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The Year of Reflection
2021 started in a funny manner. While the year was still
wearing diapers, Donald Trump’s supporters stormed
the White House. The 4th January saw the first Oxford
Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccinations given in the UK and
on the same date the government announced a national
lockdown which was not loosened until mid-April. Face
masks, social-distancing and hand- sanitising was to
become the norm. During the interim, many brave local
souls were still determined to break the mundane routines
by eating al fresco outside pubs and other eateries
despite the atrocious weather.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, died on 9th April and
his funeral on the 17th was a comparatively quiet family
affair at Windsor Castle. The summer of 2021 strangely
saw the out of sync 2020 European Cup competition
and 32nd, 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo, both with crowd-less
stadia. Staying with sport, tennis saw the ascendency of a
new star, Emma Raducanu.
In November, Glasgow played host to the COP26 Climate
Change conference, the first world-leaders en-masse
discussion since 2019.
Christmas 2021 and the dawn of 2022 is only a few
weeks away. This time of year means many different
things to different people. It is full of contrasts, a time
to relax, a time of industry and demand, a time of
joyous family festivities for some, a time of reflection
and emphasised loneliness for others. Some perceive
the religious significance while for many, for example
young children, it is an occasion of Father Christmas and
I can still recall my Christmases past, more than three
score and 10 years ago. During my ‘Father Christmas
Years’, we lived with Granny Turner until I was 7.
I remember my infant school Christmas party and straining
to hear the bells of Santa’s sleigh, allegedly landing on
the corrugated iron roof, and then he appeared, the
striking image of the school’s caretaker smelling of coke
and disinfectant. One year the house’s chimney stack fell
through the kitchen and Dad had to set up emergency
cooking facilities using two Primus stoves, which we
used for camping, and ate our Christmas meal in the
hallway. Granny Turner sat in a beach deckchair and had
her meal on a tray. On another occasion, Uncle Ken, a
butcher, brought us a goose. I had to pluck it in the frosty
cellar with aid of candlelight. Somehow I got the goose’s
truncated legs and immediately pursued everyone, waving
my new toy, until Josie Wood’s Mum came round to
complain that, ‘naughty Kenneth’, was terrorising all the
girls in the neighbourhood with claw-like objects. They
were consumed in the coal fire.
Then came the time when I realised that Father Christmas
was a myth, an adult made-up character. This left me in
a dilemma, I was always told to tell the truth, but now I
was being influenced by Mum, Dad and Granny Turner to
tell fibs about Father Christmas, to pretend to younger
children that he is real. Dad called it using discretion,
whatever that meant. To me it was play-acting and looking
a bit smug.
Finally, to our readers, advertisers, our multitude of
house-to-house deliverers, to John Reid Transport, our
contributors and to our Brigg Matters team, an enormous
thank you and a Merry Christmas and a safe and satisfying
PS Please check on the neighbour, perhaps less fortunate
than ourselves, over the festive season.
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Paul Hildreth • Danielle Li • Chloe Plachcinski – Sharon Worth • Josie Webb (ex-officio)
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In This Issue
Letters to Brigg Matters and BM business
Sarah’s Terrace – feature article by Anne-Marie
Oldest Club in Town (Brigg Town FC)
Wellness (in the real world) – Chloe Plachcinski
Howsham and Cadney news
A Building through Time - feature article by
The Ghostly Disturbances of Change Alley
– short feature by Josie Webb
Building Bridges – short article and poem by
You’ve Been Framed
Movers & Shakers
A Humberside Adventure – short feature article
from junior reader Caitlin
Alice & Mario
We’re on stand-by for the Party Season to
start so we went to see Father Christmas
in his grotto the other day. He said that
Mario had been very good this year
and deserved a nice present. I told
Santa that it was all to do with his lack
of opportunities because of the Covid
Kids’ Matters – for our younger readers
prepared by Danielle Li
A Merry Christmas and a Safe
New Year for 2022.
Brigg Town Council Report
Brigg Town Business Partnership
Local Geology Group
Mind Craft – puzzle pages
Local Nature Page – seasonal advice from
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Brigg in Pictures prepared by BM’s
photographers Ken and Stephen
Sue Hoy’s Allotment – a must-read for
Is Brigg the new Tintagel? – feature article
by Ken Harrison
Pupdate – a must-read for dog-owners
Mind Craft solutions
What’s On in Brigg
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Coming round again. Enjoying the festive
fun at Brigg’s Christmas Fair 2018.
Letters to Brigg Matters
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I noticed your request for information relating to Sarah’s Terrace in Brigg. I admit I have never heard of it but I am
doing a lot of research around my family tree and subsequently have a subscription with Find My Past. There is
a search facility on their website where records of census returns can be accessed for a particular street rather
than just one person or family. I looked up Sarah’s Terrace and found records for the 1861 as well as the 1851
census. Scanning through the original records it appears to be in the area of Engine Street/James Street, off
Bridge Street, and coming under the Scawby- cum-Sturton parish back in the mid-1800s. This intrigued me as
my granddad lived in the same area of the town (Happy Land) during the early 1900s. I delved a bit further and I
hope you find the following information useful.
Barnetby le Wold
This is only the opening paragraph of Anne-Marie’s letter. The rest, outlining her research, was deemed worthy of
inclusion as a stand-alone article. Please see page 7 of this issue. (Editorial team)
Hi, I am enquiring about the Brigg Matters magazine, do you still have them delivered to households in Brigg? I live
at 94 Grammar School Road, Brigg. We used to get it, but not anymore. Looking at the online past issues, I have
not seen any of those, so we must have stopped getting it at least before 2018? I have older parents who don’t do
online or computers and they used to enjoy reading the proper paper magazines. Can you help with this please?
Is there any way of obtaining older paper issues? I don’t mind paying a small fee for them if required.
Kind regards, David Dowling
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This highlights BM’s need for volunteer deliverers. If you can help, please contact Sharon on sharon_worth@yahoo.
com. Some copies of past issues may be available, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org (Editorial
Deadline for contributions to the spring issue (Number 64)
of Brigg Matters is 1st February 2022.
In response to Josie Webb’s appeal in the autumn issue
(number 62) of Brigg Matters regarding the whereabouts
of Sarah’s Terrace, I followed the census returns along
Bridge Street for both the 1851 and 1861 census
returns, starting at the Nelthorpe Arms public house and
ending at James Street. In 1851 there were several
place names I had not heard of before including Parkin’s
Yard, Colton’s Buildings, Spring’s Building (presumably
connected with the factory), Cunningham Row, Glanford
Terrace, Slight’s Row and Marshall’s Buildings.
Engine Street contained several households, but
sandwiched between their details was Sarah’s Terrace
with 12 households and Chappel (the spelling on the
return) Street with just one household of 11 people. After
that it was back to another four households on Engine
Street and then the 36 households of James Street.
In the 1861 returns, starting again at the Nelthorpe
Arms, the order of the records goes as follows (number
of households in brackets): Bridge Street (4), Wesleyan
Chapel Yard (10) plus the Chapel Keeper in the Chapel
itself, Bridge Street again (a further 7), Victoria Street (6),
Bridge Street (2 more), Primitive Chapel Yard (2), Bridge
Street (4 more), Slight’s Row (7), Bridge Street (3 more),
West Street (11), Engine Street (13), Sarah’s Terrace (11),
Engine Street (another 7), James Street (36). This made
me wonder if Sarah’s Terrace was a row of houses along
Engine Street or just off it.
I next looked at the households living in Sarah’s Terrace
in 1851. There appears to have been 10 numbered
houses (one uninhabited at the time of the census) and
then another three with no particular name or number.
The occupiers of the numbered houses were as follows:
Robert Ducker, Primitive Methodist Minister, wife and son
(I believe the Primitive Methodist Chapel was what became
AF Carpets at the top of Manley Gardens so would be in
the right area); Mary Sargeant, widow and annuitant, and
young son; William Kaye, millwright, and wife; Joseph
Garthwaite, butcher, wife, four children; Samuel Peace,
horsekeeper, wife and 3 children; George Schofield,
retired brewer, and wife; Henry Fowkes, waiter at inn, wife
and 2 children; James Robinson, carrier, wife and five
children; John Etherington, Solicitor’s general clerk, wife
and eight children.
In the other houses were Joseph Hartley, staymaker,
with a servant; Thomas Hutchinson, supervisor of Inland
Revenue, wife and son; Edward Gunsill, blacksmith, wife
and four children.
By 1861 no numbers are recorded for the houses and the
occupiers are: William Raynor, Agricultural Machine Maker,
wife and son; William Reynolds, Blacksmith, and wife;
Mary Kaye, widow (of William Kaye from 1851 census),
laundress; John Moody, corn miller, wife and three
children; Thomas Jones, newspaper reporter, wife and
son; Peter Pike, Blacksmith, wife and four sons; John Cox,
cordwainer, wife and family; Charles Stubbins, basketmaker,
wife and five children; John Taylor, gardener,
and wife; Henry Jackson, cattle dealer, wife and two
daughters; William Green, Roper, wife and son.
As Sarah’s Terrace disappears from the census by 1871,
I decided to look and see if any of the householders from
the 1861 census were still in the same area ten years
later. I found only two. Peter Pike and William Green
were recorded as living on Barnard’s Row, Engine Street,
Scawby in the 1871 Census. I only have one old map of
Brigg which is dated 1906 and shows a Barnard Street
running off Engine Street with what looks like a terrace
of housing. Could it possibly be Sarah’s Terrace that has
simply had a change of name?
I hope this is of some interest and goes some way to
solving the mystery.
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Ancholme Rowing Club
As covid restrictions were relaxed earlier in the year, the
club re-opened first of all to single scullers and single
household groups. This progressed to larger boats and
mixed household groups as the rules on social gatherings
were changed. July 19th saw the lifting of all social
distancing restrictions so the club was able to return
to something like normality. It was decided to keep the
club gym and changing facilities closed because of the
restricted indoor space. Land-based training was held
outside, and still is up to the time of writing.
We have seen a surge in new members since lockdown,
both adults and juniors. Anticipating this might happen,
the club decided to invest in more equipment to cope
with the demand.
A good quality
eight was bought
year. As the
hand eight was
bought, this time
to these were a
brand new single
to junior rowers
and a racing
donated by a former member. Two more rowing machines
have been added to our fleet bringing the total to ten.
As funds become available these machines are being
overhauled and upgraded with the latest monitors.
