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.


Here's a picture taken in the 1970s showing how much things have changed on, and near, the railway in Brigg.
It shows a Class 37 Diesel, in blue British Railways livery, approaching the signal box with a train of oil tanker going back to be filled at a refinery in Killingholme.
The driver has received the all-clear from a traditional semaphore signal.
The leafy trees indicate this moment in time was captured during the height of summer.
There's something of a purple haze around the wagons which has nothing to do with Jimmy Hendrix!
Sidings,  since removed, were accessed through the set of points on the right. Not that they were much used by the time this picture was taken.
In the distance on the right is Platts agricultural engineering depot, the site later being redeveloped to provide new housing.
Just visible, far away on the left, is the roof of the only remaining building on Brigg station - all the others having been removed.
Some Class 37 Diesels - designed by the renowned English Electric firm - are still doing good work today, despite the class being introduced in the 1960s.
Originally, Co-Co was the description used - nothing to do with circus clowns but instead denoting the wheel arrangement according to a popular formula which was harder to follow than that used in the steam era were 0-6-0 could be worked out by anyone!
Later, BR decided to number its Diesel classes, which made much more sense.

Despite the presence of the steam loco, the picture below was taken only a dozen-or-so years ago from a vantage point near Bigby Road and shows a preserved Black Five 4-6-0 loco passing through, in evening sunshine, with an enthusiasts' special.
Many people from Brigg turned out to see  a rare sight for the 21st century.

The picture below shows a preserved B1 4-6-0 crossing the Old River Ancholme's Cadney bridge with a special train one Saturday in November 2010. This type of loco could be seen in North Lincolnshire from the 1940s through to 1965/6. Quite a few people turned out to see this steam-hauled train but wet weather and the fact it was running very late saw many of them going home before it arrived. We were rewarded for our patience with this picture, the rain having stopped shortly before the B1 finally appeared.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


People from the Brigg area can enjoy a day at the races.
The Jolly Miller pub/restaurant at Wrawby is running a trip to the famous St Ledger Festival meeting at Doncaster racecourse on Saturday, July 16.
The coach will depart from the Brigg Road hostelry at 10.15am and pick up additional passengers in Cary Lane, Brigg, at 10.30.

There will be a stop for liquid refreshment on the way!
The return journey will begin at 6.30pm and a 'welcome back karaoke' will operate that evening in the hostelry.

Hopefully, some members of the party will have bet on the right horses and will have plenty of sing about!
Coach travel costs £10 - book your place at the Jolly Miller - and race-goers need to purchase their own tickets to the racecourse in advance.
Call the box office on 01302 304200 (open Monday to Friday).
Or the website


The Dirty Somethings  played a live gig in Brigg on Saturday night, August 12.
They drew a sizeable crowd to the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, and went down very well with the audience.
The band later took to Facebook to thank everyone who called in to enjoy their performance.

There is no admission charge to watch bands at The Brit.
We hope to bring you details of more live gigs on Brigg Blog.


Brigg Blog is happy to run North Lincolnshire Council's annual  reminder about the safety of electric blankets.
It contains important information designed to keep the public safe and sound in their beds.
But with August only halfway through and the cricket season still in full swing, it is depressing to be already thinking of the coming winter.


As the cold weather spreads across North Lincolnshire later on this year, many people will be bringing out their electric blankets ready for use and North Lincolnshire Council is offering to test your electric blanket free of charge in September.
Bring your electric blanket for testing at the following venues:

Wednesday 20 September

  • Ashby Link 9.30am to 12pm
  • Scunthorpe Central Library 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 28 September

  • The Angel Suite in Brigg 9.30am to noon
  • Wesley Memorial Church in Epworth 1.30pm to 3pm
  • The Old School Hall in Winterton 4pm to 5pm
It is important to make sure your electric blanket is tested regularly.

Here are some electric blanket danger signs:
  • Fraying fabric
  • Creasing or folding
  • Scorch marks
  • Exposed elements
  • Damp patches
  • Tie tapes damaged or missing
  • Worn flex
  • Soiling
The way you store your electric blanket is important to ensure you get the best from it.
Do not fold your electric blanket when putting it away as this can damage the wiring, it is much better to roll the blanket.
Cllr. Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for safer, greener, cleaner places, said: “If you have an electric blanket and haven’t had it tested, please take advantage of our free electric blanket tests in North Lincolnshire to make sure your electric blanket is safe.
“It is much cheaper to replace an electric blanket than it is your home, so come down to one of our venues on 20 and 28 September to see if your electric blanket is safe for use.”  

PICTURED: Electric blanket weather - Bridge Street, Brigg, on a snowy and chilly night in January 2015,  captured by the camera of Ken Harrison.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Brigg Blog was delighted to be invited along to the local heat of the Lincolnshire's Got Talent contest, held at the Woolpack, in the Market Place.
Since then, it has moved on through semi-finals to the grand final, held in Cleethorpes, and the  £500 overall winner is revealed in the current issue of the Scunthorpe Telegraph - now on sale in local outlets.
Two acts from the Brigg heat made it through to the final, singer Sam Lee and movement artist River.
Most of the performers who entered the contest were, as expected, singers or guitarists.
River was an exception, using a hula-hoop during his dance routines.

