Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Entries were a little late in opening to the public  for the Brigg Poppy 10k 2017 race and accompanying Military Challenge, carrying weighted back packs.
However, competitors got their skates on, so to speak, and 353 entries were received by the deadline.
That's a praiseworthy number of people supporting this annual event overseen by

the Brigg and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
It will take place this coming Sunday morning, October 29, with competitors running from Brigg town centre to Cadney and back.
Many spectators will be lining the route to encourage those taking part.
The Brigg and District Branch of the Royal British Legion oversees this popular race.

It starts at 10.45am from the Market Place.

PICTURED: Some of the runners who took part in the 2016 event.



North Lincolnshire Council is investing more money in North Lincolnshire schools. 

Between 2017 and 2020, the council is investing £14m to improve education buildings from pre-schools and children’s centres to secondary schools.
Some schools have already benefited, while others are set to be improved.
The investment includes a new pre-school at Barrow (John Harrison school site) – children have now moved in and an official opening is being planned.
Work has started on building an extension at Oakfield Primary to provide nursery accommodation and work is now complete on St Martin’s at Owston Ferry which has a new extension to the hall.
Others benefiting this financial year (April 2017 to March 2018) are:

  • Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg, Killingholme and Leys Farm Junior – roof improvements
  • Frodingham Infants, Enderby Road Infants, Sir John Nelthorpe, Frederick Gough and Goxhill Primary – mechanical and heating improvements
  • Scunthorpe CE Primary, Althorpe and Keadby Primary, Sir John Nelthorpe, Frederick Gough, Bottesford Junior, John Harrison Primary and Winterton – electrical improvements
  • Refurbishment work to support the relocation of Little Rascals pre-school on Riddings, Scunthorpe
  • Extend day care provision at West Street Children’s Centre in Scunthorpe
  • Extend Manor Farm Children’s Centre to support the relocation of Priory Lane pre-school
Further phases of work are planned for Sir John Nelthorpe and Frederick Gough secondary schools plus improvements to 17 primary schools during summer 2018.
Coun Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a major programme of work that will benefit many schools in our area and improves outcomes for children and young people.
“It will provide more nursery and school places to meet demand of our growing population.
“Not only will it improve our school buildings for years to come, it will create jobs and training opportunities, encourage more people to live and stay in North Lincolnshire.”



A Tree of Light organised by The Brigg Town Business Partnership will again stand in Chapel Court (just off the Old Courts car park). It will be lit from Monday November 20th until Saturday January 6th 2018, and will be seen as a symbol of hope and comfort for many people who find Christmas a sad and lonely time.
The tree provides an opportunity for all members of the community to place a memory card on it in remembrance of departed loved ones, with cards being available from Monday, November 20th from:

  • Design Orchard
  • E-cig,
  • Rosa
  • Carers’ Support Centre
  • St John’s Church, Brigg
  • Brigg Methodist Church
  • The Deli Diner
  • Co-op Funeralcare
  • Naylors Funeral Directors 
  • Brigg Tourist Information Centre. 
There will also be a Book of Remembrance at The Tourist Information Centre for those who want to record an entry for a loved one in addition to placing a memory card on the tree. All monies raised will be donated to the Carers’ Support Centre in Brigg who touch the lives of many local individuals and families during difficult times, and to the Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Fight – a charity run by Rosa in Brigg, which helps children suffering from a serious muscle wasting condition and supports local families.
An informal dedication service taken by Father Owain will take place on Monday November 20th at 5.30pm and will be followed by a final service when the tree lights are switched off on Saturday January 6th at 3.00pm. All are very welcome at both services.
Raffle tickets will also be on sale during the period that the tree is lit with winners announced on Saturday January 6th.
Visit the Brigg Town Business Partnership website at www.briggisbest.co.uk to keep up to date with Tree of Light information and details of other Brigg events.
Brigg Town Business Partnership would like to thank Co-op Funeralcare, Naylors Funeral Directors, Nisa, Shay Ward of SwitchedPositive Electrical Contractors Ltd, St John’s Church, Brigg Methodist Church, Design Orchard and Mr Rowbottom for their involvement and support of The Tree of Light.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Here's Kat Devai pictured on Saturday with a bouquet  presented to her for making a significant journey in Brigg.
A careful check is kept of passenger numbers at the town's railway station.
The total journeys during 2016 had already been equalled by October 7 this month when Kat boarded her train.
Read more about this and discover how Brigg Town Business Partnership 'has gone that extra mile again' by visiting the Brigg Line Blog.
Use this link to view the latest update...


