Thursday, April 23, 2015

BRIGG FAIR CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the Antiques Fair scheduled for Brigg town centre this coming Saturday (25th April) has had to be cancelled.

BRIGG HOSTING SPRING FESTIVAL & MARKET

The Spring Food Festival is returning to Brigg on Saturday 25 April from 9am to 3pm as part of the award-winning Farmers’ Market. 
As well as the usual fantastic produce on offer at the Farmers’ Market there will be some additional stalls along Wrawby Street creating a wonderful street market in the centre of this historic market town. 
This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on great local produce direct from the producers. 
You will be able to buy everything from locally reared beef, pork and lamb to Lincolnshire Poacher and Cote Hill cheeses. 
There will also be a range of jams and preserves, organic breads, and gourmet fishcakes.  Not forgetting ‘the best chocolate brownies around’ and new to the market this time is locally produced scrumptious honey. You will be spoilt for choice. 
Explore the stalls at the festival and sample new tastes. Chat to the friendly and knowledgeable producers to find out what they have to offer. 
Local chef Nigel Brown will be presenting two cookery demonstrations in the bandstand showing shoppers how to make best use of the variety of delicious produce available. 
There will also be entertainment throughout the day from Flo the Clown, making it a really fun day out for all the family.
As well as all of that you can have a go at the competition running throughout the day. Details will be provided on the day. You could be in with a chance of winning a hamper packed with delicious local produce donated by the producers of the Farmers’ Market. It is not to be missed. 
Brigg Farmers’ Market started in June 2000, with just 15 stalls and has grown over the years to over 30 at each market. 
Go along and get to know the friendly producers and get tips on how to make delicious meals and snacks with the range of food on offer. 
For more information about Food Festival call Brigg Tourist Information Centre on 01652 6570253 or Barton 01652 631500. 
Margaret Price, Senior Tourism and Event Management Officer, said: 
“There is always a fantastic atmosphere when the Food Festival comes to Brigg. It is a great addition to the ever-popular Farmers’ Market. Brigg town centre will be bustling with shoppers on Saturday browsing the great range of stalls. 
“Shoppers really like the Farmers’ Market and Food Festival as they can speak directly to the producers and can often try before they buy. The producers are always on-hand to provide valuable tips and recommendations. Nigel Brown will also be creating some delicious meals from the produce on offer.  
“As well as the Food Festival, Brigg has lots of unique boutiques, shops and cafes. It is a brilliant place to visit. Go along on Saturday and see for yourself.”



BRIGG TOWN COUNCIL TO MEET ON MONDAY FOR FINAL TIME BEFORE ELECTION

Brigg Town Council will meet in the Angel Suite on Monday, April 27 at 7.30pm.
Members of the public are welcome to attend,

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED
1. Notice convening the meeting.
2. To Receive Apologies and Reasons for Absence
3. To Consider the suspension of the Meeting for the Purpose of Prayer.
4. a) To Record any Declarations of Interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. Members declaring interests should identify the Agenda Item and the type of interest being declared.
b) To note any dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of the Agenda Items listed below.
5. To approve the Minutes, as circulated, of the Meeting held on Monday 23rd March 2015.
6. APPOINTMENT OF A NEW TOWN CLERK
To receive a report from the Chair of the Personnel Committee to include (if possible)
confirmation that a new Town Clerk has been appointed.
7. Police Matters
8. To receive any correspondence (for information only).
9. To Receive the update on any outstanding issues from the clerk.
10 Public Question Time
11. To Receive any Questions from Members
12. To Receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Ward Councillors.
13. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS CIRCULATED, OF THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES.
i) Personnel Committee Saturday 28th March 2015
Thursday 9th April 2015
Friday 24th April 2015
Minutes of this meeting will be circulated at the meeting.
ii) Planning and Environment Committee Wednesday 22nd April 2015
To follow.
iii) Property & Services Committee Wednesday 22nd April 2015
To Follow
14. TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM MEMBERS DELEGATED TO SERVE ON OUTSIDE BODIES.
Cllr M.S. Campion – Meeting with Brigg Renewable Energy Plant.
15. a) TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING FINANCIAL REPORTS and APPROVE THE ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT: 
i) 31st March 2015
16. ANNUAL AUDIT – YEAR ENDING 31st MARCH 2015
a) To re-affirm the independence of Mr. R. Dixon as Internal Auditor, and that he has no interest, financial or otherwise, with any member or officer of the council.
b) To receive the internal auditors report and authorise payment of his invoice following completion of the internal audit for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. (copy enclosed)
c) To receive and approve the Receipts and Payments Summary and Accounts for the Fiscal Year ended 31st March 2015. (copy enclosed)
d) To note the receipt of the Internal Auditor’s completion statement for the Fiscal Year ending 31st March 2015. (Copy enclosed)
e) To approve the Audit Return for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, and complete the Statement of Assurance required from Members (copy enclosed).
17. GENERAL STANDING ORDERS and SCHEDULE OF DELEGATED POWERS
To confirm the Council’s General Standing Orders and Schedule of delegated Powers, following a review by the Policy Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 11th March 2015.
18. FINANCIAL STANDING ORDERS
Subject to the recommended amendments by the Policy Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 11th March 2015, to adopt the Financial Standing Orders revised and published by NALC.
19. TO DELEGATE AUTHORITY TO THE CLERK TO APPOINT THE COUNCIL’S INSURER FOR 2015/16
20. MEETING DATES FOR THE COUNCIL YEAR 2015/16
To approve the schedule of meeting dates for 2015/16.
21. BRIGG TOWN ENTRY SIGNS
To note that interest has been expressed in the purchase of the existing Town Entry signs (soon to be replaced by a new design) and the verbal request received for the Town Council to establish whether the signs could be offered for sale.
22. THE FUTURE OF CIVIC FUNCTIONS.
To consider the proposal that, in the light of diminishing support and the consequential risk of increased cost to the council when hosting Civic Functions, the Council should (at the earliest opportunity) review its position with regard to the delivery of its traditional Civic Functions.
23. PLANNING APPLICATIONS (case of need)
To Consider any planning applications lodged since the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

Monday, April 20, 2015

BRIGG TOWN CENTRE LISTED BUILDING CONSENT

Listed building consent to retain the colour scheme on the shop front and seven LED lights, and decorative fronting to windows, has been granted to Marine Technologists Ltd (Joe Mullen) following  an application made to North Lincolnshire Council about 60-62 Wrawby Street, Brigg.