Taking advantage of the fine late summer weather, a
boat-naming ceremony was held after a Sunday club
session. The two new eights and the racing single
received new names. The former Oxford boat was
renamed ‘Diana Letts’ in honour of club coach Penny
Barker’s late mother, who left the club a legacy in her
will. The ex-Aberdeen boat was renamed ‘Jim Copson II’
and the racing single, ‘Isabel’. The training boat hadn’t
arrived at the time of writing so will be named at a later
date. Those in attendance were then treated to a lunch of
chilli con carne prepared by club members.
As rowing opened up throughout the summer, the club
attended three regattas. Two crews competed at the
National Veterans’ Regatta at Nottingham. Despite
putting up creditable performances, neither crew
came home with a medal. It was a different story at
the Northern Sprint Championships where our junior
members did us proud. Harry Denton won the Junior
Single Sculls. Lottie Glover and Teresa Timms won the
Junior Women’s Double Sculls. These performances
notable as the
put it mildly.
with the strong
Next up was
Regatta, held in
Harry and Lottie
were again in
winning their respective single sculls. The senior squad
redeemed themselves by winning the Mixed Eights and
the Women’s Coxed Fours.
Our own competition, The Ancholme Head, was held on
10th October attracting over a hundred crews from as
far afield as Manchester, Sheffield, Leicester, Doncaster,
Lincoln and Derby. Blessed with calm, sunny weather,
club winners were Harry (again) in the Junior Singles
and Ron Norton and Darren Earley in the Veteran Coxless
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Since the last article, the league season has
begun and our pre-season promise has been
more than fulfilled. At the time of writing the
‘ZEBRAS’ sit top of the league table having lost
twice, each time by the odd goal.
The team plays attractive, attacking football with
the team scoring an average of four goals per
game with Scott Phillips and Alfie Usher both
being in the top six goal-scorers in Division One.
Attendances have increased game by game with
an average gate of 250 putting Brigg fourth
highest in the league attendance table. We
expect this to increase even higher in the coming
months because of the success of the team and
upcoming local fixtures against North Ferriby
and Armthorpe Welfare. We aim to contest the league title
and this season is our strongest performance and highest
league placing since the play-off team of 2010-11.
The squad is being strengthened by the management
team to improve performance in all parts of the team
making competition fierce for starting places. This process
of team improvement will be on-going throughout the
The club is also achieving success in cup competitions,
progressing in the NCEL League Cup and the Lincolnshire
Senior Trophy both of which Brigg Town have yet to win;
this could be the season we win for the first time.
A further success for the club is the use of the refurbished
function room during weekdays and weekends. It is being
Action from the match against Bourne
used for children and adult parties and functions so if
anyone is interested please contact the club for details.
COME ALONG TO OUR PRE-XMAS AND NEW YEAR
FIXTURES TO GIVE YOUR VOCAL SUPPORT
04.12.21. v Ollerton Town
18.12.21. v North Ferriby
01.01.22. v Armthorpe Welfare
15.01.22. v Teversal
29.01.22. v Shirebrook
HISTORY OF BRIGG TOWN - PART 3 (The first fifty
years of the game in Brigg)
Grimsby Town were formed from Grimsby Pelham FC in
1878 and the club kicked off with separate games losing
both against teams from Brigg.
The first of these was against Brigg Britannia at Brigg
when they turned up with a player short but made up
their numbers by persuading a travelling supporter,
George Haddesley, brother of one of their team members,
to play for them. Brigg Britannia won a close-fought
game by 2–1.
The second game was played at the Clee Park ground
during heavy rain and what was described as hurricane
conditions. Brigg Town came away the victors in a
comfortable 4-1 victory.
The Sports Telegraph at the time reported that Grimsby
was only ‘small beer’ in Lincolnshire with football being
dominated by Brigg Town, Louth, Gainsborough and
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Wellness in the real world
Cadney and Howsham News
One of the best things about having a street view and a
big old fashioned lounge window is that I get to see the
people of Brigg in their ‘real’ moments. I see people really
enjoying themselves, not realising anyone can see them.
Adults kick through the autumn leaves like a child and
giggle to themselves or sing away in their own little world.
However, both of these activities stop as soon as another
person walks by. So, why do we feel the need to suppress
Alexander Milov’s LOVE sculpture from burningman.org
our true selves in public? Perhaps we worry about being
judged or not being accepted when really, we should let
our full personalities shine.
A sculpture by the Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov shows
two wire-framed adults with their backs to one another.
Inside each adult is a transparent child, glowing with
light, facing one another and reaching out for connection.
The artist said, “It demonstrates…the outer and inner
expressions of human nature…this is a symbol of purity
By nature, humans need the spark of connection and to do
this we need to let our guard down a little. However, we
often suppress what makes us unique because we want
to ‘fit in’ meaning that we miss the potential to bond with
others who would enhance our wellbeing. Just remember
anytime you feel a little awkward in public, everyone else
also has this inner child inside them too, even if it’s not
We start this newsletter with the sad news that Cllr. Elaine
Evens is leaving after two years of public service to the
parish. Elaine was a very active Councillor and founding
member of Cadney Community Gardeners. We thank
Elaine for her work and we hope she enjoys her new home
as she leaves Cadney.
Over the last year the council has tried to be very vocal
about the issues associated with fly tipping within the
parish. Just before, and during the lockdowns, as fewer
people were out and about, we seemed to have a spate
of cases which encouraged us to be more vocal about
our concerns. We asked parishioners to report every
incident to North Lincolnshire Council or through the Clerk
or both. This has been a successful strategy but, with
nights becoming darker, we are concerned that tipping
may start again. We wish to remind everyone of the visual
blight on the landscape, the
cost it brings to the council and,
therefore, to the taxpayers of
North Lincolnshire, and of course
that it is illegal. There have been
successful prosecutions brought
in the parish in recent years so
please report any incidents to
North Lincs via the portal here:
or to the Parish Clerk on clerk@
The council is also looking for ideas to celebrate the
Queen’s Jubilee in 2022. If you have any suggestions
please let the Clerk know via email or by phone
Craft and Chat has now re started at Howsham Village
Hall on Wednesday afternoons 1.30 to 3.30pm. All
Howsham Village Hall’s Management Committee is trying
to organise a small event committee for the village hall to
make more use of it by the community. Peter Leahy would
welcome ideas for events.
Cadney Church Hall is also available to hire and it would
be good to hear if there are any suggestions for ways
it could be used too. The weekly coffee mornings have
been popular, bringing people together for a cuppa and a
chat. If you could spare some
time for this or any other ideas
please get in touch. Call 01652
678768 or email howsham.
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Elaine Evens set up the
gardening group for Cadney
and, with help, has created
some fantastic displays around
the village. She is however
moving soon and is hoping that
someone will volunteer to carry
on her good work. If you can
help call her on 01652 678576.
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Examples of Advent windows from 2020
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Sue, answered a plea for help earlier in the year to take
over the treasurer’s role for All Saints church. She is soon
to move house and a new treasurer will be needed. We
would like to thank Sue for all she has done in her role
as treasurer. If you think you may be able to help email:
Please get in touch if you would like to join in this year’s
Advent Windows. Instead of unveiling a window each night,
this year we are asking that your window display is ready
to switch on by Sunday 5th December and we will then
show a photo of a display each night on the Facebook
page during the run-up to Christmas. It doesn’t have to
be fancy, just Christmassy. This way there is no limit to
how many take part. Please get in touch so that we can
produce a map to let everyone know where to find them;
it really cheered up both villages last year. You need to
have a window that is visible from the footpath but it can
be upstairs or downstairs. There are lots of ideas on
Pinterest. Look at videos on the Cadney and Howsham
Facebook page to see last year’s displays.
Susan Day, pictured, a trustee of the Wrawby
Windmill Preservation Society, reported a planned
repainting of the mill in spring 2022 to satisfy its
The estimated cost is expected to be £8000 or
more and the trustees are seeking commercial
and/or individual financial sponsorship/donations
to undertake the task.
Please contact Susan Day: 01652 653699.
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THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF BRIGG
The Brigg club is well and truly back into the swing
of things and at the time of writing this article we
have managed to have three meetings. Our first
was a visit to the ‘Pink Pig’ on a beautiful, warm
July evening. We had a guided tour around the
farm, visiting and learning about the animals they
keep there. Afterwards we enjoyed being able to
sit down together and share a hearty meal. It was
wonderful to be able to once more gather together and
enjoy each others’ company. Grateful thanks to the staff
at the ‘Pink Pig’ for their warm hospitality.
Our second meeting was at our new venue, ‘The Sutton
Arms’ at Scawby; this was our first business meeting
Inner Wheel (Food Bank)
On The 12th October we celebrated seven years of
Tuesday coffee mornings. We started in the youth club
on Grammar School Road, somewhere that people of
about 50+-years old could pop
in and have a cup of tea or
coffee, a biscuit and a bit of a
chat. It quickly became a lot
more than that.
Over the years we have tried
many different things, quizzes
to cookery, bingo to porcelainpainting
and gentle exercise
to mindfulness. The list is
endless. Whatever anyone
fancies we can have attempt
held in person for 18 months. Previous business
meetings had to be held by way of Zoom so it
was a real treat to be able to gather together
once again. Plans were made for our September
fund-raising evening, Christmas events and even
the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
At our Harvest Home Fund Raiser, held in September, all
the members and guests brought non-perishable foods
for Brigg Food Bank. This event raised £920 and a
cheque for this amount was presented to Blood Cancer
UK at its own Shopping Extravaganza fund-raising event
held at Market Rasen racecourse. If you think you might
be interested in joining
us, why not give Pat a
ring on 07760 417995.
photographs show our
President with some of
our members presenting
the cheque to Blood
Cancer UK and items of
food being presented to
a Representative of Brigg
Inner Wheel (Blood Cancer)
We have anywhere from between 15 and 20 members
who attend each Tuesday morning and we would love
to welcome more, everyone is very friendly. There is a
raffle and sometimes a game
of bingo or a quiz. You can
put a donation in the tin for
the refreshments, it is entirely
Come and spend two hours
with us on a Tuesday morning,
10.30am until 12.30pm,
above the Buttercross
Business Support and Tourism
Centre. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
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Continuing my research on the fine buildings
of Brigg, 53 Wrawby Street holds many
special memories for me from my childhood.
