Sunday, October 31, 2021


Attractive hedging might eventually replace the current rather patchy shrubbery which now borders two sides of the main Old Courts Road car park adjoining Brigg town centre.
Further details are anticipated at a future meeting of the Town Council, including the proposed height of the hedge.
Possibly funding will come from this authority and North Lincolnshire Council, as a partnership project.

The current shrubbery has various gaps through which people walk at will, which does not help the foliage to thrive.
However, what is there at the moment is a 'green' improvement on the very basic wooden fending which once ringed the car park (subsequently removed). The old fencing is pictured below in June 2013.
One of the first views visiting shoppers get of Brigg after leaving their vehicles and heading towards shops and other businesses is the perimeter of the car park. They also see it on the way back from the shops.
A hedge - perhaps waist-high - would improve the vista without reducing visibility for car drivers or pedestrians.





Brigg Town Football Club lost 2-1 at Harrogate Railway Athletic yesterday (Saturday, October 30). The Yorkshire side's winning goal came right at the end of the game.
Scott Phillips had given Brigg an early lead but Harrogate levelled before the interval and went on to secure victory from the penalty spot.
Brigg Town, who were top of ToolStation Northern Counties East until quite recently, are now fourth behind Rossington Main, North Ferriby and Hallam, but the Zebras have a game or two in hand on their promotion-chasing rivals apart from Ferriby.
Brigg Town Development were beaten 2-1 by Lincoln United Development at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) yesterday. This was a Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier encounter.
In the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League, Barnetby United enjoyed a 6-1 home success against Baltic Boy's in Johnsons Transport Hospital Cup Group B. Barnetby's scorers were Danny Greaves (2), Ryan Jordan (2) and Joe Stothard, and there was also an own goal.
Barnetby United Reserves won 4-1 at Crosby Colts in Tortank Barton Brotherhood Cup Group A. Greg Brackenbury netted twice, with Shaun Clark and Liam Davies also on the mark.
Brigg-based Briggensians and Briggensians Reserves were not in league action yesterday.


The three Household Recycling Centres serving the Brigg area are about to revert to winter opening hours.
From tomorrow (Monday, November 1) they will open 10am to 4pm, Friday to Tuesday - closed Wednesday and Thursday.
These hours will apply to the following centres...
Broughton: Brigg Road, DN20 0JW (pictured above).
Melton Ross: Bigby Road, DN38 6EB.
Kirton in Lindsey: Redbourne Mere, DN21 4NN.
However, the Cottage Beck Road Centre in Scunthorpe will be operating from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week, if people from the Brigg area (with suitable vehicles) need to dispose of items on days when our local facilities are unavailable.

Saturday, October 30, 2021


Brigg Blog has been asked by local businessman Joe Mullen to give an online update about the new Exchange Tavern now nearing completion in the town centre.
Signage just added to the frontage on Wrawby Street has prompted many social media comments in recent days, and owner Joe has also received personal inquiries from local people who are keen to know about the project. Passing shoppers have been stopping to take a look.
Joe has confirmed that the following will be provided:

  • Cocktail bar
  • Saloon bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Carvery
  • Bed & breakfast rooms (en suite)
  • Rear beer garden
  • Real ales and fine wines.

He told Brigg Blog yesterday (Friday, October 29): "The Exchange Tavern is not yet finished, but it's nearing completion. There will be a further update from me before Christmas, and this will be done through Brigg Blog."
Joe showed us inside the new facility yesterday afternoon. But as the project has yet to be completed and work still continues, he has requested that we hold off taking pictures inside the Tavern until it is ready to open to customers.
Until then, coverings close to the front windows will remain in place.
Understandably, Joe only wants the public to see the end product of his efforts over many months.
What we can say is: the Exchange Tavern's rooms are very impressive and are being furnished and equipped to a very high standard.
Joe also owns the adjoining grade two* (star) Exchange Coach House Inn; dating back to the 1760s, it is the only building in Brigg with this heritage status.
We've been interviewing him for in-print, and latterly web, articles since the 1980s... with more still to come.


Trees and flowers are to be planted on a children's play area in Brigg.
At their October meeting, members of the Town Council were asked to consider and resolve a plan of action for Woodbine Park, on the edge of the Springbank housing estate, between Brigg Town Football Club's ground and South View Avenue.
The park, owned and operated by North Lincolnshire Council, already has an extensive range of play equipment and litter bins, while its grass is now being cut by the town authority as part of a contract.
During the Town Council's latest session, Coun Rob Waltham suggested setting aside money for future planting.
Feeling this would "smarten up" some parts of the park, he successfully proposed £500 to buy perennials (plants living for more than two years).
Earlier in this meeting, Coun Waltham made reference to an issue relating to riverside litter bins.
He reported that some people who encountered a full bin were not bothering to use others nearby which still had room inside for items to be deposited.
Some of the bins are being filled with litter from the cabs of lorries by drivers who park up overnight close to nearby stores.
Coun Jane Kitching wondered if putting two bins together might be worth considering.
"Really deep" potholes at the northern end of Island Carr Road required action, Coun Ann Eardley suggested.
Coun Waltham said not all sections of road in this area of the town were "adopted" - meaning they are under the control of the highway authority. However, he noted the comments made and said North Lincolnshire Council would take a look.
Coun Eardley also expressed concerns about graffiti on the underside of the Ancholme Way Bridge and on a side wall at the B&M store overlooking the riverside.
Brigg Blog later paid a visit and there is evidence of previous graffiti having been removed from another part of this wall.