BRIGG PUMB BLESSING AND CHARITY MARKET

The Pump Blessing will again incorporate a craft fair.
This will be along Wrawby Street and in the Market Place with quality crafters and the traditional Saturday Market. 
The date is Saturday, 6th June, from 9am to 3pm.
The Pump Blessing will begin at 11.30am, With Morris Dancing  and music from The Old Time String Band.
Contact Brigg Town Business Partnership for further details

BRIGG PUB PARTY NIGHT

Many of us enjoyed the music at the Black Bull pub, in Brigg town centre, on Saturday night.
A live band played on a stage in the car park - the first time we'd seed this done at the Bull - and there was a disco and karoke inside the premises.
A birthday party was in full swing when we got there, including cake and other refreshments. 
A good time was had by all, as the saying goes.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRIGG TOWN CRICKETERS WIN

Brigg Town Cricket Club opened the new Lincolnshire County League season with a two-wicket win over Morton at the Brocklesby Park ground yesterday (Saturday).
Majid Khan scored an important 16 runs in a very low-scoring clash.
Brigg have now been promoted to division three, from the basement section.
Next season should see Town able to return to Brigg after the Recreation Ground refurbishments have been completed.

ADRIAN GIBBONS MEMORIAL FOOTBALL MATCH AT BRIGG TOWN FC

The Adrian Gibbons (Gibb) memorial football game will take place on Sunday 3rd May at The Hawthorns, home of Brigg Town FC (3 pm kick off, meet at 2pm).  
All those who play will be asked for a £5 donation to go to the British Heart Foundation.  
Jon Taylor says: "We hope there will also be a reasonable crowd supporting the event and all contributions will also go to the chosen charity.  There will be a raffle, if you would like to donate a prize then please bring it to the event."
The game will be Briggensians v Briggensians Old Boys/ Brigg Town Old Boys.  A number of people have already expressed an interest in playing in the game in memory of Gibb.  
If anyone else would like to play then please contact Jon Taylor at jontaylorbrigg@aol.com

BRIGG TREES REMIND US OF TWO SPECIAL LADIES


The tree planted in Brigg by The Princess of Wales
Brigg trees dedicated to Diana, The Princess of Wales, and Mary Scanlon having come into bloom.
Both are near the Old River Ancholme – not many yards apart but separated by the County Bridge.
Mary was the long-serving landlady of the Nelthorpe Arms pub, in Bridge Street, working alongside husband Myles. Her tribute is in the pub’s beer garden.
Many people in town still refer to this hostelry as Scanlon's.
Lady Diana planted her tree during a visit to Brigg and there’s a plaque close to the base of the trunk, giving details.
She was famously described as England’s Rose by Bernie Taupin in lyrics written specially for Sir Elton John to sing at her funeral service.

Bernie  grew up in Omwby-by-Spital, just off the A15 when you drive from Brigg to Lincoln. It's a nice little place - well worth a look, if you've never been before.


Mary Scanlon's tree in the Nelthorpe Arms beer garden, viewed from Bridge Street, Brigg.

A N-ICE LITTLE EARNER FOR BRIGG SHOP

Bargain Booze, in Spring's Parade, Brigg, has a sign outside advertising ice for sale.
At one time, most homes had a small tray in a little compartment at the top of the fridge which was filled with water to make a dozen cubes. 
Now many folk find it more convenient to buy a bag of ice from outlets like R&B and put that in their drinks, when required.

DARTS & BINGO AT BRIGG TOWN FC

There are two social events at Brigg Town Football Club's Hawthorns clubhouse.
Today (Sunday) sees a darts knockout from 3pm, while tomorrow (Monday) there's bingo from 7.30pm.

BRIGG SHOW ON MAY DAY

May Day was once a big thing in Brigg, with pupils of the school in Glebe Road dancing around the maypole and a May Queen being chosen.
Things are a bit different 70 or 80 years on but we are pleased to see a group in the town is doing something special to mark the arrival of spring.
St John’s Singers will be holding a May Day concert on Friday, May 1, from 7.30pm.
The venue is the Church Hall, on Bigby Street.
Tickets are £7 and there will be a raffle.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Christian Aid.

If you want tickets,  call 01652 653066 or 659560.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BRIGG TEAM BEATEN

Mid-table Briggensians FC lost 3-1 when visiting top side Crosby Colts Juniors.
The game was played on Wednesday (April 15) in division three of the TSW Printers Scunthorpe & District Football League.
Chris Rogers scored for the Brigg team. 


PHOTO BOOTH OPERATING DURING BRIGG CLUB EVENT

All Mod Cons will be playing at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club on Friday 8th May. All proceeds for this event will go to Marie Curie, care and support through terminal illness. There will be a photo booth on the night to use for your entertainment. Tickets are available now and the cost per ticket is £7.00 each - all proceeds to this worthwhile charity.

BRIGG CRICKETERS KNOW NEW ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF WILL BE ON THE BALL

Many congratulations to Lee Freeman, who has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Humberside.
He's well-known to those of us in Brigg who follow cricket, having been a long-serving all-rounder with the Louth club.
Lee has been serving with neighbouring Lincolnshire force, with whom he has risen through the ranks.
He's bound to be touring the Humberside Police area but will need no introduction to Brigg. 
Read more here...

