Friday, September 30, 2022


There will be an early start to the events programme in Brigg this weekend which includes Lincolnshire Day tomorrow (Saturday, October 1).
'Yellow Bellies' across the historic county have an opportunity to buy and eat Lincolnshire food and also to celebrate through music and dance.
Today (Friday) there will be A Tribute to RAF 617 Squadron, The Dambusters - performed by Dick Appleton and Paul Bellamy at a very apt venue, Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, from 7.30pm. Tickets, costing £7, can be obtained from Grandad's Shed (Wrawby Street) and the Rabbit Hole book shop (Market Place). The WW2 Dambusters operated from RAF Scampton, near Lincoln. This event is being promoted by Brigg Live Arts.
Singer and songwriter Steve Jinski, who has appeared on BBC One's popular One Show, is in concert at the Steel Rooms, Springs Parade, tonight (doors open 7pm). Tickets cost £15 and are available from the venue.

The Woolpack (Market Place) will have singer Ben Jordan (pictured) on stage tonight, while the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, holds its latest pop-up pizza event, from 5.30pm. Ben's gig will open with hits from Ed Sheeran, while part two will be covers of popular songs from the 1960s through to the present era.
Tomorrow (Saturday) there's a special #LoveBrigg Lincolnshire Day Market in the town centre, from 8.30am to 2pm, with a range of stalls, fantastic food, fresh produce, arts & crafts, dancing, music and street entertainment.
James Stevens will be providing his tribute to rock & roll and country music (1950s-1970s) on Saturday at the Servicemen's Club, from 8.30pm. Admission to this gig is free - everyone welcome.

The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, will have Sophie Moss performing Hits from the Musicals, from 8pm (admission free).

The Woolpack will be offering Saturday night karaoke, and there will be a disco & karaoke at the Dying Gladiator, Bigby Street.
Brigg Methodist Church, on Wesley Road, has a Harvest Festival quiz night, from 7pm on Saturday, which includes an apple pie supper.
The extensive Christmas display at Brigg Garden Centre, Bigby High Road, is now open daily for shoppers to visit.

PICTURED AT THE TOP OF OUR POST: Steve Jinski performing; shopping and dancing at last year's Lincolnshire Market in Brigg town centre; and the county's own flag.

A Pancreatic Cancer Action awareness day held by local volunteers last Saturday while Brigg Farmers' Market was being held raised £330. Thanks have been expressed to to everyone for their generous support. 


In-form Brigg Town Football Club look to record their third victory in eight days tomorrow (Saturday, October 1).
The first teamers journey into Nottinghamshire to play Ollerton.
Having won in the FA Vase last Saturday and defeated Beverley in a home league game on Wednesday night, the Zebras are seeking three more points this weekend in their push for promotion.
Brigg are fourth in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One, while Ollerton are 14th in a competition involving 20 teams.
Town have lost only one league game this season, winning five and times drawing on three occasions.
Briggensians will be away to Glenny's (Scunthorpe) in Division Two of the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District Football League tomorrow.
The next Ancholme Valley Way Parkrun will begin from Brigg's Ancholme Way Bridge at 9am on Saturday.
Last week's event attracted 112 competitors. View the full results and times achieved for the 5K on this riverside courses here...
Brigg Hockey Club, with men's and ladies' teams, will have matches on the all-weather pitch at the Recreation Ground starting at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday.
In the Lincolnshire Sunday Football Cup on October 2, Barnetby United visit Scunthorpe club Appleby-Frodingham, while Broughton WMC are away to Winterton Rovers (both starting at 10.30am).
Brigg Town Ladies are away to Cleethorpes Town on Sunday afternoon in the Lincolnshire Co-op Women & Girls County Football League.

Brigg Town Development lost 4-1 to Barton Town Reserves in a Balcan Lighting Supplies Football League cup-tie at the EC Surfacing Stadium last night (Thursday).


Public transport users and railway enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that an historic feature on the Brigg Line is receiving some TLC (tender loving care) to help protect it against the elements for years to come.
Network Rail's Brigg signalbox is to be repainted - the colours chosen, we gather, being buttermilk and black.
The wooden cabin - alongside the A1084 near Bigby Road, Bigby High Road and Westrum Lane - dates back to the 19th century.
These pictures show some of the on-site workers beginning the task.
Thanks go to the Independent Brigg Line Rail Group for informing us yesterday that the refurb was under way, and also suggesting the colours to be used.
Many traditional signalboxes, like the one beside the A1084 in Brigg, have been taken out of service in recent decades - often allied to the introduction of modern colour-light signals to replace traditional level-operated semaphore types with lifting metal arms.
In this category are the huge 137-lever early 20th century Wrawby Junction 'box' and Barnetby East, near the railway village station and adjoining the recently built Co-op food store.
Despite being disused, both boxes are still standing, and Wrawby's is grade two listed, being a fine brick-built example from the final years of the Great Central Railway (merged with others in 1923 to form the giant London North Eastern Railway).
Brigg's signalbox - still in use today although a barrier crossing has replaced the original wooden-gated version and semaphore signals are long gone - does not have protected listed status.
The Brigg Line's passenger service is currently suspended, but freight trains continue to use the local route.
Old-style signal cabins removed from the Brigg Line at various times include Brigg Siding (controlling connecting sidings with Brigg Sugar Factory), Scawby & Hibaldstow, and Kettleby.
The sizeable Barnetby West signalbox - located between Wrawby Junction and Barnetby station - was removed during the British Rail era, being considered surplus to requirements.
Elsham signalbox - on the Scunthorpe-Barnetby-Cleethorpes line - is now disused but remains standing.
Dating back to 1885 and the era of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, it has been grade two listed since 1986.
It is actually located within Wrawby parish - Elsham station (closed in 1993) having served both settlements.
Worlaby Sidings - a very small and remote signalbox on the same route - was removed long ago.