Tickets are now on sale for Brigg Amateur Operatic Society's autumn 2017 show.
Scrooge - The Musical will be performed nightly from Tuesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm.
There will be an additional Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
The venue this year is not in Brigg - it's the Plowright Theatre, on Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, pictured above.
The society's initial shows, going back more than a century, were at Brigg Corn Exchange.
The Victorian landmark building was demolished during the early 1990s by owners Glanford Borough Council.
Recent productions have been at Westmoor House at the Vale of Ancholme School,  on Grammar School Road, Brigg, later the Vale Academy.
The 1950s seat of learning has now been replaced by a new build off Atherton Way.
Tickets for November's show cost £8 for the Tuesday evening performance and the Saturday matinee, and £10 for all other performances.
The show will be directed by Trudi Jackson, with musical direction from Liam Fletcher.
For tickets and information, call Gloria Barnes on 01724 330874.
Or contact the Plowright box office on 0844 854 2776.
The venue is named after famous Brigg and Scunthorpe actress, Dame Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier) whose early life was spent  in Central Square.



The Rotary Club of Brigg urges  local communities to go Purple4Polio for a polio-free world.
The Rotary Club of Brigg is helping to rid the world of polio by supporting the nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio.
The Rotary Club of Brigg is working with local schools, businesses, Brigg Town Council, Brigg Town Business Partnership, Parish Councils, church groups, residents and Brigg ATC to plant 5,000 purple crocus corms during October and November not only to raise much needed funds but also raise public awareness that we are so close to eradicating polio.
The colour purple has been chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days when literally millions of children in entire countries are protected against the disease.
Brigg Rotary Foundation Team Leader, Chris Darlington said: “We really do need Brigg and district support in ensuring that the 5000 crocus corms are all planted. We are hoping that we can create purple lines down mowed verges and areas outside people’s homes and businesses. We are selling 10 corms for a pound. ALL monies raised will go towards this initiative”. 

Last year we managed to plant over 25,000!
If you would like to support us please contact Chris on 07519330432 or pop into Brigg Tourist information Centre and leave your details and you will be contacted.
President of Brigg Rotary, Julie Whitelock, says: “The world stands on the brink of an historic milestone and we must focus our efforts on the final push to eradicate this disease to ensure a polio-free world. We are now so close to finishing the job with only two remaining countries where polio is still endemic, Pakistan and Afghanistan. So far in 2017 there were only 74 cases worldwide. 

In 1985 when Rotary made the pledge to eradicate polio there were over 10,000 cases being reported weekly. That is why the Purple4Polio campaign is so important to raise awareness and funds. Let’s join together in Brigg and surrounding villages to make history and End Polio Now and Forever. The countdown to history in the making has begun in earnest. Be part of it!”
For more information visit www.rotarygbi.org and see the Purple4Polio information. 

PICTURED: Crocuses near the entrance to Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg, early this year.


Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee will meet in the Angel Suite tonight (Monday, October 23), from 6.45am.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the discussions.
Latest planning applications to be considered by committee members include:

  • Replace six sectional garages with new ones on Horstead Avenue by Ongo Homes.
  • Erect extensions at 3 & 3A Engine Street and at 2 and 8 Eastfield Road (three separate applications).
  • Install a replacement shop front at 45 Wrawby Street (occupied by Marmaris Pizza).
Brigg Town Council may make comments and recommendations about planning applications in the town but decision-making is a matter for North Lincolnshire Council.
Meanwhile, and outside Brigg Town Council's remit, planning permission is being sought to erect a detached dwelling on land at  75 Scawby Road, Scawby Brook.
There is also an application to erect a single storey extension to the rear of the existing property and conversion of the attic space into living accommodation at 12 Brigg Road, Hibaldstow. 

PICTURED ABOVE: Coun Mike Storey, chairman of Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


From time to time we get bus-loads of people stopping off in Brigg on their way to other destinations.
Last night (Saturday) saw a large group from Hull call in at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street.
They had been to a beer festival in Gainsborough and were on the way back to their home-base hostelry on the north bank.
We chatted to a few of them and they were interested to learn that the Yarborough is a 'brewery tap' for real ale created just a few miles away.
We also told the real ale fans that they were sitting and supping just a few yards from where a renowned brewery, Sergeants, used to stand until the late 1960s (behind the White Hart).
Hopefully, the next time they are passing through, this group will call again - maybe for a little longer.
Meanwhile at the Yarborough Hunt, landlady Lucy Fensome, pictured, is rightly proud of the extensive and elaborate Halloween decorations that have been added to walls and ceilings, including cobwebs and some spiders.
Well worth taking a look, if you are passing by. And a good excuse for a pint!

The picture of Lucy was taken from Brigg Matters Magazine earlier this year by Ken Harrison.