NEW BRIGG FLATS PLAN TO BE DECIDED BY COMMITTEE

A planning application seeking permission to erect 4 two-storey flats in Bridge Street, Brigg, will be decided by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee.
The majority of applications these days are decided at officer level.
Brigg businessman Mick Smith, of Brocklesby Park Homes, is seeking the go-ahead for a site which is close to where the Brocklesby Ox pub stood for generations.
The planning committee normally meets monthly but by mid-May there will have been an election.
North Lincolnshire Council has not released dates for meetings beyond the last, held on April 8.

£22k+ BRIGG JOB TO SUIT LOVER OF THE ARTS

North Lincolnshire Council is advertising the job of Arts Development Officer - based in Brigg.
Although located at Hewson House, on Station Road, the successful applicant will travel to other parts of the district when required.
The pay scale is  £22,937 - £27,123 and the closing date April 24.
Find out more and apply here

Friday, April 17, 2015

FORMER BRIGG SPORTSMAN RECOVERING FROM HORRIFIC INJURY

The Scunthorpe Telegraph broke the story about a former Brigg sportsman who has broken his leg in 21 places. View the story here
He's now asked Brigg Blog to stress the fact that he will be recovered in time to host a reunion of former pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School in a town hostelry.
We know he has been touched by the kind emails received from ex-classmates and team-mates wishing him well.

BRIGG & DISTRICT EVENTS IN JULY - COURTESY OF OUR TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Here are Brigg events to be held in July, courtesy of the Tourist Information Centre, based at the Buttercross, Market Place:

Wednesday 1 July
5 to 10pm - Barton Bike Night - Town centre streets closed to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors and motorbikes to assemble. Trade stands, live bands, food. 0789 6712048. MANY BRIGG BIKE FANS WILL BE ATTENDING, SOME RIDING THEIR OLD MACHINES ON THE OLD ROUTE TO BARTON, VIA ELSHAM LEVEL CROSS AND ELSHAM HILL.

Saturday 4 July
1.30pm – Railtour around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Saturday 4 to Friday 10 July
1.30 to 5pm - Scawby Hall Open - Conducted tours in groups of max 12 people. Adults £7, concessions £5.50, children (5-16 yrs) £3, under 5s free, family ticket £17. 01652 654272. 

Saturday 11 July
10am to 4pm - Our Big Gig – Music and storytelling in Brigg Bandstand as part of National Bandstand Marathon Weekend. Some seats available. Free.01652 657053. www.briggisbest.co.uk
10am to 4pm – CPRE Conference on Extreme Weather – The Steel Rooms, Springs Parade, Brigg. £20 including lunch. Booking essential by 26 June. 01652 618744. Email: jenny.haynes@btinternet.com
11am - 5pm, gates open from 9am – Rescue Day - 7 Lakes Country Park, Ealand, off DN8 5SX. In its sixth year the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. In aid of the Air Ambulance, Humber Rescue, several emergency services and local charities. www.rescueday.com
1.30pm and 4.30pm - Railtours around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages) and brake van tour 4.30pm for 3 hours (unsuitable for under 10 years old).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Sunday 12 July
9.30am to 6pm - Broughton Agricultural Horse and Dog Show – Sports Field, Broughton. Family fun day out with jumping and horse showing, horticultural, dog show, vintage tractors. 01652 653022. www.broughtonshow.co.uk
11.30am to 4.30pm – Jerry Green Dog Rescue Annual Summer Show – Broughton. Dog show, demonstrations, children’s activities. 01652 650886.

Saturday 18 July to Sunday 6 September
11am to 5pm - Elsham Hall Country Park Open Every Day - Adults £5.50, children £4.50, concessions £5, children under 2 free, family £19.  01652 688698. 

Saturday 25 July
9am to 3pm - Brigg Farmers’ Market - Market Place. Visit this FARMA accredited award winning market and buy delicious local food from the people who produce it.  Now with over 30 stalls selling everything from venison to smoked salmon and home-made cakes to sauces. 01652 657053.
1.30pm – Railtour around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Sunday 26 July
2 to 5pm - Wrawby Mill Open Day - Mill Lane, Wrawby. The last remaining postmill in the north of England.  Adults £2, children £1, family £5.  01652 653699. 
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Tuesday 28 July
10.30am or 1.30pm – Funny Faces - Children’s Pottery  Workshop - Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, Barton. £10, booking essential. 01652 631500. 

All of the information within this publication is believed to be correct at the time of going to press. North Lincolnshire Council cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. 
PUBLISHED BY BRIGG TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, THE BUTTERCROSS, MARKET PLACE, BRIGG DN20 8ER. TEL/FAX  01652 657053 brigg.tic@northlincs.gov.uk   www.visitnorthlincolnshire.com

BRIGG TOWN HOUSES TO LET


Estate agent Paul Fox, in Brigg town centre, still has some town houses to let alongside the Angel car park, just round the corner from their offices. 
"Let" signs can be seen in the windows of some homes in this row of new builds which occupies the site once used by a joiner's shop.
These properties are very handy for the shops and other amenities in Brigg town centre.
Paul Fox is also involved with marketing new builds on Forrester Street, off Bridge Street.
Keigar Homes'  development on the site of the former Ancholme Pub, off Grammar School Road, is also  progressing steadily.
Brigg remains a very popular place to live.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BRIGG & DISTRICT EVENTS IN JUNE - COURTESY OF OUR TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Here are Brigg events to be held in June, courtesy of the Tourist Information Centre, based at the Buttercross, Market Place:

Friday 5 June
7.30pm – The Hut People – Brigg Live Arts at The Angel Suite, Brigg. Supported by Clarty Slough. £10 advance, £12 on door from Brigg Tourist Information Centre. 01652 657053 or 01652 653217. 