PICTURED: Graffiti on the underside of the bridge and on the side of the B&M store, some of the riverside litter bins, and a view of Woodbine Park.


A host of weekend events are on offer in Brigg - some being arranged specially for Halloween.
The Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, offers a Spectacularly Spooky Saturday Night (October 30) from 7pm with prizes for the best fancy dress, and music/karaoke from Disco Dave (free to attend).
The Woolpack, in the Market Place, will have two-tone, punk and mod music from Skaburst UK tonight as part of its adult fancy dress party, with free admission.
The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, has a Halloween karaoke & disco on Saturday, from 7pm. Free admission.

Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, has Rob Bishop singing at a Saturday charity night from 8pm (admission charge applies). He performs hits from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Brigg Decathlon will see people in Halloween costumes touring various town pubs tonight, raising money for charity.
There's a Brigg Scarecrow Trail for Halloween weekend on Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 3pm.
Today's town centre's Saturday general market will be operating from 8am into the afternoon, items on offer including fruit, veg, flowers and fish.
Tomorrow (Sunday 31st) there will be a family Halloween party at the Woolpack (free admission).
Sunday, from 9.30am, also sees the Brigg Poppy 10K and Military Challenge 2021 running race to and from Cadney via Elwes Street, starting and finishing in the Market Place, if you want to go along and watch.
Sunday also offers a final chance to visit the late October beer festival at Wetherspoon's White Horse, on Wrawby Street.

Friday, October 29, 2021


A new zebra crossing is on its way in Brigg to assist road safety and benefit pedestrians.
It will be located on the town's busiest road - the A18 - and will be installed by the end of this year or early in 2022.
The zebra crossing will be on Ancholme Way where only traffic islands are currently available.
North Lincolnshire Council, as the local highway authority, will provide the new facility.
The intended installation of this new zebra crossing was revealed during a meeting of Brigg Town Council some months ago in a verbal report from the unitary authority's Brigg & Wolds Ward representatives, Coun Rob Waltham and Couns Carl and Nigel Sherwood.
During Brigg Town Council's latest (October) meeting in the Buttercross, Coun Waltham gave a welcome update.
He outlined a programme of works to be undertaken "before Christmas" or in January.
Brigg Blog has posted various reports over a number of months about new housing developments being on the way to the northern side of Bridge Street, on the former Falcon Cycles and Corah factory sites (houses and apartments). These developments will increase the number of pedestrians needing to get to and from the town centre by crossing the A18.
This is also the case for residents of the well-established Waters Edge housing estate near the border between Broughton parish and Brigg.
The new zebra crossing will also benefit many pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School who walk to and from the 'Upper' premises on Grammar School Road, as well as some shoppers who have to cross the A18 to access the Lidl store, on Atherton Way.
In addition to assisting road safety, the new zebra will also reduce pedestrians' waiting time to get across the very busy A18.
Currently, lengthy waits are frequent at the traffic islands until a brief gap in approaching traffic appears.

PICTURED: How this section of the A18 currently looks, with three traffic islands in place.




Football followers have the chance to watch league games in Brigg and Barnetby tomorrow (Saturday, October 30) with another local match of interest coming up on Sunday.
Brigg Town Development will host Lincoln United Development at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier (3pm).
In the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League on Saturday, Barnetby United  entertain Baltic Boy's in Johnsons Transport Hospital Cup Group B at the village's Silver Street Ground (3pm).
Barnetby Reserves visit Crosby Colts in Tortank Barton Brotherhood Cup Group B.
Briggensians and Briggensians Reserves are without league games on Saturday.
Brigg Town FC's promoton-chasing first teamers will journey to Harrogate Railway Athletic tomorrow in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One.
Brigg's Black Bull players have another local derby coming up on Sunday (October 31).
Having beaten Hibaldstow last weekend, the Bull will now entertain Barnetby United's Sunday side at the Recreation Ground (10.30am).
In Division One, Broughton Working Men's Club will be at home to Mulligans at 1.30pm.

Brigg Hockey Club, which has a range of men's and ladies' teams, has home games scheduled on the all-weather pitch at Brigg Rec on Saturday (October 30) starting at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm.


PICTURED: Brigg Town FC, Barnetby's Silver Street Ground  and Brigg Rec (latter image by Neil Stapleton).


