TATA Rail/Van Tour Schedule


The Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society will be running rail tours around the Scunthorpe site over the summer  months – see the attached timetable for dates and times.

Standard railtours are two and a half hours long and use railway coaches to take visitors around 15 miles of the site’s internal rail system . A live commentary is given on these tours explaining the iron and steelmaking process. We then call in at the Society’s loco shed , where light refreshments are avalible, and there is an opportunity view our workshops.

Brake Van Tours are about one and a half hours in duration and  passengers are carried in one of three brake vans with open verandas. These tours visit parts of the site that we do not normally visit on standard rail tours. These tours do not call at our loco sheds. There are no toilets available on the train and due to the open verandas are not suitable for children under 12.

Evening rail tours are about one hour long and cover about seven miles of the site’s internal rail system . They are suitable for all ages and use our standard passenger coaches. These tours do not visit the loco sheds.

All places on these railtours must be pre-booked.  Bookings can be made via Brigg Tourist Information  on 01652 658053 or e-mail brigg.tic@northlincs.gov.uk.

Although no charge is made for the railtours , a collection will be made at the end of the tour to cover operating and maintenance costs.

The  Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society  uses  contributions from these collections to enable us to maintain our locos/ rolling stock and to continue to operate these rail tours.


Q&A Party In The Pines



This Saturday the biggest local event kicks off between Broughton & Appleby.

How Much is it and where can I get a ticket ? £20 & tickets are still available from Celebrate Partyshop Robert Street.

When can I camp from? Saturday to Sunday

I haven’t received my online ticket purchase yet? Don’t worry if you ordered before last Friday your tickets should have been dispatched and be with you by the end of this week.

Why can’t I bring glass bottles? One they are more dangerous, health and safety and also harder to get rid of. Where as cans are much easier to recycle and plastic bottles.

What time does it start and end? 12pm to 12am

Why does it finish at 12am this year? Due to noise restrictions which effect local villages.

Why can’t I bring a caravan? Space is the answer to this, if there were too many caravans the site would fill quickly & there are no hook ups. Camper vans are permitted.

Can we have a BBQ or Fire? Due to fire risks these will not be permitted. Food vans will be on site for your catering needs or feel free to bring a picnic.

The event is open to over 18’s only due to licensing.

Can I pay on the gate on the day? This option will not be available.

Party In The Pines is situated in a private woodland clearing. Whilst driving past Broughton onto Appleby you will see the sign posted entrance to enter the parking & camping site. Once you have parked and pitched you can make your way to the fair situated near the entrance to the Pine arena.

As you walk through the woodland area you will then come to the clearing the Rave cave will be situated here and across the other side of the clearing is the stage and main DJ stage.

Stay safe, Have fun & be nice!!!

See you in the trees

On the day if you take any photos/videos be sure to hash tag on twitter with #PITP or #Broughton

On Facebook you can share to Party In The Pines

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“No overall increase in crime” – This resident does not think so after their car was vandalised at the weekend

Scunthorpe Independent News


Last week we reported that according to the Office for National Statistics Humberside has seen no overall increase in Crime. We asked our readers what their thoughts were on this, and following an incident in the town centre last night, received this email today.

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The Michael White Live Lounge – Review and Thanks


On Saturday 12th April 2014 an evening of live music and entertainment was held at the Wortley House Hotel in the memory of Michael White to raise money for The Child of the Year Awards – a charity event that will be held in august. The evening was well organised by Vicky Barratt and Michael’s mum Tina Waring, and there was a fantastic turnout with 175 tickets sold. In total £948.28 was raised with £228 of this coming from a raffle on the evening (a proportion of the raffle money will be going to another of Vicky’s charities the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.)

