On Sun 13 Oct, we are hosting our 200th Birthday party! Presented by the wonderful Roy Hudd, OBE and written by his wife Debbie Flitcroft, this evening will be the birthday bash to end all bashes.
Featuring a star-studded line-up, we are also excited to announce that there will be an auction on the evening aiming to raise money to go towards our 200th Anniversary Fund. Check out the list below of the auction lots and get your wallets and purses ready! We’ve got some incredible prizes up for grabs…
Lunch for two with Roy Hudd OBE and Debbie Flitcroft at The Garrick Club – a private members’ Club situated in the heart of London’s West End and Theatreland.
A long weekend (Friday – Monday) stay at West End Watermill in Burnham Ovary Staith. West End Watermill is a superb conversion of a Grade II listed water mill house situated along the coast road. The house has stunning views over the mill’s pond, River Burn and the surrounding water meadows, with the coastal path right on your doorstep. (Kindly donated by Phillip and Tibouche Gunn).
Bill Nighy! Your very own personal message from Bill Nighy. Bill will do a bespoke message for you to use as your voicemail message/home answerphone message, or similar.
A boxed bottle of twelve-year-old Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, one of the world’s best-selling malts. (Kindly donated by Charles Fraser).
A wonderful three-course gastronomic meal at Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds for two, including champagne on arrival and a bottle of wine chosen by their sommelier. To be used between Tuesday – Thursday and not available during December. (Kindly donated by Pascal and Karine Canevet).
Stay and sail in Orford! A three-night long weekend or four-night midweek stay for two at Shallow End – a private garden studio in Orford – a ‘bijou’ beach hut-style, romantic hideaway for two in the lovely village of Orford, with shared use of a large garden which leads down to the marshes with long views. At the end, there is a ‘look-out’ which you climb up to obtain stunning vistas across to Orford Ness, the iconic lighthouse and the Orford fleet of fishing boats and a day’s sailing onboard a Southerly 38 for two on the Suffolk Coast. Depending on wind, tides and weather, you could enjoy a day out at sea or a leisurely sail up the river along Orford Ness, past Aldeburgh, and if the tide is right, anchor for lunch off of the beach. (Kindly donated by Michael Shallow and Judith Shallow DL (Shallow End) and Michael and Kate Redmond (Sailing)).
Dine at the home of Sahmy in Kennett, where he and Paul Nicolai – enthusiastic amateurs! – will cook a delicious five-course meal for four people. Perfect for food lovers, this gourmet experience includes wine and promises to delight. Date to be arranged between diners and cooks. (Kindly donated by Paul Nicolai and Sahmy).
Elizabeth MH Coventry framed and numbered print – Botanical Artist Elizabeth MH Coventry’s ‘Palm Shadows’ was exhibited in the Botanical Gardens Exhibition in 2014. (Kindly donated by Elizabeth MH Coventry).
Exclusive use of The Gart, a Scottish Mansion in Callander, midweek, for up to 12 guests. The private residence of Scottish Contemporary Artist Stuart & Nikki McAlpine Miller, The Gart is a unique contemporary Baronial Mansion located in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs country park, offering luxury accommodation. Dates subject to availability.
A Champagne helicopter flight for two people, leaving a private site in Bury St Edmunds for a recreational flight for 30 minutes. The captain has over 4,500 hours of flight experience.
Want to bid on one of these lots? You’ll get the chance on Sunday at our Birthday Gala. See you there, and good luck!