Brigg Town Football Club secured a good away point yesterday (Saturday, October 21) before a crowd of 80 spectators.
The Zebras drew 1-1 on their visit to Glasshoughton Welfare, with Brigg's Ryan Thompson scoring a penalty just a minute from full-time to cancel out the home side's 50th minute goal.
Glasshoughton is near Castleford, in Yorkshire.
Brigg remain at the foot of the Toolstation Northern Counties East First Division, having taken eight points from 17 games.
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League there was a good home win for Barnetby United yesterday.
They beat New Holland Villa 5-0 in the second round of the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup.
Tom Wilson hit a hat-trick and there were further goals from Daniel Ricketts and William Dawson.
However, Brigg side Briggensians were beaten 3-0 on their visit to The Butchers Arms in the same competition.


Brigg Town Council will be holding its October meeting tomorrow (Monday 23rd) with much of interest to be considered.
Items of note include opening times for the public conveniences, the Christmas lights switch-on and  stage in the town centre, allotments, little bin provision and the Millennium Green, off Elwes Street.
The meeting starts at 7.15pm in the Angel Suite and is open to interested members of the public.
They may raise matters of interest during Public Question Time or merely sit and listen to the discussions.


  • To consider opening times for the public toilets.
  • Police matters
  • To agree that the Town Mayor, Deputy and one other councillor sign the transfer of lease for the Millennium Green.
  • To consider a request for further litter bins within the town.
  • To agree the cost of the staging for the Christmas lights switch-on to be paid for from the major events budget.
  • To agree to delegate approval of the award for the new Christmas lights contract for 2018-20 to the Town Mayor, Deputy Town Mayor, one other councillor and the Town Clerk.
  • To agree in principle the draft heads of terms for the transfer of the Grammar School Road allotments in exchange for the new allotments at Woodbine Park.
  • To receive a report from the North Lincolnshire Council (Brigg & Wolds)  ward councillors.
PICTURED: Last year's stage in the Market Place, erected for the Christmas lights switch-on.


Keeping Brigg streets leaf-free during mid-October, especially with windy weather about, is a never-ending task for North Lincolnshire Council and public-spirited householders and business proprietors who choose to clear the paths near their properties.
We were going to post last Thursday evening about a very deep accumulation outside the Britannia Inn, alongside the A18 - blown there from nearby East Park.
But when we walked past the next morning there was hardly a leaf in sight.
Then, on Saturday, we ventured down Queen Street and encountered a long stretch of slippery fallen leaves on the well-used path (pictured above) at the side of the sorting office and parcel collection point.
Lime trees are especially sticky underfoot when there's been a downpour or two.
No doubt this accumulation will be removed in due course - only for more leaves to fall. And so on and so on until none remain on the trees above.

Leaves from the trees at East Park, Brigg - near the Tintab shelter - piled up by the wind near the public conveniences.



Calendars featuring photos of some of Lincolnshire’s breath-taking skies will help to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Do you enjoy seeing the changing skies and seasons across the varying Lincolnshire landscapes?  Do you love living in Lincolnshire and want to show family and friends from further afield how beautiful our county really is?  Or maybe you used to live in Lincolnshire and reminisce about the wonderful big skies with their amazing sunsets?
If so, then a Lincs Skies Calendar should be in your kitchen ready to go on the wall in January or to send to family and friends as a gift for the New Year. And, what’s better, all of the proceeds will come to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
The calendars are designed using the 12 winning images selected from over 180 entries into the Lincs Skies Photo Competition which is run each year during October by Rachel Rodgers.  The competition attracts entries from the best amateur and professional landscape photographers in the county.
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Head of Fundraising & Communications, Sally Crawford, said: “This year the standard of photos submitted has been truly amazing, our local photographers have certainly pulled out all the stops and significantly raised the bar, which means the final calendars really are breath-taking. It is great to be able to include a smaller list-style calendar this year to take advantage of some of the amazing smartphone photos that we have seen. A big thank you to Rachel Rodgers from Lincs Skies for once again choosing to support our Charity.”
Thanks to Elsoms Seeds Ltd and other local businesses and individuals who have sponsored the calendar and covered the printing costs, all proceeds from calendar sales will come straight to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
Our iconic yellow helicopter is often seen in the Lincolnshire skies as it attends an average of 3 missions a day, 365 days of the year.
It costs our Charity £2.5million to keep our flying. As such, we rely totally on the generosity of people, organisations and businesses in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to help us raise this money.  By buying a stunning Lincs Skies calendar you will be doing your bit to help us continue saving lives every day.
Calendars will go on sale on Saturday, October 21, and can be purchased online at www.lincsskies.com, as well as all Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance shops in Lincolnshire and a wide range of other outlets listed at www.lincsskies.com/lincs-skies-calendar
There are two calendar sizes to choose from, a large A3 wall calendar, featuring high resolution images taken using DSLR cameras, and a smaller list-style calendar, which includes smartphone images.  The calendars cost just £10 and £8 respectively. And remember, every penny will come to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
Paul Banton, Director of Ruddocks Printers and a member of the judging panel that selected the winning images, said: “The standard of photography in the shortlisted entries was outstanding. It was very difficult to select 12 winners.  As well as judging, I have had the added pleasure of seeing the images I helped to select come together in the final design.  The end results coming off the printer looked absolutely amazing.  I hope people will support this wonderful way of raising funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and buy a calendar for the New Year.”
Find out more about our life-saving charity and how you can support us at www.ambucopter.org.uk
Or to buy a calendar online visit www.lincsskies.com/lincs-skies-calendar

