Saturday, September 18, 2021



There will be TWO markets operating in Brigg town centre today (Saturday, September 28) from early morning into the afternoon.
In addition to the traditional Saturday market offering fruit & veg, flowers and fish there will be a range of stalls forming the latest Totally Locally Indie Market (staffed by independent traders).
The organisers say: "Our aim is to promote and support local independent businesses in and around Brigg, whether they’re internet, local market or brick and mortar based.
"We want to encourage the local residents to shop local, which in return puts more money into the local economy rather than the pockets of the large retailers like Amazon."
The Indie stalls are well worth a look, as is the general Saturday market, and there's free car parking in Brigg on Saturdays as a concession from North Lincolnshire Council.


While chatting to former Brigg Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley a few weeks ago in the Market Place, she informed us she was about to retire from work after 35 years as a school playground supervisor - 30 at the Vale and the final five at Brigg Primary.
Ann has now announced her retirement through a social media post and says she is going to miss all the smiling and polite children.
"It has been so rewarding over the years," she stresses. "I will treasure the memories.of everyone I've looked after. It's a long time since December 14th, 1986. The pay then was £12.50 a week, and we had a meal every day. Thank you for the memories everyone."
Community-minded Ann is also well-known for her work with the young DONKEY Action Group volunteers over many years, as well Brigg In Bloom, the Poppy Appeal, St John Ambulance and as a very long-serving member of Brigg Town Council. She was elected Town Mayor for 2016/17.
She was born into the Stothard family which has connections with this area going back to the 1600s.


The new Black Bull pub football team from Brigg will play its first Paul Fox Scunthorpe & District Sunday League game of the 2021/22 season tomorrow (September 19). 

The Bull will be hosting Crosby in Division Three at Brigg Recreation Ground, kick-off being at 10.30am.
In the same division tomorrow, Barnetby entertain Blyborough, while Hibaldstow play Duffs Dynamoes in Luddington (both 10.30 starts).

There will also be a Division Four game for spectators to watch in Hibaldstow, where FC Recoveries meet Brumby (10.30).
Last Sunday, Black Bull lost 3-2 on their visit to Blyborough, while Barnetby lost 7-3 at home to Hibaldstow.
Broughton Workingmen's Club, playing in Division One, won a home fixture 3-1 against BFC.
Many years ago the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, had teams in the Scunthorpe Sunday League and the Barton Regional League at different times.
Bird's eye view of Brigg Recreation Ground courtesy of Neil Stapleton.

Friday, September 17, 2021


There is live music to enjoy free of charge at a Brigg pub tonight (Friday, September 17).
The RedBooT rock and roll trio will be performing at the Woolpack, Market Place, from about 9pm. This band offers "devilishly good old rockin' tunes."
Last time Brigg Blog saw RedbooT perform at the Woolpack, in February 2020, we reported: "They played a range of songs from the Carl Perkins era through to Adam & The Ants. RedbooT did indeed Stand and Deliver!"
Above is a picture from this gig.


Plans put forward to provide "much-needed affordable housing" on land in Brigg have been approved.
North Lincolnshire Council has now granted the necessary planning permission to create a flat at the southern end of West Terrace, off Bridge Street.
There is considerable demand for quality flats in the town and, this new one will have living accommodation on two levels.
There will be open parking at ground floor level (with a garage door) with living accommodation above.
North Lincolnshire planners have given outline consent to erect one three-storey flat and ground floor parking facility - with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent consideration at a later date.
The land in question is currently rented out for parking vehicles, planners were told.
A statement submitted in support of the application said the development would greatly improve the visual amenity of the area and also "provide much-needed affordable housing within the sustainable central Brigg area."
A plan of the site indicated provision of a garden allied to the flat, and a 1.8m timber boundary fence.
Brigg Town Council was consulted as part of the planning process and supported this application, suggesting the scheme "will improve the area by tidying the site."

PICTURED: Looking towards the end of West Terrace where new housing is being proposed, and a property which indicates how the proposed one may look, although it will not have a garage door at ground level.


