Saturday, June 19, 2021


Decisions are expected to be taken on many topics of interest when Brigg Town Council holds its monthly meeting next week.
These include resolving a plan of action over cars being parked on the York stone paving near Wetherpoon's White Horse pub, additional play equipment for the Davy Memorial Field off Kings Avenue, refurbishment of public seating, and how Brigg is going to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, marking 70 years as reigning monarch.
This meeting will be held in the Buttercross (upper floor with lift available) on Tuesday, June 22, from 7.15pm.
The lengthy agenda suggests there will be plenty to interest Brigg residents.
The session is open to interested members of the public who, together with councillors and staff, will need to comply with Covid emergency rules by wearing masks (unless exempted) until they are seated.
Regarding Public Participation, the Town Clerk says: "Residents are invited to address the Council but are reminded that the Council may be unable to provide answers; but issues raised may be added as a future agenda item."
Brigg Blog will, as ever, be attending and will duly report the discussions and decisions made.
The same applies to the next meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee which starts at 7pm on Tuesday. It will consider recently submitted Brigg planning applications.

PICTURED: The Buttercross; York stone paving on which vehicles are being parked particularly in the evenings; the Davy Memorial Field; public seating on East Park near the Monument roundabout.


In case you missed our earlier post (link here) there's a Brigg Independent Market being held today (Saturday, June 19) in the Market Place, with 17 stalls expected to operate.
Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire Council, as the local markets authority, has produced some new roadside banners (example above) displayed near the A18 to help with marketing and publicity - a welcome move.
Headlining within the banners are the social media hashtags #ShopLocal and #ShopSafe
General market stalls, including fruit & veg, will still be operating today.
The 'Indie' market should help to attract many additional Saturday visitors to Brigg today, with free car parking available as a council concession.
Established in 2000, the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market is always a major draw, but the town would certainly benefit from having something extra to offer shoppers on the other three Saturdays. So this weekend's Indie event is very welcome.
Various town centre businesses are currently involved in a value-for-money Brigg Fiver Fest with some fine offers and special promotions available to customers who support this low cost initiative which will continue until June 26.
The Fest involves many shops and eateries. Look out for window posters giving details.
The campaigning Independent Brigg Line Rail Group kindly shared our initial post yesterday about the Indie Market, bringing it to the attention of people living in Sheffield, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough, Grimsby and Cleethorpes who might like to board a train to Brigg today to visit our community event.


Well-known in Brigg as a charity fundraiser, Andrew 'Sass' Markham informs us that he has been supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness as part of Men's Health Week.
He is seen here, collection bucket in hand, with DHL Scunthorpe shift supervisor Shaun Stanfield (right).
Andrew tells us that Brigg Rotary Club "kindly helped with the materials."
He is also part of a Brigg group which has raised a great deal of money in recent years for Pancreatic Cancer Action and continues to promote local awareness of this disease.
A long-serving goalkeeper with Brigg Hockey Club, 'Sass' once hitch-hiked his way around the world on a limited budget and has visited a huge number of league football grounds in England, Scotland and Wales.
The former town councillor is one of Brigg's most widely-travelled current residents.


Friday, June 18, 2021


An Independent Market will be held in Brigg tomorrow (Saturday, June 19) in addition to the familiar stalls selling fruit & veg, flowers and other items. Nick Webb, from the Rabbit Hole Book Shop, has kindly supplied the following details to preview the event...

We have just helped the North Lincolnshire Council market team arrange the Independent Market and hopefully they will take it forward.
There should be 17 stalls - some fairly regular to Brigg and some new.
They include Sue Hawkmoon (Hawkmoon Crafts), The Magik Shop, Eco Natural Beauty (naturally formulated beauty products), Art on a Slate (painting on reclaimed roof tiles) Tuckers Ice Cream who have developed a new ice cream for The Rabbit Hole and Alice in Wonderland /Independent Bookshop Week called "Unhappy Birthday". Other stalls are cakes, craft, decoupage.  
There will also be three authors on stalls signing copies of their books - Philippa East, Nell Pattison and Neil Foxley Johnson. Local and new publishers Final Chapter will also be there.
The market is in support of Totally Locally and its Fiver Fest which has now started its 3rd year in Brigg... and Brigg is now a Pioneer Group for the Totally Locally Project which involves over 100 towns.
We had visitors at The Rabbit Hole and Yellowbelly Pizza (on Wednesday) who had not been to Brigg for 20 years but came to see Fiver Fest after it has been on Radio Humberside quite a lot recently.
Lots is happening next week, including a visit to schools by David Ouimet from New York and a young artist from Korea is here. Only aged 10, but amazing; authors will be around and workshops and events with Hull Noir.



There's an opportunity to come to Brigg by train for the Independent Market from various destinations in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, using the Saturday-only Northern company service between Sheffield and Cleethorpes. Brigg-bound diesel units will pick up in Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough, Kirton, Grimsby and Barnetby. TIMETABLE BELOW - CLICK TO ENLARGE.




West Lindsey District Council has granted Brigg Garden Centre planning permission for part removal of an existing warehouse structure and the erection of a two-storey office building and car parking on the site off Bigby High Road, Kettleby.
Bigby Parish Council, which was consulted, said it supported the proposal.

Yesterday (Thursday) saw the launch of the new Pavers shoe store within Brigg Garden Centre.
Meanwhile, a planning application for a first floor extension at Church View, Middle Street, North Kelsey, has been refused by the West Lindsey authority.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the following local applications (decisions not yet made):
WRAWBY: Erect a double garage, Twisted Willow, Brigg Road.
BARNETBY: Erect a single-storey ground floor rear extension, 50 St Barnabas Road.
WORLABY: Erect single-storey rear extension, The Old Vicarage, 44 Top Road.


