Treats money can’t buy

Ten tantalising items in this category – and many more in Perfectly delicious and Not on the high street

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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

Value: Unquantifiable

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.   

Value: Priceless

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. 

Value: Incalculable

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.

Value: Inestimable

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   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

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

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Ten tantalising items in this category – and many more in Perfectly delicious and Not on the high street