THE FINAL AUCTION CATALOGUE - All lots with descriptions - Holidays - Dinners - Experience - Tours - Work Experiences - Gifts - etc etc

LOT 1: A Junior Keeper Experience At The Cotswold Wildlife Park
Join a group of up to four children (ages 5-18) and work with a keeper for a morning at the Park.  Go behind the scenes and feed the animals (eg goats, the giraffe, the bats, the otters, the meerkats, and the lemurs) and check up on other animals.  This includes a ticket for one adult, who must accompany the child, a drink and snack and a large goodie bag to take home.  Book well in advance. 

LOT 2: Tilly Farnham Will Paint A Portrait For You 
Tilly is a former resident of Bledington and has established a reputation painting mainly in acrylic. Examples of her work can be seen on her website  Tilly exhibits locally and will be at Adlestrop June 15th and Garden Gallery Cheltenham from the 9th July. Kindly donated by Tilly Farnham.

LOT 3: Two Tickets for Lee Evans Monster Tour 
Two of the best seats in the house for Lee Evans monsters tour at the NIA Birmingham, on Saturday 20th September. Kindly donated by Off the Kerb.

LOT 3B: Two Tickets for Elaine Paige Tour 
Two great seats for the Elaine Paige "Farewell" tour at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday 17th October.  Kindly donated by Elaine Paige.


LOT 4:  Tea, And A Tour Of The House Of Lords For 4 People  
Join Baroness Falkner for tea, tour and possibly a visit in the Chamber, for four people.  The House of Lords sits until July 30, so your visit will be before then, or after October 15th.  Kindly donated by The Baroness Falkner of Margravine (Lead Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Foreign Affairs)

LOT 5:  A Delicious Cake Delivered To You, Monthly For A Year
For anyone who has tasted one of Ali’s homemade cakes you know this is a priceless opportunity.  Available local to Bledington. Kindly donated by Ali Mackesy

LOT 6:  An Evening for 8 with The Cheese Lady, Juliet Harbutt 
A private Cheese Masterclass for maximum 8 people 6pm – 8pm. You provide the wine (2 whites and 2 reds).   Juliet, one of the world’s leading authorities on cheese, will provide the expertise, the entertainment and the cheese.  You could be Singing the Blues (all blue cheeses) or Grass Roots Tasting (artisan, local and British)…you choose. Kindly Donated by Juliet Harbutt

LOT 7:  Indian Feast For 8 People Delivered To Your Door
To include:  3 different meat curries (hot, medium, mild), vegetarian curry, vegetable side dishes, rice and various accompaniments. Dessert.  All made to authentic recipes. Available locally. Kindly donated by Avril Collis

LOT 8:  20 Pizzas from Tatty Bunting, Kingham.  “Party Perfect” 
The new restaurant at the Bluewood resort is getting fab reviews.  Their Pizzas are amazing. The ideal solution for a great party. Kindly donated by Tatty Bunting

LOT 9:  Your Name In Print In Award Winning Novelist’s Book
You can become a character in award-winning historical novelist Fiona Mountain’s new book “ Beauty in Darkness” set in C18th Derbyshire. “Fiona Mountain is an extraordinary talent, an impressive writer and an exceptional storyteller.”  The Lady. Kindly donated by Fiona Mountain.

LOT 10: Expert Public Speaking Training for up to 4 People. 
Half-day workshop at your office or home to ensure your pitches, presentations or speeches are confident and compelling.  Work with the same team that coaches FTSE100 CEOs.  Kindly donated by Benjamin Ball (worth over £1,200)

LOT 11: Two Week Internship at Caxton FX in London
Ideal opportunity for student or young person wanting to work in a fast-growing international business.  See the different functions of the office – analyst/customer service/marketing/finance etc. or concentrate in one area of interest. Kindly donated by Jane Emma Peerless of Caxton FX

LOT 12: One Week Work Experience At ODD 
ODD Design is run locally by Brigette and Robin Buchanan, ex Vogue Fashion Editor and ex MD Fired Earth, specialising in English garden furniture and fabrics.  Learn how the design world works and what it takes to succeed. Kingly donated by ODD Design.

LOT 13: Strictly Come Dancing Dance Class
Do you dream of being able to dance a tango or a waltz or even a jive like they do on Strictly Come Dancing?  Have a private lesson for you and some friends. You need to provide the venue. You choose your dance, your music and leave the rest to Rachael. Kindly donated by Sheila Price Dance School.

LOT 14:  A Week In Beautiful Anglesey Holiday Home – Sleeps 8
Newly refurbished 4 bedroom holiday house in Trearddur Bay with sea views and close to beach. (See  Sleeps up to 8 in two double bedrooms, a twin room and a bunk room. Available when not booked to Easter 2015 except August. Explore Anglesey and discover why William and Kate didn’t want to leave. Nearby 5* pub ’The Seacroft’ voted best pub in Anglesey. Kindly donated by Peter Davis (recently sold for £950).