NF ADDS: The air ambulance does great work and only the other Sunday came to Brigg to airlift someone to hospital. Fundraising takes place in our area to support the work of the life-saving ambucopter.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


The latest shop to grace Brigg town centre opened at 1pm yesterday (Friday, October 20).
The Age UK Lindsey charity shop has been fitted out to a high standard in terms of fixtures, fittings and flooring.
Brigg Blog was delighted to be among the guests at the mid-morning launch.
We chatted to former Brigg man Councillor Peter Clark, the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, who had the honour of cutting the ceremonial tape to launch the new venture.
Money raised in the shop goes to help the charity provide a range of services for senior members of the community.
Brigg Town Councillors Ann Eardley, Mike Campion and Penny Smith were in attendance, together with Graham Wilson, from DDM who created the impressive shop unit at 74 Wrawby Street over many months, and Ken Harrison, representing Brigg Matters Magazine.
There's a good range of stock to browse - so pop in and take a look.
You may well bag a bargain or two!
Coun Clark said he was very pleased to be back in his home town and  was at the Mumbai Lounge, on Old Courts Road, last night, hosting a fundraiser for his charity appeal fund.
He shared some memories of Brigg in days gone by with us during our chat.

Read more about the shop and see further images through this link...



Brigg and its wealth of independent retailers are gearing up for a busy festive season with a number of activities taking place in the lead up to Christmas.
On Tuesday November 21st, The Brigg Town Business Partnership are holding their Christmas Mince Pies & Mulled Wine event at The Buttercross which will also see the Posada begin its journey around Brigg. This informal get together is open to all businesses in Brigg to attend.
A Christmas Window Competition and a Children’s Trail will take place during December with entry forms being available from all participating shops and Brigg Tourist Information Centre with the winners being announced on Saturday December 16th at 1.00pm
The Festival of Christmas Trees and Wreaths take place at St John’s Church and Church Hall between Thursday December 7th and Sunday December 10th  with The Tree of Light being situated in Chapel Court between Monday November 20th and Saturday January 6th 2018.
The Brigg Christmas Fayre (2016 event pictured above), organised by Brigg District Lions Club, takes place on Friday December 1st between 5.00pm and 9.00pm where there will be wide array of stalls and entertainment with most retailers remaining open.
Brigg’s final Farmers' Market for 2017 will take place on Saturday December 16th between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
You can enjoy 2 hours' free car parking Monday to Friday and free parking all day on Saturdays, making your visit to the bustling market town even more enjoyable.


Brigg Blog receives family history requests from time to time and we do our best to help.
The latest relates to these interesting pictures.
There's a link to the old Lincolnshire (Hull) Times weekly newspaper which had offices in the Market Place until the early 1950s and later on Wrawby Street until the paper closed in 1985. We were on the staff for five years before switching to the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph in January 1984.
Our correspondent emailed to say: "My partner's grandfather was George Neal Sipling; he was a baker.
"He received this award in 1928. Can you tell me anything about it?
"The photograph shows him seated, front left. Do you know any of the other gentlemen in the picture?
"We think that they may be a group of Brigg businessmen.

"We also have a picture of him in a band; they are all in fancy dress."
Can you help our correspondent?
If so, please email scoopfisher@aol.com and we will forward on the information.
Brigg Blog thinks the newspaper probably operated a scheme in which it provided long-serving certificates to small companies in its circulation area so they could reward stalwart employees.
However, a search of the archive catalogue for Times issues in 1928 has failed to return any matches for 'Sipling' or 'Otter and Barly'.
Where was this company located in Brigg?

