Fundraising auction details

Auction Items for FC e mail version revised 2

Dear Festival Chorus supporter,
We have now sold out for our dinner and Quiz on the 26th February. We will be having an auction that evening of some lovely things members and their friends have volunteered. The list is below.
How the auction will work.
If you would like to bid for any or many of the items, please e mail the bid to Please do not send your bid via the comments link.
We will confirm and then place the bid on a list for that item. If you do not receive a confirmation we have not received your bid!
You may bid before the evening and you may bid if you are not attending the dinner – or even if you have a friend who is interested.
However, bids before the evening, or from people not attending must be delivered to us by midnight on the 25th February. After that, only bids at the event will be accepted.
On the evening, the list of bids received will be displayed and if you are attending, your table number will be shown against the bid. No names.
The day after the dinner we will e mail you if you have been successful and ask for payment.
Please do send this list on to your friends.
We hope it will be very successful and will set our anniversary year and commission on a good financial footing.
Felicity and Pippa

Auction Items

1) 4 Tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show on the first day for Members only – Tuesday 24th May. Face value £200.
Medals are given out on this day and plenty of celebrities attend. These are full day tickets so you can go for breakfast and stay for dinner!

2) 1-1 music lessons, or accompanying/coaching sessions.
Three sessions available (up to an hour each). Face value: £40+ per session.
As well as being the resident accompanist for the Festival Chorus, Elspeth is an experienced chamber musician, teacher and coach. With a busy timetable, this is a rare opportunity for you (or a friend or relative) to spend time with Elspeth, pick up some tips, and discover more of the musician in you! Dust down the ivories for a piano lesson, or bring along your favourite songs or instrumental pieces to play them with the piano. Sessions take place in the comfortable atmosphere of Elspeth’s home (10 minutes’ walk from Stockwell tube station, off-street parking available).

3) An evening at Windsor Races Spring 2016. Two tickets for an evening’s racing at the very popular Windsor racecourse on a Monday in May this year. The evening includes the return train from Clapham Junction to Windsor and Eton Riverside, a boat from Windsor to the racecourse and £20 to bet on your chosen race. You will be joining several friends as part of Antony Lewis-Crosby’s Racecourse Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis.

4) Singing lesson with Andrea Brown. Andrea brings a wealth of experience as both singer and conductor to her own teaching practice. Andrea is offering a 1hr consultation session where she will work on technical aspects of your singing as well as coach you in interpretation and performance. Face value £60

5) A cheese tasting evening for 4. Mark Newman of Hamish Johnston will be pleased to offer this at his shop on Northcote Road. “Come along for a guided tasting of a wide selection of our cheeses. We have done this a number of times and it really is a great evening.” Face value £100

6) Invitation for two to Wandsworth Radio’s Studio for Andrea Brown interview. Festival Chorus director Andrea Brown will be interviewed by Julia Bright as her special guest on ‘Classical Wandsworth’ on a Tuesday (8-9pm) in the spring. Andrea will choose her favourite pieces of music and tell us a bit about her herself and her musical life. You will also have the mysteries of local internet radio unravelled! The studio is in Battersea Park Road. Face value – incalculable!

7) Burn Before Reading, undiplomatic tales by choir member Geoff Gillham. With line drawings by Kate Jones. The book is a collection of fifteen short stories, scribbled in odd moments since he retired from the FCO in 2008. These stories are, loosely, set in the 1980s and 90s and in wide-ranging locations: a Duty Officer gets more than he bargained for; Albert the anaconda stars at a fancy dress party; a dictator is undone by a statue; explosions puncture dignity; Figaro finesses a close shave; and a pig eats the Prime Minister’s trousers! Cover price £10

8) Cookery lesson in your own home. At a time to suit you, we will come to your kitchen and develop your cookery skills. In the lesson you will make a meal for your household (and sometimes more). Lessons can cover a range of subjects and skills, from knife skills and easy cooking tricks to speciality cuisine or catering for dietary requirements. All food will be provided by Pete&Dom.
RRP: £80

9) Garden Design by Ann MacDonald. Anne is a garden designer with 15 years’ experience with a flexible approach to creating and redesigning typical South London gardens in different styles. Extensive plant knowledge. Consultation for 2 hours: face value £120

10) Dinner for 8 cooked by Liz Bracken. Liz will deliver a pre-cooked, three-course meal to your house, which will require minimal attention (just heating up at most). The menu will be subject to a discussion with Liz beforehand to make sure it suits your guests. Face value £80.

Festival Chorus Anniversary Dinner Holiday Auction

From a variety of locations in England and Wales, start bidding for an exclusive summer or winter break. With your silent bids we can make this auction both fun and rewarding and you may be lucky enough to make the winning bid for one these holiday homes.
Successful bids will need to be used by September 2017 unless by arrangement. This is an extraordinary opportunity to rent much loved holiday homes, most of which are only used by their owners. Please send your bid – quoting the property reference to Festival Chorus website by midnight on 25th February, 2016 or at the dinner on the 26th.
Property ref 1 WARWICKSHIRE