Brigg Town Football Club will be planning to keep up its most successful start to a season for many years with a victory tomorrow (Saturday, September 18).
Leaders of ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One, Brigg journey into Nottinghamshire to take on second-from-bottom Shirebrook Town (3pm KO).
Brigg Town have won their last five league games, rattling in 27 goals in the process.
The Zebras have taken 22 points from a maximum 27 in their opening nine ToolStation fixtures and have also progressed through the opening rounds of the FA Vase and the League Cup.
High attendances are being enjoyed at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) and some Brigg fans are also travelling to away games.
While the first teamers visiting Shirebrook tomorrow, Brigg Town Development have a home game against Sleaford Town Rangers (3pm) in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Town are currently third from bottom in the standings, with Sleaford a place below them. Food and drink will be available to spectators.
Local football teams will be in either cup or league action in the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League on Saturday (September 18).
In the Johnstone Insurance Sporting Shield first round, Briggensians travel to play Scunthorpe side Appleby-Frodingham Reserves, while Barnetby United host Gunness & Burringham (both ties kicking off at 2.30pm).
There's a Division Two encounter for Barnetby United Reserves who will be away to Ashby Bowl.
Newcomers Briggensians Reserves have still to make their debut in Division Three.




Brigg Hockey Club starts its 2021/22 season league fixtures on Saturday (September 18) with male and female teams in action at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road.
The match between Brigg Ladies' 3rds and Louth 2nds will start at 11am on the all-weather 'Blue Astro' pitch, and be followed by Brigg Ladies' 1sts v Leeds Adel 2nds at 12.30.
The Men's first teamers host Sheffield University Bankers at 2pm, while the 4ths entertain Louth 2nds at 3.30pm to complete a busy opening day of the new campaign.
It's heartening to see the all-weather pitch, provided by North Lincolnshire Council, being fully utilised.
When we started playing for Brigg Men's Hockey Club, as it then was, in the early 1980s the games were friendlies and all played on grass at the Rec. Then, as now, Brigg had four men's teams. Brigg Ladies shared the ground.
The number of local football and cricket teams using the Rec has declined considerably since the 1980s, but not hockey.
It was always interesting to receive the new season's hockey club fixture card in the post to study the games ahead between mid-September and late April, to be played on a range of surfaces affected by rain, frost and snow.

PICTURED: Brigg men's and ladies' teams in action at the Rec - local players wearing their familiar green shirts.

Thursday, September 16, 2021


Veteran sportsmen living in Brigg will be taking part in a special game this weekend alongside others who used to be town residents.
One of the vets, Colin Mumby, told Brigg Blog about this end-of-season cricket match some weeks ago. And Neil Simpson, of the Broughton club, has now kindly supplied full details of the mini festival at Broughton Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 18, 2021 (all league games having now been completed for 2021).
At about 11am there will be a short format game (10-15 overs an innings) between two teams drawn from club members.
It will be followed at 1pm by the Veterans v Broughton Under-15 encounter.
The Vets' team will include Phil Glentworth, Simon Allcock, Nigel Dobbs, Paul Clark, Colin Mumby, Ian Bunyan, Russ Bunyan, Mick Bunyan, Steve Rayner, Martin Wilson and one or two others.
They have played in hundreds of Lincolnshire League games since the Broughton club gained admission to the senior county competition in 1976 at the same time as Brigg Town.
During the interval there will be a Women's v Under-11s soft ball game.
Neil adds: "There will be refreshments and a hog roast, and hopefully as a result some funds raised."
Hopefully, spectators from Broughton will be joined by others from Brigg next Saturday.
Our picture shows Broughton Cricket Club's first team taking to the field in a match during the early 1980s. Col Mumby, who is fourth from right, will be playing in the festival match next weekend. All the others pictured had Brigg or Hibaldstow connections. Mick Allcock (third from left) was our local police chief for some years with the rank of Chief Inspector. Graham Hunt, second right, captained Brigg Town Cricket Club in the late 1970s.


