Brigg Christmas Competitions 2015

In conjunction with A F Carpets and Brown & Co., Brigg Town Business Partnership are running two Christmas competitions, ‘The Christmas Shop Window’ and ‘The Children’s Window Trail’

Both competitions will start on Friday, December 4 and finish at the end of the night of late night shopping on December 17. All prize winners will be notified on Friday, 18/12/15 with prizes being presented to them on Saturday, 19/12/15 by Baroness Redfern.

The Christmas Shop Window Competition

Submit your vote for the best Christmas Window on the forms provided in the shops, entrants who vote for the winning shop window will be entered into a prize draw.  The winner will receive a £50 voucher to spend in any of the participating shops in Brigg.

The Children’s Window Trail (open to children 16 years and under)

Spot the tags in the windows of the shops listed on the form and write each letter in the corresponding boxes. Each of the colours makes an anagram of five Christmas related words.

Fill in the coloured boxes with your answers, then fill in the tie break question.

Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Open to children 16 years or below.

Entries for both of these competitions are submitted on the same entry form which can be collected in participating shops and/or Brigg Tourist Information.


Christmas Posada

Another first from Brigg Town Business Partnership and the Market Town of Brigg!

It borrows from the idea of commemorating Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem from Spanish and Mexican traditions and makes it special to Brigg.

The journey will start with a procession at the Brigg Christmas Fair on Friday, 4th December, and ending on Christmas Eve in St Johns Church where a Carol Service will take place that evening, figures of Mary and Joseph will be hosted at various resting places provided by the community and businesses.

Once the figures of Mary and Joseph move on to their next resting place a figure of an Angel will be left in its place as a symbol of the visitation.

The Brigg Town Business Partnership would like to give special thanks to Andrew Ballard of Brigg Churches Together.

Our programme could not be put on without the unstinting work of our enthusiastic and hardworking committee; it’s subscribing members.


Tree of Light – Chapel Court, Brigg

As part of our Christmas campaign Brigg Town Business Partnership is for the very first time organising a Tree of Light or a Remembrance Tree.

This tree will stand proudly in Chapel Court (just off the Old Courts car park), it will be lit from Friday, December 4th until Wednesday 6th January 2016.  Hopefully this will be seen as a symbol of hope and comfort for the many people who find Christmas a sad and lonely time.

This provides an opportunity for all members of the community to place a memory card on the tree in remembrance of departed loved ones.  The cards can be found at Design Orchard, Rosa (Chapel Court), Brigg Tourist Information, St John’s Church, Brigg and Brigg Methodist Church.

All monies raised will be donated to the Carers’ Support Centre in Brigg they touch the lives of many local individuals and families through difficult times and beyond.

An informal dedication service will take place on Saturday, 5th December at 11.00am followed by a final service when the tree lights are switched off on 6th January at 6.00pm.  See Event Details Here

All are very welcome.

Don’t forget late night opening for the shops and market stalls in Brigg on Thursday, 17th December until 8.30pm.

Winners of the Christmas windows competition will be announced before Christmas please look out for general advertising to keep up to date and for further information.

Rogue trader prosecuted for conning Haxey couple


An elderly couple from Haxey in North Lincolnshire were conned out of over £7,000 by David Smith from Warwickshire, who was sentenced to two years in prison at Leeds Crown Court on 20 October for this crime and many others.

Mr Smith told the couple aged 83 and 74 that he would carry out works to their garden, which he didn’t. He offered to sell them peat and said he would lay astro turf, but the couple never saw any of these materials and when they questioned Mr Smith he said they were kept elsewhere. He kept asking the couple for more money to complete the gardening work but never did. They paid him a total of £7,366.

Mr Smith has conned numerous people up and down the country out of thousands of pounds, which was investigated through North Yorkshire Council’s Doorstep Crime Project.

North Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team took over the case for the final prosecution element so that all the cases would be heard at the same time.

David Smith pleaded guilty to three charges of Fraud by False Representation.

Sentencing is complete but a further hearing will take place for the Proceeds of Crime (POCA) to penalise Mr Smith financially for all of his criminal activity.

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said:

“This is a very saddening case where a thoughtless man has decieved of an elderly couple and conned them out of money. They put their trust in Mr Smith, and he has taken full advantage of their vulnerability.

“It is totally unacceptable for people to think they can get away with this. Not only has Mr Smith conned this couple in Haxey, but he has taken thousands of pounds from other people across the country without any thought as to how it will affect them. He has knowingly targeted defenceless people for his gain, and I hope he now realises the effects of his actions and is truly remorseful for what he has done.

“I would urge anyone to think twice before you give your money to doorstep ‘tradesmen’. Unless you have contacted someone to come to your house, it is always advised that you politely turn them away. You can then check to see if they are reputable and speak to your family and friends for support. If you feel threatened by any doorstep callers, get in touch with the Police. Don’t take the risk.”

Story Courtesy of Sarah Dauris – Safer Neighbourhoods Officer