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Lincolnshire Life November 2020 - Digital Copy

November already and I have to pause at this point and try to recollect just where the rest of this year has gone? In a blur really, with the pandemic disorienting me from my usual diary landmarks through the year. I am determined that the festive season will offer myself, family and friends some brighter and more lasting memories and I suppose that begins with some fabulous ideas for gifts, food and experiences. Our first Christmas Gift Guide is in this issue, packed with wonderful local companies who are ready to fulfil your present list. This is definitely the year to shop early so our guide is a great place to start.

Gardening and our outdoor spaces have been a wonderful and safe resource during Covid restrictions and I was kindly shown around a new garden in the heart of Lincoln Cathedral. The Dean’s Garden is now open to the public and accessible from Eastgate. This large area was formerly screened off and semi-covered in tarmac when The Old Deanery was part of Lincoln Minster School. I think you will agree the transformation, as part of the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project, has been well worth the wait. It is an oasis of calm in the city and will become a beautiful outdoor venue for events in the future. Read more on page 34.

Barbara Young interviewed Emma Egging, chief executive officer of the Jon Egging Trust (JET). The charity, set up in memory of her husband, a Red Arrows pilot who died in a tragic air accident, now operates UK wide developing the working and life skills of young people. The feature begins on page 40.

This month we also remember the casualties of war, both military and civilian. Our first feature tells the story of the county with particular reference to Grimsby, which became a front line target. Our second is the remarkable story of one individual, Beryl Baxter. Turn to pages 106 and 118 to read more.

Finally, we have included another Diary of events this month. Many are virtual but plenty of others are outdoor, so while the weather is being kind, wrap up and explore these safe and welcoming locations. There are farmers’ markets, Christmas events, dog friendly days and exhibitions which are well worth visiting.

Have a wonderful month.