LOT 15:  One Week in Stunning Minorca Coast Flat - Sleeps 4
A weeks' holiday at stunning flat on the coast of Minorca - flat sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 with twin beds. Is right on the coast. You can step off the garden into the sea and go snorkeling. Has sandy beach minutes away. Go for wonderful walks along the undeveloped coast paths. Traditional Minorcan style building.  Kindly donated by Rheema French. 

LOT 16: Graeme McPherson Gallops Extravaganza
An amazing morning for a National Hunt enthusiast & 7 friends The lot comprises a morning on the gallops at Graeme McPherson’s National Hunt yard, a champagne breakfast and then a yard tour. All for up to 8 people. The day begins at 8.15am at the National Hunt yard of Graeme McPherson, set in 200 acres just outside Stow on the Wold. After watching the horses exercise on the gallops, enjoy a champagne breakfast followed by a yard tour around the 45 box yard to meet some of the stable stars. Kindly donated by Graeme McPherson.

LOT 16b Enjoy a Taste of Racehorse Ownership
The lot comprises a share in the Martins Hill Racing Club for the 2014 summer National Hunt Season. The Martins Hill Racing Club is run by National Hunt trainer Graeme McPherson from his yard outside Stow on the Wold. The Club owns 2 horses - THE GOOD GUY and CANADIAN DREAMER - which will run over hurdles and fences through the summer of 2014. The successful bidder will become a member of the Club until 31 October 2014. Membership entitles the bidder to complimentary Owners badges to see each horse whenever it runs, as well as the opportunity to visit the horses at the yard between races. At the end of the season members enjoy a share in the prize money won by the horses
Kindly donated by Graeme McPherson

LOT 17:  Wardrobe Makeover by Stylist to the Stars
A wonderful TV costume designer will spring-clean your wardrobe for you, make alterations, or give you shopping advice for a half-day.  This is a great opportunity to get that professional look – just as they do on TV. Kindly donated by Rebecca Allen.

LOT 18:  Cricket Bat Signed by The England Team
An historic object for you to treasure from the England v Australia One Day International Tour of 2012.  Kindly donated by Jason Ratcliffe.

LOT 19:  A Day Of Steam Traction Engine Driving
This would start by helping polish the engine, lighting the fire, cooking breakfast on a shovel in the fire, then steering and driving the engine. Driving license required. Day to be done around the village at a date TBC.  Kindly donated by Nigel Barker.

LOT 20:  Tour For 2 Of The Lotus F1 Factory In Enstone 
Visiting a Formula 1 team’s factory is like visiting another dimension. Everything in F1 is bigger, more advanced, lighter, better – just more everything.  This is a rare opportunity to see the Lotus F1 factory up close.(recently sold for £2000). Kindly donated by Jolene Cooper.

LOT 21:  Tour For 4 Of The Aston Martin Factory In Gaydon
Gaydon was designed to be the embodiment of Aston Martin; reflecting the power of the idea, the aesthetic and inner beauty of technically advanced solutions and the very soul that comes from hands that create pure sports cars. Kindly donated by Dave King  (a tour for 6 recently sold for £3,540)

LOT 22: Drive a Morgan Sports Car For The Weekend
The Morgan Motor Co Ltd is the world's oldest privately owned car manufacturer.  Their iconic motor cars are quintessentially English, perfect for a drive around the Cotswolds.  Driver must be between 25 & 70; £500 damage excess. Kindly donated by Craig Hamilton Smith.

LOT 23: A 3 Course Meal For 8 Prepared & Served In Your Home 
Cooked by renowned local chef Diarmuid Rogan, of Burford Garden Company, Daylesford and the Greedy Goose fame. Available locally. Kindly donated by Elemental Private Chef Services.

LOT 24:  Two nights in Little Venice – One Bedroom Apartment
A weekend or two nights in a one-bedroom apartment on the canal in Little Venice, London. Private courtyard and big communal gardens.  Tranquil location yet close to Central London and the tube.  All mod cons.  Kindly donated by Jane Wheatley.  

LOT 25: 2 Tickets for Longborough Opera, Rinaldo,  24th July 
Rinaldo was Handel’s first London triumph. In the story the young hero Rinaldo sets out to rescue his princess from evil forces - a baroque ‘Star Wars’. Conducted by Jeremy Silver (English Touring Opera), and directed by Jenny Miller (LFO’s Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro) Cast includes sparkling talent just graduated from the London music colleges. Kindly donated by Longborough Opera.