A charming and surprisingly spacious detached cottage in mature and well stocked gardens with large areas of tended lawn and wonderful views of surrounding countryside in this pretty village, superbly convenient for Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds
When: 7 nights by agreement with the owners
Where: The cottage is in a small, peaceful residential lane and offers privacy and comfort for the whole family. There is so much to see and do in this delightful region with Blenheim Palace, Oxford and Warwick with its impressive castle.
What: Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen with French doors and beams. Conservatory/second living room with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceiling. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.
What else: Shops and pubs 2 miles. Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH and partial NSH inc (£20pw winter). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Video and large library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Large garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars).
Similar properties in this area rent for up to £450 out of high season. RESERVE – £500

Property ref 2 Near Perpignan
A town house in Vinca in the Tet Valley near Perpignan in the Pyrenees Orientales. When: 7 nights in June 2016 only
Where: Town house with large terrace overlooking a Mt Canigou. Nearest airport Perpignan and train service good.
What:. Four double bedrooms and a dormitory.
What else: There is no wifi and parking is in the town (not adjacent to the property). Need to bring your own linen.
Auctioneer’s note: Similar properties in this area rent for up to £400 out of high season. RESERVE: £400
Property ref 3a or 3b Arundel
A lovely townhouse built in the late 1990’s about 5-10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Arundel.
When: 1a for one week or 1b for a long weekend.
Where: Chichester about 10 miles away. Amberley and other lovely villages nearby. Climping beach about 15 minutes by car.
What: 2 bedrooms (one double, one twin, bathroom and loo upstairs. Small efficient kitchen and large living room with oak dining table. Sheltered ‘bower’ of a paved garden and conservatory which opens on to the garden. Wifi available. What else: Bring your own bedding and towels.
Auctioneer’s note: Similar properties in this area rent for up to
£80 a night all year as central heating in winter balances higher summer rents RESERVE: 3a – £500 or 3b £300

Property ref 4a & 4b Norfolk
Get away from it all in this North Norfolk family retreat a few miles inland from the beautiful north coast, with an open fire and large garden – and no television or telephone to disturb your peace.
When: 3 nights (ref 4a) or 7 nights (ref 4b) nights by agreement excluding mid -July & early Sep
Where: Briningham, Melton Constable, four miles from Holt with good shopping and restaurants. Local attractions include beaches, birdwatching, walking, NT properties. What: Sleeps 8+: upstairs three double (one including 2 bunks).
Downstairs: 2 sitting rooms, one with open fire, one including a 2’6” single bed with pull-out which can create a twin or double. Dining kitchen, bathroom and 2nd toilet. CH. CD player, w/machine and d/washer.
What else: Bring your own sheets towels and tea towels. Mobile phone signal good.
Auctioneer’s note: Similar properties in this area rent for up to £400 out of high season. RESERVE: 4a £300 and
4b £150
Property ref 5 Cardigan
A modern detached bungalow in Tanygroes, two miles from the coast. Several excellent sandy beaches are a short distance away and the Ceredigion Coast Path can be easily accessed from several points. Many other activities are available eg: canoeing on the River Teifi and boat trips to see dolphins, porpoises and seals.
When: 7 nights by agreement April to October
Where: Sleeps 5 in three bedrooms (1 kingsize, 1 double and 1 single)
What: Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms and there is a wood- burning stove in one of the two sitting rooms. Bathroom with separate shower, large fitted kitchen and spacious living/dining room with sliding glass doors to the conservatory.
What else: There is electric central heating and hot water and supplementary convector heaters if required. There is a small store in Tanygroes and Cardigan is well supplied with shops and other facilities.
Auctioneer’s note: Similar properties in this area rent for up to £300 pw RESERVE: £300

Property ref 6a & 6b Margate
Cosy converted stable in the seaside village of Westgate with its own patio garden and just minutes’ walk from a sandy beach.
When: Any time by arrangement 7 nights (Ref 6a) or 3 night break (ref 6b)
Where: Westgate on Sea, Near Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent. Two minutes to sandy beach and the station. Short drive from Canterbury, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.
What: 2 bedrooms – one double, one twin (plus put you up in lounge). CH, TV/DVD. Gorgeous beaches including Botany Bay, historical villages and country pubs.
What else: All linen supplied. Well behaved pets and children are very welcome.
Available for a week AND for a three night break. Auctioneer’s note: Similar cottages here rent for a week up to £550 in high summer. RESERVE: 6a £300 (week) and
6b £150 (3 night break)
Property ref 7 Rottingdean

The pretty village of Rottingdean is 3 miles east of Brighton (very good bus connection) and was once home to Kipling and Burne- Jones. Village pond, pubs, walled gardens, cosy tea shops, the works!
When: 7 nights to be taken anytime between September and end of March (not Christmas /New Year).
What: Modern 2 bed flat sleeping 3-4 in historic Rottingdean.
What else: Wi-Fi, Sky TV and parking space included. Beach front, balcony and wonderful sea views – no roads between you and the sea. £50 cleaning / linen
Auctioneer’s note: Similar properties in this area rent for up to £400 out of high season. RESERVE: £400

Auction Items for FC e mail version revised 2

2 Responses to “Fundraising auction details”
  1. andrewpurkis says:

    Sorry I can’t open the link to the list of auction items. The email link for bids works fine. Andrew.

    • I am sorry we seem to be having a continuing problem posting links. You will get an e mail soon with attachments you will be able to open. In the mean time I have inserted the details but with no pictures. It will give you an idea pre the e mail.

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