The overall standard was very high, the judges said. And everyone who attended will agree with that view.
Here are some  pictures we took during the Brigg area heat at the Woolie.

With thanks to Telegraph events manager Kimberly Spauls, her assistant Kim Collins, the judges and mine host at the Woolpack, Mike Williams, and his staff for their assistance on the night.
As the last picture below indicates, it was thirsty work reporting!

PICTURES: River and friends (above) 'hooping' it up before the start of the contest, while (below) all the contests get together with Mike Williams, mine host at the Woolpack (centre - behind the sign).

Waiting to be told who'd got through to the next round.

River performing on stage at the Woolpack

Telegraph events manager Kimberly Spauls addressing the audience as the judges get ready

Members of the audience enjoying the contest

The judges warming to their task

Woolpack bar staff pulling another pint


Brigg Blog's recent reference to Ernie Robinson's convenience shop which once stood on Grammar School Road, beside the Ancholme pub, set us thinking about spoggy and a few other Lincolnshire dialect words in common local use decades ago.
Spoggy was bubble gum or chewing gum.
'Av yet got any spoggy?" was often the question posed by youngsters back then.
Ernie sold chewing and bubble gum inside his shop and also had several varieties available from metal dispensers outside.
These were on top of metal poles sunk in the ground and also fixed to the front wall of the premises.
In the latter case you put a couple of old pennies in the slot, turned a handle at the side and a pack of Beech Nut or Anglo Bubbly, in wax-covered wrapper, would drop into an opening at the bottom.
Several Brigg  retail premises had these, including Bowen's Bakery, on Grammar School Road, near Glebe Road corner.
As pocket money rose with advancing years, youngsters graduated to Wrigley's Juicy Fruit - more expensive and with half-a-dozen tasty strips in a packet.
Some kids who had moved to Brigg from other parts of the district, used the word chuddy rather than spoggy.
The following are seldom heard now:
  • Celter (or kelter) meaning rubbish
  • Kaylie - sherbert (as in Fountain, with a black stick of 'Spanish' to dip in the fizzy contents of the yellow cardboard tube)
  • Up street -  visit the town centre ('I'm off up street')
  • Benny on - very upset ('he's got a right Benny on)' Similarly, 'a right munk/monk on'
  • Bealing - crying (pronounced by some as be-alin with the once-common Lincolnshire dipthong sound)
  • Mesen - myself (similarly, yersen, yourself)
  • Piggy-Pag - carry someone on your back ('gizza Piggy-Pag').
  • All taffled up  - entangled
  • Guts for garters -  a warning message ('I'll have your guts for garters').
  • Grozzy or groggy - riding two on a bike (what would modern 'elf & safety have made of that?)
  • Jiffle  - fidget
  • Flit - move, leave the scene (also applied to changing address to a new property).
  • Frit - scared
  • Daft apeth - a silly person
  • Nobutt - nothing but a... (insert noun of choice)
Gooseberries were always goosegogs, sweets were goodies, lugholes were what you heard with, and a barrer (barrow) job was work undertaken for cash-in-hand payment.
Local geographical terms have also gone with time.
As kids in the 1960s and early 1970s, we always called the Springbank housing estate The New Houses.
This was a reference to their post-war construction, with the homes around Western Avenue being add last of all by Brigg Urban District Council.
Beyond the area where they were constructed was  wetland known as The Swamp.
Young kids were warned not to go there, as was also the case with Quicksand - a low-lying patch of saturated ground not far from the river.
To those  kids who lived on the other side  town, the Davy Memorial Playing Field was always called Bigby Swings.
Sometimes we ventured out of town as far as Kettleby Wash Dyke - far down Bigby High Road (presumably where sheep were once dipped before modern chemical methods came in).
We also ventured out to Silversides - later given the official name River Meadow At the end of the lane were the  sugar factory settling ponds.
There was an extensive caravan site at Silversides with a shop.
Although Brigg had two estates of post-war prefabricated houses - off Elwes Street and between South View Avenue and Hawthorn Avenue - if someone spoke of The Prefabs they meant the latter, officially named Woodbine Grove, now a children's park and play area.
Hawthorn Avenue was shortened to Awthorn in everyday speech (second word not included).
Every effort is being made in some parts of Britain to preserve native languages, dialect and terms, so what about Lincolnshire's?
There must be many more examples of dialect words we haven't included here.
If you have others to share, please post a comment or email

PICTURED: Owd Brigg - a view along the Old River Ancholme from the County Bridge in the early 1970s with Riverside House on the left,  the old brewery building centre left and Spring's jam factory on the right. Image from the Ken Fisher Collection.



