Wednesday, August 23, 2017



To help the Tour of Britain cycling race run smoothly, there will be no bin, box or bag collections on Tuesday 5 September 2017.
If Tuesday is your usual collection day, we will collect:

  • Your green or black general waste bin, recycling boxes and textile bags on Saturday 9 September; or
  • Your brown recycling bin on Saturday 9 September and your burgundy recycling bin on Monday 11 September
Excess waste and recycling can be taken to your nearest Household Recycling Centre.
The changes will affect around 16,000 residential properties, predominantly in Barton, Brigg and Wolds ward and Ferry ward.

Cllr Neil Poole, pictured, Cabinet Member for Investment, Assets and Employment at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Tour of Britain race route in North Lincolnshire covers many of the same areas we would be collecting bins and boxes on that day so we would struggle to collect at all our properties and wouldn’t want our vehicles to get in the way of the race.
“Hosting a full stage of the Tour of Britain is a fantastic opportunity for North Lincolnshire and we want to make sure we make the most of it and really showcase our beautiful area.”
You can find your nearest Household Recycling Centre and check your collection dates by visiting
Please also be aware that as the Tour of Britain route around North Lincolnshire will take the riders past our Household Recycling Centres at Belton and Kirton, the two centres will close around 45 minutes before the riders come through and reopen once the race has passed to make sure the roads around the sites are clear.
You can keep up with all the latest news in the run up to Tour of Britain race day by visiting or by finding NorthLincsToB on Facebook and Twitter.


Brigg Town's bid to secure the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's fourth division championship will be decided during the final Saturday of the season.
Brigg and Cleethorpes 4ths are  chasing the title and both have games on the last weekend of the campaign.
Brigg will be at Horncastle on Saturday, September 9, with Cleethorpes playing the following day at Haxey 2nds.
Having topped the table for some time, Brigg currently have an 11-point lead - 20 being the maximum a team can obtain for an outright win, depending on runs scored and wickets taken.
Unfortunately, Brigg lost to Cleethorpes on Sunday at Hibaldstow, in a high-scoring clash between the top two teams.
Cleethorpes elected to bat first and their top three batsmen all managed half-centuries in a total of 212 for three, with Brigg's Jack Richards and Danny Minshall managing a wicket apiece and Matthew Bell pulling off a run-out.
Brigg were then dismissed for 170, Danny Bradley hitting 47, Matthew Bell finishing undefeated on 36 and Danny Minshall scoring 22.
Brigg were undone by Cleethorpes veteran Jeff Todd, who played for the Lincolnshire Minor Counties team during the 1980s. 
Jeff recorded career best Lincs League figures of eight for 51, while experienced captain and keeper Craig Brown gave full support with four dismissals.


With the monthly Brigg Farmers' Market taking place on a bank holiday weekend, a very large attendance of shoppers from across the district and well beyond is expected on Saturday, August 26.
We hope that a good number will come to Brigg by train from North Nottinghamshire, West Lindsey and the Grimsby area, with rail line campaigner Paul Johnson reckoning it's a peak time tomorrow.
The various farmers' market stalls in the Market Place will be trading from 9am until mid-afternoon, as will those on the adjoining Saturday general market, extending into Wrawby Street.
New Brigg book shop, The Rabbit Hole, has its official opening on Saturday and is confident that many people will pop in and view  the new venture.

It is located a short distance down Market Lane, which runs off the Market Place, not far from the Woolpack. It's literally a stone's throw from the farmers' market stalls.
The proprietors of the new venture tell us: "Words Count will be coming with Peter Rabbit goodies and we will have The White Rabbit and hopefully The Gruffalo (although awaiting definite confirmation of this)  giving out a variety of freebies. 
"Free tea and coffee will be available alongside treats and activities for the children. 
"We have had a great response so far and lots of positive comments and feedback.
"We are looking forward to being part of a great community and hope we can offer something interesting and useful to the people of Brigg and surrounding areas."

These pictures of the farmers' market were taken at last August's event, which saw plenty of sunshine. 
Fingers crossed for a repeat this weekend!

