Friday, April 29, 2016



Brigg District Lions' Beer Festival is set to return from 12 to 14 May 2016 in the Barns at the Nelthorpe Arms, Bridge Street (close to the County Bridge).  
The opening times are Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May, 7pm to 11.30pm, and Saturday 14 May, noon to 11.30pm.  
There will again be a memorable glass, this time in honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday. 
Entry is £2, glasses £1.50 and beer £1.80 per half pint.  
Saturday night will see entertainment from Suburban Blues.  
We have a provisional beer and cider list as follows:

Butcombe bitter
Fuggle Dee Dum
Black sheep
Listers Limehouse Porter
Marston Wainwright
Rev James Gold
Proper Job Gold
Sherriffs Tiple
Dark Mild T Taylor
Gainsboro Moonlight
Lincoln Imperial Ale
Holy Grail
St George Wentworth
Ruddles Best
Otter Ale

Virgin on the ridiculous
Old Rosie
Lemon and lime
Fanny’s Bramble
Slack Alice
Barbourne Painted Lady Perry
Poacher Perry
Blackberry Blush
All profits raised are in aid of charities. 
The event is the 26th event of its kind and is popular within the Brigg Calendar organised fully by volunteers of Brigg District Lions Club.

Our picture above shows some of the drinks on offer at a previous beer festival.


We note with interest that soon after they started work to transform the old Lidl premises into the new B&M store, someone repaired the deep potholes in the entry road leading to the Spring's Parade car park.
We've reported a number of times in the past about the holes in the road being filled in, only for the filler to work loose again.
Whether it's Tesco, B&M, the council or another agency that's sorted these dip-a-wheel hazards, we do not know. But the motorists who use this busy stretch are just grateful that someone has taken positive action.
The B&M store will open in a couple of weeks.



There is a BASH meeting on Tuesday (May 3rd) "Tour Guides Tales of Scawby Hall" - A Talk by Ann Campion. Our meetings are held at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, starting at 8pm. There is a raffle and light refreshments. Admission is free and there is no membership. Everyone is welcome.


Deputy Town Mayor of Brigg, Coun Ann Eardley, is set to take over in the not too distant future as the new Town Mayor.
However, she got an early taste of chairing a full meeting of Brigg Town Council on Monday evening while standing in for Coun James Truepenny, our current first citizen, who tendered his apologies and was unable to attend.
Monday's was not the easiest meeting to chair, with plenty of proposals, seconding and voting going on. But Coun Eardley took it in her stride.
Many readers will recall Coun Ann's hard work over many years with the DONKEY action group, which did much to tidy up and brighten the town some years ago.
She is a long-serving member of the Town Council.
The progressing from one Mayor to the next takes place at the Town Council's annual meeting.