There will be FREE live music to enjoy in Brigg on Saturday night (September 18).
James Stevens will be performing at Brigg Servicemen's Club from 8.30pm.
The Coney Court venue says everyone is welcome to attend.
James, pictured, offers rock and roll with country music, 1950s through to the 1970s.
People can also enjoy FREE music on Saturday afternoon by taking a train from Brigg, Barnetby or Kirton Lindsey stations.
The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway will be holding its Rail, Ale & Blues Festival.
Depart from Brigg station at 9.13am or 1.10pm.
Return from Cleethorpes at 3.11pm or 7.17pm.
Should any trains fail to run, there will be a replacement bus service provided.
View details of the festival here...


A Brigg eatery has been quick off the mark in advertising an alternative to roast turkey this Christmas.
In mid-September the Mumbai Lounge Restaurant, on Old Courts Road, is already promoting its Christmas Day menu.
Customers who are fans of Asian cuisine can enjoy a special banquet between 12.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday, December 25.
It's advance bookings only - ring 01652 600800 or call in during opening hours.
We are not posting this in an effort to curry favour with the management, but just to let people know there's an interesting choice available.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Long-established Glanford Boat Club is seeking approval for a new building which will give it a real lift.
Founded in the 1930s, the club is asking North Lincolnshire Council for planning permission to erect a steel building frame at its base off Island Carr Road, close to where the Old and New rivers meet.
A consultant's report compiled on behalf of the club explains: "The building is required to house a site based mobile crane used mainly to lift boats out of the river before winter and lift the boats back into the water during the spring, plus boat maintenance during the summer months."
The new building will be clad in steel sheeting, and the selected dark green colour will blend in with the surrounding countryside, matching that used on an adjacent building.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the application and Brigg Town Council will be consulted as part of the planning process.

PICTURED: A previous lifting day at Glanford Boat Club when members' craft are moved by crane between land and the River Ancholme.


Industrial and housing developments are currently being added in Brigg on adjoining sites.
A new industrial unit is replacing an old one on the Ancholme Business Park, Atherton Way, while detached properties are being built on land nearby, accessed from Almond Grove on the Newlands housing estate (pictured above).
North Lincolnshire Council granted planning permission in April to local company Jonro Properties Ltd for the demolition of an existing structure, built in the late 1960s, with a modern replacement to take its place at 2 Atherton Way.
This site is almost opposite the Lidl store and is close to the Donkey Field children's play park.
The housing development off Almond Grove is now well advanced.
These progress pictures were taken over the weekend. 


The new industrial unit under construction, with the Lidl store on the right.

A new house taking shape; viewed from nearby Atherton Way.





Speed cameras will be employed on a road in Brigg.
Safer Roads Humber says safety enforcement cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer.
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, SEPTEMBER 21: Bridge Street, Brigg (the A18).
Brigg Blog's advice to drivers is: Slow down and stick to the speed limit in place on local roads at all times.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


Property extensions are planned just outside Brigg.
West Lindsey District Council is now considering plans to erect a single-storey side extension and first floor front extension with carport below at 1 Pingley Park, near Brigg (a housing development off the A1084 Bigby High Road).
The district council says a public consultation period on the application is now under way.
Bigby Parish Council, whose area includes Pingley Park, says it supports the proposal.
Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee sometimes considers applications in parishes close to the town.
This one was registered with the West Lindsey authority on September 6, 2021.


Brigg Blog has now received further details about a forthcoming environment day which we are sure will interest many people in our town and surrounding communities.
The WI (Women's Institute) Federation for Lincolnshire and Humberside has been in touch about its event at Scawby Village Hall on Friday, September 24, from 10am to 3pm (doors open 9.30am).
Jacky Johnson, on behalf of the WI, says: "There is an optional dress code where you can dress for £10 from a charity shop."
Lunch and refreshments will be available to members, and the cost of attending the event is £16 for WI members and £19 for non-members.
Jacki says the speakers will be looking at "all things climate-friendly" including electric cars and how to produce less waste.
"Please join us for an exciting day," she tells Brigg Blog's followers.
Those interested can find out more by contacting Gill at the Federation's office at 10 Queen Street, Brigg - call 01652 653641.

PICTURED: A Peacock butterfly on a bush at the Davy Memorial Playing Field, wild flowers growing in Brigg and one of the free electric car-charging bays at the town's Tesco store.


Brigg Tennis Club - based at the town's Recreation Ground - has been in touch with a September report featuring league successes and coaching sessions.


