Sunday, May 31, 2015

VIDEO OF BAND SOON TO PLAY BRIGG VENUE

Here's some video of The Hut People, who will be playing for Brigg Live Arts  in the Angel Suite  on June 5th, supported by Clarty Slough. 
Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12 on door and are available from Brigg Tourist Information Centre. Call 01652 657053 or 01652 653217.

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Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People have, over the last 3 years, proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.
Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well! 
Here are a few reviews of The Hut People...

“A bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” -  R2

“Remarkable” - The Living Tradition

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” - Songlines


“This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.”  - The Scotsman.



A FIRST FOR BRIGG


Brigg is to get its very first Meeting The Railway Manager event.
This is a golden opportunity for townsfolk to ask questions on rail issues affecting Brigg,  including passenger services and the station area.
However, the Friends Of The Brigg & Lincoln Lines say they are also formulating the event to include rail, bus and local transport issues.  
The session  will be held on Thursday 9th July, from 10.30am to 1pm, in the Market Place Bandstand.  Make a note of the date and pop along.
Paul Johnson, spokesman for the group, says: "Already we can confirm that a number of Northern Rail staff will be attending as well as First TransPennine Express. We shall also be inviting contacts from North Lincolnshire Council as well as the bus and rail industry, local councillors, rail groups and the local business and community groups.
"Northern Rail will be printing a number of A4 posters to highlight this event which will be displayed around the town in the next few weeks." 
To find out more, e-mail thebrigglinegroup@gmail.com or visit their Twitter feed  @Saturday_Only













BOWLED OVER BY BRIGG NUMBERPLATE

Driving down the A18 on Barnard Avenue, Brigg,  we followed a car with the numberplate LBW 2. As an ex-cricketer we were bowled over!

CLICK AND COLLECT - BRIGG STYLE

The Bargain Booze off-licence, in Spring's Parade, Brigg, is offering customers a new service.
They can visit www.bargainbooze.co.uk to order and pay for their drinks and then pick them up later from the store.
Things have certainly moved on down the decades. Off-licences used to be brewery-owned shops (remember a couple in our town centre?). Then "corner shops" and supermarkets joined in. Martin's, in Wrawby Street, is the latest to gain a licence in Brigg. 

BRIGG GROUP'S CHARITY FUNDRAISER

Macmillan Cancer Support in the Brigg district has a fundraising event coming up and would welcome your support.
It is a ceilidh at the Mount Tea Rooms' grounds and marquee, Castlethorpe, on Saturday, June 13, from 6.30pm.
Tickets prices are: Adults £10, to include fish chips and peas; children £3, includes kids'  meal; or £8 for adults not wanting food on the night.
Drinks will be on sale in the Tea Rooms or bring your own.
For tickets and further details, call 01652 654576 or 07512761157.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

YOUNG BRIGG CYCLIST SHOWS CARE AND CONSIDERATION

Brigg Blog was impressed with the consideration shown by a teenage cyclist on St Helen's Road. 
With the usual line-up of parked cars either side of the street, she realised she was holding up traffic as she pedalled slowly along and so pulled into the side of the road to let drivers past.
A few hours later we observed a group of cyclists in full racing kit on the A18 Scawby Road, heading for Brigg. There's a cycle lane available here but they were spread out into the road - 3 or 4, side by side - which meant following vehicles could not get past.
Didn't there used to be something in the Highway Code about riding not more than two abreast?
In this week's Scunthorpe Telegraph viewpoint section there's a strongly worded letter from a Brigg resident complaining about cyclists riding through the pedestrian area at speed. Brigg Blog has touched on that topic before.
As with many things in life, a little courtesy and consideration for others is all that's required. And that includes those who favour two-wheeled transport.

LAST POST FOR BRIGG BAND

It will be the end of an era when the Brigg Music Club House Band plays its final gig.
This will be at the Britannia Inn on Saturday, June 13. Admission is free, so make a note of the date and  go along and enjoy the evening.
Current Town Mayor Coun James Truepenny is the guiding light of the club and the house band, as many Brigg Blog followers will know.