Brigg Town will play their first Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three home game of the season this weekend.
Two months into the 2021 campaign, Town will host Caistor 2nds at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road, on Saturday (June 19) starting at 1.30pm.
This is scheduled to be a 45 overs a side contest, with the spectators including a number of retired Brigg players.
Town shave played a couple of home fixtures in a 30-over Supplementary Cup qualifying group, but have been limited to a couple of Division Three away fixtures so far - winning at Louth 3rds but losing to Alford 2nds.
The Brigg and Caistor clubs are old rivals, having first met in the 1970s... and many times since.
There's an interesting local derby coming up this Saturday in Division One when promotion-chasing Broughton host Hibaldstow - currently in the relegation zone. This encounter at the Scawby Road ground will begin at 1.30pm.
Broughton 2nds, who are in the lower reaches of Division Two at present, journey to play mid-table Grimsby Town 2nds at Augusta Street.
In the Mick Walker North Lindsey League, both our local teams will be playing on Sunday afternoon (June 20) in Knockout Cup home games.
GROUP B: Broughton v Normanby Park.
GROUP D: Hibaldstow v Messingham.
Last Sunday's Division Two game between Hibaldstow and Messingham failed to take place and will now be played later in the season (possibly in July).
League spokesman Glen Sands informs us that Sunday's cancellation meant both sets of players were able to view the England football match against Croatia on TV.

Thursday, June 17, 2021


A national retailer's new Brigg store is launching today (Thursday, June 17).
The Pavers Shoes outlet is located at Brigg Garden Centre, off Bigby High Road.
With headquarters in York, Pavers sells a wide range of men's and ladies' footwear, including boots and trainers.
A spokeswoman for the company told Brigg Blog: "Pavers Shoes sell high quality ladies' and men's shoes with a focus on comfort without sacrificing style. Many styles are full leather and some are offered in wider width fittings.
"The opening will see the store full of our summer range of casual and smart sandals, trainers, pumps and moccasins. Pavers also stocks the popular Fly Flot leather shoes and clogs and a selection of Skechers trainers."
The company was established 50 years ago and now has scores of stores.
Images above courtesy of Pavers.



Brigg bars will be busy again on Friday (June 16) as football fans go along to watch live big screen TV coverage from the Euro 2020 tournament being played in 2021.

Next up for England is the big one in their qualifying group - a match against Scotland (kicking off at 8pm).
Many local sports fans opted to visit their local hostelry of choice on Sunday afternoon to watch England beat Croatia in their tournament opener.

However, some currently living in Brigg were born north of the border or have a parent, or parents, who hailed from Scotland. So not everyone locally tomorrow night will be cheering for England in what is a must win clash for the Scots if they are going to qualify for the so-called Round of Sixteen.
Most Brigg pubs plus our two licensed clubs (Brigg Town FC and the Servicemen's) will be showing the big match on big screens.

PICTURED: Flying the flag in support of 'The Euros' at the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street.


Here are a couple of Thursday (June 17) updates to very recent Brigg Blog posts...

PETER THOMPSON: For those gathering by the roadside in the town tomorrow (Friday, June 18) to pay their last respects to the former Brigg teacher and sportsman on the day of his funeral, we have been advised of a slightly earlier time for the cortege to make its way along the A1084 and the A18 in Brigg. - 10am to 10.05am. Some of Peter's friends will be meeting at East Park, near the Monument, from 9.50am. When this updated information was received late yesterday we amended the times in our initial post. Peter moved to Caistor some years ago; after retiring from teaching he became a full-time photo-journalist covering the local area.

BRIGG MUSEUM FIRST SUGGESTED: Following our post about early calls in 2010 for the town to be given a museum, local resident Ken Harrison has been in touch to say: "The first edition of the About Brigg Newsletter - dated April 2001 and the forerunner of Brigg Matters - in the editorial section called for a community centre and a Brigg Museum to reflect the town's vast history. At the time, the About Brigg Newsletter was edited by volunteers of the Voluntary Action North Lincs (VANL). Past issues of About Brigg and Brigg Matters are now archived in the Brigg Heritage Centre. Under the present C-19 and the possibility of cross-contamination, their access is not available." (Ken is the chairman of the not-for-profit Brigg Matters magazine, produced by a team of volunteers),

ABOVE: East Park where Brigg-based friends of Peter Thompson (pictured) will be assembling tomorrow morning (Friday), and an exhibition at Brigg Heritage Centre. This facility opened in June 2012 in the Angel building following many calls for a local museum to be established.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


The many people in Brigg who knew Peter Thompson, the former sportsman and teacher, will have an opportunity to pay their respects in the town this Friday (June 18).
The cort├Ęge from Caistor, where he lived, is likely to pass through Brigg around 10.00am. PLEASE NOTE THE AMENDED TIME.
Some of those who knew Peter well are to gather from 9.50am beside the A18 at East Park, near The Monument, with the cortege also proceeding along Barnard Avenue and Bridge Street on its way to Scunthorpe's Woodlands Crematorium.
Attendance at the funeral service is limited.
Peter was a long-serving player, official, coach and umpire with Brigg Hockey Club and also appeared for Brigg Town Cricket Club over several seasons as a bowler. Latterly, he was press officer for Elsham Golf Club where he was a member.
Educated at Brigg Grammar School, Peter had close connections with St John's Church and the local Scouting movement.
Having taken early retirement from teaching, he became a local photo-journalist, operating his own rural news agency and covering a wide area which included Caistor, Brigg and Market Rasen. He was very well-known in Brigg.