The Rabbit Hole shop, on Market Lane, Brigg,  will be holding its official opening on Saturday, August 26.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


We are delighted to report that new facilities provided at Brigg Recreation Ground earlier this year by North Lincolnshire Council are paying off when it comes to people taking up, or returning to, tennis.
Paul Clarkson took to Facebook to reveal: "We've now got nearly 100 members at the new tennis courts at the Recreation ground, Brigg - next to Brigg Town football ground.
"Come and join us.  Tennis has taken off in Brigg this year. 
"We field two teams in the Gainsborough league.  But most of our players are just social players.  Cheap way to get fit and meet people.  Our half-price membership rates covers seven months."
See Brigg Tennis Club on Facebook for further details. Or visit


One of Brigg's best-known town centre buildings has been serving the public faithfully for 80 years.
It started out as a fully-fledged Post Office but these days does not offer a counter service, though parcels can still be collected and letter distribution continues to be co-ordinated from the premises.
A picture of what was described as the new Brigg Post Office, on Bigby Street, appeared in the Hull Times newspaper during 1937.
Building work had started the previous year.
This is a fine, surviving example of pre-war architecture in similar style to the former postal HQ in Scunthorpe at the junction of Church Lane and Oswald Road.
Strangely, our old Post Office has never been afforded listed building status.
The 80th anniversary would seem an ideal time to add it to the list of notable and protected buildings.
Perhaps someone in authority will rubber stamp our suggestion!
Brigg's Post Office counter service is now housed within Martins shop on Wrawby Street.


Here are some more pictures taken during a double-decker bus ride from Brigg to Lincoln through some beautiful villages and hamlets.
Seen here are Redbourne (two images above), Scawby Brook, Sturton and Bishop Norton.
You can board Dent's bus from Cary Lane, Brigg, to Lincoln at 9.20am on a Friday.

Bishop Norton

Scawby Brook
The Friday-only bus to Lincoln waiting to depart from Cary Lane, Brigg (above) and after arrival at the Stonebow Centre in Lincoln's shopping district (below).

Monday, August 21, 2017


A shop in Brigg town centre has an event launch today (Monday, August 21).
It is aimed at  people who are already thinking of chilly months just around the corner.
The Coat and Jacket Event opens today at the Oxfam Shop, on Wrawby Street.
With winter in mind, the shop says it has large quantities of coats and jackets available at fantastic prices.
So take your cash along and have a look for a bargain!


This lofty view along Spring's Way in Brigg features two buildings constructed in the late 20th century and another dating from Victorian times.
The white-painted block with the pantiled roof on the left once belonged to the renowned Spring's preserves factory, which closed during the 1970s.
Conversion of former warehousing to create what we now know as Spring's Parade took place during the early 1980s.
Construction of a purpose-built supermarket by Hull-based William Jackson/Grandways) came in 1980/1, these premises today being occupied by B&M (centre of picture).
Tesco's Brigg store was built during the following decade, occupying the site of the former stockmarket.
Lidl operated what's now the B&M store by the riverside until building new premises near the top of Atherton Way, pictured below.


Brigg Town Cricket Club's playing facilities at the newly-refurbished Recreation Ground will be officially inspected by the Lincolnshire County Cricket League tomorrow (Tuesday, August 22) the club has revealed.
Lee Fielden is pictured above driving a heavy roller over the playing square.
Lavish new changing rooms were opened by North Lincolnshire Council earlier this year.
But while work continued on the square and outfield during the spring and summer,  Brigg Town players have  been staging their home games on borrowed grounds in Hibaldstow and Keelby.
Prior to that, Brocklesby Park  hosted Town's home fixtures in division four.
The report prepared by the pitch inspector following Tuesday's visit will be considered at the league's AGM in October.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


North Lincolnshire Council planners are now considering an application from a well-known retailer which is seeking permision to build a new store in the Brigg area, creating about 15 local jobs.
The proposal involves a single-storey neighbourhood foodstore, the creation of a new vehicular and pedestrian access, car parking, external plant equipment, landscaping and associated works.
Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd wants to develop the convenience store on land  adjacent to 47 West Street, Scawby, and open seven days a week from 7am to 10pm.
Last December the council refused an application from the same firm to  establish a store in the village.
Planners felt the proposed neighbourhood food store, by virtue of its siting, scale, height and design, would remove a significant part of an Area of Amenity Importance along the West Street frontage, thereby adversely affecting the open character and setting of this part of Scawby.
However, following this refusal, agents for the applicant say the proposal "has been revisited to address the concerns raised with the previous scheme."
If approved, the store will be set back from the road, towards the rear of the site, while 31 car parking spaces are proposed to the front
A trolley park will be located near the entrance, along with three cycle stands.
A new vehicular access into the site is proposed from West Street, leading to the new car park.
Safe pedestrian access will be from West Street via a zebra crossing.
At Hibaldstow, there's already a relatively new Co-op serving the village (pictured above) and  Broughton has gained one in recent years. There are many others in northern Lincolnshire.