BRIGG PEOPLE URGED 'TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS AND HOMES TO TEENAGERS'

FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Throughout Foster Care Fortnight (1 to 14 June) the council is encouraging people to consider the rewards of fostering an older child and take their first steps towards making a difference.
The fostering service is focusing on recruiting more foster carers for teenagers by looking at the many positive aspects of caring for teenagers. 
There are many reasons why opening up your home to a teenager is a fantastic thing to do.  Here are just some of the reasons a teenager would say why you should consider caring for them:

  • Everyone deserves to be special to someone. 
  • We sleep through the night – often half of the morning as well! 
  • Every teenager deserves a loving family - to rebel against. 
  • We will keep you young at heart. 
  • You’ll never be bored. 
  • We’ll teach ‘u how 2 txt’. 
  • We’ll teach you how to use your computer. 
  • We need you to stick with us and guide us into adult life. 

Why wait any longer? You could be the person who makes a real difference to their life.

What do teenagers need from their foster carers?

  • Someone who will make them a part of their family 
  • Someone who has a good attitude about being a foster carer 
  • Someone who can help them learn to manage money and responsibilities 
  • Someone who shows they care about their feelings; is nice, respectful and loving 
  • Someone who sets rules but isn’t obsessive about them 
  • Someone who is a good listener 
  • If you could be all of these then becoming a foster carer could be your next rewarding challenge. 


The council has organised a number of information events where people can find out how to become a foster carer and what’s involved:
Monday 1 June at the Learning Development Centre, (Riddings Pool) Enderby Road, Scunthorpe from 10am to 2pm 
Tuesday 2 June at the councils Business Expo event being held at The Baths Hall from 10am to 4.30pm 
Thursday 4 June at Ashby Market from 9.30am to 4.30pm 
Saturday 6 June at Scunthorpe Market from 9.30am to 4.30pm 
Sunday 7 June at Messingham Show from 9.30am to 4pm 
Thursday 11 June at Brigg Market from 9.30am to 4.30pm 
Saturday 13 June at Scunthorpe Market from 9.30am to 4.30pm 
Sunday 14 June at Appleby Country Fayre from 11am to 5pm 
As part of Foster Care Fortnight the fostering services team will also focus on fostering siblings groups and be launching the Fostering Friendly Employers scheme. Keep an eye out for further information or contact the team on 01724 297024.
Annemarie Carlberg, service manager, fostering services team at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We believe that family care is the best provision of alternative care for most children or young people who become looked after. We offer foster carers in North Lincolnshire a high level of support, an excellent training package, financial support and we have a very positive, supportive fostering community.
“Throughout Foster Care Fortnight we are planning to increase our campaigns and encourage more people to come forward as foster carers particularly for teenagers and siblings. We are continually recruiting foster carers but over the next couple of weeks there will be plenty of opportunities for people to find out more about fostering at our drop-in events.
“As well as focusing on recruiting foster carers for teenagers and siblings we are encouraging local businesses to become Fostering Friendly Employers. All types of fostering have challenges and rewards. Fostering teenagers is no different, they will test you just as your own children may have done. They will laugh with you, they want you to support them and be interested in their education, and they will love having you to plan their prom outfit with them. You may work with teenagers; you probably have experience of teenagers in your family and let’s not forget you were a teenager once! 
“Pick up the phone or go to one of the sessions, and be that person that you relied on when you were a teenager!”

Jackie Sanders, director at The Fostering Network, said: “As each year passes, we see more and more children coming into care. We need people who can open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable children and young people who need support at a critical point in their young lives.
“A good foster carer will believe in the ambition of the children in their care in the same way they’d believe in the ambition of their own family members. A childhood is too short to waste, and foster carers can help those who haven’t had the best start begin to enjoy their life and grown into the adults that they want to be.”
For further information about fostering visit the council’s website: www.northlincs.gov.uk/fostering or call 01724 297024. 



Friday, May 29, 2015

BRIGG LIVE ARTS: NEXT EVENT


From  Roberta Fulford  r.fulford@talktalk.net

Please share this and also join us at the next Brigg Live Arts event - Folk Music on June 5th, 7.30pm, at The Angel Suite.
The Hut People will be taking the audience on a musical journey around the world, ably supported by local singers Clarty Slough.
Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door - available from Brigg Tourist Information Centre or for more information and to reserve tickets tel: 01652 678771/658995/653217.
You can also reserve tickets by email. Please state your name, address, tel number and the number of tickets you require.