Showcasing items from our town's rich history, Brigg Heritage Centre has proved a very welcome and popular addition to the town ever since it opened in the Angel building.
Ten years ago a public consultation session led to calls for something to be created along these lines.
Brigg Blog reported on June 13, 2011 that Brigg deserved to have its own museum - this being one of the suggestions to arise from this public meeting.
Fifty community-minded Brigg people gave two hours of their time to help in a long-term project designed to establish a blueprint for future development of the town.
They attended an open forum organised by the team drawing up Brigg's first Community-Led Plan, overseen by Brigg Town Council with funding obtained through the North Lincolnshire unitary authority.
We explained: "The museum idea was relayed to be meeting at Demeter House School, on Bigby Street, by Coun Andrew 'Sass' Markham, who said he thought this would be an excellent move, given Brigg's interesting history."
Noting that Barton alreay had a museum, he said: “There's a lot of history in Brigg. It would be great if we could get it done.”
Tom Glossop, who was continuing to work on this project despite retiring from the Town Council, outlined the aim of the Community-Led Plan - part of a government initiative for small communities.
"It will form the blueprint for our future," he explained.
Tom told the audience that they, and other residents, now had the opportunity to be part of shaping the development of the place in which they lived.
"I am absolutely delighted to see so many of you here tonight," he added. "We want you to come up with your ideas."
Tom said they needed people's opinions about what was felt to be good, bad or missing in Brigg. And also to hear what members of the public wanted developed in the future.
In a lengthy session, organisers of the Community-Led Plan then took note of people's views and chatted to them about their aspirations for Brigg.
Some of these suggestions were then outlined to the audience, promoting a number of questions and comments.
A huge amount of information was recorded on many topics, ranging from a wish to see the recreation ground improved to developing river use and getting an improved train service.
There was support for improving traffic flows along the A18, cutting down abuses of the pedestrian area and improving parking and even reducing the speed limit between Brigg and Wrawby to 30mph.
"The comments received will be added to those already gleaned from presentations made to small groups in Brigg, of which more will soon be undertaken," we reported 10 years ago.
Team leaders from the Community-Led Plan who addressed the public forum were Ken Harrison, Brigg town councillors Lesley Whitehand, Sheila Boughey, Andrew Markham, Jane Kitching and Jackie Brock. Other councillors were offering support, including Ann Eardley and the Rev Alec Depledge.
An extensive selection of Ken's 2011 pictures of Brigg streets, buildings and places of interest were projected onto a large screen throughout the meeting - on a continuous loop.
Ten years later, it's interesting to note that some of the topics raised during this public consultation session have been achieved, including the revamp of the Rec Ground by North Lincolnshire Council.
Others mentioned, including abuses of the pedestrian area by some motorists and achieving an improved passenger train service are still talking points today but remain unresolved.
The Community Led Plan was completed and duly adopted to form part of the local planning framework relating to developments.
The Heritage Centre launched on June 1, 2012. May 2013 saw the famous prehistoric Brigg Raft - also known as the Bronze Age Brigg Boat - put back on show to the public. The second phase of Brigg Heritage Centre opened in November 2013.
In November 2010, Brigg Blog suggested our town deserved "its own little museum to help entertain and inform tourists and day visitors."
We had visited Oban, Scotland (population about 8,000) for a short break holiday (by coach from Cary Lane, Brigg) and enjoyed visiting its "wonderful museum, staffed by volunteers. No entry charge - visitors make a donation if they wish."
We explained: "It offers many interesting photos, newspaper cuttings, old military uniforms, items of memorabilia, etc, showing the history of Oban and district."
Real similarities there, of course, with today's Brigg Heritage Centre!
Tom Glossop was made the first Freeman of Brigg in 2011 to mark his lengthy and valued service to the community.

PICTURED: A busy market day in Brigg more than 100 years ago.


A job that is important to community safety in Brigg is among seven current North Lincolnshire Council vacancies.
The local authority is keen to appoint a school crossing patrol person to work on Wrawby Road to see people safely across the busy A18 near the East Parade turn-off. Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School is nearby.
This part-time, term time only post involving just over six hours a week has an annual salary of £2,553.
The closing date for application is Tuesday, June 22 (late evening).
Use this link to find out more and submit an application...
The council is also seeking a cleaner to work at Brigg Primary School, off Atherton Way. This post carries an annual salary of £3,616 a year for 7½ hours per week.
The closing date for applications is Friday, June 25.
Find out more and make an application using this link...
Brigg Primary School also needs a teaching assistant - the salary scale being £14,092 to £15,253. View further details and apply through this link...
Other council jobs on offer in the Brigg area at present are senior social worker, service delivery manager, service manager and vision support specialist.
This link offers details about all four and the opportunity to apply...

PICTURED: North Lincolnshire Council's Hewson House offices in Brigg.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021


People living in Brigg and district can have their say about the possibility of altering some traditional parish boundaries in our area.
A consultation is being carried out by the national Boundary Commission which undertakes periodic reviews, the findings of which are then passed to the Government for consideration. The number of councillors allocated to all the wards in North Lincolnshire is also being looked at, Brigg & Wolds currently having three.
North Lincolnshire Council has done a very good job in explaining the consultation process and setting out how local people can voice their opinions. View full details here...
Brigg Blog should point out that changing boundaries can prove to be a complicated issue, particularly near our town as we are on the border between North Lincolnshire and West Lindsey which still forms part of the 'old' Lincolnshire county.
Some people might see the extension of the boundary on Bigby High Road as a sensible step so Brigg Garden Centre becomes part of Brigg and North Lincolnshire for the first time.
Similarly, the large Waters Edge housing estate, a stone's throw from Brigg on the other side of the Old River Ancholme, is part of Broughton parish and always has been. The same goes for the large furniture store nearby off the A18 which calls itself DFS Brigg.
Some properties to the north of Brigg (and widely considered by many locals as being part of our town) are actually over the border in Wrawby, with a huge new housing development earmarked for land nearby.
Any alterations made to parish boundaries affect North Lincolnshire Council electoral wards and local Parliamentary constituencies (also under review at present).
Currently, Brigg people have a say in electing the MP for Brigg & Goole, while the Parliamentary seat for Scunthorpe includes Scawby Brook and Waters Edge, Broughton. The Gainsborough constituency borders Brigg on Bigby High Road and at the far end of Westrum Lane.
This is a complex issue, and some people may well feel there is a case to be made for leaving things exactly as they are at the moment - status quo (Latin) and laissez faire (French)!
North Lincolnshire Council says the consultation period will end on July 26, with draft recommendations for our area to be published in October 2021.
We'll keep Brigg Blog followers posted...