A safety measure introduced on the busiest road in Brigg seems to be paying off.
The pictures above show the road markings and distinctive red box now in place on the A18 Barnard Avenue at the entry from/exit to the Tesco store and Riverside Surgery.
The intention is to deter motorists from from turning right as they join the A18.
Instead, they must go left towards the roundabout at the top of Atherton Way.
Some drivers ignored the 'no right turn' instruction.
But the new road markings from North Lincolnshire Council seem to have improved things from what we've heard and observed.
And anything that improves road safety is welcome.


Hopes are growing that two long derelict and sizeable sites in - and just outside - Brigg are to see new uses.
Machinery has been brought in to carry out clearance work on both.
They have been busy on parts of the old Falcon Cycles and Corah stocking factory site, off Bridge Street, for many weeks (pictured above).
However, it's only very recently that a sizeable area has been cleared of vegetation at the old Brigg Sugar Factory sportsground, off Scawby Road, Scawby Brook (below).


Saturday, August 19, 2017


With spectators from Brigg and district in attendance, Lincolnshire won at Cleethorpes to clinch the Minor Counties Cricket Eastern Division championship.
Lincs went into their final three-day championship fixture of the season against Hertfordshire  knowing that seven points would clinch the title for the second successive year.
They made one change from the side that had comprehensively beaten Northumberland, with Harry Warwick (Cleethorpes) replacing the unavailable Ross Dixon.
Hertfordshire won the toss and elected to bat in front of a substantial crowd.

Lincolnshire’s bowlers struck quickly as Hertfordshire were reduced to 61 for 4 and then 108 for 7 as Alex Willerton and Andy Carter with pace and accuracy demolished their batting line-up. No stand was more than 25 runs and inside 46 overs the visitors were dismissed for 143. Willerton with 5 for 27 in 16.1 overs was Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler with Carter 2 for 24 providing strong back-up. Lincolnshire had obtained the maximum four bowling points. When Lincolnshire batted, Louis Kimber and Dan Freeman were dismissed cheaply and at 58 for 2 Lincolnshire needed a strong partnership to put them in a commanding position. Matt Lineker and Conrad Louth provided this and put on 96 before Louth was dismissed for 34. Lineker finally fell for a fine 98 (11 fours and 3 sixes) as Lincolnshire lost four late wickets to conclude the day on 210 for 6, with one batting point secured.
Lincolnshire now needed two further batting points to secure the title and immediately Dominic Brown and Carl Wilson set about the Hertfordshire attack. Runs flowed quickly with forty coming in the first half-hour, and they finally reached 275 for 6 to secure the further two points. Brown was eventually dismissed for 60 having put on 96 with Wilson. Lincolnshire concluded their innings after their allotted 90 overs on 345 for 8, Carl Wilson being not out for an excellent 87 off 103 balls. Lincolnshire had a first innings lead of 202.
Despite losing an early wicket, Hertfordshire made better progress in their second innings as the pitch had now become a fine batting surface and the bowlers had to toil hard for wickets. Tanveer Sikandar and James Scott putting on 86 for the second wicket before the introduction of Freeman into the attack accounted for Sikandar for 47. Andy Carter then struck twice to remove Chatfield and Southgate, both caught behind by wicketkeeper Wilson. Opener Scott was finally bowled by Willerton for 70 and Freeman accounted for Cowell and Palmer. The second day ended with Hertfordshire on 203 for 7, one run in front of Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire started day three needing a further two wickets but the Hertfordshire batsmen were not to be dismissed easily. Kazmi and Kulkarni battled hard and kept the scoreboard moving, adding 68 for the eighth wicket before Willerton removed Kulkarni for 32. Ben Waring then joined Kazmi in a ninth wicket stand of 64 before Dominic Brown bowled Kazmi for an excellent 79 to add to his first innings score of 41. The final wicket also fell to Brown courtesy of a fine diving catch by Harry Warwick. Hertfordshire totalled 342 leaving Lincolnshire needed 141 for victory. Willerton and Freeman each took three wickets, but Carter and Brown, with two apiece had taken crucial wickets at vital stages of the innings.
Freeman and Kimber opened for Lincolnshire and first Freeman and then Lineker were dismissed cheaply as the total reached 43 for 2. Conrad Louth then joined Kimber in a stand of 42 before Louth was caught for 31. Adam Tillcock joined Kimber and they saw Lincolnshire to victory by mid afternoon, Kimber making a fine 54 not out.
Lincolnshire took a maximum 24 points from the match with Hertfordshire taking three.
This victory put Lincolnshire firmly at the top of the Eastern Division table and results elsewhere showed them 25 points clear of second placed Suffolk.
Lincolnshire now meet Berkshire, the Western Division winners, at Banbury from August 27 to 30 in the championship play-off final to decide the overall Minor Counties champions for 2017.
Before that, double-chasing Lincs will play Berkshire on Wednesday, August 23 at Wormsley in the final of the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy.