How special it was to watch Emma Radacanu and Joe Salisbury do so well in the US Open this year and hopefully this will inspire our next generation of players!  With British Tennis currently riding high, our Club welcomes any budding players, young or more senior to join in.
We have had another successful competitive season with the first team taking top spot in their division of the Gainsborough League meaning that they will be promoted to the second division for next season. They were triumphant in every league match they played! They also competed in the cup final and on an extremely hot day finished creditable runners up.  Two more teams entered the Gainsborough league and they played some very enjoyable competitive matches.
The juniors are a thriving section of our club and will continue with coaching until the end of October and restart in March. Many will continue to play throughout the winter months. Adult coaching will continue on Monday evenings weather permitting and Adam Wrightham our level 3 coach will continue to offer 1 to 1 sessions throughout the year.
Adult social session on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings continue to thrive and many players book courts and arrange games between themselves at other times. The men now have an additional session on Thursday evenings which is proving to be highly competitive.
Pictured are our first team after receiving their league winners trophies at the Gainsborough Tennis Club Presentation afternoon event.
For further information please visit where sessions and contacts for the club can be found! You can also visit us on Facebook  (Brigg Tennis Club) or email Ali on

Monday, September 13, 2021


Messingham clinched the Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League Division Two title when beating Broughton by five wickets yesterday (Sunday) as rivals Hibaldstow suffered a 54-run defeat at Normanby Park.

Had Hibaldstow been successful they would have shared the trophy. 

Neil Simpson, batting in the lower order for Broughton, top scored with 35 not out with Sean Clixby having made 32 earlier as they set a target of 153 all out - James Taylor , Joshua Joy and Owen Taylor all picking up a brace of wickets.  

James Taylor then struck an impressive unbeaten 60, along with 44 from Matthew Henton, to see Messingham home to an excellent victory. 

In the other game Normanby Park set challengers Hibaldstow a tough target of 183 for 7 with Luke Cowling scoring 51 before retiring and further contributions from Aiden Wroe ( 41 ) and youngster Mason McDaid ( 31 ).

Wroe then picked up three wickets along with Declan Dunning as Hibaldstow were bowled out for 139 , Josh Cowling making 43, Chris Nash 32 and Tom Taylor 25 not out. 

The NLL would like to thank Jo Walker for her sponsorship in memory of her former highly rated and appreciated umpiring husband Mick who served the Scunthorpe Umpires' Association with such distinction. Mick would have loved to have seen the young talent on show, especially in Division Two over the season. 

Congratulations go to Scunthorpe Town who won Division One so dominantly and to Messingham who timed their good run to perfection to win Division Two in what has been a very competitive league.

There should also be a shout out to Luddington Dons who lifted the Mick Walker Memorial Cup just to remind everyone that the more senior guys can still play their part as they beat Scunthorpe Town at Messingham in July. 

Finally a word of thanks should go to  committee members Dave Willey , Simon Pullan , Glen Sands and Paul Saunders with special thanks to the latter who has decided to stand down from his post of League Secretary after many years of service. 

Although he has remained mostly in the background except at meetings, Paul has played an integral part on the committee and his efficient quiet way of keeping things ticking over will be sorely missed by all his colleagues 

If anyone would like to propose a replacement to take on the role of Secretary, please make contact before the AGM which will be announced in due course. 

"That's it for another year. Let's hope by the time next season comes around things will be back to a bit more normal , whatever that might be in the future," Glen Sands says.


The Black Bull pub in Brigg held an event on Saturday night (September 11) to mark The Last Night of the Proms, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Forming part of the Proms concert in the capital broadcast on TV) was Brigg Fair, a traditional folk tune arranged by composer Percy Grainger (pictured) very early in the 20th century.
Percy visited the Brigg area as part of a quest to seek out and preserve old songs for posterity.
He collected the song performed by Joseph Taylor (Saxby-All-Saints) at Brigg Music Festival.
Percy's friend and fellow composer, Frederic Delius, was then inspired to pen Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody (orchestral).
The folk song's lyrics make reference to a visit to Brigg Fair "on the fifth of August."
That remains the annual date of Brigg Horse Fair (unless August 5 falls on a Sunday).

