Saturday, August 20, 2022

WHEN YOU CAN VIEW BRIGG SUGAR FACTORY EXHIBITION WHICH WILL ENJOY SWEET SUCCESS


An eagerly anticipated exhibition about Brigg Sugar Factory is now being promoted nationwide in a programme of Heritage Open Days to be held across the country.
Brigg’s ‘Beeting’ Heart can be viewed at the Heritage Centre, on the first floor of the Angel building in the Market Place, on the following dates, from 10am to 2pm, during the UK's heritage week:
Friday, September 9; Saturday, September 10; Tuesday, September 13; Thursday, September 15; Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17.
There is no need to book, and admission is free.
View further details about the exhibition here...
We should stress that the 'Beeting' Heart will continue until the end of December 2022 at least, and possibly into the New Year.
Brigg Sugar Factory opened in the late 1920s and lasted into the 1990s before closure. It processed beet grown on farms over a wide area and turned it into bags of sugar for sale.
There was a nearby sportsground and licensed social club, off Scawby Road - also to be featured in the forthcoming exhibition.
The factory had extensive sidings which connected with British Railways' Brigg Line - allowing full and empty wagons to come in and out.
Phill Hewson's fine picture above shows the factory's own diesel shunter at work circa 1980, with Glanford Leisure Centre and the New River Ancholme in view.
Many ex-factory employees still live locally today, as do members of families whose mums and dads or brothers and sisters were employed there.
Other people will have played sports on the factory ground or attended functions and events in the clubhouse.
We anticipate major interest being shown in this exhibition, which should prove to be one of the most popular staged so far by Brigg Heritage Centre.
It will be a case of sweet success!
There will be more than 100 free-to-attend Lincolnshire heritage open days during the period from September 9 to 18 (with well over 4,000 others in other counties).
People from the Brigg area may well be interested in visiting some of those in Lincs. So were are providing some helpful links.
Brigg Blog suggests The Ted Lewis Get Carter Experience (in Barton).
Author Ted grew up in Barton, and his father managed a quarry in our area at Elsham.
Ted's best-known book inspired the gritty film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. It was released in 1971.
There is now a Ted Lewis Centre, on Ferriby Road, Barton, DN18 5HG.
Not a lot of people (from the Brigg area) know that! View further details here...
In the Isle of Axholme, there's an opportunity during the open day week to Discover the Crowle Peatland Railway.
Even nearer to Brigg will be A Ghost of Industry Walk Around Kirton in Lindsey.
Winterton is offering Tales of Typhoid and Tombs.
Or visit Immingham to learn about its unusual Tin Town dwellings, erected to house contractors building the dock for the Great Central Railway in the early 20th century.


ACTION UNDER WAY TO DEAL WITH BRIGG PROBLEM


Work aimed at fixing a long-standing Brigg problem was under way yesterday (Friday, August 19).
Brigg Blog recently flagged up a street fault on lengthy St Helen's Road, which is used by many pedestrians.
We reported a long out-of-action street light to North Lincolnshire Council, the local highway authority.
It acknowledged our repair request verbally and later by email - the suggestion being there was an electricity supply issue.
A week later, workers with mobile plant (on behalf of Northern Powergrid) arrived and excavated the footpath along St Helens Road from the junction with Kings Avenue.
Those of us walking home from Brigg pub visits late tonight (Saturday) will hopefully find normal service has been resumed and that the previously pitch-dark section of St Helens Road is again fully illuminated.
Our advice to local people reporting various problems to North Lincolnshire Council is to use the online 'chat' system available through its website.
A member of staff will then swap online messages with you after a question and answer exchange.
This information will then be passed to the relevant section or department and you can expect to receive emails confirming what has been logged with the council on your behalf. We have used this method a number of times.

BRIGG COUNCILLORS PRAISE POPULAR FREE SWIMMING SESSIONS


The success of local free swimming sessions has been praised and welcomed by councillors from the Brigg & Wolds Ward.
Hundreds of youngsters have taken advantage of free swimming across the six pools in North Lincolnshire, including Ancholme Leisure Centre's at Scawby Brook near Brigg, as part of the authority's Summer Daze programme.
And there's still plenty of time for local youngsters to enjoy more free dips - the closing date being September 4.

FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Almost 3,000 sessions have happened as children from across the area have been swimming for free at the council’s leisure centres in Brigg, Crowle, Barton-upon-Humber, the two Scunthorpe pools at the Pods and Riddings and at Epworth Swimming Pool.
The inflation busting programme makes the sessions available for all under 16s for the whole six-week summer holiday.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It’s been brilliant to hear just how many young people have taken advantage of the free swimming sessions – it’s not the first time we’ve done it and it certainly won’t be the last.
“These sessions really help hard-working parents keep their children occupied in a safe environment.”
The sessions continue to take place at The Pods in Scunthorpe, Ancholme Leisure Centre in Brigg, Axholme North Leisure Centre in Crowle, Baysgarth Community Hub in Barton-upon-Humber, Riddings Community Hub in Scunthorpe and at Epworth Swimming Pool until Sunday, 4 September.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Safer, Stronger, Communities – Rural, said: “Swimming is a really important life skill and it is also a really good way for children to stay active, keeping them fit and healthy while they have lots of fun too.
“There has already been loads of children take advantage of this amazing offer and I am sure many more will for the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays.”
The Summer Daze free swim sessions are part of the NL Active summer holiday activity programme that also includes discounted 3G football and racket sports, junior gym classes, badminton coaching, and other pool activities such as snorkelling, sea scooters, mermaid / merman training, pool inflatable and funsplash sessions, and crash course swimming lessons.
You can find out more about all the NL Active summer holidays activities including the holiday timetable on our website.
Young people across North Lincolnshire can also still get involved in the Fuelled activity programme – which returned bigger and better than ever this year.
Since launching the scheme with Government cash in April 2021, the council has worked with community groups to enable thousands of children, many from low-income families to join boredom-busting activities.
This summer there has been more events to enjoy than ever before, with exciting new activities including motocross featuring alongside popular favourites like arts and crafts and sports camps.
Visit the Fuelled page on our website to find out more.