The property was built as a house in 1841
by Joseph Parker who lived in Bridge Street
at that time. A number of years later he
moved into the King William IV pub on the
corner of Cross Street/Bigby Street as
landlord/maltster and, still a builder, he
built the vicarage for St. John’s church in
Bigby Street in 1872 that later became the
53 Wrawby Street was the second largest
house in the street at that time and, to the
rear (now a long grassy area) were many
tiny cottages. Some fronted Cross Street
and others were tucked behind and accessed from a long
The first person to occupy number 53 was Percival
Smale, a veterinary surgeon, in 1849. Dr. Moxon a doctor
and surgeon lived here for a number of years after and
then moved into Bridge Street to what is now Bridge
Street Surgery. As there was no hospital in Brigg at that
time I presume that he performed operations there. In
1861 it became the home and business premises of
Charles Bird, a solicitor, and then once again, in 1868,
another doctor, John Ashton, took up residence. He
was also a surgeon and ran an apothecary where drugs
and compounds were prepared and sold for medicinal
By 1885 a new family moved in, John William Drinkall and
his wife Betsy with their large family of ten children. John
William was born and brought up in Winterton in a very
strict Methodist family. He started his grocery business
in 37 Elwes Street but 53 Wrawby Street was a much
larger property so he opened a temperance hotel called
‘The Waverley’ which let rooms and provided for catering
needs - but no alcohol. The Temperance Movement was
a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic
beverages in the mid- to late-1800s. Not surprisingly, a
few temperance establishments opened in Brigg together
with a number of tea rooms considering the number of
pubs and ale houses there were at that time.
John William and Betsy also had a small grocery business
in one side of the property, but in 1912 John William died
so his wife continued with just the grocery side until her
retirement in 1919. She died in 1922 at age 73.
Frederick Sargent moved into the premises from just
along the street at number 50. He was a tailor, and ladies’
and men’s outfitter and he stayed here until the early
1940s when, for a short time, Richardson’s book shop
By the mid- to late-1940s Connie Graves of Broughton had
bought the building and opened a newsagent’s also selling
wallpaper, paint, toys and fancy goods.
My Auntie Winnie went to work for her and eventually
became a business partner and very good friend. I still
have toys from that shop given to me for birthdays and
Christmas during my growing-up years. My mum, Winnie’s
sister Kathleen, joined the business in 1972.
In the late 1940s the shop was divided into two units, 53
and 53A. The latter was rented out to Arthur Binns who
had moved from smaller premises in Queen Street. He
sold a large variety of sweets, ice cream etc., a child’s
dream, he was affectionately known as ‘Goody Binns’.
When he retired it carried on as a sweet shop called ‘The
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In the winter of 1976, gales so severely
damaged the little cottages behind 53 that the
ones fronting Cross Street had to be demolished
leaving just the grassed area you see today.
In 1981 Auntie Winnie retired and the business
and building were sold but the new owners kept
it as a newsagency. I believe they closed the
business down and sold the property to a Brigg
Business man who rented it out. It became a
fruit and vegetable shop for a few months and
run by a couple called Paul and Jackie.
A number of changes took place over the next
few years. Talking Heads Record Shop, Jan’s
Pantry, an Interior Design shop, then, in 2004,
Darren and Jules O’Mahoney opened it up as a
shop selling fruit, vegetable and flowers which
traded until 2008. It was sold again as a going concern
to Byron and Shirley Teague and the name was changed
to ‘Brigg Fruit,Veg and Flowers’. They retired in 2014
because of Byron’s ill health.
A few months later it opened up as ‘Shipley”s Curiositeas’
tea room by Nicola Shipley. It was sold once again to the
The Ghostly Disturbances of
This story appeared in the
Bradford Daily Telegraph on
Saturday 15th June 1901. It
would appear that some of the
inhabitants of Change Alley,
Wrawby Street in Brigg, had
become terrified by nocturnal
noises which they declare they
had heard. So alarmed were
they that one night they called
in the police stating that there
were sounds as if someone was
running up and down the stairs.
The officer, on entering the house, could neither hear
nor see anything to cause alarm. Suspicion was aroused
that something was wrong in an adjoining, unoccupied,
dwelling which, in years long before, had been used as a
lodging house. Part of the floor of this building was dug
By Josie Webb
Kelly’s Directory for 1905 lists John William Drinkall
as the owner of a temperance café and grocer on
present owner, Mandy Sherwood, in October 2016 and
still trades under the same name offering lovely afternoon
teas, light lunches, and a variety of lovely cakes.
Note: both photographs and captions supplied by Paul Hildreth
up and a number of bones were
discovered, some of which were
said to be “human remains”.
All sorts of conjecture was
made as to how the bones
came to be buried beneath the
floor of the house. What had
happened in this lodging house
and to whom did the remains
belong? This is something that
we will never know as Change
Alley disappeared at the
beginning of the 1900s and the
area is now occupied by the Oxfam shop.
The accompanying photograph shows the entrance to
Change Alley in 1901 and the poster is advertising the
funeral of Queen Victoria.
Brigg & District Breast Cancer
I am a breast cancer survivor
of 23 years. I am the founder
of the locally-registered charity
Brigg & District Breast Cancer
Support Group and the current
In January 2022 the group will be
celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Over the years it has been chosen
three times as our Brigg Town
Mayor’s chosen charity and it
is so privileged to have been
recognized for the help it provides
to breast cancer patients in and
around our community.
Meetings are held on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month (except December) in the Brigg
Angel Ballroom Suite, 7.30-9.00pm, when there are
guest speakers, demonstrations, quizzes or just a chat
and cuppa together. The group
is designed to try and meet
the needs of its breast cancer
members, supporting them along
with their partners, relatives or
friends. Its aims are to try and
provide a friendly, supporting
environment to socialize and
share a common bond without
the prejudice of race, gender or
religion for all members.
The kind of help offered includes
wig donations (over the years
we must have helped hundreds)
and help with travel costs for
treatments and appointments,
especially those having to travel
over to Hull. Quality of life donations can also be given to
help individual breast cancer members in lots of different
Members of the group
work hard to raise money
to fund ourselves, but we
are always so grateful to
others that fundraise hard
for us too.
I would like to personally
pay tribute to all the
and committees over
the years, along with
our current committee
and regular meeting
‘helpers’, all giving their
time voluntarily with
compassion, care and
understanding for the
good of others.
Kind regards Angie.
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Lincolnshire North, Lincs South, Lincs Humber
and Leicestershire & Rutland federations joined
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path runs for 147 miles, from Oakham in Rutland
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The challenge is to cover this length (virtually) in
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over a cup of coffee and a biscuit?
✓Are you ready for the opportunity to
experience new activities?
If so, Brigg Morning WI is for you!
Our meetings follow a range of ideas
and have something for everyone!
Previous sessions have seen talks on a
wide variety of topics and have included
activities such as glass etching and
Where? St. John’s Church hall
(Bigby Street, Brigg)
When? 10am – 12 noon, 2 nd
Wednesday of the month.
We would love to see you there!
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Brigg Rotary Club
In June this year I made the move from Bradley to
Scawby. Even before the boxes were unpacked I felt the
tremendous community spirit vividly alive within the whole
area. I loved it! A few months later I was overjoyed to
receive my first copy (and indeed Scawby’s first copy) of
Brigg Matters. It was as if that wonderful community spirit
had been bottled for ink, and then written on the pages of
this perfectly-proportioned little magazine.
Now I love a good map, old or new. So I was pleased
when I found inside, a nice straightforward diagram for
walking the Ancholme. Probably a month later, during the
brilliant annual Brigg boat race, I decided to follow that
map. I ended up on a bridge watching the boats pass
beneath me and queried the marshal as to which was the
fastest part of the river. “The middle’’ he replied. I was
convinced this was too simplistic an answer and the frown
on the chap next to me’s face informed me that he might
agree. We started talking about what forces could affect
the water’s speed and the conversation soon broadened
from ‘pooh sticks’, to geology, local history and Dolby
5.1 surround sound. I was then pleasantly surprised to
discover I was actually talking to the very man who drew
Whilst my brain was still trying to calculate the statistical
probability of this coincidental meeting, we started
discussing the magazine. Paul suggested I may like to
contribute to it.
Now poetry is my thing and mine is often metaphorical
and abstract. However, when I moved up I had written
a short almost literal (for me) poem based on a few
Celebration or Humbug?
historical concepts of both here and Bradley. And while
it in no way does the area’s complex and diverse history
justice, it did seem appropriate to share. Here’s to
chance conversations on Bridges!
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on
Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come
to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope
“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not
included”. Bernard Manning
“My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running.
This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.” Les Dawson
A Glimpse from Glanford
From Glamis Fjord Brigja see Hybald repent,
How Holland, Kesteven and Lynsey lament.
The Hundreds have lost their awes,
And shared in that fate, is the deathly decline,
Of the Danelaws wapentake.
Yet deep in the North Riding Bradley still lyes,
And hallowed in her hollows the Black Lady Cries!
The Romans, the Vikings, each Saxon Sire,
Bear witness the Ghosts of the last great Shire.
Purple4Polio, Club Campaign 2021: The
campaign to eradicate Polio from the world
continues and we have been selling crocus
corms from Brigg Bandstand on Thursdays
and Saturdays throughout October to coincide
with Brigg’s special markets. Rotary is hoping
to regain access to Afghanistan where talks with
the Taliban are progressing well.
The vaccination programme against Polio is now taking
place in many other countries. Cases are showing positive
signs this year but we cannot drop our guard. In 2021:
Afghanistan 1 case, Pakistan 1 so far.
(Compare with 2020: Afghanistan 56,
Student Interviews at Vale
Academy: We will be offering
interviews during November to
students who are applying for
apprenticeships or university courses
so that they can practise their
presentations and hone their skills to
make a good impression. The same
service is also available later in the
year to students at Sir John Nelthorpe
together with one-to-one support as
Rotary Leadership Awards: We have
also sponsored two student places on
the leadership course next summer
and we will be taking applications in
the New Year. Professional trainers at Hebden Hey, near
Hebden Bridge, lead the courses; the site is a
remote, residential, venue where students can
develop the techniques to become the leaders
of the future away from the distractions of
today’s world such as social media and the
Rotary Christmas Hampers: Christmas is just
around the corner and it’s time to think about the Rotary
Christmas Hampers. We are now compiling lists of those
in need to gauge demand. We would welcome sponsors
and, despite tough times, anyone or any company that
could possibly make a financial or food
donation. Please let us know as soon
as possible. Once again, there will be
convenient ‘drop off points’ around
Brigg for your donations so please
give what you can.
