Tuesday, August 31, 2021



The latest monthly crime statistics for Brigg - compiled by Humberside Police - have now been released through www.police.uk and they make interesting reading.
The official figures show that in July 2021 there were 38 crimes across the town, in various categories.
Sixteen were reported in or near the town centre, with 13 others on the Springbank housing estate. No incidents at all were recorded on/near the Newlands estate during July.
By way of comparison, there were 54 Brigg crimes in June 2021, 58 in May, 57 in April and 47 in March.
So July's total indicates a significant reduction in the number of incidents across the town - averaging not much more than one a day.
Some weeks ago Brigg Town Council decided to invite the recently elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Coun Jon Evison (from Barton) to attend one of its forthcoming meetings, the next of which will be held in late September in the Buttercross.
Day-to-day policing, the deployment of officers and crime investigation & prevention is a matter for Chief Constable Lee Freeman and his senior colleagues.


Brigg Town Football Club could go top of ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One, depending on the scorelines in the games being played tonight (Tuesday, August 31).
The second-placed Zebras journey into Nottinghamshire to play Teversal who are second from bottom after taking just one point from their opening six games.
Leaders Nostell Miners Welfare - only above Brigg on goal difference - will be taking on third-in-the-table Rossington Main tonight.
Brigg have banged in seven goals in each of their last two games.



Brigg Town Council held the first of what will now be quarterly public consultation sessions.
On market day (Thursday, August 26) the authority set out its stall, so to speak, in the Market Place, giving local people the opportunity to stop and talk with councillors and staff.
Couns Sharon Riggall and Jane Gibbons were present when we arrived, together with Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker and Coun Ann Eardley. Other councillors called in at other times.
A good number of local folk stopped by and helpful leaflets were given out listing the services provided by North Lincolnshire Council, Brigg Town Council and Andrew Percy, the Brigg & Goole MP.
When some local people have issues or problems, they may be unsure who best to contact for assistance.
Brigg Town Council services include grass cutting of verges, parks & amenities, the cemetery and public rights of way.
The authority provides the town's Christmas Lights, undertakes the Remembrance Sunday co-ordination, oversees the Millennium Green and the Market Place's Bandstand, makes community grants, has community projects, sees to floral displays and assigns the Brigg Handyman to deal with various tasks as they arise.
It is also consulted about all planning and licensing proposals in the town before North Lincolnshire Council makes the final decisions.
This year the Town Council has also provided #LoveBrigg shopping bags for every household - bags which can be used time and again instead of the throw-away plastic types.
The Town Council's latest community grant, £100 - agreed at the latest meeting - was presented by the Town Mayor during Thursday's consultation session to representatives of the Brigg Trefoil Guild, a branch of the Girl Guiding movement, which will go towards meeting room hire.
Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker is pictured below presenting the cheque. He's also seen above with Town Clerk Kerry McGrath beside the council's stand on Thursday's market.  The authority used the stand as a base for the presentation of awards for the best gardens, allotments and floral displays 2021.


Monday, August 30, 2021



Planners have now made their decision on an application for the historic White Hart pub premises in Brigg town centre.
North Lincolnshire Council has granted permission to the applicant to erect 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.
Many people living in Brigg and district, including former customers of the White Hart, have been awaiting the planning authority's ruling with interest since the public consultation period ended.
A report on the application, prepared by council staff, took a detailed look at the proposals for this grade two listed building close to the County Bridge and adjoining the Old River Ancholme.
"The riverfront extension built in the 1970s will remain but will be re-rendered to match the pub and will ensure a cohesive finish across the buildings and enhance the conservation area," the report noted.
"There will be no change to the existing pub layout; this will be retained, extended and improved. The rear courtyard for parking and the beer garden facing the water will both be retained."
The report added: "On the whole, the proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on the architectural and historic merit of the listed building and the conservation area."
Giving a 'decision date' of August 27 (Friday) the council revealed the granting of planning permission. 


A good time was had by all who attended the 100th anniversary celebrations at the Brigg & District Servicemen's Club on Saturday night (August 28).
Officials at the Coney Court venue arranged a special concert featuring the Blight Belles singers (pictured) who performed many nostalgic songs from past decades stretching back as far as the 1940s.
The trio did two 'spots' and some members of the audience took to the dance floor, particularly when hits of the 1950s and 1960s were being sung by the girls.
During the interval a fine and extensive buffet was provided for those who snapped up tickets in advance for a fiver - a bargain price for a good night out with supper included.
The raffle was also well supported with chocs, drinks and other prizes for the lucky winners.
Flags and banners featuring '100' were displayed around the concert room, including the stage. There was also colourful bunting above the entrance off Old Courts Road.
Veterans of the Forces were among those who attended.
This licensed club can trace its roots back to late 1920 but the lockdown emergency put the celebrations on hold last December. So the planned 'do' was re-timed for August bank holiday weekend 2021.