The evening began with Mr. Jonny Lavin taking the stage for a few songs, followed by another local singer/songwriter the lovely Sian Hart, and then a third in the shape of Mr. Matt Hercock. Next up Martin MorgaMW4n, (a man who embodies entertainment), made his showbiz entrance before he performed a few numbers in his own rather unique style. After this, as if by magic Jonny, Matt and Sian combined to become lively folk act Ramble Gamble, jollying up the room with a great mix of covers and their own songs whilst Martin hilariously vogued and frolicked about the dance-floor like a welsh Disco Stu. This man has his own Martin The Movie coming out would you believe. Keep an eye out for Ramble Gamble‘s soon to be forthcoming EP as well. Ollie Joe GriffithsMW6 from Wrawby was next. He had a fantastic voice and when requested to play his version of Mr Brightside, in the words of his fans, “He smashed It”. A beatbox act that has performed with Mary J Blige was next to take to the open floor, rather than the stage, Beatbox Drase & Babyface from Manchester. A talented pair who have just released their own single “Dutty” available to buy. Headlining the evening were Box Pavilion who rocked right from their opening with Dani California all the way to there last song Wonderwall, a song which had a special meaning to friends of Michael. All in all a very enjoyable evening that it was obvious a lot of effort had gone into. You could tell from the décor, the personal touches of sweets and goodies on the tables, to great line up of entertainment, that it meant a lot to the organisers that it was done right. And it was. Can’t wait for the next one.

A DVD/CD of the evening is available from vickymcnicoll@gmail.com for just £5. All sales will be added to the running total of funds already raised.

Very Special Thanks from Vicky and Tina go out to the following sponsors:-

The Wortley House Hotel – For their continued and future support and for kindly accommodating the evening
Britannia Bar & NightClub – For helping, promote and support the event and for kindly donating £250
Sam Broadbent – Sam MC’d, did the sound, designed the posters and generally worked very hard to make the evening a success
Visio Clothing – Sam’s very own and very popular clothing label sponsored and donated raffle prizes for the evening
Sam Bramham and Ginger Whinger Discos – For supplying the sound equipment giving his time and making sure it sounded just right.
Josh Clarke & Red Sky
–  For working non stop after a long day to help document and capture the spirit of the evening.

(Also raffle prizes were donated by the following (Trent Valley Gliding ClubPaul Gordon Hair Salon, Pipers crisps, Fallen Hero, Sincerity by Jules, Morrisons, The Anchor Beefeater pub, The Whistle and Flute and many more…)

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Live On £1 A Day For One Week- Live Below the Line


If you are or thinking of after reading this, in taking part get in touch so we can follow your week Below the line. With a food diary of images and your experience.

Live below the Line 2014 is taking place from Monday 28 April to Friday 2 May, and challenges you to live below the poverty line for one week. Change the way you think about poverty.

What is Live below the Line?

During the Live Below the Line five day challenge 27,500 children will die of malnutrition. It shouldn’t be like this. The world produces enough food for every child. Today, UNICEF is doing more than anyone to stop children suffering from hunger and dying from malnutrition.

The challenge is to buy all the food and drink you need to survive for five days with just £5 (£1 per day). There are no specific rules on what you can and can’t do, it’s really up to you about how strict you want to be (e.g. using oil, or spices etc).

Get sponsored by family members, friends, and co-workers to live below the line, raising money. You’ll gain first-hand insight into the lives of people living below the poverty line and have the chance to make a difference. See the Charities you can choose to donate to here.

How do I join in?

Step 1. Register
Register now on the Live below the Line 2014 website, where you can set up your online fundraising page, and access loads of materials to help you plan.

Step 2. Read about the challenge from our past participants
Last year, over 1200 people in the UK raised an incredible £153,170 for UNICEF’s work for children.

In the run up to the campaign we will be adding lots of new stories from past participants and resources to help you plan and fund raise.

Step 3. Recruit your friends, and get fundraising
Make sure you tell your friends about the challenge you’ve set yourself. It’s easier to do as part of a group, so see if you can get any of your friends or family to sign up too. Be sure to tell everyone about your online sponsorship page and consider writing a blog to update them on how you’re doing.

What are you waiting for?

You can see the choices of the causes you can raise money for here.