Adults across North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take steps to improve their health and get active as figures reveal* that one in three adults are inactive.
Research shows that living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.
North Lincolnshire Council is supporting the ‘One You’ campaign to help adults across North Lincolnshire avoid future diseases caused by modern day life.
‘One You’ aims to encourage adults, particularly those in middle age to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life.
People in North Lincolnshire have lower healthy life expectancy than the England average. Healthy life expectancy (years spent in ‘good health’) for males in North Lincolnshire is significantly below the pension age of 65.
According to data from Public Health England, the biggest threat to people in midlife in North Lincolnshire is lifestyle issues, particularly smoking, drug and alcohol use, obesity and inactivity. 
Figures show:
  • The proportion of adults who are overweight or obese is significantly above the national average at 69.6 per cent compared to 64.6 per cent in England and 33 per cent are classed as obese.
  • The adult smoking rate is 17.9 per cent and North Lincolnshire has significantly higher smoking related deaths.
  • One in three adults are physically inactive compared to one in four in England
  • Alcohol related hospital admissions continue to rise although similar to the national average.
  • Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40 per cent of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
The One You campaign will provide information to help adults to move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smoke free, and also offer details on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.
The One You website encourages adults to take an online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This will provide personalised recommendations based on the results and direct people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed. Each topic heading on the website provides further details.
To take the quiz, visit:
Locally there are many forms of lifestyle related support services to keep people healthy and having a free NHS Health Check is a good place to start.
For more details on what support services are available locally, visit
Coun Rob Waltham, of Brigg, Cabinet Member for Health, Strategic Projects and Regeneration, said: “We are supporting the ‘One You’ campaign to encourage people throughout North Lincolnshire to rethink their health and consider if there is more they can be doing to ensure they are living healthily.
“The ‘How Are You’ quiz is a brilliant way of evaluating your lifestyle choices and personal circumstances to find out if they are having a positive or negative effect on your health. When you have completed the quiz it will provide you with further details and advice on how you can improve your health (if needed) related to your needs.
“It is surprising that one in three adults are inactive in North Lincolnshire. Keeping active is extremely important and we want to encourage as many adults as possible to increase their physical activity, whether that is walking or high intensity exercise – it all makes a difference.”
Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, Medical Director at North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, welcomed the campaign, which personalises advice to take into account the real lives of people and the day-to-day pressures they are under.
“Whilst we cannot always have an active or outdoor job or avoid a long commute in the car or public transport, there are ways we can reduce sitting time throughout the day,” said Dr Jaggs-Fowler. “Try to do some tasks standing, like telephone calls, catch-up conversations, or even meetings. Some people spend their breaks checking their phones, but if you’re going to do this, maybe do it standing up or at least move away from your desk.
“During evenings, a lot of people simply swap their desk for the sofa, or work computer for a laptop or games console. While we all relax in different ways, it’s a good idea to try and fit some activity or more active hobbies into your leisure time. This is also a good example to set at home if you have children, as habits we learn when young tend to stick with us into adulthood.”
Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser for the One You campaign, said: “Although it has been customary to blame people for their ‘lifestyle’ we now appreciate that we need to take into account the environmental pressures that make it difficult to make healthy choices, having to sit eight hours a day at work for example and then drive an hour home. One You is designed to help every individual identify not only their risks but also the pressures they face in their life and the stress that results, and then support them with personalised tools and advice.”

* Data from Public Health England.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Brigg Blog's editor once had a dream job in the 1980s which involved him being paid to travel around the country watching cricket and eating and drinking on expenses!
This involving reporting on the matches played by Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, in the Minor Counties cricket competition.
Among regular players back then was Richard Burton, who was the boss of a Brigg transport company, who played his club cricket for Normanby Park Works, Scunthorpe. He was a seam bowler.
This coming Sunday, weather permitting, Lincolnshire CCC travel to Norwich to play Norfolk in their second group match in the Unicorns (Minor Counties) Knockout Trophy.
Lincs completed a huge 181-run victory last weekend over Northumberland and will select from the same squad as last week namely:- D. Lucas (Capt.), H. Azad, R. Carnelley, J. Tattersall, D. Freeman, L. Robinson, A. Tillcock, D. Brown, C. Wilson (Wkt.), M. Weightman, M. Carter and A. Willerton.
"Norfolk also won their first group fixture so a close encouter is expected," Lincs chairman Chris Keywood tells us.


Continuing the life story of Cliff Turner, now aged 91 and living in New Zealand, who grew up in Brigg during the 1920s and 1930s. This extract will certainly bring back some memories for a good many Brigg Blog readers, we are sure...