PICTURED: One of Brigg's boundaries beyond the Newlands estate with the Lincolnshire Wolds beyond (image by Neil Stapleton); the current border between Brigg and North Lincolnshire & Kettleby hamlet, Bigby parish, West Lindsey and Lincolnshire; Brigg Garden Centre (not in Brigg) on Bigby High Road.



Brigg is within a yellow-rated bad weather warning zone for thunderstorms, to be accompanied by heavy rain.
A bulletin from the Met Office received by Brigg Blog shortly before 10am today (Tuesday, June 15) warns of storms "later Wednesday through to Friday with the potential for travel disruption and flooding."
The Met Office says: "Whilst not all locations will be affected, some intense thunderstorms may occur during this period with torrential rain, hail, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds possible."
The warning period begins at 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and continues through Thursday.
It could end a prolonged period of warm and sunny weather for North Lincolnshire.
Brigg is near the centre of the area that forecasters say will be affected by storms.
Read the full weather warning and view further details from the Met Office here...



High scoring Brigg Town Cricket Club matches which featured in a couple of our recent blog posts have been well received by current players and a number of former players.
In the latter category, big-hitting batsman Robert Todd has been in touch to say he "looked on in interest about the high scoring games." And Robert has takes things further by recalling a big batting stand in which he shared many years ago.
"Gary Smith and I had a 161 opening partnership in the Broughton Evening League which I think at the time was a record," Rob adds.
We are now keen to hear from other Brigg players of the past about big batting stands, or other memories of their time with our local club, formed in 1974.
As we walked through Brigg last night, in fine and sunny weather, we thought about games long past in this local evening league, which Brigg Town first joined around 1976/77. For some time this competition boasted three divisions.
Games were usually 14 eight-ball overs an innings - eight, rather than six, reducing the time taken to change fielding positions between overs.
Matches started at 6.30pm and usually took a couple of hours to complete. In early May and by mid-July bad light during the second innings could become an issue, but we can't recall any being abandoned because of gloomy conditions.
When Brigg Town kept very detailed records (updated at the end of every season) we recall featuring in the club's best Broughton Evening League 10th (last wicket) stand - a mighty seven runs (scored with two shots).
This low total stood for many years; the reason being that it was very rare (in only 14 overs) for Brigg's 11th and last batsman to get to the crease!
Robert Todd featured in an early Brigg Blog post about local cricket which went online in November 2008.
This was about the local club's annual general meeting, held at the Nelthorpe Arms pub on Bridge Street.
Robert Todd chaired proceedings, with Lee Fielden delivering the secretary's report and Dylan Hildreth dealing with the cash side of things.
We noted: "Lee, Jack Richards and Gary Smith gave encouraging reports about the youth teams - sides are run from under-11 up to under-17 - and Joe Hebblewhite reported on the debut season in the West Wold Midweek League."
Brigg Town's first team finished third in East Yorkshire Alliance Division Three, with the second team being runners-up in division four. The Sunday team also held its own in the North Lindsey League."
We added: "Second team skipper Phil Dewfall, who was unable to make the meeting, is to continue in the post next season but will get some experienced help as Dave Willey has returned to the club for which he made his debut in 1974.
"As regular Blog and Scunthorpe Telegraph readers may be aware, Brigg Town's first team has been re-elected to the Lincolnshire League for 2009 and will play in Division Four."
Brigg Blog launched in October 2007 so the 2008 season (mentioned above) was the first in which we reported cricket matches.
Brigg Town are still Lincs League members and have a home game coming up this weekend which will feature in our weekend preview later in the week.

The picture above shows Brigg Town's first team which played East Halton at the Recreation Ground during the 2008 season. Robert Todd and Gary Smith are third and second from right respectively on the back row. 

Below we see Brigg's midweek team at the Rec on a sunny evening that season when they hosted Owmby during the club's debut season in the West Wold League. This was Owmby-by-Spital (off the A15 on the way to Lincoln) not Owmby between Brigg and Caistor.

If you missed our previous posts about major Brigg run-scoring efforts, here are the links...



Monday, June 14, 2021


Brigg Vicarage is now being offered for sale on the property market with plenty of interest expected to be shown.
This sizeable and desirable detached residence on Glanford Road, with extensive gardens, has provided accommodation for a number of town-based vicars over the years.
The guide price for the four-bed property is £375,000. It is described in sale particulars we've seen as "a former Vicarage." (Note the word 'former').
Fine & Country are the agents handling the sale. View full details here...
At its latest meeting, Brigg Town Council agreed to write to the Church of England's Lincoln Diocese to inquire about the appointment of a new vicar for Brigg in succession to Father Owain Mitchell, who left St John's some time ago to run a parish in the Peak District.
This meeting also heard a suggestion that church authorities intended to sell the Vicarage.
The fact that the vicar's home is now up for sale will prompt further questions about whether a replacement is going to be appointed by the authorities.
In addition to his duties in Brigg, the town-based vicar has, in recent years, also looked after the spiritual needs of people living in Wrawby, Cadney & Howsham, Bonby and Worlaby.


Safer Roads Humber says safety enforcement cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer. And a route near Brigg will be monitored this week.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk." They are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16: There will be 'daily enforcement' carried out on the B1206, Scawby Road, Scawby Brook.
Make sure that you stay below the limit when heading out of Brigg or coming towards the town on this well-used route leading to Scawby and Hibaldstow.
Meanwhile, the 'flashing' speed warning signs in our town, funded by the Town Council some months ago, continue to do a good job in terms of getting many drivers to slow down on the A18 (Wrawby Road) and the A1084 (Bigby High Road).
They indicate the speed of approaching vehicles - in red if it's above 30mph.
Brigg Blog is continuing to keep an eye, from time to time, on the number of vehicles being parked on the York stone paving at the eastern end of Wrawby Street near the bus shelter, due to this issue being raised with, and discussed by, the Town Council.
On Saturday night (June 12) four cars were parked there at 7.45pm. It's mainly a weekend problem after 6pm, observations over several weeks suggest. Concerns have been expressed about potential damage being caused to the paving slabs.


