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Hemingby village sign.

Welcome to the 'village of the year'

BBC Radio Hemingby

For one day only BBC Radio Lincolnshire became BBC Radio Hemingby! We gave out our microphones to the residents of the 'Lincolnshire Village of the Year' for them to literally 'make the news'.

Hemingby Facts

  • Hemingby is the 'Lincolnshire Village of the Year' and is being judged for the national 'Village of the Year' Competition.
  • It is about 4 miles outside Horncastle on the A158 towards Wragby
  • There are 212 residents
  • It has 103 houses
  • The village has one pub, one church and a village hall
  • Hemingby is the home of pedigree Lincoln Red cattle
  • In the past few months groups the active community have organised 14 local events including a visit by Santa and a bonfire night

For the first time ever - the BBC in Lincolnshire handed over their Breakfast Programme to the community in Hemingby for a unique broadcasting experiment.

Over three days a team of BBC Journalists based on the BBC Lincolnshire Bus became a key part of the village, providing training on reporting, editing, scripting and interviewing - and then the community were sent to find their own stories.

The community reports were broadcast live from the village on the final day when the Rod Whiting Breakfast Show came live from the local pub!

Meet some of our reporters

Helen Jones is a Parish Councillor for Hemingby - and worked with her friend Doug Rodwell on a piece about why their village is the Lincolnshire Village of the year. 

Steph Wilson reported on the number of businesses run from homes in the village of Hemingby.



Hollie spent her 14th Birthday working on her radio piece on the BBC Bus. She is one of the only Youth Councillors in the area - she has an unelected seat on the Parish Council and puts forward the concerns and issues of young people in the village. Her radio piece talks about what she has achieved as a Youth Councillor. 

William Grover from Hemingby interviewed pub landlady Debbie Stride about a £10,000 grant from the community group 'The Pub is the Hub' to see why she was turning an outbuilding into a youth centre.

As well as producing the radio show, people in the village worked on web pages. Joy  got her's done and you can read about life in the village, and take a look at some pictures right here!

Helen Jones

Helen Jones

One resident and community reporter Helen Jones said "As we are a small rural village we tend to make our own fun… we have lots of committees that organise events and activities for people to take part in - anything like this contributes to the life of people in the village. It will give a new angle for people of all ages to join in - we are thrilled to be the first village to do this - and as the first village we are determined to make it a success!"

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