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Invitation to bid in 50th Anniversary Charity Auction

We invite you to bid in our Charity Auction. Below is a list of the auction lots, all of which have all been generously donated to TCF. You can bid for the lots by email and those attending the 50th Anniversary Gathering will be able to view these details of the Lots at the venue. All of the winning bid amounts will be received by The Compassionate Friends (TCF) and used for our charitable purposes.

We are using a "secret bid" approach where each bidder is allowed to submit a single bid for each lot. All the bids remain "secret" until after the close of the auction when all bids are "opened" and the highest bid is determined for each lot. If there is more than one bid at the highest amount for any lot then the bid that was submitted first will be deemed to be the winner.

To place bids online - email tcfauction@btinternet.com

Please include the following information

1. The lot number

2. The amount of your bid

3. Your name and a telephone number that you can be contacted on if you are the winning bidder

At the Gathering at Horwood House there will be envelopes available for your sealed bids.

The deadline for submitting your bid via email or in person at the Gathering is 12 noon on Sunday 3rd November 2019 . After the auction has closed all bids will be opened by a Trustee and the winning bids will be determined. A list of winners will be available by 11th November 2019 but all winning bidders will be directly contacted no later than 5 pm on 8th November 2019.



Ruskin’s View Cottage

4 night’s stay in luxury 5-star cottage Situated between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park
Sleeps 4

Dates to be agreed between the winning bidder and the owner
It can be viewed at www.millhousecottages.co.uk/ruskins-view-cottage/

The market price for 4 nights ranges from £600 to £850 depending on the time of year.

The cottage’s location near to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks gives you easy access to some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as Arnside and Silverdale, and the Forest of Bowland. Picturesque nearby towns and villages offer the finest in local produce, food and drink, award-winning gastro-pubs and tourist attractions.

Ruskin’s View Cottage is located in the very heart of Kirkby Lonsdale but is tucked away in a private and sheltered spot with stunning aspects over to the fells.

There is car parking for up to two cars and the property is 1-minutes’ walking distance from the centre of the fabulous market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with its independent shops, bars and restaurants.

Walk along the river or enjoy a bracing walk across the fells. This property is perfectly located to enjoy all aspects of life in our stunning region.

Amenities include:

  • Hot tub
  • One super-king bedroom which can be split into two singles as well as a spacious king-size bedroom.
  • The bathroom has a large bath, luxurious, huge walk-in shower, wash basin and toilet. There is also a downstairs toilet room
  • The spacious kitchen/dining room is fully fitted with modern appliances, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washer-drier
  • The sitting room is flooded with light and enjoys access through patio doors onto the private courtyard. Free wi-fi access. A contemporary gas stove and underfloor heating keep the cottage warm and cosy all year round
  • Private roof terrace
  • Bose sound system
  • Parking for 2 cars

Minimum bid: £400


A unique painting of your special place
by Rowland Phillips, Architect and Artist

This is an extraordinary opportunity to commission a unique watercolour painting of a place that holds special memories for you, or is a special place in memory of your child, sibling or grandchild. Rowland specialises in landscapes, coastlines and buildings and has displayed his beautiful paintings at both art fairs and galleries. More about Rowland and his work can be viewed on his website here: https://rowlart.tumblr.com

The winning bidder will be able to send Rowland a photograph of a special place and he will paint an original unique watercolour. He offers very much a personalised service as Rowland sends progress updates as he creates the painting and will incorporate any comments or changes as required.

Paintings are usually A4 in size and are mounted to finish.


Minimum bid: £150


A summer week in a Studio Apartment in Les Deux Alpes near Grenoble, France

The studio sleeps 5, has fantastic views and is well equipped. It can be viewed at www.les2alpesstudio.com

The week can be taken any time from May to November inclusive (please note lifts are only open mid June to end August and October half term. Dates to be agreed between the winning bidder and the owner.

Summer in Les Deux Alpes is something not to miss. It is beautiful, not to mention the sheer number of different activities for everyone.

For the adventurous, there is some of the best downhill mountain biking in the Alpes plus an extensive bike park. Some world class road cycling is on the doorstep (Galibier, Alpe d'Huez). Skiing and freeriding on Europe's largest skiable glacier and snow park, Adventure Rope Park, Bungee jumping, rock climbing, Via Ferrata, white water sports - rafting and hydrospeed, hiking, swimming, 9 hole golf course, tennis, tobogganing, carting, grass skiing, horse riding, the list goes on. It is one huge playground!