Brigg Town Cricket Club's game at Alford on Saturday in which the sides shared a very impressive 516 runs set us thinking about some other Lincolnshire League matches involving the club decades ago which also produced impressive aggregate totals.
Various factors have contributed to many more runs being scored, on average, in today's club game than was the case in decades past. But there were some notable exceptions...
We recall playing in a memorable match (in the late 1990s?) at Sir John Nelthorpe School when Cherry Willingham 2nds posted a massive 290 and Brigg 2nds were 252 for six (with six overs remaining) when the umpires abandoned proceedings on safety grounds due to bad light. Jim Copson batted well for Brigg and we might have gone on to secure a famous victory.
In the late 1980s, Brigg Town's first team matches were being played on the Sugar Factory sportsground at Scawby Brook with a 'par score' being not much more than 100. However, Brigg hit a real purple patch one sunny Saturday, scoring 215 against Normanby Park Works (a Scunthorpe club that continued for many years after the closure of the steelworks with which it had been closely allied for decades).
A Brigg first team away game at East Halton in 1979 was talked about by the village club for years and years. At a time when many Lincs League Division Three games were won with team totals well below 100, Brigg Town rattled up what was then a massive score - 232 for eight.
However, the villagers secured victory with several overs to spare - one of only two games Brigg lost that season while securing the divisional championship.
East Halton's players were so 'chuffed' with their successful run chase that they displayed the pages from the scorebook on a wall in the tea room - a wooden structure which had once been the booking office of the tiny village railway station/halt.
Every time a Brigg team visited East Halton in the seasons that followed, they read a reminder of a victory that had slipped through their club's fingers in 1979!
This beautiful rural ground was located on a farm, but the East Halton club (still going today) eventually departed to play home games in nearby Immingham.
The present Brigg Town Cricket Club was formed in 1974 and the few ex-players from that era who are still living locally  must be very surprised to see today's line-up playing in a match which generated 516 runs - three times the average of the 1970s.
Games back then were generally 40 overs a side (sometimes 35 if rain was forecast) compared with today's 45, but high-standard playing surfaces are one of the main reasons for the increase.
Mentioning that Cherry Willingham match reminds us that this game was under threat a few hours before the start. 'Yours truly' went down late in the morning to check the ground at Nelthorpe School only to discover that (for some reason) the pitch had not been prepared or marked out. This was duly rectified with assistance from one of the junior players; we are pretty sure he was Phil Dewfall, still playing for Brigg today.
However, when the Cherry lads arrived at the ground and inspected the square, they didn't seem impressed with what they saw.
Brigg won the toss, put the visitors into bat and one Cherry strokemaker, Jamie Burnett, duly scored a quickfire century.
With the teams going on to share 542 runs (with six overs going uncompleted) perhaps the visitors had revised their opinion of the Brigg playing square by the time they set off to drive back to the Lincoln area that evening!

PICTURED: Long-serving Brigg player Phil Dewfall (top left) and views of the cricket ground at Brigg Grammar, later Sir John Nelthorpe School.

Sunday, June 13, 2021


Brigg Town cricketers were involved in one of their club's highest scoring Lincolnshire League games of recent decades yesterday (Saturday, June 12). Town lost narrowly at Alford where 516 runs were recorded.
Alford 2nds batted first and reached a daunting 268 for six after 43.3 overs when they opted to declare to give themselves a couple of extra overs to try and bowl out the visitors.
Brigg then mounted a serious challenge, only to be dismissed for 248 to lose by 20 runs.
There were major contributions from opening pair Guy Haxby (run out for 74) and Jack Richards (bowled for 58) with Danny Bradley adding 29 and Paul Neal finishing 21 not out.
Earlier, the evergreen Neil Calvert had top scored for Alford with 95 before Owen Dunderdale trapped him leg before wicket.
Brigg secured seven bonus points from this Division Three fixture.
Yesterday saw Hibaldstow lose their Division One home game to Outcasts who posted 214 for nine and then reduced Hibaldstow to 157 for nine, Nathan Goodall scoring 39. Hibaldstow gained six bonus points but are at the foot of the table.
Broughton, who are second in this section of the competition and chasing promotion, did not have a fixture yesterday.
Broughton 2nds were in action but lost their home game to Hartsholme 2nds. The visitors from Lincoln rattled up 221 for nine and then dismissed Broughton for 154 of which opener Nick Crawford contributed 65. Broughton are second from bottom in Division Two.

Broughton visit Alkborough this afternoon (Sunday) for a Mick Walker North Lindsey League Knockout Cup match.

PICTURED: Above - experienced opener Jack Richards (left) who scored 58 runs for Brigg Town and bowler Owen Dunderdale who dismissed Alford's top scorer for 95 in yesterday's match at Alford in the Lincolnshire League (sponsored by Readers). Below - Nick Crawford who hit 65 for Broughton 2nds.




A scheme to create a new bar in Brigg town centre, which was approved in late March by council planners, includes a rear parking area to be accessed from the nearby Angel car park.
Our 'hole in the wall' picture shows the current scene - much foliage have been cleared behind the former HSBC bank premises in the Market Place where the Vault Bar is to be established on the ground floor of the grade two listed building within the conservation area and the pedestrian zone.
A statement submitted in support of this planning application made reference to "the new vehicular opening formed from the Angel car park."
It also explained: "The existing parking area will have its tarmac refreshed. The new parking will be hard surfaced with a grass or gravel verge around."
A North Lincolnshire Council assessment report later supported the granting of planning permission for the scheme which, in addition to the bar, includes conversion of the upper floors of 27 Market Place to provide two apartments and offices.
The report concluded: "The proposal represents a sustainable adaptive re-use of the listed building. Given the minimal changes,  there is no negative impact upon the historic environment whilst the new use is likely to add to the vibrancy and vitality of Brigg Town Centre."
The planning approval subsequently granted by the council included the following condition stipulating permitted opening hours for the "drinking establishment"...

  • Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm;
  • Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight.

The Vault's Facebook page - already liked by more than 1,000 people - describes the venue-to-be as a cocktail bar.
Work on this welcome project continues.


