Cheers! Thor’s Tipi Bar signs a Three-Year Deal

Lincoln BIG has announced that Thor’s tipi bar is set to return this Christmas and poised to become an annual city favourite, as it signs a three-year deal. The pop-up bar, which plays on Lincolnshire’s Viking heritage – is to set-up camp on The Cornhill every November for the festive season over the next three years. This year, the tipi will be open daily from 10am, from November 9 until December 31 (but closed on Christmas Day).  It will offer a festive experience for Christmas shoppers, weary workers, visitors and families alike. Two linked canvas tipis will form the bar, which will be festooned with lighting and decked out with wooden tables and benches, cosy furs and an open fire pit, around which customers can soak-up the Viking hygge. A brand-new drinks menu offers exciting new lagers, pale ales and Guinness, whilst festive favourites such as mulled wine and hot cider will ensure there is something to warm everyone’s cockles. A new range of flavoured hot chocolates allows kids, big and small, to tailor-make their own drink or adults a sweet hit with a kick, by adding one of our delicious shots such as Salted Karamel Vodka or Rhum Orange! Teas and coffees as well as soft drinks are also available to revive busy shoppers. One of Lincoln’s favourite street food vendors, The Cheese Cave, will be making its debut at Thor’s with its vintage trailer. Owner of the business, Emma said “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Thor’s tipi bar this winter and can’t wait to bring The Cheese Cave along to serve up some delicious grilled cheese street food to the hungry hordes! With locally sourced produce and award-winning Sourdough bread from Welbeck bakery, we think our food is perfect for everyone to enjoy around the roaring fires in the tipi and we’re thrilled the Thor’s team think so too!”. Michael Armstrong Events and Promotions Manager for Lincoln BIG said: “We are thrilled to welcome Thor’s tipi bar back to Lincoln for Christmas and we hope it will form the centerpiece for a whole range of Christmas events from Lantern Parades and Reindeer to Camels and the switching on of the Christmas lights. The Cornhill Quarter is being beautifully re-developed and this Christmas attraction really enhances the area over this special time.” Maria Farrugia, Co-Founder of Thor’s added:  “Our first year in Lincoln was a hugely successful one with...
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#ManChat Conference Inspires Delegates

About 120 delegates left a groundbreaking conference in Lincoln determined to help smash the stigma surrounding men’s mental health issues – which leads 84 men a week to commit suicide. #ManChat, which was organised by NWCH (the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub) and staged at The Showroom, off Tritton Road, featured professional speakers, intensely personal stories and in-depth workshops, which left participants hopeful that this trend can be reversed. NWCH Co-founder and Chief Executive Naomi Watkins said: “Twelve men a day, 84 a week take their lives.  This is shocking, and we need to do something about it.  NWCH wants to lead the way in breaking the stigma associated with men’s mental health, and our #ManChat conference was just one way of encouraging people in Lincolnshire and beyond to talk openly and honestly about it. The comprehensive conference programme provided reassurance for men suffering in silence and families worried about male relatives or friends that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It also provided extra encouragement for professionals offering counselling support. Before lunch, the gathering heard from six speakers. First up was counsellor Michael Davis, who helps men to process grief and who said that society tends to stereotype those who are dealing with loss. “There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Men feel awkward about showing their emotions due to social barriers put in place by society. Sometimes they may be considered weak or a ‘non-alpha’ male,” he said. “But, people need to observe a man’s grief, read their emotions and give them space and love, because grief has no concept of time.” Colin Hayward, whose mental health is currently improving, shared his experience of growing-up, He told how he had felt vulnerable and frightened, had been bullied, turned to drink, used drugs and ended-up feeling direction-less. He had been hospitalised and had tried to kill himself. Being diagnosed as having a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Anti-Social Personality Disorder (APD), had given him insights and helped him to acknowledge the effects of his past. You could hear a pin drop as delegates, including Stuart Brown (Life Begins at 50, 40 Years of Shame and Fear) told their stories. Stuart, who once lived in Lincolnshire, shared how he had been sexually abused as a young person. The perpetrator was eventually jailed for 20 years in 2016 for his abuse of Stuart and three others....
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Triple Funding Win For Counselling Hub

