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Lincolnshire Life December 2018 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life December 2018 - Digital Copy

And what a packed magazine we have for you. Perfect for keeping you company throughout the festive period.

Celebrations come in many forms in our features. There is the story of the Herculean, or should I say Leanderan achievement of Ross Edgley, from Grantham, who completed the Great British Swim last month – the first person to swim around the coast of Great Britain. I was shocked that Ross’ achievement was the brunt of jokes on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You, because to say this endeavour took grit is an understatement. Read Kate Chapman’s interview on page 38.

Kate also interviewed Louth farmer Andrew Laughton, who was crowned Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year 2018. He received his award in London while, locally, butchers and bakers competed at The Epic Centre at Lincolnshire Showground in this year’s Poacher Food Competition. I was invited along as one of the judges. A new category for me this time, pork pies. I learnt so much from the other two food industry experts who judged with me. We have all the results starting on page 90. 

Our own Taste of Excellence Food & Drink Awards 2018 culminated in a spectacular circus themed Awards Evening at The Engine Shed. We have a special supplement which celebrates the wins in all categories. Our thanks to our sponsors, without whom we could not run the competition and also for Lincs FM’s John Marshall for being our compère beyond compare. The supplement begins on page 99.

I try to contain my Christmas preparations until after our Awards Evening, which is hard when deadlines dictate you first write about Christmas in July. The mood was infectious though when I met Claire Birch and her team at Doddington Hall, as they began to decorate the house for their festive season. There is certainly a magical atmosphere to the historic house which you can share, as they celebrate 60 years of growing firs for Yuletide with the theme of ‘O Christmas Tree’.

Our Gift Guide brings you the finest of local, independent retailers around the county who are ready to help you complete your shopping list with outstanding choice, value and friendly service. 

Wherever or however you are spending the holiday period we wish you a very Happy Christmas, from myself and the whole team at Lincolnshire Life.