Paul’s Firewalk: This was completed
and a Big Thank You to everyone
who sponsored Paul, helping him to
raise £285 for Sunflowers Children’s
Action Group, a small, volunteer-run,
local charity that creates special,
inclusive events and activities for
children who suffer from life-limiting
and/or life-threatening conditions.
These children miss out on parties
and special events, and many endure
harsh and painful treatments. Most have lengthy school
absences and lack quality time with families and
friends. They face the prospect of much shortened
lives and suffer daily. We feel strongly that these
children and their families should know that the
community cares and wants to make a difference.
Horror Film - Beginning Hour: Back in October
2020, Chris Darlington and others helped with
stewarding while the film company ‘Chicken In A
Graveyard’ filmed a horror movie in Brigg. The film’s
Producer and Director, Fran Mineo says: “After many
delays we have finally wrapped filming and are now
deep into post-production. We are looking to get it out
by the end of this year. We will be releasing the first full
Members selling crocus corms in Market Place
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By Stephen Harris
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Movers & Shakers
Soon, visitors and residents of Brigg will
be spoilt for choice when deciding where
to purchase their morning cup of coffee.
One evening, when returning home along
Wrawby Street, I noted nine outlets from
which coffee (and other consumables) will
be available between Market Place and the
The focus of my attention and reason for
carrying out this simple survey was the
sudden appearance of signage on number
60 – 62 Wrawby Street which promises
a cocktail bar, beer garden, carvery and
accommodation as well as a coffee shop.
I say sudden because the town has been
waiting some time for these premises
to ‘bloom’; I estimated 10 years but
another resident, who was as
surprised (and pleased) as
me to see this development,
insisted on 13. Whichever,
a functioning Exchange
Tavern will be a welcome
addition to the high street.
Local sources have provided
snippets of information
though I cannot always vouch
for their accuracy. One is
news that, sadly, at least
for its regular customers,
the Market Place branch of
Barclay’s Bank is to close in
the near future.
The redevelopment of the
White Hart on Bridge
Street is now documented
on Facebook. The once
popular public house has
been acquired by a group
of friends trading as White
Venues who plan to convert
the premises into a “unique
luxury waterfront celebration
venue”. It is hoping to open
in spring 2022, will have 16
bedrooms and be available to
hire for special occasions.
By Paul Hildreth
Jade and friend Gracie after
whom the café is named
The Exchange Tavern offering a wide range of ‘comforts’.
The OIKOS shop in Wrawby Street in early November.
I mentioned the Keigar Homes ‘Falcon’
housing development on the former
industrial site on Island Carr in the
autumn issue. A prospective housebuyer,
now having second thoughts,
informed me that progress is rather slow.
I would suggest that this is probably a
direct result of current difficulties being
experienced in the construction industry,
notably the supply of materials.
This column often contains news of young
female entrepreneurs and I am pleased
to report the success of Jade Harris at
Gracie’s Ltd. in Market Place and of
Paige at Blush Avenue in College Yard.
Jade successfully opened her quaint
café just as the previous issue of Brigg
Matters went to press whilst
Paige has expanded her
beauty treatment business
into adjacent premises. As
from October 30th she now
offers sun beds, supervised
by Sharon Chambers, and
has been joined by ‘lash
technician’ Lauren Thompson.
An additional member of staff
will be joining soon as a ‘nail
The newly-located OIKOS
shop on Wrawby Street,
featured in the autumn issue
of Brigg Matters, opened
its doors on Thursday 4th
Finally, and with tongue
securely in cheek, I wonder
what the future has in store
for Hewson House now that
North Lincolnshire Council
appears to have abandoned
the buildings. Perhaps a
coffee shop to beat all coffee
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Brigg Community Wellbeing Calendar
Alice Longhorne (Community Wellbeing Activator)
All of the above sessions are held at The Angel, Brigg. If customers want extra information or to let us know of their
attendance they can contact Alice on 07766747070 or Ben on 07341792439.
Mondays – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Mondays – 13:00pm – 15:00pm
Social group for adults – hot drinks, games and conversations
Games afternoon for adults – adaptable ping- pong
Tuesdays – 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesdays – 12:30pm – 13:30pm
Thursdays – 11:30 – 12:30pm
Barnetby Silver Band
Make a note....This seat is for you! Barnetby Silver Band is presently
recruiting players of ALL abilities - enthusiastic novices to experienced.
They can even provide tuition and an instrument. Contact Andrew Noon,
Recruitment Officer....07595 843558...also at the Black Bull, Brigg
Humberside Geology Adventure
For this latest adventure Granny took
us to South Ferriby where we met
up with Paul Hildreth and a small
group of members of the Scunthorpe
Museum Society who have an interest
in geology. After a safety briefing from
Paul we walked along a public right of
way until we got to a small chalky path
that led down to the river bank.
Paul gave us all a task that made us
take greater notice of what was around
us. We spotted lots of interesting
things on the ground and in the cliff
as we approached the area of salt
marsh. We noticed that the ground had
changed, becoming softer and wetter
underfoot. Paul explained about the
layers in the cliff and why the changes
had occurred. He also identified any of
by Caitlin Creese Age 13
Caitlin and brother, Aidan, on
South Ferriby foreshore.
Reminiscence/social history for adults - collaboration with Brigg Heritage
offering the opportunity to revisit different historical topics including
memories of Brigg and memory sharing
Play your cards right for adults - fun afternoon to play cards and chat to
new people. Games such as Black Jack, Pinochle, Rummy and Crazy 8s.
Social group for adults – hot drinks, games and conversations
1 st December - 10:30am – 14:30pm Christmas Card-Making - session price is £2 per person, which includes
the entire card making materials to make the Christmas card of your
choice to take home. Hot drinks provided.
the rocks and stones that we had
found along the way.
I was grateful that he was sharing his
knowledge with us. I learned about
‘pipes’ in the cliff face. I learned
about rocks, stones, timelines and,
best of all, I found a belemnite fossil.
It was fascinating how Paul could
identify anything that we showed
him. We stopped for a short break
and a snack while we looked even
closer and really studied our finds.
As the adventure was coming to an
end, we walked back to the village
and compared the things we had
found. Adventure No.2 was very
educational but it was fun to get
dirty and find things. Thanks Paul.
We all know that reindeer are great at pulling sleighs
but what else is there to learn about Santa's trusty
Did you know that both male and female reindeer
grow antlers? Out of 43 species of deer, they are the
only ones to do this. Male deer can grow their antlers
up to 1 .4 metres long, their bodies average around 1 .2
metres and they can weigh as much as 250kgs.
Although reindeer are herbivores, which means that
they don't eat meat, unfortunately, they can become
meat for other animals and have to be wary of such
predators as golden eagles, mountain lions and
wolves. They can use their antlers to defend
themselves if they are attacked.
Reindeer live in cold, snowy areas so they have
evolved some interesting features to help them to
survive. They can trap heat inside their fur and use
their specially-shaped hooves to stand on the snow
without sinking. They can also use their hooves to
dig in the snow to look for food. Reindeer eyes are
sensitive to ultraviolet light, which helps them to see
better in the dark and they have long noses which
warm up the cool air before it reaches their lungs.
Scientists have discovered that, just like Rudolph,
some reindeer do have quite red noses, as they have
lots of blood vessels in this area.
Wild reindeer can live up to 1 5 years but a
reindeer well-cared for by humans can live as long as
20 years. Father Christmas must look after his
reindeer very well because they are very old indeed.
We first learned their names all the way back in 1 823,
in the famous Christmas poem by Clement Clarke
We hope you all enjoy your December break!
You hear the bells ringing,
The carollers singing,
The paper ripping,
All on Christmas day.
You see the children grinning,
The un-opened presents thinning,
The Christmas cards growing,
The crackers exploding,
All on Christmas day.
You smell the dinner cooking,
The spices tingling,
The brandy flaming,
The cake making,
All on Christmas day.
You feel the happiness growing,
The excitement building,
The joyfulness exploding,
The hopefulness thickening,
All on Christmas day.
By Eva Chapman, aged 11
Dasher Dancer Rudolph Vixen Comet
Prancer Donner Blitzen Santa Cupid
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BRIGG TOWN COUNCIL
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I would like to start by thanking
everyone in Brigg for continuing to
support each other. We have all had
a traumatic time during the Covid
19 pandemic, but I have seen first
hand the good will in our
At the market stall in
August, I was able to
present the awards for
best allotment, hanging
front garden and best
Business in Bloom.
I must congratulate
Sharon Riggall and her
Brigg in Bloom team of
volunteers who were
awarded silver in the
East Midlands in Bloom.
You must all agree
the Town looks amazing, everyone has
worked so hard. So thank you, Brigg in
Bloom volunteers. I have carried out some
enjoyable Mayoral duties.
I had the honour of starting the Brigg
Poppy 10k, an annual event that raises
money for the RBL Poppy Appeal and at
one of the many Summer Markets I enjoyed
Councillors, Rob Carl and Nigel for their
We are looking to the future events of
Christmas market and light switch
on, on Thursday November 25th.
We, as a Council, have invested in
more Christmas lights this year and
we are in the early stages
of organising a Big Family
event in the Market Place
on the weekend of the
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
in June 2022. More news
very soon Stay Safe
everyone, I am pleased
that Brigg Town Council
are once again meeting
face to face. I was not a
fan of Zoom to begin with,
but it enabled us to carry
on and make plans and
decisions for the town
of Brigg. We all agreed
it would be a good idea
to be more visible in the
town, so every three months we have a
market stall. Do pop by and say hello.
Drawing the tickets for the raffle. My wife,
Jane and I, held our first Civic Service at
St Johns Church. Thanks must go to my
chaplain, Keith Simpson and the Town
Clerk, Kerry McGrath, for organising the
event to make it a very successful event.
Thank you also to our Ward.
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Note from the Clerk
We are now half way through our Town Council year,
and reflecting on what has been achieved so far, I
hope you will agree that the Council has fulfilled a lot
of promises to the town with so many more projects
either still in the planning stage or well on the way to
delivering. Many projects are in keeping with Brigg
Town Council’s environmental policies. Planting trees
and perennials, which not only enhances the town
but also protects our wildlife and creates havens for
people to enjoy.
The Council is working with the Hawk and Owl Trust
to install Owl Boxes on Millennium Green and other
significant sites being identified to protect these
wonderful species. The local schools will also be
involved in this project. The Council has not only
installed more benches but also added larger bins
where they were needed along the River Ancholme
Path. The bins do get emptied regularly by our
handyman service and North Lincs Council , but one
thing we would ask is that if a bin is full then please
dispose of your rubbish at the next available bin, or
take it home with you.