N.F. ADDS:
During the latest Brigg Town Council meeting, Coun Waltham suggested North Lincolnshire's free summer holiday swimming sessions were unique among UK local authorities across the country.

PICTURED: Coun Carl Sherwood (left) and Coun Waltham (right) are seen above supporting the free swimming sessions made available at Ancholme Leisure Centre in 2018. Image credit: North Lincolnshire Council.

Friday, August 19, 2022

MORE 'FLASHING' SPEED SIGNS COMING TO THE BRIGG AREA



Drivers using main roads in Brigg are warned about their speed by 'flashing' signs outlining if they are complying with the 30mph limit.
Similar signs to those in place on Brigg's Wrawby Road (A18) and Bigby High Road (A1084) are now planned in neighbouring Wrawby, supported by a community grant from North Lincolnshire Council.
The local highway authority has earmarked £3,000 for 'flashing' speed signs on Melton Road (A18) and Barton Road (B1206) within the village.
Wrawby Parish Council submitted the successful application and is contributing £3,000+ in "match funding" for this project.
A North Lincolnshire authority officer's report about the purchase and installation explained it was an attempt to reduce the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit through the village.
"NLC monitoring figures recorded an average of 396 offending vehicles per day in September 2020 and 488 in July 2021," the report said.
Brigg's 'flashing' signs to deter speeding were supported by our Town Council and have been in place for many months as a welcome drive to improve road safety.

Safer Roads Humber will have speed cameras operating on the A18 in Melton Ross today (Friday, August 19). 

PICTURED BELOW: Signs on Wrawby Road, Brigg.

 


 

BRIGG EVENTS TO ENJOY THIS WEEKEND


Brigg has a special market, two live music gigs and karaoke sessions coming up this weekend.
Market Place venue the Woolpack offers karaoke tonight (Friday, August 19).
A Totally Locally Indie Market with a range of stalls will be held in the Market Place on Saturday from 8.30am alongside the traditional market offering fruit & veg, flowers and fish.
Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, has the Sound Injectors band (pictured) performing on Saturday from 7.30pm.
Ska, reggae, northern soul and blues hits can be enjoyed for a £5 admission charge. There will also be a supporting disco.
The Woolpack will have pop/rock covers band Katmandu on stage from 9.15pm on Saturday (admission free).
There will be disco & karaoke on offer at the Dying Gladiator, Bigby Street, the same evening.

SPORTS PREVIEW: BRIGG TOWN FOOTBALL & CRICKET HOME GAMES AHEAD


Sports fans in Brigg & district have plenty on offer to them this weekend.
Brigg Town Football Club have a first team home match against Harrogate Railway Athletic at the EC Surfacing Stadium on Saturday (August 20), kicking off at 3pm.
This is in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One.
Pip's Kitchen and the Hawthorns bar will be open for refreshments.
When the sides last met in Brigg, Harrogate beat the Zebras in an end-of-season play-off fixture which attracted well over 600 fans.
Brigg Town Development will be visiting Skegness Town Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
At the Recreation Ground on Saturday, Brigg Town Cricket Club will be hosting Messingham 2nds in Lincolnshire League Division Three West (1pm).
Having bowled very well, Brigg only required two batsmen to visit the crease last week to secure a 10-wicket victory and full points.
Mid-table Broughton are at home to leaders Barton Town in Division One, with Hibaldstow welcoming Alford after their lengthy drive north for a Division Two game. Hibaldstow, who are third from bottom, could do with a good points haul.
On Sunday (August 21) Broughton 3rds visit top team Alkborough in Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League Division Two.

The Lincolnshire cricket team's final three-day county championship game of the season begins on Sunday (August 21) away to Norfolk in Norwich. Lincs are top of NCCA Eastern Division One.
Tomorrow morning (Saturday) sees the latest Ancholme Valley Way Parkrun, starting close to Brigg's Ancholme Way Bridge at 9am.
Last week's event (August 13) attracted 106 competitors. View the results here...

