St.Martin of Tours,
Chelsfield, Kent

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Auction of Promises


Auction of Promises

In aid of the St Martin's, Chelsfield, Spire Appeal

The list of items that were auctioned at the Auction of Promises on
17th February 2024  are shown below

Click on underlined lot items for further details.

 1.a. A £35 voucher to eat at ‘The BR6’

This is the restaurant in the square in Orpington attached to the college. It describes itself as ‘ ..a restaurant built to inspire the next generation of chefs and front of house staff. Our staff are made up of industry experts and hard-working students ..’
  Kindly donated by Colin Heys

1. Clean the outside of your car   

Outside car wash by hand using car shampoo followed by drying with shammy leather cloth  

   Kindly donated by Lance Johnson

2. Golf for 2 and Lunch at Sundridge Park   

Two golfers are invited to join Gordon Ireland for lunch and a round of golf at Sundridge Park Golf Club. The date can be agreed with Gordon but will need to be midweek. Both guests should have an official handicap. Gordon will pay for the entire day including lunch  

   Kindly donated by Gordon Ireland

3. Marmalade and Chutney

2 jars of each  

   Kindly donated by Brenda Johnson  

4. Two hours genealogy research (1)  

Two hours of family history research by an experienced genealogist to help you find your ancestors and build a picture of their life.  Ideally the bidder should know the name, location and age of one ancestor who would have been living in 1939 (the last national census that's available for research), but if it's a total blank, I can help by suggesting other routes forward.  The research can either be done with the bidder present, watching along, or independently - but it's more fun to do it together!    

   Kindly donated by Philippa Rooke  

5. A week in an apartment in El Faro (near Fuengirola), Spain  

A week in an apartment 10 minutes walk from the sea and with sea views. There are many restaurants, a few shops and bus stop five minutes walk away.  

The apartment overlooks the communal pool and there are more loungers poolside. There are two balcony awnings for sunny days.  

A 20 minutes drive from Malaga Airport  

Indicative value: Similar apartments available to rent for £700 in high season  

   Kindly donated by Jenny and Nick Wilkins

6. Four hours French or Spanish tuition – up to GCSE  

4 hours in total of French/Spanish tuition either for holiday use or GCSE help. Can be 4 separate hours for different people.   

   Kindly donated by Margaret Warren-Axe  

7. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Suzzie Mercado, “The Little Chefette”, will bake 15 of her scrumptious chocolate chip cookies for the winner.  Chef Suzzie has her own special recipe that she perfected over lockdown to give what she considers to be the “Ultimate” Chocolate Chip Cookie.  

   Kindly donated by Suzzie Mercado

8. Meal for 2 at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) in London

Two people are invited to join Susan and Byron Atkinson-Jones as guests for a meal at BAFTA in Piccadilly, London. The date can be agreed with Byron but will need to be before the end of May 2024. (Mon-Fri)  

   Kindly donated by Byron Atkinson-Jones

9. Painting of St Martins #1

A painting of St Martin's Church in the snow by a member of the Artisam art group. From a photo taken in February 2021

  Kindly donated by Penny

10. Gardening - 2 hours

Royal Horticultural Society qualified (Level 2) gardener  

Timing would be best in Spring or Summer at a mutually convenient time.  
 I can:  

  ·         provide advice on plants if you are planning on re-doing an area of your garden  

  ·         Prune and / or advise on pruning depending on the time of year  

  ·         Plant up summer planters / baskets /bedding  

  ·         Do weeding and general tidying  

   Kindly donated by Anne Ireland  

11. Croquet and cream tea afternoon  

A 3-hour session for up to 4 people at Tunbridge Wells Croquet Club on a mutually agreed afternoon in May – September 2024 with expert tuition  

A Homemade Cream Tea will be served during the session  

Indicative value:  £400  

   Kindly donated by Michael Gentry  

12. Two large Suitcases   

Brand new and unused, still with labels showing price of £119 each! Make is 'Linea' (House of Fraser). Dimensions 30" x 21" x 13". TSA locks.  