The ground floor of 27 Market Place, Brigg, will be converted to provide the new Vault Bar within the pedestrian area.  Our picture shows the premises soon after they had been sold.



Money was in short supply for many Brigg children in the 1960s and early 1970s, so full advantage was taken of any free offerings that did arise.
Saturday afternoons during the September to April football season would see many youngsters watching Brigg Town FC free of charge while standing behind the metal fence on the 'No Cycling' footpath linking East Parade with the Springbank housing estate.
Understandably, this annoyed club officials who decided to stop the practice by erecting temporary tarpaulins on their side of the fence, later adding an extensive boarded screen. The time, trouble and expense involved generated little extra revenue, as local kids waited until half-time when the Hawthorns turnstiles were no longer collecting entrance money.
Free colour TV could be watched in some town centre shop windows more than 50 years ago at a time when many households were still using black & white sets.
Petrol stations and garages offered a range of free gifts that appealed to kids, including discount stamps (to be stuck into books and exchanged for goods), promotional gifts relating to Esso's Tony the Tiger, and even silver football tournament coins (Texaco being a front-runner in this field).
Brigg children collected colourful picture cards from inside the wrappers of iced lollies and packets of tea, and they always kept a look out for empty pop bottles that could be taken back to shops to claim the deposit of a few pence.
Youngsters also felt a sense of pride if they could supplement family larder supplies with apples, pears and brambles picked up on their travels through the town or in the neighbouring countryside. But parents would demand: "Where did you get those?" Pilfering from trees and bushes in people's gardens was unacceptable.
The autumn potato-picking season also provided opportunities for free food if stray 'spuds' found their way onto paths and roadsides near the fields, perhaps while being transported in bulk by tractor-hauled open-topped trailers.
People who visit Brigg market stalls today are sometimes offered 'taster' samples, but we can't recall any free food being offered by Brigg stallholders half-a-century ago. If samples had been made available, kids would have jostled each other to get to the front of the queue!

PICTURED: Brigg Town FC playing a Hull City XI in a pre-season fixture during the early 1970s. In the distance are spectators inside the ground (who had paid for admission) and youngsters watching for free, through the fence, from the 'No Cycling' footpath between the Hawthorns and the Recreation Ground.

Saturday, June 12, 2021



Most pubs and licensed clubs in Brigg will be screening live coverage of the initial England game in the Euro 2020 tournament tomorrow (Sunday, June 13) and are offering local football fans the opportunity to watch the match against Croatia, which kicks off at 2pm, while enjoying a drink or two or a bite to eat at some venues.
Many local licensed premises have furnished Brigg Blog with information about what they are offering.

The Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, has three 70-inch TVs and two more that are 65-inch. It will be serving up free hot dogs at half-time during every England match. 

Brigg Town Football Club is telling local England fans: "We have limited tables outside and booths with your own TV available! We also have tables in the bar and function room. Please text 07904383569 to guarantee your table."
Beer offers at The Hawthorns clubhouse include jugs of Carling for £10, while the club is offering "a free SHOT for every goal scored by England!"
Food from Pips Kitchen (located on the premises) will be available from the grill for all England's games - the others in the qualifying group being: Friday, June 16 v Scotland (8pm) and Tuesday, June 22 v Czech Republic (8pm).
Jim Huxford at the club also says: "We are open for breakfast 9am until 11am; food from the grill from 12 mid-day; bar opens 11am."
The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, is already flying the flag for England on its frontage and in the large rear beer garden.
Mine host Andrew Noon says: "We are offering our fantastic venue and superb atmosphere and service... the biggest collection of TV screens in the town with nearly all in full HD service."
He stresses the Bull gives support to ALL sporting events... "and the Euros is one not to miss."

The Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, is offering any drink for £2 "in play until the first goal - one drink per person at any one time."

Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, on Coney Court, will be providing free light refreshments for Sunday's England opener.
TV coverage is only available to those who visit the Woolpack, in the Market Place.
Not everyone in Brigg, of course, is interested in football and some people will just be hoping to enjoy a meal or a pint without watching and listening to England's progress.

The national Wetherspoon chain which owns and operates the White Horse pub and restaurant on Wrawby Street and also the Blue Bell in Scunthorpe, informs Brigg Blog that its outlets "won't be showing the Euros."

Does anyone agree with us that the tournament (postponed a full year because of the Coronavirus emergency) should be known as Euro 2021, instead of Euro 2020? Surely it is the year when an event takes place that should apply!


A printed document from the late 1960s which has just come to light againafter all these years gives a flavour of life at Brigg Grammar School more than half-a-century ago, and will bring back many memories for those who were pupils at this seat of learning towards the end of its lengthy tenure.
The foolscap-sized circular was posted in the summer to the parents of all boys who had passed the 11+ exam and were due to start lessons at BGS in September. It set out in nine sections what was required of all new starters, and high standards were set.
The circular began by explaining that the school had been founded in 1669 by Sir John Nelthorpe (Baronet) with Lt Col Roger Nelthorpe CBE, DSO, MC, DL & JP, of Scawby Hall, being the chairman of governors half-a-century ago. DL stood for Deputy Lieutenant (of the county); DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and MC (Military Cross) related to his Army service; JP (Justice of the Peace) referred to his work as a magistrate sitting on the Brigg court bench. We think he also held the TD award (Territorial Decoration) but this is not listed on the circular. Perhaps the honour came his way after the late 1960s?
Next to be mentioned on the printed circular was Headmaster H B Williams MA Oxon (Masters degree from Oxford University).
Section One stated: "We expect all boys to wear short trousers in their first year, and for most boys we think they are preferable in the second year."
Section Two explained that the school operated six days a week, not five, with Saturday morning lessons included (finally phased out in July 1968). "First year boys have one hour's homework a night, thereafter normally one and a half hour's homework. We hope that parents will see that this is conscientiously done."
Section Three outlined arrangements for school dinners, stressing: "We do not allow boys to have a mid-day meal in shops or restaurants, and with the exception of senior boys, no boy is allowed to leave the school grounds during the dinner hour without permission."
Section Five stressed: "A high standard of discipline is expected from boys both school and whenever in school uniform, particularly travelling to and from school." Prefects were largely responsible for maintaining disciplinary standards "and in particular for seeing that the repute of the school is not damaged." However, the circular stressed: "Corporal punishment is inflicted by the Headmaster only." Smoking was highlighted as a major disciplinary problem - pupils who did so being "likely to cause disciplinary trouble in other directions" through infringement of school rules. 

