The next issue of Brigg Matters, due out in mid-March

Spring 2021 Issue Coming Soon!
The next issue of Brigg Matters, due out in mid-March, is packed with interesting articles…

The Brigg Posada
Read the fascinating story behind the Brigg Posada, as told by O H Boyd, the renowned sculpture and artist.

Never Judge A Book by its Cover
Something for local historians – an in-depth feature by Paul Hildreth about his discovery of two volumes of ‘Principles of Geology’ by Charles Lyell, a Scottish geologist whose aim was to explain former changes of the Earth’s surface by reference to present-day processes (first published between 1830 and 1833).

Josie Webb joins the Brigg Matters Team
Josie Webb has joined the BM team and has submitted a fascinating article in our Spring Issue about her Mother’s experience as a Land Girl during WWII, together with several other snippets from her extensive collection of Brigg Town Memories.

Get Those Boots Out
Walking is good for banishing those locked in blues so look out for our feature on walking around North Lincolnshire with details on how to download guides and maps from Visit North Lincolnshire’s website.
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Brigg Matters Special 2020 Winter Issue

Brigg Primary are wanting to alert local parents that they have extended their nursery provision.

Welcome to the Foundation Unit – Nursery and Reception

The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of Nursery and Reception and children can spend up to two years and two terms within our unit, depending on when they begin their time at Brigg Primary School.

Children in Nursery can access up to 30 hours flexible provision with us and can start in our Nursery, the term after they turn 3. Some children share their 30 hours funding between both our provision and other local providers.

For more information on how to enrol your child in our Foundation Unit, please contact the school office, either in person or by telephone on 01652 652155.   If you would like to check if you are eligible for the 30 hours funding, please click the link:

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A Big Thankyou from The Rotary Club of Brigg

  A Big Thankyou from The Rotary Club of Brigg

Our Purple4Polio campaign has really been successful due to the generosity of our local Brigg and village Councils , businesses and the people of Brigg and surrounding areas. We sold 22,000 crocus corms and were able to raise £2340 which all has gone to buy polio vaccinations. It is important to recognise your generosity and hard work as the purple crocuses begin to flower on the verges and grass areas around our area. We also say how grateful we are to Brigg ATC, Brigg Leaders, Scouts, cubs, St Marys, Brigg Methodist Church, local families, Brigg in Bloom, and friends  who helped plant them on a very wet October Saturday morning alongside Brigg Rotarians. The following are those who made it possible:

The Councils of Brigg, Kirton, Elsham, Whitton,  Hibaldstow, Worlaby, Saxby, Bank Hairdressing, Lovelle Estate Agency, Dents our local NISA shop, Riverside Surgery, Brigg Primary, Brigg Town Business Partnership, The Deli & Diner, Liam Liddy Developments, St Mary’s Church, Brigg Methodist Church, China Garden, A & F Carpets, Peacock & Binnington, Brigg Angels WI, Memorial Garage, Lincolnshire Garage, Wallheads Men’s Outfitters and TESCOs. There were so many individual people who bought and planted them too.

We are so close to eradicating polio in the world. As of this month there are only 47 cases world wide but we need to keep on vaccinating for, at least, three years and in that time there are no more cases to say we have finally stopped polio in the world. We are so close and we hope that you will help continue our work to do this.

The concusses are purple because when we vaccinate the children we dip their finger into a purple dye. Before we leave the village we get all of the children together and ask them to wave at us so that we can see who we have missed!

Cascade of Poppies

Armistice Day is approaching, and to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War there will be a Cascade of Poppies from the balcony of The Angel in Brigg Market Place.
People are being encouraged to buy two poppies – one to wear and one to put in the display.
The cascade will begin on Monday October 22 and continue until Armistice Day on November 11.

The Brigg Town Business Partnership have gone that extra mile again to help the Brigg Line.

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Through Chairwoman Debs Dunderdale and the Business Partnership a batch of new A4 & A5 Visit Brigg posters have been made which promotes coming to Brigg by the train on a Saturday, these along with 2 large banners which are going up at Gainsborough Trinity Northorpe Ground and Retford Station will really put Brigg on the railway map.

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As of Saturday posters had already gone up at Cleethorpes and Station Hill at Gainsborough Central.

The total number of passengers using Brigg Station for the year 2016 was broken on the 7th October, the person who broke the record this year was local lady Kathleen Devai, this means from now until the end of December the station figures are pure gain, as a way of a thank you Kathleen was presented with a bouquet of flowers on Saturday 21st October.


The Brigg Line Blog

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Brigg Town Council

The annual meeting of Brigg Town Council, held in the Angel Suite on Monday evening,  Councillor Sharon Riggall  was elected Town Mayor for the next 12 months, and Councillor Donald Campbell  was elected Deputy Town Mayor for the same period.

Mayor Sharon Riggall


Deputy Mayor Donald Campbell


Brigg Rotary sold 23,800 crocuses to help buy polio vaccinations.

If you travel into or through Brigg at the moment the verges have lots of purple crocuses just coming into bloom. They were planted by Brigg Rotarians and Brigg Air Cadets in November. 2800 were actually planted in one day. In all Brigg Rotary sold 23,800 crocuses to help buy polio vaccinations. We have put little notices next to the crocuses as a thank you to the organisations who bought them. 
Please like and share this if you see any purple crocuses on the verges. The reason we have chosen purple is that one we have vaccinated a child we dip their finger in a purple dye and before we leave a village all the children are brought together and we can see any one who has not been vaccinated


Tree of Light Presentation


Tree of Light Cheques were kindly presented by Lady Mayoress Ann Eardley .Pete from Rosa received a cheque for £500, Jan & Kate from Carers Support received a cheque for £500 , Andrew from St John Church received a cheque for £81.00  , Heather from Co Op Funeral care sponsored the event . Amy from Design Orchard sponsored the event.



