Wednesday, August 31, 2022


Safer Roads Humber will have speed cameras monitoring vehicles in the Brigg area tomorrow (Thursday, September 1).
"Daily enforcement" will be carried out on the B1398 at Kirton Road, Greetwell.
The road safety organisation explains: "Safety cameras are used across the region as part of our overall strategy to make Humberside's roads safer.
"We use mobile and fixed speed cameras to detect speeding vehicles at locations that have been identified as sites of risk.
"We are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations meaning we can be more responsive to our communities' needs."


A new team from the Brigg area will soon be kicking off in the Scunthorpe & District Sunday Football League.
Wrawby Millers have been admitted to the well-established competition for the 2022/23 season.
They will competing in Division Three alongside Recoveries FC, who will again be using the Hibaldstow ground.
These teams will be going head to head in Wrawby on September 25.
Ahead of that, the Millers will be at Crosby FC on September 11.
Half the teams competing in Division Two this season will be from our area.
They are: Black Bull, based at Brigg's Wrawby Street pub & sports bar, playing home games at the town's Recreation Ground; Broughton Working Men's, relegated from the top flight, using Broughton Recreation Ground, off Scawby Road; Barnetby United (Sunday), playing at the village's Silver Street venue; and Hibaldstow FC.
There's an early local derby ahead on September 11 when Barnetby will host Hibaldstow.
Our area will not be represented in Division One this season.
League games for teams in the three sections will be supplemented by cup competitions.
The initial home league game for Black Bull will be on October 9 when they welcome Ashby Mill Road to Brigg Recreation Ground. The Bull's last home game is expected to be on March 12.

PICTURED: Black Bull FC in action at Brigg Rec towards the end of last season (images courtesy of Lee Fielden, Barnetby).




Brigg was twice honoured with royal visits by Lady Diana - The Princess of Wales.
Today being the 25th anniversary of her death in tragic circumstances on August 31, 1997, she will be in many local people's thoughts.
A book of remembrance was opened in Brigg a quarter of a century ago, being signed by residents mourning the loss of The People's Princess, aged only 36.
During her initial visit to Brigg in 1988 to launch the Brigg Regeneration Project reviving many historic buildings, the Princess (assisted by Coun Violet Lockwood, Mayor of Glanford) planted a tree on a grass bank overlooking the Old River Ancholme, near the County Bridge.
This tree has now matured and grown to a good height - demonstrated by these pictures taken a few days ago.
Beneath it is a plaque to inform people of the tree's royal connections.
We antiipate some floral tributes and perhaps messages being placed here.
Lady Diana made her second visit to Brigg in 1991, marking the success of the Regeneration Project which included refurbishing the Buttercross.
She undertook royal walkabouts in Brigg town centre where crowds had gathered.
During her initial visit she was invited to the Falcon Cycles factory, off Bridge Street - meeting a number of employees.
The management presented her with Brigg-made bikes for her sons, the then young Prince William and Prince Harry.
Sir Elton John, a friend of the princess, sang a special version of one of his most famous songs, Candle in the Wind, during her funeral at Westminster Abbey, London, on September 6, 1997.
She was famously described as England’s Rose by Bernie Taupin in his adapted lyric.
Lincolnshire-born Bernie grew up in Omwby-by-Spital, just off the A15 to the north of Lincoln.

PICTURED: The riverside tree plated by Lady Diana and part of the inscription near its trunk, and the plaque above the front entrance to the Buttercross in the Market Place.


