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Lincolnshire Life January 2017 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life January 2017 - Digital Copy

I am not one for making, and certainly my track record is not good for keeping, New Year resolutions.

What I do like, though, is to take some time to contemplate the year ahead and anticipate some of the fantastic county stories and events which we know we want to cover for you.

2017 is no exception. As this issue went to print my editorial lists were already filling up. This is when I begin to think that twelve issues will not be enough to accommodate it all. A special welcome to our new subscribers, who have received Lincolnshire Life each month as their Christmas gift; we have plenty of tremendous features lined up for you.

Our articles this month include just the variety of subjects which make Lincolnshire an endlessly fascinating county.

Horsington resident Chris Bates has been honoured by the famous but remote island of Tristan da Cunha and travelled over 6,000 miles back there to redeem his free beer voucher. Read more on page 38.

I spent a busy morning at Louth Livestock Market’s Christmas Stock Show at the beginning of December. Louth is the last livestock market in Lincolnshire and is a hub, which every Thursday attracts farmers and members of the rural community into the town. Meet some of the people who make the market such as asset to the area on page 82.

Our history story this month is one of loss, reunion and friendship. For any readers who were members of the Lincolnshire Regiment during WWII or who have a deep interest in the conflicts in which the regiment fought, this is a poignant tale of coincidence and fate. Read more on page 90.

Finally, the weather has been reasonably kind so far this winter but that will probably not last. On days when I am sitting at home writing I often look up to watch the birds in the trees around our garden. The other day, everything was eerily quiet; a large hawk was perched only a few feet away. Usually, the garden is bustling with a great variety of songbirds and tits. Our Feeding the Birds feature is a reminder that Lincolnshire is home to several quality seed growers, and a ‘bird café’ will give much pleasure. January is the month of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch too, so get ready to play your part in this annual bird survey.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year.