Having had an enforced break last year, an annual Brigg event is to resume this weekend.
The Brigg Halloween Decathlon will see supporters touring various town pubs on Saturday evening (October 30).
They will be meeting up in the Yarborough Hunt, Bridge Street, from 6pm, to head for other hostelries. Those taking part will be donning Halloween costumes.
Other decathlons have been held in recent years with collections undertaken for charity along the route. Many of the competitors also purchased their outfits from charity shops in the area, giving these outlets a boost in income.
Local folk can show their interest/support ahead of this weekend's event by visiting The Brigg Decathlon entry on Facebook.

Our pictures show people during previous decathlons.

There's a Brigg Scarecrow Trail for Halloween weekend being held on Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 3pm, sponsored by the town's Martial Arts Centre. View full details through this link...



Thursday, October 28, 2021


A welcome addition to the CCTV surveillance network in Brigg was reported during the Town Council's latest meeting, held in the Buttercross on Tuesday night (October 26).
A camera on a high post has been installed next to the Donkey Park children's play area near Almond Grove, following complaints of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
This camera can also view a nearby approach to the Newlands housing estate, the top of Atherton Way (near the Lidl store car park) and the approaches to one of the main A18 roundabouts.
North Lincolnshire Council and Brigg Town Council have been working together for many months to improve local CCTV.
Cameras have been installed on Elwes Street, near the Millennium Green, and to survey the Old River Ancholme path and its surrounds between the County Bridge and the Ancholme Way Bridge.
Footage can be viewed at a central control centre in Scunthorpe.


A Brigg pub has three free-to-attend Halloween events coming up, one featuring two-tone, mod, punk & mod music.
The town centre's Woolpack will be hosting a children's party on Friday (October 28) from 5pm to 7pm, involving games, prizes and fancy dress.
Saturday night sees an adult fancy dress party, plus music from Skaburst UK (pictured).
On Sunday (31st) there will be a family Halloween party with food and games.
Further details are available on request from the Market Place venue.

The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, has a Halloween karaoke & disco on Saturday, from 7pm. All welcome, particularly those in fancy dress.


Using a military term, it will be a case of 'at the double' for Brigg & District Servicemen's Club in the run up to Christmas 2021.
The Coney Court venue will be hosting a children's party and another for those of senior years (the over 60s).
All details have now been finalised and tickets put on sale at £5 for each event.
The children's party will take place on Sunday, November 28, from 1pm to 3pm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance; contact club official Debbie Lewis-Bird.
The seniors' party will follow on Monday, December 6, starting at 5pm.
Well-known singer Emma Ramsden is to provide musical entertainment, and there will be bingo and a raffle
Contact club official Brenda Lancashire for further details.
Singer Rob Bishop will be performing at a charity night in the Servicemen's this Saturday (October 30) from 8pm. Admission charge applies.
Brigg Blog has been asked to give advance notice of the Rockin E event coming up at the club on Saturday, November 5, from 7.30pm to 11pm. He will be signing 'Jukebox Legends' and there will be a Rock and Roll Band.
Tickets cost £8. People wishing to attend can pay on the door on the night or call 01724 859717 ahead of this event.

PICTURED: Rob Bishop, Emma Ramsden and Rockin E.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Saturday markets in Brigg have really taken off in recent months, which is great to see.
So much so that some of us will benefit from having a week-by-week list of what's coming up.
We've now put one together and included information about a special Christmas Market, the festive lights switch-on and also late night shopping dates.
For a long time there was a small general market (fruit, veg, flowers & fish) EVERY Saturday, with Brigg Farmers' Market taking place, in addition, on the FOURTH Saturday of each month.
But more monthly regulars, with different themes, have now been added to the market scene.
The Love Brigg Arts, Crafts & Antiques Market is taking place on the SECOND Saturday.
The Totally Local Brigg Indie Market is held on the THIRD Saturday.
At present there are NO regular markets taking place on the FIRST Saturday of the month - the Lincolnshire Market staged on Saturday, October 2 being a one-off, following immediately after the Lincolnshire Day Food Fest (held Friday, October 1, noon to 8pm).
So to simplify things for shoppers, below is the programme set out in date order for the remainder of 2021.
Please note that there are some alterations because of the Christmas period, including the date of the farmers' event.
All Brigg markets run from early morning until mid-afternoon, and there's free car parking available in town.
We stress that the general Saturday market (fruit, veg, flowers & fish) operates every Saturday, in addition to any others, except on Christmas Day 2021.
There is also a bigger general market, with more stalls, every Thursday.