Tickets are now on sale for Carousel - Brigg Amateur Operatic Society's autumn production.
Performances will be given from Tuesday, October 18 through to Saturday, October 22 at the Plowright Theatre, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe.
Tickets can be bought online via this link, which also offers additional information...
Brigg Amateur Operatic Society can trace its roots back to 1903.
It used the town's Corn Exchange for many productions down the decades, and later staged shows at the Vale of Axholme School/Academy.
Subsequently, the society has used the Plowright venue - named after Brigg-born actress Dame Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier).
People from Brigg and district planning to support the show should note there is a council car park available on Laneham Street, close to the theatre.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022


A planning application from the newest school in Brigg has been refused by North Lincolnshire Council.
Approval had been sought to site a mobile residential home at the rear of the premises to accommodate live-in workers associated with the existing special needs establishment.
The Robert Holme Academy is based at Fircroft - a converted bungalow on Wrawby Road - close to the Health Place offices and bordering the Brigg Conservation Area.
An application was lodged in early May to provide a mobile home in the back garden, with plans to employ a permanent chef/cook and a cleaner to live on-site. This would assist 24-hour site security. View further details here...
Giving its reasons (dated August 26) for refusing the application, North Lincolnshire Council said: "It is considered that a robust supporting case has not been submitted with the planning application to justify the requirement for a mobile home as temporary residential accommodation for an on-site worker to reside in."
The council added: "The proposed mobile home, by virtue of its scale, size, width and siting is considered to result in loss of residential amenity to the gardens and living conditions of 10-12 Jasmine Court (3 properties) through the effects of overshadowing and having an overbearing impact."
Brigg Town Council was consulted as part of the planning process and raised no objections to the application.
No comments were received by planners from the general public.
Anyone refused planning permission by a local authority can, if they wish, lodge an appeal.
Brigg Blog visited the new Robert Holme Academy in April and posted a feature article, with pictures, about the establishment.

inside the Robert Holme Academy; below - the frontage viewed rom Wrawby Road, with the Health Place offices (formerly Glanford Hospital) just visible on the left.




A weekend visit to Brigg Town Football Club's EC Surfacing Stadium and the nearby Recreation Ground got us thinking about the age of the lengthy footpath which borders both - running from Hawthorn Avenue alongside tennis courts towards the Rec.
The footway (also used by cyclists) is located behind the gardens of properties on East Parade and has a very mature Hawthorn hedge on one side.
The Rec was created by the Urban District Council in 1952 after it had bought the former Woodbine Farm, while Brigg Town FC established this ground in 1960/61, having used a venue behind the Brocklesby Ox pub on Bridge Street.
Did the footpath come into being between 1952 and 1961? Or was it there while the farm still existed?
Hawthorn Avenue's houses were completed by the UDC circa 1930.
So we wonder if today's 'tenfoot' and the hawthorn hedge formed part of an agricultural field boundary 90 or more years ago.
The original entrance to the football ground (vehicular and pedestrian) was off Hawthorn Avenue, using part of this path which today is kept in a very good state of repair.
Vehicles heading for the football ground now come in off Wrawby Road, using the Rec's approach road, and then continue past the changing rooms to access the club's car park.
Wrawby Road to the Rec has also become a main access route for pedestrians, although there is a side gate leading into the ground near the 'tenfoot' off Hawthorn Avenue. This now forms part of metal fencing.
The 'tenfoot' eventually meets another path which runs north from East Parade through to Atkinson Avenue - forming a boundary between the football ground and the Rec.
Close to where these two paths meet on the western side of the sportsground Woodbine Farmhouse used to stand.
It was acquired by the council 70 years ago as part of the land deal which also included some farm buildings (converted for use as changing rooms).
The house provided living accommodation for the resident groundsman and was demolished in the 1970s by which time it had been passed on to Glanford Borough Council through local government re-organisation.
As far as we know, the 'tenfoot' between the football ground and rear gardens on East Parade has never had a name - official or unofficial.
But the East Parade-Atkinson Avenue path it connects with was known for decades as No Cycling by those living on the council estates at either end.
It took its name from white and black Brigg UDC signage erected to inform the public.
Everyone assumed a local by-law applied, with penalties set out for any offenders observed by police officers out on patrol.
Cycling was discouraged because of 'blind' bends in the path, where riders and walkers might come into contact.
The signage disappeared long ago but the bends remain.
Without on-site 'No Cycling' instructions we can only assume those on two wheels are free to use this path.
However, we would advise caution, in terms of speed, when approaching the bends.
'No Cycling' proves a useful shortcut for people visiting or leaving the Springbank estate and continues to be well used.