Someone living down south emailed Brigg Blog yesterday, having found us on the web while searching for information about the Brigg Fair song featured at the Proms on Saturday.
Millions of other TV viewers will have watched the performance, and some will have been wondering about the origins of the fair and perhaps asked themselves: Where's Brigg?



Brigg Blog likes to visit the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway in September during its two-day Second World War weekend.
Lockdown meant last year's showpiece had to be cancelled, but it was all systems go again on Saturday and Sunday (September 11/12).
There was a volunteer who lives in Brigg helping the heritage trains run on time on Saturday, and a number of other people from our area supporting the event as spectators.
In the afternoon a fly-past by a WW2 Dakota transport plane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was enjoyed. It didn't have far to travel from its base at RAF Coningsby.
The on-duty loco hauling trains between Ludborough and North Thoresby stations was an 0-6-0 saddle tank (built in the mid-1950s) which formerly worked for the Ore Mining Branch in Scunthorpe, part of United Steel which owned Appleby-Frodingham steelworks.
The next event on this heritage railway will be on October 10. Then, on Sunday, October 31, there will be a special afternoon event for Halloween.
This heritage railway is well worth a visit, and good value for money. Use this link for full details...
The railway operates under the banner Keeping the Age of Steam Alive.
Track extensions which will eventually reach Louth are under way. Ludborough and North Thoresby were part of the East Lincolnshire Line which ran south from Grimsby. It opened in the 1840s, with passenger trains being withdrawn in 1970 and freight to Louth being discontinued 10 years later.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Brigg to Ludborough via the A18 and A16. The LWR's postcode is DN36 5SQ for the benefit of sat-nav users.
Refreshments are available on site from the Steaming Kettle Buffet located in heritage carriages. The railway welcomes pet dogs with water bowls being provided. There is also a set-aside area in the buffet where dogs can accompany their owners while they enjoy a cuppa and a bite to eat.

PICTURED ABOVE: The historic plane arriving over Ludborough station on Saturday afternoon.


Track extensions under way towards Louth - viewed from the engine shed at Ludborough on Saturday afternoon.




Sunday, September 12, 2021




A major event in the Brigg calendar will be going ahead, with the organisers stressing it will be "Covid secure."
After a gap last year caused by the virus emergency period, the Ancholme Head rowing race will take place along the river on Sunday, October 10, 2021.
It will be organised by Brigg-based Ancholme Rowing Club from its riverside clubhouse off Manley Gardens.
Entries are being accepted up to September 30, and they can be expected to flow in from rowers belonging to clubs across the north and midlands, as well as Ancholme RC members.
There will be events in the open, women’s, mixed, masters and junior categories - in quads, fours, pairs, doubles and singles.
Racing over the 2,750-metre River Ancholme course from Broughton Bridge to the M180 Bridge will be in two divisions at 11am and 2.30pm. Prizes will be presented back at the clubhouse.
As ever, this event will see many spectators from Brigg joining the competitors and their supporters at various vantage points.
From the County Bridge or the car parks near Springs Parade and Riverside Surgery, spectators can watch the competitors rowing their way towards Broughton Bridge and later returning to town following the race.
All the rowers and their supporters will require refreshments during lengthy visitors to Brigg, so there's an opportunity for local businesses to take advantage of sizeable potential custom not normally available on Sundays in early autumn.
View further details of the Ancholme Head here...
The town's second oldest sports organisation, Ancholme Rowing Club was established in 1868 - four years after Brigg Town FC.

PICTURED: Previous Ancholme Head events - images by Brigg Blog and Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters Magazine.

Jim Copson (wearing the 'high vis' vest) helping with organisation at the boathouse.

A boat near the Old River Ancholme, not far from Riverside Surgery.

Ancholme Head competitors nearing one of the bridges on the course.

A busy early Sunday morning scene as rowers get ready on Bridge Street, close to Manley Gardens and the Ancholme club's boathouse.


