By Nigel Fisher, Freelance Journalist, Editor of the Brigg Blog website and BTBP member
They have completed the surface of the new blue synthetic sports pitch at Brigg Recreation Ground. And very nice it looks, too.
These days, blue is very much the colour of choice for top hockey pitches across the world, making it easier for players, umpires and spectators to follow the track of the ball as it whizzes about at high speed.
It is now the best part of 30 years since Brigg hockey players first began campaigning for a floodlit, synthetic pitch in the town.
As the game progressed and playing on traditional grass surfaces was phased out, Brigg hockey home games had to be staged on the available synthetic council-run pitches in Scunthorpe and even Lincoln – involving much travel and expense.
Now, through the provision of the new facility in Brigg – courtesy of North Lincolnshire Council – league hockey can at last return to the town.
We are very much looking forward to spectating at the first game to be played on the new blue pitch – a few months from now – and to seeing inside the wonderful new changing room/pavilion, which is also taking shape at The Rec.
Some of us can remember when changing facilities included a former farmyard stable, garden sheds and a second-hand bowls pavilion whose floor left splinters in the feet of the unwary.
Thankfully, those days are long gone and Brigg will soon have a Recreation Ground of which it can be really proud.
Netball, tennis, hockey, cricket and football will be provided for on synthetic and grass surfaces at The New 21st Century Rec.
The main contractor for the project is G Kelsey Construction which quite often posts progress pictures on Twitter, we’ve noted.
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Brigg Town Business Partnership has entered the town into the Great British High Street competition again this year. This time we are firmly and squarely in the small market town section! We will hear whether Brigg has been shortlisted by mid-October. In the meantime this is our public declaration from the 2016 submission……
“Brigg is a traditional market town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. A staggering 73% of its retailers are independents. Brigg Town Business Partnership (BTBP) provides them with a strong collective voice, enabling each business to excel within an integrated high street whilst retaining its individual identity, quality customer service and charm.
Our vision is for a sparkling and dynamic market town where businesses and the high street really are enthusiastic partners at the heart of the community. GBHS finalists in 2015, Brigg aspires to go one better this year.”
Brigg Business wins Small Business Apprentice Employer Award
Dan Miller and Lucy Wallis from The Bank Hairdressing were rewarded for their work with apprentices. From the outset of opening up their business at 1-3 Bigby Street in the middle of last year they have dedicated energy into apprenticeship training and this was rewarded by them receiving this business award ceremony at North Lindsey college on Tuesday 8th March. Ashleigh Porter-Exley the winner of BBC’s Young Apprentice presented the award to Dan and Lucy
In a great night for this new business three of their apprentices Heather Reed, Reece Dunn and Caitlin Burbidge were also nominees in the Hairdressing And Beauty Apprentice of the Year category.
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of 6 brand new leaflet boxes.
These holders are filled with the most up to date trifold leaflet that promotes Brigg’s independent retailers. Details for over 70 of Brigg’s great business and retail outlets are promoted there to help new visitors and shoppers find their way around this great market town.
This initiative by Brigg Town Business Partnership is featured in a case study for the Great British High Street.
The new holders can be found at the following gateway locations to Brigg:-
Old Courts Car Park x 2
Angel Car Park x 1
Wrawby Street x 1
Carey Lane Bus Stop x 1
Station Road x 1