PICTURED: Brigg Town v Harrogate in the April 2022 play-off clash; inset - Brigg cricketers Jack Richards and Danny Bradley, whose unbeaten opening partnership helped to secure a welcome win at the Rec last Saturday.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

THEN & NOW: A-Z OF BRIGG EATERIES & TAKEAWAYS FROM K's TO MA's



There are many popular eateries and takeaway food establishments in Brigg town centre today, most of them using premises formerly utilised by other business ventures people may well remember with affection from earlier decades.
However, today's Hungry Fisherman, on Coney Court, enjoys a unique 'plaice' in this context.
A takeaway and restaurant, it occupies the ground floor of a building which has been selling fish and chips at least since the 1930s.
Gordon Neall's parents bought the business in 1941, having left the nearby White Hart pub they had been running.
The Coney Court eatery was acquired from Eli Hounslow - father of Geoff Hounslow, the tobacconist who ran Hounslow's shop adjoining the Buttercross for many years.
The Neall family had the Coney Court business for 48 years before selling it.
The long-established China Garden takeaway, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Queen Street, occupies premises formerly used by the renowned K's Corner Cafe (occasionally written as Korner). In the 1960s and 1970s, this was a popular meeting place for fans of two-wheeled transport, with its jukebox a particular attraction. Prior to K's, 42 Wrawby Street housed a grocer's and sweet shop.
Today's Golden City takeaway premises, on the corner of Wrawby Street and The Little Butchery, hosted Boots (the chemist) for some years prior to the national company switching to its now-familiar outlet midway along Wrawby Street in the 1970s.
Mamaris Pizza, towards the eastern end of Wrawby Street, is housed in premises whose previous uses were rather different.
The Little People (children's clothes) was owned and run by Mrs O'Neil. Prior to that a shop, operated by a lady called Gerda, sold baby clothes and wool.
In the 1870s a glass and china shop was evident at 45 Wrawby Street, run by William Blessed - an ancestor of famous actor Brian Blessed, who came to Brigg some years ago during filming for a TV programme about his family history.
Scalinis Fish & Chips (restaurant and takeaway) is well-established at 79 Wrawby Street. But how many customers calling in today realise they are inside a building formerly used by W. H. Smith, one of the world's most famous newsagents and book sellers?
As well as undertaking newspaper deliveries in Brigg, Smith's offered an efficient system for magazines and periodicals. Customers were assigned numbered folders inside which the latest issues of publications they had ordered were placed by staff, pending collection.
In the 1980s the Old School Restaurant, on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street, was providing steaks and other fare in a building now used by Pizza Jim to provide fast food. The Old School House was on two floors and took its name from an original Victorian use of this property as a seat of learning.
The Market Place's Cafe Courtyard is located on the ground floor of North Lincolnshire Council's Angel building which now provides a range of local services including the community hub, library and Heritage Centre. This followed earlier conversion of the centuries-old Angel Hotel (originally a coaching inn). The hotel closed in 1989.
The Cafe Courtyard is based in the former hotel entrance foyer, once featuring trailing vines, where meals and drinks were enjoyed through to the late 1980s.
La Finca, adjoining the Cafe Courtyard, utilises the one-time Angel Hotel off-licence shop.
At nearby 28A Market Place, YellowBelly Pizza (eat in or take away) uses a building which formerly housed Brambles Cafe and prior to that Sandwich Heaven.
The Deli & Diner at 13 Wrawby Street is housed in premises which were formerly a family restaurant.
Going back further in time, this was once the site of the Butchers Arms pub, owned by a Nottinghamshire brewery. This hostelry specialised in offering board and lodging to anglers who came by train from industrial areas of South Yorkshire in large numbers to fish the River Ancholme.
Prior to the Deli & Diner's arrival, these premises housed Ma's Pantry. From the 1970s onwards for some years, Bookmaker Alec King used the ground floor of 13 Wrawby Street.
The two-storey building on Old Courts Road which is now the Mumbai Lounge (restaurant with takeaway service) formerly housed Harry Wu's Kar Restaurant on two floors.
Cooplands bakery & takeaway sandwich shop at 70 Wrawby Street converted the former Shoefayre premises in 2008 to create its new outlet.
The Bengal Spice restaurant & takeaway at 6 Wrawby Street uses the ground floor of a building occupied for many years by Lynes Ropery, and later a clothes shop.
College Yard Cafe takes its name from the courtyard which one boasted residential properties as well as business premises. In the 1980s this pedestrian-only walkway was redeveloped to a high standard.
Shipley's CuriosiTEAS, on the corner of Wrawby Street and Cross Street, occupies premises which have seen various uses down the decades, including Richardson's newsagents (occupying part of the ground floor with a sweet shop next door) and later Jan's Pantry.
Groomers, the well-known hairdressing salon, originally used the Bigby Street building which is now utilised by the Diya Spice takeaway.
Brigg Kebab House is located in a lengthy row of retail units created by warehouse conversion in the 1980s, following the closure of the Spring & Co preserves factory. No. 11 had offered fish & chips courtesy of an earlier business venture.
At the other end of Springs Parade, adjoining the Market Place, the Steel Rooms (with cafe) today occupy premises where a games arcade once operated.
Also sited in a row of late 20th century units are butchers, bakers and sandwich makers Spelmans - facing the town's main car park on Old Courts Road.
Wrawby Street's Costa Coffee (also offering sweet snacks and sandwiches) uses a ground floor converted from the former Poundstretcher store. For some years the William Jackson grocery store/small supermarket traded here.
Gracie's Cafe, in the Market Place, converted the former Ink It UK computer printer accessories shop. Earlier, T. Mundey (family butcher) had used this building; by the late 1950s (see picture below) it had been established for 300 years!
Teasdales (bakers) operates from 61 Wrawby Street in an impressive row of retail premises which won the Brigg Town Council Civic Building Award a few years ago.
The Loft restaurant at 10 Wrawby Street (above Grandad's Shed) is in a building whose former uses include offices for DDM and also the Wold Florist.
Today's Curry Corner takeaway at 20 Market Place (adjoining Elwes Street) utilises the long converted showrooms of a quality furniture and furnishings business, Woolliams & Eyre (also selling glass & pottery items). Food-related ventures since then have included La Buca and Le Raj restaurants; more recently, the Brigg Tandoori takeaway.
Now owned by Wetherspoon's, the White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street, is also a restaurant offering meals throughout the day. Much enlarged by the present owner, these licensed premises date back to the 18th century. Ward's Brewery (Sheffield) operated the hostelry for many decades.
Also still providing a full meals service and menu is the historic Lord Nelson Hotel, in the Market Place, using premises enlarged in the 1980s by incorporating an adjoining shop. More recently, the Old Mill Brewery's Lord Nelson received a Brigg Town Council award, following tasteful refurbishment.
Please note that we've defined 'town centre' for this feature article as being Wrawby Street, Bigby Street, the Market Place and premises in connecting courts.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to local historian Josie Webb, who has kindly taken the time and trouble to fill in some gaps in our knowledge/memory about the previous uses of some of these premises.