Or you could simply go walking. There are a number of hikes either straight from the door of the apartment, or take a drive down the the road to Venosc. There are numerous walks of varying lengths and difficulties, but one of several up to Lac Lauvitel is a must, take your camera!For those looking for a little more relaxation there is a

lovely outdoor swimming pool, aqua centre, loads of sunny terraces to enjoy food and drinks while taking in the breathtaking scenery plus plenty of green grass to sit on and just enjoy a good book. If you bring your own vehicle there are also never ending places to go and visit.

Please note that cleaning is an additional cost of 50 euros paid locally.

Minimum bid: £200



A fantastic day of guiding in London or the London area by Louise Chapman - a professionally trained Blue Badge guide

It is up to you which sights you wish to see. You may prefer a day in Windsor visiting Windsor Castle, Windsor town plus the town of Eton or even a day at Hampton Court Palace. Date and venues to be arranged with Louise.

If London is your preferred choice, marvel at the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London or visit the coronation church which is the world-famous Westminster Abbey with its royal tombs, Coronation Chair, Poets’ Corner and much more. Or visit the State Apartments at Kensington Palace, the small palace built for William III by Christopher Wren - a real jewel in the heart of London.

Or learn about some of the highlight objects of the British Museum such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, the Sutton Hoo treasures and mummies from ancient Egypt. Perhaps visit St Paul’s Cathedral with its fine tombs of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and the outstanding architecture of Christopher Wren. The Baroque masterpiece in the City of London.

You could elect to spend the day at Greenwich learning about life on the tea Clipper, the Cutty Sark before heading to the former Royal Naval Hospital to see the newly restored Painted Hall and the Chapel. Having explored the fine interior of Inigo Jones’ Queen’s House , climb Croom Hill to see the Royal Observatory, Flamsteed House (the residence of the first Astronomer Royal) and the famous Meridian Line.

Or you may prefer a guided walk in the City of London or a guided walk at Canary Wharf. The choice is yours; and your private Blue Badge will help to arrange this special day for you!

Blue Badge guides are all trained for 19 months to guide in the royal palaces and work hard to ensure an interesting, fun and rewarding day out in London. Louise Chapman will be your guide and you can read more about her here: www.britainsbestguides.org/guides/louise-chapman/. Louise will guide for one/two people or a larger group in English or French - it's up to you. Normally such a full day of guiding would cost around £300.

Minimum bid: £150



A summer week in a lovely converted barn in a small hamlet close to the River Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes in South Devon.

The barn sleeps 6. The lower level includes a large entrance hall (with table football table) and 2 double bedrooms with a shared bathroom (bath and shower). Up a short flight of stairs is the open plan dining room, kitchen and sitting room. This is a very large, light filled room with a well equipped kitchen and log burner. There is another bathroom on this floor. The upper floor comprises two attic bedrooms with double beds and a shared bathroom. Access to the bathroom is through one of the bedrooms. The sloping ceilings make these rooms more suitable for children rather than couples.

There is a large terrace leading out from the open plan kitchen/diner with seating for 8 and a fire pit - extensive views over the countryside. There are further grounds around the house including a small orchard and another higher seating area with further views. The barn is set amongst other barns and is off the road and very quiet. There is parking for 2 cars.

Dittisham is a short walk away along a creek, where you will find the nearest shop and post office as well as the picturesque quayside with the Ferry Boat Inn and Anchorstone Cafe (well known for its excellent seafood). From the quay there are regular ferry crossings to Greenway (Agatha Christie’s house) and up to Dartmouth, as well as kayak/paddle board hire and crabbing opportunities.

The South West Coast path and beaches can be reached in 15-20 minutes by car. Totnes is a charming small town on the Dart with interesting shops and a very good market on Fridays and Saturdays. Dartmoor can be reached in 40 minutes by car.

One dog welcome.

Your week can be taken from 3pm Saturday 27th June until 11am Saturday 15th August 2019 by arrangement with the owners. The guide price for a summer week at this time is well over £1000.

Minimum bid: £650


A limited edition print by Dawn Mobbs - Baby Koala

Talented artist, Dawn Mobbs of Mobbsey Art is donating this limited edition print depicting a baby koala. The print is numbered No. 1 of a limited edition.

Size: 12 inches x 16 inches. Print is supplied unframed.

No minimum bid


A limited edition print by Dawn Mobbs - Flower

Talented artist, Dawn Mobbs of Mobbsey Art is donating this stunning flower limited edition print. The print is numbered No. 1 of a limited edition.

Size: 12 inches x 16 inches. Print is supplied unframed.

No minimum bid


Painting by artist, Marion Cameron

This picture titled "Pink Poppies" is by Compassionate Friends volunteer Marion Cameron who is an amateur painter who has helped several charities by donating her paintings.

The picture is soft pastels on velour paper and measures 48 cm (19 inches) height by 39 cm(15 inches) depth.

No minimum bid



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