Lincolnshire's team to play Bekshire: C. Wilson (Capt & Wkt.), J. Tattersall, L. Kimber, M. Lineker, C. Louth, D. Freeman, D. Brown, A. Tillcock, M. Carter, A. Willerton A. Carter. !2th man is J. Timby.
This game will be played on the estate of the late Paul Getty on a ground considered to be the most picturesque in England.
Should the weather prove too wet on the 23rd, the game will take place on Thursday, August 24 (the reserve day).
Our thanks go to Lincolnshire County Cricket Club chairman Chris Keywood for supplying the information and forwarding the pictures.

ABOVE: Lincs players and officials celebrate outside the clubhouse at Cleethorpes Cricket Club.

BELOW: The Lincolnshire team which beat Hertfordshire at Cleethorpes to win  the Eastern Division. Club chairman Chris Keywood is third from left on the front row.



In London and other large cities the local authority provides bikes like these you can hire on the spot to get out and about and take in the sights.
Could North Lincolnshire Council do likewise in Brigg once the wonderful Ancholme Way finally reaches South Ferriby?
They could install a bike rack on the paved area at the end of the towpath, close to the County Bridge.
It will be a very pleasant and healthy ride alongside our river all the way to its confluence with the mighty Humber.
In London, these hire for pleasure 'treaders' were dubbed Boris Bikes after the Mayor, Boris Johnson,  who supported the initiative during his time running the capital's affairs.
Pictured above are bikes awaiting hire in Lincoln, the rack being alongside one of the many cycle tracks.


It's heartening to see village pubs still operating in the Brigg area and a little further afield.
Lots of rural hostelries across the country have closed during recent decades  - a sign of the times - but we are fortunate that many 'village locals' are still open to drinkers and diners in our district.
Here are pictures of eight to try if you head off from Brigg towards Lincoln, taking in Scawby Brook, Scawby, Hibaldstow, Redbourne, Waddingham, Snitterby, Glentham and Normanby-by-Spital.
We took these pictures from the double-decker bus which runs every Friday at 9.20am from Cary Lane, Brigg, to Lincoln.
Amazingly, you can go to the county capital and back and get change from a fiver with Dent's, the local coach firm!
The Fridays-only bus goes through the settlements listed above, plus others like Snitterby, Bishop Norton, Atterby, Owmby-by-Spital and East Firsby before joining the A15 near Scampton and then terminating in the city centre.

PICTURED ABOVE: The Royal Oak at Snitterby - delightfully situated near the babbling brook. 

The Marquis of Granby at Waddingham

The Crown Inn at Glentham
The Bottle & Glass in Normanby-by-Spital  

The Red Lion at Redbourne  
The Wheatsheaf at Hibaldstow

The Sutton Arms at Scawby
The King William IV at Scawby Brook


Resurfacing work being undertaken yesterday (Friday) for North Lincolnshire Council at (and near) the Fountain Corner mini-roundabout in Scawby Brook, close to Brigg.
We took these pictures of the roadworks from a double-decker bus yesterday morning. 


There's a musical event called Last Night at the Proms coming up in Brigg - for which tickets are now on sale.
Featuring a cello quartet and two group of singers, it will be held at St John's Church, in the town centre, on Saturday, September 16, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £5, including cake and sparkling wine during the interval.
Proceeds will go towards church restoration.
Get yours, and find out more, by calling 01652 659560, 652760 or 652292.

Friday, August 18, 2017


The Lincolnshire Show 2017 - held over two days in June at the showground just north of Lincoln - was attended by many people from the Brigg area and also supported by some of our companies, including Peacock & Binnington, the agricultural engineers, who have been trading since the 1890s.
The show organisers have now put together a video of the 2017 county showpiece.
Brigg Blog thinks many of our followers will want to take a look at the footage. 
So here's a link - click here to view...