"We do not allow smoking at school or when in school uniform and parents are asked to co-operate in discouraging this," the school stressed.
Section Six explained that BGS excepted payments to be made for any breakage or damage to school property resulting from "careless behaviour" by pupils.
Section Seven outlined the sports available to pupils - participation being mandatory "unless they are exempted on medical grounds." Sports listed were football, cross-country running, athletics, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball and rugby, with swimming in the school's own "bath" during the latter half of the summer term (heating was not installed until 1969!).
The school added: "We have introduced, for those taking part in school teams, a match fee of 6d (2½p in today's decimal currency) and one shilling for seniors (5p) to cover expenses of travel."
Section Eight sounded the right note with musical parents by outlining the availability of piano, string and wind instrument lessons "for all levels of performers." Those who did well could aspire to join the School Orchestra.
Finally, in Section Nine, it was stressed: "The Headmaster welcomes visits from parents." He was willing to see them at "any convenient time."
A further circular sent to the parents of pupils about to join BGS in the late 1960s listed compulsory items of school uniform (including cap), sports kit and art class materials that parents had to buy for their offspring from local shops. All items of clothing, even ties, had to have tags attached with the owner's name printed on them.
Two pairs of shoes had to be provided - brown to be worn inside classrooms and corridors and black at all other times. This sensible measure was intended to keep dirt and playing field mud off the floors, and it worked well.
Brigg Blog's own memories - we joined the school in 1967 - are that the recommendation for second year boys to wear short trousers was removed not long after our surviving copy of this school circular had been printed.
BGS was wound up in 1976; H B (Brian) Williams then became the first Headteacher of the newly-formed Sir John Nelthorpe (comprehensive) for a couple of years until his retirement.

PICTURED: Brigg Grammar School scenes from the late 1960s when our surviving circular was printed. The montage shows French master Vernon Atkin talking with maths master Harold Stinson; Headmaster H B Williams tending his garden - he lived next to the Boarding House; cricketers going out to bat from the wooden pavilion (since demolished); and first year pupils, in short trousers, on their way to attend Speech Day at the Corn Exchange, with some master's long-serving car (built in the 1950s?) parked by the drive.



Brigg could certainly do with some of the new super-sized litter bins now being introduced by North Lincolnshire Council at various locations across the large area it administers.
The local authority says it is installing 75 new extra-capacity bins in lay-bys as part of "our war on litter."
The bright red bins have a combined capacity of around 29,880 litres a week and can hold just under two tonnes of rubbish in total.
"The roll-out follows a ‘bin-ventory’ of the region and will target areas where littering is a particular problem," the authority says. "Priority routes where bins will be sited include the A180, A15, A161 and A18."
Brigg Blog wonders if a case could be made by a couple of these mega-bins to be sited in the town.
One on the grassy area between the Old River Ancholme towpath and the B&M store car park would be welcome, as this is used by many lorry drivers who park up overnight. Similarly, a super-sized bin on Atherton Way might be considered.
The council says the majority of these bins have been funded with a grant from the charity WRAP "which works with organisations to reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and develop sustainable products."
These bins will be emptied at least once a week. 


Judging by the large amounts of litter collected by community-minded volunteers in Brigg at various locations, we feel some of these new super-sized bins would be very welcome in Brigg.
As is always the case, local government can't MAKE people dispose of their litter responsibly... however many bins are provided, large or small, and even if £150 fixed penalties are imposed on culprits that are identified as part of the current clampdown.
Brigg Town Council has provided a range of bins in recent years, supplementing those installed by the unitary authority.

PICTURED: Some of the new super-sized bins. Image credit - North Lincolnshire Council

Friday, June 11, 2021


Brigg is not alone when it comes to generating planning applications for domestic property extensions and improvement schemes requiring council approval.
Below are some recent applications submitted in Broughton, Wrawby, Scawby, Hibaldstow, Howsham, North Kelsey Moor and Searby - all currently under consideration with local authority decisions yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, another in Brigg is also awaiting a council ruling - an application to allow changes to the roof at 10 Churchill Avenue (previously granted planning permission following another submission in 2019).
North Lincolnshire Council is also considering the following:
  • Erect a single-storey rear extension to the dwelling and a new detached double garage (following demolition of existing rear conservatory and detached garage), 71 Ermine Street, Broughton.
  • Erect a two-storey side and rear extension to the dwelling with associated works, including raising the roof height and internal alterations to provide additional accommodation, The Parish Church Room, Vicarage Road, Wrawby.
  • Erect a two-storey side extension and a single-storey rear extension to the dwelling, Athandar, Tunnel Road, Wrawby.
  • Erect a single-storey extension to the front of the dwelling and make alterations to the existing garage to form habitable space, 14 Beechwood Drive, Scawby.
  • Erect a masonry outbuilding with a pitched roof in the garden of the property for use as an elderly personal annexe, Hamsden Garth, Cadney Road, Howsham.
  • Convert the linked garage into a shower room with a drying area, 25 Greenfield Drive, Hibaldstow.
Neighbouring West Lindsey District Council is currently considering these applications:
  • Removal of existing stables, garage conversion with rear extension to form games room, garages and room in roof annexe, two-storey front extension to form new entrance, and eaves raised to form new loft accommodation, Sherwood House, Owmby Lane, North Kelsey Moor.
  • Erection of a single-storey side extension, 5 Howsham Lane, Searby.