PICTURED AT THE TOP OF OUR POST: Jean and Gordon Neall busy in their Coney Court 'chippy' in the 1980s, and the premises today (inset) now the Hungry Fisherman (under different ownership); Ma's Restaurant in the 1990s with today's familiar Deli & Diner beneath. 

 


 


 








Andrew Percy MP visiting Brambles Cafe, Market Place, in 2011. It was located in premises now used by YellowBelly Pizza (below).

 


 

BRIGG TOWN SECURE COMFORTABLE WIN


Brigg Town Football Club moved up the table with a comfortable away win last night (Wednesday, August 17).
The Zebras secure a 4-1 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic (near Barnsley).
Dayle Hutson netted twice, and there was a goal apiece for Scott Phillips and Fraser Papprill.
Brigg led 3-0 at the interval, with Worsbrough's effort coming in the final minute.
Brigg are now ninth in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One... and remain unbeaten.
The Zebras have won both their away games and drawn the two played at home.

ANNIVERSARY OF BRIGG PILOT PROJECT WHICH RECEIVED GLOWING REPORT


It is now 10 years since Brigg was chosen to pilot a welcome 'green' initiative by North Lincolnshire Council.
Some of the town's conventional street lights were replaced by LED types - longer lasting, requiring less electricity and resulting in considerable running cost savings for the public purse following the initial investment.
Streets in Brigg selected for the pilot included St James Road, Churchill Avenue, O'Hanlon Avenue, Yarborough Road and Burgess Road.
They were given LED lights in what North Lincolnshire Council called  a 'controlled trial' and it supplied local households with questionnaires to get their feedback.
Brigg Town Council also gave careful consideration to this lighting trial, with lengthy discussions during a Planning & Environment Committee meeting.
Brigg Blog listened to those discussions and reported on August 16, 2012: "Comments varied - but were generally of a positive nature.
"In most cases the new lights seemed to tick the right boxes!"
We concluded that a "glowing report" had been forthcoming in Brigg for the lighting project.
Following the pilot scheme, North Lincolnshire Council subsequently installed LED lights across its district, in an extensive programme which took some years.
However, even long-lasting lights can experience difficulties over time.
Having passed an out-of-action street light on St Helens Road after dark for some weeks, Brigg Blog recently stepped in to report the fault to North Lincolnshire. We think this may be a power-related issue.
The faulty light is located not far from the junctions with Glanford Road and Kings Avenue.
'Candle power' is a term still used today for the strength of lighting. But we don't anticipate a celebratory cake with candles marking the tenth anniversary of Brigg's part in what became a welcome project for our local highway authority!
Not everyone was happy with the new LED lighting programme. One local man contacted us some years ago to lament "the loss of those lovely old orange sodium street lights in and around Brigg as a result of this latest 'improvement' scheme."

PICTURED: Street lights after dark on Yarborough Road and Cary Lane, Brigg.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

BRIGG & DISTRICT MIDWEEK UPDATES ON A RANGE OF TOPICS


Brigg people will soon be able to enjoy a wide range of meals at a local bar & restaurant following the appointment of a chef.
A full meals service will be available at The Millfield, Castlethorpe, from Friday, August 26.
Brigg Blog was invited to the launch night in late April, following which the bar opened to the public with limited food available.
The Millfield management now say they have found their perfect chef.
Booking tables is highly recommended for those planning to sample the menu - details of which will be announced "in due course."
The Millfield is located on Wressle Road, Castlethorpe, close to the A18, at DN20 9LF. The former Arties Mill premises have been lavishly refurbished.
Get in touch with the venue through https://www.facebook.com/themillfieldbrigg

TAKE NOTICE: A new Brigg Town Council noticeboard has been installed adjoining Bigby Road (the A1084) not far from the Monument roundabout.
Many pedestrians pass by this spot, including folk exercising their pets.
Initially, this board displayed contact details for our Brigg & Wolds Ward unitary authority representatives and a poster advertising a forthcoming event.
Further information of interest to the public will follow, in due course.
Traditional noticeboards like this are common in nearby villages - an example being Scawby parish's located near the entrance to the former sugar factory sportsground on Scawby Road.
Brigg Town Council has also moved with the technological times. Some months ago it gained use of a 'rolling scroll' digital noticeboard to display information on screen at the rear of the Angel building.