Brigg Town progressed to the next round of the FA Vase with a 3-2 win over Cammell Laird 1907 at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) yesterday (Saturday, September 11).
Brigg led 2-1 at the interval through goals by Scott Phillips (penalty) and Dayle Hutson.
Scott then put the Zebras further ahead midway through the second half before the visitors from The Wirrall reduced the arrears in the final minute.
This tie was watched by 269 spectators - another sizeable crowd for the Zebras who top of the table in NCEL Div One.
Brigg Town Development lost 9-1 away to Grantham Town Academy yesterday in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Briggensians lost 6-0 when hosting Scotter United in EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League Division One yesterday.
Barnetby United Reserves v Crowle Colts Development, in Division Two, was postponed.
Barnetby's first teamers were without a scheduled fixture in the top flight.

Brigg Town FC have received a home tie in the second round of the Northern Counties East League Cup. The Zebras will be at home to Yorkshire side Parkgate (also members of Division One) on a date to be confirmed.


Needing a win to be eligible of promotion, Broughton's first team cricketers lost yesterday in Lincolnshire County League Division One.
They had home advantage against another of the top sides, Scunthorpe Town 2nds, but the visitors secured an eight-wicket win on the final Saturday of the season.
With leaders Outcasts beating bottom side Hibaldstow yesterday, Broughton have finished third in the table.
They were short of runs yesterday afternoon, being dismissed for 127 (Nick Dobbs top scoring with 28) and Scunthorpe went on to secure 20 points.
Nathan Goodall scored 59 for Hibaldstow at Outcasts in an all-out 160, but the home side won comfortably by eight wickets.
Broughton 2nds have finished at the foot of Division Two.  Yesterday they posted a reasonable 186 at Holton-le-Clay 2nds, helped by a century from opener Richard Stone who was eventually stumped for 116. However, Holton topped that with eight wickets and seven overs to spare.
Brigg Town finished their Division Three fixtures in late August and are 10th in the basement section which has 14 teams.

Saturday, September 11, 2021


Progress is being made by the Wilder Ancholme Project which drew a big attendance to its launch event held in Brigg during February 2020.
Since then we've had Coronavirus lockdown periods and restrictions, but the project has now contacted Brigg Blog with a welcome update.
It has been running events for local people to discover the wildlife and heritage "on their doorstep" - and on Saturday, October 2 it will be staging a Big Backyard Dig in which people discover what has been their gardens "throughout history." It's free to take part.
Re-discovering and Re-wilding a ‘Lost Landscape’: Lincolnshire’s Ancholme Valley is a local community project "helping you to discover what’s on your doorstep."


Working with Dr Kevin Leahy, the archaeologist who prepared the first catalogue of the great Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure, the Wilder Ancholme project team are hosting a Big Backyard Dig on the 2nd October 2021 in the Ancholme Valley.
Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to funds raised by National Lottery players, “Rediscovering and Rewilding a ‘lost landscape’: Lincolnshire’s Ancholme Valley” aims to help people discover the heritage of their local area; within this project, the Big Backyard Dig will look at uncovering the history hidden in people’s gardens.
Under the guidance of professional archaeologists, we will help you to dig an archaeological pit in your garden to discover its history. Flint implements show that the Ancholme valley has been occupied since at least 9,000 BC.  Worked flints are common and you might be surprised at what you find!  Our area has a deep history: Prehistoric flints, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings settled here, all leaving behind traces, particularly pottery. Around each Medieval church were the villages in which we now live. Discover the history of your garden.
Spend an afternoon finding the history of your garden by digging a pit, 1 x 1 metre square - 30cm (12 inches) deep,  sieving the contents as you go; when you have finished, refill the hole and replace the turf and your garden is back to as it was before. Each participant will receive a personalised report, summarising their finds and what they tell us.
You may find artefacts dating back to pre-historic times which will help tell the story of your garden and help discover more about the history of the Ancholme Valley.
To join in, you need to book your place and register for the event. More information will be sent to those who book and the team will be checking in on the day to support what you are doing.
Book for this FREE event at
More details can be found on the booking site, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:
PICTURED: Dr Kevin Leahy (top left), Lewys Wheeler (Project Research and Development Officer) at the launch in Brigg's Buttercross, the size of hole people need to dig in their gardens, and the instructions.