Thirty hours' free childcare is available for three- and four-year-olds of working families from next month, but parents must apply before 31 August 2017 to receive funding from this September.
All families are eligible for 15 hours funded childcare per week with an Ofsted registered child carer. The additional 15 hours is available to most working families, who should apply as soon as possible if they require funding for the autumn term.
To apply for the extended 15 hours of funding, families should visit the Childcare Choices website

Here they can create a Government Gateway account and then apply for the ‘30 hours childcare’. is the website gives a straightforward explanation of all Government childcare support, including Tax Credits or Universal Credits for childcare and the recently launched Tax Free Childcare. 
All eligible parents are supplied with an 11-digit eligibility code to present to their chosen childcare provider who will then validate this and discuss attendance patterns. 
A childcare calculator is also available for all families. It helps you quickly find out which of the childcare funding options works best for you. 

Mrs Jordan was one of the first parents in North Lincolnshire to apply for the funding. She said “The 30 hours funding will be invaluable. We currently rely each day on grandparents which limits their free time and holidays. Additionally, the 30 hours will allow my husband to work shifts during the week, providing us with some family time at the weekend which is non-existent at the moment.”
Families can access their funded place in Ofsted registered childcare, including childminders, nurseries, pre-schools, school nurseries, before and after school clubs, or a mix of these. Each type of provider offers different session times and availability. Parents should consider their needs and the type of childcare that is most appropriate. They can choose to split their funding between more than one setting, and they can spread the 1,140 of childcare hours throughout the year if required. A maximum of 10 hours childcare is available in any one day. 
Children are eligible for the universal and extended 15 hours the school term after their third birthday. For the additional 15 hours, both parents, or a lone parent where appropriate, must be in employment (including self-employment) and expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week. This is equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage. If one parent is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or unable to work due to illness, a disability or caring responsibilities, they may still be eligible for the additional funded hours.
Parents who expect to earn in excess of £100,000 (individually) are not eligible. Parents who are studying are also not eligible, but other financial support may be available. Visit the Childcare Choices website for more information.  
Any applications made after 31 August, if successful, will not be able to access the extended 15 hours until 1 January 2018, even if they meet the full eligibility criteria.  Families can apply during the term that their child turns three years of age and will be able to start the next school term - autumn, spring or summer.   
To help families make a choice the Family Information Service can supply details of local childcare providers. They can be contacted on or 01724 296629.
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Learning and Families at North Lincolnshire Council said: “Extended childcare funding for working families is a welcome addition to the support available. It helps families who work, but it can also assist families who wish to return to work, or increase their working hours, by making childcare more affordable.
“If you have a three or four year old who you would like to access the funding in September, you must apply as soon as possible and before 31 August, otherwise their funding won’t be available for the autumn term.
“The Government’s online childcare calculator is a very useful tool to help you work out which funding option is best for your family, and our Family Information Service is on hand to help you find a local childcare provider to suit your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact them for details.”

PICTURED ABOVE: Brigg Children's Centre, on Grammar School Road.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Did this street name in Brigg once have a different spelling?
Brigg Blog has been re-reading The Courts and Yards of Brigg - an excellent local history book published during the early 1980s.
There are a number of documentary references within to CAREY Lane.
Yet, as our recent picture shows, it is CARY Lane on the street signs and on the board fixed to North Lincolnshire Council's public conveniences near the Wilko store.

The Brigg book  reproduces ORIGINAL pages from a catalogue of Elwes property offered for sale in Brigg during 1919.
The catalogue employs Carey Lane  with an 'e' in every instance.
Were these  uncorrected errors almost 100 years ago, not spotted at the time the catalogue was printed?
Or was Carey, rather than Cary, the spelling then in use on the street signs?
We don't have the answer, but someone may know.
The book reveals that this street off the Market Place was renamed  in 1869 by the Local Board (forerunner of the Urban District Council).
Earlier in the 19th century it had been known as Hett's Lane and  also Nicholson's Lane.
The Courts and Yards of Brigg suggests the choice of name in 1869 reflected a desire to recognise the status of the Carey-Elwes family "as major landowners in the town."
At the same time, the Butchery became Elwes Street.
But an internet search we've just made reveals a host of references to Cary (no 'e') going back in history.
Cary Elwes -  “The King of Brigg” - organised, around 1752, the construction of brick houses more sturdy than the old ones of timber filled in with clay that had gone before, one source suggests.
Another Brigg street for which there have been differences in spelling from time to time is Forrester Street/Forester Street.
'R' you favouring the former or the latter?

PICTURED: The current Cary Lane sign on the side of No 7 Market Place.


Nicknames have long prevailed for people in Brigg - some of the reasons behind them lost in the midst of time but others being more obvious.
Examples include Tansy, Gog Eye, Fluff, Fag Ash Lill, Banger, Tacker and Gig.
Sass, Temp, Moggy, Beaver, Knocker, Golly and Scoop are still in town!

And, of course, many folk  answer to Dundy!

PICTURED: An unusual view of Brigg taken by Ken Harrison, looking towards Health Place.