Friday, October 20, 2017


Tonight (Friday October 20) there's a charity fundraising event being staged at a Brigg pub.
In support of the theme Let's All Wear It Pink, there will be a disco and karaoke at the Britannia, on Wrawby Street (8pm till late).
A free shot (drink) will be given to everyone who takes to the mike.
There will also be a raffle - tickets costing £1 a strip - and pink cocktails will be available.
"For a future where everyone with breast cancer lives, we will wear it pink..."
Find out more at www.wearitpink.org


Illuminating the Brigg Tree of Light 2017, on Chapel Court, will take place on Monday,  November 20, from 5.30pm.
There will be a short informal service.
People will also have an opportunity to buy memory cards to place on the Tree of Light - minimum cost £5.
A further date for your diary will be Saturday, January 6, 2018 when the lights will be turned off at 3pm . 
Again, there will be an informal service and the names of loved ones on the memory cards will be read out.
The winners of the Christmas raffle will be announced on this evening.
Our thanks go to Coun Jane Kitching,  Vice-Chair of the Brigg Town Business Partnership, for this update.   
We just hope that the weather is kinder on November 20 than it was for the switch-on during 2016, when heavy, driving rain lashed down on those who attended. This resulted from Storm Angus paying Brigg a visit.

Find out more through this link...


Brigg has enjoyed permission to hold a fair and a market since the beginning of the 13th century.
Scunthorpe's has been going since the early 20th century, and many Brigg shoppers pay it a visit if they are in the centre of the steel town - Brigg Blog included.
Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham, as leader of North Lincolnshire Council, tells us that folk across the area still have a chance to have their say on the regeneration of Scunthorpe Market
Residents continue making comments until Wednesday 25 October to tell North Lincolnshire Council what they think about plans to improve Scunthorpe Market. The council extended the consultation to seven weeks by giving shoppers and traders more time to have their say.
Shoppers and traders are being asked to give their views on a variety of topics including their current usage of the market, what types of market they would like to see in the town, where they feel the best location for a market is and what is most important to them in a market service. These views will then be considered to determine a plan of investment for Scunthorpe market.
This all forms part of the council’s ambitious £60m plans to transform Scunthorpe town centre, the local authority says.
If you haven’t yet given your views, you can do so online by completing the survey at www.northlincs.gov.uk.current-consultations
Coun Waltham, pictured above, is keen to get as many comments as possible.
He said: “I recognise that the market is an important part of the local community and that is why we want to invest and improve it. We have already invested in Ashby Market to provide a new-look market in a better location on Broadway, which opens on Thursday 2 November.
“I am keen to hear residents’ views. That is why I extended the consultation to give people more time. I appreciate this is something that will impact on lots of people – traders, existing customers and potential new ones.
“I have been meeting with and working with traders and will continue to do so as part of the consultation.
“Once the consultation ends, we will need to analyse the results of the survey and this will help decide where we go from there. There are no pre-conceived ideas – we will look at the options and determine which is the most feasible, taking into account all comments.
“The market improvements is part of our plans to improve and invest in the town centre.”



North Lincolnshire Council relies on the general public, to a large degree, to inform it about street lighting faults. So here goes...
Today (Friday, October 20) has seen periods of sunny autumn weather but also some street lights on - in broad daylight!
We took these pictures on Springfield Road (below) and St Helen's Road (above) this morning.
The latter location is ironic as  Brigg Blog commented several times in the past about another street light halfway down St Helen's Road being "out" for many months.
Could someone from the council be sent out to take a look?
Street lights are a burning topic at the moment, with plans to replace many across North Lincolnshire with LED bulbs which use less electricity.
We've already reported that Craig Austin is unhappy with the LED switch.
Since the original post about that, he's been back to us with a follow-up.
Craig says: "After lamenting the forthcoming demise of the old orange sodium street lights in Brigg, I finally received a reply from the council street lighting dept, basically confirming that the proposed  installation of brutally bright (Craig's description) LED street lights around the area was a done deal, as suspected."
Craig has told the council there are companies producing tinted coloured LEDs and other local authorities using the latest warm lighting (as it is known).
"After a quick Google search, I found several companies that manufacture both orange and warm LED lighting for councils including Westminster & Cardiff," he says.
Craig suggests there will be be "a public outcry once everyone starts to see how badly this will effect the ambiance and character of Brigg and surrounding villages."
He has supplied this link "to a similar campaign happening in Reading."
And also a link to a Daily Mail article he considers relevant.
Craig has also made public the reply he received from North Lincolnshire Council about its LED upgrade project.
The council told him: "The benefits of the white light delivered by the LEDs enable the actual levels of light to be reduced over the levels of light emitted by historic high/low pressure sodium lamps. This level of light omitted by the LEDs is still perceived by the human eye to be greater than that omitted by sodium lamps due to the improved colour rendering of the LEDs making hazards more easily recognisable for road users.
"Unfortunately due to the advancement of LED technology, the costs of maintaining a large inventory of orange sodium lamps increases as the factories scale down production of these lamps and associated gear. Only recently we have been informed by one manufacture that they will no longer be producing the old orange type lamps from 2020 as the whole of the lighting industry moves towards white LEDs.
"We have already gone through our procurement process and contracts have been awarded for the 5 different types of LED lantern we will be using across the county.
"For these reasons we will not be pursuing a change in colour from our procured white LED lanterns for this project."
Craig heads his email to us Lightmare in Brigg.
You have now read his views and those of the council.
Make your own mind up.