HOW ABOUT SOME BRIGG NOMINATIONS?

Brian Peeps, well-known North Lincolnshire history lover, receiving an award in 2011 at the Ancholme Leisure Centre.

North Lincolnshire Council is gearing up for the fourth Community Champion Awards to be held 26 November 2015 at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.
Nominations open Monday 1 June. You can nominate at www.northlincs.gov.uk/champion or contact Sport, Leisure and Culture for a nomination form.
Perhaps you know someone who deserves an award for the time they have dedicated to volunteering  or to recognise their personal achievement in overcoming barriers or excelling in a sport or the arts. 
Is there a community group that deserves recognition for its work in the local community? 
Or do you know someone who is a true inspiration to others?
Then get in touch and nominate them.
There’s a choice of 22 categories under four main areas: Achievement (eight categories); Volunteers (three categories); Community (seven categories), and Inspiration (four categories). Details of the categories are available at www.northlincs.gov.uk/champion
Winners will receive a trophy and certificate; runner-up will receive a certificate – at an award ceremony later in the year. 
Coun John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There is an enormous sense of pride in these awards. They recognise the fantastic work achieved by many people. All too often, we don’t shout loud enough about our achievements and these awards ensure that people are rewarded for their incredible work they do.
“Nominations are now open and it is easy to nominate. If you know of anyone who deserves a pat on the back – whether it’s for a personal achievement, inspiration to others, work they have done to help their local community or volunteered their services for a good cause, please nominate them. After all that’s what these awards are all about.”
For more details about the awards contact Community Recreation on 01724 297270 or email: community.recreation@northlincs.gov.uk.
N.F. adds: We went along to one of these award ceremonies a few years ago at Ancholme Leisure Centre, near Brigg, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some very worthy people were rewarded for their community spirit.

BRIGG SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR SERVICES RENDERED

The Brigg Town Council election is now some way behind us and we think it's time to reflect on former councillors who are no longer on the authority.
Coun The Rev Alec Depledge did not seek re-election and retired. However, Couns John Kitwood, Jenny Bell, Lesley Whitehand, Jackie Brock, Andrew Markham, Chris Dyson and Edward Arnott put their names forward - all being unsuccessful when townsfolk when to the polls.
Their length of service vary but collectively add up to many, many years. Some have chaired Town Council committees and there are ex-Mayors among them.
Brigg Blog will miss seeing them all during meetings and reporting their comments. The twon should be grateful for the services they rendered to the community, in an unpaid capacity.
That being said, we are looking forward very much to covering meetings of today's Town Council with its influx of new members, some of whom we already knew . 
If you missed the election result, here's a link

Thursday, May 28, 2015

PICTURES FROM KEYO BRIGG BOMBER 2015 - FIRST BATCH


Here's the first batch of pictures Brigg Blog took at the Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon 2015 














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SEARCHING BRIGG FOR TREASURE

Brigg Amateur Social Historians will be holding a walking treasure hunt on Tuesday, June 2.
If you want to take part, meet outside Wetherspoon’s White Horse pub at 7pm and spend an hour walking round the town, looking for clues.
The event will finish at the Servicemen’s Club, on Coney Court.
Entry costs 50p per person, and if the weather is too wet there will be a quiz at the club instead. Visit www.briggbash.org.uk

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BRIGG CHARITY FUNDRAISER


A Blooming Great Tea Party event for the Marie Curie charity will be held on Saturday,  June 6   at Brigg Youth Club, Wesley Road.  Lots of donations have been received from local firms. There will be a street collection in Brigg that day, weather permitting.

BRIGG LIDL & THE MAGNA CARTA


Former Brigg town councillor Julian Kidd (pictured) returned to the council chamber as a member of the public to exercise his right to raise issues of interest.
He made an appeal for North Lincolnshire Council highways to take a look at traffic flows near the Lidl  store, on Atherton Way.
He went on stress the vital importance of the Magna Carta, whose objectives had been taken up by many democratic countries.
He hoped Brigg Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council would celebrate the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary in some way.
Coun Rob Waltham, who serves on both councils, said he supported Mr Kidd's comments and felt this was something to be looked at during a future meeting.
How they are marking the anniversary elsewhere in the UK.
Brigg people are welcome to attend meetings of the Town Council and raise issues during Public Question Time. Keep watching Brigg Blog for agendas of future sessions if you are interested in doing so.