Humberside Fire & Rescue service dealt with a blaze in Brigg over the August bank holiday weekend.
An appliance was sent to East Parade around noon on Saturday (August 28).
The service said fencing and conifers were on fire, and a hose reel was used.
These wooden fence panels and trees are alongside the well-used footpath which runs from East Parade between Brigg Town FC's ground and the Rec as far as South View Avenue.
When established decades ago it had metal 'No Cycling' signs at either end, and most local people used to comply with the instruction from Brigg Urban District Council.
This picture, showing the damage on the left, was taken on Saturday afternoon - a few hours after the blaze.
The fire service has vacancies for on-call retained firefighters. View details here...

Sunday, August 29, 2021


Brigg Town Football Club again hit the goal trail in style yesterday (Saturday, August 28).
The club was founded way back in 1864 but there haven't been many occasions in recent decades when the first team has scored seven goals twice in the same week!
Yesterday the Zebras beat Clipstone 7-3 at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns), having won 7-2 at Armthorpe on Wednesday night.
On the scoresheet yesterday were Scott Phillips (3), Andrew Taylor, Alfie Usher, Alfie Boswell and Martin Pembleton (penalty).
It was 5-1 at half-time, and the attendance of 198 was the highest of the day by a considerable distance in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One.
Yesterday's thumping win has moved Brigg Town up to second place in the table, having taken 16 points from seven fixtures and boosted their goal difference considerably during a memorable week.


Long-serving Brigg cricketer Nigel Beacock played his last game for the Town club yesterday (Saturday, August 28).
After a club record 34 seasons in senior cricket going back to the 1980s, he hung up his bat and retired following Brigg Town's last game of the 2021 campaign.
Unfortunately, he didn't bow out on a high note at the Recreation Ground as Town were well beaten by Nettleham 2nds, who are top of Lincolnshire League Division Three.
With a number of regulars unavailable for various reasons, Town managed to field a team but were dismissed for only 26 as Nettleham's experienced seam bowler Simon Grocott took six wickets for only 11 runs.
Nick Beacock's 10 - late in the innings - was Brigg's only double-figure score and ensured that the club's lowest ever Lincs League total was avoided!
However, as Nettleham lost only one wicket before securing victory, Brigg failed to gain any bonus points.
Meanwhile, in Division One, Hibaldstow (at the foot of the table) hosted highly-placed Broughton in a local derby.
Hibaldstow were bowled out for 86 but then made Broughton work for victory, which they eventually achieved with four wickets in hand. Broughton's Shaun Clark took five for 22, while team-mate Graham Wilson later scored 26.
Lowly Broughton 2nds needed to win their home game with Alkborough but lost by the wide margin of nine wickets.
Broughton were dismissed for 98 (Paul Clark scoring 43) and the visitors took little more than 20 overs to secure their victory.

PICTURED ABOVE: Nigel Beacock (holding the stumps) leaving the Rec Ground cricket field for the final time as a Town player yesterday.

Nigel Beacock going in to bat for the last time as a Brigg Town player.

Nigel Beacock reflecting on past seasons as his last game for Brigg got under way at the Rec.

Brigg Town's innings, with Steve Marshall (right) doing his stint as stand-in umpire at square leg.

Some of the Nettleham players leaving the field after dismissing Brigg for a low score.

Brigg's Paul Neal (left) and Phil Dewfall getting ready to put their bats away for another season. Paul will be turning his attentions to playing football, while Phil will be on hockey duty for Brigg.

Phil Dewfall scoring during the Brigg innings, using not only a traditional scorebook but also a computer tablet to upload the details online!


There was a whiff of nostalgia in the air when the Brigg area was visited by a preserved steam locomotive yesterday (Saturday, August 28) which is a rare sight these days.
B1 class 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower brought a heritage train of railway enthusiasts from Essex and East Anglia to Lincoln on Saturday (August 28).
Having dropped off passengers in the city, the engine accompanied the empty carriages and a heritage diesel to Barnetby via Market Rasen, North Kelsey, Howsham and Wrawby Junction.
The carriages were moved between platforms and the train spent some time in the railway village before returning along the same route to Lincoln in readiness for the return journey.
During the afternoon it twice passed under the A1084 Bigby High Road flyover bridge - just a couple of miles from Brigg.
Barnetby resident Lee Fielden has kindly supplied these pictures showing the 1940s-built 'steamer' at Barnetby station yesterday afternoon.
B1 locomotives worked on lines in North Lincolnshire up to 1966 when British Rail closed its Immingham and Frodingham depots to steam and left diesels (including the Class 47s) to take sole charge.
Being based elsewhere, No. 61307 last worked for BR in September 1967 before its withdrawal and subsequent preservation. It acquired the name Mayflower (remembering the Pilgrim Fathers).
More than 400 B1s were built but only two have survived in working order. The others went to scrapyards to be broken down and their metal components recycled.
The Steam Dreams company organised Saturday's trip to Lincoln. View details here...