Just to update Brigg Blog followers on Lincolnshire County Cricket League matches of local interest which were played yesterday (Monday, August 29)...
Broughton 1sts are sixth (mid-table) in Division One following a defeat in Lincoln against Bracebridge Heath 2nds.
A below par 144 all-out from Broughton featured 32 by Nick Dobbs and useful runs towards the end of the innings by Paul Mitchell (28 not out) and last man Phil Heath (20).
'Mitch' (pictured above) and Phil shared a 51-run last wicket partnership.
Half-century 10th wicket stands are rare in Lincs League cricket.
However, despite their last-ditch efforts the home side cruised to victory after the break, losing only three wickets.
Broughton took only three bonus points from this game, and have two more fixtures ahead to conclude their campaign.
Elsewhere in Division One, former Brigg Town batsman Richard Antcliffe hit an unbeaten 60 to help third-in-the-table Messingham 1sts record a crushing 10-wicket win over Cherry Willingham who had been dismissed for 94.
Hibaldstow's ground hosted Premier Division cricket yesterday, on behalf of Caistor's first team who were beaten by Scothern.
Caistor opted to bat first but were dismissed for 126 (Jim Parker 38).
Scothern were made to work for their win, losing seven wickets before it was finally secured, with Matt Blackburn and Luke Francis taking two apiece for the 'home' team.
Caistor's ground is currently out of action - resulting in this switch of venue.
Ex-Brigg batsman Matthew Bell, now playing for Lincoln club Lindum, was in their second team which lost to Market Rasen in the Premier Division yesterday.
It is now many years since bank holiday Mondays saw a full programme of matches across the different divisions of the Lincolnshire League.
Only seven were played yesterday - three of them being in the top flight.
There were no games in Division Three West, of which Brigg Town and Broughton 2nds are members.


Brigg Town Football Club's first teamers face an away trip to the Peak District in Derbyshire in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase 2022/23 (sponsored by Isuzu).
Having beaten Runcorn at the weekend, they have been drawn away to New Mills (North West Counties League Division One South).
The Millers will be hosting our Zebras on Saturday, September 24 (3pm kick off).
The driving distance between Brigg and the High Peak area of Derbyshire is 85 miles.
If New Mills seems a familiar name to Brigg Blog followers, it could be they read our January 2020 report about Brigg's Vicar, Father Owain Mitchell, moving to there to take over the parish.
New Mills is famous for its sweet-making output. View details here...

Monday, August 29, 2022


Three wheelie bins issued by Glanford Borough Council back in 1988 and 1989 are still being used in Brigg today.
We spotted them in the town centre last week - date of issue being imprinted on the plastic lids.
Glanford, whose office base was on Station Road, succeeded Brigg Town Council in 1974 when it came to providing refuse collection.
Galvanised dustbins and then plastic sacks gave way in the late 1980s to wheelie bins - Glanford being one of the first authorities in the region to introduce big, black and sturdy general waste bins by way of replacements.
Clearly the choice of bin made by Glanford back then was a very wise one in terms of value for money.
Are the bins we spotted the town's oldest surviving wheelies?
North Lincolnshire Council, established in 1996, has since furnished many households with newer general waste bins.

ROCK NIGHT: Paul Hildreth (pictured above) is to present a free-to-attend talk at Brigg Servicemen's Club on Tuesday, September 27, from 7.45pm, with an open invitation to attend. He will explain how geologists interpret the evidence contained in rocks, with examples from North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
People can take along rock and fossil specimens for identification. Brigg Geology Group holds periodic meetings at the Coney Court venue.