Thursday, October 28: General Market.
Saturday, October 30: General Market.
Thursday, November 4: General Market.
Saturday, November 6: General Market.
Thursday, November 11: General Market.
Saturday, November 13: Arts, Craft & Antiques Market & General Saturday Market.
Thursday, November 18: General Market.
Saturday, November 20: Indie Market & General Saturday Market.
Thursday; November 25: General Market followed by Special Christmas Market with traders' and charities' stalls, plus switching on the town centre's festive lights provided by Brigg Town Council (evening event) and free-to-enjoy disco from 4pm to 8pm; late night shopping.
Saturday, November 27: Brigg Farmers' Market (also with General Market stalls).
Thursday, December 2: General Market, followed by late night Christmas shopping after 5pm.
Saturday, December 4: Indie Market & General Saturday Market.
Thursday, December 9: General Market, followed by late night Christmas shopping after 5pm.
Saturday, December 11: Arts, Craft & Antiques Market & General Saturday Market.
Thursday, December 16: General Market followed by late night Christmas shopping after 5pm.
Saturday, December 18: Brigg Christmas Farmers' Market (also with General Market stalls).
Thursday, December 23: Christmas General Market.
Saturday, December 25: Christmas Day - no market.
Thursday, December 30: General Market.


As Brigg people look to plan their weekend pub visits and Halloween celebrations, it will be possible to combine the two into one.
The historic Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, has now furnished us with details of what will be on offer during its 'Spectacularly Spooky Saturday Night' on October 30, from 7pm until late.
The Glad staff will be entering into the Halloween spirit by mixing special drinks for their "fiendish friends" which include newcomers Sadistic Shot and Satan's Ghoulies; plus a Blood Thirsty Cocktail.
From 9pm to 11pm there will also be a competition to find the best and most outrageous fancy dress costumes.
First prize will be a £50 bar tab; second prize a £30 tab; third prize a £20 tab - all well worth winning.
There will also be 'doubling up' offers on certain spirits between 7pm and 11pm, including the aptly-named Blood Orange Gin.
Resident DJ, Disco Dave, will be providing his popular Saturday night karaoke and disco.
We hope he's got Halloween favourite The Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt Kickers on his playlist, though it was recorded long before he was born. It proved to be a 'Graveyard Smash' in the pop charts!
The issue of the Gladiator's Halloween cocktail list follows Brigg Blog's recent reference to Dracula's Breakfast, which was mixed and served up atsome Brigg bars in the 1980s.


People from Brigg were among those who attended a very successful Jobs Expo organised by North Lincolnshire Council in Scunthorpe. Some companies based in our area which had vacancies were also represented.
This was revealed by Coun Rob Waltham when he gave an update during Brigg Town Council's latest meeting held last night (Tuesday, October 26) in his role as the Leader of the unitary authority.
Coun Waltham said he had recognised people from Brigg at the expo.
North Lincolnshire Council declared the event held at the steel town's Baths Hall to be "a huge success" with more than 40 employers in attendance and hundreds of vacancies on offer.
Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft, whose constituency includes Broughton, Scawby and other settlements in our area, opened the main event virtually via a big screen (see North Lincolnshire Council's picture above).
View more details about the expo here...

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


A major event is coming up in Brigg on Halloween.
The Brigg Poppy 10K and Military Challenge 2021 will be held on Sunday, October 31 (start time 9.30am). Those in the latter section will be carrying backpacks.
Curly's Athletes are again organising the event, which will continue until late morning. Many Brigg people will be taking part, while others will be spectating.
The runners will start and finish in the Market Place, and the route will be to Cadney and back.
Motorists should note that some roads near Brigg town centre and in Cadney will be closed for a time during the event, including Elwes Street and part of Bigby Street.
Curly's Athletes say: "We're very happy to be working with local branch of the Royal British Legion once again to help support the great work they do."
Find out more about the event here...


PICTURED: A few of the many competitors in a previous Brigg Poppy 10K & Military Challenge.



The announcement that Barclays is to close its Brigg branch in January 2022 is a main local talking point at present.
Possibly this will be raised as a discussion item during Brigg Town Council's monthly meeting tonight (Tuesday, October 26), as happened when NatWest announced the intended closure of its Brigg branch three years ago. Tonight's meeting is in the Buttercross, starting at 7.15pm.
Barclays points to a decline in customers making branch visits "exclusively for their banking" amid growing use of online devices to access services.
This set us thinking about the steady decline in traditional Brigg banking over recent years.
After Barclays has shut its Market Place branch in the New Year, only Lloyds, on Wrawby Street, will remain open to customers wishing to call in person to access banking services, obtain advice, move money between accounts or speak with staff about other issues.
HSBC closed its Brigg branch in June 2017.
NatWest, also with premises in the Market Place, followed suit in June 2018.
Lloyds withdrew its traditional counter service at the Wrawby Street branch in October 2018, but the premises remained open with staff on hand to offer advice and guidance. This is still the case and by late January 2022 it will be Brigg's only remaining banking branch.
Lloyds was originally based on Bigby Street in premises which now house The Bank hairdressing salon, while TSB also operated on Wrawby Street. Lloyds alone now trades from this building, original TSB customers having been switched on free transfers if they agreed.
After being sold, HSBC's former bank premises were granted planning permission to be transformed into a new bar, to be known as The Vault (yet to open).
The former NatWest building is now used by Victor Finance.
The impending closure of Barclays in the New Year poses obvious questions about the future use of the ground floor of this distinctive three-storey building on the corner of Cary Lane and the Market Place.
All the buildings mentioned here are within the Brigg Conservation Area.
Any proposed change of use relating to the ground floor of what is currently Barclays will require approval by North Lincolnshire Council.
Back in the 1960s, pupils of Brigg Primary School, on Glebe Road, could take a shilling (5p in today's currency), a florin (10p) on even a half-crown (12½p) with them on Monday mornings to deposit in their Trustees Savings Bank account via a green-covered passbook.
We can't recall there being any facility for withdrawals; just as well with a shop selling sweets and crisps being located on the other side of Glebe Road. The temptation might have proved too much, in many cases.
The banking world was very different in the 1960s to what it is today!
Lucky Brigg kids, decades ago, might have received a birthday or Christmas postal order for ten shillings (50p) or even £1 from a relative living some distance away, which was considered a high-tech way of sending money at the time. Cheques were only for business transactions.
Those Brigg kids from the 1960s are now of, or approaching, pensionable age and have seen the arrival of cashpoints, credit and debit cards, internet/online banking and contactless payments (some carried out by using a wristwatch).