Sign up now


The Countdown Begins: Party In The Pines

The biggest local festival is nearly upon us and tickets are going down. With Less than 400 physical tickets remaining locally. We strongly recommend getting tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


You may have heard Party In The Pines organiser (Gaz Hird) appear yesterday (Thursday 17th April) on BBC Humberside radio live with Dirty Sterling, who gave a nice acoustic performance on the show. But Dirty Sterling are just one of the great talents at the May 3rd event. And there will be something for everyone. If you attended last year you will know
Bands played the main stage throughout the day and the DJ’s took the night for an outdoor rave. But this time The organisers Gaz and Aimee have gone for something
that will please both live music lovers and hard ravers. They are introducing The Hardr:ve rave cave. Which will mean you Pines loves will experience a Pitch black marquee with U.V Decor, lights, lasers, strobe and the all new upgraded B&M bins Sound system, which will be situated at the other end of the pines clearing away from the
main stage.
The Hardr:ve rave cave will be Taking you party lovers on a 9 hour musical journey spanning just about the full spectrum of rave music starting with the roots
in Circa 1989/1990 and ending with some current day vibes.

The Rave Cave will be showcasing many different genres, so something for everyone, brought to you by the best talent the region has to offer.

This arena will be MC free


1-2 Tim Wood Electro House)
2-3 Matt Stephenson (Club Classics)
3-4 Simz (Early Hardcore/Breakbeat 1990-1992)
4-5 Pursuit (Hardcore Jungle 1993- 1994)
5-6 Stig (Old Skool Happy Hardcore 1994 – 1995)
6-7 Jonny El & Fastraxx (Happy Hardcore Anthems 1995- 1998)
7- 8 The MK One (Early Hardstyle/Reverse Bass late 90’s)
8-9 Si Taylor (Hard Trance Anthems 1995 – 1998)
9 – 11 Brux (Ibiza Trance Anthems 1999- 2002)
11- 12 Owen More (Jump Up Drum & Bass 2014)


So why should you spend £20 on a ticket?

Well that’s easy to determine from the list of DJ’s & Musical talent but if that wasn’t enough to get you to part with your cash you have:

  • Main Stage (ft headline Reverend & The Makers along with alot of other talent)
  • DJ Tent
  • Main DJ Stage (DJ set from Bez and more)
  • Bring Your Own Beer or 3 cans for £5 (Licensed Bar on site)
  • Free Parking
  • Free Camping for Camper vans or tents (No Caravans due to space)
  • Dowses Fun Fair
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Stalls seling merch/clothing
  • Sumo suits. + More


So where can you see what?

Main Stage
Reverend and the makers, Dirty Sterling, The North, The Marras, The Sherlocks. The Torn, Caspiain, Ramble Gamble, Jay Cressey, Lizzie Goddard, Rachel Lewis

Main DJ Stage
Bez, Brux, Matt Stephenson + Guests.

Dj Tent (Hardr:ve)
Tim Wood, Matt Stephenson, Simz Pursuit, Stig, Jonny El, Fastraxx, The MK One, Si Taylor, Brux, Owen More.

Tickets Available from
Celebrate Party shop (Town Centre)
Cafe INDIEpendent (Town Centre)
Valentines Cafe (Ashby)
Jones Barbers (Brigg)
SEEtickets (Online)

Join the event NOW!!

Buy tickets Online

Read More info here on headline act



Local Artist Profile: Mr. Monkey

20140412_135737Let me start right off by saying Mr. Monkey; its a pseudonym, a moniker, you know, a handle. As cool as it would be for any of us to actually have the second name Monkey (where did I put that deed-poll form?) its a graffiti tag name. And that’s what Mr. Monkey’s work revolves around – its street art on paper or canvas, in pencil and ink and paint. I’d speculate that he has done some work on the bare walls of some northern town but that is exactly why he’s anonymous because spraying stuff on walls is wrong… so says The Man. You’d better listen, graffiti is not an art form (No?), it doesn’t give a route of expression for those who can’t find it through conventional routes, it doesn’t add a vibrancy and character to the dreary urban canyons of our lives. No it doesn’t. It would be irresponsible of me to advocate illegal street art through this sort of medium grins and winks expansively

I mean just look at this random example from the internet. Disgraceful.


