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Lincolnshire Life January 2018 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life January 2018 - Digital Copy

I don’t know about you but I am always slightly deflated after all the festive activity. One of the first tasks which soon bucks me up is compiling our editorial lists for the coming year. A fairly routine task, I know, but it really focuses my mind on what will be highlights of the next twelve months and how much there is to look forward to in our fabulous county.

2018 promises to have one predominant theme: the RAF100 centenary celebrations. Lincolnshire is so intrinsically linked to the past, present and future of the Royal Air Force that there will be a wide variety of exhibitions, events, shows and openings reflecting our heritage of military aviation.

We carry a further feature about the International Bomber Command Centre in this issue, and the role the Chadwick Centre and its resources will play in education. The centre opens to the public at the end of this month. I was lucky enough to have a look around the new exhibition halls recently. It promises to be a very moving and illuminating visitor experience.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have family and friends close by during the holidays and Kate Chapman’s feature on page 92 describes the work of the north Lincolnshire charity Not Home Alone. Set up four years ago by a local family, Not Home Alone, with the support of local volunteers, provides Christmas lunch and other events for people who would otherwise spend this time on their own. 

Kate has also been talking to Tony Fell, who is celebrating 40 years of service as a paramedic in and around Spalding. Her feature describes Tony’s varied and demanding role but also the satisfaction he has received serving the local community. Read more on page 48.

New Year’s resolutions are not my strong point but I do like to have a project to plan. Stripping down the tree and packing the decorations away makes me take a hard look at what needs to be done around the house. I am sure it is not a coincidence that we have a large Homes and Gardens section for you this month. There is plenty of inspiration for makeovers and home improvements to help me shake off any remaining lethargy.

Myself and the whole team at Lincolnshire Life wish you a happy and healthy year ahead.