Brigg is getting double 'green' value at one of its largest areas of public open space.
Following the planting of well over 100 saplings on the field off York Road several months ago as part of a worthy initiative to help the environment, the grass immediately surrounding these mature trees of the future is now off limits to the council contractor cutting the grass nearby.
This is resulting in Mother Nature taking charge of the area between the saplings, with wild flowers beginning to appear - creating opportunities for many insects to visit, including pollinating bees.


As time passes we can expect further 'wilding' of the land within the three large circular areas of saplings located on different parts of York Road field.
There's still plenty of space available to walkers, dog-exercisers and children wishing to play ball games.
Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s when many new properties were being built in this part of Brigg, the council designated the field off York Road as the site for a new school.
However, this project failed to proceed and the land has continued to be an area of public open space for more than 40 years. The new primary school was eventually built off Atherton Way.




Normal service will soon be resumed in Brigg, we are assured.
Two impressive high-tech digital screens displaying a range of public information of interest to local people and visitors were installed last autumn - wall-mounted near the rear entrance to the Angel building in the town centre and overlooking its well-used car park.
However, they were recently removed - prompting us to inquire about the reason from North Lincolnshire Council which operates the Angel 'community hub' offering a range of services.
A spokesman for the authority told us yesterday (Thursday, June 10) that the larger display developed "a couple of minor issues." So the supplier had removed both displays to be tested and adjusted. The spokesman added that they "are due to be returned imminently." He suggested within the new few days. The issues related to condensation and 'a little flickering', the spokesman indicated.
One of the screens has been used by Brigg Town Council to display information of interest to local people and visitors.
As a local group told us it had recently asked for public transport details to be displayed on one of these screens, we went down to check it was there - only to find the screens had been taken away.
When operating normally, they are a big improvement on traditional printed literature and offer a 'rolling scroll' of displays to show people what's on offer locally and what's coming up in the near future.

PICTURED: Above - the scene earlier this week after removal of the screens to be "tested/adjusted" and (below) while in full working order and displaying information to the public.



Thursday, June 10, 2021


Fans of motorised two-wheel transport recently came to Brigg by bike to meet up where they had initially gathered as a group 25 years earlier.
They called in at the Woolpack, in the Market Place, whose landlady Alia Smith has kindly forwarded these pictures showing the get-together.
Alia, who formerly worked on the bar staff at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns and later became landlady of the Britannia Inn, recently took charge of the Woolpack with her supporting team.
Early last night (Wednesday, June 9) there were many vintage scooters propped up near Wetherspoon's White Horse at the eastern end of the town centre. This has long been a popular venue for the owners of Vespas, Lambrettas and other makes.
The Woolpack has booked singer Lauren to perform on Saturday, June 26. from 8.30pm. Free admission - all welcome.
She offers popular songs from the 1950s through to the present day, including hits made famous by Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield and Pink - the latter famously declaring: Let's Get This Party Started!"
Lauren will be making a welcome return to the Woollie, where we saw her perform 'Through The Years' shows in 2018 and 2019.




The public consultation period set for a scheme designed to revamp Brigg pub premises closes today (Thursday, June 10).
Planning permission and listed building consent are being sought for the 18th century grade two listed White Hart at 57 Bridge Street, near the County Bridge.
The proposed scheme involves erecting a two-storey extension, partial change of use to add self-catering accommodation in addition to the public house, and demolition of part of building.
North Lincolnshire Council will decide this application for hostelry premises which have been closed for many months.
The local authority gave the application a 'valid date' of May 12 and then began a four-week consultation period.
Consultees which have replied to council planners since then include the Environment Agency, the Ancholme Internal Drainage Board, local authority Highways, and the Humberside Fire & Rescue Service.
The then derelict White Hart was refurbished and remodelled by Brigg businessman and builder Ray Neall in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including the creation of a popular beer garden overlooking the Old River Ancholme.
The pub was later owned by several national brewing companies and was again put up for sale relatively recently.
North Lincolnshire Council will consider the planning application and the request for listed building consent at a future date, following the conclusion of the consultation period.
A design & access heritage statement submitted in support of this application, concluded: "The change of use and replacement extension will ensure the viability of the business moving forward and restore the building to once again be the ‘picture postcard’ gateway into the Market Place and a key historic asset for Brigg."
It is intended to retain the current 10 parking spaces within the site.



Brigg Town Council's recent annual meeting saw a review of many groups on which this local authority has representation.
As was rightly pointed out during the AGM, it was time to take a look as some of the organisations town councillors can attend, as a few of the groups (not all by any means) have ceased to function.
Councillors worked their way through the list below "to appoint and confirm representatives to serve on the following outside bodies..."
  • Brigg Licensees' Association
  • North Lincolnshire Licensing Forum
  • Brigg Senior Citizens
  • C.P.R.E. (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
  • E.R.N.L.L.C.A. (East Riding & North Lincolnshire Local Councils Association, which offers advice and guidance)
  • Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT)
  • Parish & Town Council Liaison
  • Ancholme Users (relating to the river)
  • Brigg Wheelers (based at the skate park)
  • Sir John Nelthorpe Foundation Governors
  • Sir John Nelthorpe Trustees
  • Brigg Town Business Partnership
  • Humberside Airport Consultative Committee
It was usual for a number of councillors to give verbal or written reports during monthly meetings relating to some (by no means all) sessions of various 'outside bodies' they had attended.
These updates have revealed newsworthy information - examples being the Neighbourhood Action Team involving the police and various Brigg & Wolds councils. NAT meetings are NOT (by right) open to the press and public.
Mike Campion, up to a few years ago, used to give interesting reports about Humberside Airport Consultative Committee sessions he attended as a councillor.
Information revealed during Ancholme Users' Group meetings, with Brigg Town Council representatives present, sometimes highlighted topics of interest and also flagged up forthcoming events.
The Brigg Licensees' Association was chaired for many years by Coun Tony Sykes, then landlord of the town's Black Bull on Wrawby Street. These days we have Brigg Pub Watch representing local licensees.
Following the declaration of the Coronavirus emergency in March 2020, traditional-style meetings of 'outside bodies' were put on hold as were those of the Town Council, but things are now returning to normal.