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‘DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE’ LINCS GROWERS TOLD AS PERFECT STORM STRIKES

Lincolnshire’s flower, vegetable and plant growers have been urged not to suffer in silence after being hit by a “perfect storm” caused by a chronic lack of workers. Severe reductions in people able to pick and pack food and flower crops, coupled with major supply chain issues, have led to anxiety, stress, financial worries and shear exhaustion - building day by day - for Lincolnshire’s growers as the situation worsens, with no immediate hope of a solution. The NFU in ...

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LRSN AGM & Charity Auction 18 October 2021

LRSN AGM & Charity Auction 18 October 2021

Wow, what a difference a year makes. Last year we were all sat at computer screens watching the AGM via Zoom and this year we were able to meet and hold the annual AGM and charity auction in person. It was phenomenal to see so many LRSN friends and supporters at the event. We can't express our gratitude enough to those who attended and those who supported us from afar. It's the that are people involved that makes LRSN the wonderful charity that it is, so our thanks go to all involved, volunte...

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The #MadMayMarathon literally went Mad!

The #MadMayMarathon literally went Mad!

Sat in an online ‘teams’ meeting one day, someone mentioned the concept of a virtual event. “let’s try and raise the social media profile and remind people we’re here”. It was agreed that we would put a proposal together for the next board meeting, thinking it would only really involve 40 or maybe 50 people the idea of the #MadMayMarathon was born.  Logos were designed, web pages built, and snoods ordered, now to create a social media campaign and get some participants, w...

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Meet our new Head of Charity

Meet our new Head of Charity

In every organisation there is change and for LRSN that is no exception. In October, our Project Manager, Alison Twiddy leaves us after 14 years in the post. As the face of LRSN in so many ways, Alison will leave her mark on our organisation, and is leaving us in excellent shape with sustainable funding streams, a strong staff...

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Support our Ultra Challengers!

Support our Ultra Challengers!

Have you got an Ultra Challenge inside you, wanting to be free? Our supporters Molly and Lizzie, staff member Sarah and volunteer Helen all have! They've signed up to raise funds for LRSN by undertaking two Ultra Challenges this summer. Sarah and Helen are walking a marathon, the London Summer Walk, in June, and Molly and Lizzie have set themselves the Isle of Wight...

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Diocese announces three associate agricultural chaplains

Diocese announces three associate agricultural chaplains

The Diocese of Lincoln is pleased to announce the appointment of three part-time, associate Agricultural Chaplains for Lincolnshire. They will be formerly commissioned to their news posts on 15 April and will work alongside LRSN to “walk with” farming and rural folk through tough times. The three new chaplains are the Rev Sue Hentley (pictured above, left), from the South of...

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HIGH SHERIFF’S AWARDS REWARD MANY YEARS OF LRSN SERVICE

HIGH SHERIFF’S AWARDS REWARD MANY YEARS OF LRSN SERVICE

Two longstanding Lincolnshire Rural Support Network team members, Rev Canon Alan Robson and Alison Twiddy have been recognised by Lincolnshire’s High Sheriff, Michael Scott for their work supporting the county’s farming and rural communities. Their High Sheriff’s Awards were presented at a small, covid-secure ceremony at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground o...

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An exciting opportunity to lead LRSN

An exciting opportunity to lead LRSN

Times are changing at Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, as Alison Twiddy, the county charity’s Project Manager, steps down after 14 years in the post. LRSN's board of trustees is recruiting a new Head of Charity to lead the county-based farming and rural support charity, taking over from Alison in October 2021. Chair of the board of trustees, Meryl Ward...

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AGM 2020

AGM 2020

What can we say about our AGM this year? 2020 has been a different year in so many ways, a worldwide pandemic, National Lockdown, working from home, and homeschooling to name a few and our AGM was no exception. The usual gathering with drinks, nibbles, and endless catching up gave way to a zoom meeting with the 'rule of six' meaning only those absolutely essential to the meeting could be in the same room.  However, to keep everything on track in his usual jovial and uplifting way, Sean Sparl...

