Hand painted Birchwood Baron raffled off for charity

A Lincoln councillor has added a Birchwood Baron to the city’s trailblazing set, with the miniature model set to feature in a charity raffle.

Councillor Rosanne Kirk, City of Lincoln Council member for Birchwood ward, has painted a mini baron, named ‘The Baron of Birchwood’, which is the prize in a raffle taking place at St Barnabas Charity Shop.

The baron is decorated in celebration of Birchwood ward; it features a bear on the shield, of which there are three in the nature park, the St Barnabas logo on the helmet, a Lancaster bomber on the back, poppies on the back with the numbers 50 and 61 in recognition of the RAF Squadrons, and the whole piece uses the colours of the Lincolnshire flag.

Councillor Kirk said: “I wanted to paint the baron and decided to help a charity that has a centre in the ward I represent.

“I know Lincoln Barons have been extremely popular and wanted Birchwood to have one of its own.

“It’s a unique piece and I enjoyed painting it. I really hope it raises lots of money for this very worthwhile charity. I know it’s already proving to be a talking point by people visiting the shop.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The barons created a trail through Lincoln this summer as part of Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

St Barnabas Charity Shops raise money for patient care and improved services across the city and relies on generous donations from the public.

St Barnabas Hospice provides palliative end of life care and provides tremendous support for patients and their families.

Tickets for the raffle to win The Baron of Birchwood will be on sale at the shop for a month, and a raffle date is yet to be decided.

Mini Paint Your Own Barons are now available from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill.

The mini Barons cost £9.95 each, which includes a donation to The Trussell Trust.

The barons will be auctioned off for charity next month.

The barons will be auctioned off for charity next month.

The real Lincoln Barons are being given a send-off at Lincoln Castle between September 24 and 29 before being auctioned off for The Trussell Trust on October 1.