OFFLINE: We've been informed that a couple from Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, came to Brigg by car for last weekend's food festival and really enjoyed their visit. However, they would have preferred arriving here and returning home by train. The passenger service they could have used was suspended by the operating company in January due to Covid-related staffing issues and has yet to resume. A review of the situation is expected in December.

LIVING SPACE: Planning permission is being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to erect a two-storey rear extension, including demolition of an existing conservatory, at 15 The Rookery, Scawby. Planners have yet to rule on this application.

PICTURED: Inside The Millfield; the council noticeboard on Bigby Road, and deserted Brigg railway station on a recent Saturday when no trains were calling.

'EDDIE SHOESTRING' & BRIGG REPORTERS WITH AN EYE FOR NEWS


Clued-up newspaper reporters based in Brigg decades ago picked up the habit of keeping their eyes and ears open for items of interest within the town centre - known in our profession as 'off-diary stories'.
We've been reminded of this many times during this hot summer which has resulted in many al fresco refreshment stops being made at Wetherspoon's White Horse, on Wrawby Street.
We've favoured the seating provided on the frontage and in the rear beer garden, taking advantage of the budget coffee offer in the morning or sinking a few pints of real ale in the afternoon or early evening.
Many people have shared newsworthy snippets and comments, and we have observed various things from these vantage points which have merited inclusion on Brigg Blog.
The frontage is an ideal location to watch everyday Brigg life at close quarters, and the seating area proved particularly useful prior to (and during) Brigg Horse Fair 2022.
Late in the morning on August 5 we visited Wetherspoon's, then headed through the town centre. Outside the Buttercross, we met and photographed a couple who had just got married... on Fair day.
A stay in the beer garden at the back of Wetherspoon's, adjoining Grammar School Road South, resulted in a reunion with a former Brigg sportsman we hadn't seen for 40 years.
While working for the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times weekly newspaper at 57 Wrawby Street in the early 1980s, we initially had a desk on the first floor which offered a fine panoramic view of the town's main shopping area while the A18 was still running through (prior to pedestrianisation).
Observations from this spot prompted a number of articles for the paper.
A major talking point back then was short stay parking.
Some customers used to draw up in their vehicles and nip into businesses to make speedy purchases, including bread and cakes from Bowen's bakery.
However, traffic wardens were out on patrol.
How long should a car-driving customer have been allowed to make purchases? Or did all parking of this nature fall foul of the rules?
One local man, we observed, spent hours each week standing outside the old Congregational Chapel opposite 57 Wrawby Street; he just enjoyed watching everyday scenes unfolding before his eyes within the town centre.
He was subsequently given the nickname Eddie Shoestring - a character whose on-the-street observations featured in the plots of a popular prime time TV series.
'Private eye' and local radio reporter Shoestring helped to solve many crimes through on-street information picked up in the place where he lived and worked.
In Brigg some 40 years ago, regular police patrols were also watched with interest from the top floor of the Times office as constables on foot (no PCSOs back then) made their way along Wrawby Street.
Any police cars observed heading down the A18 would result in reporters ringing Brigg 'cop shop' to ask the chief inspector, an inspector or desk sergeant if these call-outs were likely to prove newsworthy.
Veteran Brigg journalist Edward 'Ted' Dodd had an extensive list of local contacts which was the envy of every young Times reporter 40 years ago.
Even though Ted was semi-retired by then and in his 70s, he made a point of visiting the White Horse (then still owned by Wards of Sheffield) on a regular basis for a pint or two so he could talk with people he knew. These chats often resulted in stories for the paper.
One of his notable White Horse-related 'scoops' for the front page came in the 1970s when an evening visit alerted him to outcry among council house tenants whose properties were being modernised by the Urban District Council.
Their homes were being gutted between 9am and 5pm to install bathrooms, central heating and new windows over several weeks.
But after the tradesmen had knocked off work in the evenings, many tenants were faced with dust and grime, holes in floors, disrupted water supplies and other problems.
Young family members who were trying hard to revise for important secondary school exams at this time found it difficult to concentrate.
Back then there was no question of disruption-related allowances being made by the examination boards for marks and grades.
Fortunately, things have progressed since those far-off days and disruptions to schooling resulting from the Covid emergency saw welcome changes made to normal procedures nationwide - allowances being made for difficult circumstances.

PICTURED: Wrawby Street as it looked more than 40 years ago, showing the former Congregational Chapel and Bowen's; a summer 2022 view of the popular seating area at the front of Wetherspoon's White Horse; Brigg Police Station getting ready to open in the late 1970s; the Lincolnshire Times office in the early 1980s, and veteran reporter Ted Dodd. Below - Paul Jenkinson and Nigel Fisher, former Brigg cricketers, in Wetherspoon's beer garden recently - having been reunited after 40 years (image courtesy of Paul's family).