Thursday, September 29, 2022


Brigg Town Football Club's first teamers are now fourth in the table and occupying one of the end-of-season promotion play-off places.
The Zebras moved up four places with a home victory last night (Wednesday).
They defeated Beverley 3-1 in a Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One game at the EC Surfacing Stadium.
Kevin Kahoussi put Brigg in front with an early goal, to which Martin Pembleton and Dayle Hutson added as half-time approached.
Beverley reduced the arrears in the second half, but Brigg secured all three points.
There was another good-sized crowd to watch the Zebras in action - the official attendance being 286.
The top team in Division One at the end of the season will gain automatic promotion.
The sides finishing second, third, fourth and fifth will meet in semi-finals and then a play-off final to decide who else advances into the top flight for 2023/24.
Brigg Town Development have a home cup-tie tonight (Thursday, September 29).
They will be hosting Barton Old Boys Reserves in the Lincolnshire League Challenge Cup. Kick off time is 7.45pm.
Admission to watch the tie costs £3 (adults), £2 (concessions) and is free for the under-18s. The Hawthorns clubhouse will be open, with refreshments available.


A timescale has been indicated for the completion of the new allotments project in Brigg.
It was revealed during the Town Council meeting, held in the Angel Suite Lounge on Tuesday night (September 27).
Plots are being created on the edge of the Springbank estate, using land adjoining Woodbine Park. Access will be gained from Preston Drive.
The project is due to be completed by the end of January 2023.
  • Adding the stone foundations has now been completed.
  • All soil should be on-site by the end of next week.
  • Paths will be created, fencing erected and lockable sheds installed (as the final stage) with water butts provided.
Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker (right) and Deputy Mayor Coun Carl Sherwood (left) are seen formally signing the contract and transfer deeds during Tuesday's meeting. This was an important stage in the project which has been delayed, particularly due to the Covid emergency.
Also seen are pictures of the site taken at the beginning of this month as work continued.
Post-war prefabs were erected on the land now being repurposed. These bungalows - intended to provide temporary housing - were demolished more than 50 years ago and the site cleared.
The prefabs all had gardens and the majority were used by householders to grow veg for family consumption including potatoes, beans, peas, cabbages and carrots.
So the wheel will be turning full circle once tenants move onto their Woodbine plots to plant, tend and harvest their produce.
As we were taking the picture of the document signing (seen above) Coun Nigel Sherwood informed the meeting that the Fisher family had lived in a Woodbine Grove prefab.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s our parents rented No. 16 - not far from the entrance to the estate off Preston Drive and close to the rear gardens of properties on Hawthorn Avenue (all still in use today).
The Woodbine allotment plots, once completed, will replace those located off Grammar School Road - this land being required for redevelopment.
Brigg Town Council administers local allotments and has another site adjoining Redcombe Lane and Atherton Way where tenants grow their own produce.
This site is unaffected by the changes now being made in the northern area of the town.


A new public information board is to be installed, telling visitors to Brigg about places of interest and indicating where to find them.
The board is earmarked for an area of stone paving near the turn from Wrawby Street into Queen Street (pictured here at the top).
The design will be the same as those already positioned on the Angel and Old Courts Road public car parks (seen above).
Brigg Town Council will be funding and arranging the latest addition.
A site visit will now be made to pinpoint the most suitable spot to erect the board.
This was agreed at the authority's latest meeting held on Tuesday, when councillors also considered a Notice Board Policy.
New boards, displaying posters and other information, have recently been erected at various locations across the town (one on Bigby High Road being pictured below).
The council has also drawn up and agreed a policy for using the Bandstand, in the Market Place, which it looks after.  Community and charitable groups will be welcome.
Inquiries about the notice boards and using the Bandstand should be made to the council - email
It has an office in the Angel building, in the Market Place.
The latest lectern-style information board, once installed, may well reduce off-road parking of vehicles on the high-grade York stone paving. When laid down many years ago, the paving was intended for pedestrians.



Wednesday, September 28, 2022


Elite Awards have been given to two businesses in and near Brigg.
The recipients are Chilvers, of the Outdoor Market, Market Place, Brigg, and Old Barn Guest House, Main Street, Cadney.
These food hygiene awards relate to a scheme operated by North Lincolnshire Council and the Food Standards Agency.
They follow routine inspections recently carried out by the local authority in which Chilvers and the Old Barn were awarded five stars and rated 'Very Good' for food hygiene.
They are 'Elite' having achieved 'three consecutive top 5 scores' going back a number of years.
A relative newcomer to education in Brigg, the Robert Holme Academy, on Wrawby Road, has been inspected for food hygiene and awarded five stars - being rated 'Very Good'.
The same grading has also been given to The Butty Van (mobile caterer), of The Flarepath, Elsham Wold Industrial Estate.
Brigg Blog recently reported that Wetherspoon's White Horse pub & restaurant, Wrawby Street, Brigg, has gained an Elite award for food hygiene.


