Harry Potter-themed store opens its doors on Lincoln High Street

A Harry Potter-themed pop-up store inside a Lincoln charity shop opened its doors this week.

St Barnabas Hospice is selling official Harry Potter merchandise from its shop in the upper High Street from Friday up until the Christmas Market in December.

“The store has the normal stuff you’d expect like wands and scarves but then there’s stuff you will have never seen before” – Hannah Brown


The charity has a strong Harry Potter connection as its patron is Warwick Davis, who plays both Professor Flitwick and Griphook the Goblin in the franchise.

Official mugs, keyrings, notebooks, decorative boxes, street signs,  wands and replica broomsticks of the Nimbus 2000 and Firebolt are on sale on Lincoln’s High Street.

Hannah Brown, the Social Secretary of the Harry Potter society at the University of Lincoln, has already visited the store to check it out.

“The store has the normal stuff you’d expect like wands and scarves but then there’s stuff you will have never seen before. They have a Firebolt broomstick which is wonderful. There’s also a patronus which lights up a canvas with effects. It’s good because they have stuff from all four houses, whereas if you go to studio tours, you usually just get Griffindor and Slytherin things,” she said.


The store window shows the various Harry Potter-themed items for sale at St Barnabas Hospice, Lincolnshire. Photo: St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire Facebook

“I’ve already seen people from the Harry Potter society around the store, and this shop will definitely grab the interest of everyone in the society.

“This Lincolnshire-based shop is raising money for the St Barnabas Hospice so that they can help care for people around the county.”

St Barnabas Hospice are urging Harry Potter fans to come from far and wide to visit this shop and help to raise some much needed money for hospice care in Lincolnshire.



Lincoln knights trail raise 180k for the Nomad Trust

The Nomad Trust and Lincoln’s Art and Innovation fund raised nearly £180,000 this weekend with the auction of the sculptures from the Lincoln Knights Trail.

All 36 knights were sold at the auction at Lincoln Cathedral, with the Knight of the Skies, signed by Bomber Command veteran George Johnson, selling for the highest figure of £15,000. Artist Mel Langton designed three of the Knights, raising over £17,000 altogether with her designs.

The Nomad Trust said that two-thirds of the money raised will go towards a new specialist day centre in Lincoln and emergency accommodation to support the homeless.

There were over 200 applications to design the knights, and Mrs Langton was amazed when she found out all three of her designs had made the cut when it was narrowed down to 50 designs.

“When they put out a call for designs from artists, I put in three designs hoping I could get one because I have previously done of the barons so I thought it would be nice, I couldn’t believe when I got through,” she said.

Mrs Langton designed the Daisy Maid Knight, which was 50 things to do before you turn 11 and three quarters.

“I started a little bit early because I had three knights to design. It took me around 90 to 100 hours to finish each sculpture. I painted mine in public as well,” she continued.

“I’d be working on Daisy Maid and I’d look round and have loads of little eyes watching me with their ice creams. It was really good fun to do. There was one I painted in the Waterside shopping centre too.”

“It’s just great because people get to really see how I work and what I put into it, and people come up and ask how you are and what paint I’m using and having a chat.”

The auction was held at Lincoln Cathedral this weekend and Mrs Langton said it was a really strange atmosphere.

“I didn’t know how it would be at the cathedral because it is so big. I was a bit worried that there wouldn’t be many people there because it is such a space to fill. But we were queuing to get in, there were loads of people,” she said.

The trail was launched as a celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. More than 70,000 people took part when the event ran from May 20 to September 3.

“It’s lovely to be able to work on something that raises so much money for a really good cause. It’s nice to think that something I’ve painted and worked on has gone on to raise so much money it’s bizarre,” Mrs Langton said.

More of Mrs Langton’s work can be found on her website: http://www.mellangton.com

Lincoln to celebrate 75 years of Oxfam

Oxfam in Lincoln are hosting a special event this week to commemorate its 75th Birthday. This Thursday, 5th October, Oxfam Lincoln have invited people to attend a giant display of support for the charities achievements.

The plan is to create a giant Oxfam Logo in Cornhill Square in the centre of Lincoln with people wearing green, standing together. The display of gratitude and support will begin at 11am and last for one hour before the Lincoln town crier will announce their birthday at noon.

Held at Liquor in Lincoln, located above Trebles on Saltergate, the OxJam event was a music festival that aims to get local musicians involved with the charity.

Lauren Wood, the Cygnet PR Oxfam Project Lead, is looking forward to the event. She said: “The aim is to show people that we are coming together in Lincoln. Everyone has to wear green and at 10:30 we are having some OxJam performances followed by the big publicity stunt of the giant Oxfam logo. There will also be some quizzes and other activities along the way, and of course tea and cake.”

In the build up to the anniversary event, Oxfam Lincoln, along with Oxfam organisations around the UK hosted music events last week.

Miss Wood went on to say: “It was great. It gave local musicians a chance to perform and any money spent went towards raising money for Oxfam. Also, following the success of that and hopefully the event on Thursday, we have other OxJam events coming up in November and at the beginning of next year.”