20140404_191317But we’re talking about legit art (aren’t we?). Mr Monkey’s main motif is the “Stone Cold Killer” monkey in blue and white (although I would argue that it is in fact an ape). I first saw his work at the Pop Up Gallery which ran for a few weeks above the Celebrate Party Shop on Roberts Street just before Christmas last year. And then again at the fantastic ChrisCooperBand album launch at Cafe Indiependent on Friday 4th April. Where the band hosted what can only be described as love-in for local culture, art and music. It was great fun. If you head downstairs in Cafe Indie and check out the walls you will be able to find amongst the other fine works, a permanent monkey by the Mr.

CYMERA_20140409_204705So what are his inspirations? He says robots, spaceships and monster trucks. Sounds like a boys toy store list, and maybe it is but if you’ve ever seen him draw a spaceship you might want to add it to your list as well. When it comes to other artists that he admires there is Chris Foss, who is known for his sci-fi book cover paintings and the concept for the fortress of solitude in the original superman films as well as (haha the research has just thrown this up) the original Joy of Sex illustrations (I’ll have to ask him if he knew that last part when I see him). Along the vein of film artists as inspiration he also enjoys the work of Syd Mead (BladeRunner and more recently Elysium) and Stan Winston the special effects supremo (Terminator, Jurassic Park, Avatar etc). When it comes to street art Mr. M. thinks a lot of a German graffiti artist called Caparso, and another from Basel, Switzerland known as Dare.


When I ask Mr Monkey what he’s up to in the coming months he gives me a list of rather unusual projects. He’s going to do a bit more painting for Cafe Indiependent. Some other commissions. He’s also working on some street art labelled snacks called Monkey Do’s, yes there’s a a gag in the name, Mr Monkey sees…? He’s also going up against a fellow artist in a competition to decorate, paint and generally artify a couple of old BMX bikes. Which will then be sold at charity auction. Can’t wait to see what they look like. I’ve seen him paint up a ukulele, I’d love to see what he can do with a bike.

OK so here is his Facebook link its called Pike Seven which is another alias. And you can follow him on Instagram -@mrmonkeysee. All the photos besides the random example are his own work so please check him out.

To finish up Mr. M told me an interesting little anecdote which adds something to t20140412_135829he general discussion on the value of street-art. I can’t remember where he said it was from but it was the story of a Street Artist who hung around with a bunch of organised criminals. And neither could understand why the other did the things they did. The criminals would break into a place to steal hundreds of pounds worth of valuable goods, whereas the artist would break in to leave hundreds of pounds worth of valuable paint on the walls…

Makes you look at it differently doesn’t it?

Thanks Mr. Monkey for your time. If there are any local artists/photographers etc. who would like to feature their work like this on Scunthorpe Nights please let us know. We’re only to happy to do this sort of thing.

Steam Railtours set to resume on Tata steelworks in Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe Independent News

Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society is set to resume their summer steam railtours of the local steelworks.

Steam Rail Tours Steam Rail Tours

The first steam railtour of the season is on Saturday 10th May and places are expected to fill up quick but if you don’t get a place on that one don’t worry – the tours run weekly until the end of September.

The tours around the Tata site last around 2 and a half hours and include a visit to the Society’s loco sheds. During the tour a guide will give a running commentary of what you can see which include the modern day processes as well as seeing some relics of the early Dawes Trent Ironworkings.

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Rising Rock Stars Skarlett Riot Return For Hometown Gig

Scunthorpe Independent News

‘Their coming-of-age debut hits hard, and proves this young UK crew having been saving their best material for this very moment.” KKKK – KERRANG! Magazine

skar Courtasy of http://www.skarlettriot.co.uk

Skarlett Riot are just one of the big things to come out of Scunthorpe musically and if you are into ChrisCooperband you may notice a familiar face as Skarlett Riots new bassist is Martin Shepard, who departed ChrisCooperband earlier this year to join the rock infused Skarlett Riot.

You can usually catch them on festival stages and playing city venues across the UK but finally they are playing a hometown gig, which will take place at The Lincoln Imp on May 23rd 2014. They will be main support to another upcoming UK band The Struts.

The Struts mix the flamboyance of Queen in their hard partying early 70’s pomp, with the supercharged wit and youthful energy of Supergrass or The Libertines. Joining…

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