Ladies get two racing days at Market Rasen Racecourse in the spring and summer. Now it’s the turn of the gents.
Lincolnshire’s only racetrack is staging Ferry Ales Brewery Gentleman’s Raceday on Saturday, 21st October.
Of course, members of the fairer sex are welcome too for a weekend afternoon of jump racing, plus pub games, photo booth, live music and real ales in the Tote Exacta Bar.
The Fiskerton brewery laid on a beer festival at the Prelude Meeting at the end of September, and now they are teaming up with the racecourse again.
There is a special discounted admission offer – two adult tickets for the price of one into the Tattersalls Enclosure - £18 using promotional code GENTS17, either at http://marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk or on 0344 579 3009. The offer is available until midnight on Friday, 20th October.
Racing starts at 1.40pm on Saturday, 21st October, with gates open two hours before. The finale is at 5.05pm.
All three enclosures at the racecourse – County, Tattersalls and Lawn – will be open on Gentleman’s Day, offering visitors a choice of where to watch the races and enjoy refreshments.
The County Enclosure has several bars and places to eat in a friendly atmosphere, whether it’s the County Bar with its great views of the track and finishing post or a table in the Brocklesby Suite Restaurant.
Tattersalls is the heart of the action. Visit the Brocklesby Lawn to taste a range of real ales and enjoy pub games in between watching the horses as they come into the parade ring and getting up close to the winning horse in the winners’ enclosure. There are also various bars and eateries, including the recently developed tote Exacta Bar and Red Rum Bar with hot or cold food.
Picnics are welcome in the Lawn Enclosure – remember that alcohol is restricted to half a bottle of wine or four cans of beer per person. There is something for all ages; along with views of the parade ring there is a playground for the children and Victor Lucas Bar for the grown-ups.
Adult tickets are from £9 in advance, with accompanied children admitted free of charge. Young adults, aged 18 to 24 years, can get half-price admission by registering at RacePass18to24.co.uk to receive a free RacePass membership card. Senior citizens can obtain discounted admission by joining The Diamond Club, with details available online.


Here's a new meal offer to try at a Brigg pub/restaurant.
You can enjoy a curry and a pint for only £4.99p every Monday, from 5pm, at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street.
This offer relates to selected drinks, the management says.
Meanwhile, we note that there's a Sunday carvery operating at the Jolly Miller, on Brigg Road, Wrawby.
Many Brigg folk who used to support the carvery at the village's Black Horse (currently closed) might like to try the one at the Miller.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


If Boundary Commission proposals now on the table win approval next year as seems likely, Brigg will no longer be included in the name of a Parliamentary seat.
The Brigg Parliamentary Constituency was created back in 1885.
And although our town has since been linked with larger ones like Scunthorpe, Cleethorpes and latterly Goole, 'Brigg' has still being mentioned in the title and therefore heard in the House of Commons.
However, the current proposals earmark Brigg for inclusion in a new seat which will carry the names 'Grimsby' and 'Barton' in its title without any mention of Brigg.
The powers-that-be review constituencies from time to time, in an effort to equalise the number of voters.
The plans involve dividing up the current Brigg & Goole Constituency.
As was rightly suggested to us the other day, this topic is not going to prompt much discussion in our town's pubs.
But with the growth of the web and social media and people relying more and more on internet searches for their information,  'Brigg' searches will not be helped by a reduction in Parliamentary references.
We've just looked up where Brigg is likely to end up.
Our proposed constituency is Great Grimsby North and Barton.
The Boundary Commission for England says its  revised proposals, published on 17 October 2017, set out the new constituencies in Yorkshire and the Humber.
"You have until 11 December 2017 to tell us what you think of them," it says.
The Great Grimsby North and Barton Constituencey, if approved, will involve parts of North East Lincolnshire including Immingham, Barton and nearby villages, Brigg & Wolds and Broughton & Appleby.
Find out more through this link..
The first MP for the Brigg Constituency was Sir Henry Meysey-Thompson in 1885.
Famous names who followed included Sir Berkeley Sheffield and David (later Lord) Quibell.
Long-serving Lance Mallalieu was the last Brigg MP, the seat being abolished in favour of Brigg & Scunthorpe in 1974.
That was replaced by Brigg & Cleethorpes in 1993.
Brigg & Goole was then created for 1997.
It seems unlikely that the Boundary Commission's current proposals to include Brigg in a new seat will be rejected.
However, couldn't a case be made - even at this late stage - for Brigg to be made part of the title?
Andrew Percy, pictured below in the Angel Suite, is the current MP for Brigg & Goole.


