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We are a very diverse group ranging from those with a small vegetable plot to full blown smallholding and any number of levels of self-sufficiency. It doesn't matter if you are just giving your first thoughts to growing your own vegetables in your garden or allotment or perhaps thinking of having a few hens, LSSSC is the place to come for help, advice and support. We believe in what we do and want to encourage others to look toward a healthy, sustainable way of living, but we are not against having a good time either.
Most of our meetings involve a communal lunch table, where there is always something delicious to eat and drink, provided by the members attending. Whatever the meeting is about, there is generally a bit of a get together before & after. This is where you can collar someone to ask how to do something, or to give you the benefit of their experience. It isn't long before you will feel comfortable giving others your advice. You never finish learning in this game!!
We hold monthly meetings and social get-togethers, usually structured around a particular topic, but sometimes just for a natter to like-minded people. Obviously it's not a compulsory condition of being a member, but the help and experience you can tap into at a meeting is worth the travelling!
Our next meeting will be at
on Sunday 31st August
This is our regular 'September' Meeting, but happens to fall this year on the last day of August!
The Show opens to the public at 9.00 and costs £6 for adults and £2 for children.
LSSSC will be running a stall as usual and this is for the use of all members. Whilst Sarah, our Secretary, is taking on the responsibility for organising and setting up the stall - along with a few 'willing' helpers - it is for your use and benefit. We will be providing a free refreshment area for the use of Members, as well as information on various aspects of Smallholding and Self-Sufficiency.
If you would like to help out on the stall for an hour during the day, please let me know as soon as possible so we can sort out details. There are times when the committee members who usually run the stall are involved in the Show Ring and it would be helpful if a few more people were able to cover these periods.
I am particularly looking for any member who has a skill to demonstrate, as this is usually very popular. Again, can you let me know if you are interested by 16th August so I can organise a timetable of events.
Anyone who wishes to use space on the stand to sell their produce is welcome to do so. All produce must be clearly marked with the price and brief description of what it is, e.g. Courgettes 20p per kilo! You should also provide a list of what you are selling, your name and contact details. You will need to collect your earnings and any surplus goods by 4pm on the day or make arrangements with Sarah or myself about later collection. It would be very helpful if members could let me know beforehand if they wish to sell products, but if you turn up at 9.00 on the day we should be able to find room!
Deatils of the Show can be found on the Wragby Show website, but check back here for updates.
This is proving to be a popular day out for our Members, so if you haven't been along before why not give it a go this year? I have it on good authority that it will still be Summer then!!
As previously posted, our August meeting has had to be cancelled due to illness. Following on from a cancellation of the meeting planned for July, it may appear that we are not organising anything! I did not want to organise a visit to anywhere without having some idea of the numbers of people turning up: not least because it's embarrassing and a waste of the hosts' time. Places I have considered were Easton Walled Gardens, Goltho Gardens, Doddington Hall, Hill Holt Wood and the Forge in Spalding. Having settled on these 5 venues and seen what was on offer, I have decided that it would be a shame to have arranged a meeting which no-one, or very few attended, especially as we may want to go again and it does not give a good impression to our host speaker or guide.
One suggestion from a member was a barbecue, but I'm afraid no-one came forward with a venue, but that is certainly an idea for another time.
So... our next meeting is at Wragby Show where we will be running a stall. The idea is to publicise what we do, recruit new members, provide free refreshments for current members and demonstrate and sell our skills and produce.
Will all members who would like to help out on the stall or who wish to sell their produce please contact me before 16th August to discuss details.
I have a number of off heat turkey poults available. £10 each. These are commercial strain Blacks and Bronzes reaching 17lb dressed weight for Christmas.
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