The wash house had a copper - a large iron cauldron set in a brick surround and having a fire grate under the cauldron. So on wash days (usually Mondays) the copper fire had to be lit and if it did not go at the first attempt my mother would get very frustrated.
Friday was bath night; this involved dragging a galvanised bath indoors from its hook on a wall in the back yard and filling it from large pans of water heated on the fire or the gas ring. After we children had gone to bed my parents would have their weekly bath. We had no sink in the house; every drop of water used indoors had to be carried into the back yard and poured down a drain.
My mother never had a gas cooker; all cooking was done in the coal or wood fired oven or boiled or steamed on the gas ring. Downstairs lighting was by gas; upstairs, although there were gas lighting fittings, candles were almost invariably used. Electricity did not come to Brigg until the mid-1930s so I can well remember the streets being dug up for the cables to be laid by Yorkshire Power, a private company. I can recall only one substation; it was in Grammar School Road. Going by knowledge gained much later in life I think the transformer, which converted 11,000 volts to domestic voltage, would only have been of about 300 kVA. Today a transformer of that capacity might be enough for about 80 homes.
The local manager was Alfred Haddock; I learned this many years later when I worked for the Yorkshire Electricity Board in Sheffield, where Mr Haddock was the Area Manager. I think I only spoke to him once and that was at one of our annual engineers' dinners. He asked me where I came from and he then told me he had been manager in Brigg when the town first had electricity. I think he was astonished when I said that he must have been the optimist who put up a TV aerial at his house in Grammar School Road when television started in England in 1936.
He admitted that he had indeed been the optimist. In 1936 there was only one TV transmitter in use; at Alexandra Palace in north London. There was no hope of the signal reaching Brigg. The embryo TV service was closed down at the outbreak of war. I cannot remember when it restarted but by the time of the Queen's coronation in 1953 it was receivable in the Brigg area from a new transmitter at Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands.
I made my appearance on 21 March 1925. I was told that it was a Saturday and that it was snowing at the time. 
My brother Charles Kenneth followed on 29 September 1926 but I cannot remember when I first became aware of his existence.
I have few memories of my pre-school days but know that sometimes when my mother visited her parents at Spalding I would be left there for a while. One definite recollection is of bursting into tears on one occasion when my mother and father left to catch the train back to Brigg. I also remember going pea picking with one of Mum’s brothers. The town crier used to go round town telling the public where pea pickers were needed and some people, although they had daytime employment, would go in the long evenings to earn an extra shilling or two. A large bag had to be filled for a shilling. On one occasion I ate so many peas that I was sick before we went home to Granny.
At that time I am almost certain that my Auntie Nancy and uncles Harry, Joe and Dick were still at home so it must have been a full house.
Some other pre-school memories are of our neighbours Aggie and Alf Draper and Clara and Harry Bedford. Aggie and Alf had only one son, Len, a few years older than me, and Clara and Harry were childless. Perhaps that is why I was a bit of a pet at both houses and spent a lot of time with these neighbours before I went to school.
It was at Aggie's house that I was first exposed to "art"; she had on her living room wall reproductions of The Gleaners and The Angelus by the French painter Jean Francois Millet. Alf worked at the Yarborough Oil Mills where cow cake for winter feeding of cattle was made, with linseed oil as its main ingredient, and consequently their house was pervaded by the odour of linseed oil. He was also the first person I ever saw rolling his own cigarettes.
Probably because she had no children Clara Bedford lavished attention on her terrier Tiny and Kitty her cat. They slept together in the same basket and at Christmas Clara used to give them each a chocolate fish.
I think I started school on my fifth birthday, at Brigg's only infants school in Grammar School Road. My mother had taken me there earlier to enrol, but on the big day I was taken by a slightly older boy, Peter Lyon, who lived near to us. My mother met me at midday and on the way home bought me a present at Albert Nettleton's shop. I forget the nature of the present.
School was a mile away but I walked that distance alone four times a day, as I went home for the midday meal. This meant crossing the A18, a major road connecting South Yorkshire with the ports of Grimsby and Immingham at the mouth of the River Humber.
That may sound horrifying to today's parents but in the early 1930's there was little traffic. Close to the school a farmer called Mundey milked a herd of cows twice daily. The cows were pastured during the summer months about a mile away in a field on Westrum Lane and so the cows walked about four miles a day, crossing the A18 road four times and leaving abundant evidence of their passage splattered on the road.
School was a large wooden hut divided into three classrooms. My first teacher was Miss Kennington who lived until I was well into my sixties. Not many memories remain of my early schooldays; one I retain is of a girl called Phyllis Drayton persistently calling the teacher "Lady" and being told "Don't call me Lady, call me Miss." I also recall learning songs about Christopher Robin wanting a rabbit and going to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. I did not know then that Christopher Robin was a real person but in about 1960 I met him in his bookshop in Dartmouth, Devon.
The teacher of the next class was Miss Wilson and I have no memories of the time spent in her class before moving on to the top class taught by Mrs Twidle. During my time in that class Mrs Twidle retired and was replaced by Miss Hodson. Of the four teachers I suspect that only Miss Hodson had been formally trained as a teacher. Many teachers at that time had been pupil-teachers who learned their trade 'on the job' by listening to and helping older teachers who had probably started in the same way. About the only thing I remember of that class was learning about the Eskimos and I found that fascinating.

Keep watching Brigg Blog.... many more memories from Cliff still to come.