John Pye Nottingham Robin Hood Fund COVID-19 Charity

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The world is experiencing an unprecedented challenge. It is important, in this moment, that we co-operate and do what we can to support one another.

John Pye Auctions is proud to provide its charitable support to Nottingham’s Robin Hood Fund; established to support Nottingham and the organisations which help those most vulnerable and in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.


No viewing available due to Government Coronavirus Lockdown Guidelines. All lots described and illustrated online.

Auction Starts:

Fri April 17th, 11am

Auction Ends From:

Mon April 27th 12:00pm


Online payments only; bank transfer or card payments, no cash.

There are many among us that need support, from food banks to food delivery and far beyond.

In Nottingham we have a famous history of looking after one another. You could call it the spirit of Robin Hood – and that spirit has never been more important than right now.

Our city has some exceptional people and projects that help individuals in need every day. The Robin Hood Fund has been set up for us to shine a light on these vital projects and help ensure they have the funding in place to continue their work at this incredibly difficult time.

The Robin Hood Fund, Nottingham City Council, John Pye Auctions, Nottingham Forest, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and many of the City’s sporting legends, celebrities and entertainment venues have teamed up to stage a truly unique charity online auction to support the City’s best efforts.

With us all currently in lockdown this charity auction focuses on the theme of unique Nottingham related experiences and memorabilia, celebrating things to look forward to and memorabilia of sports and hobbies we cherish.

This is one of the finest auctions we have held in our 52 year history, with lots being added daily. We have wavered all usual John Pye vendor commission and buyer’s premiums to ensure maximum funds are raised for the Robin Hood Fund. Please bid generously to support this great cause. Thank you to all of Team Nottingham making this possible.

Lot1: Sheriff of Nottingham for the day

With thanks to Nottingham City Council

Only one city in the world could offer this prize. Ever since 1449 Nottingham has appointed a Sheriff who would historically oversee the good people of the city by enforcing the law and keeping the peace. Now, for the first time in our long and world famous history of the city, you have the opportunity to be Sheriff for the day. You’ll have the opportunity to experience first hand what it’s like to take on the internationally renowned role of Sheriff of the best city in the world.

Lot2: In the Forest Boardroom with the Miracle Men

With thanks to Jonny Owen and our European Cup winners

Some 40 years ago a group of footballers made the City of Nottingham believe in miracles. Now you have the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Brian Clough and Peter Taylor’s ‘Miracle Men’ of Nottingham Forest, who brought the European Cup home to Nottingham and the City Ground.

They include Forest legends John Robertson, Frank Clark, Garry Birtles and Colin Barrett, as well as Club Director and filmmaker Jonny Owen. Hosted in the exclusive Board Room at The City Ground, home to both European Cup trophies, and with food and drinks included this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an intimate afternoon with the most successful players to ever wear the Garibaldi.

Lot3: The Shirt Off Stuart Broad’s Back

With thanks to Stuart Broad

Nottingham’s very own sporting icon Stuart Broad and one of England’s Top 10 fast bowlers of all time is giving you the chance to take the shirt off his back – but this isn’t just any old shirt.

Stuart has donated his England v India 2018 Test match jersey, signed by the England Test team, including Joe Root, Ben Stokes & Jos Buttler. This is a truly incredible piece of sporting memorabilia.

Lot4: Get Matty Cash’s Kit On!

With thanks to Matty Cash

Here is the chance to get your hands on the kit of Forest’s very own star man, Matty Cash, graduate of the Forest Nigel Doughty Academy and established first teamer wing back.
What’s more, Matty will present you with his signed shirt in person making this an extra special chance to own an amazing piece of modern day Forest memorabilia and meet one of the key players in the current Forest side.

Lot5: A Kids’ Dream Sleepover at Nottingham Castle

With thanks to Nottingham Castle Trust

Once it has reopened, Nottingham Castle offers the opportunity for your child and a group of their friends (to a maximum of 10) to spend the night dreaming about Robin Hood and Maid Marian & the merry men as you enjoy a sleepover in the world famous landmark. ​

For the first time ever, the winning bidders will be given full access to the newly refurbished castle for an entire night, including a chance to experience the Robin Hood gallery and its amazing interactives, a private tour of the refurbished art galleries and an opportunity to tour the whole of the castle and grounds! Will there be any time left for sleeping?