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RABI extends support for farmers with new wellbeing initiative

RABI extends support for farmers with new wellbeing initiative

We welcome this addition to our already diverse LRSN tool kit to provide a lifeline to the agricultural community in Lincolnshire. The new RABI service will provide a gateway to 2 well-established on-line counselling service providers Kooth and Qwell and we look forward to the increased opportunities and benefits it will bring, to help those struggling through difficult times alongside our own tailored casework service offering hands-on practical, emotional and physical healthcare sup...

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LRSN achieves Investing in Volunteers standard, again!

LRSN achieves Investing in Volunteers standard, again!

LRSN has this week been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work we undertake with our 33 volunteers. We first achieved accreditation in 2016, recognising the importance of our volunteers’ roles in all aspects of the organisation’s work to support the county’s farming and rural communities through tough times. ...

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National Lottery funds are vital for LRSN's future

National Lottery funds are vital for LRSN's future

The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network has been awarded a grant of £80,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund. The fund was launched in April to support charities and social enterprises during the coronavirus pandemic. Welcoming the grant, L...

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We're recruiting - PR, Events and Administration Manager

We're recruiting - PR, Events and Administration Manager

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. If you would like to find out more about volunteering for LRSN, please click here. An exciting part-time, home-based, position has arisen that will provide support for our forward-looking and progressive charity....

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It's Farm Safety Week - Stay Safe!

It's Farm Safety Week - Stay Safe!

For Farm Safety Week 2020, our wonderful volunteer, Andrew has produced three short films to remind us to stay safe on the farm and on the road. Please remember that safety on the farm is not just about one week, it's about every day of the year.  Stay Safe on the Road ...

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LRSN is ready, willing and able to help through tough times

LRSN is ready, willing and able to help through tough times

LRSN has quickly responded and adapted to the changing situation and challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak so that we can deliver our full range of services wherever possible, whilst ensuring the safety of our team of staff and volunteers. Project manager, Alison Twiddy said: “Farming is an industry that is used to isolation, but the sheer scal...

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Chris and Kelly's 2020 Marathon Challenge - CORONAVIRUS CANCELS CHALLENGE

Chris and Kelly's 2020 Marathon Challenge - CORONAVIRUS CANCELS CHALLENGE

Two intrepid agriculturalists, Kelly Hewson-Fisher and Chris Hewis, were planning to raise funds for LRSN this year. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, all mass events, including marathons and half marathons, have been postpon...

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LRSN and Woldmarsh Charity Golf Day 2020 - Cancelled

LRSN and Woldmarsh Charity Golf Day 2020 - Cancelled

LRSN and Woldmarsh were once again due to join forces to stage our annual Charity Golf Day. This year's event was going to be held on Thursday 14 May at Blankney Golf Club LN4 3AZ, but... It is with a heavy heart that we and Woldmarsh Producers have decided that in the current situation we are all in with th...

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Weather worries? LRSN is here to help

Weather worries? LRSN is here to help

Following last autumn's unprecedented rainfall, farmers and growers in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire can apply to the Defra Farming Recovery Fund, details were released on 6 January. Grants of between £500 and £25,000 can be applied for until the closing date of 31 July 2020. For more informa...

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Lizzie, Martin and the Prince's Farm Resilience Programme

Lizzie, Martin and the Prince's Farm Resilience Programme

The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme (PRFP) participants, Martin and Lizzie Clough feature in a new video launched by the Prince's Countryside Fund. Martin and Lizzie run a mixed beef, sheep and arable enterprise near Spilsby and are undertaking the free business skills programme organised in Lincolnshire by LRSN. In 2018, f...

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Help us raise money at Waitrose and Lincolnshire Co-op

Help us raise money at Waitrose and Lincolnshire Co-op

LRSN has been selected by Waitrose to be a Community Matters charity and by the Lincolnshire Co-op to be a Community Champion! Applications to both stores proved successful, so shoppers will be able to help us raise funds, this spring. ...

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