The Union and the Lincolnshire
Flags were installed on the
Buttercross before Lincolnshire
Day on 1st October, on which the
Lincolnshire Food Fest was held.
It is great to see so many markets
being held on a Thursday and Saturday now in the
Market Place and Wrawby Street. They draw people
into our lovely town from far
and away and support our
independent businesses. Every
quarter Brigg Town Council
has a stall on the Market on
a Thursday morning, where
you can come along, meet the
Councillors and myself and see
what Brigg Town Council can do for you. We’d love
to hear your suggestions too.
During the peak
of the Covid
closed to the
safety. We are
now open to
the public on Tuesday 9.30am - 2 pm and Thursday
9.30am - 4 pm. You can find the Town Council office
on the second floor of The Angel Building, above the
library. You can take the lift or the stairs and we are
through the door of the Children’s library. To protect
yourself and the Town Council it is requested that
you wear a mask and sanitise your hands.
With the majority of the Brigg residents being double
vaccinated, and many receiving their boosters,
thanks to our local surgeries, Brigg Town Council
are pressing on with organising the Christmas Light
switch on. This will be slightly different to “normal”
with it taking place on Thursday 25th November,
during the Christmas Market and late night opening
being planned by Brigg Town Business Partnership.
The light switch on will take place from the band
stand in the Market Place at 6pm.
The Brigg Town Council Facebook page is regularly
updated with all recent and relevant news. Keep
looking out for each other and keep yourselves
Clerk to Brigg Town Council
NEWS IN BRIEF…
• New Adult Gym equipment on Ancholme River Path and Millennium Green - ON ITS WAY, thanks to
Andrew Percy MP and his team for their support in sourcing Grant Funding.
• Family Day on June 6th 2022 as part of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee celebrations!
• Light display on the Buttercross - Look out for this during Remembrance and Christmas.
• New #Shoplocal and plastic free town initiative, reusable shopping bag DELIVERED to every
household in Brigg.
• Flag Poles in place on the Buttercross
• Outdoor Table Tennis table installed at Davy Memorial Park. - COMPLETED!
• Brigg Town Council £10,000 commitment to Brigg Bus Service. - DELIVERED!
• New Christmas lights bought and being installed.
• New bigger bins installed on the River Ancholme Path and in Parks around the town!!
• Good Neighbour scheme adopted - Look out for the Chat Benches.
• More CCTV installed in Donkey Park, protecting the park and surrounding areas.
• Community Grants awarded to groups around the town - Brigg Angels WI for their Community Lunch, Oikos
towards refurbishment of Food Bank Larder, Brigg Trefoil Guild so they can meet safely, Brigg Rotary for
Brigg Town Council Meeting Dates 2021-2022
Meetings take place in the upstairs room of the Buttercross, Market Place Brigg
Planning & Environment Committee 6.45pm
Brigg Town Council 7.15pm
Tuesday November 23rd 2021
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Tuesday 26th April 2022
Tuesday 24th May 2022 (Annual Town Council Meeting)
Annual Town Meeting Wednesday 15th March 2022 at 7pm
Brigg Town Council Office Opening Times
Tuesday 9.30am - 2pm
Thursday 9.30am - 4pm
(All other times please call 07584 315971)
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MEET AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL
Brigg Town Business
Firstly The Brigg Town
Partnership would like to
take this opportunity to
thank all of the residents
of Brigg and the villages
and surrounding areas.
Throughout the pandemic it
has been wonderful to see so
many supporting the Brigg
businesses and ‘buying local’.
The support and kind words
have carried many of our
members through what has
been the hardest of times.
On behalf of our members
we would like to thank all of
you for your ongoing support.
The way that Brigg and the
villages have rallied around
each other, their community
and their small businesses,
has been heart-warming and
shows why it is such a special
place to live.
With the lifting of a number of the restrictions it has been
a busy summer and autumn for the Brigg Town Business
Partnership. Monthly Arts, Crafts and Antiques markets
go from strength-to-strength and the Summer Fayre and
Lincolnshire Day Market attracted lots of residents and
visitors to the town. These events have not only helped
the town to start to recover but we are also very proud
to announce that this year’s events have helped to raise
over £1200 for OIKOS Brigg Food Bank.
Looking forwards into the Christmas Season there are
lots of plans. There is the Christmas Light Switch-on
which this year has been jointly organised by Brigg
Town Council and Brigg Town Business Partnership.
This year the switch-on will be performed by the Mayor
on Thursday 25th November at 6pm. There will be a
number of businesses staying open and some are even
having stalls outside their shops. There will also be a
large craft market extending into the Brigg Servicemen’s
Club and, as usual, a number of Brigg’s charities and
community groups will be represented offering tombolas
and fundraising fun. There will also be a number of fresh
Chris and Gill Dyson, who celebrated their 61st
Wedding Anniversary in late October, with the Posada
figures that they commissioned from Oliver H. Boyd,
the sculptor who carved the The Angel, and then
donated to celebrate Brigg’s annual Advent event.
food providers from the town
showcasing their fabulous
Thursday December 2nd,
9th and 16th will also see
the retail businesses in Brigg
staying open until 7pm for
Late Night Shopping. At each
of these there will be a craft
market and entertainment.
The Partnership will also be
bringing back the very popular
Elf Trail for the children; this
is a free trail with a BTBP
voucher for the winner.
Plans are already in place for
more markets, events and
competitions in 2022. The
Arts, Crafts and Antiques
Market will return on Saturday
12th February after a short
break in January. There will
also be a Spring Celebration in early-April as well as a
number of Easter activities for families.
This year the Brigg Town Business Partnership will
once again be organising the route of the Brigg Posada
via the businesses of the town to St John’s church.
‘Posada’ is Spanish for ‘inn’ and gives its name to an old
custom where years ago young people, dressed as Mary
and Joseph, travelled from house to house in the days
leading up to Christmas asking for a room for the night
and telling people about the imminent coming of Jesus.
Nowadays it is figures of Mary and Joseph that “travel”
from location to location in the days before Christmas,
eventually arriving at a local church where they form part
of the Christmas crib. Look out for them around the town
until Christmas Eve. This will be the 6th year that Brigg
has had a posada.
As this is the last Brigg Matters of 2021 all of us at the
Brigg Town Business Partnership would like to wish you
a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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Brigg Geology Group
Appropriately, as the COPS talks
continue in Glasgow, I received an
interesting communication from
Stewart Green of Scawby regarding the
proposed development of Scunthorpe
General Hospital which, according
to the NHS (North Lincolnshire and
Goole) website, is to be the “first NHS
hospital in England to use renewable
geothermal power for its heating
and hot water, helping to reduce the
hospital’s carbon footprint by 60%.”
The initial stages of the project are
to begin on November 8th and will
include the drilling of four boreholes in
Scunthorpe, two off Church Lane and
two adjacent to Cliff Gardens. I hope
to be able to follow the scheme’s progress and produce a
talk for local consumption in the near future.
With the cooperation and generous
support of the management at the
Lord Nelson public house, it is planned
to re-start indoor meetings of the
local geology group on Thursday 20th
January 2022. The first meeting will
be an illustrated talk on Lincolnshire’s
ironstones (there are three main
ones) and how they have affected the
physical and human geography of
the county. If you can’t wait that long
however, I shall be presenting more or
less the same talk at the December
6th meeting of the Scunthorpe
Museum Society at St. Bernadette’s
Church Parish Centre, Ashby Road, at
20.01.22 “Ironstone – its role in shaping north
Lincolnshire” – Paul Hildreth
24.02.22 “The geology of St. Helena” – Peter and
Dyan Batty (subject to confirmation)
24.03.22 “A hyaenaopolis at Kirkdale Cave, North
Yorkshire” in celebration of the bicentenary
of research on the discovery of fossil
mammalian material at the Kirkdale site.
The group functions without funds so there is no fee for
joining or for attendance at meetings. If you wish to be
added to the group’s circulation list, please contact by
Brigg Table Tennis Club
Brigg Table Tennis Club was established in
September. With a nucleus of about twelve
regulars, and a few more on a casual basis, it
is going from strength to strength. It aims to be
a friendly, inclusive group and new members are
most welcome to play on the seven tables in
the spacious hall.
All standards, including beginners, can come
along to Sir John Nelthorpe Upper Site on
Grammar School Road, Thursdays 5pm-
7pm during term time only. Equipment is
available and it only costs £2.00 a session.
So come along and give it a go.
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Local Nature Page
by Len Reaney
On the Ancholme, goosanders, large fish-eating diving
goose-like ducks, appear around November, sometimes in
the middle of Brigg, but more likely on the main river. They
roost mainly on Cadney Reservoir and the large pond west
of the old Ancholme along Cadney Road. Fish-eating Great
Crested Grebes and Cormorants are sometimes seen on
the river as well as on the aforementioned site.
Kingfishers are quite regular on the old river in winter
sometimes seen passing under the town bridge in
an electric-blue flash. Also in winter, one or two Grey
Wagtails, grey back and yellow undersides as opposed to
the common black and white Pied Wagtails, can be seen
often on the old river fishing platforms between the town
and by-pass bridge, their long tails pumping vigorously,
and sometimes on Market Place roofs. They also feed
with Pied Wagtails at Brigg sewage plant seen from the
Ancholme valley path between the by-pass and motorway
Towards the end of
autumn, continental and
Baltic birds escape their
harsher climate, crossing
the North Sea to our
milder climes. Given the
right conditions, usually
an easterly or north
easterly wind, many
thousands of ‘winter’
and song thrushes, pass
west over the east coast
quickly spreading inland
seeking out berry-laden
bushes and trees. Robins and starlings join this exodus
and may join up in our gardens with continental blackbirds
and in harsher weather, in more rural gardens, with
fieldfares and redwings which generally prefer to feed in
hedgerows and rough fields.
Last winter saw a very large evening roost of starlings, a
murmuration, in the Winteringham Humberside reed-beds.
It is thought the birds congregated there every evening
from probably over 120 miles away for safety to swap
feeding site information and a general ‘natter’. Indeed
for several weeks, flocks of over 1000 starling were
seen heading south south east (from the Winteringham
direction) every morning from first light for an hour or so
in the Bigby High Road/Brigg Garden Centre area with a
somewhat less organised return in the opposite direction
Another colourful Baltic breeder to come to our shores,
some winters in large numbers termed an ‘irruption’, is
the Waxwing and we are
overdue such an event.