Saturday 6 June
10am to 4pm –North Lincolnshire Council Fostering Team Recruitment Stall – The Podium@ Scunthorpe Market. 01724 297496
10.30am to 2.30pm – Witch - Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, Barton. Adult’s pottery workshop with Karen Raithby. £30, booking essential. 01652 631500.
10am to 3pm - Brigg Pump Dressing and Craft Market  - Starting in the Market Place at 10am with the Scunthorpe Tatterfoals and Grimsby Morris Men. At 11am the dancers will lead the procession with local Brownies to the first pump blessing next to the Nelthorpe Arms, across the bridge, then  parade through the Market Place to the second pump blessing beside the White Horse (Weatherspoons). Further dancing at different locations, plus craft market. 01652 657053. 
1.30pm and 4.30pm - Railtours around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages) and brake van tour 4.30pm for 3 hours (unsuitable for under 10 years old).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Saturday 13 June
6.30pm onwards – Ceilidh – Grounds and marquee of The Mount Tea Rooms, Castlethorpe. £10 including fish, chips and peas, £3 children. Suitable clothing recommended, refreshments available or bring your own drinks. Tickets from The Mount or 01652 654576 / 07512 761157.

Saturday 13 June until Sunday 21 June
1.30 to 5pm - Scawby Hall Open - Conducted tours in groups of max 12 people. Adults £7, concessions £5.50, children (5-16 yrs) £3, under 5s free, family ticket £17. 01652 654272. 

Saturday 20 June
1.30pm – Railtour around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Saturday 27 June
9am to 3pm - Brigg Farmers’ Market - Market Place. Visit this FARMA accredited award winning market and buy delicious local food from the people who produce it.  Now with over 30 stalls selling everything from venison to smoked salmon and home-made cakes to sauces. 01652 657053.
10am to 2pm – Rabbit Crafts – Brigg Heritage Centre, The Angel. Small donation requested, no need to book. 01724 296771.  10am to 2.30pm – Antique Fair – 1st floor, The Buttercross, Market Place. Organised by Brigg Heritage Centre. Stalls £10. Tea, coffee and cakes. 01652 618736

Sunday 28 June
10am to 5pm – Hibaldstow Open Gardens and Scarecrow Day – Around 12 gardens open, displays in St Hybald’s Church and Methodist Church, classic car display. Refreshments in Village Hall. £3, accompanied children free, proceeds to local charities. Free minibus round village. 01652 656875. 
2 to 5pm - Wrawby Mill Open Day - Mill Lane, Wrawby. The last remaining postmill in the north of England.  Adults £2, children £1, family £5.  01652 653699. 

BRIGG HOME OF DISTINCTION BRINGS BACK MEMORIES

We noticed in a town centre estate agent's window that 33 Wrawby Road, Brigg,  is on the market. 
This will always be Doctor Foxton's house to us, and we think other Brigg folk of a similar age.
He was a long-serving doctor in the town and his wife a magistrate on the Brigg bench, when we still had a functioning courthouse.
The Lincolnshire Times sent us to No 33  once, in the early 1980s, to conduct an interview, with either the GP or the JP. We think it may have been the latter. In which case it would have been for the popular Women's Talk column. Yes, male reporters had to leave their comfort zone in those days!
Many years earlier we'd delivered  morning newspapers to this address for Richardson's, in Wrawby Street, when Winnie Cammack ran the shop. 
Our varied round took in council homes in Hawthorn Avenue, East Parade and Central Square but finished on Wrawby Road, with its big detached properties.
The good doctor and his wife took the glossy Illustrated London News magazine - the only copy we delivered. And quite possibly the only one Richardson's ordered. 
If you are interested in making an offer for this "des res" View full details here

CAUGHT IN TWO MINDS OVER BRIGG DELIVERY

The other afternoon we saw a delivery truck parked up in Old Courts Road, Brigg, whose driver was  preparing to take supplies to a business in Wrawby Street.
This put us in two minds. On the one hand we had to congratulate him for not taking the option so many do and drive through the pedestrian area into Wrawby Street. 
However, he was parked so near the entrance/exit to the town's main car park that one lane was blocked off to traffic. 
If only the driver had parked 10 yards further along Old Courts Road he'd have received a high mark from Brigg Blog. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BRIGG DRIVE-THRU?


When we took these pictures on the A18 in Brigg we wondered whether a new drive-thru  was coming to town.
However, we rather think the prop-up temporary yellow traffic information sign had blown over on the other side of the road and someone had propped it up  outside the Vines restaurant, which has been closed for some time.
We last had strong winds four days before we took the pictures.
This morning (Wednesday, April 15) the sign was STILL propped up outside the Vines.
So clearly no-one in authority is in a rush to get it returned to the proper location.

It refers to traffic restrictions on the A18 bridge over the railway line at Melton Ross, not far from Humberside Airport.




BRIGG & DISTRICT EVENTS TO ENJOY IN APRIL & MAY 2015 - COURTESY OF OUR TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Here are Brigg events from mid-April to the end of May, courtesy of our Tourist Information Centre, based at the Buttercross, Market Place. Make a note of the dates or use the search facility on Brigg Blog to find them at a later date...

Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April
7.30pm – One Wild Oat – Performed by Broughton Dramatic Society, Broughton Village Hall. Tickets £5 from Brigg Tourist Information Centre. 01652 657053.

Saturday 25 April
9am to 3pm - Brigg Farmers’ Market and Spring Food Festival - Brigg Market Place. Brigg Farmers' Market is joined by other producers of quality local foods to create an amazing market on the streets of Brigg. With cookery demonstrations, street entertainment and competitions.  01652 657053.
10am to 2pm – St George and the Dragon Crafts – Brigg Heritage Centre, The Angel. Small donation requested, no need to book. 01724 296771. 
10am to 2.30pm – Antique Fair – 1st floor, The Buttercross, Market Place. Organised by Brigg Heritage Centre. Stalls £10. Tea, coffee and cakes. 01652 618736.                                                                                                                     
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April
10am to 4pm - Artisans in Action – Crafts and Arts Exhibition and Sale of Work – Forest Pines Hotel, Broughton. Free entry. 01469 533115. www.artisansinaction.weebly.com

Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May
11am to 5pm - Magical May Day Weekend - Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park. Adults £5.50, children £4.50 concessions £5, children under 2 free, family ticket £19.  Entertainment by Lion Learners on Sunday, Magical Parties with James Smith on Monday. 01652 688698. 