PICTURED: Barclays Bank in the early 1970s alongside a recent view of the Brigg branch.


The local football derby match at Brigg Recreation Ground which we previewed at the weekend saw town team Black Bull beat Hibaldstow 3-2 in a close encounter in Division Three.
Elsewhere in the Paul Fox Scunthorpe Sunday League on October 24, Broughton WWC lost 6-2 in Scunthorpe against BFC in Division One, while FC Recoveries went down 7-3 to FC Showman at Hibaldstow in Division Four.
Barnetby's Sunday footballers were not in league action on this occasion.
The current Black Bull team is based at the historic Brigg pub on Wrawby Street.
In previous decades this hostelry had sides in the Scunthorpe Sunday League and the Barton Regional League at different times.
So it's good to see the Black Bull once again featuring in the Paul Fox competition for the 2021/22 campaign, with home games being played at North Lincolnshire Council's Recreation Ground, pictured above (courtesy of Neil Stapleton).

Monday, October 25, 2021


North Lincolnshire Council continues to undertake routine food hygiene inspections across its district and has recently awarded maximum ratings to 10 premises in or near Brigg.
The following were all awarded five stars - the highest possible - and graded 'very good' for food hygiene.
The Golden City takeaway, 76 Wrawby Street, Brigg.
Thatch Inn, High Street, Broughton.
Jennys Cafe, Harriets Filling Station, Brigg Road, Hibaldstow.
Yaus takeaway, Anchorage House, 63 High Street, Broughton.
Holme Farm Residential Home, Holme Farm, Church Street, Elsham.
Stepping Stones of Scawby, Scawby Under Fives, West Street, Scawby,
Aviator Restaurant Airside Cafe and Todays, Humberside International Airport, Franklin Way, Kirmington.
Scawby Academy by Dolce Ltd, Scawby Academy, West Street, Scawby.
Hunters Lodge Fishery, 1 Church Street, Elsham.
David Wardle Chef Catering Ltd, Elsham Park, Elsham.
Inspections consider hygiene and safety, structural compliance and also indicate "confidence in management."
Ratings are revealed through the Food Standards Agency in what is known as the Scores on the Doors scheme.


Brigg Town Council is to consider pledging its support for the proposed South Humber Rail Link to introduce a new passenger train service between Barton and Gainsborough via Barnetby, Brigg and Kirton Lindsey - through the Government’s £500 million Restoring Your Railway Fund.
Councillors will discuss the public transport initiative during their monthly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, October 26).
Members of the public are welcome to attend this session which starts at 7.15pm on the upper floor of the Buttercross, in the Market Place (access from the side entrance via stairs or lift ). "Residents are invited to address the Council" early in the meeting if they have issues they wish to raise.
There will be an update on how Brigg plans to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with events in June 2022.
Councillors will also consider a call for the addition of a Brigg-born former servicemen's name to the Monument war memorial. Brigg Blog posted about this recently - view details here...
A decision is expected to be made tomorrow on a grant application received from Brigg Rotary Club.
Also open to interested members of the public tomorrow is a meeting of Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee, starting at 6.45pm in the Buttercross. It will consider the latest planning applications submitted in Brigg.


Brigg Town Football Club will be hosting a Halloween disco for children later this week.
It will be held in the Hawthorns clubhouse on Friday, October 29, from 4pm to 7pm.
Prizes will be given to the best-dressed boy and girl and there will be party games.
Every child attending can enjoy a hot dog and fries, if they wish.
Tickets for the event, costing £3, can be obtained from the clubhouse near Hawthorn Avenue.

Sunday, October 24, 2021


There's a hat-trick of home wins by Brigg and Barnetby football teams to report yesterday (Saturday, October 23).
Brigg Town FC saw off Bourne 1-0 in a Lincolnshire Senior Trophy first round tie at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns). The goal was scored by Scott Phillips.
Newly admitted to the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League for 2021/22, Briggensians Reserves beat Santon 10-1 in Division Three. On the mark for the Brigg side were Justin Walker (4), Owen Dunderdale (3), Paul Neal, Jamie Craigie and Reece Wray. This was the team's opening victory.
Barnetby United defeated Glenny's 6-1 in the second round of the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup.