PROBLEMS SURFACE: Road surface repairs would be welcome along well-used Queen Street and the adjoining stretch of Wrawby Street near the China Garden takeaway and Wetherspoon's White Horse pub & restaurant. There are a number of cracks in the surface and some potholes are forming (see pictures above). Due to vehicles often being parked along Queen Street, it's difficult to avoid driving over the problem areas. Perhaps someone in authority could be sent down to take a look and set a timescale for repairs before wintry weather arrives and takes further toll on the tarmac.

APPROVED: Planning permission has been granted to erect two-storey side and rear extensions and make alterations to the dwelling at 21 Maltkiln Lane, Elsham.

WITH THANKS: The CPRE's Litter Picking Champions awards to local volunteers who help tidy streets in our area will take place on Monday, October 3 at Broughton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

PLANNED: Permission is being sought to erect a single-storey side extension and make associated alterations at 6 Beechwood Drive, Scawby. North Lincolnshire Council will decide this application in due course.

CRACKING: Below is a picture to illustrate our recent suggestion that the hardcore surface at Brigg's East Park is in need of some attention. The historic Tintab seating shelter was refurbished some months ago to a high standard. But since then the paths have deteriorated. Are repairs in order?




Hibaldstow 2nds hosted Broughton 3rds in a Mick Walker North Lindsey Cricket League local derby yesterday (Sunday, August 28).
Broughton won this encounter between teams at the bottom end of Division Two by 116 runs - a wide margin.
Ben Fish hit 79 not out, Brett Fish added 45 and Jack Johnstone 39 in Broughton's 234 for five, with Jason Scatcherd taking two for 47 for Toby Carter's home side.
Hibaldstow were dismissed for 118 in reply, Lee Robinson hitting 68, as Jack Johnstone took two for seven and Phil Heath two for one for the visitors.
Having now finished their programme, Broughton are three points clear of Hibaldstow who still have one match to come.
There's an opportunity to watch Lincolnshire League Premier Division cricket in our area today (Monday, August 29).
Caistor, who are having some surface-related issues with their Brigg Road Ground, have switched the first team game against Scothern to Hibaldstow's Station Road venue (pictured above). The game starts at 12.30pm.


Brigg Hockey Club will be fielding SEVEN teams during the new season - all playing home games at the Recreation Ground on the all-weather and floodlit 'Blue Astro' pitch provided by North Lincolnshire Council.
Although there has been a gradual reduction in the number of amateur football and cricket teams based in Brigg over a number of years, hockey's popularity continues.
Brigg will be fielding four men's sides in various divisions this season, and there will be three ladies' teams.
The first games of the 2022/23 season at Brigg Rec will be on Saturday, September 17 when the Ladies' 2nd XI will play from 12.30pm, to be followed by the Men's 2nds at 2pm.
There will be a full complement of four matches on September 24 - the first starting at 11am and the last at 3.30pm.
Fixtures at the Rec will continue weekly until mid-December when a Christmas and New Year break will be taken.
The second half of the season begins on January 14, 2023 and the final fixtures are expected to be played in Brigg on April 1.
Brigg Men's Hockey Club was founded way back in 1920.

PICTURED: Men's and ladies' teams in action on the impressive pitch at the Rec (Brigg in the green shirts).

Sunday, August 28, 2022


Both Brigg Town Football Club sides had welcome wins yesterday (Saturday, August 27).
The first team triumphed 3-1 at home to Runcorn in the FA Vase qualifying round.
The Development players secured their first league victory of the season with a 2-1 scoreline away to Barton Town Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier - moving them well up the table.
These pictures - taken by Brigg Blog and Zebras' fan Simon Fisher - relate to the FA Vase tie at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
Having gone 1-0 down after 20 minutes, Brigg soon levelled through Steve McCarron.
Further goals followed in the second half from Kevan Kahoussi and Scott Phillips.
The official attendance was a good-sized 279, which included some Runcorn fans who made the long journey from Cheshire.