Monday 4 May
2 to 5pm - Wrawby Mill Open Day - Mill Lane, Wrawby. The last remaining postmill in the north of England.  Adults £2, children £1, family £5.  01652 653699.

Tuesday 5 May
8pm –  Gruelling Experience – Three Centuries of the Workhouse – Illustrated talk by Peter HIgginbotham for BASH (Brigg Amateur Social Historians), Brigg and District Servicemen’s Club, Coney Court. Free. 01652 657053. 

Sunday 10 May
Registration 12 noon – We’re a Knockout! – Brigg Town Football Club, Hawthorn Avenue. A great day out for all the family, raising funds for When you Wish upon a Star charity. Teams of 6-10 people,  £100 registration fee and asked to raise minimum sponsorship of £400. Information pack from gemma@whenyouwish.org.uk 01472 827100.

Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May
Brigg Lions Beer Festival – Nelthorpe Arms, Brigg. Around 30 beers and ciders.0772 5021725.

Sunday 17 May
8am onwards - TSW Printers Border Classic Car Run – Brigg Market Place. Cars leaving at 10am at one minute intervals, 70-95 cars expected. Entry forms from Bell Watson, Brigg, TSW Printers, Scunthorpe or 01724 347223. www.bordermotorclub.co.uk

Thursday 21 May
7.30pm – Brigg and District Horticultural Society – Talk on Orchid Growing by Ray Creek, Methodist Church Hall, Barnard Avenue. Also plant exchange. Members free, non-members £2. 01469 588532.



Saturday 23 to Monday 26 May
Ancholme River Festival – Taster session for canoeing and canoe polo (e-mail mail@gsc-online.com), rowing(e-mail gill.mordue@btinternet.com) or casting (e-mail mikestory49@yahoo.com) Events will be launched from the rowing club, with the polo pitch  from County Bridge alongside the White Hart. 01652 657053.

Saturday 23 May
9am to 3pm - Brigg Farmers’ Market - Brigg Market Place. Visit this FARMA accredited award winning market and buy delicious local food from the people who produce it.  Now with over 30 stalls selling everything from ostrich to smoked salmon and home-made cakes to sauces, together with plants, shrubs and bedding plants. 01652 657053. 
10am to 2pm – Father’s Day Dragon Crafts – Brigg Heritage Centre, The Angel. Small donation requested, no need to book. 01724 296771.                           
10am to 2.30pm – Antique Fair – 1st floor, The Buttercross, Market Place. Organised by Brigg Heritage Centre. Stalls £10. Tea, coffee and cakes. 01652 618736. 
1.30pm - Railtour around the TATA iron and steel making plant at Scunthorpe - Standard tour 1.30pm for 2 ½ hours (suitable for all ages).  Places must be booked with Brigg Tourist Information Centre 01652 657053. Admission free (donations welcome).

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 
10am to 6pm Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday - Art for All Exhibition - Broughton Village Hall  Admission free. 01652 652592. 

Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May
11am to 5pm - Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park  - Open for School Holidays - Adults £5.50, children £4.50, concessions £5, children under 2 free, family ticket £19.  Entertainment by Nutty Norman plus Mini Picnic in the Park on Sunday and Family Circus on Monday. 01652 688698. 

Sunday 24 May
8.30am start - Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon – Ancholme Leisure Centre, Brigg. 1.5Km river swim, 7Km kayak, 36Km cycle, 10Km run. www.lincsquad.co.uk

Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May
1.30 to 5pm - Scawby Hall Open - Conducted tours in groups of max 12 people. Adults £7, concessions £5.50, children (5-16 yrs) £3, under 5s free, family ticket £17. 01652 654272. 

Monday 25 May
2 to 5pm - Wrawby Mill Open Day - Mill Lane, Wrawby. The last remaining postmill in the north of England.  Adults £2, children £1, family £5.  01652 653699. 

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May
10am to 4pm – Artivities – Bug Mobile - 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. 01724 297070.

Friday 29 May
7pm - Country evening with Darren Busby – Barnetby Village Hall. Organised by Brigg & District Lions. £6. secretary@briggdistrict.lions105e.org.uk 07725021725.

Saturday 30 May
10am to 2pm – Father’s Day Dragon Crafts – Brigg Heritage Centre, The Angel. Small donation requested, no need to book. 01724 296771.    

All of the information  is believed to be correct at the time of going to press. North Lincolnshire Council cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies.

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BRIGG ALERT FOR THE BOYS FROM THE BLACK STUFF


What's that old nautical saying about not spoiling the ship for a ha'p'th of tar? Can it be applied to Brigg Market Place and Wrawby Street? 
It's to be hoped that after the work of the Boys From the Black Stuff (pictured here)  someone in authority is going to ensure the stone paving is extended to cover these two areas which are not in keeping with the Brigg Conservation Area and nearby listed buildings.
For the benefit of younger Blog followers, Boys from the Blackstuff was an award-winning 1982 TV drama series created by Alan Bleasdale in which Bernard Hill gave a very moving performance as Tarmac-laying Scouser "Yosser" Hughes, whose life was wrecked by unemployment. His catchphrase "Gizza job" stuck around for years.




