Brigg Matters Issue 63 Winter 2021


Brigg Matters Magazine
Issue 63 Winter 2021



Issue 63

Winter 2021

The FREE community magazine for Brigg and District

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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.

Committee Members

Ken Harrison • Gail Copson • Debbie Copson-Brumby • Stephen Harris

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

Josie Webb

The Ghostly Disturbances of Change Alley

– short feature by Josie Webb

Building Bridges – short article and poem by

K. McHugh-Barker

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.





Christmas gifts







Brigg Town Council Report

Brigg Town Business Partnership

Local Geology Group

Mind Craft – puzzle pages

Local Nature Page – seasonal advice from

Len Reaney



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Brigg in Pictures prepared by BM’s

photographers Ken and Stephen

Local reports

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

This page allows space for readers to comment on or offer further detail to articles that appear in its pages. The

Editorial Team has the right to censor inappropriate material and, in the circumstance of lack of page room, will

prioritise and select. Where possible, omitted contributions will be stored and may appear in a later issue. Any opinions

or factual information, other than in response, communicated in the correspondence is wholly that of the contributors

and not of the Brigg Matters team.


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.

Anne-Marie Wescott

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

e-mail address supplied

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 (Editorial



Deadline for contributions to the spring issue (Number 64)

of Brigg Matters is 1st February 2022.

Sarah’s Terrace

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

Anne-Marie Wescott

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

Jim Copson

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

second hand

eight was bought

from Oxford

University last

year. As the

increase in



another second

hand eight was

bought, this time

from Aberdeen

University. Added

to these were a

brand new single

training boat,

especially suited

to junior rowers

and a racing

single scull,

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

were especially

notable as the

conditions on


Lake were

atrocious to

put it mildly.

The more


crews struggled

with the strong

wind and

choppy water.

Next up was


Regatta, held in

the picturesque


of Saltaire.

Harry and Lottie

were again in

the medals,

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.



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

other centres.

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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

Chloe Plachcinski

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

and sincerity”.

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

always obvious.

Parish Council

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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Cadney Community


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.

continued on page 16

Examples of Advent windows from 2020

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continued from page 15

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:

Advent Windows

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.

Wrawby Post

Mill Appeal

Susan Day, pictured, a trustee of the Wrawby

Windmill Preservation Society, reported a planned

repainting of the mill in spring 2022 to satisfy its

preservation needs.

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.

Thank you.

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Wrawby Windmill


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

to provide.

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

next year.

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.

The accompanying

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

Food Bank.

Inner Wheel (Blood Cancer)

Community Café

Vicky Hammond

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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Dr Janjua launches specialist lenses for Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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driving and night driving), poor vision in low light level and VDU work.

In 2016 Dr. Janjua introduced specialist lenses from the USA for people with vision

loss related to Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Diabetic Retinopathy and

macular degeneration (AMD). These special – prismatic lenses can change the

direction of light to alternative healthier parts of the retina. Combined with a special

filter to improve contrast - they have been a huge success. The practice can now

also supply revolutionary lenses that use a built in mesh in the lens to improve the

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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

Preparatory School.

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

narrow passage.

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

took over.

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

Change Alley

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

Wrawby Street

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

Support Group

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

Angie Benson

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

personal ways.

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

former chairpersons

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

forces to ‘Knit the Viking Way’. This long-distance

path runs for 147 miles, from Oakham in Rutland

to Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire.

The challenge is to cover this length (virtually) in

scarves which will then be provided to relevant

charities, such as the homeless.

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✓Are you looking to make new friends

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

wreath making!

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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Kevin McHugh-Barker

Brigg Rotary Club

Dave Brittain

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

my map.

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,

Pakistan 84).

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

trailer soon.”

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!

Christmas Day

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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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

baskets, scarecrow,

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

continued support.

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

Pandemic, the

Town Council

offices were

closed to the

public, for


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


Kerry McGrath

Clerk to Brigg Town Council


• 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

Crocus Corms.

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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Brigg Town Business


Sian Sargent


Brigg Matters

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

Paul Hildreth

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.

Provisional Calendar:

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

Helen Cresswell

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’

thrushes, fieldfares,

redwings, blackbirds

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

towards dusk.

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

Wetherspoon’s which

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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Derbyshire (seated

with Josie Webb

and Chris Witty)

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.

Ken Harrison

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

suggestion originating

from Brigg Town

Councillor Jane


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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Brigg In


Ken Harrison

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

Carole Johnson

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

the community.

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 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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Advertising Matters

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:

Cheers Gail

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

competitive matches.

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

and competitive.

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


Ali Sharp

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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;

Maria Simpson

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@ (note new email address) with your contact



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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

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

surrounding villages

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

girls today.

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


Winter Concert

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

Fiona Reid

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

register early.

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



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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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We’re now well into the

traditional tree- and shrubplanting

season. Before

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.

Amelanchier, sometimes

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

any garden.

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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.

Ken Harrison

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

invading hoards.

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

Sylvia Thomas

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

Food Bank.

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

and Facebook.

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

physical exercise?

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

quick google-search.

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

dog engaged.

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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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”


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

Jean Harris

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

interests in.

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

Brigg Trefoil.

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


What’s On

December 2021

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.

21st February

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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