The holders made it through to the last 8 of the Challenge Cup with a solid display against division 3 Glenny’s at Silver Street.
Captain Joe Scott opened the scoring on 8 minutes when a huge clearance from keeper Joel Jackson found him on the edge of Glenny’s box, he brought it down and rolled it home to put Barnetby 1-0 up.
Glenny’s though weren’t here to make the numbers up and came into the game. They equalised in the 17th minute when an unchallenged cross was diverted into his own net by the unfortunate Lloyd.
Stung into a response Barnetby hit back and following a rampaging run from centre half Andy Bradley down the left, the recycled ball was parried by the Glenny’s keeper into the path of veteran Bradley who had remained in the attack to make it 2-1 after 28 minutes.
Barnetby spurned more chances while looking a little shaky at the back and went into half time at 2-1.
Less than a minute into the 2nd half a trademark O’Callaghan left footer made it 3-1, his 10th of the season.
Greaves replaced Watson and his inviting centre from a left wing free kick on 57 minutes was nodded home by Captain Scott for his 2nd and Barnetby’s 4th.
Steve Jordan replaced Oliver Lloyd, moving into the back line alongside Dawson and Stothard and joining up on the pitch with his nephew Liam Jordan, who was having an outstanding game alongside Ben Popple in the heart of Barnetby’s midfield.
Glenny’s were still full of fight, and while their keeper pulled off a string of saves, their right back turned in a cultured and combative performance too.
Ryan Jordan repalced Robbie Wray to make it 3 Jordans on the pitch and was a constant threat down the right.
Danny Vannet, on as a sub for Scott rolled in his 1st goal for Barnetby following outstanding work down the left by O’Callaghan to make it 5-1 on 76 minutes.
O’Callaghan, again down the left caused Glenny’s problems  and when brought down in the area a penalty was the only outcome.
Dan Greaves duly dispatched the kick to make it 6-1 on 84 minutes to send the Railwaymen through.

Brigg Town Development visited Louth and lost 4-1 in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Briggensians first team and Barnetby Reserves were without league fixtures yesterday.

PICTURED: Action from yesterday's tie at Barnetby (courtesy of Lee Fielden) and (top left on this post) Brigg Town and Bourne getting ready for kick-off (image by Simon Fisher). Brigg Town and Barnetby both play in black and white.




North Lincolnshire Council has imposed fines for litter offences in Brigg and Broughton and as well as other places across the district.
The unitary authority says enforcement officers handed out 251 fixed penalty notices for dropped litter in August and September 2021. Fines are £150 - reduced to £100 if paid within 28 days.
"While the majority of the fines were issued in Scunthorpe, litter louts in Ashby, Brigg, Broughton, Barton, Bottesford, Keadby and Wroot were also targeted," the council revealed.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds Ward), the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “While I applaud the work of our enforcement officers in helping keep our communities clean, the number of people dropping litter on the street is just not acceptable.
“We are determined to clean up North Lincolnshire and will keep on fining litter louts until we do.”
North Lincolnshire Council, in partnership with LA Support, has a zero tolerance policy to litter and uses a wide range of powers to target environmental crime.
Incidents includes dog fouling, throwing rubbish from cars and dropping cigarette ends.
The council is urging people who see others dropping or dumping litter to provide photos or video footage and upload it to the authority's website  "where we can use it to pursue the offender."


A new Brigg property can have five bedrooms, North Lincolnshire Council has decided.
In July 2020 the authority granted planning permission for a house to be built on land adjoining Cemetery Lodge, 30 Wrawby Road.
Subsequently, the authority received an application to amend the agreed design to include an additional fifth bedroom.
Recommending that this change should be approved, a report prepared by council planning staff said: "The additional bedroom has been well designed to fit in with the form style of the building."
Brigg Town Council was consulted as part of the planning process and raised no objections.
North Lincolnshire Council has also agreed a 'non-material amendment' to previously granted planning permission. This is to alter the roof of a single-storey extension to sloped and have different exterior facing doors at 35 Avenue Nozay, Broughton.

Saturday, October 23, 2021


Barclays has now provided Brigg Blog with further information relating to the New Year 2022 closure of its branch in the Market Place.
It says local staff will be offered other roles with the bank. The company has also confirmed that letters have been sent to inform its Brigg customers about the closure. 