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

HETT CUP FINAL AT BRIGG TOWN FC TOMORROW


Many people with long memories and an interest in Brigg football were pleased to see the historic Hett Cup (pictured above) re-introduced a few seasons ago after many years in safe keeping.
This year's competition draws to a close tomorrow (Wednesday, April 15) at The Hawthorns.
Brigg Town FC U18s will meet Limestone Rangers in the final (7pm KO)
This is a charity fundraiser so why not pop along, enjoy the game and chip in a few bob?
Read Brian Sylvester's match preview here
Brigg Town FC visit Stocksbridge Park Steels tonight (Tuesday, April 14) in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
The Zebras are a long way adrift at the foot of the table but only suffered a narrow 1-0 reverse on Saturday. Hopefully tonight will see them add to the 11-point tally for 2014/5. It's not the sort of season the club wanted after 150 years.
Read Brian Sylvester's match preview here

RARE COLOUR PICTURES OF BRIGG CORN EXCHANGE


These rare colour pictures of Brigg Corn Exchange have come to light. We think they date back to the very early 1990s or perhaps the late 1980s. This was  a time when some people in the town were wondering whether the Victorian building ought to be grade two listed, with a view to affording it protection from demolition.
Even during its ownership by Brigg Urban District Council in the 1960s, there were concerns about the cost of upkeep of such a large public building. These concerns grew after Glanford Borough Council took charge in the 1970s and intensified during the 1980s. Eventually, a decision was taken that it would have to go.
These pictures show that the Corn Exchange could hardly be described as a beautiful building. But it was very large and ideal for major events like operatic productions and the music and drama festival.
Perhaps it was just too large for a small market town, and that was the factor that eventually led to it being closed and knocked down.
One of these pictures shows the old Angel Hotel ballroom - much smaller than the cavernous Corn Exchange but able to fill the role of community venue, it was felt as the neighbouring building's useful life was drawing to a close.
Today we have the Angel Suite, operated by Brigg Town Council, just as its predecessor, Brigg Urban District Council, once ran the nearby Corn Exchange.
Glanford Borough Council's reign was short-lived (1974-1996). It achieved much for Brigg during those 22 years but many older Brigg people who can remember happy times spent in the Corn Exchange will not feel the way it treated the Corn Exchange to be Glanford's finest hour.
However, of 41 Glanford councillors, Brigg had but three. And it was often pointed out that places like Broughton, Kirton Lindsey, Bottesford and even small villages all ran their own community venues and funded them. So why should Glanford have to subsidise and run Brigg's? The same argument applied to the Recreation Ground.
The answer is that Brigg UDC was well aware of the costs involved in running the Corn Exchange and the  Rec and did not take them on, as it might, or even should, have done in 1973/4. So both passed to Glanford, almost by default.
This being so, and having reported on a good many Glanford council debates about the future of the Corn Exchange in the 1980s, we've always felt the borough council was rather unfairly criticised by many Brigg people who didn't know the full facts. Or, in some cases, knew the facts but chose to turn a blind eye to some of them.



Looking towards the Angel.




BRIGG NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION

The next meeting of  the Brigg & Wolds Ward Neighbourhood Action team will be held tomorrow - Wednesday  15th April, from 6pm, at Worlaby Village Hall.
These meetings are NOT open to the public.
The NAT is a group involved in monitoring crime and how it affects neighbourhoods, and is also keen on crime prevention. .
It is made up of councillors, social landlords and other invited groups.
Right from the formation of NATs across the country, Brigg Blog has always felt these sessions should be open to the public. But that's not the case. A central government policy, we were told some years ago. It appears NATs can invited non-members to attend.

Monday, April 13, 2015

JUST EAT FROM BRIGG TAKEAWAY


You can now go online to order a tasty meal from the Diya Spice takeaway, in Bigby Street, Brigg. 
Ordering via home PC, tablet or mobile can be done through 
http://www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-diyaspice-dn20
We spotted this red sticker in the window, alerting people to the availability of the service.
We often order from Diya Spice and recommend their food to friends and family. 
However, we will continue to ring  through our order by landline phone or call in at the counter.
It must be an age thing! 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BRIGG POPPY 10k ENTRIES

Competitors setting off from the Angel car park during the 2014 Poppy Race

Llew Gudgeon, Vice Chairman & Media Officer of the Royal British Legion Brigg Branch, tells us that entry for the Brigg RBL10km Poppy Race on Sunday 25th October is now open online at  http://www.brigg10k.co.uk/
He says: "We have opened up the number of runners this year to 500, so clean off those running shoes/boots! We look forward to seeing old & new runners at this year's event."


BRIGG TOURIST INFORMATION SELLING SHOW TICKETS

Brigg Tourist Information Centre at the Buttercross is selling tickets for a comedy  by the Broughton Dramatic Society.
One Wild Oat will be performed at Broughton Village Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24, 25 and 26 (7.30pm).
Tickets cost £5, either from the TIC or pay on the door on the night.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

CAN YOU HELP WITH BRIGG FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH?


Stephen Riley, who lives in Mexico, has contacted Brigg Blog, attaching this  newspaper cutting showing the mill of Thomas Bell and Sons when it was still wind sail driven.
He says: "I am trying to obtain a better copy, but hope you might also have leads as to whether a copy of this picture or others might be available in the archives of local Brigg or Scunthorpe newspapers. I have looked on line with little success.
"I have traced an interesting history of the Bell family back to 1820, and a history of the mill itself which was originally constructed by another miller..... and sold to Thomas Bell later in the 19th century.
"I think before being millers they were coal merchants and possibly ferry men in Barrow."
If you know of a better quality version of the above picture, please email steveriley1949@yahoo.com




Stephen Riley.

