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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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LRSN features in Oxford Farming Conference video

LRSN features in Oxford Farming Conference video

LRSN has helped to promote mental health awareness in a video produced for this year's Oxford Farming Conference. LRSN staff members Alison Twiddy and Gilly Steel, joined forces with local vet Molly McKay to speak to Sarah Mukherjee, an OFC director, chief executive of the Crop Protection Association and former BBC environment correspondent when she visited Lo...

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Prince’s Countryside Fund grant supports Lincs farmers

Prince’s Countryside Fund grant supports Lincs farmers

This autumn’s unprecedented rainfall has meant that much of the planned autumn land work has gone by the wayside. The stress and worry of waiting for dry weather whilst tonnes of seed and fertiliser lie waiting in farm sheds and fields ...

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LRSN welcomes Dr Jude McCann to FCN

LRSN welcomes Dr Jude McCann to FCN

LRSN today (24 October) welcomed the appointment of Dr Jude McCann as the new Chief Executive of The Farming Community Network (FCN). He will join FCN in January following the retirement of Charles Smith who has been the Christian farming charity's Chief Executive for eight years. LRSN is proud to work with FCN and recently collaborated with FCN and the National Federation of You...

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LRSN's AGM, reception and charity auction raises £16,153!

LRSN's AGM, reception and charity auction raises £16,153!

LRSN raised a record-breaking £16,153 at it's AGM, reception and charity auction held on Monday 14 October. More than 150 friends, volunteers and guests gathered at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground for the event, the largest ever held. Our master of ceremonies for the evening was, of course, the wonderful Sean Sparling and the guest speaker this y...

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LRSN Christmas cards are on sale now!

LRSN Christmas cards are on sale now!

For the first time this year, LRSN has produced its own Christmas cards. The design, two delightful donkeys, has been donated by our friend Hannah Dale at Wrendale Designs and Hannah and her colleagues have kindly arranged for the printing and packaging for us, too. Thank you to Hannah and everyone at Wrendale Designs...

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A fantastic array of prizes at the LRSN Charity Auction

A fantastic array of prizes at the LRSN Charity Auction

There is a fantastic array of auction lots for this year's LRSN Charity  Auction and with less than a week to go before the event, we are unveiling some of the wonderful prizes that you can bid for this year. The LRSN auction is the fitting finale to the Lincolnshire charity's AGM and reception which is on Monday 14 October at 6.30 pm at the Epic Centre, Lincoln...

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Next steps for LRSN as new staff member appointed

Next steps for LRSN as new staff member appointed

Lincolnshire Rural Support Network’s newest member of staff began work this week. Gilly Steel, a mental health professional from near Grimsby, joins the Lincolnshire-based farming support charity at a critical time for both the organisation and for the farmi...

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