Speed cameras will be operating in the Brigg area later this week.
Safer Roads Humber will be carrying out 'daily enforcement' just outside the town on the busy A18.
Vehicle speeds will be monitored on Friday, September 30 along Scawby Road, Scawby Brook.
Safer Roads Humber says: "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."


Brigg Town Football Club's first teamers have a home league game tonight (Wednesday, September 28).

The Zebras will be hosting Beverley at the EC Surfacing Stadium, with some visiting fans crossing the Humber Bridge.

This Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One fixture kicks off at 7.45pm.

Pop's Kitchen and the licensed Hawthorns clubhouse will be operating.

Brigg Town are currently seventh, with Beverley two places below them.


This weekend it will be nine months since a passenger train last called at Brigg railway station (in January) to pick up passengers, prior to the timetable being suspended by the train operator due to Covid-related staffing issues.
Saturday will also see the 29th anniversary of Brigg's passenger train service being reduced to Saturdays only, back in early October 1993.
It is anticipated the current suspension of trains - three towards Cleethorpes and three heading for Sheffield - will be reviewed in December 2022.
Brigg station, with a full range of buildings, a booking office and a resident stationmaster, was on the original Victorian era Manchester-Sheffield-Grimsby mainline and enjoyed a seven-day passenger train service well into the second half of the 20th century.
However, cutbacks since the late 1960s have seen it reduced to the status of an unstaffed halt - currently without passenger trains.

PICTURED: January 1, 2022 saw the last passenger trains call in Brigg prior to the service being suspended. This one in the afternoon was bound for Cleethorpes via Barnetby.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Wetherspoon's White Horse - one of the most popular pub & restaurant outlets in Brigg town centre - was the subject of a recent routine and periodic food hygiene inspection undertaken by North Lincolnshire Council.
The premises on Wrawby Street, which serve breakfasts and other meals throughout the day, received the maximum score - five stars - being rated 'Very Good' for food hygiene by our local authority.
The White Horse was given 'Very Good' ratings in all categories - Food Hygiene and Safety, Structural Compliance and 'Confidence in Management'.
Having received five stars in its last three inspections, the White Horse has now gained a Scores On The Doors Elite Award.
This is a fairly recent addition to the Food Standards Agency's long-established scheme which operates in conjunction with local authorities nationwide.
It means that Wetherspoon's can display a distinctive Food Hygiene 5-5-5 Elite sticker on the premises to inform customers and visitors.
Elite premises also qualify for 'bespoke' certificates.
Actually, the White Horse has achieved five stars in all its assessments since launching as a Wetherspoon's outlet in January 2015.
Routine inspections were carried out by North Lincolnshire Council in February 2015, March 2017, April 2019 and now September 2022.
Use this link to find out more about the Elite Award...
Yesterday the White Horse had yet to display its new Elite Award; the previously issued green 5-Star sticker was still evident.


Brigg is now getting ready for its special Lincolnshire Market to be held on Lincolnshire Day 2022 (Saturday, October 1) between 8.30am and 2pm in the town centre.
The event will feature a range of stalls, fantastic food, fresh produce, arts & crafts, dancing, music and street entertainment.
Last year's Lincolnshire Market is pictured here.


GIVING THANKS: St John's Church will be welcoming donations to Brigg Food Bank during its Harvest Festival Service on Sunday, October 9, from 9.30am.

TAKE NOTE: La Finca Restaurant, in Brigg Market Place, will be offering live music to its evening diners on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8. Bookings are required. Drop in at the venue in the Angel building or call 07835 661488.

SEEKING APPROVAL: A planning application for proposed extension to the side/rear of a property and conversion of existing outbuildings at Hawesmead House, Middle Street, North Kelsey, will be decided by West Lindsey District Council, in due course.

BUSY NIGHT: Brigg Town Council will be meeting from 7.15pm in the Angel Suite Lounge tonight (Tuesday, September 27). Councillors serving on the Planning & Environment Committee will be meeting at 6.45pm. The public can attend both sessions. Meanwhile, Brigg Geology Club will be meeting at the Servicemen's Club, from 7.45pm. Interested people are welcome - admission free.

GO AHEAD: North Lincolnshire Council has granted planning permission to Castlethorpe Nursing Home for offices to be changed to care facility use at Castlethorpe Court, Castlethorpe.


Brigg Town Football Club will have a home tie in the next round of the FA Vase national knockout competition (sponsored by Isuzu).
And it's expected to generate the highest crowd of the season so far at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
The Zebras will host Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday, October 22.
This first round tie is scheduled to kick off at 3pm.
Brigg and Harrogate have already progrssed through the two qualifying rounds.
Both teams play in Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One and made the end-of-season play-offs in the spring without attaining promotion.
Our pictures show the play-off semi-final between Brigg and Harrogate, which the Yorkshire side won 2-1 on April 16.
North Ferriby then defeated Harrogate to secure a spot in the Premier Division for 2022/23.
The Brigg v Harrogate match in April was watched by 623 people, including a number cheering on the visitors.
So there's every prospect of another big turn-out for next month's encounter.
The Zebras will be hoping to stay on track against the Railwaymen in this season's FA Vase, having won this prestigious competition twice previously - triumphing in finals played at Wembley and West Ham.