They feed in flocks on
berries on amenity and
ornamental shrubs and
trees, often in gardens,
supermarket car parks
and one year even on
a small mountain ash
(rowan) in front of Brigg’s
they contested with a
mistle thrush. This tree is
now sadly in poor health,
much of it dead.
Come winter, anglers are out in force as the weeds die
down and fish migrate up-river from the lower Ancholme.
Roach and perch shoals are prolific between the two
town bridges attracting pike and pike anglers. Pike over
20lbs are landed (and returned) most winters with many
more in double figures. Surprisingly, much of the rest of
the Old River appears ‘near-fishless’ which is why anglers
concentrate on the town stretch. Down at the bottom
end, Coal Dyke End, where the Old River rejoins the New,
bream shoals and tench seek respite from the fast current
during spates and in the right conditions, huge catches
of large bream to over 8lb are made both by pleasure
anglers and in matches with a good number of large tench
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visiting Brigg to
trace connections to
his relative, Charles
Chapman (1821 to
1875) who became
the captain of the
famous SS Great
Britain - a ship built
by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (see issue 61). Amanda Gould
(Shipley’s) and Barbara Crawley are also pictured.
They’re off! Start of the Military Challenge in
the Annual 10km Poppy Race on Sunday, 31st
October. Organised by Curly’s to raise funds for
the Royal British Legion, the event attracted 750
Poppy laser on
Brigg’s Buttercross, a
from Brigg Town
Hello, Hello! Meet PC Steve Parson (left), our
community policing officer with Elisha Ronald from
NLC’s Safer Communities team and, hopefully,
easily recognisable, PCSO Shaun Moody. PC
Parson previously served in the RAF for 23 years
and undertook four tours in Afghanistan.
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Contestants in the annual Head of River event
organised by the Ancholme Rowing Club
Men’s sheds are community
spaces for men to connect,
converse and create. The
activities are often like those of
garden sheds but for groups of
men to enjoy together. They help
to reduce loneliness and isolation
but, most importantly, they are
Men in sheds
The idea behind the Men’s Sheds movement is that
men are more likely to thrive in informal spaces, in the
company of their peers and through engaging in practical
activities such as sharing, learning new skills and helping
At a shed you can take part in practical group activities
such as woodworking and gardening, sharing and learning
new skills and supporting other
“shedders” by working shoulderto-
shoulder with them.
If you are you interested in
setting up or joining a shed,
set-up support is available from
Humber & Wolds Rural Action
(HWRA) who have funding
support from the National
Lottery and is exploring if there is a need for a shed in
To find out more about setting up or joining a Men in
Sheds in your area, or for further information, contact
Carole Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:
07983479362 / 01652 637700.
HWRA is funded by the Lottery Community Fund to facilitate the development of Men’s Sheds in northern Lincolnshire.
Mr Derek Capp of Almond Grove won Gold for
best front garden in the Brigg in Bloom contest.
Dr. Mark Goodlad of Old Courts Vets who were
awarded a silver gilt certificate in the best
business/commercial premises category.
Members of Brigg Angels WI (see What’s On page)
Dancing in the Streets during the Brigg Food Festival
in early October.
In our 2021, autumn edition,
we carried an article about
Brigg-born, RAF, 506311,
Flt. Sgt. Stanley Cross who
was killed in action in 1941;
his name is unfortunately not
commemorated on Brigg’s war
Combined research by local
historian, Josie Webb and Brigg
Matters’ chair, Ken Harrison,
confirmed that he was born at
18 Wrawby Street (now ‘Sweet Memories’) in 1906, the
son of a family of butchers. This was confirmed by Kelly’s
Trade Directories and the 1911 census.
He enlisted in the RAF in 1927, aged 21, when the
force was still flying aeroplanes that had evolved little
from WW1. When WW2 was declared in 1939, Stanley
Cross had already served 12 years. His career saw the
modernisation of the RAF and, by 1940, he was flying the
then state-of-the-art, twin-engined Bristol Beaufighter with
No 252 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command based between
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Midlands but had some German
ancestry. Her father, Theo,
emigrated to England in 1880
and became a British citizen in
1890. RAF next of kin details
indicated that during their
marriage Minna resided at the
Salutation Inn, Nettleton near
Caistor, and probably worked
as a nurse at a nearby hospital.
On a maritime sortie from RAF
Aldergrove, NI, in Beaufighter
Mk1c, T3238, on 16th April, 1941, Flt. Sgt. Stanley
Cross was shot down over the Norwegian Sea, a day after
his 35th birthday. He is officially recorded as having no
known grave. His widow, Minna, emigrated to Australia
as a nurse in 1950 and never remarried. She died in the
Josie and Ken’s researched evidence was presented to
Brigg Town Council by Ken Harrison, proposing that as
a town’s son, who was born, went to school and lived
in Brigg, his ultimate sacrifice should be accordingly
recorded on Brigg’s war memorial. This was accepted
by the councillors and was carried unanimously. Flt. Sgt.
Stanley Cross’s name will be inscribed as soon as is
In our original article, official documentation suggested
that he married an Australian nurse called Minna (nee
Helbing) in 1936. In fact, Minna was born in the West
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Welcome to the winter issue of Advertising Matters. In
this Issue I would like to thank a couple of groups of
people, first our advertisers for their continued support in
particular those advertisers who respect and keep to our
deadline (published in every issue and on our website).
Not only do they keep to the advert deadline but they pay
by invoice deadline too. Second, I would like to thank all
the volunteers involved in Brigg Matters, the volunteers
who write, photograph, collate and edit every issue and
then the numerous volunteer deliverers who generously
donate their time to deliver 6000 copies in and around the
Brigg area. That’s fantastic.
Welcome this issue to our new advertisers, Marmaris
Pizza, London’s Construction, Annabel’s Blinds and Proper
Job Sharpening who can sharpen a whole host of items
including scissors, dog and horse clipper blades, knives
and gardening and woodworking tools. They offer a free
collection/return service within 5 miles of Brigg with any
orders over £20.
Congratulations to Sam and Jodie, their Brigg Hearing
Studio is now open and looks great. We wish you every
success. Look out for their new advert.
If you have anything you would like included in
Advertising Matters please send to:
How special it was to
watch Emma Radacanu
and Joe Salisbury do
so well in the US Open,
followed by Cameron
Norrie winning the Indian
Wells Masters. What an
inspiration for our future
generation of players.
With British tennis
currently riding high, our club
welcomes any budding players,
young or more senior to join in.
We have had another
successful competitive season
with the first team taking
top spot in its division of the
Gainsborough League which
means promotion to the second
division for next season. The
team was triumphant in every
league match it played and also
competed in the cup final. On
an extremely hot day it finished
as creditable runners- up.
Two more teams entered the
Gainsborough league and they
played some very enjoyable
Juniors have played regularly
in a club league gaining valuable competitive experience.
We have run 3 leagues
over three sessions with
relegation and promotion
each time and we now
have a club junior singles
champion. To finish the
season we have had
match nights and Junior
group coaching will
restart in March.
Adult coaching will continue
on Monday evenings, weather
permitting, and Adam
Wrightham, our level 3 coach,
will continue to offer 1-to-1
sessions throughout the year.
Adult social sessions on
Tuesday evenings and Sunday
mornings continue to thrive
and many players book
courts and arrange games
between themselves at other
times. The men now have
an additional session on
Thursday evenings which is
proving to be highly popular
Carol Lax ran weekly
tournaments throughout the
summer. The Ladies Champion this year is Sue Huck and
she received her trophy at the
Presentation Evening in late-
Pictured are our first team
members, after receiving their
league-winners trophies at
the Gainsborough Tennis Club
Presentation afternoon event,
and some of our juniors at the
last coaching session of the
For further information please
where sessions and contacts
for the club can be found. You
can also visit us on facebook
(Brigg Tennis Club) or email Ali
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‘NEWS FROM THE PEWS’
St John’s Church Parochial Church Council (PCC), though
without a vicar at present, would like the people in Brigg
to know that it is open for business. The Hall is available
to hire for clubs and events, we are opening the café on
Farmers’ Market Saturdays and there are church services
at 9.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Other services will be posted on the announcement
boards outside the church, on the website and on
Facebook. On the 1st Sunday, we lead the Ecumenical
service from the Methodist Church which is also ‘Zoomed’.
The church is a central presence in the town, available for
major services, baptisms, funerals, weddings, and civic
services. To keep this community building functioning, a
great deal of work is required to maintain it and we need
the support of the community to help us.
The PCC has a programme of repair and maintenance but
it needs people with project management skills and fundraising
skills to put these into effect. The treasurer is in
ill-health and has moved to the Lake District to be nearer
family but is trying to manage the accounts at a distance;
St John’s Church Brigg Autumn 2021
someone stepping forward to take over this task would be
At the moment there is insufficient help to re-open the
Thursday refreshment events but with community support
they could resume.
Looking ahead to 2022, PCC members will be able to
finish the repairs to the organ and we are planning a
Flower Festival for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June
(see separate announcement).
Please do consider ways in which you might help the PCC
bring this building to life for the benefit of the community
of Brigg, either by using your skills, giving time in the
Thursday/Saturday cafés or giving a regular donation
towards the upkeep of the buildings.
Contact by email in the first instance to st.johnsbrigg@
gmail.com (note new email address) with your contact
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
2 – 5 June 2022
(Thursday to Sunday)
St John the Evangelist Church, Brigg.
If your business, school or organisation in Brigg would like to participate in
this event, please contact via email to email@example.com
Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis.
Anyone wishing to help with refreshments or in stewarding the event
please contact via email as above.
Girlguiding in Brigg and
Girlguiding runs in Brigg and surrounding
areas and covers all three sections,
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
Rainbows caters for 5- to 7-year olds,
Brownies, 7- to 10-year olds, Guides
10- to 14-year olds and Rangers for 14-
to 18-year olds. All three offer girls the
opportunities to grow and discover. Units meet in school
term time offering a range of activities.
We provide a safe, welcoming girl-only space for girls and
young women to try new things, help other people and
discover their passions and talents, all while having fun
with a group of ready-made friends.
We are dedicated to girls leading the way - they choose
activities, challenges and events that inspire them, and
our volunteers support them to make it happen. Because
girls shape and lead everything we do, we know that we
are offering the best opportunities and experiences for
We are always updating and adapting our programme and
resources so that they are relevant to girls today.
