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Lincolnshire Life March 2016 - Digital Copy

We have had a thoroughly hectic yet immensely enjoyable month working on this issue for you. The arrival of the new season fashions in shops across the county always cheers me up and reassures me that those warmer days will soon be here. I have visited lots of our fashion retailers to take a sneak preview of their collections and we can share some of those trends with you in our Spring Fashion Supplement. It begins on page 51.

I also interviewed two business women who are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the scale of their businesses but they share many of the same entrepreneurial instincts. Dominique Peckett is one of the second generation of family members at the helm of Smiffys, the Gainsborough based fancy dress company, while Avril Parsons and two friends have launched a fledgling company to import and retail silk scarves and accessories. Read their stories on pages 48 and 58.

Steffie Shields has contributed another article, during the tercentenary year of Capability Brown, on his work at one more of the county’s great houses, Burghley. Steffie reveals a fascinating theory beginning on page 26 about events which influenced his work to the interior and estate of the house.

A further mystery surrounds the subject of our history article this month. A rare find made by a metal detector in the county has been revealed to be a delicate Roman mirror. Now christened the Linwood Mirror, our story recounts the research to establish its purpose and provenance. Turn to page 110 to read more.

Finally, come with us to discover more of our wonderful county communities. Lincoln, our county capital, continues to grow and prosper and we anticipate some of the wonderful events which are lined up for the months ahead. Ruskington is a vibrant village in the district of North Kesteven which attracts young families and retirees alike. In the south of the county, Spalding lies at the heart of the food growing industry. Fresh ideas are boosting the ambitions of the town. Finally we head north to Horncastle, the charming town which is one of the gateways to the Wolds. The town is gearing up to plan its own celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer.

Wherever your travels take you this month, have a wonderful March.