Friday, December 19, 2014

BRIGG 'HASN'T DRAW THE SHORT STRAW'

When the straw-burning power station opens at Scawby Brook next year, no lorries carrying bales should come through Brigg "in theory".
That information was relayed to the Town Council by Coun Mike Campion, reporting on a  Brigg Renewable Energy Plant Liaison Meeting he had attended.
The plant is now taking shape on part of the extensive former Brigg Sugar Factory site.


FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC NIGHT IN BRIGG

Brigg Music Club will be holding its annual Christmas music night in the Britannia Inn,  on Wrawby, Street, on Monday, December 22, from 8pm. Performers will include the acclaimed Lizzie Goddard. Admission is free - no need to book. Look in and enjoy the night!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SMALL RISE IN HIRE CHARGES AT ANGEL SUITE IN BRIGG


The prices of most things continue to rise but the Angel Suite community venue in Brigg has been an exception to the rule for the past four years.
Now, after holding the hire charges for that extended period, Brigg Town Council has had to up some charges, with regret.
At Monday's monthly meeting of the authority, a reviewed table of hire  charges was agreed.
The rises are described as being very minor and the council says they are required just to keep abreast of the increasing cost of heating and lighting the town centre premises.
The Angel Suite is available to hire for many purposes. Email enquiries@briggmarkettown.co.uk

ANGEL SUITE HIRE CHARGES
Ratified on Monday, 15th December. Effective for regular hirers from 1st April, 2015.

SEATED FUNCTION (Formal)
Full Suite   9am – midnight                £350.00
(Use of suite on previous day – charged at basic room hire rate)

SEATED FUNCTION (Formal)
Full Suite 6pm – midnight £175.00

CAFÉ STYLE    Ballroom and bar area only 
(small round tables)
6 hours £125.00  
3 Hours £80.00
In the event that the hirer requires the use of the Full Suite £175.00
EXTRA HOURS    charged at the pro rata hourly rate for basic room hire

CONCERTS/PUBLIC EVENTS WITH FULL SEATED AUDIENCE  
BALLROOM ONLY
Any 5 hour hire period
Minimum Fee to include up to 75 seats  £75.00                                                 
Additional seats charged at    £1.50              
PLEASE NOTE: Public events require the manager’s attendance  
Attendance fee is charged at £12.00 per hour (as required by the premises licence).


GENERAL USE/MEETINGS, LEISURE, CRAFT EXERCISE.
BALLROOM ONLY Any 3 hour hire period 
Basic room to include 4 trestles and 30 chairs
BRIGG RESIDENTS   and   VOLUNTARY GROUPS   £42.00
EXTRA HOURS (pro rata)  £14.00
OTHERS  (not for profit hirers)    £55.00                                             
EXTRA HOURS (pro rata)  £18.00
EXTRA FURNITURE   per additional chair  £1.50


LOUNGE ONLY  Any 3 hour hire period
Basic room to include small round tables or 4 trestles and up to 25 Chairs
BRIGG RESIDENTS   and   VOLUNTARY GROUPS  £35.00 
EXTRA HOURS (pro rata)   £12.00
OTHERS    (not for profit hirers)   £40.00 
EXTRA HOURS (pro rata)   £13.50                                                  

CRAFT FAIRS AND ART EXHIBITIONS   (Voluntary Organisations Only)
BALLROOM ONLY  (Lounge charged at normal rate)
per 6 Hour Session  £150.00                                                          
Linked to a major event e.g. Christmas Fair   £100.00

COMMERCIAL USE
BALLROOM Charge per hour    £35.00
LOUNGE  Minimum 3 hours   £50.00
(extra hours - pro-rata, per hour) £16.50 

ANGEL SUITE – SCALE OF CHARGES FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Catering prepared and served entirely by the Angel Suite Manager:
Profit retained – 45%
Outside Catering Services used - Mark Up - 30% 
Mark up / hire charge on Other Services
Tables: external hire:   £2.50 per table
Linen: external hire:   £2.00 per table
In house: (large) £7.00 per table; 
Café style £3.50 per table (includes cost of laundering)
Chair Covers : external hire:  £0.40 per chair
Table Décor:   £0.50 per table
Flowers  £1.50 per dec
Napkins: £0.05 per nap
Crockery and Cutlery no charge when catering provided...
Otherwise  £0.20 per item 
Stage Hire   per set up / dismantle    £25.00     




                    

BRIGG HERITAGE CENTRE UPDATE

By Judy Lundgren, Brigg Heritage Centre Manager
Antiques Fair at the Buttercross, Market Place, Brigg, 10am -2.30pm Saturday 20th December.
Santa's Workshop, come and make a Christmas Craft and see Santa.  Brigg Heritage Centre 10 am-2pm, Saturday 20 December.
Brigg Heritage Centre will close at 3pm on Saturday 20 December and will re-open on Tuesday 6 January 2015. 
May we wish all our visitors a very Merry Christmas.
Breaking News: Owing to popular demand the WW1 exhibition 'Lest We Forget' - due to close on the 20 December - will now stay open until Sat 31 January,  2015.
NF adds: The Heritage Centre is in the Angel building, off the Market Place. Well worth a visit!




