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The Second Lincolnshire Rural Charities Dinner raises over £42,000!

On the 7th April 2016 the second "Lincolnshire Rural Charities Dinner" was held in the magnificent setting of the Epic Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground; and what a memorable night it was!

The evening was a fantastic success raising over £40K for four great Lincolnshire Charities – LRSN, the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust and the Lincolnshire Agricultural Chaplaincy.

The aim of the Dinner was to have a true and proper celebration of all things Lincolnshire, produce and food, whilst highlighting the services of the four charities. We have already had some wonderful feedback from guests at the dinner which we are delighted to have received.

We cannot thank our sponsors, suppliers and guests enough for entering into the spirit of the evening from the purely magical and mad moments of Sean Sparling, the MC and Magician, to the heart rendering real life stories in the films and our speaker James Chapman MBE, with a wonderful tasting menu in between designed by Colin McGurran, the well-known AA 5* Winteringham Fields Chef Patron, who introduced each course with a presentation of information and anecdotes around the provenance of the ingredients. Colin has a renowned passion for local produce and provides his guests with a five star dining experience at Winteringham Fields.  Colin's unique approach to producing excellent food provided us with a delicious menu full of Lincolnshire's finest produce. 

Everyone’s generosity and contribution in every way helped to raise this humbling and amazing amount of money and is a testament to their commitment to Lincolnshire’s agricultural industry and all those who work within it so thank you to everyone for supporting us with this event.

In particular we would like to say a big "THANK YOU!" to the following sponsors:

Limagrain: Champagne Reception Sponsor

Brown and Co, Clydesdale Bank/ Yorkshire Bank, Smailes Goldie Turner and Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors: Main Dinner Sponsors

Bishop Burton College: Chef Patron Sponsor

ABN: Charity Film Sponsor

Ruddocks: Printing sponsors

TPO: Jazz Band sponsors

Corporate Sponsors: The Active Business Partnership, Andrew and Co Solicitors, Branston Ltd.,Farmacy / HL Hutchinsons, JH Walter, Karu Ltd., Nicholsons Chartered Accountants, Savills, Singleton Birch Ltd.

In addition we would like to thank the following:

Food and Produce Suppliers: Blyton Dairy Ice Cream, CGC Events Ltd., Cotehill Cheese, Cranswick Country, Foods, David Armstrong Farms Ltd., F. Pettitt and Son, Graham’s Bakery, Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd., Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Peros Ltd., Polybell Organic Farm, Special Edition Chocolate, Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, Welbournes Bakery, Wine and Glass Company, Winteringham Fields, Woodalls Charcuterie

Venue and Decoration: Abbey Parks Farm, British Hardwood Tree Nursery, Burton Hunt, Mick Chennells (GH Chennells Farms Ltd.), Mrs Rachel Gibbons, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd., Lincolnshire Motors Ltd., Mrs S J McEachran, Mr and Mrs Tony Morris, G Mudford and Sons Ltd., Naylors Flowers Ltd., Peachy Events, Mrs Margaret Robinson, Mrs Sue Stennett, Mr and Mrs Mark Strawson (Strawson Ltd.), Andrew Wattam (Wattam Ltd.)

Print design: Mideas Creative Ltd., Lincolnshire

The four charities would also like to thank the committee responsible for organising this second Lincolnshire Rural Charities Dinner: Meryl Ward (Chair), Della Armstrong, Bridget Bateson, Sophie Dunn, Sally Elkington, Sue Henderson, Ros Loweth, Faye Nam, Verity Parmley, Alison Pratt, Rev Canon Alan Robson, Jayne Southall, Sean Sparling, Clare Strawson, Emma Thorpe, Alison Twiddy, Jenny Willows

Photos of the event will follow!