Monday, September 26, 2022


Seven football teams from Brigg and district were in action yesterday (September 25).
Top performers were the Brigg Town A Team - 6-2 winners over North Ferriby Sporting in Hull & District Veterans League Division Three for players over the age of 36.
Town netted three early goals and managed five in the first half.
Will Hartley (pictured above) ended up with two - the others come from Dan Ellerby, Jonathan Gunn, Dave Betts and an own goal.
This game was played at the Zebras' EC Surfacing Stadium and was the A-Team's first of the new season.
In Scunthorpe & District Sunday League Division Two, Broughton WMC won 5-2 in a local derby at Hibaldstow, while Barnetby United went down 7-1 away to Husaria Pride.
Division Three's programme of matches included a 3-2 home defeat for Wrawby Millers against Hibaldstow-based FC Recoveries.
Brigg Town Ladies made the long trip down to Stamford yesterday and lost 9-0 in the Lincolnshire Co-op Women & Girls' County Football League. The new Brigg team had won the opening home fixture of the season the previous week.


A site in Brigg which has been educating local youngsters since the late 17th century has seen a unique addition with historic links being officially unveiled.
Sir John Nelthorpe School now has a distinctive sculpture located on grass just a few yards from the original Brigg Grammar schoolroom, which is the town's only grade one listed structure.
The sculpture - a stack of books featuring the school crest and its motto Fortis et Fidelis, meaning strong and faithful - has been fashioned from stone steps removed from the 19th century entrance adjoining Grammar School Road when a new access ramp was added and other changes made some months ago.
The Henthorn family was represented at the recent ceremony - Dr Frank Henthorn having been a long-serving history master and later deputy headmaster who wrote two books about the history of Brigg Grammar School.
The latter was published in 1969 to mark the 300th anniversary of the seat of learning being founded through a generous bequest in local landowner Sir John Nelthorpe's will.
Sir John had been born in a property in Brigg Market Place in 1614; he became a lawyer and also served as an army officer during the Civil War.
Dr Henthorn worked alongside headmaster Brian Williams, the governors and the Briggensians' Association committee to produce a programme of events to mark the 300th year. There were social events, sports matches and two cine films made by pupils. A comedy, The Racket, included acting roles for some of the teaching staff.
Dr Henthorn lived on Westrum Lane, Brigg, and educated boys at the school from the early 1930s until his retirement more than 50 years ago.
Nicknamed 'Toddy' by pupils throughout his lengthy career, he wrote a number of other local history books - subjects include Brigg's development as a town and another on mid-19th century railways in this area. He was a keen member of Ancholme Rowing Club.
In keeping with other masters of his era, Dr Henthorn taught classes while wearing a flowing black gown.
Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters magazine, has kindly shared these pictures taken at the recent unveiling.
He tells us that members of the Henthorn family travelled up from High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire).
It is expected that various ceremonies will be held alongside the sculpture, in due course, including inductions and presentations.
In the original schoolroom (still being used today) Ken also photographed the well-known stained glass window overlooking Grammar School Road.
A framed portrait of Sir John Nelthorpe has been a feature of this room since the Grammar School era.
That ended in 1976 when Humberside County Council introduced comprehensive education to the town and established Sir John Nelthorpe School, using former Girls' High School premises on Wrawby Road as well as the former Grammar School buildings where boys had been taught.
Further details about the sculpture and the ceremony have been requested from Sir John Nelthorpe School, which we hope to share to supplement this report.
Briggensians (ex-pupils) live across the world and some of them follow Brigg Blog's posts relating to Brigg Grammar School, the High School and Sir John Nelthorpe School.
We are sure they will be interested to see stones from the steps leading up to the front door (installed in 1878) being re-purposed and recycled to form the sculpture.
The original doorway, adjoining the drive, had been out of use for many years in 1969 when it was restored and reopened as part of tercentary celebrations.
It took some years to construct the original school building, as outlined in Sir John Nelthorpe's will, and lessons did not commence until the early 1680s.
Dr Henthorn's first book about the school - now a collector's item - gives full details.


Headteacher Rob Biglands addressing the gathering.

Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds Ward), the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, attended the ceremony and is seen (second from left) alongside Sir John Nelthorpe School headteacher Rob Biglands (third from left).




A national award has been gained by a beer which is brewed in the Brigg area and sold in the town.
Bomber County - made by Melton Ross's Lincolnshire Craft Beers Ltd - picked up a bronze award in the SIBA East Independent Beer Awards 2022.
SIBA is the Society of Independent Brewers.
Lincolnshire Craft Beers is relaying the news about this achivement to customers visiting its 'tap' outlet in Brigg - the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, where a notice is now displayed on top of the Bomber County hand-pull pump.
This is one of Lincolnshire Craft Beers most popular real ales. In addition to the Yarborough Hunt, it's also sold in bottles from a stall on Brigg Farmers' Markets, as well as through some shops.
Bomber County takes its name from a descriptive term applied to Lincolnshire during the Second World War when many bases were established by the RAF, including Elsham, Kirmington and North Killingholme in the north.
Some licensed premises in Brigg had their heating operating on Saturday (September 24).
New Market Place venue The Vault advertised its warm welcome to customers via social media in the afternoon.
We visited the Yarborough Hunt on Saturday night from 8pm and the radiators were giving out heat, although the log fire grate was not in action... yet!
Chilly conditions experienced over the weekend were a far cry from the summer's heatwave during which thirsty Brigg pub-goers endured temperatures as high as 100F.



