Treats money can’t buy 2021

Fifteen fabulous items in this category – and many more in Perfectly delicious and Not on the high street

To find out how to bid, click here then scroll down to ‘How it works’

Lot A1: 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 we are lucky enough once again to offer a rare opportunity to 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.

Tom Lill, who won this item a year ago and provided these photos of his trip, said: “I had a fantastic time flying with Mark – a once in a lifetime experience. The flight was an exhilarating trip coupled with stunning views across the Solent. You’re in safe hands with Mark and under his guidance could be flying your own loop the loop! A top day!” 

Value: Sky high. After very competitive bidding, this lot eventually sold for £250 in 2020.

Winning bid and bidder: £250, Chris Mackie

Lot A2: Round of golf and lunch

A round of golf for the winning bidder and up to two guests, followed by lunch, at West Sussex Golf Club, Pulborough, hosted by Sandy MacQueen Website describes the course, which has hosted the English Women’s Amateur Championship, like this: “We make no apology for declaring that West Sussex Golf Club is one of favourite inland courses. It is sheer delight to play golf on this charming sandy outcrop of heathland. The course occupies a priceless, stunning, undulating site.”

Value: Weekend green fees in the summer cost £140 a person.

Winning leading bid and bidder: £110, Brian Lanaghan

Lot A3: Golf for four at Cowdray

Treat up to three friends (that’s a foursome with you included!) for a round of golf at Cowdray Park Golf Club. Its described by website the like this: “This pretty golf course is found in some of the most spectacular rolling down-land in Sussex and is considered by some to be one of the best golf courses in the south of England. This club and golf course offers a test for all levels of golfers – an 18 hole, par 70 course measuring 6,331 yards. The condition is fantastic and whilst the course is hilly in places, you can see deer and other wildlife as you walk around the course. Fairways excellent and bunkers are very good too. All in all, Cowdray Park is a stunning golf course set in beautiful Sussex countryside.”

Value: Green fees in the winter start from £40 a player.

Winning bid and bidder: £80, David Sparkes

Lot A4: Golf tuition

An hour-long one-on-one lesson with Seaford College’s golf pro and coach Jack Halsey, at the school’s first-rate golfing facilities, which include a driving range and nine-hole course.

A golfing novice or regular is sure to benefit from Jack’s appraisal and advice.

Value: Well over par.

Winning bid and bidder: £76, Teddy Syed

Lot A5: Golf with tips at Seaford

A round of golf on Seaford College’s nine-hole, 36-par course – accompanied by the school’sgolf pro and coach Jack Halsey who can give pointers and instruction as you make your way round.

This is a great chance for some one-on-one tuition as you play, or there’s the possibility of a friend joining you, subject to the agreement of the donor.

Whether you are a green or seasoned player, you are sure to benefit – and teeing off at the nearest course to Graffham village, in the college’s beautiful parkland grounds under the Downs, is always a joy.

Value: 36-par, nine-holes.

Winning bid and bidder: £50, Brian Lanaghan

Lot A6: Swimming party

Host your very own children’s party – in a party barn in the village, complete with an outdoor swimming pool, kept spotlessly clean and comfortingly heated by Stuart and Bridget Lewis.

The barn has oodles of space for the little darlings/horrors to enjoy all sorts of fun and games, with its own loo, a TV, piano and table football set.

The kind donors may be willing to open it up to more than one bidder, provided the bids are at an appropriate level.

Value: Inestimable.

Winning bid and bidder: £50, Siobhan Ray

Lot A7: 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, but bidding reached £130 last time this lot was offered.

Winning bid and bidder: £80, Brian Lanaghan

Lot A8: 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, but it fetched £100 when offered a year ago.

Winning bid and bidder: £100, Ann Brown

Lot A9: ‘Ritz’-style garden tea party

Treat your family or friends (a group of up to six in total) to a “Ritz”-style 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, cakes and other delights – all home-made by Sally Blunt, using only the very best available ingredients – 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: £30 a person

Winning bid and bidder: 2@£30 each, John Edge, and $@£30 each, Ann Brown

Lot A10: 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 – clip-clopped to nearly £50 a year ago!

Winning bid and bidder: £20, Clare Anderson

Lot A11: Oil painting experience

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 (raised £50 in 2020)

Winning bid and bidder: £35, Simon Foord

Lot A12: 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 (£50 when offered a year ago)

Winning bid and bidder: £35, Hugh Brown

Lot A13: Kayaking on the River Arun

Half a day’s kayaking on the beautiful and peaceful River Arun – under the instruction of Graffham resident Jacky Gregory.

No previous experience necessary – Jacky will provide tips and training. Life jacket and kayak provided.

Value: Paddles

Winning bid and bidder: £40, Anna Shawcross

Lot A14: Four tickets to Oklahoma!

Seaford College has kindly donated tickets for four to its next musical – the Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite Oklahoma!

Seaford has a reputation for staging near-professional productions, with Oklahoma! set to follow in that trend, which is being staged 13-19 March. You can pick which date you prefer.

Among the songs that will stick in your head for days after are Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, I Cain’t Say No, People Will Say We’re in Love, and of course the title number Oklahoma!

Value: As high as an elephant’s eye!

Winning bid and bidder: £60, Teddy Syed

Lot A15: Classical concert of choice

Tickets for two to a concert of your choice at Champs Hill, from its early spring 2022 programme, details of which will be released on around 24 November – courtesy of Yvonne Butterick. Its spring 2022 programme has just been published and can be viewed here.

Champs Hill, at Coldwaltham, near Pulborough, Champs Hill is the home of The Bowerman Charitable Trust which was established in 1984 to promote classical music and art. It regularly hosts some of the very best established and up-and-coming artists from across the classical music field.

Value: £30.

Winning bid and bidder: £45, Sue Addison

Lot A16: Trip in an historic Lotus

Take a trip over and around the Downs in this 1960 Lotus Elite, lovingly restored and maintained by Robin Brind, who will be your chauffeur for the ride.

Maybe you’ll head to Goodwood, where it is took part in the 1961 Tourist Trophy. It was raced extensively between 1961 and 1963, both at that Sussex track and much further afield, including at Silverstone, where it is pictured here, clocking up many successes including victory in Ireland’s Leinster Trophy Race in 1963.

For the petrol heads who like to know these sorts of things, it is powered by a Coventry Climax FWE 1216 cc alloy engine, driven by a ZF gearbox, with twin Weber carburettors.

Value: Vrroom, vrooomm, vroooommm!

Winning bid and bidder: £40, Phillip Turner

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Fifteen fabulous items in this category – and many more in Perfectly delicious and Not on the high street