Counsellors in Lincoln, are celebrating three successful funding bids – adding a boost of nearly £75,000 for the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH)! NWCH has scooped its first National Lottery win and further financial help from The Bromhead Medical Trust and The Key Fund, helping it to continue supporting hundreds of children, young people and adults across Lincolnshire, and to fulfil its ambition of expanding to meet an ever-increasing demand for its services. It’s great news for Chief Executive Officer Naomi Watkins and fellow co-founder and Director Alex Parkin,  non-executive directors and the 20 specialist counsellors now working out of the Hub. Nadine Daubney, who joined NWCH in January and recently became a non-executive director, took on the added responsibility of Bid Writer a couple of months ago and has an extra reason to be delighted – the National Lottery application for £10,000, was her first bid for the organisation. Naomi Watkins said: “We are absolutely over the moon with our triple success. Since we opened our doors 18 months ago, more than 600 clients have been referred to us. “In addition to the National Lottery Award, we have been given nearly £25,000 by The Bromhead Medical Trust and a massive £40,000 by The Key Fund. Together, they reflect major organisations’ belief in us and our determination to continue helping existing and new clients. “The National Lottery Fund money will allow us to help children and young adults between the ages of four and 25-years-old, who have been the victims of rape and other sexual abuse, through our year-long Snowdrop Project. “Within months of starting our business, which now operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC), we received £25,000 from The Bromhead Medical Trust for our Acorn Project, which has allowed us to offer free counselling to children and young people between the ages of four and 18-years-old. The Trust’s latest award of £25,000 extends that for another year. “The generous boost of £40,000 from The Key Fund, follows the £60,000 they gave us earlier this year.  In both cases, this funding comes in the form of a part-loan and part-grant,” said Naomi. “It will allow us to employ a Hub Co-ordinator on a full-time basis.  This is essential if we are to meet our ambitions to grow even further, and renovate and expand our premises to create three more dedicated counselling rooms.” Nadine said: “I joined the Hub at...
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New “Escape Room” Complex Will Test The Adventurous!

Former accountant Matthew Dixon has made the break from the worlds of corporate and school finance, after figuring out a brilliant way to become his own boss! Having had whale of a time doing essential research, Matthew has hung-up his city suit, dressed down and cannot wait to launch his exciting new escape rooms venture, Deliverance. News comes after Lincoln-based chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co leased the entrepreneur upstairs premises (extending across three floors) at the junction of the city’s High Street with Clasketgate. Now Matthew is busy putting the finishing touches to four themed rooms, where he will hold “adventurers” captive until they have cracked a string of clues and finally reclaimed their freedom! The former University of Lincoln student, who is originally from the Peterborough area is thrilled to be fulfilling a double ambition, by starting his own business and breaking into the world of play! He is putting the final touches to his immersive experience with the help of partner Sophie Hales, who is originally from Scunthorpe, but who has become a primary school teacher after studying at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University. “I first tried an escape room two years ago and enjoyed it so much I was encouraged to visit many others. It’s the best sort of research you can ever do.  It’s so much fun!,” said Matthew. “Naturally, I also explored the mechanics and cost of setting-up my business and thought “this could work,” then I started seriously planning Deliverance just over a year ago. “We are creating four different experiences – one involving a bank robbery, another featuring an isolated cabin in a wood, the next a different kind of hideaway and finally a war experience, called Besieged. The latter has been constructed with the help of my friend Craig Clay.” Matthew hopes to welcome his first “adventurers” at the end of this month. Deliverance will be open from 10am to 10pm and will offer one-hourly sessions for two to six people, so when fully booked there could be 24 players trying to make their escape from the themed rooms. “We are going to be open seven days a week, with the last gamers being admitted at 9pm each evening. People will be able to pre-book a session or walk in off the street and check availability. “I am hoping my escape rooms will attract corporate groups, friends looking for a different...
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Major Conference On Men’s Mental Health Is Creating A Buzz