NEW BRIGG COUNCILLORS GIVEN WIDE-RANGING ROLES

Brigg Town Council is represented by designated councillors at meetings of various groups, organisations and bodies in the town and beyond.
Some of the new councillors will be doing so over the next 12 months, including Coun Paul Keane attending licensing association and forum meetings and Coun Tina Campbell sessions of the East Riding and North Lincolnshire Local Councils' Association.
Coun Sharon Riggall will be Brigg Town Council's representative at meetings of Brigg Wheelers, with Coun Brian Parker involved in the Brigg 20/20 Vision Group.
Councillors who were on the council prior to the poll and who gained re-election will represent the Town Council in other ways.
There are perhaps too many to list here but Coun Carl Sherwood will be the town's flood warden, with Coun Waltham our snow warden.
Coun Mike Campion will continue to represent Brigg at Humberside Airport consultation meetings, with Coun Jane Kitching serving on the Brigg Neighbourhood Action Team, and Coun Donald Campbell attending senior citizens' group meetings..
Councillors who serve as representatives on "outside bodies" often report back items of interest to meetings of Brigg Town Council.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CURRY & QUIZ AT BRIGG TOWN FC

There's a curry night and quiz coming up on Friday night at The Hawthorns - home of Brigg Town Football Club, Full details here.

WORK UNDER WAY AT BRIGG OFFICES

You may have noted scaffolding near the entrance to North Lincolnshire Council's Hewson House office block, on Station Road. The reason?
"We are replacing a selection of single glazed units to reduce energy costs that have been identified as savings in the council's Carbon Programme," a spokeswoman for the authority explained.

BRIGG CLUB TRIP TO THE RACES

Debbie Lewis-Bird, of Brigg Servicemen's Club, on Coney Court, has 10 tickets left for York Races on Saturday 13th June. Please inbox her on Facebook for details or call at the club. 

ARE CHANGES ON THE WAY AT BRIGG TOWN COUNCIL?

For many years Brigg Town Council met once a month and transacted all its business in one often very long Monday night session.
This altered some time ago when much of the day-to-day business was delegated to committees, with the monthly full council meeting rounding off the cycle and becoming something of a rubber-stamping exercise, other than a few very important issues.
The first meeting following the recent election was the council's Annual Meeting in the Angel Suite, during which Coun Rob Waltham suggested a group should be established to review committee procedures. 
This is now expected to be discussed during a future meeting of the full council.
Coun Mike Campion said it seemed strange to him that there was any suggestion of changing something that was working perfectly well. 
The council has a planning and environment committee, a policy committee, a personal committee and a property and services committee. 
Committee meetings are generally held on Wednesday evenings, in the Angel Suite Lounge.

BRIGG SITE RIPE FOR REDEVELOPMENT


If companies are looking for a central site in Brigg how about the old stocking factory (aka Corah's) on Bridge Street, right beside the A18? The factory, which was a major employer, closed in the 1970s and could really do with being used again.



SKY RIDES BACK IN BRIGG

Sky Ride Local is back with a vengeance – it’s bigger and better than ever before with 20 FREE bike rides taking place across North Lincolnshire starting from Sunday, June 7. And Brigg is included.
New rides include Belton and Messingham, alongside our most popular routes from Normanby Hall, Brigg, Scunthorpe and Barton to name just a few.
There will be rides every weekend right through to October. 
With Sky Ride Local, all the planning has been done for you – all you have to do is turn up and get pedalling. We’ve found the best routes and trained ride leaders will guide and support you. No-one if left behind and most rides take in a stop at a local cafĂ©.
To find a ride near you and book your free place, visit www.goskyride.com/North-Lincolnshire
It couldn’t be simpler to get on your bike and ride. 
For more details about the North Lincolnshire Sky Ride Local, contact Lindsay Heathfield on 07717588193 or email Lindsay.heathfield@northlincs.gov.uk
Lindsay Heathfield, Sport, Play and Community Development Officer, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Sky Ride is a fantastic initiative that aims to get more people on their bikes by taking part in organised and fully supported cycle rides. Cycling is a great way to keep fit, socialise, and take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air. And it’s good for the mind, too.
“This is the fourth year Sky ride has been running locally and it’s going to be the best ever with more routes added, giving people greater choice.
“So come on – now the weather is starting to improve, do something positive and get on your bike!” 