BRIGG TOWN KEEN TO EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN TONIGHT


Brigg Town Football Club has a first team match coming up tonight (Wednesday, August 17).
The Zebras, who were not in action on Saturday, have a midweek game away to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic (7.45pm).
Brigg are unbeaten in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One after three fixtures, with one win and two draws.
Currently 12th in a division with 20 teams, Town will climb several places if they secure victory tonight on their visit to the Barnsley area.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

BRIGG BLOG ENJOYS PREVIEW EVENING AT THE VAULT BAR


Invited guests enjoyed a preview of the new Vault Bar in Brigg Market Place at the weekend.
The venue will be opening to the public on Tuesday, August 23.
Ahead of the official launch, an invitation-only viewing was held on Saturday, from 7pm.
This gave Brigg Blog a golden opportunity to take a look inside this impressive venue, which has been created in the former HSBC bank premises - a grade two listed building within the Brigg Conservation Area.
Lavish refurbishment has resulted in a very welcoming interior with plush seating, tables and the all-important bar where we were interested to watch staff preparing the cocktails individually, using shakers.
Wine, ale, cider and other drinks are also available from the lengthy bar.
Guests on Saturday night were informed that a sample range of 10 signature and classic cocktails had been prepared "before we go live with the full menu."
They received warm welcomes from hosts Michelle and Hannah, and were given guided tours of The Vault, whose interior is laid out in an L-shape.
At the rear of venue is a spacious and furnished beer garden which adjoins the sizeable car park.
This has a newly-created entrance behind the Angel, with access from Elwes Street for vehicles.
Work will be continuing at The Vault over the coming days to complete a venture which is bringing something new to Brigg town centre.
Our thanks go to The Vault for providing the pictures seen here. 

 







PROJECTS TO CREATE 17 FLATS IN BRIGG TOWN CENTRE AWAITING COUNCIL DECISIONS


There being high demand for residential accommodation in and near Brigg town centre, today we take a look at some proposed schemes which are aiming to provide more, including a total of 17 flats at three different locations.
Proposals for residential developments have been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council at various times since late last year and await decisions from our local planning authority.
December 30, 2021 was the 'valid date' given to an application for change of use of commercial accommodation to three self-contained first floor flats, involving alterations, new window openings, roof lights and the installation of an access staircase at 9 Wrawby Street.
The council's environmental department subsequently provided a report expressing concerns about noise for those who would live in the flats. The department felt unable to support the development and recommended the application should therefore be refused. However, the decision is a matter for council planners, who have still to announce their ruling. No 9 is the building which has the Costa coffee shop on its ground floor.
March 1, 2022 was the date assigned to a planning application to convert former outbuildings near the Angel's rear car park into two one-bedroom residential studio flats. The site is behind Gracie's Cafe and next to the Lord Nelson Hotel's beer garden.
Since this application was submitted, further information has been supplied to the council relating to noise mitigation, materials and windows.
May 3 was the 'valid date' assigned by planners to an application to erect 12 three-storey flats on land adjacent to Springs Way and Cary Lane (not far from the Tesco store). The council's conservation officer has recommended a 'design change'.
Early June saw an outline planning application revealed for residential development on car sales and storage land off Engine Street. Further supporting documents have since been submitted. Responses have been received from various consultees including the Environment Agency and Brigg Town Council.
Given August 3 as its 'valid date', an application was recently submitted to erect two semi-detached houses on an area of land (currently with a concrete surface) on Manley Gardens, not far from Bridge Street.

PICTURED: Top left - the first floor of 9 Wrawby Street is earmarked for three flats, subject to council approval; top right - the area off the Angel car park where two flats are proposed; second row - land near Springs Way where approval is being sought to erect 12 flats.

UNBELIEVABLE, JEFF! BRIGG FOOTBALL MATCHES PLAYED HERE WITHOUT GOALPOSTS


Memories came flooding back when Brigg Blog made an unplanned visit to the Springbank area of the town at the weekend.
Children who grew up on this estate, or lived nearby in the 1960s and early 1970s, played countless games of football and cricket on the land pictured here.
It was earmarked for kids by Brigg Urban District Council - for which youngsters were grateful.
However, the close proximity to South View Avenue houses and some of the Woodbine Grove prefabs did not make it ideal, with stray cricket balls sometimes breaking front windows, damaging asbestos garage panels or striking parked cars.
Footballs also found their way into domestic gardens, to the annoyance of some tenants as kids sought to get their balls back.
The hedge seen here on Saturday was far from mature in the 1960s and 1970s and afforded minimal protection from straying balls.
Brigg UDC did not cut this grass very often (unlike today) and thick weeds were an issue, particularly during cricket matches on makeshift 'strips'.
Balls which struck sprouting plantains might fly high 'off a length' or shoot along the ground.
The adjoining Rec Ground (now open plan) was divided from the kids' area by a tall metal fence topped with barbed wire during the UDC era.
It's heartening to see today's mature hedge left untouched by the authorities, offering a haven for butterflies, birds and fauna.
Brigg Blog arrived here after attending Saturday's food & music festival and markets ADD LINK in the town centre.
The weather being hot, we decided to board the 12.30pm No. 91 shoppers' bus from Cary Lane and Hornsbys dropped us off on South View Avenue.
From there it was only a short walk to the Rec to watch Brigg Town Cricket Club's comfortable home win over Caistor 2nds.
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Football goalposts were never provided by the UDC on the grass near South View Avenue.
However, frames are present today on Woodbine Park which occupies part of the former prefabs site.
Indeed, there are plans to replace both current sets of posts with new ones.
A football pitch of decent size for 'kick-abouts' has been available here for many years.
Local kids, decades ago, had to use jumpers and coats as temporary goalposts.
Unbelievable, Jeff! 

