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LINCOLNSHIRE: Love a Guide Dog

This Valentine’s Day: A lovable Labrador will be waiting for Valentine’s Day cuddles at Lincoln Central Library as part of an event to promote the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charity will be on hand to offer information about its work and services, as well as introduce one of their canine protégés, called Moss. A range of merchandise will also be available, helping to raise money for the charity’s vital work, and storytelling and craft activities will be on offer for families. Nicky Grigg from Lincoln Central Library said: “If you think you or a family member may need a guide dog, if you want to find out more about the charity’s work and volunteer to help them, or if you simply want a cuddle with Moss – this is the event for you!” The ‘Come and meet the guide dogs’ event takes place at Lincoln Central Library from 10.30am-12.30pm on 14th February. Entry is free. Donations for Guide Dogs for the Blind are very welcome.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. It also campaigns for the right of people with visual impairment and educates the public about eye care and funds eye disease research. It has been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years.

National Garden’s Scheme

Last year the National Gar-den’s Scheme (NGS) raised £48,000 for nursing and caring charities from the gardens which were open in Lincolnshire. The new season will start again in February.

Gardens open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) are some of the top spots to see snowdrops, hellebores and other early flowering plants. Visitors to NGS gardens will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting valuable causes, as about 80p in every £1 collected at the garden gate goes straight to the NGS beneficiary charities, which include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Carers Trust. The gardens open in February are: Little Ponton Hall - open on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th February. Chapel St, Hacconby, near Bourne - open on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd February.

Vintage Fair

Saturday 7th February, we’re bringing our fabulous Vintage Fashion Market back to The Drill Hall in Lincoln. Between 10.30am and 4.30pm, you’ll be able to listen to live music from Heather Marie whilst enjoying afternoon tea, get creative at the vintage inspired workshop and visit the beauty parlour, who will be ready to curl, quiff and roll your hair into a pinup worthy style.

It’s that time of year when we’re thinking about grabbing a bargain! The January sales are still in full swing and we hope you’ve got Christmas cash to spare because our traders will be making room for new stock! Come down to grab a vintage bargain! For more details visit www.britaindoesvintage.co.uk