Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Come in No 14, your time is nearly up. Brigg Blog's editor making his final football appearance at the Recreation Ground. The sun was setting on a career with few high spots.

Brigg Recreation Ground is a topic in which we take a keen interest, as do many men, women and children in the town.
Everyone, including owner and operator North Lincolnshire Council, is hoping the long-awaited refurbishment can finally progress without much further delay.
Revised plans are now being drawn up, this time including alterations to the provision for tennis
It's been dragging on since last year. But it will be well worth the wait, with a new building for changing and much better playing facilities.
The New Rec will be something in which the sportsmen and women of the town will be able to take real pride when entertaining visiting teams. Sadly, that has not always been the case in years past.
We will keep you posted as the revised plans go through the planning process.


Brigg Town Council has received a letter of thanks from St John's Church after agreeing a donation for the purchase of a cooker, as part of  extensive refurbishment of the Church Hall, on  Bigby Street, which is used for a range of functions and events.


Coun Carl Sherwood during his year as Brigg Town Mayor

Spring cleaning is coming a little late but Brigg is going to benefit from having grime removed from various signs by North Lincolnshire Council, which is responsible for the area's roads, footpaths and pedestrian areas.
Coun Carl Sherwood,  who is a member of the Cabinet at the unitary authority, announced the clean-up during Brigg Town Council's monthly meeting in the Angel Suite on Monday night.
Former Town Mayor Carl, like this brother Coun Nigel and Coun Rob Waltham, is a member of Brigg and North Lincolnshire councils. Carl's nephew, Coun Luke, also sits on the former, having been elected in May.


It's good to see former members of Brigg Town Council still attending meetings, as observers.
Jenny Bell, Freeman Tom Glossop and The Rev Alec Depledge were all in the public gallery during Monday night's July meeting at the Angel Suite.
Previous sessions have seen Jackie Brock and Chris Dyson in attendance.
How many years' service to the town between them, we wonder?


It was like a trip down memory lane for "yours truly" and for Brigg resident Ralph Appleyard on Monday night.
Ralph was a deputy chief officer at Brigg-based Glanford Borough Council and was a familiar figure at meetings in the wonderful, wooden-panelled council chamber at what's now Hewson House, off Station Road.
Sitting with fellow officers and committee chairmen, he would answer councillors' questions and impart advice and recommendations.
But, long since retired from his role in local government, Ralph turned up at the Angel Suite on Monday to exercise his right to address Brigg Town Council during Public Question Time - part of the authority's monthly meeting.
We covered scores of council meetings in the 1980s when Ralph was a council officer and rang him on many occasions to put questions while reporting for the Lincolnshire and South Humberside Times.
There were no press officers at Glanford during this period, and no email. If you had questions you picked up the phone and rang the chief officer or his deputy. Ralph, then the deputy borough engineer and surveyor, was always very helpful to the gentlemen and ladies of the Press.
I hadn't see him addressing a council meeting since 1983 - until Monday night. How time flies!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



This year’s Disability Summer Games has been re-invented to provide even more activities for people to take part in during a week-long event from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August. 
The Disability Summer Games is part of the Do Something Different Project that provides a range of sport, leisure and cultural sessions specifically for adults aged 16 and above with a disability. 
With a schedule packed full of exciting sporting activities, it means even more people will get the chance to take part or try something new at the Games.
Activities will be taking place at a range of locations and there will be a wide variety of sessions to get involved in.
All sessions throughout the week are free, they include:

  • Rebound Therapy on Monday 3 August from 9am to 11am at The Pods, Scunthorpe, and on Tuesday 4 August from 10.30am to 12pm at Brigg Community Wellbeing Hub, Horstead Avenue. 
  • Foam archery on Monday 3 August from 2pm to 4pm at Scunthorpe Community Wellbeing Hub 
  • Gardening on Tuesday 4 August at 10.30am at Normanby Hall Country Park 
  • Table tennis and archery on Tuesday 4 August from 2pm to 4pm at The Pods 
  • Multi-sports on Wednesday 5 August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Baysgarth Leisure Centre, Barton, Thursday 6 August from 1pm to 3pm at Scunthorpe Community Wellbeing Hub and Friday 7 August from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at The Pods 
  • Swimming on Thursday 6 August from 10.30am to 11.30am at Riddings Swimming Pool 
  • Hands-on – Museum activities on Thursday 6 August from 2pm to 3pm at Brigg Community Wellbeing Hub 
  • Indoor bowls on Thursday 6 August from 12.30pm to 2pm at Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club 
  • Nordic Walking on Friday 7 August from 10.30am to 11.30am; meet at The Pods cafĂ© and walk around Central Park 
  • All attendees will receive a certificate for taking part in the Disability Summer Games and there will be the opportunity to win a trophy at each of the sessions.

Do Something Different provides health and physical activity sessions with the aim of helping to improve the health inequalities that these individuals face. 
For further details about the Disability Summer Games, contact Telle Medhurst on 07717587270 or email 
To find out about all the different activities available as part of Do Something Different project, visit the council’s website: 
Coun Carl Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds), Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure, said: “By putting the event on over a full week we are hoping to encourage more people to attend new sessions that they haven’t previously been to. It will also help raise awareness of the activities that are available on a weekly basis as part of the Do Something Different Project. 
“Take part in the Disability Summer Games and have a go at a range of activities for free. Not only are the sessions a great opportunity to meet new people, you can learn a range of new skills.”



Britain’s leading jumps trainer this summer is on his way to Market Rasen Racecourse for Sunday’s Big Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 2, with many people from the Brigg area attending.
John Ferguson is piling up the winners and amassing tens of thousands of pounds in prize-money as the 2015/16 jump racing season progresses.
His man in the saddle Aidan Coleman – with whom he established a formal relationship this week – is already being tipped as a future champion jockey.
Ferguson, who also oversees the Godolphin training operation in Newmarket, has a remarkable 40% winner-to-runner strike rate at Market Rasen so far this season.
Coleman, whose biggest career win so far came in the Welsh Grand National last Christmas, is second only to the runaway leader Richard Johnson in the jockeys’ title race.  Both have enjoyed four winners to date at Market Rasen’s six fixtures since the season began in May.
The trainer, who in the past often relied on the now retired 20 times champion jump jockey Tony McCoy, has eight entries in the six races on Sunday and will decide on Friday which horses will run.
Sunday’s racing starts at 2.20pm, with gates opening two hours before.  Admission for adults is from £6.75 in advance, with all accompanied under 18s getting in free of charge.  
As well as the racing, there is free children’s entertainment including bungee trampolines, a circus workshop, soft play area, pony hoppers, a face painter, a Princes & Pirate fancy dress competition and a treasure hunt.
There’s also the BIG Jigsaw Challenge, an initiative created to help children learn more about racing whilst taking part in a team challenge with the opportunity to win prizes.  Children will have four opportunities to take part facilitated by Racecourse Presenter Steven Powell and Sales & Marketing Coordinator Patricia Grove.  Details can be found in the race-day programme and on the big screen.