Lot6: Star in the Nottingham Panto!

With thanks to Nottingham Playhouse

“Oh no it isn’t!…Oh Yes it is!” Your family and friends won’t believe you, but… here is your chance to make a special guest appearance in this year’s Nottingham Playhouse Christmas Pantomime.

The perfect opportunity for any budding actors – or just anyone who has ever dreamt of wowing the crowds in the British institution that is the annual panto! As well as your staring moment you’ll get to meet all the stars of the show backstage and get four tickets so your family and friends can come along to watch you too at the Nottingham Playhouse Christmas Panto.​

Lot7: Create the News – Editor of the Nottingham Post for a Day

With thanks to Nottingham Post

The Nottingham Post is an institution in our city. For almost 150 years it’s kept the good folk of Nottingham up-to-date with the biggest stories – from Forest’s European Cup triumphs to publishing DH Lawrence’s first short story.

Now you have the chance to be ‘Chief Scoopster’ and decide what goes on the front page – and every other page for that matter – with the opportunity to work alongside Post Editor and Ex-Sky News Producer, Natalie Fahy, and her team as guest editor for the day.

A great opportunity for any budding journalist or Post reader!

Lot8: A Night at Broadway – Any Film and all Your Mates

With thanks to Broadway Cinema

Who wants to go back to the cinema to see their fav film? And take all their mates?

How about a trip to the cinema with all your family and friends to watch your favourite film of all time? Nottingham’s iconic Broadway Cinema is giving you the opportunity to do just that.

You’ll be in a very small exclusive group of celebrity folk – fashion designer Paul Smith being one – who have been afforded such opportunity to choose their own film at Broadway. What’s more it will be a private screening just for you, your family and friends. Pass the popcorn!

Lot9: Vicky McClure’s Actual Script from Room for Romeo Brass

With thanks to Vicky McClure

Nottingham’s Vicky McClure is one of the finest actresses on British TV drama right now. Her lead role in BBC One’s ‘ Line of Duty’ helped to secure the show number 1 spot as the most watched UK TV show in 2019, with 12.1m viewers, beating Britain’s Got Talent.

Vicky has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress. Vicky’s road to stardom all began when she was asked to audition for a part in a debut film by Nottingham Director Shane Meadows.

This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of Vicky’s career and Nottingham film history. An original script from the critically acclaimed Shane Meadows directed film A Room for Romeo Brass, filmed in Nottingham in 1999, starring none other than Nottingham’s Vicky McClure, Paddy Considine and Bob Hoskins (not to mention Shane himself). Well before This Is England and Line Of Duty this was Vicky’s very first film and its magic. Vicky will personally sign the script to the winner.

Lot10: Own the actualRaleigh Grifter from the award winning film This Is England

With thanks to Shane Meadows

Of the many stars to appear in the critically acclaimed award winning Shane Meadows classic This is England, perhaps the biggest was this legendary Raleigh Grifter bike.

The Grifter was one of the most iconic bikes made by Nottingham based Raleigh and now you have the chance to own the very bike that appeared on the big screen in ‘This is England’. Shane took this lot picture and says it’s sold as seen with a few scratches on it but it’s a beauty! Question is: does it go?….Answer is: You’ll have a job to stop it!

Lot11: Supermodel Makeover

With thanks to Alexina Graham and It’s In Nottingham

Have you ever wanted a wardrobe revamp and makeover that’s fit for the catwalk? Here is your opportunity to get expert advice from one of the best in the world – Alexina Graham, Nottingham’s own super model who has worked with the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Jean Paul Guatier and Burberry.

Alexina will take you on a shopping trip around Nottingham to help you select some perfect pieces to revamp your style and the team at ‘It’s In Nottingham’ will give you £500 in spending money to finance the shopping spending spree. Then you’ll head off for a makeover and to round the day off Alexina will even take you for Afternoon Tea as well.

Lot12: Grill the Magpies Gaffer

With thanks to Notts County Football Club

Ever wanted to put a pre-match question to the gaffer or a player? Know a budding sports journalist or Magpie mad fan who’d love the opportunity to do just that?