Journalist Nigel Fisher, a member of the Brigg Town Business Partnership and resident of the town, has set out his New Year aspirations for the town in a post on his Brigg Blog…

Having seen in the New Year, all townsfolk will be keen for Brigg  to enjoy a prosperous 2017.
A main talking point is whether Aldi will get its now-approved new store on Bridge Street up and running during the year.
Above is a “visual” provided by Aldi to show how the store will look, with the A18 on the right.
February will see the long-awaited official opening of the refurbished Recreation Ground with its new all-weather, floodlit facilities, following which Brigg Hockey Club’s men’s and ladies’ teams will be able to make very good use of a very welcome provision by North Lincolnshire Council.
The first games have now been played on the new “Blue Astro” surface.
Brigg Blog is also confident that the traditional grassed area where cricket is played – the square and outfield – can be enhanced over the coming months so we can see Brigg Town Cricket Club back playing there, rather than at Brocklesby or Hibaldstow.
In a new development, we shall soon be seeing verges and other open spaces in the town turning purple,  thousands of crocus bulbs having been planted as part of a campaign to rid the world of polio, the dreaded disease.
Much interest in 2017 will centre on plans to build additional housing on an area of land near Brigg railway station. A decision on the planning application is pending. If  approval is given, which we forecast will be the case,  a timescale needs to be revealed for the start and completion of the work. For  Brigg Horse Fair is coming up in August and has occupied this location for a good many years.
Will the 2017 fair be able to go ahead on Station Road?
Brigg Town Business Partnership and the Tourist Information Centre at the Buttercross will continue to work hard to promote our town as a destination for people to shop, eat and drink throughout 2017.
Brigg has a very low percentage of empty shops, and we trust this will continue to be the case over the next 12 months.
A new kebab fast food outlet, on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street, will be opening soon.
It would be really good to see redevelopment of all/part of the old cycle factory site and the former Corah’s stocking factory – both off Bridge Street – with new jobs resulting.
Similarly, the former Sugar Factory sportsground and clubhouse – just over the border in Scawby Brook – has stood idle far too long. Can a new use be found for this sizeable site?
On the sporting front, we hope to see Brigg Town Football Club climbing back up the pyramid after a few disappointing seasons of late, although the current campaign has brought better results.
Whether the refurbished Rec – next to the Hawthorns ground – kickstarts the formation of more Brigg sports teams remains to be seen. We very much hope it does. There are facilities for hockey, football, netball, tennis and perhaps other sports.
Regular followers of Brigg Blog will not be surprised that we put tackling drivers who take their vehicles into the pedestrianised town centre on our wish list for action by the authorities during 2017.
We have given many, many examples of shoppers having to step aside to make way for approaching cars and vans whose drivers have no valid reason to be in the pedestrian zone, having ignored  ‘no entry’ signs.
A crackdown by the authorities is long overdue. We say ‘authorities’ because it appears to be a matter for North Lincolnshire Council wardens if the vehicles are parked but something for the police to address if  the vehicles are moving.  Let’s not forget that CCTV cameras offer extensive coverage of the town centre. So why not use footage to take errant drivers to task?
North LIncolnshire Council has worked long and hard in an effort to promote Brigg’s general market, held each Thursday and Saturday, but more stalls are definitely needed. This is somewhat strange as the monthly farmers’ market always sees a sizeable turnout of stall-holders.
Greater use of the River Ancholme is something many people want to see in Brigg.
Glanford Boat Club and Ancholme Rowing Club do a good deal, and the town continues to attract many anglers from near and far. However, on our wish list for 2017 is the establishment of regular boat trips round the island, to be enjoyed by locals and particularly visitors. Boat rides would prove quite a draw, we suggest. But is anyone willing to launch such a service as a commercial enterprise?
During 2017 work will continue on a marina off Mill Lane, with cabins – best viewed from Cadney Road, looking across the river. This venture has been granted planning permission to offer all-year-round holiday accommodation, which is a very welcome development for Brigg.
Brigg’s Neighbourhood Plan – the blueprint for future development – will continue to be put together in the coming months.
One aspect of the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation in the Buttercross surprised us: Only a handful of people supported the idea of identifying a site for a major fast food restaurant in Brigg. However, there’s nothing to stop one of the fast food giants finding its own site and putting in a planning application.
Brigg Town Council continues to do much good work for the town, including providing the Christmas lights, managing the allotments and organising the Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath-laying. However, very few members of the public choose to attend the council’s monthly meetings in the Angel Suite, where townsfolk are free to raise issues of interest or concern during Public Question Time. We hope to see more faces in the public gallery at meetings during 2017.
North Lincolnshire Council also supports Brigg well in many ways, the Brigg & Wolds Ward representatives being Couns Rob Waltham, Carl Sherwood and Nigel Sherwood. All three are also members of Brigg Town Council.
Last, but by no means least, we hope all Brigg’s fine hostelries will continue to trade throughout 2017.
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Brigg Fire Station celebrate the opening of the brand new extension.

 A ribbon cutting event was held at Brigg Fire Station on Friday 4 November to celebrate the opening of the brand new extension. A new community classroom and other facilities have been added to benefit local groups and host evening events such as the recent Heart Start training.

Past and present firefighters at Brigg Fire Station – 4th November, 2016
The group included, 97 year old, Hughie Markham from Grammar School Road…
 fire !