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Lincolnshire Life May 2020 - Digital Copy

I feel as though I know so many more of you in person this month. It has been a pleasure to speak to advertisers, sponsorship partners and particularly the new subscribers who have been calling our office to make sure they get their copy of Lincolnshire Life and The Lincolnshire Poacher. Having your support and following enables us to continue to print the magazines during these challenging times so thank you from our whole team. We will work to keep you entertained and informed in the coming months too.

Having restrictions placed on our lives is frustrating to say the least but what wonderfully inventive ways people are finding to cope with life spent mostly at home while also supporting those who are more vulnerable in their communities. We have reports from Louth, Boston and the Cliff Villages of how organisations and businesses are responding.

I have been spending as much time as possible outside, planting seeds ready for my square foot garden, so I was intrigued by Simon Gibbins’ innovative technique for growing vegetables using mature straw bales. Simon, who lives and gardens just south of Lincoln, has produced an e-book to share this technique, which he explains on page 20.

Kate Chapman has been wrestling with the challenges of lockdown, home educating her children while still juggling freelance writing and I am sure many of you will identify with her Last Word thoughts. Kate did find time to interview speedway rider, Tai Woffinden, who is following a county tradition of producing some exceptional motorbike riders. Tai has his sights set on claiming a record seven world titles and hopefully it will not be too long before he can pursue this ambition once more. Kate’s interview begins on page 26.

When I was putting this issue together, I thought including some of our archive material might be not only interesting for readers but also a fascinating snapshot of the county 50 years ago; our supplement starting on page 41 is from the 10th anniversary issue in 1971.

The memorable cover image was captured by John Bennett of Lights and Dreams Photography. Each Thursday since lockdown, while people show their appreciation for the NHS, care and key workers with applause, Lincoln Cathedral pays its tribute bathed in blue light.

Stay safe and well.