The programme was recently-developed to provide
SINGING FOR PLEASURE Choir
Seasonal songs, music & readings
plus the chance to join in if you wish!
on Wednesday 15 December at 7.30 pm
at Diamond Jubilee Town Hall
Kirton in Lindsey DN21 4LZ
Tickets: £7.00 (16 & under free)
including light refreshments
Tickets available on the door or contact
Mary 01652 648435 or Jenny 01673 818805
Raffle proceeds in aid of Kirton L.I.V.E.S
consistency as girls transition from one
section to the next. This focuses on six
themes, Know Myself, Express Myself, Be
Well, Have Adventures, Take Action and
Skills For My Future.
Guiding is also excellent value for
money and we have a range of support available to enable
all girls – regardless of ability or financial circumstance –
to get involved with guiding.
If you would like your daughter to become involved,
please contact Fiona Reid on 07725021725 or visit
register-your-daughter/ to register your interest. Please
note that many units do operate a waiting list so please
Additionally, all groups are run by volunteers, with
volunteering opportunities available from the age of 14
upward. Training is provided for all volunteers and offers
flexibility for all. Should you wish to get involved please
get in touch for more information by calling Fiona Reid on
07725021725 or by visiting https://www.girlguiding.org.
What do you call a missing parrot? Polygon
Who run the parrot government? Politicians
What fabric do parrots prefer? Polyester
How can you tell when a parrot is not telling the truth?
Use a polygraph
What game is played by only one parrot? Monopoly
What sort of college do parrots attend? A polytechnic
Where would you grow parrots in your garden?
In a polytunnel
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SUE HOY’S ALLOTMENT
We’re now well into the
traditional tree- and shrubplanting
you turn the page, thinking
that trees and shrubs
aren’t of any interest to
you because you only have
a small garden, please
bear with me as I hope to
prove you wrong. Many
people with small gardens
feel that growing anything
tall, whether it’s trees or
delphiniums, will make the
garden look smaller and
get out of control. If you
plant the wrong things this
could certainly be true,
but growing only small- or
medium-sized plants will
result in a garden that lacks
interest and atmosphere, a
garden that can be viewed
in a quick glance rather than
discovered a little at a time.
A small tree, or a large
shrub grown as a tree, will
quite literally add another
dimension to your garden. It
will draw the eye upwards,
perhaps block a view of
neighbouring houses and
create more privacy. It will
attract wildlife and perhaps
offer dappled shade on
sunny days. It will also,
in a small way, help the
environment and global
warming; individually gardens
can make little impact, but
collectively the millions of
gardens all over Britain make
a huge difference.
So what should you plant? Of
most importance, especially
if your garden is very small,
is to choose something with
several periods of interest;
attractive flowers, interesting
fruits, good autumn colour
or unusual bark or twigs.
This will give you a tree
that is attractive to look at
throughout the year. Aim for
something which doesn’t
reach more than 10 - 12 feet
(3 to 4 metres) in height and
which has a good shape.
Cotoneasters are usually
grown as shrubs but C.
salicifolia and C. lacteus look
good when grown as a tree
bearing evergreen leaves and
good flowers and berries.
known as Snowy Mespilus,
is such a good plant for
all gardens. With bronze
leaves and masses of white
flowers in spring, to brilliant
crimson autumn colour, this
large shrub looks wonderful
grown on 2 or 3 stems to a
height of 4 - 5 feet (1.2 – 1.5
metres), then allowed to
bush out like a tree. All of the
larger shrubs can be grown
like this and they look very
The ferny, feathery leaves of
the Rowan or Mountain Ash
make it a winner too. Sorbus
cashmiriana has pink-tinged
white berries, S. vilmorinii
has dark red berries ageing
to pink and white, and S.
‘Joseph Rock’ is probably the
best of them all. With pale
yellow berries, set against
the most spectacular autumn
colour, it’s a real winner in
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Is Brigg the new Tintagel?
Many people perceive the Dark
Ages, or more precisely, the
early-Middle Ages, as a period of
general intellectual and cultural
infrastructural declines combined
with institutionalised religion. It was
the time between post-Roman, circa
400AD, and Norman Conquest of
1066. During these 500 years,
it seems that all and sundry were
arriving on our shores; Angles,
Saxons and Jutes then later,
Vikings. It was a period of conflict,
plague, change. Unlike Roman
administration however, when
records were meticulously maintained,
primary written evidence of the early-Middle Ages is
scant. Few chronicled events and even the incessant
scribe, the Venerable Bede, a 6th/7th century monk from
Northumbria, often wrote with religious fervour, confused
fact with fiction and hid political and social meanings in
poems and music.
Overall, accuracy is illusive. The lack of written records
and from what is available, together with other clues,
the actual history of the age is essentially educated
conjecture. Robin Hood is a prime example of
conjecture; did he actually exist? Early folklore, related
by itinerant story-tellers on market days, told of a simple,
likeable villain encamped in a royal forest between
Sheffield and Wakefield. While such tales themselves were
interesting, the story-teller could include powerful, but
subtle, political messages; what could be better karma of
the day than to enjoy a saga of some rogue taking money
from the greedy king’s tax collectors in a royal forest?
Embellished at each re-telling, Maid Marian has been
introduced, Robin Hood is now vehemently loyal to King
Richard, the Yorkshire forest has been transposed to
Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest and unnamed tax
collectors have been conflated to become the singular
Sheriff of Nottingham. No wonder South Yorkshire folk
have been demanding the return of their legendary figure
and, perhaps, partially answers why former RAF Finningley
near Doncaster was re-named Robin Hood Airport.
Dr. Kevin Leahy
King Arthur is another character
who has become fictionally
distorted. Literature portrays
him and his Knights of the Round
Table as descendants of the
Norman Conquest, post-1066,
with a headquarters at Tintagel in
Cornwall. Broughton archaeologist,
Dr Kevin Leahy, contests this
perception and suggests that King
Arthur’s legend could well have
originated in northern Lincolnshire.
It seems likely that the so-called
Arthurian tale is a composite of
warrior leaders’ exploits against the
invading tribes along the east coast
during the 6th century.
Historian Dr Caitlin Green argues that this part of
Lincolnshire, then known as the Kingdom of Lindsey
(alt. Lindis, Linnuis etc.), was one of the few autonomous
regions that benefited from some enduring structural
influences from the nearby old Roman city of Lincoln.
There is even some suggestion that ‘Arthur’ and/or
family/lineage had Romano-British descendents. Lincoln
was a major ecclesiastical focus and, despite the turmoil
of continental invaders clambering over the Wolds,
there was enough latent tactical coordination to keep
the creeping migration to the east of Lincoln for several
generations. In addition, Green argues, it was at this
time that Lindsey-based monks relocated to the northeast
and established the Lindisfarne (Lindsey travellers)
monastery on Holy Island.
Dr Kevin Leahy, with a special interest in Anglo-Saxon
Britain, has become internationally famous for his
metallurgy specialism related to the Staffordshire (gold/
silver) Hoard find of 2009. As a slight aside, Dr Leahy is
now indicating that some of the Hoard items appear to
have been produced in Lincolnshire.
He states in his book ‘The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of
Lindsey’ (2008) that the Arthurian legend is in reality a
composition of exploits of Briton tribal chiefs or battle
leaders attempting to quell east coast landings. The
Kingdom of Lindsey certainly had an inordinately high
number of Continental usurpers. In exploring the scant
primary evidence, what clues that exist indicate ‘Lindsey’
as an epicentre of major active defence against the
invading pagans during the 6th century.
The only recognisable place name from so-called Arthurian
documentation is ‘Lindsey’ which is identified as a battlefront.
Digs at various sites near our coast have unearthed
unusually large collections of buckles. The nature of such
finds could easily be dismissed until it is appreciated
that the only time that buckles were worn was to secure
a leather sword belt. Such clues strongly suggest that
they were the ancient artefacts from unrecorded battle
With fictitious King Arthur residing in Tintagel, and indeed
600 years out of sync with history, Cornwall is much too
far west to coordinate an effective front-line attack on the
From contemporary description and their juxtapositions to
each other, Kevin Leahy’s perspective is that Yarborough
Hill Fort at Croxton could be represented in the ancient
documentation. He includes the Lindsey-based battle of
Dublas and another near the mouth of a River Glein, near
a shore-line. These locations are not recorded but could
the River Glein be the Ancholme? On the internet, ‘Brigg
Wikipedia’ suggests that during Anglo-Saxon times the
area became known as Glanford; perhaps, not too fanciful
to speculate that the name is derived from a fording place
across the River Glein.
As time progressed, stories were told and re-told, reality
and truth intermingled so that native battle-leaders began
to merge into the singularly heroic,
chivalrous, but mostly fictitious King
By the 7th century, the Anglo-Saxons
were in control of the Glanford area. The
Kingdom of Lindsey had been absorbed
into the much larger administration of
the Angle-led Northumbria, while their
chieftain, Winta, dictated operations from
his home and farmstead in the area of
Wintaton/Wintaham (= Winterton and
We could make a legitimate claim that
north Lincolnshire is the proper historical
home of the Arthurian legend. Our
argument, although based upon educated
conjecture, is that the Kingdom of
Lindsey, unlike Cornwall, was in the right
place to defend England from the invading
continental aliens. There is some potent
evidence to show that there were battles
and skirmishes in this area in the 6th
century. Similarly, descriptions fit local
sites and the juxtaposition of features
within the area.
The traditional version is a rather romantic
tale of a sword in a stone, a round
table and gallant and chivalrous knights
galloping off to fight some ill-defined
adversary. Which version do you prefer?
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Brigg Methodist News
The new OIKOS-BRIGG shop will open in December at
67 Wrawby Street selling Christian books, both new and
used, Christmas cards, Traidcraft gifts. It will also serve
as a ‘drop in centre’ and an extra town outlet for the Brigg
We are open for business each Thursday, Friday &
Saturday 10am – 3pm. The official opening will have
already taken place at Brigg Christmas lights. Do pop in,
have a browse and say hello.
The Posada’s journey began on November 25th at the
switch-on of Brigg Christmas lights and will end at the
Methodist chapel on Christmas Eve. Thanks once again to
the town shops and businesses for giving shelter to Mary
& Joseph on their journey through Advent to Christmas in
celebration of the birth of Jesus.
The Advent Course will run each Thursday at 12.15pm
led by Revd. Enid Knowles. This is held in the church
coffee lounge and, though it began on November 25th, it
is open for anyone to join at a later date. Soup and a roll
will be provided with donations given to charity.
