Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Just a reminder... There's football at The Hawthorns ground tonight (Wednesday, August 24) when Brigg Town FC host Hallam (7.45pm). Read the club's own match preview here...
On Saturday, August 27 the Zebras journey to Eccleshill United (3pm KO).


This road sign in Brigg town centre has clearly been damaged.
It's on Bigby Road, near the zebra crossing, and advises drivers that they are approaching Demeter School.
Brigg Blog recently highlighted the fact that there's a similar 'school ahead' sign in good nick on Glebe Road - still there many years after Brigg Primary relocated to Atherton Way.
We said it was time North Lincolnshire Council removed the Glebe Road sign and suggested it might be re-used elsewhere in the district.
This morning we spotted the damaged sign on Bigby Road and put two and two together!
The concrete water hydrant indicating 'H' post is also badly cracked.
It points the water to Anglian Water's water, to be used by Humberside Fire & Rescue Service (if there's a fire nearby) but is at the side of the highway for which the council is the authority.
So who's responsible for putting in a replacement post?


The monthly Brigg Farmers' Market on Saturday (August 27) should prove of added interest.
In addition to the usual wide selection of stalls selling produce from 9am to mid-afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Brigg Live Arts Exhibition  - supported by Brown & Co - in the Angel complex from 10am.
We are also hoping that the boat rides on the River Ancholme - re-introduced on the last farmers' market Saturday from the White Hart pub jetty - make a re-appearance. 
There will be a Brigg Heritage Centre antiques fair in The Buttercross - above the Tourist Information Centre - from 9.30am to 1pm.
Attractive new public seating on the river towpath, close to the County Bridge and B&M store, will also be available to market shoppers wishing to rest their legs on Saturday.
We did a bit of digging in the archives about local boat trips and found an advert from 16 years ago which said people could discover "the hidden beauty of Brigg" through boat trips around the Island and special excursions to the Brandy Wharf Cider Centre.
The boat then ran seven days a week, weather permitting, during the warmer months, picking up passengers near Safeway's supermarket every 45 minutes and offering "bar service and music." 


Brigg Blog came across an old photograph today showing Brigg police in 2000.
It's described as their official Millennium picture.
The image shows an inspector, Dick Taylor, two sergeants, 13 uniformed constables and six other staff in plain clothes.
That all adds up to 22 people.
Brigg police station today is not a base for neighbourhood policing.
It is involved in Protecting Vulnerable People.
However, the force has stressed that serving officers are within Brigg police station and can be deployed locally should the need arise.
We think the picture from 2000 is probably copyright Humberside Police, so we can't share it with you today.
That's a pity as it's a rather impressive line-up, featuring three neat rows of staff, taken on a grassy area near Barnard Avenue.



Brigg Blog was asked a question in a bar at the weekend about two old pubs in the town centre.
We were able to give the locations of the Red Lion and the Butcher's Arms.
And that set us thinking about other hostelries Brigg has lost:
Ancholme Inn, Grammar School Road - pictured top: This circa 1960 pub with its large function room was knocked down to make way for new homes.
Queen's Arms, Wrawby Street: Turned from pub into restaurant, initially the Fish Inn. Later  became The Vines. The building is still there but no longer an eatery.

Brocklesby Ox, Bridge Street - pictured above: Demolished with town houses built on the site.
Angel Hotel, Market Place: After closure it was acquired by the council and turned into offices, today also boasting a cafe, library and heritage centre.
Black Bull, Wrawby Street - pictured below: The Wrawby Street hostelry was transformed into today's popular Dexter's ale house/restaurant.
Brigg Snooker Club: Not a pub but a popular venue, housed in part of Layne's Garage on Bigby Street.


Brigg rock and roll enthusiasts might fancy a night out at Barnetby Village Hall.
Sounds of the 1950s and 1960s will be provided by the Spex Trio and there will be an Elvis tribute from Andy Rich.
The rock and roll night will be on Friday, September 9, from 7pm.
Tickets cost £10, including a hot dog.
Bar facilities will be available.
Some tickets may be available on the door on the night. But to be sure of a place, book yours in advance by calling Vic Bowness on 01652 688058.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Barnetby Community Club.



The council is encouraging people to check on their older neighbours, family and friends, as well as people who are less able to care for themselves every day during hot weather.
Long spells of hot weather can be dangerous for older people and those less able.
There are things you can do to help yourself and others. Make sure you are aware of the signs that an older person may be affect by the hot weather.
People aged over 75 with serious long term conditions, heart or breathing problems, poor mobility, and mental health problems including dementia are particularly vulnerable. Make sure they are able to keep themselves cool.
Tips for coping in the hot weather:

  • Keep windows and blinds closed when it’s hotter outside
  • Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Have cool baths/showers and go into the coolest room
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid too much coffee, tea and cola
  • Wear loose cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses outside
  • Go somewhere cooler if possible such as an air conditioned supermarket
  • Look after your skin. Use a high sun protection factor (SPF) sun screen, at least SPF15 and reapply every two hours
  • Avoid housework and strenuous activity
  • Keep medicines below 25 degrees Celsius or in the refrigerator if necessary. Get advice from your GP or pharmacist if you are taking multiple medications

Here are some signs to look out for that might mean an older neighbour, friend or relative could need help:

  • Intense thirst
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Mild confusion
  • Feeling faint
  • Headaches
  • Fast pulse
  • Seizures

What to do if someone needs your help:

  • Get them in a cool place to rest, give them plenty of fluids and remove any unnecessary clothing
  • Get help from a GP or contact the NHS on 111 if the symptoms persist or the person doesn’t respond to interventions within 30 minutes or symptoms worsen.

There are some tips on our website on how to avoid heat stroke:
Further information on looking after yourself in hot weather can be found on the NHS Choices website,

Coun Carl Sherwood, from Brigg, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As much as we all enjoy the hot, sunny weather we can often forget about those less able and older people who need our support. The hot weather can affect older peoples’ health so it is important that we look out for our family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are coping.
“We are urging people to think about others when we have hot weather, check on them and make sure they have everything they need. There are many signs you can look out for that could indicate an older person is in need of help. If you are concerned about someone’s health, contact their GP or ring the NHS on 111 for advice.”