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LRSN attends the 2016 Lincolnshire Show: 22nd and 23rd June

We had a very successful two days at the Lincolnshire this year enjoying the great weather- luckily the rain never really came to much- and the great atmosphere in the showground, created by the many varied and interesting events held throughout the two days.

We would like to thank the Lincolnshire NFU for hosting our PR material in their marquee again this year, enabling us to meet many of our colleagues and supporters and to join in with the latest industry news, including a talk by Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, who talked about the problems of the BPS and RPA’s handling of payments to farmers. They also held the presentation, by Lincolnshire’s Lord Lieutenant Toby Dennis, of the British Empire Medal to Alan Stennett, a stalwart of agricultural broadcasting, farming and railway history who was awarded the medal for “services to agriculture and broadcasting in Lincolnshire”. Local young farmer, Tom Wells, was also awarded the East Midlands NFU person of the year, an award initiated in 2015 by Minty Willoughby, Lincolnshire’s NFU Chairman. Congratulations to both from everyone here at LRSN!

On the Thursday morning of the show we held a breakfast meeting, kindly hosted by Brown and Co in their marquee, where Alison Twiddy addressed over 40 guests and talked about the importance of our charity's investment in our community and partnerships, our volunteers and our young people trying to forge a career in agriculture in Lincolnshire, such as Tom Wells. Tom spoke to us about his involvement in Young Farmers that led to his award of National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Senior Member of the Year 2016 and the importance of the Rural Plus initiative that LRSN, Farming Community Network and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs are working together on, to help raise the awareness of mental health issues in young people in rural communities. Thank you to Brown and Co for supporting us with this breakfast event and for serving the delicious bacon buns, they were very well received!

Cheque presentations to the charities involved in the Lincolnshire Rural Charities Dinner were also held at the breakfast event following the successful fundraising night in April.  Over £40,000 was raised on the night which will help support the charities involved with their work in Lincolnshire.