Barclays tells us...
The Brigg branch will close on Friday 21st January 2022 and the next nearest branch is available at 81 High Street, Scunthorpe.
The role of the physical branch is evolving, with fewer than 10% of transactions now taking place inside a branch.
Customers have a wide range of options to complete their banking including the Barclays app, Telephone Banking, Online Banking, Video Banking.
Everyday transactions can be completed at the Post Office.
We are committed to adhering to the UK Access to Banking Standard. All of our customers will receive a letter, our decision to close document and posters will be displayed in branch, and colleagues will be on hand to assist customers with any concerns they may have.
We will be proactively engaging with local businesses and the wider community to discuss the alternative ways customers will be able to undertake their banking locally.
We will be offering virtual ‘tea and teach’ sessions for customers wishing to explore digital banking and other alternatives to branch based banking.
We will still have an active presence in the community via new and alternative touch points including the Barclays Van.
We do not intend to make anyone redundant as a result of this closure. Colleagues working at Brigg branch will be offered alternative roles in the bank.


There's a beer festival in Brigg this weekend, and it will continue through next week.
Wetherspoon's popular White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street, is staging another of its periodic real ale festivals.
Today and tomorrow (October 23 and 24) and next weekend will be the peak time for visitors. The festival ends on Halloween - Sunday, October 31.
The major hospitality sector company says this event features:

  • Vegan and vegetarian beers
  • Gluten-free beers
  • Drinks from award-winning brewers based in the UK and Ireland.

And last, but my no means least, SIXTEEN ales that are "new to Wetherspoon."

PICTURED: Notices and balloons on show outside the White Horse, Brigg, to promote the current real ale festival.


Brigg Blog has received details of a forthcoming event of interest to local people in the run up to Christmas 2021, including those looking for presents to buy family and friends.
The Trustees for the Lincolnshire and Humberside WI (Women's Institute) will be holding a Christmas Fayre at Scawby Village Hall on Saturday, November 20 (10am until 3pm).
"Please join us," the organisers say. "There are lots of stalls including various crafts, cards, gifts for Christmas and more.
"There will also be an excellent raffle with lots of prizes. Not forgetting the WI cake stall." Refreshments will also be available.
"All Covid guidelines will be in place for the public's safety, so come along in our start to a Cracking Christmas," the Trustees add.


There will be a local derby football match in Brigg tomorrow (Sunday, October 24).
Black Bull  FC, based at the town centre pub on Wrawby Street, will be entertaining Hibaldstow at North Lincolnshire Council's Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road (10.30am kick-off).
This is a Paul Fox Scunthorpe League Division Three fixture.
Sunday morning will also see a Division Four encounter in Hibaldstow between FC Recoveries and FC Showman.
Meanwhile, Broughton Working Men's Club will be at the Co-op Ground in Scunthorpe for a Division One game against BFC.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to Barnetby United FC's Lee Fielden for the fixture update.


PICTURED: Action from a previous game at Brigg Recreation Ground, with South View Avenue in the distance.

Friday, October 22, 2021



Barclays has announced the forthcoming closure of its Brigg branch. This will then leave the town will only one functioning bank people can visit in person - Lloyds, on Wrawby Street.
The Market Place branch of Barclays is to close for good at noon on January 21, 2022.
Brigg will join a number of Barclays branches which have closed or will be shutting. View the list here...
Barclays says: "Here are the main reasons why the Brigg branch is closing:
"The number of counter transactions has gone down in the two years to March 2020, and additionally 83% of our branch customers also use other ways to do their banking such as online and by telephone.
"Customers using other ways to do their banking has increased by 11% since 2015.
"In the past 12 months, 41% of this branch's customers have been using nearby branches.
"We’ve identified that only 68 customers use this branch exclusively for their banking."
The document from Barclays revealing the closure date also sets out "alternative ways to bank" for its local customers. View and/or download the full document here...
Brigg Blog contacted Barclays HQ this morning (Friday) offering an opportunity for further comment.  It appears letters have been sent in advance to local customers regarding the closure of the town's branch.

12.23pm UPDATE: A Barclays spokesperson said: “The decision to close a branch is never an easy one; however, customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking. As a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.
“This is reflected at the Brigg branch where over four fifths (83 per cent) of our customers at the branch are also using different ways to bank.
“We will work with our customers and provide alternative options to ensure they can continue to manage their money and receive financial expertise when required.”


Live music returns to the Lord Nelson in Brigg town centre on Saturday evening (October 23).
Female singer Robyn Gayle (pictured) will be performing, and admission to the gig is free at this Market Place venue. She offers popular songs from the 1960s through to the present day.
There's no 'turn' at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club this Saturday night, but there will be a children's Halloween disco on Sunday (October 24) from 1pm to 3pm.  Tickets, costing £3, are on sale from the bar at the Coney Court venue. (Friday afternoon update - now sold out).
The Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, will have its usual Saturday night free-to-enjoy disco/karaoke operating tomorrow, with the dancing area available to those who are feeling energetic.

There will be a Panda event at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns on Saturday night, from 6pm, featuring local DJs. Lovers of house, drum & bass trance music are welcome. Admission is free.

Broughton Working Men's Club has female vocalist Clea performing hits "from the 1970s until now" on Saturday night. 

Also pictured above alongside Robyn Gayle is the Reach band which provided live music at Brigg's Woolpack last Saturday evening (October 16).


