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Lincolnshire Life September 2020 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life September 2020 - Digital Copy

We have very much enjoyed stretching our wings this month, to get out and about more. Although shows and live performances are still very restricted, museums and heritage sites are opening with Government safety guidance in place.

Newly reopened after major structural work and refurbishment is Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby. I first visited more than 15 years ago after the property was purchased by North Kesteven District Council to preserve the home as a time capsule of pre- and post-WW2 living. We carried a front cover image of the cottage then and we have done the same for this issue. Mrs Smith’s charming diaries have led to new artistic interpretations of her life and the education centre which has opened next door will give future generations further insight into a much slower paced yet sustainable way of living. Read Barbara Young’s feature on page 76.

The annual Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days festival, which this year runs between 11th and 20th September, is a mix of in-person and digital events. The theme is ‘The Past and Pastimes – The heritage of Lincolnshire’s leisure’. County organisers, Heritage Lincolnshire, have produced a guide which can be purchased through their website and it is recommended that tours are booked in advance as many are already nearly sold out. Find more information on page 84.

The pandemic forced the postponement of the launch of ‘A Taste of Excellence’, Lincolnshire Life’s annual food, drink and hospitality awards. You have hopefully already seen that we have included a nomination form in this issue. We felt it is extremely important to acknowledge what businesses in these sectors have experienced so far this year and the amazing way many have responded with new products, services and protocols in place to serve the public safely. Our categories have a new look to reflect this challenging year and we now need you to nominate your stand-out businesses in each one. You can vote using the form, online via our website or through our social media. You have until 16th October to tell us why you are putting your favourites forward. We will not be able to hold our Awards Night in November but will be making presentations to your winners. We hope to be back bigger and better in 2021 when hundreds of us can meet and celebrate once again in an indoor space.

Enjoy your month.