Brigg Town Cricket Club's final home match of the 2022 season saw them well beaten by leaders Barton Town 2nds at the Recreation Ground yesterday (Saturday, August 27).
However, Brigg gained three welcome bonus points to put a bit more distance between them and bottom side Caistor 2nds in Lincolnshire League Division Three West.
Barton posted 177 for seven in their permitted 45 overs - experienced batsman Jeremy Evans leading the way with an unbeaten 73.
Nick Beacock did well with the ball for Brigg, taking three for 31, while club newcomer Henry James claimed two for 14.
Taking seven wickets brought Brigg their bonus points.
Following mid-match refreshments at Brigg Town FC's nearby Hawthorns clubhouse, Brigg began their reply but lost early wickets and were finally dismissed for 66 (Nick Beacock top scoring with 19).
Now playing for Barton, former Brigg opening bowler Tom Brock returned very tidy figures of two for 11 from nine overs - six of which were maidens.
Brigg now have two away games to complete their programme - one being against Caistor 2nds.

PICTURED: Brigg fielding during the Barton innings and leaving the field for the tea interval.

Innings over for former Brigg player Tom Brock (left) who made 12 before being caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Phil Dewfall off the bowling of Brigg newcomer Henry James.



Suggestions continue to be made about the source of a loud bang heard across Brigg about 8.35pm on Friday evening.
Ideas followed on social media yesterday and in conversations between Brigg people.
A big firework is one Brigg Bang Theory. However, there only one crack while celebrations usually merit many being set off in succession.
Perhaps it was a plane breaking the sound barrier. But that's something more associated with decades past than the present in terms of the Brigg area.
Some of us can remember the loud bang in 1974 resulting from the tragic Nypro industrial explosion at Flixborough. Despite happened far away near the River Trent, the force of the blast rattled windows in our town.
We wonder if last Friday's bang might have come from a meteorite breaking up as it entered Earth's atmosphere.
A shower of these is evident during August, with more anticipated next month.
Perhaps the source of Friday night's noise will never be confirmed beyond all reasonable doubt.
It got us searching through rooms upstairs to see if something had been dislodged.
This probably applied in other Brigg households.


There were disappointing results for Broughton 1sts and for Hibaldstow 1sts in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League yesterday (Saturday, August 27).
Mid-table Broughton lost by three wickets in a Division One derby at third-placed Messingham.
All-rounder Shaun Clark hit 35 for Broughton but they were bowled out for 151 and conceded some overs to their hosts.
Young Jack Johnstone (four for 31) then got among the wickets before Messingham eased home with six overs to spare.
Hibaldstow gained five bowling bonus points away to Market Rasen 2nds in Division Two.
They dismissed the home side for a modest 110 at Rase Park, with Joe Taylor and Hamza Shahid both claiming three wickets.
However, our local villagers were then shot out for 37 - no one managing to reach double figures.
Hibaldstow remain clear of the relegation zone.
Barton Town 2nds' 20-point victory over Brigg Town at the Rec Ground yesterday extended their lead over Broughton 2nds at the top of Division Three West.


These pictures of the recent Wrawby Show suggest Brigg would benefit from re-launching a similar show-piece community event in our town.
That's if someone, or some organisation, is willing to co-ordinate volunteers and sort a date and venue.
While Wrawby's annual show continues to be held every August, Brigg's was discontinued some years ago, having been arranged by the Horticultural Society over a lengthy period.
Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters magazine, has kindly sent Brigg Blog these images - having travelled back to Wrawby, where he once lived, for the 76th village show.
This Village Hall-based event was open to the public from 2pm, with prizes presented two hours later and followed by an auction of produce. Refreshments were available.
It seems to us that any future Brigg Show - perhaps in a central venue like the Angel Suite or St John's Church Hall - might fit in well on the farmers' market Saturday in late August, when many people visit the town centre.
The show and market would go together like two peas in a pod!