Ten tantalising items in this category – and many more in Perfectly delicious and Not on the high street
Lot A1: ‘Fly’ Concorde
A ‘backstage tour’ of Concorde and Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, hosted by Captain Mike Bannister, former British Airways Chief Concorde Pilot. Including a ‘virtual flight’ in ‘The Concorde Experience’, and unique personal insights into the world’s only supersonic airliner and birthplace of British aviation and motoring. For a group of up to five people (minimum age six). For more details, see brooklandsmuseum.com/concorde
Winning bid: £250 John Bracey
Lot A2: Tea in a Romany caravan
Hidden in a gem of a Graffham garden is this Romany caravan beautifully restored by Philip Trower – yours to relish for a few hours for yourself with up to three friends or family members for a special occasion, with a delicious tea included.
Winning bid: £100 Ann Rowney
Lot A3: Swallows and Amazons
A Saturday or Sunday, for up to two people, following the wind on Chichester Harbour, in a Drascombe Dabber day boat, to include a beach picnic, depending on tides and weather, under the command of Cap’n and First Mate Michael and Diana Pettifer. Life jackets provided. No sailing experience necessary.
Winning bid: £135 Jo Crow
Lot A4: Swimming staycation
Why go abroad next summer when you and your family can swim here in Graffham, daily for a week, in a pool kept spotlessly clean and comfortingly heated by Stuart and Bridget Lewis.
Winning bid: £95 Anna Shawcross
Lot A5: Donkey walk
Join Joanna Morris for a walk around the village with her two delightful donkeys Bill and Ben. Good girls and boys may even be invited to help feed them!
Value: Lots of carrots
Winning bid: £40 Anon
Lot A6: Riding lesson
An hour’s instruction for you and your own horse by Simply Riding equestrian coach Nicola Purdy, of Cocking, a specialist in confidence issues and biomechanics. Suitable for all abilities, from children to affiliated eventers.
Value: The apple of your eye
Lot A7: I want to play piano like that!
A lesson – in person, subject to restrictions, or via Zoom – with one of London’s most in-demand pianists and teachers Ed Blunt (see www.edblunt.co.uk). Ideal for youngsters toying with starting out or more seasoned musicians.
Value: Tons of ivory and ebony
Winning bid: £60 Simon Mackie
Lot A8: Oil painting
A half day of oil painting – with tuition if and as requested – “en plein air” or in the studio of renowned Graffham artist Richard Davidson.
Value: More than a thousand words
Winning bid: £50 Karin Skanberg
Lot A9: Weekend’s use of log splitter
Make light work of your felled timber, prepping it for stacking for your wood burner, borrowed from Stuart Lewis.
Note: If more than one bid is received at the “winning” level, Stuart has kindly offered to give a weekend’s use of the log splitter to EACH “winning” bidder.
Value: Buckets of sweat and burst blisters
Winning bids: £50 Ginny Barrett, and £50 Jo Morris
Lot A10: Garden tea party
Treat your family or friends (a group of up to six in total) to an elegant afternoon tea in a beautiful Graffham garden, complete with wildflower meadow. A glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes with, of course, a pot of tea, all served on vintage china. If you don’t want to take a full group of six for this treat, bid for as few as two if you don’t mind ‘buddying up’ with other couples.
Reserve price: £20 a person.
Winning bids: £120 for group of six Anon and two bids of £40 each for groups of two
Lot A11: Two tickets for Park Proms
A pair of tickets for Park Proms on Friday 27 August 2021, featuring the 78-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra playing a set based on the last night of the Proms plus a number of movie themes, with Aled Jones and Laura Wright, at Broadlands, Romsey – the home of the Mountbatten family. Courtesy of Michael Hlavaty. See www.parkproms.com
Value: £119. RESERVE: £100
Winning bid: £100 Annabel Heaton
Lot A12: Take to the Graffham skies
You are likely to have seen him loop-the-loop and twist-and-turn over the village in his two-seater stunt plane. Now you could join neighbour and 20-year vet pilot Mark Stewart as he runs through his aerobatic repertoire or take a more gentle flight over the Downs and coast, with a chance to take the controls yourself.
Value: Sky high.
Winning bid: £250 Tom Lill