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From time to time we'll publish some thoughts, advice, photographs or a blog to help you keep in touch with LRSN and help LRSN keep in touch with you.

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One year on - a good decision

One year on - a good decision

Well, what can I say… My first year with LRSN has been a whirlwind! Flooding, adverse weather, Brexit worries and a global pandemic! Not quite what any of us expected at all. Luckily my background in crisis work and mental health has prepared me for all sorts of life events, but I can't lie and say I coped in an unphased way. No one knew what was (or is) going to happen and our w...

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Thank you to Waitrose

Thank you to Waitrose

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought much disruption to LRSN's fundraising this year, but we have been incredibly fortunate to receive grant funding from a number of different sources. Earlier this year we were one of three charities to receive £333 from the Waitrose store at Lincoln as one of it's Community Matters green token scheme charities. Because of coronavirus, the store kindly divided their £1000 monthly charity donation equally between us. But when the opport...

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We've come a long way

We've come a long way

Lockdown has proved a challenge for many, and it feels like we’ve spent the last five months with everything turned on its head. Here at LRSN we’ve seen how Lincolnshire’s farming and rural communities have coped and overcome some of the challenges, found news ways of working, come up with ingenious solutions and helped their neighbours through these difficult time...

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Emma Billings - a day in the life

Emma Billings - a day in the life

Welcome to our fourth Day in the Life film with our lovely friend Emma Billings of Manby Grange Farm, near Louth. Emma and her family breed and rear pedigree Limousin cattle - you can find out more about their farm at www.manbygrangefarm.com. Emma farms with her husband Mark and son Billy and also ...

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Lincolnshire Show 2020 - we've been missing you

Lincolnshire Show 2020 - we've been missing you

We should have been at Lincolnshire Show this week, but because of coronavirus, it was cancelled together with many other shows and events. But, to cheer ourselves up, we've put together two short films to celebrate our association with the Lincs Show and say that we'll be back again next year. We're really looking forward to seeing all our friends and supporters at ...

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A day in the life of Kate Armstrong

A day in the life of Kate Armstrong

Our new "a day in the life" vlog is from Kate Armstrong, who farms with her family at Bardney. Kate tells us all about potato production, trickle irrigation and the trouble with hares. She explains why the family took the decision to launch The Spud Barn and how they've helped to supply potatoes to their local community during the coronavirus lockdown. ...

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A day in the life of Alan and Sue

A day in the life of Alan and Sue

Our second "day in the life" video visits Sue and Alan Stennett at their home at Woodhall Junction, an old railway station near Woodhall Spa.  Sue is a volunteer for LRSN and breeds and shows Portland Sheep. Alan writes, produces and presents the farming news for BBC Radio Lincolnshire as well as writing books, producing videos and speaking in public on Lincolnshire history, farming, vinta...

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Let's get cooking with Riseholme!

Let's get cooking with Riseholme!

The staff and students at Riseholme College have come up with a novel way to raise funds for us. They've launched the Field 2 Fork Fundraising Challenge to take advantage of everyone's new #Lockdowncooking skills and utilise social media to spread the word that LRSN is here to help. The website says:  Here at R...

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NFU Mutual funds will support our frontline work

NFU Mutual funds will support our frontline work

LRSN has been nominated by three of the county’s NFU Mutual agencies to receive funding from the NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund. The £1 million fund is part of a £32 million support package set up this spring to help local, frontline charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. NFU Mutual agencies at Spalding, Louth and the jointly run Bourne, Boston ...

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The voice of our county

The voice of our county

  Our lovely friends at Wilkin Chapman llp have recorded a wonderful rendition of The Voice of Our County, a poem commissioned last year for the Lincolnshire Rural Charities Dinner and recited then by Catherine Harris, Wilkin Chapman's head of agriculture. The film will also raise funds for LRSN as the final frame urges us to text LINCSPOEM to 70085 to donate £5....

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Support for businesses - where to find it

Support for businesses - where to find it

There is a vast amount of information available on numerous websites to help you and your business get through these difficult times. The maze of business funding options might seem impenetrable, but LRSN is here to help. LRSN's caseworker, Lea Schofield has distilled the plethora of information for us into an easy-to-access guide on how to get finance for your ...

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Fundraisers do it in Lycra

Fundraisers do it in Lycra

UPDATE: They've done it! The #BrilliantBarclaysBoys have achieved their 1500-mile-cycle goal within the 19 days and then some! Find out more about John Colley, Richard Thomas and Jon Johnson's challenge to raise funds for LRSN by each cycling 500 miles in 19 days. The JustGiving page will remain open for a few more days so please if you haven't already donated, visit ...

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Stay mentally healthy during Covid-19

Stay mentally healthy during Covid-19

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current coronavirus (Covid-19), can be scary and affect our mental health, says LRSN's health and wellbeing lead, Gilly Steel. The government is telling us to stay at home as much as possible and to social distance...

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Lockdown learning - some (more) ideas

Lockdown learning - some (more) ideas

The prospect of "back to school" for our kids is still over a month away and then only for some age groups. And as we know, the farm environment is only for supervised, safe play. So if you're looking for fun and educational things to occupy little minds, here are a few resources that centre learning principles around food, farming and the countryside. And if you are a teacher searching for ideas for online...

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Join us in Mental Health Awareness Week

Join us in Mental Health Awareness Week

LRSN will be joining hundreds of organisations and many thousands of individuals to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, from 18 – 24 May. Please help us to spread the word that It’s OK not to be OK. Help is available if you’re struggling to come to terms with life, especially in these difficult and challenging times. The psychological and soci...

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A day in the life of Amy Jobe

A day in the life of Amy Jobe

Join LRSN friend and supporter, Amy on her farm at South Elkington near Louth as she explains how her life has changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Amy farms with her father Charles; her husband Dan is a land agent and they have two children, all are at home, changing Amy's focus to encompass not just her Lincoln Russet beef enterprise and the day to day farm work, but ho...

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LRSN pointers for Plan B

LRSN pointers for Plan B

Need help thinking through a contingency plan? Then have a look at our Pointers for Plan B graphic which has some handy hints to help you see a clear path through the current crisis. Remember if you, or someone you know needs help, LRSN is here to help you get back on track....

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A cup of tea with LRSN

A cup of tea with LRSN

There's nothing quite like a comforting cup of tea, so take a break with LRSN's volunteers and staff and enjoy one with us. Cheers!   Remember if you need...

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"Thinking": a poem about getting through tough times

"Thinking": a poem about getting through tough times

Don't forget, if you need help, LRSN is here to help you get back on track. Ring our helpline, 0800 138 1710; we've extended our opening hours to 8am to 8pm and are here for you.  ...

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Marathon challenge - an update from our gallant runners

Marathon challenge - an update from our gallant runners

LRSN supporters Chris Hewis and Kelly Hewson-Fisher had been training over the winter in order to run marathons to raise funds for LRSN. Chris was looking forward to running in Paris on 5 April and on the same day, Kelly would have run the Manchester Marathon. But, as their blogs, below, will tell, coronavirus and injuries have put paid to this year’s efforts. ...

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