Sunday, September 25, 2022


Brigg Town Football Club turned in a fine away performance in the FA Vase yesterday (Saturday, September 24).
The first teamers won 3-0 at New Mills in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase (sponsored by Isuzu) for which we understand the club will receive £725 from the generous prize pot.
Scott Phillips (pictured) gave the Zebras an early lead and netted again eight minutes from full time. Kevan Kahoussi then made the game safe by adding the third.
It was a case of sweet success for Brigg - New Mills, in the North Derbyshire Peak District, being where the Swizzels factory in based, making famous products like Refreshers, Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Rainbow Drops.
Brigg are now through to the first round proper, ties to be played on Saturday, October 22. Prize fund payments indicate £825 for all first round winners, and £250 for the losing sides.
Brigg Town have enjoyed notable success in the FA Vase - twice being winners of this national knockout competition after winning finals played at the original Wembley Stadium in 1996 and at West Ham's Upton Park Ground in 2003.
There's still a long way to go to emulate those successes, with six further rounds in the 2022/23 FA Vase, to be followed by semi-finals and then the final
Brigg Town Development lost 7-0 at Grimsby Borough Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.


Brigg Recreation Ground hosted an interesting local derby cup-tie yesterday (Saturday, September 24) in a competition organised by the Scunthorpe & District Football League.
Pictures from The Rec (seen here) come courtesy of Barnetby's Lee Fielden and Brigg football fan Simon Fisher, who was an interested spectator.
Barnetby are wearing the black and white kit.


Barnetby are through to the Johnstone Insurance Sporting Shield quarter finals following a 6-2 victory over Briggensians at The Brigg Recreation Ground, writes Lee Fielden.
They started much the brighter and when Davies won the ball in midfield his pass to O’Callaghan was placed past Benson in the Briggensians goal to gain an early lead.
Minutes later O’Callaghan was fed into the inside left channel and he duly returned the favour as his pull back was met by Davies to make the score 2-0.
Bocock replaced Forrest in an early substitution as Barnetby continued to pile pressure on the Briggensians goal. Benson, though, was in inspired form in goal and he made countless saves, including a stunning save to deny Steve Jordan, to keep the score at 2-0 at the break.
The second half saw Barnetby fail to find their rhythm and were hit with a sucker punch when the ball was lost in midfield and Neil Altoft got through one-on-one with Tuplin and made the score 2-1. It was game on now in a what was a game that should have been finished at half time.
The Railwaymen were still creating chances but failed to convert any.
On 70 minutes, Langton playing as a makeshift centre-half picked the ball up in his own box as Barnetby defended a corner. He drove out with the ball, over the halfway line and deep into the Briggensians half, where he slipped in Wilkins who hit a hard low shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
3-1 became 4-1 moments later as Wilkins bagged his 2nd of the game. Briggensians don’t lie down though and following a defensive mix up which gifted Briggensians a corner Mile Farmery headed home the resulting kick to make it 4-2.
Stung into action once again Barnetby poured forward and following a scramble in the Briggensians box the ball fell to 16 year old Freddie George, on for Watson, who duly smashed home his 1st senior goal to make it 5-2.
In the dying moments of the game O’Callaghan broke free down the left and finished in style to make it 6-2 and see Barnetby into the quarter finals.





Brigg Amateur Social Historians have sent us details of the group's next meeting, to be held at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court.
It will take place on Tuesday, October 4, from 8pm, and will have a royal flavour - looking at Coronations down the centuries since the Norman King, William The Conquerer, in 1066 (on Christmas Day in London).
Marilyn Roberts will give an illustrated talk, Don't Look Now Ma'am.
Amid the pomp and splendour, there has never been a perfect Coronation; things have not always proceeded "like clockwork," BASH says.
There's an open invitation to attend all the group's monthly meetings at the Servicemen's Club licensed venue, and no need to book in advance. Just turn up on the night.
Everyone will be made welcome on October 4, and a raffle will be held.
BASH was founded in 2003 - originally meeting at the White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street - long before it was refurbished by Wetherspoon's.
Some meetings were later held at the Ancholme Inn, on Grammar School Road (since demolished).  BASH has now been meeting at the Servicemen's Club for many years.

PICTURED ABOVE: Marilyn Roberts after delivering one of her previous talks for BASH on a royal topic at the Brigg Servicemen's venue. These talks have included Edward and Mrs Simpson, The Life and Times of Queen Mary 1867-1953, Queen Elizabeth I and Sisters of The Tsar.

Saturday, September 24, 2022


Brigg Town Football Club has now informed us of the re-arranged date for its next Bike Night.
These were established in April (see picture above) and are usually held on the second Thursday of the month at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns).
September's could not be hosted on the due date but will now take place on Thursday, September 29, from 5pm.
Bikers and bike fans have an open invitation to attend - access for riders being via the A18 (Wrawby Road) and the Rec Ground approach road.