Plans have been unveiled to create new garages in Brigg.
Social landlord for our area, Ongo, wants to replace six "sectional concrete battery garages" with six modern ones at the same location off Horstead Avenue, on the Springbank housing estate.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the request for planning permission.
Scunthorpe-based Ongo says the proposed garages are intended primarily for its tenants "but also for private owner-occupiers who may wish to rent a garage."
It stresses that the new garages will improve the general appearance of this area, improve security and reduce the likelihood of theft and damage to residents' vehicles.
If approved, the concrete garages will have a multispar finish, box profile plastic steel roofs and powder-coated up-and-over doors.


There's a chance to enjoy live music in Brigg town centre this weekend.
Some classic rock covers will be performed by Rough Trade, about whom we've heard good things.
They will be playing at the Woolpack pub, in the Market Place, on Saturday night, October 21.
No admission charge applies - pop in and take a look.

Grit will be playing blues and rock live at the Nelthorpe Arms, on Bridge Street.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


A new shop in Brigg town centre is to be opened on Friday (October 20) by the Town Mayor, Coun Sharon Riggall, pictured above.
The opening at 10.30am will be marked with a celebratory cake.
Brigg Blog is pleased have been invited along to the launch at 74 Wrawby Street, which is opposite the Black Bull pub/restaurant.


The beautiful market town of Brigg is home to Age UK Lindsey’s newest charity shop.
The shop in Wrawby Street is the ninth shop to be opened by the charity and is the second in North Lincolnshire – Barton is home to the other.
Money raised by the shop through sales contributes to the provision of services for older people in northern Lincolnshire.
Manager Jackie Armstrong has worked for the charity for a number of years and previously managed the Coningsby shop. She is looking forward to operating in the town.
She said: “Brigg is such a wonderful place and we know Age UK Lindsey will fit in perfectly. "We’re close to the Marketplace and we’re excited about what we can offer the area.”
Jackie will be assisted in the shop by Bethany Auckland, who is our full-time Apprentice and Julie Shaw our part-time Sales Assistant.
Andy Storer, CEO, added: “Since our merger with Age UK North Lincolnshire at the start of October, we’ve been working on extending operations in the region.
“There are lots of older people who will benefit from services we run and our charity shops help fund services as well as being the client facing’ hub’ in local communities. We look forward to welcoming shoppers to Brigg.”
Age UK Lindsey’s charity shop sells many items from a range of clothes, to furniture, books and ornaments.
Donations of items are always welcome and can be brought to the shop. Larger items can be donated by calling one of our stockmen who will collect.
Age UK Lindsey Brigg is located at 74 Wrawby Street.
For further information visit our website www.ageuk.org/lindsey or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Fancy a full-time job or, alternatively, a part-time one for the Christmas period to earn some extra cash to fund one of the most expensive periods of the year?
One of the biggest national concerns operating in Brigg is currently looking for people to take on these roles.
"We are recruiting," says the Tesco store, on Barnard Avenue.
Permanent and "festive colleagues" are required.
The closing date in all cases is October 30.
Apply online through this link...

There's a sign advertising these roles on display at the entrance to the Brigg store but applications are being handled through the company's website.
Brigg Blog's advice is don't hang about if you are interested. A big response is to be expected.


North Lincolnshire Council food hygiene officers continue to carry out routine inspections at premises across the district.
Eight businesses operating in Brigg or nearby villages have recently been visited and ratings issued by the local authority.
They have all been placed in the top category, being awarded five stars - "Very Good."

  • Tesco Canteen by Elior, Tesco Stores Ltd, Barnard Avenue, Brigg
  • The Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, Brigg
  • The Birches, Grammar School Road, Brigg
  • Garden Fish & Chip Shop, Grammar School Road, Brigg
  • Scawby Academy by Dolce Ltd, Scawby Academy, West Street, Scawby
  • Demeter Upper School, The Grove, West Street, Scawby
  • Your Chef, Elsham Hall, Barton Road, Elsham
  • Hampton By Hilton, Schipol Way, Kirmington.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



Tickets are now on sale for The Brigg Singers Christmas Concert which is to be held on Monday 11th December at Brigg Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm
This will be the perfect start to the Festive Season. Tickets at £5 each inclusive of light refreshments are available from Choir Members, on the door or by calling 01724 842485
Brigg Singers are also performing a Christmas Concert on Friday 15th December at Hibaldstow Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm, as part of the village's fund-raising for the Lindsey Lodge Hospice 'Sponsor A Patient Room' initiative.
In addition to the concert there will also be a raffle and a Lindsey Lodge merchandise stall.
The last few tickets - £5 each, including tea/coffee and mince pies - are available from Church Street Stores, Hibaldstow, or by calling 01652 656875.