ABOVE: The steam loco in platform one at Barnetby station, photographed by Lee Fielden (from the footbridge) with the very aptly-named Whistle & Flute pub in the background! 



Saturday, August 28, 2021



Prizes were presented in Brigg town centre for 2021's best-kept gardens, allotment and floral displays.
There was a change to the long-established late summer format, with trophies and certificates this time being presented to the winners in the Market Place, instead of gathering indoors at the Angel Suite.
Gardeners, flowerbed and hanging basket devotees being used to spending long hours outdoors, the al fresco prize-giving made a welcome change, in our opinion. The weather stayed fine, if somewhat blustery.
Brigg Town Council, as ever, arranged this popular competition.
Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker presented awards to the winners, most of whom were able to attend at noon on Thursday (August 26) and some members of the public gathered near the market day stalls and the Bandstand to watch the ceremony.
The Mayor was joined by Andrew 'Sass' Markham for the presentation of his family's Markham Shield for the best floral business display.
Town Clerk Kerry McGrath made the arrangements and introduced the Town Mayor.
Previous Angel Suite ceremonies have been held on Saturday mornings in late August or early September as part of coffee mornings.
In due course the council will have to decide whether it reverts to an indoor ceremony late next summer or holds the 2022 presentations al fresco.

Derek Capp - Front Garden
Jase Ladley - Allotment
Jenny Mumby - Hanging Baskets (unable to attend the presentation)
Raphael Turkington - Scarecrow
Old Courts Vets - Business in Bloom. View details and images here...

Irene Howson
Jenny Mumby
Karen North

Jase & Jenny at Horsefair Paddock
Karen North
Derek Capp
Irene Howson
Sammy Avison

PICTURED ABOVE: Top right, Jason Ladley with his trophy for having the best allotment; top left, Derek Capp, whose front garden on the Newlands estate was judged the best in the town. Also seen above are pictures showing part of Derek's front garden and one of his highly commended hanging baskets.


Derek Capp receiving his certificate and trophy for having the best front garden in Brigg from Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker.


Jason Ladley's allotment was judged to be the best in Brigg.


Congratulations from Coun Jane Gibbons and the Town Mayor to Raphael Turkington, who won the Town Council's new scarecrow competition.


Old Courts Road Vets won the Markham Trophy for the best floral display by a business, with Andrew Markham (centre) presenting the shield.

Irene Howson - highly commended for floral hanging baskets at her home.

Karen North - highly commended in the front gardens and hanging baskets categories.

Main award winners who attended Thursday's presentation ceremony, seen with the Town Mayor.

Some of the many members of the public who took a look at the al fresco presentation ceremony on market day, with Coun Jane Gibbons and Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker on the left.


News reaches us of a mean theft in Brigg at the expense of a well-known charity.
A householder placed a bag of donated clothes in an official charity bag for Leukaemia Research and placed it by his gate one evening very recently.
But there was nothing to pick up when the collection van drove down the street the next morning because the bag was missing, believed stolen.
It's suggested this forms part of "a spate of charity clothes thefts." So we're complying with a request "to put the word out."
The recent incident took place on a street within one of the town's housing estates.
We understand the facts are to be reported to Humberside Police.