 


 

Monday, August 15, 2022

PLANS TO ESTABLISH SPORTS & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT VENUE IN BRIGG


Great local interest will be shown in the new owner's plans for the historic Exchange in Brigg town centre.
These include a sports & live entertainment venue, a large restaurant with gin bar, a "more traditional pub bar", plus fully refurbished and updated en suite bedrooms.
The Hunt Group is "absolutely delighted with this acquisition."
The 18th century Exchange is Brigg's only grade two star listed building.
Brigg Blog and well-known local businessman Joe Mullen have enjoyed a host of weekend chats on various licensed premises across the town over many years.
But last Saturday's was the first since the sale of the Exchange with which he has been synonymous since the 1980s.
One of these sessions led to Brigg Blog's well-read story about Winston Churchill paying a hush-hush visit to the Exchange while the country's war-time Prime Minister.
In 2019, as Joe looked on at the Exchange, we photographed the bed in which the world famous politician spent the night.

FROM THE HUNT GROUP

The Exchange Coach House Inn and Tavern in Central Brigg has been acquired by the Hunt Group.
The historic Exchange Coach House Inn along with the Exchange Hotel and Exchange Tavern have been closed since 2020 and will be refurbished, renovated and fitted out by their property development business ahead of re-opening later this year.  
Robert Smithson, associate director of Hotels Agency at Colliers, advised Joseph Mullen on the sale after almost four decades of ownership, marketing the central Brigg complex for offers in the region of £950,000.
He said: “We are delighted to have advised Mr Mullen who successfully operated the business for the last 38 years. This sale highlights the strong levels of interest in regional UK hotels and in particular those which present a new owner with significant opportunities to grow trade in this post-pandemic market.”
Located across a large proportion of central Brigg, the property offers 42 en suite bedrooms plus substantial public areas including four bars, two restaurants, several function/meeting rooms and an architecturally pleasing alfresco courtyard seating area. The original grade II* listed property was formerly a gentleman’s club built in around 1760 and has been frequented by a number of local dignitaries as well as Winston Churchill during World War II.
Shaun Hunt, CEO of the Hunt Group said: “The Hunt family are absolutely delighted with this acquisition and becoming the new custodians of this sizeable hotel and Food & Beverage complex in the very heart of the historic market town of Brigg.  This is the family’s home town and we are committing ourselves to a very significant investment throughout the site.  Whilst the ‘vibe’ in Brigg is already good we shall strive to make it even better, hopefully making Brigg the place to go in North Lincolnshire.  This will undoubtedly require the help, support and combined efforts of all local businesses, including all existing and new food & beverage operators.  The plans for our own site currently include a sports & live entertainment venue, a large restaurant with gin bar, a more traditional pub bar, plus fully refurbished and updated en suite bedrooms.”

PICTURED: The Exchange Coach House Inn viewed from Bigby Street, its Tavern on Wrawby Street and part of the Courtyard.

CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT LITTLE-KNOWN FEATURE OF BRIGG HISTORY


An interesting feature of Brigg area history which few people know about today is to feature in a presentation by an expert from the other side of the world.
Animal predators from our district were shipped down-under to catch rabbits which were badly affecting the economy by eating grass set aside for valuable wool-giving and meat-providing sheep.
A talk entitled Brigg's Historic Connections with New Zealand - The Why & How will be enjoyed at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, on Tuesday, September 6, from 8pm.
It will be presented by Professor Carolyn King, of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, at the next meeting of Brigg Amateur Social Historians.
BASH founder Josie Webb tells us this is the story of local men Henry and Walter Albone, along with Fowler Metcalf, who took stoats and weasels down-under "to exterminate the large rabbit population in the 1880s."
Admission to this talk is free and there's no need to book places in advance; just turn up on the night. A raffle will be held. "All welcome," says BASH.
One sunny day in May 2016, Brigg Blog gave Prof King a short guided tour when she visited our town.
She was interested in North Lincolnshire's 18th and 19th century rabbit industry and we took her to look at Coney Court, whose historic name reflects this trade.
Subsequently, we were sent a courtesy copy of her research paper containing references to Brigg and district.
It included a photograph of a rabbit display in Brigg Heritage Centre "celebrating the importance of rabbits to the local economy during the 18th and 19th centuries."
Dr Frank Henthorn's book  A History of 19th Century Brigg was among reference works used.
He lived on Westrum Lane and was a Brigg Grammar School history master (early 1930s to the late 1960s), retiring as deputy headmaster.
Unexpectedly, Brigg's Blog's very modest contribution to Prof King's research paper was recognised in its Acknowledgements section.
In a post in March 2018, we suggested: "This topic would certainly make an interesting subject for a future monthly meeting of BASH."
It's fitting that the talk will be delivered in Coney Court - once the centre of the town's rabbit fur trade, with resident glove-makers.
Coney Court's metal arches - fairly recent additions to the town centre - include rabbit emblems alongside the lettering.
BASH will be presenting further months meetings over the coming months. Details to follow, once confirmed.