The long-held media saying that a picture is worth a thousand words certainly applies in Brigg.
The Brigg Town Business Partnership is bringing back its popular Pudding Party this autumn, and Ken Harrison's image above of mouth-watering puds at a previous event should tempt many people to book their tickets, in due course.
This year's party date is Saturday evening, October 16 and is destined to enjoy sweet success in aid of charity.
Money raised will be divided equally between Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Cancer Research.
There will be a bottle raffle, for which the Partnership is already welcoming donations.
Further details about the Pudding Party will follow in due course.


The new Black Bull football team from Brigg will be playing in the Paul Fox Scunthorpe & District Sunday League tomorrow (September 12).
The footballers representing this Wrawby Street hostelry will be away to West Lindsey's Blyborough United in Division Three - a morning fixture.
In the same section, Barnetby's Sunday side will host Hibaldstow in a Brigg area local derby at the railway village's Silver Street venue.
Black Bull played a friendly against Barnetby last Sunday, and the latter's Lee Fielden has kindly supplied tomorrow's league fixtures, venues and appointed officials.

Division 1: Broughton WMC v. BFC. 11am KO @ Broughton (referee R. Atkin).
Division 2: Ulceby v. Trinity FC. 10.30,
@ Ulceby. (K.Clark); Zeera FC v. Messingham Jrs. 10.30, @ W. Butterwick (J. Moody).
Division 3: Blyborough U v. Black Bull. 10.30,
@ Blyborough; Duffs Dynamos v. Crosby FC. 10.30, @ Luddington (D. Chabe); Barnetby Utd v. Hibaldstow, 10.30, @ Barnetby (R. Martin).
Division 4: Husaria Pride v. Westcliff Iron, 10.30,
@ Co-op Ground, Scunthorpe; FC Showman v. Ulceby ‘B’ 10.30, @ Co-op. (S. Own).

Friday, September 10, 2021


Brigg will have plenty on offer for shoppers, pub-goers, fans of live music and sports this weekend.
Tonight (Friday, September 10) there are two free-to-attend events featuring well-known local band The Dirty Pitchers and The Dreams at two town centre pubs. View details here...
On Saturday morning, pop along to the antiques & craft market, whose stalls will operate alongside those of the traditional Saturday general market. Details here...
Tomorrow afternoon there's an opportunity to watch football matches at Brigg Town FC's EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) and nearby Brigg Recreation Ground. Full details here...
Cricket lovers can follow the promotion-chasing Broughton club's progress in a vital home game on the final Saturday of the season, starting at 1pm.
Saturday evening (September 11) sees a Last Night of the Proms event at the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, with music, games and charity fund-raising from 7pm. Don suitable and impressive attire and you might win a prize!
Brigg Servicemen's Club, on Coney Court, has Skaburst-UK performing ska and two-tone music hits from 8.30pm on Saturday. Everyone is welcome, officials say. and there's no charge to enjoy this show.
Saturday night disco music always proves popular at the Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, where many customers take to the dance floor.

PICTURED: Local musician Garry Kerman performing with The Dirty Pitchers (top right), Skaburst-UK, a busy Saturday market scene in Brigg town centre, and football at Brigg Town FC.



Brigg Town Football Club - going great guns in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One - take a break from chasing the league championship with a home tie in the Buildbase FA Vase this Saturday (September 11).
The Zebras will be hosting Cammell Laird 1907 FC, whose players and officials will be making the lengthy trip over from The Wirral on the west coast.
This is a first qualifying round tie in a national knockout competition Brigg have famously won twice in their history, those finals being played at the original Wembley Stadium and at West Ham's Upton Park.
Kick-off time at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) on Saturday will be 3pm.
Brigg Town having made a great start to the season and scoring very freely, another sizeable crowd is anticipated for tomorrow's tie. Pips Kitchen and the licensed Hawthorns bar will be offering refreshments.
Cammell Laird (Birkenhead) is one of the most famous names in shipbuilding.
Meanwhile, Briggensians will be in action very close by at Brigg Recreation Ground where they meet Scotter United in Division One of the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League (3pm).
In Division Two, Barnetby United Reserves have a home game against Crowle Colts Development.
Newly-formed Briggensians Reserves have yet to make their debut in Division Three - again being without a fixture this weekend.
Brigg Town Development are away to Grantham Town Academy on Saturday, September 11 in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
The second qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Vase will be played on Saturday, September 25. If the current Brigg team can emulate legendary manager Raz Clayton's teams of the past, the 2021/22 final will be played on Sunday, May 22.