LOT 26: Week in Lovely 3 Bed Cottage, Isle of Bute, Sleeps 8 
Kildavannan Schoolhouse is a spacious 3 bedroom cottage on the West of the Isle of Bute. Recently been renovated to a very high standard. New appliances, heating, bathrooms and luxurious fabrics. Incredibly warm and comfortable. The views are southerly over the sea. Stunning situation.  Kindly donated by Abigail Hellens.


LOT 30: Meal for Two with Wine at the Chandlers Arms, Epwell
Building on their huge success in Churchil, Peter and Assumpta are already building a reputation for their new Pub. Glowing 5 Star Tripadvisor reviewers. Dinner includes a bottle of house wine. Kindly donated by Peter and Assumpta

LOT 31:  Dinner for Four at The King’s Head, Bledington 
Kindly donated by Archie Orr Ewing

LOT 32: Miyuki Sedohara's Sushi Friday for Two
Treat yourself on a Friday night to a platter of freshly made top quality authentic Japanese sushi For 2 people - collect from Miyuki's kitchen in Oddington. Kindly donated by Miyuki Sedohara.

LOTS 33 a & b: Miele Food Cookery Masterclass X 2
This Miele Simply Cooking Voucher can be used in London or Abingdon.  You have a choice of different cookery courses from Introduction to Italian Cookery to Men’s Cookery.  See for more detail. Worth £125 each.   Kindly donated by Miele UK. 

LOT 34: Magnum of Champagne with Fudge Hamper 
A Magnum of delicious Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne with a hamper of local fudge.  Kindly donated by Cotswold Chocolate Company and Danny Brennan.

LOT 35: Beautiful ODD Throw, Hand Made in Morocco
Awning-striped blanket, handmade by weavers in Fez, Morocco.  It’s spooled by hand and woven using traditional techniques.  Size 92” x 83”  This soft medium weight blankets is perfect for warmer weather. Kindly donated by ODD Limited. 

LOT 36: Meet The Ponies In Bledington (2 Hours)
Join Archie (aged 11) and Geordie (aged 8) for an afternoon with their ponies, Fern and Melton.  Catch them, groom them and (depending on experience) have a ride.  
Kindly donated by Archie and Geordie Mackesy.

LOT 37:  A Tonne Of Manure And 4 Hours Gardening
Kindly donated by Banbury Turf and Christopher Thin.

LOT 38 Decleor Facial
Choose from one of Decleor’s essential oils facials. E.g Plump and Lift or Divine Nutrition. Your choice.  Kindly donated by Stow Heath and Beauty. 

LOT 39 1:1 Yoga Hour with Tina Gibbons (British Wheel of Yoga)
Kindly donated by Tina Gibbons.

LOT 40: A 90 Min Pottery Lesson with Ceramicist Robin Walden
The lesson, in Oddington, will involve the potter's wheel, with 2 pots for firing.  Kindly donated by Robin Walden.

LOT 41: Tessa Harris Framed Giclee Print Art 
Each Giclee print measures 33cm x 33cm for actual picture size with a 1cm plain border left around it. The prints are normally £150 framed. Giclee Prints are high quality fine art, colour-matched reproduction prints. They are fade resistant and produced using archival grade inks on museum grade paper.

LOT 42:  Four Hours Of 1-1 Tutoring With An Experienced, PGCE
Qualified teacher. Specialising in: 11+ 12+ 13+ and Common Entrance, GCSE English (language and literature), GCSE Maths, Learning Support in Literacy and Maths or for those with Special Educational Needs,  For more information, please email: Kindly donated by Olivia Packe

LOT 43:  Use of A Private Outdoor Heated Pool In Bledington
Choose a day from June to August, subject to availability. Why not use it for a children’s party or family event? To be used in 2014. Kindly donated by Rosie Pawley 

LOT 44: Singing Lesson by Grammy Nominated Becki Biggins
This number 1 best-selling singer, songwriter and saxophonist will spend an hour with you to polish your singing technique.  Kindly donated by Becki Biggins.  

LOT 45: Teen Makeup Party
Spend 2 hours with two beauticians learning how to apply makeup like the pros. Kindly donated by Phoenix Rose Beauty.

LOT 46 Two Weekend Tickets to Wilderness Festival
The Wilderness Festival is one of the most special festivals, taking place near Charlbury. 7-10 August 2014. Kindly donated by MAMA & Company Ltd

LOT 47 A private tour of Broughton Castle, near Banbury, for up to 10 people, escorted by Martin Fiennes. Dating from 1306, Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house, with wonderful gardens. The Fiennes family have lived there since 1447. It was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only 20 houses to be awarded 5 stars in his book 'England's Thousand Best Houses'. Kindly donated by Martin Fiennes.


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Charity Auction
Saturday 17th May 2014
Bledington School Hall

A Fun Evening with Fizz and Canapés
7.30pm – 10.30pm

Bids can be taken now, email & phone

Lots to be auctioned by Matt Hall & Henry Evans

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