Thursday, September 30, 2021



Brigg will be celebrating Lincolnshire Day in new ways tomorrow (Friday, October 1).
There will be a showpiece Food Fest in the town centre from noon to 8pm, with more than 20 traders taking part.
The county flag will be flying from a new flagpole on the side of the Buttercross, permission for the pole attached to this grade two listed building having recently been granted to Brigg Town Council.
A number of Brigg households will also be displaying county flags in the gardens of domestic premises.

The council says there will be stone-baked sourdough pizza from Yellowbelly Pizza Co, tapas and sangria from La Finca and a selection of homemade cakes and scones from Shipley’s Curiositeas.
Lots of FoodFest favourites also make a welcome return to the town, with pie and mash from Pie-o-neers, a hog roast from Hepy’s, gyros from Brads and German sausages from Come Dine with Me.
The FoodFest is part of the council’s Government-supported ‘Welcome back’ campaign, which encourages people to shop local and support businesses.
Regional produce on offer will include handmade fudge from Blue Gnu, cheese from Celebration Cheeses, honey from The Little Honey Bee and fresh fish from MJ Capps and Son.
Those with a sweet tooth will also be well catered for, with crepes and chocolate pots from The Crepe Company, cheesecakes and puddings from For Heaven’s Cakes and milkshakes from Sweet Memories.
As well as the fabulous food, there’ll be lots to keep the whole family entertained, with free rodeo bull rides and the opportunity to take photos with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
People will also have the chance to find out more about the facilities at Brigg Heritage Centre, meet volunteers from the Brigg Food Bank and the Brigg Police Team.
Cllr Carl Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds), cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – rural, said: “Events like the food festivals are so important to North Lincolnshire’s family-run businesses, that have adapted brilliantly to the challenges over the past 18 months. This a great chance for local people to show their support to them and rediscover our fantastic high streets.
“With such a great selection of street food on the menu, visitors to the Brigg FoodFest will be spoilt for choice - all I would say is make sure you arrive with an appetite!”
North Lincolnshire Council is offering fine support to our county's own special day in 2021, Brigg Blog notes.
In past years we have point out that Lincolnshire Day was being celebrated much more extensively in Lincoln and southerly parts of the old county than it was in some northern areas.
October 1 offers people resident in England's second largest county (by area) the opportunity to eat local dishes, stock up on food produced in the county and employ a few Lincolnshire dialect words and phrases to help keep this part of our heritage in use.
Folk can also reflect on the county's culture, including literature and music.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds Ward), as the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, recently met with Philip Jackson (North East Lincolnshire Council) and Martin Hill (Lincolnshire County Council) to discuss plans to join together for a Lincolnshire Day celebration on October 1 at Normanby Hall – "recognising all that is great about the county."
Coun Waltham said: “For many years there has been an invisible line when, in fact, we are all part of the same county – Lincolnshire. This is the first time the three councils will come together for Lincolnshire Day, and I am delighted it is being celebrated in such a way.”
Coun Hill, from Lincoln-based Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m also delighted that this year, for the first time, the leaders of North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and I will be joining together on October 1 to celebrate the whole of our great county on Lincolnshire Day. We have a shared heritage, and we’re working together for a shared future.”
A three-way cookery competition was also launched ahead of Lincolnshire Day.
North East Lincolnshire Council is looking for the best local breakfast dish, North Lincolnshire for the top lunch offering, and Lincolnshire County for a mouthwatering dinner course. Businesses were invited to submit their recipes, with the winners due to be announced by the local authorities tomorrow (October 1).

PICTURED: Couns Waltham, Jackson and Hill with the Lincolnshire Flag (image credit - North Lincolnshire Council); the new Lincolnshire flagpole on Brigg's Buttercross earlier this week; and a banner in the town centre ahead of Friday's Food Fest. (It could be that a bigger Lincolnshire Flag will replace the one seen here in the near future).


The route taken by popular Brigg shoppers' buses now takes in the town's Aldi store, off Bridge Street, as well as Lidl, off Atherton Way. Both are international retailers.
Aldi opened its Brigg outlet, near the A18, on September 24, 2020.
Twelve months later, the No 91 service, which picks up passengers on the Newlands, Springbank and St Helens housing estates as well as Cary Lane (adjoining the town centre) has now been extended to call at Aldi.
It does so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9.46am, 10.32am, 11.32am and 12.46pm.
Hornsbys, which operates the No 91 service, says it is now visiting Aldi "due to customer requests."
These shoppers' buses also call at Lidl, off Atherton Way, on the same days of the week.
View the full No 91 timetable through this link...
Lidl opened its current store to the public on April 4, 2013. This went on to win Brigg Town Council's Civic Award for that year's best building, having "improved the appearance of the town." Lidl had formerly traded in riverside premises.

PICTURED: The Aldi and Lidl stores in Brigg, and a No 91 bus turning into St Helens Road, Brigg (from Yarborough Road).