Thanks to Notts County FC you have the opportunity to ask the questions and hear from the star players at an all important post-match press conference at Meadow Lane.

Once the 2020-21 fixtures are released you’ll be able to choose which press conference you’d like to attend alongside one guest.

Lot13: Behind the scenes with Chris Cohen

With thanks to Chris Cohen

The Nigel Doughty Academy has created some of Nottingham Forest’s biggest footballing stars over recent years. This amazing experience lot provides the winner with have the unique chance to go behind-the-scenes with Forest Under 23s coach and former club captain Chris Cohen.

Chris will host you for a training day experience, where you’ll get up close with First Team and Under 23s Forest playing squads.

You’ll see where the players train and get some expert insight into the world of professional football match preparations from Chris and his coaching team.

Lot14: Andy Reid Football Coaching Masterclass

With thanks to Andy Reid

If your son’s or daughter’s football team needs an extra special coaching session then this is exactly what you need!

Former Nottingham Forest Captain, ex-Spurs and Republic of Ireland star and current Forest Under 23s UEFA Licence A coach Andy Reid will pop along to run an expert training session for a local Nottinghamshire team (7s-16s age group).

Your child – and his or her teammates – will receive an unbelievable training experience from the man currently coaching the Forest stars of the future and a regular football match day commentator and pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports .

Lot15: Commission Your Own Art Of Football

With thanks to Art Of Football

Football is more than just a game – it’s an art. So how about becoming the owner of a totally unique piece of art that depicts your favourite moment of football history?

Leading Nottingham art collective Art of Football are offering just that. ​The successful bidder can commission an original piece of art that depicts either a moment or player of their choice, or a set of Classic Shirts of their choice, or their iconic Pickles character dressed as per their choice. It would be totally unique and it would be yours!

Lot16: In the nets with James Taylor

With thanks to James Taylor

If your son or daughter is looking to follow in the footsteps of Stuart Broad or Sophie Munro then you’ll need some top class coaching insights.

Ex-Nottinghamshire County Cricket and England favourite James Taylor has not only played at the highest level, he now helps pick the players for the highest level as one of England’s current selectors.

James will host you at the incredible indoor facility at Trent Bridge and undertake a one-on-one training session, to improve your game and pass on some of his wisdom and expertise.

Lot17: Trent Bridge T20 Hospitality & Test Match Tickets

With thanks to Nottinghamshire CCC

Trent Bridge, the most picturesque sporting arena in Nottingham (if not the world!), has witnessed some of the greatest days in cricketing history. Who could forget Nottingham’s own Stuart Broad taking 8 Aussie wickets before lunch in the 2015 Ashes?

Trent Bridge hospitality is among the finest in the cricket world and you can savour it in style. Secure your seats for two of the biggest upcoming moments this season or next. Trent Bridge are offering full hospitality for two at a T20 / Hundred game of your choice – including a pre-match meal, drinks, premium lounge seating and a bat signed by the players.

For good measure Trent Bridge will also provide four tickets for the England v Pakistan Test Match at Trent Bridge – for any day of your choice – as part of this lot too.

Note: In both cases, in the event of any cancellation, the prize will roll to the 2021 season and to a Trent Bridge Test Match that season.

Lot18: A Michelin Kitchens Table

With thanks to Alex Bond and Alchemilla

This is your chance to enjoy a unique dining experience in Nottingham’s finest restaurant, one of only two in the county to have secured a Michelin star.

You and five friends will go behind the scenes at Alchemilla Restaurant in Derby Road for an incredible ‘kitchen table’ experience. Alchemilla was earlier this year awarded Four AA Rosettes, an accolade to recognise ‘cooking that demands national recognition’.

You’ll get insight into the minds of the chefs and a front row seat to watch all the action as well some of the best food in the city – with full wine pairing, with wine worth almost £1,000 alone.

Lot19: Strictly Your Wedding!

With thanks to Paul Russ

Here is your opportunity to remove all those wedding day first dance nerves – and instead wow your family friends with a professional routine! Paul Russ, Artistic Director of Dance4.