The Rowing Club had a presentation at Tesco  to recognise the prompt and positive actions of Teresa Evans of Ancholme Rowing Club and Kathryn Brown, Tesco employee, during  last Sunday's medical emergency.

Teresa administered CPR whilst Kathryn (daughter of local  carpet supplier Colin) assisted with CPR and the defibrillator.
It is a little known fact that all Tesco stores have these life-saving machines.
Kathryn has been recently trained in its operation.
A man from Leeds Rowing Club is still recovering in Lincoln County Hospital where the prognosis is good.
In the photos, Teresa is on the left.

N.F. ADDS: Our thanks go to Jim for the update. The rower from Yorkshire was taken by to hospital by ambucopter.  


Details of a  bonfire and firework display coming up in the Brigg area have reached us.
It will be held on November 5 with barbecue food and musical entertainment in addition to the sky rockets.
The location is the Sutton Arms in the centre of Scawby, where the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with fireworks from 7pm.
Admission costs £3 for adults and £1 for children.
Tickets are not required in advance - pay when you get there.


Briggensians, Barnetby United and Barnetby Reserves will all be in action on Saturday, October 21 in  the  EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League.
In the EC Surfacing Ltd Challenge Cup second round, Briggensians will visit The Butchers Arms while Barnetby's first teamers will entertain New Holland Villa at Silver Street (2.30pm KO).
Saturday will see Barnetby Reserves away to Scotter United Reserves in Division Two.

Results - Saturday,  October 14

Viking Autos Sporting Shield Round Two
Barnetby United 3, Epworth Town 7); Joshua Goodman (2) and an own goal for Barnetby.
Shape Changers 3, Briggensians 2; Matthew Callaway and Joe Stothard scoring for Briggensians.

Division Two

Crosby Juniors 3, Barnetby United Reserves 1 (Dave Jordan).



Worshippers at St John the Evangelist Church in Brigg have had to wrap up warm for almost a year since the central heating broke down.
Now work has started on replacing the church boiler and it is hoped to have the heating up and running again shortly.
Things are warming up at St John's in other ways, too.
Over the last few weeks the congregation have been setting out their priorities for the next year. A recent visit from the Bishop of Grimsby has been helping the people at St John`s think about the stewardship of their resources as they work to make their church prayerful, God-centred, vibrant and accessible to all the community of Brigg.

Monday, October 16, 2017


A road just outside Brigg is to be closed to vehicular traffic at various times for up to two weeks, leading to a lengthy diversion.
This will be due to Lincolnshire County Council carrying out resurfacing works and constructing an access.
The location is given as Cadney Road, Bigby.
This is the road between Brigg and Cadney and will mean a road closure from December 4 to 15, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, while the works are being carried out.
Lincolnshire County Council will be working near the "county boundary" with North Lincolnshire.
Some locals will be surprised to learn that this border crosses Cadney Road, we suggest.
Drivers will need to divert through Howsham whenever the road is closed.


Something new is planned in Brigg this Christmas.
The St John's Church, Brigg, Festival of Christmas Trees and Wreaths will be a first.
It will run from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10.
On the  Saturday there will be a folk concert in the church, starting at 7.30pm​.
On the Sunday the church will be open between 11am and 1pm, with a Town Carol Service following at 2pm.
Afternoon tea will be hosted by the Brigg Town Mayor, Coun Sharon Riggall, in the Angel Suite.
Brigg Town Business Partnership tells us that the Bishop of Grimsby is planning to attend the Brigg Town Carol Service.
The festival will be preceded on the Wednesday evening by a visit from Lincoln Cathedral choir members.​


Two proposed home improvements in Brigg are seeking approval from North Lincolnshire Council. They  both involve adding rear extensions.
The locations are 8 Eastfield Road and 3 & 3A Engine Street.

The Eastfield Road application is to erect a single-storey rear extension and associated works.
The one in Engine Street seeks to erect a first-floor rear extension together with alterations to the existing rear ground floor.

In addition, planning permission is being sought to erect a single-storey rear extension, a side two-storey extension and a front canopy at 3 Hunts Lane, Hibaldstow.
Council planners are now considering all three applications.