BRIGG TEAM BEATEN IN EXCITING FINAL

Brigg team Briggensians FC lost out on penalties in an exciting Johnsons Transport Ironstone Cup final, organised by the TSW Printers Scunthorpe & District Football League.
Thursday night's game against Crosby Colts Juniors was played at Bottesford Town's ground.
The score was 2-2 after extra time, Jon Taylor scoring both goals for Briggensians. But Crosby won through 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out.
Yesterday (Saturday) Briggensians won 3-2 at Six Bells in division three, with goals from Matthew Eagles, Neil Gallafent and Anthony Keeton.
On Wednesday (April 15)  Briggensians visit Crosby Colts Juniors for a league game, kicking off at  6-30pm. 
Saturday  (April 18) sees them hosting bottom side Santon. Then, on  Wednesday, April 22, there's a home game against Crosby Colts Juniors to wrap up the  league campaign.

DIVISION THREE
                                                                   P   W   D   L    F    A  Diff Pts
      WESTWOODSIDE RANGERS          16  12   2   2   95   23  72   38+/-
      CROSBY COLTS JNR                       14  12   0   2   76   17  59   36
      LIMESTONE RANGERS RES           17  11   1   5   76   41  35   34
      EPWORTH TOWN RES                    17  11   2   4   54   32  22   32-
      BRIGGENSIANS                               15   9   2   4   48   28  20   29
      SCOTTER UNITED RES                   18   8   4   6   57   41  16   28
      BARNETBY UNITED RES                18   8   1   9   61   51  10   25
      SIX BELLS                                         17   3   1  13   33   76 -43   10
      MIDTOWN UNITED                         18   2   1  15   27  111 -84   10+
      SANTON                                           16   0   0  16   19  126 -107   0

BRIGG PEOPLE WELCOME AT QUIZ

Brigg folk may be interested in a quiz night coming up on Saturday, April 18.
It is being held at Hibaldstow Village Hall (7pm for 7.30pm).
A pie and peas supper is included in the price; tea, coffee and bar available.
Tickets are £7.50p - available from Sue Bilson on 01652 653904.

BRIGG OPERATIC TICKETS ON SALE

Brigg Amateur Operatic Society has a show coming up.
Watch With Me will be performed on Saturday, March 9, from 7.15pm.
The venue will be the Vale Academy's Westmoor Hall, off Grammar School Road.
Tickets cost £6, inclusive of  tea and coffee.
They are available from Brigg Beds, on Princes Street.

Friday, April 10, 2015

BRIGG AND THE SOUND OF BALL ON WILLOW

April is the month when cricket returns - weather permitting - and the football and hockey seasons draw to a close. There won't be any sound of ball on willow at Brigg Rec this year - at least not courtesy of the Town Cricket Club, which will be playing home games at Brockesby Park for one more season before returning to the Rec in 2016, following major improvements to the facilities.
Hopefully our secondary schools will play a bit of cricket. At Brigg Grammar School, decades ago, the outdoor nets were got ready in April so young batsmen and bowlers could practise their skills ahead of matches against the likes of Clee Grammar, Boston and Lincoln.
The wonderful old wooden pavilion, built in 1929, had to be demolished some years ago, on safety grounds. It survived to give further service to Sir John Nelthorpe School after Brigg Grammar was written off in the mid-1970s. But in latter years it was very dilapidated.


BIG LORRIES IN BRIGG'S MAIN CAR PARK

Three large lorries were spotted early the other evening in the Old Courts Road car park, Brigg - just behind the police station. And there we were worrying about having part of one tyre on our little car slightly overlapping a white line in one of the parking bays for less than 10 minutes!
Do we get many lorries in the car park in an evening? If so, how about a height restricter? Do you think it really matters if they use the wide open spaces of our main car park after dark? Should the council charge them a few bob? 




PLEASE GIVE WAY ON BUSY BRIGG ROADS

The very busy A18 through Brigg means it can be difficult to get out of, or turn into, side roads.
We do our best to slow down and let waiting cars out of the Murco garage and Mill Lane, in Bridge Street, and do likewise for drivers waiting to get into Tesco and Riverside Surgery, from Barnard Avenue. 
In return, kind motorists heading into Brigg on the A1084 sometimes let us out of St Helen's Road onto Bigby Road. 
Is there any merit in asking for mini-roundabouts to be considered on some busy sections of A-road in Brigg? 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

BRIGG GARDEN CENTRE SPONSORING THE BEST IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE

Brigg Town Council runs its own best-kept garden competition every year, as does our unitary authority.
North Lincolnshire Council is now encouraging keen gardeners to enter its competition, sponsored by Brigg Garden Centre.
This year there are seven categories that incorporate a range of different gardens. The aim of the 2015 competition is to encourage a wide range of entries from people wanting to join the growing trend of ‘growing your own’. 
In addition to seasoned gardeners and allotment holders, we are encouraging more entries this year from people with small gardens, schools, people with disabilities and people who are promoting bio-diversity through their eco gardens.
The categories include:

  • Best large garden (over 100 square metres) 
  • Best medium garden (up to 100 square metres) 
  • Best small garden (up to 50 square metres) 
  • Best schools garden 
  • Best allotment 
  • Best eco-friendly garden 
  • Best garden maintained by a person with a disability 

The winner of each category will receive a £100 voucher from Brigg Garden Centre. 
If you would like to showcase your garden to be in with a chance of winning enter your garden before Friday 8 May.
It is free to enter by completing the online form now at www.northlincs.gov.uk/bestgardencompetition
You can also collect a free entry form from your nearest council venue, including local links, libraries, leisure centres, Normanby Hall Country Park, North Lincolnshire Museum, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and main council offices in the next few weeks, as welll as from Brigg Garden Centre, Bigby High Road. 
Brigg Garden Centre is sponsoring the prizes for this year’s competition. 
Chris Matthews, Assistant Director of Community Services at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There were lots of great gardens that entered last year’s competition. It was very difficult to pick the winning gardens as there were plenty of worthy winners. I’m sure there are going to be some fantastic gardens this year. A lot of hard work and imagination goes into creating these gardens, which should be recognised.  
“We want to encourage a wider range of entries this year from people of all ages and abilities. If you are proud of your hard work and want to show off your garden then enter the competition today. 
“If you have always wanted to try your hand at gardening but just haven’t got round to it, why not give it a try? There are so many benefits to gardening, including keeping you fit and healthy.” 
Judging will take place in June and the Mayor of North Lincolnshire will take part in the judging process. 
A presentation evening will then be held at Normanby Hall Country Park in July to present the winners with their trophies. The Mayor of North Lincolnshire will present the winners with their prizes.  


