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Lincolnshire Life March 2018 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life March 2018 - Digital Copy

Bright sunlight is flooding through the windows as I sit writing our introduction and all the team here have certainly been anticipating the prospect of some warmer days while working on this issue.

Our main supplement, My Lincolnshire Wedding, includes trends for forthcoming nuptials and there are hot fashion collections for mother of the bride and groom. Choosing a less formal atmosphere is increasingly popular with a festival feel to venues, decoration and even food styling. Plans for any party or special celebration can follow these themes so turn to page 41 to be inspired.

Steffie Shields has produced a fascinating article for our gardening pages tracing the influence and work of landscape gardener Humphrey Repton in Lincolnshire. His work is less known as that of Capability Brown but is equally influential and the legacy of his ‘Red Books’ gives a unique insight into his work. As Steffie writes: ‘His paintbrushes, and to some degree his pen, came to be of more use than his surveying tools’. Read more on page 22.

Kate Chapman had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Clawson. Chris has recently taken up his role as a Beefeater at the Tower of London. Born in Boston, he is the first son of the town to take up this role. There is a lot more to it than guardianship of the ravens and guiding the many thousands of visitors who enter the ancient fortress each year, as Kate explains on page 30.

I interviewed Paul Bagwell, chairman of LEBBS, the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service. We have written many stories over the years about the invaluable life-saving work volunteers in organisations such as LIVES deliver as part of emergency response in the county. LEBBS, which began only six years ago, has 80 volunteers – riders, drivers and support staff – who provide out of hours cover to transport blood and other resources which need urgent delivery. You can read more about their work on page 70.

And on the subject of bikers, although with definitely not the same mission, we have a competition to win a cookbook by The Hairy Bikers themselves in our food pages.

Easter weekend straddles two months this year but we have plenty in The Diary to help you make the most of the long weekend and those longer and (fingers crossed) warmer days.

Wishing you a wonderful month and a very happy Easter.