2222 (Brigg) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets, is launching its next recruitment drive to encourage young people aged 12 (Year 8) to 17 to enrol and become part of the team, starting in September 2021.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets' aims are to:

  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people.
  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

And there is one more important thing - it is a lot of fun!
As a cadet, you will get the opportunity to do things others can only dream about. Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Adventure Training, Fieldcraft and so much more. There are many challenging activities, but we give you the ability to overcome them.
Flight Lieutenant (RAFAC) Graham Slater, Officer Commanding 2222 (Brigg) Squadron, had this to say:  “After the success of our virtual intake, I am excited to see new Cadets coming through our doors to become part of a team, and look forward to seeing them achieve goals, gain experiences and qualifications whilst having fun and gaining friendships.
“With enthusiastic, qualified volunteer staff ready to encourage you to become the best that you can be in all aspects of your time with us."
The squadron will be holding a recruitment day on Saturday 18 September 2021 between 1000hrs and 1300, to give an overview of what the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and 2222 (Brigg) has to offer and to answer any questions parents/guardians might have.
To register your interest, please complete this short form -




The cricket season draws to a close this weekend and it has proved to be unsuccessful in terms of results for all but one side in the area Brigg Blog covers.
Broughton's first teamers are the notable exception and go into their final game of 2021 on Saturday (September 11) with an opportunity to secure one of the promotion places in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division One.
But third-placed Broughton will need to win their home fixture against second-in-the-table Scunthorpe Town 2nds (1pm start)
It will also help Broughton's cause if bottom side Hibaldstow can beat leaders Outcasts tomorrow at the Hirst Priory ground near Crowle.
Second-from-bottom Broughton 2nds will be hoping to sign off in Division Two with a positive performance when they visit mid-table Holton-le-Clay 2nds. However, even a maximum points haul cannot lift Broughton clear of the relegation zone.
Brigg Town completed their Division Three programme a couple of weeks ago. Although a couple of teams below Town will be in action on the final Saturday, they are not going to climb above Brigg - currently ranked 10th of 14 sides in the basement section and comfortably clear of the re-election zone.

Thursday, September 09, 2021


Play equipment on a public park in Brigg has now been relocated.
The outdoor table tennis table has been shifted across the Davy Memorial Playing Field.
The equipment was funded by Brigg Town Council after local youngsters requested a table to use for friendly games.
However, as the original site was on the other side of the field near residential Kings Avenue, it was decided to move the table elsewhere.
Noise certainly won't be an issue now as the table is near the very busy A1084 Bigby Road and also the railway line used by freight and passenger trains.
Brigg Blog suggests the steep grass bank nearby might result in a net gain for table tennis players by offering a natural windbreak if a breeze is blowing in a certain direction.
The height of the bank can be gauged from the fact that only the top of the signal box adjoining the level crossing is visible from the table tennis table.
Also pictured here is the metal plaque affixed to a stone which explains how this popular play area came about. It resulted from a very generous act, and local kids have enjoyed the benefits for decades.
It strikes us that many youngsters today, and older folk who have moved to live in Brigg from elsewhere, may be unaware how the Davy field got its name.
The plaque says The Ann Davy Memorial Recreation Ground was purchased by Brigg Urban District Council (forerunner of the Town Council) "and is maintained by rents from property given by the late Alderman Joshau Davy in memory of his beloved wife."
Alderman Davy was a prominent member of Brigg UDC, and in the 1950s a new street on the Springbank housing estate was named Davy Crescent.
He clearly thought a lot about other people. Coun Davy (not yet an Alderman) successfully tabled a motion in 1900 to the Brigg Workhouse guardians to allow talking at meal times by those living in the building on the corner between Wrawby Street and Wrawby Road. Until then, residents had needed to remain quiet while seated at their tables.
Workhouses like Brigg's resulted from the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.