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Lincolnshire Life May 2017 - Digital Copy

Welcome to an issue of Lincolnshire Life which is so packed with stories about the wonderful people, places and events in our county that it is hard to know where to begin.

Firstly, thank you to Lord Cormack, who has generously given his time to write a feature introducing Battles and Dynasties, the landmark exhibition which opens in Lincoln at the end of this month. In his role as chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, Patrick Cormack has been pivotal in securing artefacts of world class significance to be shown in the city including the Domesday Book. Read more on page 140.

The stories behind many of the heritage buildings within Lincolnshire are equally fascinating to research as well as read. Our Homes and Gardens section this month features two properties, the Brick House in Tealby and Molecey’s Mill in West Deeping, which have been lovingly restored as homes. Inside is the first instalment of the watermill story, the rise and demise of the Molecey family. These features are on page 40 and 56 respectively.

May also brings National Mills Weekend. Once windmills were a vital feature of every community and landscape in Lincolnshire and this is a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the remaining ones under sail. Turn to page 152 for further information.

Our town features take us to glorious Louth, the charming neighbouring communities of North and South Hykeham, to Ruskington, a village with real heart and to Boston, where investment is giving a real boost to the town. I made a special visit to Jakemans, the manufacturers of soothing mentholated sweets, to take pictures to accompany Kate Chapman’s words. The business is growing fast and exporting to even wider markets. My visit certainly left me breathing more easily. Read more on page 136.

Our stories of county people include an entrepreneur, Ben Branson, who has launched the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirit, Lincoln based jeweller Amanda Coleman, who works in precious metals and Mayor’s Officer and formidable fundraiser Joe Cooke MBE, who retires this month after more than three decades in post.

Finally, we begin our show season with a visit to Woodhall Spa Show on Sunday 21st May. Do come and say ‘hello’ to us on our stand.

Wishing you a wonderful May.