Nottingham’s international centre for extraordinary dance will provide one lucky couple with the chance to have professional training ahead of their big day in order to create a first dance that will be just as memorable as the day itself! If your groom to be has two left feet this could be just the ticket!

Lot 20: England Lions Cricket Shirt 

With thanks to Joe Clarke

Match worn England shirt worn by Joe Clarke during the Lions tour of Australia. Size medium, personalised on the rear with CLARKE 35. This shirt is manufactured by New Balance. Joe is happy to sign the shirt if required.

Lot21: Chris Nash Gray Nicholls Professional Grade Cricket Bat

With thanks to Nottinghamshire County Cricket player Chris Nash and Trent Bridge

This is a pro-grade English willow cricket bat produced to the exacting standards required by elite professional cricketers.

Bats of this grade are not routinely sold and are specially selected for the strength and clarity of the grain before being tested and personally delivered to professional players. Expect a large middle, easy pick-up and extra value for your shots.

The bat has been kindly donated by Chris Nash, Trent Bridge’s firmer England Lions batsman.

Lot22: Luke Fletcher’s Notts Outlaws T20 Vitality Blast Shirt

With thanks to Luke Fletcher and Trent Bridge

This shirt was produced for Luke Fletcher’s 2020 Vitality Blast campaign following the announcements of new five-year partnerships between John Pye, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and adidas.

Luke Fletcher – aka ‘The Bulwell Bomber’ – one of the most popular home grown talents of Trent Bridge, has kindly donated the shirt and is happy to sign the memorabilia item if required. Size XL and personalised with FLETCHER 19 on the rear.

The bat has been kindly donated by Chris Nash, Trent Bridge’s firmer England Lions batsman.

Lot23: Player Issue England Test Shirt Signed by the 2015 England Squad

With thanks to Samit Patel and Trent Bridge

Player issue England Test shirt signed by the 2015 England squad.

This is a player-issue Test shirt embroidered with ‘651’ marking Samit Patel’s status as a England’s 651st player. The shirt features genuine signatures from the entire squad.

Lot24: A year of Wigflex

With thanks to Lukas Wigflex

Over recent years the Wigflex Music Festival and special events have become the coolest thing in Nottingham – showcasing our brightest talents and attracting big names from around the world. Bid for the chance to secure a specially created Wigflex VIP package covering an entire year of events in the city.

Two people can get into every Wigflex event for a year, including queue jumping, backstage hangouts with the performers and free drinks. In addition, you will receive a one-to-one DJ training studio session in the newly opened Wigflex Studios.

Lot25: Nottingham Panthers Ultimate Match Day!

With thanks to Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Club

The Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey team are offering an unbelievable match day experience: to start you’ll visit game-day training to meet the players for photographs and autographs. Then you’ll return to the arena later in the day to enjoy the match from the comfort of an executive box with snacks and drinks, provided by the National Ice Centre for you and up to eleven friends or family members.

Mascot Paws will visit the box during the evening to hand over a puck from the actual game and Panthers Director of Hockey, Gui Doucet, will pop along with a shirt signed by the entire Panthers team on the day. Get your skates on to claim this amazing day out!

Lot26: Nottingham Rugby Club Ultimate Match Day!

With Thanks to Nottingham Rugby Club

Nottingham Rugby Club are offering the opportunity to get into their scrum with a pre match coaching session by players of Nottingham Rugby, including 50 standing entry tickets for players and their parents to a game of choice subject to availability.

You’ll also get the opportunity to feature in a  squad photo on the pitch at half time and walk away post match with a signed Nottingham Rugby Club shirt and match ball. This whole package is worth £800 and is a must for local rugby fans.

Lot27: Reservoir Red Dogs – Star of the Show

Are you a massive Forest fan? Do you have some amazing stories to tell from following the Reds through the years? Well how about this – the hugely popular ‘Reservoir Red Dogs’ Podcast, hosted by Forest mad Matt Forde and former Reds star Paul McGregor, are giving YOU the chance to appear on a future episode.

You’ll be able to chat with the duo about all things Forest – sharing stories of yesteryear as well as getting excited about what the future has in store for Sabri Lamouchi’s side.