ADVICE ON KEEPING BRIGG HOUSEHOLDS WARM THIS WINTER

FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
Around 11,500 people in North Lincolnshire spend more than 10 per cent of their household income on fuel to keep warm every year. This is known as fuel poverty.
Keeping warm over the winter months has many benefits and can help prevent colds and flu, or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. The risk of ending up with one or more of these conditions increases if you are:
  • Aged under five or 65 plus
  • On a low income and can’t afford heating
  • Have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • You are disabled

Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), chair of the North Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “There’s lots of help out there so people should not feel alone. In particular, for those who are struggling financially, so it is important that they get in touch with the organisations that can help them.
“It is vital that we all keep warm this winter, particularly the vulnerable. Please keep an eye on your elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours. The winter months’ are when they are likely to need your help most. So just keep an eye out for them, pop round to ensure they are OK or if they need anything.
“Sadly, many people are too proud to ask for help, but there are lots of people in a similar situation. By working with the relevant organisations, we are able to provide the support these people need.”
Public Health at North Lincolnshire council is issuing lots of helpful advice to ensure residents stay warm this winter – from finding out what support is available to families on low incomes, to making your home more energy efficient and warm.
Tips on keeping warm:
  • Try to keep your house warm. Keep your main living room at around 18 to 21 degrees Celsius. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. You can use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed.
  • Eat well. Try to ensure you have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can. Food is a vital source of energy that helps keep the body warm.
  • Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If you have a heart or respiratory problem, if possible, stay inside during a cold spell.
  • Check on elderly neighbours or relatives to ensure they’re safe and well. Ensure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather. If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.
  • You may also be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payments (WFPs), where you could claim up to £300 if you were born before 5 July 1952. For more details on WFPs, call 08459 151515 (8.30am to 4.30pm) Monday to Friday, textphone 0845 601 5613 or visit www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment.
  • Cold Weather Payments may be available if you receive certain benefits or have a child who is disabled or under the age of five. To find out more, contact JobCentre Plus or visit www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payments or the Pension Service on 0800 731 7898.
  • The Energy Saving Trust has advice on how to reduce bills and make your home more energy efficient. It can also advise on grants and schemes available around the UK. For more details, visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or call 0300 123 1234 (9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday).
Local initiatives for affordable warmth:
Get advice: not everyone will identify themselves as being in fuel poverty, but many will be anxious about home energy and fuel bills. To obtain the best local advice, contact North Lincolnshire Council on 01724 297000 or local Citizens Advice Bureau on 01724 870941. You could also call Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.
How to improve heating and insulation:
Taking advantage of local and national insulation schemes is the most cost-effective way of lowering your bills and keeping your home warm. Contact North Lincolnshire Council to request an inquiry form and find out what schemes are available to assist homeowners and private rented tenants with heating and insulation. Extra assistance is also available from energy suppliers for vulnerable, low-income households and those in receipt of eligible benefits.
For vulnerable people who have a long term illness and need assistance to fund and install heating and insulation measures in their home, the following help is available:
Warmth scheme run by Npower. Contact your energy supplier for additional help.
Npower Health through Warmth Scheme – 0845 070 2809
Npower Spreading Warmth Tariff – 0808 172 6999
British Gas Energy Trust – 01733 421021
E.ON Caring Energy Fund – 0800 051 1480

Contact your supplier:
You could be saving up to £200 off your energy bills by shopping around for a different supplier, particularly if you have never previously switched. Contact the energy supplier and ask them what the cheapest deal is that they can offer you:
British Gas – 0800 048 0202
E.ON Energy – 0333 202 4650
EDF Energy – 0800 068 8251
Scottish Power – 0845 2700 700
Scottish and Southern Energy – 0800 072 7201

This message is part of a series of winter health messages. To find out more, visit
www.northlincs.gov.uk/winterhealth.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS & WETHERSPOON PUB OPENING


As work continues apace on transforming the White Horse pub in Brigg town centre into a JD Wetherspoon outlet opening in late January, it's now possible to get a better idea of the layout of the beer garden at the back. 
The entire building site is cordoned off to the public but we managed a couple of pictures looking through the wire mesh fence on Grammar School Road South late on Sunday morning.



DAY TRIPS FROM BRIGG AREA

Local firm Barnards Coaches is running a number of trips early in 2015 which will be of interest to people in Brigg:

  • Sunday, February 7 - Cadbury World
  • Wednesday, February 11 and Saturday, February 28 - Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory.
  • Saturday, February 21 - Oswaldwhistle Mill and Railway Tour
  • Saturday, April 25 - Harrogate Spring Flower Show
  • Saturday, May 8 - York Designer Outlet/city centre
  • Friday, May 22 - Chestfield Market/Dobbies Garden Centre

Call 01652 648381 or visit www.barnardcoaches.co.uk