PICTURED: Views of Coney Court, Brigg, including what is now the rear of the Servicemen's Club on the right.

BROUGHTON WIN THE CUP IN STYLE


Brigg Blog offers congratulations to Broughton 2nds on winning a cricket trophy yesterday (Sunday, August 14).
They secured the Lincolnshire County League's Supplementary Cup by beating Caistor 2nds in the final, played at the Hirst Priory Ground, near Crowle.
Caistor were dismissed for only 50, as Broughton bowlers Paul Clark and Jake Parker managed five wickets apiece, with wicketkeeper Sam Benson holding three catches.
Broughton then took only 11 overs to reach their target without losing a wicket - Steve Johnstone finishing 37 not out.
Broughton 2nds and Caistor 2nds both won qualifying groups and then triumphed in semi-finals to progress to yesterday's decider which was hosted by the Outcasts club.
Yesterday's trophy-winning efforts completed a memorable weekend for Broughton 2nds; on Saturday they moved to the top of Division Three West by beating Barton Town 2nds who are also chasing the end-of-season championship pennant in Division Three West.
Hibaldstow 2nds' batsman Toby Carter hit 91 yesterday but finished on the losing side in a Mick Walker North Lindsey League Division Two game against Alkborough who have already clinched the championship.
Hibaldstow were bowled out for 214 - a total topped by the visitors with only four wickets lost.

PICTURED: Steve Johnstone (left) who top scored yesterday and Paul Clark who took five for 15 in the final.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

BRIGG TOWN RECORD BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON


Brigg Town Cricket Club's biggest win of the season was achieved yesterday (Saturday, August 13).
They beat Caistor 2nds by 10 wickets at the Recreation Ground, gaining the maximum possible 20 points.
Caistor were bowled out for 65. Nick Beacock claimed three wickets for 19, while Phil Dewfall and Vijay Raju took two wickets apiece.
Brigg's opening batsmen then knocked off the required runs - captain Danny Bradley finishing unbeaten with 31 and Jack Richards making 24 not out.
This was a very welcome win for Brigg who remain at the foot of Lincolnshire League Division Three West but have now narrowed the gap between themselves and Caistor who are immediately above them. And Brigg have two games in hand.
Caistor 2nds will be playing Broughton 2nds this afternoon (Sunday) in the Lincolnshire League's Supplementary Cup final.


PICTURED: Action from the early overs of the game at Brigg Rec yesterday, featuring David Baggott in the sunglasses, Phil Dewfall wearing his club cap and all-rounder Vijay Raju opening the bowling.

BRIGG FOOD FESTIVAL DRAWS CROWDS AND OFFERS CRICKET LOVERS A CRUNCH WITH THEIR LUNCH


Perfect weather greeted a well-attended major event held in Brigg town centre yesterday (Saturday, August 13). And a tasty surprise was on offer to cricket lovers.
Stalls, mobile stands and tables & chairs outside some well-known town centre business premises found plenty of takers during the summer Brigg Food Festival.
Pictured here at lunchtime are La Finca (Spanish tapas street food) and the Lord Nelson Hotel.
Brigg Blog was interested to see a Market Place A-board highlighting the word 'cricket'.
We tucked into hundreds of traditional teas as a club player and league umpire for more than 40 years after being bitten by the cricket bug.
However, yesterday 'crunch with your lunch' cricket-style was being offered in Brigg.
Near the A-board was a stall selling packs of 'six-legged superfood' - protein-packed crunchy insects in a range of flavours.
Free samples of these crickets were offered in small pots by Bugvita, and the spicy kind we tried proved tangy and tasty.
This was the outlet's Brigg debut.
Adam Banks, pictured here on the stall, moved to Mexico to work some ears ago - insects forming an important part of that country's cuisine - "and after tasting his first taco stuffed with escamoles he was hooked!"
He later gained a farming scholarship to investigate how insects were being farmed for food around the world "and to see what opportunities might exist to rear insects for food in the UK."
Find out more at www.bugvita.com
Wrawby Windmill took a stall yesterday and handed out leaflets to promote forthcoming open days at the village landmark close to the A18.
Free admission and refreshments will be offered on bank holiday Monday, August 29, and again on Sunday, September 11 (1pm to 5pm).
Find out more about the mill and how it is supported by volunteers and a registered charity at www.wrawbywindmill.co.uk
Alongside the food festival, Brigg's traditional Saturday market offered fruit & veg, flowers and fish.
In addition to Brigg Town Business Partnership's festival, there was a wide range of music arranged by Brigg Live Arts, with the Bandstand serving its original purpose. The programme continued throughout the afternoon and into the evening.





Brigg Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker supporting the event.



Freeman of Brigg, Chris Darlington, co-ordinating the music as a steward for Brigg Live Arts.


A busy scene on Wrawby Street yesterday.

Guitarists providing the lunch-time music.