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St Bartholomew’s Church Building Fund:

Auction of Promises

Held on October 29th at
Appleby Village Hall

Well over fifty residents and friends attended this highly enjoyable fun packed event. Presiding over the Auction with consummate skill, Alan headed an enthusiastic team of PCC members who together raised well in excess of £1700 for the Church Roof fund.

The Auction was split into two sections; a ‘traditional’ and a ‘silent’ auction where bids were written down on summary sheets. Due to the large number of Lots, the traditional auction was divided into three sessions with two much needed tea breaks affording an opportunity to calm the nerves and re-charge the bidding batteries. A raffle served to raise an additional £99.

The numerous Lots generously donated by residents and local businesses, varied from ‘one weeks ironing’ to ‘tuition by the local golf pro’. Tangible objects such as paintings, garden tools, hand made toys and plants were accompanied by personal ‘promises’ such as ‘A cake a month for six months’, ‘home cooked Sunday lunch for four’, and ‘A Christmas Pudding’.

Interestingly, emphasising Appleby’s rural location, a number of Lots offered to provide transport for residents for any purpose within a certain radius. Two young children (under supervision) even offered to clean a car.

Places on a course run by local Teachers in ‘Fun French for children’ proved so popular that a similar course for adults was hastily arranged!

A highlight of the Auction was a ‘Pennsylvanian Hex sign’ donated by friends of the village in the USA. After fierce bidding, the winner gifted the plaque to the Village.

The evening was characterised by consistent good humour, kindness and a wealth of generosity. People even raised their own bids to ensure a fair price was paid! As so often in Appleby the abiding impressions are of warmth, fellowship and a strong sense of community spirit. Well done EVERYONE!

On the right are some of the successful bidders pictured with their winnings.