right of way - the latter been used to provide Brigg with its first safe supplies of drinking water in the mid-19th century.
Thankfully today there will still be plenty of water deep down below ground level.
The last time we experienced a 'proper' drought was in 1976, but that was in the summer.

Monday, April 26, 2021


Safer Roads Humber says safety enforcement cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer. A main route near Brigg will be monitored today.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk." They are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations.
MONDAY, APRIL 26: There will be 'daily enforcement' on the A18 between Brigg and Wrawby.

Make sure that you stay below the limit when entering and leaving the town on this well-used route.


Permission was granted in February for empty and adjoining former shop premises in Brigg to be demolished and replaced by three new residential properties (with garages) and a ground floor retail unit.
These pictures, taken on Friday afternoon (April 23), show activity at this site - 11-12 Bridge Street (on the corner of Forrester Street).
The protective fencing carries CLS Demolition Ltd signs saying Danger - Demolition - Keep Out. Contractors' vehicles and workers were also in evidence.
These old buildings, which do not have listed status and were formerly used by Sherwood's cycle business, changed ownership some time ago.
Planning permission for redevelopment was subsequently granted to Phil Drury, who successfully applied via a company/agent based in West Lindsey.



A picture of the properties (centre and right) taken from the A18 on Friday, with contractors' vehicles in view.