Quiz nights always prove popular in Brigg - especially if refreshments are provided.
Brigg Methodist Church, off Wesley Road (facing the A18 on Barnard Avenue), has a Harvest Festival quiz night on Saturday, October 1, from 7pm, which includes an apple pie supper. Tickets cost £5.
Sunday's service the next day (October 2) will start at 10am, when the preacher will be the Rev Harry Smart.
The church says gifts of non-perishable goods will be gratefully received, to be donated to the Brigg Food Bank.

Brigg Geology Group's next meeting is coming up on Tuesday, September 27 at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, from 7.45pm.
Admission is free to hear a Storybook From Rocks talk by local resident Paul Hildreth.
He will explain how geologists interpret the evidence contained in rocks, with examples from North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Those attending are being invited to take along any rocks and fossils they have so they can be identified.


Special bell-ringing at St John's Church in Brigg town centre is planned today (Saturday, September 24) from 10am.
Lasting 45 minutes, the quarter-peal is in tribute to Brian and Sylvia Riggall, who founded Brians DIY, on Wrawby Street, in 1964, "and served this community together for 58 years."
Sylvia died earlier this year, and Brian recently. They were a popular couple, and very well-known in the town.


Brigg Town Council will be discussing a range of topics during its September meeting next week, including the new allotments site which is being created on land accessed from Preston Drive.
Councillors will receive an update about the Woodbine allotments and be asked to agree that the Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor "sign contract and transfer deeds."
Other decisions expected to be made relate to "insect hotels for Brigg" and CCTV for the Millennium Green, off Elwes Street.
This meeting will be held from 7.15pm on Tuesday (September 27) in the Angel Suite Lounge which is close to the Rotunda entrance off the rear car park.
Prior to the Council meeting will be one involving the Planning & Environment Committee, starting in the Lounge at 6.45pm.
Latest planning applications submitted in Brigg will be considered by councillors, as well as a premises licence application made by local businesss Grandads Shed.
Both sessions are open to interested members of the public.
An early item on the agenda for the Town Council meeting is Public Participation. Members of the public attending will be invited to "address the Council" on any topics they wish to have considered.
The Lounge is located in the basement of the Angel building - stairs and a lift giving access.

PICTURED ABOVE: The new allotments site taking shape a few weeks ago during construction work, and the Rotunda entrance to the Angel building where Tuesday's meeting will be held.


Many business owners in Brigg have been concerned about meeting rocketing energy bills, but the Government has now stepped in to offer 'support' to various companies.
North Lincolnshire Council's Leader Coun Rob Waltham (pictured), who lives in Brigg, says this measure will project local jobs, including those in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors. Our town and district has many of these. Schools and charities will also receive assistance.
Ahead of this announcement, a local outlet had already indicated that reduced opening hours would operate from October on certain days of the week.
Coun Waltham and the unitary authority have also commented on help for thousands of pensioners in meeting their energy bills.


Hundreds of jobs will be protected across North Lincolnshire following the announcement of additional support for energy costs for businesses, charities, schools and hospitals.
The Energy Bill Relief Scheme - announced by the Secretary of State for Business - comes alongside the Energy Price Guarantee which was put in place for households and froze average bills at around £2,500, dependent upon usage.
This latest measure comes as gas and electricity prices have been significantly inflated in light of global energy prices.
The announcement has been welcomed, particularly in North Lincolnshire where around 18,000 people work in the manufacturing sector, an energy intensive industry. Some 3,500 people also work in the hospitality sector.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This latest announcement will protect jobs here in North Lincolnshire. Global inflation, driven in a large part by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, was putting many businesses, particularly smaller family firms, in precarious positions.
"It will be welcome news also to charities, schools and health care providers - further protecting jobs in those sectors too. These organisations, as with our many businesses are the heartbeat of our communities, providing employment and opportunity for the people who call North Lincolnshire home."
Through the new Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme, a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices will be provided for all non-domestic customers - including all UK businesses, the voluntary sector like charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals.
The move caps bills at £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas – less than half the expected cost this winter – and removes green levies. The measures, which will be applied directly to bills, will begin in October and last for six months.
As with the Energy Price Guarantee for households, customers do not need to take action or apply to the scheme to access the support. The discount will automatically be applied to bills.
The move has been welcomed by industry bodies, with the chief executive of UK Hospitality, Kate Nicholls, saying: "This intervention is unprecedented, and it is extremely welcome that Government has listened to hospitality businesses facing an uncertain winter.
"We particularly welcome its inclusiveness – from the smallest companies to the largest - all of which combine to provide a huge number of jobs, which are now much more secure."


Almost 5,000 pensioners in North Lincolnshire will get a share of a huge £500,000 Government cash pot to help with energy costs.
As part of this latest round of support, each pensioner already receiving council tax support will receive £100 cash this month without the need to apply.
It comes on top the £150 council tax energy rebate, the £400 winter payments for every eligible household and for some, the winter fuel allowances.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This cash boost is just the latest measure from the council using Government cash which has put millions of pounds in put into the pockets of people in North Lincolnshire to help deal with global inflation.
“This process is simple, easy and safe - there is no application process, those eligible will get a letter that can be taken to Post Offices to get £100 in cash in their hand."
Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for finance and governance, said: "We know many pensioners are on fixed incomes and rising energy costs can hit them the hardest. This money, along with a whole host of other support measures, will go a long way to help them.
"We have already had millions of pounds from Government to directly help people across North Lincolnshire deal with the rise in energy costs."
All pensioners receiving full or partial council tax support will get the £100. There is no need to pay it back and those living in homes in all council tax bands are eligible. This payment is in addition to the £150 energy rebate.