These pictures - taken at the weekend - show Brigg car park refurbishment progressing.
The car park in question is located between Grammar School Road and Wesley Road.
On-site signage says: Sir John Nelthorpe School Private Parking - No admittance to unauthorised personnel."
However, when community functions are being staged in the nearby drama hall, this car park will be ideally situated for visitors' vehicles.
In addition, the entrance to the Upper School has been given improved access in recent months with replacement paved steps and a new sloping ramp with railings.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021



A new shop front is planned in Brigg town centre, involving a listed building within the Conservation Area.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering a planning application for 64 Wrawby Street and another seeking listed building consent.
A statement submitted in support of the proposed scheme says it can provide a positive contribution to the townscape, and that it is "a sensitive design in keeping with shops surrounding Wrawby Street."
The proposal is to provide a new shop front, together with timber windows.
The scheme would make more efficient use of the shop by providing an increase in usable retail space, the statement adds.
Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the planning process, prior to North Lincolnshire Council deciding the application.
No 64 Wrawby Street - pictured here - is located between the Tech Box (phone repairs/accessories) and Mundey's (butcher's).


The Brigg Civic Service 2021 was held in St John's Church.
Brigg Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker and Mayoress Mrs Jane Parker, were in attendance, together with Keith Simpson (Mayor's Chaplain), members of the Town Council, some of the Freemen of Brigg, civic leaders from other areas and Barnetby Silver Band.
Visitors included the the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Coun Peter Clark, who grew up in Brigg and now lives in Barrow.
During the musical interlude, a public-spirited Mum and two young children went litter-picking outside the church.
Refreshments were served following the service.
Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters Magazine, took all the pictures featured here and has kindly shared them with us.
Seen above are some of the guests outside the Wrawby Street entrance to the church, Coun Parker during the service and members of Barnetby Silver Band.



Tuesday, September 28, 2021



Brigg residents are reminded that the Town Council will be holding its September meeting tonight (Tuesday 28th) on the upper floor of the Buttercross, from 7.15pm. This is open to interested members of the public.
The lengthy agenda includes councillors being asked to approve the purchase of a light show facility for the Remembrance period in the autumn, and also owl/bat boxes for use in Brigg (locations to be announced).
Additional public seating is being proposed, and councillors will consider a grant application from one of the town's well-known community groups.
There will be an update on how Brigg plans to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next June after 70 years as monarch.
At the start of tonight's meeting there will be a presentation by Humberside's Police & Crime Commissioner, to be followed by a question and answer session.



Brigg & District Servicemen's Club in the town centre has revealed a package of events for October 2021 which includes live music shows and a Halloween Party.
The Coney Court venue will have an evening gig featuring singer Noz Reilly this Saturday (October 2) with The Moonshiners group returning by popular demand on Saturday, October 9. Both shows are from 8.30pm; free admission - all welcome.
A Kids' Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 24, from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets cost £3 (available from the venue) and a prize will be given for the best fancy dress costume.
On Saturday, October 30 there will be a charity night featuring singer Rob Bishop, from 8pm. Tickets for this event cost £3.
The club holds bingo sessions every Wednesday and Sunday, from 7.30pm. Free entry - all welcome.

PICTURED: Centre - Noz Riley; right - Rob Bishop.



Humberside Police have now confirmed for Brigg Blog that a long-serving officer who is well-known in the town has retired from the force.
Latterly a heritage and rural crime officer, Jane Proud was twice based in our area as a constable.
Brigg Blog and many other people in the town who knew her will wish Jane a long and happy retirement.
While working in Brigg she was a familiar sight on patrol, keeping an eye on things and also chatting with members of the public.
She attended consultation surgeries (example pictured above), Brigg Horse Fair and Annual Town Public Meetings in the Angel Suite, as well as laying the Humberside Police wreath on Remembrance Sunday at the Monument war memorial.



Monday, September 27, 2021



A scheme to create four new residential property units in Brigg has been approved by North Lincolnshire Council.
Included is a single-storey extension to an existing shop beside the A18.
The council has granted an application seeking planning permission to erect two dwellings, two two-storey apartments with new undercroft access and landscaped parking court, a single-storey extension to a retail shop with store and amended loading bay, and demolition of redundant and abandoned yard buildings at 15 Bridge Street (Dean Wray Carpets).
Rear access will be off Engine Street on the southern edge of the site which will have a turning area and parking spaces provided.
A delegated report by North Lincolnshire Council staff on this application said the proposed buildings "represent a high quality of design" and would "fit in well" with nearby properties.
Dean Wray, Dean Wray Carpets Ltd, made the successful application through an agent.
In granting planning permission, the council has stipulated that work must start within three years.

PICTURED: Front and side views of 15 Bridge Street and another taken from Engine Street  to the rear of the site. The adjoining car sales area is not included in this scheme.