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Lincolnshire Life June 2018 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life June 2018 - Digital Copy

Halfway through the year and June will keep us preoccupied with preparations for our stand at Lincolnshire Show.

This issue does give me chance to meet just a few of the exhibitors who spend a far longer time than us making sure their livestock, products and turnout will be at their best for 20th and 21st June.

Hedley Needler is a well-known and greatly respected breeder of Lincoln Red cattle. Mr Needler celebrated his 100th birthday at the end of December and strong contenders from his Walmer herd will be entered into several livestock classes this year. Read more on page 118.

The Lincoln Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association and its members do sterling work encouraging ownership of the charismatic breed. I spoke to two couples who have established new flocks in the last couple of years, to learn why they chose to keep Longwools and hear of the satisfaction they are enjoying keeping them on their smallholdings. Find their stories on page 120.

The Mall shopping avenue is always packed with tempting retail opportunities.  First time exhibitors for this year are Petal & Stalk, promoting their florist shop in Navenby and their Flower School based at Wellingore Hall. Carla Watt attended one of the courses they will be promoting, making a hand-tied spring bouquet. You can pick up some of the tips she learned on page 116.

On our Lincolnshire Life stand we will be welcoming the first resident artist of the recently launched Mansions of the Future arts and culture initiative, based in the centre of Lincoln. Kathrin Böhm is a German socially engaged artist from London, who will work with groups to create drinks that reflect the essence of community history or identity. Her Mansions of the Future Local Drink Lab will invite visitors to the Show to taste and mix flavours, to try to identify a drink which captures the essence of Lincolnshire. There will also be a naming competition.

We have, of course, invited John Crouch and the music students from North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form to provide our music again. All we need is some lovely weather to ensure not only the Show goes with a swing but also Brocklesby Show, where we will be in the Crafts Marquee. Do come and say hello.

Wishing you a wonderful June.