The Chapel Anniversary takes place on December 5th
at 10.30am when the Revd. Angy Long will lead our
integrated worship. The Revd. Angy is Superintendent
Minister of Scunthorpe & Epworth and was our interim
Superintendent until 31st August this year. It will be good
to see her again.
The Christmas Praise and Worship will be led by our
Worship Leaders on Sunday December 19th at 10.30am.
We give a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to come
Christmas Day Worship will be a zoom service only and
take place later than usual at 11am. This will be led by
Rev. Enid. There will be no service at chapel.
Café Church will be held on the first and third Tuesday of
each month at 10am-11am and now meets at the OIKOS-
BRIGG Shop so feel free to come along.
Thursday Prayers have restarted on the first Thursday
of each month at 10.30am in the Prayer room at church.
If you want a quiet space please feel free to come along.
The Annual Covenant Service will be a little later than
usual on Sunday 16th January at 10.30am when we
welcome members of St John’s and anyone else who
wishes to join in this act of worship.
The Wednesday Group, which has not met since the
beginning of Covid, hopes to restart in January 2022.
Hopefully, this will take place on Wednesday afternoon
instead of evening. Watch for details on weekly notices
The editorial team advises readers to compare the reported final destination of the Posada with that reported on page 37
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As the days get shorter and
the nights get longer, the
weather also takes a dramatic
turn too. Rain, cold, wind,
snow, brrrrrrr. Whilst most
dogs don’t care what the
weather is doing, there are a
few that do. Dogs tend to get
into a routine of daily walks
with their owners but did you
know that there are other ways
of ensuring your pooch gets a
daily workout other than just
Mental stimulation, or
‘enrichment’, promotes a
balance of activity, interaction
and rest. When you engage a
dog’s brain in a task that needs
concentration, you’ll be sure
to have one contented pup. So
what can I do for my dog other
than go for a walk?
Sniffing is one of the best
enrichment activities for a
dog. Using food and treats to
play a ‘find it’ game, is fun and
interactive. Scatter a handful of
treats in the grass outside, or
in a rolled up blanket or towel,
and watch. The part of a dog’s
brain which processes smells
is about 40 times greater than
Activities that require your
dog to use its brain and its
puzzle-solving abilities are
great for dogs who like to
sniff and forage for things.
Special doggy puzzle toys have
also proved to relieve stress
and combat boredom. When
choosing a puzzle for your dog,
make sure it is an appropriate
difficulty level so they don’t get
too frustrated. You can make
your own puzzles by hiding
Puzzles for Pups
treats in cardboard boxes inside
cardboard boxes. Snuffle mats
are another great idea; you
can even make your own with a
Have you thought about making
your dog’s dinner time more
exciting? There are a variety
of silicone ‘lick mats’ available
which can be used for feeding.
These mats encourage a dog
to lick, a great stress reducer.
Feeding their regular kibble/raw
food mixed with a spoonful of
Kefir (natural fermented yoghurt,
packed with billions of live, good
bacteria, but obviously not if
your dog is lactose intolerant)
pressed onto a lick mat (or into
a muffin tin) makes mealtimes
much more exciting. A lick mat
can be used with a variety of
toppings at any time of the day
as a stress-relieving treat.
Teach your dog a new trick, or
have a 10-minute recap of what
they already can do. Short,
positive reward-based training
sessions are great to keep your
Don’t underestimate the power
of sleep. Creating a safe
environment to rest is vital.
Young pups become overstimulated
very quickly so it’s
important to have the right
combination of rest and play.
When you do take your dog out,
let it sniff. Finding clean, fresh
scents, away from the crowded
smelly areas, gives your dog
exciting new things to explore,
and a great brain workout. The
main thing though is to have fun;
a good dog is a happy dog.
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BRIGG TREFOIL GUILD LOOKING
FOR NEW MEMBERS
What Is the Trefoil Guild?
“The Trefoil Guild acts like a
branch of Girlguiding UK and its
members support the Guiding
ethos – including the pledge to
help other people. Many members
pass on their skills and knowledge
to local guiding units, from helping
Brownies work towards a badge, to preparing older girls
for a camping adventure” (THE TREFOIL GUILD).
“There is always a warm welcome for anyone who likes the
idea of learning something new, meeting new people and
getting involved. You just need to be 18 years or over”
(THE TREFOIL GUILD).
Brigg Trefoil was formed in January 1997 and has run
successfully on the premise of Friendship and Fun. Over
those years our membership has remained consistent and
loyal and until recently we had 16 members. Our numbers
have dropped a little with people moving away and we are
anxious to build up numbers once more.
We have just moved into our new meeting place in
the Scout Hut in Elwes Street and the ladies of Brigg
Trefoil would like to take the opportunity to offer their
wholehearted and grateful thanks to the members of Brigg
Town Council for their generous donation that has enabled
the move to a permanent home.
Why He Came
The night was so cold,
The stars were bright,
All heaven there awaiting the sight,
So still, so calm, - And then the cry,
A baby King – born – to die.
Born to die,
Our saviour king born to save the world,
From cradle to cross, what joy he brings
As he leads us to the throne.
Patricia J East
With life returning to a new normal,
after the restrictions caused by
the pandemic, we feel the time
is now right to appeal to anyone
interested in joining us to make
Officially we meet every month,
but in reality we meet on many
more occasions. If you have some free time please do
give us a try. We are a friendly easy going group who
would give you a warm welcome.
We engage in a wide range of activities and events, both in
our meetings and across the county, where we meet with
other Trefoil members. The aims and objectives are to
bring spirit and personal opportunities to the communities
in which we live. Those activities are many and varied;
we engage in anything our membership requests or has
Anyone is eligible to join us, but if you are new to the area
and want to continue a previous or current membership,
then please do make contact. We can transfer you to
For further information or to join please contact:
Kate Broome (Chair) on 01652 655232
Patricia East (Secretary) on 01652 652619
He died for our sin, the pain he took.
The guilt and shame no more
As we look to him
Our saviour and king
He frees us to enjoy
No more do we look to our own device
No more can we save ourselves
Not by good works, or good advice
Will heaven’s gates open wide
Only to Jesus, our saviour king
Only to him alone
Do we have the way the truth and the life
As we surrender to him
to March 2022
25 th November Christmas Lights switch-on. 6pm Market Place.
27 th November Brigg Farmers’ Market.
2 nd December Late Night Shopping 4pm-7pm.
4 th December Indie Market, Market Place, then every 3 rd Saturday.
6 th December Elf Trail Starts.
6 th December Brigg Servicemen’s Club, Senior Citizens Party 5pm.
9 th December Brigg Wool Shop – Finishing Techniques 1pm-4pm.
9 th December Late Night Shopping 4pm-7pm.
11 th December Love Brigg Arts, Craft & Antiques Market.
11 th December Scawby Craft Fair.
18 th December Brigg Farmers Market.
18 th December Brigg Servicemen’s Club - Rob Underwood 8pm.
24 th December Brigg Servicemen’s Club - HotWheels Christmas Eve Party 8pm. Free Entry
17 th January Brigg Wool Shop – Learn to Knit. 9am-12noon.
17 th January Brigg Angels WI - Painted canal-ware by Stuart Garfoot.
22 nd January Brigg Farmers Market.
27 th January Brigg Wool Shop – Learn to Crochet 1pm-4pm.
2 nd February Brigg Wool Shop – Weaving Wall Art 2.30pm-5.30pm
12 th February Arts, Craft and Antiques Market then every 2 nd Saturday.
3 rd February Methodist Church Hall – Brigg and District Gardening Club. 7.30pm.
12 th February Love Brigg Arts, Craft & Antiques Market.
Brigg Angels WI - Making Salt Sizzlers from the Aroma Shed.
3 rd March Methodist Church Hall – Brigg and District Gardening Club. 7.30pm.
1. Every Tuesday 10am – 12 noon: Scawby Coffee Mornings
2. Monday & Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am/Wednesday 1.30pm - 2:30pm: Social Sessions at the Angel, downstairs
room - chat/games/reminiscences (NLCC Outreach team)
3. Wednesday mornings: ‘Men in Sheds’ activities sessions (Humber & Wolds Rural Action) at the Buttercross, Market
4. Brigg Cancer Care Group 18/01, 15/02 and 15/03. Angel Suite 7.30pm.
5. Wednesdays 10am – noon: Open Church, St. Mary’s Broughton.
Social Group – Ben 07341792439. Alice 07766747070
Brigg Town FC – 01652 794275
The Wool Shop – Pam or Sian – 01652 408632
Servicemen’s Club – Debbie 07745722113
Brigg Breast Cancer Group – Caroline 01652 678205
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Alloy Wheels 65 Mason Baggot & Garton Solicitors 8
Almond Builders 42 MG Joinery 42
Angela Powell 8 Molly’s Flowers 54
Annabel’s Blinds 51 Newell’s of Brigg 10
Bennett’s Timber 38 Nick Bell 12
Breast Cancer Support 10 Marmaris Pizza 28
Brian’s DIY 14 O’Brien’s Opticians 18
Brigg & Humberside Roofing 58 Office Maid 9
Brigg Beds 60 Ovenu 54
Brigg Optical 44 Parker’s Carpets 12
Brigg Hearing Studio 50 Peacock & Binnington 4
Brown & Co. Property 68 Pickering’s 12
Conservative Party 38 Piece of Minds 28
Country Retreat 10 Proper Job Sharpening 51
Dean Wray Carpets 28 Rebecca Beaton Accountancy 60
DJW Tiling 54 RNS Chartered Accountants 38
Forrester Cleaning Services 42 RNS Financial Advisors 10
Fun Forest 9 S B Electrical 51
Greensleeves 54 S. Christian, Painter & Decorator 51
Guy Whitney 67 Sentry Financial 28
Harrison’s Hideaway 4 Shed Storage 8
Hornsby Accounts 62 Silver Birch Blinds 22
Ian Jobson Pest Control 12 Sirius Heating Solutions 48
Jaylaurs Sewing Studios 62 Smithy’s Pond 42
JB Rural Services 54 Spelman’s 58
John Winship Motors 60 Spire Windows/Thermotec 44
J Naylor Funeral Directors 58 Stuart’s Decorating Services 54
Kerry Brant Counselling 63 The Accolade Clinic 32
LCS/Darren Lidgett 51 The Dales Hearing Care/Roger Rouse 32
Lincs Locks& Glazing Repairs 62 The Old Parsonage 22
List Recruitment 12 Turnerwarran 9
London’s Construction 28 West Lindsey Oven Clean 51
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