The railway line through Brigg with its Saturday-only passenger train service received an unusual high-profile visitor last weekend.
We received a Facebook message from a friend who said he'd just glimpsed what he called a lengthy luxury train passing through late on Saturday afternoon.
He wondered what it was and when it was going.
A quick inquiry on the rail fans' grapevine revealed this to be a special excursion from Newcastle to Cleethorpes, returning home to the north-east.
It was diesel-hauled and made up of heritage carriages.
Someone even captured video of it a little further along the Brigg line, passing through Gainsborough Central.
Well worth a look - click here to view...
The Brigg line's passenger service, which will be running again tomorrow, sees one or two-car diesel units operating between Sheffield Midland and Cleethorpes, via Retford, Gainsborough, Brigg and Barnetby.
So a loco-hauled train passing through our town is a real rarity, though they were once quite common. The early morning newspaper-carrying train from Manchester was perhaps the last regular one.
Read this week's Brigg Line Blog update by Paul Johnson through this link...

Our picture above shows Brigg railway station, through which the 'luxury special' passed last Saturday, without stopping, of course! The image brings back memories of the British Rail era in 1980, when a train were arranged to take Grimsby Town football fans to an FA Cup tie in Liverpool one Saturday. BR declined to make a stop at Brigg station so 'yours truly' had to drive 20+ miles to board the train at the eastern end of the line. Full-length platforms, capable of taking 12 coaches, were then still in use at Brigg so that couldn't have been the reason why BR wouldn't stop at our station.  It was a cold January day and a very long one, ending in a drive back along the A18 we could have done without! 
The Mariners suffered a heavy defeat;  5-0 we think it was. Liverpool were one of the top teams in the country at that time. Kenny Dalglish, the great striker from Scotland, led their attack.


Two more live music gigs in Brigg have been confirmed at different venues.
They both involve a local band which has built up a good following.
The Dirty Pitchers  will be performing Britpop at the Nelthorpe Arms Barn on October 28  during a fancy dress Halloween party.
Four days earlier, on Saturday, October 24, the band will be on stage at Brigg Town Football Club's  Hawthorns clubhouse.


Teams from Brigg and district will be taking part in the new Scunthorpe & District Sunday Football League during the 2017/2018 season.
AFC Brigg will be in division one, together with Broughton WMC.
Wrawby's Jolly Miller are in division three.
Jolly Miller and AFC Brigg will meet in the Challenge Cup on Sunday, September 10 at Wrawby Playing Field.The league will be operating four divisions.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


A new shop -  distinctive emblem above - has opened in Brigg town centre as another begins recruiting.
The Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop is now trading on Market Lane, just a few yards from the Market Place (pedestrian entrance beside the Woolpack).

It is also within easy walking distance of the Tesco store (see picture below).


On offer are books for adults, teens and children - factual, fiction and academic.
DVDs, CDs and new vinyl records are also available, together with "pre-loved" books, vinyls and CDs.
Other services include tutoring to A-level,  school workshops, reading and writing groups.


Meanwhile, Lindsey Age UK, which will be opening a shop in vacant premises on Wrawby Street, is seeking volunteers.
If you can give some time to work in this fundraising retail outlet, here are the contact detail for the charity:
For further information, call the HQ in Horncastle on 01507 524242,  email or visit

🔜 The Rabbit Hole's official opening will be on Saturday, August 26 while the farmers' market is going on nearby.


There will be live music to enjoy in Brigg on the evening of Friday, August 18.
Offering music from the 1960s through to the 1990s, Domino will be performing at the White Hart pub, on Bridge Street.
The  performance is expected to feature tunes associated with big names in music like The Beatles,  Bon Jovi, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Shadows, The Who and Status Quo.


There was an interesting crossing of paths in Brigg on Sunday morning.
Near the Monument war memorial roundabout, a procession of motorcyclists were heading along the A1084 Bigby Road towards the level crossing, while  five scooter riders were going in the opposite direction.
We later saw scooters outside Wetherspoon's White Horse pub.
They were propped up a few yards from the China Garden takeaway - a building that was a favourite meeting place decades ago for two-wheel enthusiasts when K's Korner Cafe occupied the premises.
That was the era of Mods and Rockers.

Hugely popular Brigg Bike Night each July caters chiefly for motorcyclists but the fans of Vespas and Lambrettas are just as welcome and are often to be seen passing through town during the warmer months of the year.