BRIGG PEOPLE ASKED TO HELP WITH RESEARCH

David Layne tells us he is still working on his blog.  Currently he is trying to get photographs of all of the prisoners in his father’s POW “Wartime Log.”  His results so far can be seen at https://wallyswar.wordpress.com/other-pows/
"As you can see I have a photograph of Ronald Colbeck," he says. "Others from your neck of the woods that I need help with are:
Collins, Laurie W. R.A.F.  From “Sackville House.” 4 Littlefields Lane, Grimsby, Lincs.  A/G 57 Squadron Wellington R1369 operation to Kiel shot down and crashed in the sea near the Friesians  July 25th 1941 (page 23)   Shot down by Helmut Lent.
Gurnell, Peter. R.A.F. From Sturton, near Brigg.  Sgt. A/G 207 Squadron Manchester L7307, shot down by an  ME 110 piloted by Gerhard Herzog 27/28 March 1941 on operations to Dusseldorf. 
Petch, W. R.A.F. From 23 Hamilton Rd, Scunthorpe.  Sgt. 77 Squadron Whitley Z6642 crashed 7 July 1941 on operation to Dortmund. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you can assist, please email d.layne@mchsi.com

BRIGG HOUSEHOLD EXTENSION PLANNED

Application for prior approval for a household extension at  Ashridge, 9 Bigby High Road, Brigg, has been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

IS THIS BRIGG SMOKING SHELTER BIG ENOUGH?


Much has been written and said of a complimentary nature about the White Horse pub in Brigg town centre since it was bought, refurbished and extended by J D Wetherspoon. 
But not everything in the beer garden is rosy, we would suggest. The smoking shelter is surprisingly small and open-plan for a hostelry which does so much trade.
There's no doubt that  a renowned national company will have done its homework and provided a shelter based on the percentage of customers likely to need a crafty drag during their visit. 
But we wonder whether Brigg  attracts a higher percentage of pub-visiting smokers than the national average.

DOZEN JOBS ON OFFER IN BRIGG

North Lincolnshire Council has more than a dozen job vacancies in Brigg it is looking to fill.
Some are in education, a number clerical and administrative and some of a general nature.
View them all here...


FISH TRAINS THROUGH BRIGG

Every so often a memory of the distant past in Brigg comes to mind. And this was the case when we saw a fish van parked up the other day. 
It was of the vehicular variety but set us thinking about the mid-1960s when a trainspotting highlight was to see, and smell, steam-hauled Grimsby fish trains steam come through on the  way to Manchester. These loco-hauled delights arrived about 6.30pm but didn't stop.
We looked out an old railway magazine from the period which contained an interesting article about Grimsby fish trains. 
Road transport captured more and more of the trade, resulting in shorter fish trains and fewer of them, until the plug was pulled altogether in the late 1960s. 
British Railways, in the era of Doctor Beeching, was looking to cut loss-making wherever possible and concentrate only on lucrative freight.
Fish trains had run all over the country from Grimsby, Hull, Aberdeen and Fleetwood. 
Other notable Brigg freight trains of the mid-1960s were the pick-up goods from Retford, which shunted wagons after 4pm; vans from Spain which brought in oranges for Spring's factory; and coal wagons supplying the local merchants.
Sadly, we didn't have access to a Box Brownie in those far off boyhood days. A great pity as the fish trains were certainly worth photographing for posterity.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

BRIGG FOLK NOT AS HARDY AS WE THOUGHT



Mid-afternoon on Easter Monday we ventured down Grammar School Road South, Brigg, and glanced across at the extensive new White Horse pub beer garden, expecting it to be pretty busy with JD Wetherspoon customers, given the mild weather and the fact the sun was out.
We were surprised to see only two drinkers sitting outside - everyone else being within the hostelry.
The air temperature must have been well into the 50s on the F scale (we aren't all that good at degrees C) and we could only conclude that local drinkers are not as hardy as we thought.
Down Wrawby Street at the Black Bull, the extensive smoking and drinking shelter, to the rear of the premises, sustained damage during recent high winds and is currently al fresco, pending repairs to its roof.
We took the above picture of Wetherpoon's beer garden from Grammar School Road early on Sunday morning.

BRIGG FOOTBALLERS ALL SET FOR CUP FINAL

There's a very busy period coming up for one of our Brigg football teams.
Briggensians FC will be playing in a final on Thursday, April 9, meeting Crosby Colts Juniors in the Johnsons Transport Ironstone Cup, organised by the TSW Printers Scunthorpe & District Football League.
The showpiece will be at the Birch Park ground, Bottesford, kicking off under lights at 7.30pm.
Match officials are P Toplass, K Clark and D Bright.
On Saturday, April 11, Briggensians will visit Six Bells for a division three fixture. They then journey to Crosby Colts Juniors on Wednesday, April 15 for an evening game, starting at 6.30pm.

WALK OF WITNESS IN BRIGG ON GOOD FRIDAY - 8 PICTURES BY KEN HARRISON




Ken Harrison has kindly supplied these pictures of Good Friday's Walk of Witness in Brigg.
The ecumenical group assembled at the Methodist Chapel and the Walk of Witness left from the chapel to Market Place, stopping near the White Horse, on Wrawby Street..
Ken'f pictures show the group before the start, Station of the Cross outside the White Horse, the procession along Wrawby Street and outside the Angel, where there were hymns, readings and prayers.