Friday, September 23, 2022


The latest Brigg Farmers' Market - a popular monthly showpiece event in the town centre, established more than 20 years ago by North Lincolnshire Council - will be held tomorrow (Saturday, September 24) with a big attendance anticipated.
Stalls will be selling a wide range of goods and produce including cheese, bread, meat, cakes, jam and beer from 8.30am through to mid-afternoon.
The Traditional Saturday Market - offering fruit & veg, flowers and fish - will also be operating.

Members of the Brigg Angels WI (Women's Institute) will be selling hand-crafted items in the Bandstand.
Volunteers from Brigg's Pancreatic Cancer Action Group will be staging an awareness day on Saturday and will be present in the Market Place. Public support and interest will be appreciated.

Brigg Garden Centre's Christmas display will be open to interested shoppers from 8am on Saturday.
Saturday offers another opportunity for people to visit the picture-packed Beeting Heart exhibition outlining the history of Brigg Sugar Factory. It can be viewed at Brigg Heritage Centre on the first floor of the Angel building, Market Place, from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free. The centre will also be holding a craft event for visitors.
Tonight (Friday) new Brigg cocktail bar The Vault has Sean Jackson, with guitar, providing a range of music including country, blues and soul, from 8.30pm. Across the Market Place there will be karaoke at the Woolpack.

The Woolpack will have female singer Jo Jo performing on Saturday night - making a welcome return to this venue. The Dying Gladiator, on Bigby Street, will have a disco and karaoke tomorrow evening.
A ticket-only Tina Turner tribute evening, featuring Julia Martin, is being held at Worlaby Village Hall DN20 0LZ on Saturday, from 7.30pm. Some tickets may still be available. Use this link for booking details...
On Saturday and Sunday (September 24 & 25) Brigg's Rabbit Hole Book Shop is bringing together an action-packed programme with best-selling authors, inspiring illustrators, live theatre and music workshops at the No Limits Festival. It can be enjoyed at Normanby Hall Country Park, to the north of Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm daily. Admission free. View full details here...
Broughton Working Men's Club has a special Clubland Night tonight (Friday), from 7pm, featuring Disco Dave "and a full sound and light show." Tickets cost £2 and are available at the venue.

Last but by no means least in Brigg... there's a Pudding Party in Brigg tonight (Friday) at St John's Church Hall, Bigby Street, from 7pm. Tickets are being sold through the Deli & Diner (Wrawby Street) and Brigg Wool Shop (Market Place). Or email to reserve a ticket and pay on the door. The cost is £10, which includes a glass of wine or a soft drink. A bottle raffle will be held during what will be the first pudding party in Brigg for three years.  Cancer Relief and St John's Church will receive the proceeds.

Broughton Library will be 10 years old on Saturday, to be marked by a refreshments and an exhibition of photographs.

an earlier pudding party, a September Brigg Farmers' Market, and Jo Jo during a previous performance at the Woolpack. Below - recent views of Brigg's  Traditional Market.


Youngsters in Brigg and district can take advantage of FREE junior taster sessions which are coming up at Elsham Golf Club.
If you have relatives or neighbours in this age group, please let them know.
These sessions on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, are "open to any youngsters new to golf."
Every child who attends will receive a goodie bag, courtesy of Elsham Golf Club's Junior Section.
Here's a link through which times and further details can be obtained and places booked...
For additional information, call 01652 680291 or email

Brigg has never had a tournament golf course of its own. We were reminded of this fact recently while attending the funeral of well-known Brigg sportsman Keith Smith, held at St John's Church.
The detailed eulogy included memories of when, as a young man, keen Elsham Club member Keith played rounds with Tony Jacklin, who would later become a world famous professional and winner of the coveted British and also UK Open titles more than 50 years ago.
Tony, originally from Scunthorpe, lived in an impressive detached property in Elsham for some years and during this period presented the prizes at Brigg Preparatory School's sports day, held at Brigg Recreation Ground.
Back then there was still a popular putting course at the Rec, located near the groundsman's house, but Tony didn't have time for a round.
Who knows? Perhaps some local youngster trying a forthcoming taster session might one day follow in Tony's famous footsteps!
When we worked alongside veteran journalist Ted Dodd at the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times newspaper office at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg, in the 1980s, he tried, unsuccessfully, on many occasions to persuade us to take up golf at Elsham, where he was a former high-ranking official.
Ted needed a playing partner, particularly on a Wednesday afternoon - by which time most of the articles had been written for the next edition (printed in Hull on Thursday afternoon, distributed on Friday).

Why did we decline Ted's tempting offer, which included sorting out membership? We were very busy playing cricket, hockey and a bit of football for various Brigg teams  and told him that golf being a year-round sport, if we got bitten by the golfing 'bug' there would be no time left for the others!

PICTURED: Elsham Golf Club, and Tony Jacklin arriving at Brigg Rec 50+ years ago to present sports day prizes.