FLOWER POWER BY BRIGG RIVERSIDE


Hanging baskets are adding a splash of colour in Brigg town centre and along the River Ancholme towpaths. The ducks (above) seem to approve. 



HOW WILL BRIGG MILLENNIUM GREEN BE LOOKED AFTER?


Brigg's Millennium Green, between Elwes Street and the Old River Ancholme, is still subject to some uncertainty over who's going to be looking after it.
The important thing is that someone is keeping an eye on it, as this recent picture shows.
There used to be a Trust in overall charge, but it's involvement seemed to wane over the years. 
In more recent times, Brigg Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council have corresponded with nothing being confirmed.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A WARM WELCOME TO BRIGG


Brigg Blog waited until a warm and sunny day came along to take a picture of the new sign on the A18 which now welcomes people to town when they reach Bridge Street from the Scawby Brook direction.
We gather that similar signs are planned along the other roads leading into town.
The idea for a change came from the Brigg 20/20 Vision Group and the signs have been funded by North Lincolnshire Council.
The visual depicts the town as a gateway to the Wolds while the lettering flags up the historic market.

BRIGG HOUSING IMPROVEMENTS


Ancholme Gardens, off Elwes Street,  has housed many senior citizens in Brigg for many years.
Now social landlord Ongo/North Lincolnshire Homes has undertaken an extensive refurb on the site not far from the town centre.



MORE FROM THE BRIGG MAYORMAKING CEREMONY


Retiring Brigg Town Mayor Edward Arnott pictured with Sophie Brumby in the Angel Suite.
Sophie will be the Mayoress for 2015/6, accompanying Town Mayor Coun James Truepenny to events and functions when he is representing Brigg Town Council. 
Below: Edward Arnott, James Trupenny and Sophie Brumby.


SHOP UPGRADE IN BRIGG TOWN CENTRE: TAKE A BUTCHER'S


Mundey's butcher's shop in Wrawby Street, Brigg, now has a new look. 
Take a butcher's next time you are passing through the town centre.
Below is a picture taken prior to the upgrade and featuring the proprietor who was celebrating several good food awards.



Sunday, May 24, 2015

BRIGG CHARITY SHOP FUNDRAISER

The Oxfam Bookshop, in Wrawby Street, Brigg, is holding a fundraising afternoon.
It will be tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday, May 25) at Hall Farm Gardens, Harpswell, DN21 5UU, from 2pm to 5pm.
There will be cakes, scones, tea and coffee, fruit juice, a book stall, a prize draw....and exceptionally beautiful gardens to enjoy.
Entry is £3 for adults - proceeds to Oxfam Unwrapped.

BRIGG TOWN MAYOR SAYS THANKS FOR THE HONOUR


New Brigg Town Mayor Coun James Truepenny thanked fellow councillors for unanimously electing him the town's first citizen. He was voted into office at the Annual Meeting of Brigg Town Council, held in the Angel Suite.
The Town Mayor is pictured here while chairing the meeting. Alongside him is long-serving Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard, who is soon to retire.
Below we see the Town Mayor after he was joined on the top table by Coun Ann Eardley, who had just been elected Deputy Town Mayor and Town Mayor-Elect for the following year.


BRIGG TOWN CRICKETERS HAVE PLENTY TO CELEBRATE

Brigg Town cricketers staged a long-running celebration at the Britannia, on Wrawby Street, last night after reaching the quarter-finals of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's Bob Welton Cup, by beating Caistor 2nds.
Brigg play two divisions below Caistor so this was something of a giant-killing performance.
As well as sinking a few celebratory pints, members of the Town team also joined in the karaoke.
"Sing when you're winning..." as they say in football circles!

SWEEPING CHANGES AT BRIGG POLICE STATION?


There's been much debate about whether or not Brigg police station has been the subject of sweeping changes in terms of its role. 
Brigg Blog has no wish to go back over old ground. However, as we were leaving the bottle bank in Old Courts Road car park the other day our eye was caught by this van in the police car park. 
We will leave you to read the lettering on the side of the vehicle, which we photographed through the perimeter fencing. Full marks to the company for its carefully chosen and very apt name.