Auction of Promises

Our auction of promises will take place on Saturday 21st May. If you cannot make the event but would like to bid on a lot please email by noon on the 21st with your maximum bid.

Holiday Cottage in Binham

One week’s stay at Tethy’s Cottage, Binham, Norfolk. Booking to be made outside school holidays. Please note, the cottage does not accept dogs.

Set within beautiful ground of Binham Abbey, a Grade II listed building, Tethy’s Cottage is part of the converted stable block. Shared Tennis court and communal large garden. Fully equipped kitchen, with french doors leading onto garden. 
Pretty sitting room with 2 cream sofas, stripped floor.
Bedroom 1  – Double bed 
Bedroom 2  – Double bed and a single bed 
Bathroom shower and WC
Kindly donated by Loretta Smith


Two nights of babysitting offered from a practising GP. This would suit a family with children who have specific health requirements and who may normally find it difficult to find childcare. Babysitting to be in the Saffron Walden area and until midnight on both evenings. Times and dates to be mutually agreed.
Kindly donated by Jude

Flight in a Chipmunk

This is a very rare opportunity to fly in G-AOSY, a 1950 De Havilland Chipmunk, lead ship of the well loved Red Sparrows aerobatic display team. 
Your flight of about an hour will be conducted by a fully qualified and experienced pilot to the highest degree of safety standards. The breath takingly beautiful rolling landscape of Essex and Cambridgeshire will unfold before you, a view which can only be fully experienced from a light aircraft.
You will have to opportunity to take the controls (if you wish) and to experience first-hand the joy of flying one of the most delightful aeroplanes ever designed.
You are welcome to bring a camera and take all the photos you would like and details of your trip will be recorded and presented to you upon landing.
The plane is based in the Saffron Walden area.
Kindly donated by Tim Coyne

Special Occasion Cake

Professionally baked single layer occasion cake decorated with a theme of your choice. Sugar paste flowers, animals names and dates etc. Anything is possible. Perfect for birthdays anniversaries etc. Flavour of your choice.
Kindly donated by Jean

Walking Tour of Cambridge

A two hour walking tour of historic Cambridge with a registered guide covering the key sites in the heart of the city for up to fifteen people. Hear something of the great story of Cambridge and its development from a medieval market town to the hi-tech city it is today. Enjoy time discovering the university and colleges, and hear more about the history, architecture, famous people, Eagle pub and the world renowned Cavendish Laboratory. All brought to life with stories and anecdotes for an enjoyable and entertaining experience.
Kindly donated by Beverley van Buuren, Cambridge-Uncovered

A Private Tennis Lesson

One hour lesson from Marc Squire (Level 4 Coach) at The Grove Tennis Club, Saffron Walden.
Kindly donated by Marc Squire

Tour of Lloyds of London

A private tour of one of London’s most iconic buildings for up to four people. Learn about the history of the building and how the biggest global insurance market operates finishing with drinks in one of the roof top bars. This will be a Monday-Friday arrangement. Dress code: business casual (no jeans).
Kindly donated by Aidan Channer

Antique Restoration Class

A three hour antique restoration class. Bring your own furniture to get restored. At Paragon School of Furniture Restoration, Thaxted on a Wednesday 2-5pm.

Painting or Line Drawing of Your House or Garden

Commission Sophie to recreate your house in a line drawing or your garden in modern abstract work. The perfect present for a friend who has everything.
kindly donated by Sophie Anderson

Four course Italian Supper for Four Guests

4 Course Italian Dinner curated and cooked by Fr David. Accompanied with Champagne, Wine and Liqueurs.
Kindly donated by Father David Clemens

Private Yoga Class

One hour suitable for any age or level.
Kindly donated by Naomi Smith

Gel manicure

Have your finger nails painted using gel or conventional nail polish for that special occasion. Provided by Abbi Briggs, hair and beauty stylist in Clavering.
Kindly donated by Abby Briggs

Hamper of Sacla (Italian food producers) Goodies

Wicker hamper filled with Prosecco, chocolates, pasta, olives and many different varieties of pesto. A perfect gift for a busy person or student who doesn’t have time to think about cooking!
Kindly donated by Clare Blampied

Private Tour at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Reading Paintings – A Private Tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum with Cambridge Art Tours for up to 12 people. The Fitzwilliam Museum is home to the most important collections of art and antiquities in East Anglia but how much do we know about the treasures it holds? Who was the reclusive benefactor after whom the museum is named? Which of its directors “found it a pigsty and turned it into a palace”? Why did Cézanne’s “Apples” get hidden in a Sussex hedge? Find out the answer to these questions and spend some time ‘reading paintings’ during a private tour of the museum with Sarah Burles of Cambridge Art Tours. Sarah studied History of Art at Cambridge University before working in museums and galleries, including at the Fitzwilliam Museum, for many years. She is the founder of Cambridge Art Tours which offers tours and visits to art collections in and around Cambridge. Sarah is also an accredited Arts Society lecturer and a tour director for Ace Cultural Tours.
This tour can be arranged at any time before 31st December 2022 during normal museum opening hours and will last approximately two hours.
Kindly donated by Sarah Burles

Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Voucher for two

Tucked away on chalk soil slopes between Saffron Walden and Little Walden is the fabulous Saffron Grange vineyard. This family run business produces sparkling rose, Seyval Blanc Brut, Classic Cuvee and Blanc de Noir wines that grow on the same chalk seam that runs from Northern France through Sussex and on to Essex. Discover this hidden gem with a private tour of the vineyard and finish with a tasting session of their elegant wines.
Kindly donated by Saffron Grange

A Christmas Wreath

Bespoke Christmas door wreath made by a local florist to your requirements. Get organised early and take the pressure off Christmas with this fantastic lot!
Kindly donated by Helen McFrederick

Private Villa with Pool in Aracena, Spain

Sleeps 10. One week in this beautiful villa 1hr 15mins from Seville – choose either week beginning 17th August or week beginning 26th August.
Kindly donated by the Vassallo family.

Two Brand New Babolat Tennis Rackets and Balls

Kindly donated by Damian Stalder

Holiday Cottage in Castle Acre

A unique opportunity to rent this private cottage, situated in a peaceful location in North Norfolk within walking distance of the historic village of Castle Acre and its amenities which include a well-stocked Spar store, fish & chip shop, cafe and 2 pubs. A visit to the Priory and the Castle are a must. The coast is about a 40 minute drive.
The Cottage has 2 double bedrooms and 1 bedroom with a 3 child bunk and a family bathroom upstairs. Downstairs is a small kitchen, a dining room and a sitting room with a log burner. There is central heating at the property.
There is a small enclosed garden.
Please provide your own linen.
End clean will be provided.
Not available over bank holidays or school half-terms.
To check availability email
Kindly donated by Sally and Johnny Arkwright

A Round of Golf for Three

A round of golf for up to three players at last year’s Open golf venue, Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent. A marvellous opportunity to play what is considered to be one of the best links courses in the country and which has hosted The Open on 15 occasions.
For up to three players who will play with a member.
Travel not included.
Date and time to be arranged within twelve months of the auction.
Reasonable playing ability and/or golf handicaps required.
Foursomes golf may be necessary.
Non refundable.
Kindly donated by James Carleton

Kindly donated by Martyn Porter

High Quality Dart Board and Harrows Arrows Darts

Harrows Championship Specification Bristle Dartboard with six darts. Produced locally by family company in Hoddesdon and regular supplier to many championships . Value £50-60. 

Six Harrows Taipan Tungsten darts. Super professional quality. Lightweight. Eric Bristow almost certainly threw some Harrows darts at some stage! Harrows Arrows. Value £60-70.
Kindly donated by Di and Rob Pringle.

Two tickets to attend the final Saturday of The 150th Open

Why not treat yourself and one lucky guest to the penultimate day of the Open at glorious St. Andrews on Saturday 16th July? Tickets have now sold out to the public for this so this is a fantastic opportunity to witness golf at its best in arguably one of the finest golf courses in the world.
Accommodation and travel not included. Not for resale.
There is a reserve on this lot.
Kindly donated by James Carleton

Two tickets to attend the final Sunday of The 150th Open

Watch the final of the Open at St. Andrews on Sunday 17th July in the historic centenary year for the club. Tickets have sold out to the public so this is a truly special lot. 
Accommodation and travel not included. Not for resale.
There is a reserve on this lot.
Kindly donated by James Carleton

Walking Tour of Cambridge – Spies, Lies and Double Agents

Spies, Lies and Double Agents. Oxford may have had the most Prime Ministers but Cambridge has produced the most spies.  A 90 minute walking tour which unmasks the long tradition of Cambridge spying from Christopher Marlow to Kim Philby via James Bond and Miss Moneypenny.  Up to 12 people.
Kindly donated by Georgina Balfour

Pilates Equipment

A beginners starter pack from APPI – Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.
This pack includes: mat, Pilates socks, head cushion and DVD. APPI is one of the best Pilates instruction techniques available and this DVD will teach you the five key elements of Pilates and guide you through a safe, yet challenging Pilates workout. Worth over £50.
Kindly donated by Nichola Dixon

£75 voucher to eat at Brix & Mortar

Provenance Kitchen, Hill Farm Road , Whittlesford, CB22 4AN
Kindly donated by Anna Bullock

Sparkling Cream Tea

Indulge in a sparkling homemade cream tea set in the garden of Clavering Place Farm in the beautiful Essex countryside for up to six people. Date to be mutually agreed. Tea will be held in the farmhouse dining room if raining.
Kindly donated by Amy Baalam

Six Bottles of Sparkling Wine

From grape to bottle, New Hall Vineyards has been growing and producing wine in Purleigh, Essex since 1969, making it one of the oldest vineyards in England to date. Burtonwood is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, made by the traditional method 2019.
Kindly donated by Philip Sills

Two Hours of French Tuition

For GCSE, A Level students or conversation level.
Kindly donated by Pascale Fowell

Name Tape Sewing Service

Rebecca will sew in the name tapes for one child’s back to school uniform/sports kit/socks and bed linen and towels etc.
There is a reserve on this item.
Kindly donated by Rebecca Richards