There's a very busy programme of sport coming up this weekend for Brigg and district teams and individual competitors.
In addition to league football and hockey there's a Lincsquad triathlon involving swimming, running and cycling - plus the latest Ancholme Valley Way 5K Parkrun.
The football programme includes an interesting local derby at Brigg Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon (September 24).
Briggensians will be hosting Barnetby United in the first round of the Johnstone Insurance Sporting Shield, organised by the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District League (2.30pm kick-off).
Brigg Town FC first team players and fans face an 85-mile Saturday trip to the Peak District in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase 2022/23 (sponsored by Isuzu). The Zebras will be meeting The Millers - New Mills FC (Derbyshire) of North West Counties League Division One South.
Brigg Town Development are away to Grimsby Borough Reserves in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Premier.
Brigg Hockey Club home games at the Rec will begin with a local encounter between Brigg Ladies' 2nds and 3rds at 11am.
The Ladies' 1sts play Harrogate 3rds at 12.30pm, the Men's 1sts host Harrogate at 2pm, with the Men's 3rds taking on Chestfield 3rds at 3.30pm.
There will be another Ancholme Valley Way Parkrun on Saturday morning, starting at 9am from the Ancholme Way Bridge and following a riverside course.
Last week's event saw 114 competitors. View the full results and times here...
Scunthorpe and District Sunday Football fixtures of local interest are Hibaldstow v Broughton WMC, Husaria Pride v Barnetby United, and Wrawby Millers v FC Recoveries (all starting at 10.30am).
Brigg Town Football Club's A Team will be hosting North Ferriby Sporting at the EC Surfacing Stadium (Hawthorns) in the Hull & District Veterans League (2pm).
Sunday (September 25) will see Lincsquad hosting the Keyo Brigg Sprint Triathlon 2022 from 8am until 1pm - centred on the Ancholme Leisure Centre at Scawby Brook, where the swimming section will be held.
The 'out and back' running route follows the towpath alongside the River Ancholme.
The cycling will involve roads in Brigg, Scawby, Hibaldstow and Redbourne.
Many spectators will be watching the action and then gathering to see the presentations. View further event details here...

PICTURED: Briggensians FC v Barnetby United at Brigg Rec last season, and action from a previous Keyo Brigg Sprint Triathlon.

Thursday, September 22, 2022


The Aldi store in Brigg has an anniversary coming up this Saturday.
The international discount retailer opened its purpose-built premises off Bridge Street on September 24, 2020.
Almost 30 local jobs were created two years ago, and our local store manager said on the opening day: “It’s been a wonderful morning here at the opening of Aldi Brigg. It was lovely to welcome our new customers into store and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks."
The new store immediately proved popular and some of us who visited on the first day have been returning regularly ever since.
A brand of bottled real ale we took a liking to a couple of years ago has only increased 10p since £1-19.
Similarly-priced bargain bottles are available from Lidl, on Atherton Way.
Aldi staff are pictured above on the day the Brigg store launched to the shopping public two years ago.

VACANCIES: The Vale Academy, on Atherton Way, Brigg. is seeking a drum tutor. The closing date for applications is September 26. View further details here...
There is also a vacancy for a community well-being activator to be based at North Lincolnshire Council's Angel building in Brigg Market Place - October 4 being the closing date. View details here...

SEASONAL SIGNS: Half a dozen house martins were recently observed flying above Grammar School Road, Brigg, near The Garden fish & chip shop. Usually, these migratory birds would have set off to winter in Africa well before the onset of autumn. Perhaps the hot and generally dry summer just experienced is a factor, and also in the amount of green algae/weed lingering on the surface of the Old River Ancholme and in the somewhat early shedding of leaves by some trees across Brigg. Weather forecasters regard September 1 as the start date for autumn, but we stick with what we were taught in geography lessons at school and stick with the Autumn Equinox, three weeks later.

TIMELY: It was interesting to see a number of the people assembled in Brigg Market Place for Sunday's candlelit vigil in memory of The Queen glancing up to take time checks from the clock in the tower on top of the Buttercross as 8pm drew near. Mobile phones - now often used for time-checks - had been switched off prior to the solemn ceremony. We still glance up at the Buttercross clock while in the town centre, as we have done for decades. But how many members of the younger generation do likewise today?

ON THE BALL: Brigg Town Football Club's licensed Hawthorns venue offers live music gigs from time to time and has booked The Gas Band to appear on Saturday, October 8, from 8pm.

CHILLING MEMORIES: How many Brigg Blog followers (now pensioners) remember being 'encouraged' to take September swims in the unheated pool at Brigg Grammar School in the 1960s when the only warmth added to the water came from the rays of the sun, if it happened to put in an appearance? To borrow a phrase from seaside resort Skegness - it was no bracing! Pool heating was finally installed in 1969 when the historic seat of learning marked the 300th anniversary of its foundation by Sir John Nelthorpe. A good friend of ours used to wonder what all the fuss was about if Brigg Grammar's unheated pool came up in conversation; he often opted to swim in the River Ancholme as a Brigg boy in the 1950s and enjoyed the experience - later joining the Royal Navy. Please don't be tempted to follow his example.


The Buttercross clock in Brigg Market Place as 8pm drew near on Sunday and townsfolk took part in the Candlelit Vigil.


Fallen leaves at East Park a couple of days ago.