Brigg Town Football Club's first teamers take a break from chasing promotion in ToolStation Northern Counties East Division One and will be in cup action instead on Saturday (October 23).
The Zebras will be meeting Bourne Town, of United Counties League Division One, at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) in a Lincolnshire Senior Trophy first round tie (2pm kick-off).
Like Brigg Town (founded in 1864) Bourne FC (established 1883) can trace its roots back to Queen Victoria's reign.
Pips Kitchen and the Hawthorns clubhouse bar will be open for refreshments.
Brigg Town Development are away to Louth Town in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier on Saturday.
In the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League, new team Briggensians Reserves have a Division Three home match ahead against Santon at Brigg Recreation Ground (3pm).
Barnetby United are also at home - meeting Glenny’s at Silver Street in round two of the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup (2.30pm).


A big attendance can be expected at the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market this Saturday (October 23).
Stalls will be selling a wide range of produce and tasty items, including cheese, jam, bread and cakes.
North Lincolnshire Council's adjoining Saturday general market will offer fruit & veg, flowers and fish.
Free parking adjoining the town centre will be available.

While Saturday's market is on, there will be a craft session for adults and children at Brigg Heritage Centre within the Angel building off the Market Place, while refreshments will be available at St John's Church Hall, on Bigby Street.
Saturday and Sunday (October 23/24) will see the launch of the My Christmas Barn 2021 festive shopping outlet near Brigg.
Expected to attract plenty of interest, it is located at Priory Farm, Kettleby (on the road towards Howsham). View more details here...

PICTURED: People visiting the October 2020 Farmers' Market in Brigg Market Place.

Thursday, October 21, 2021


A time and other details have now been confirmed for the Brigg Christmas Lights 2021 switch-on ceremony.
Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker will be in the Bandstand, in the Market Place, and press the switch to bring on the town centre illuminations at 6pm on Thursday, November 25. Note - Thursday, NOT Friday as in past years.
This year's switch-on is being arranged to accompany late night Christmas shopping organised by the Brigg Town Business Partnership.
There will be further investment in the Christmas lights by Brigg Town Council to make things even better for the forthcoming festive period.
The authority and the traders' organisation have also joined forces to arrange Christmas Market stalls for November 25, something which the usual volunteer organisation is unable to do on this occasion.
Brigg Blog has already received a few inquiries from people asking who to contact about booking a stall. We have pointed them in the right direction.
A welcome new addition for the 2021 switch-on evening will be a disco and DJ from 4pm to 8pm.

PICTURED: Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker, and some examples of the 2020 illuminations which remained in place into the New Year.


A Vampire Book Feast in the run up to Halloween is being held in Brigg tonight (Thursday, October 21).... after the sun goes down and it gets dark!
It will take place in the Angel Suite, off Exchange Place, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Tickets, costing £3.50p, can be obtained from the Angel Hub (entrance off the Market Place) or at the Rabbit Hole shop in the Market Place, which is hosting this event.
Or use this link to book yours online, if you prefer...
The feast features novelist Amy McCaw and Catherine Wynne, who is a specialist when it comes to Bram Stoker, author of the original, classic Dracula book. Copies of Mina and Bram Stoker Horror Stories (illustrated above) can still be obtained from the Rabbit Hole, if you can't make tonight's event.

This topic reminds us of the mid-1980s when Dracula's Breakfast was a cocktail being requested over the bar at some Brigg pubs. We sampled it at the Queens Arms, on Wrawby Street... but only once. Does anyone else remember this cocktail?


Sports-minded people living in, or near, Brigg may be interested in training to become qualified cricket umpires.
There is a nationwide shortage of officials to stand in local league matches between mid-April and mid-September.
Every close season, training courses are run at various locations across Lincolnshire, and one is coming up about 10 miles from our area.
It will be held on Saturday/Sunday, February 5 and 6, 2022 at Normanby Park Cricket Club's headquarters on the northern outskirts of Scunthorpe. Book your place and find out more through this link...
Or, if you have any questions about umpiring, send an email to
Due to the shortage of umpires, a number of Brigg Town Cricket Club matches this spring and summer did not have neutral officials appointed to take charge. Other Brigg games had one umpire, rather than two. Broughton and Hibaldstow teams were in a similar position.

If no qualified umpires are available to stand, the team captains have to delegate someone to do so, which usually means players from the batting side taking turns for a few overs apiece.
It's not essential to have played the game at club level to become a match official; the umpires' association is looking for people with an interest in the sport. Full and expert training is giving on these courses.
We did a dozen years on the Scunthorpe & district panel. It's often said that the umpires enjoy the best possible view of league cricket... far superior to what spectators get on the boundary's edge, even on small-sized grounds.
Expenses are paid to appointed umpires to meet their travel costs, so no-one need be out of pocket. If teas are being served by the home club, the match officials get theirs free.
Umpires do NOT have to commit to standing in games every Saturday or Sunday during the season.

PICTURED: Qualified umpires on duty during Brigg Town Cricket Club games at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road.