With Brigg Town Cricket Club playing its last game of the season at the Recreation Ground this afternoon (Saturday, August 28) from 1pm, thoughts are now turning to winter sports.
Briggensians Football Club have introduced a Reserves side to play in the Scunthorpe & District League on Saturdays alongside its well-established first team, while the Black Bull pub, on Wrawby Street, will have a presence in the local Sunday competition for the first time in many years.
Brigg Hockey Club, based at the Rec, has just furnished us with its fixture list for the 2021/22 season, which starts in September.
There will be four men's sides and three ladies' teams playing league games. There's also provision on the fixture list for a ladies' 4th X1 but no matches have yet been assigned.
The hockey club can take advantage of the very impressive all-weather floodlit pitch made available a few years ago by North Lincolnshire Council, together with a new changing room block with showers and other facilities.
The so-called 'Blue Astro' can accommodate a string of games each day, using staggered start times.
The first hockey matches are pencilled in for Saturday, September 18.
The men's first team will welcome Sheffield University Bankers to the Rec for a 2pm start, while the 4ths will take on Louth 2nds at 3.30pm.
The ladies' first team are due to host Leeds Adel 2nds at 12.30pm, with the 3rds taking on Louth 2nds from 11am.
It's very pleasing to see four Brigg teams using the pitch on the opening day.
Brigg Rec had three grass pitches in the 1980s but didn't see more than three afternoon games on a Saturday, and often only two - starting at the same time.
The Brigg men's first team fixture list shows there will be plenty of travelling involved for local players going to away fixtures and for visiting sides coming to the Rec.
Sides in Brigg's division include Whitley Bay Tynemouth, Stockton, Durham University, Newcastle University and Chesterfield. The nearest team to Brigg is Lindum (Lincoln).
Brigg 3rds and 4ths will be less widely-travelled, taking on a number of fellow Lincoln sides including Leadenham, Alford, Grimsby, Horncastle and Lindum.

Brigg Hockey Club can trace its (grass) roots right back to 1920 when the first team was established in the town.

Friday, August 27, 2021


Brigg & District Servicemen's Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in style with a special event on Saturday night (August 28) from 8pm which includes nostalgic music courtesy of the Blighty Belles singers (pictured here).
A few tickets, costing £5 including buffet supper, may still be available. Ask at the bar of the Coney Court premises, but don't delay.
The Woolpack, in the Market Place, tells us it will be hosting a disco & karaoke on Saturday, starting from 7.30pm/8pm. All welcome - free admission.
Angelo's pop-up pizza service will feature at the Yarborough Hunt, Bridge Street, tonight (Friday, August 27) from 5pm. There's no need to book in advance to enjoy a freshly prepared pizza with your real ale pint!

Disco Dave will be playing popular hits for the benefit of music lovers and those wishing to get up and dance tonight and on Sunday evening at Bigby Street's Dying Gladiator.

Just a reminder that Wrawby Mill has a free-to-attend family fun day coming up on Monday (August 30). Details here...

Singer Rob Bishop's scheduled appearance at Brigg Servicemen's Club for a charity show last weekend has now been rescheduled to October 30.

The Yarborough Hunt pub, Bridge Street, Brigg, August 2021
PIZZA NIGHT: The Yarborough Hunt pub, Bridge Street, Brigg.




Having made a very promising start to the season, Brigg Town Football Club have a home fixture coming up on Saturday (August 28) which should attract another sizeable crowd.
The third-placed and promotion-chasing Zebras host mid-table Clipstone, from the Mansfield area, in a ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One fixture at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) kicking off at 3pm.
Brigg, who are fresh from a tonic 7-2 win at Armthorpe on Wednesday night, are being well supported.
If the Zebras can manage a victory on Saturday they might well move into the top two.
Fans visiting the ground tomorrow will find Pips Kitchen and the licensed bar open for refreshments. 

Brigg Town Development visit Wyberton on Saturday in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier. In their latest game, played in Brigg on Wednesday night, the Development side lost 2-1 to Tetney Rovers who managed a late winner.


Brigg Town Cricket Club will end the 2021 season with a home game against Nettleham 2nds at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (August 28).
This might prove a testing match for mid-table Town against the leaders of Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three who have won nine times and lost only once.
There's an interesting local derby coming up in Division One, with bottom side Hibaldstow hosting third-in-the-table Broughton.
Meanwhile, Broughton 2nds, who are currently in danger of relegation from Division Two, could do with a healthy points return from a home game against second-placed Alkborough at the Scawby Road venue.
These Lincs League games all begin at 1pm, and Brigg Blog is planning to report on the match at the Rec (weather permitting!). 

Our action picture shows the game between Brigg Town and Nettleham 2nds underway at the Rec Ground in August 2019, which Town went on to win by a narrow two-wicket margin, taking the maximum 20 points on offer.

Thursday, August 26, 2021


Brigg Town Football Club hit the goal trail with a really big away win last night (Wednesday, August 25).
The Zebras triumphed 7-2 at Armthorpe Welfare (near Doncaster) and jumped from sixth place to third in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One after gaining three points and giving their goal difference a real boost.
Alfie Usher netted twice in the first half, with Brigg leading 2-0 at the interval.
The second period saw Steve McCarron net a hat-trick in an 11-minute purple patch, and there were further goals from Andrew Taylor and Dale Hutson.

Brigg have taken 13 points from their opening six games and are level on points with second-placed Nostell Miners Welfare, although Nostell have a game in hand. Selby Town continue lead the division with 14 points.