Excitement is building as the countdown to a major conference on men’s mental health issues gathers pace. And organiser the NW Counselling Hub (NWCH) is urging professionals who work in the field, as well as families worried about a husband, partner or male friend’s current state of mind, not to miss out on the opportunity to understand how issues of anxiety and depression can drive loved-ones to take their own lives. The Conference takes place at The Showroom, off Tritton Road, Lincoln, on Wednesday, October 17 – from 9.30am to 4.30pm. NWCH co-founder and chief executive officer Naomi Watkins said: “With 84 men in the UK a week now feeling that they cannot break the vicious circle of anxiety and depression and they have no option but to take such a drastic measure, we want to do all that we can help to stem this heartbreaking trend. “We want to urge more men experiencing these problems to speak out and get help as soon as possible.  Our #ManChat Conference will encourage them to do just that. “We have an impressive line-up of speakers who have personally faced tough mental health challenges.  They will be sharing their stories to highlight how these issues can affect people from all walks of life. “We’ve also lined-up some workshops to encourage participants to freely share their thoughts about anger, grief, loss and, of course, suicide.” “At our Hub, we are being increasingly being approached by men, who realise they need to seek help because their worries are having a major impact on their day-to-day lives.  We can offer reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” #ManChat guests include the UK’s no 1 motivational speaker and business networking entrepreneur Brad Burton – who has personal experience of debt and drug problems and depression. He will be sharing how he fought back after hitting rock bottom. Steve Judge (Tears Rolled Dow But I Stood Up) is a two-times gold medalist in the paratriathlon (swimming, cycling and running). He will be talking about the demons he faced on his journey from being in a wheelchair to becoming a World Champion. Nick Elston’s keynote speech – Talking Anxiety – will see him share his own life story and his long experience of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Disorder). Stuart Brown’s Talk “Life Begins at 50” (40 Years of Shame...
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HR Firm is Ambitious for Growth

Lincoln HR specialists are celebrating a “capital” expansion move and the recruitment of three highly-qualified personnel. Amica HR, which is based in Lincoln’s Think Tank, has invested in opening a London office and Directors David Grech and Suzanne Tricker are excited about launching it at The Business Show at ExCel (London) on November 14 and 15. The busy HR firm, which is finding its expertise in increasing demand by businesses working in a wide range of sectors, now has everything in place to support its ambitious growth plans. However, one thing is clear, its Lincoln headquarters in Ruston Way, will always be the main “engine room” supporting its future development and drive to create more jobs. David said: “We decided to take the plunge and take premises in the central London for three reasons. “We are receiving a rising number of enquiries from the London area and the city is important to us in terms of winning more business.  We also have several existing clients who have London offices. “It seemed sensible to expand this way and avoid our staff having to travel long distances unnecessarily.  It is staffed by our HR Consultant Julie Greaves, who has the added benefit of also being an experienced coach and NLP Practitioner. “We’re are really excited about showcasing our London-based office and our wide range of services at The Business Show. “It is a major event in the business calendar and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It will provide a superb promotional opportunity for Amica HR because it expects to attract 40,000 visitors.” Suzanne said: “We are delighted to announce that we have also raised our game in terms of the number of people we employ.  Our team of eight, and their combined experience, makes us bigger and more qualified than most of our competition in the area and many companies’ internal HR departments.” The newest members of Amica’s eight-strong team include Employment Lawyer Lucy Stones. Lucy, who is from Lincoln, was attracted to join the firm by the opportunity to work with a fast growing, commercially focused HR Consultancy, where she can bring her expert knowledge. She also appreciates Amica’s approach to flexible working arrangements. Katrina Gray, who is from Rutland, has joined Amica as HR Manager.  Katrina has also brought considerable experience to the business and can work flexibly to the benefit to both sides. “Katrina focuses heavily on...
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