   Kindly donated by Keith Burton

13. Quarter peal

The bellringers will ring a 'quarter peal', a piece of ringing about 45 minutes long, to commemorate a special event - a birthday, wedding anniversary or other important occasion. The bidder can listen to some or all of the performance in the churchyard or inside the church.  The quarter peal will be recorded in the international database of ringing performance and the bidder will receive a specially printed card with all the details.  This lot can be redeemed until 31/12/2025. 
[Please note the bells will not be able to be rung during the works on the spire]   

    Kindly donated by Chelsfield's bell ringers and their friends

14. Racehorse training gallops morning

A trip for 4 people to one of the country's top flat racing stables to see horses in training on the gallops and have a guided tour around the stables, followed by breakfast. 

Park House Stables is the home of Andrew and Anna Lisa Balding. Andrew is the trainer of many race winners, including Chaldean, the winner of the 2023 Classic 2000 Guineas race at Newmarket.  He finished third in the 2023 Trainers Championship. The stables are located just outside the village of Kingsclere, near Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 5PY.  

   Kindly donated by Andrew and Anna Lisa Balding

15. Chocolate Easter Log

A chocolate Easter Log is an Easter version of a Yule Log. 10 days’ notice required

   Kindly donated by Sheila and Peter Brown

16. Painting of St Martins #2

A painting of St Martin's Church in the snow by a member of the Artisam art group. From a photo taken in February 2021

   Kindly donated by Nicola

17. Large, loud telephone

Big Tel 50 telephone. Big buttons and a loud ring.  

   Kindly donated by Jim Rooke

18. Provision of 6 full sized home-made cakes

Provision of 6 full sized home-made cakes over a full year, delivered locally or collected from my central Orpington house at a mutually agreed date, chosen from the following options: Iced Apricot Fruit Loaf, Coffee & Walnut, Cherry, Chocolate & Orange (Vegan friendly), Sticky Gingerbread, Victoria Sandwich (Tiptree jam), Wholemeal Hazelnut & Orange Loaf cake, Blackberry & Apple (seasonal), Orange & Almond, Lemon Drizzle, Apple & Cinnamon.
   Kindly donated by Viv Blackwell


19. Haircut and Pedicure

Experienced Stylist offering a lovely at home Cut and Blowdry with a relaxing ( unless you are super ticklish !! ) Pedicure = pedi includes foot soak, removal of hard skin, clipping of toenails , exfoliation massage , moisturiser and paint ( if required ).  

All in the convenience of your own home.   

   Kindly donated by Judith Simmonds  

20. Cupcake Making/Decorating  

A 2–3-hour session, for up to 4 people, making then decorating cupcakes with Sue McMahon, former President of the British Patisserie team and author of the top selling book Cupcakes (which has been so popular that it has been published in 6 different languages).  

To be taken before the end of June 2024  

Indicative value:  £500  

   Kindly donated by Sue McMahon

21. A personal poem

A personal poem for a birthday, anniversary or significant occasion. Two weeks’ notice required.

   Kindly donated by Sheila and Peter Brown

22. Easter Simnel Cake

An Easter Simnel Cake. 10 days’ notice required

   Kindly donated by Sheila and Peter Brown

23. Meat or vegetarian lasagne.   

Meat or vegetarian lasagne for 8. Either I large, 2 medium or 4 small  

    Kindly donated by Brenda Johnson

24. A two hour Reiki session   

Two hours Reiki in offerer's house (Orpington), where the massage table is in the room and all set up.   

   Kindly donated by Margaret Warren-Axe  

25. Full afternoon tea for 6 people

Provision of items for a full afternoon tea for 6 people at a mutually agreed date, delivered locally, comprising: Sandwiches (egg mayonnaise, cucumber, smoked salmon, tuna mayo on white/brown bread), scones (freshly home-baked on the day), Tiptree jam and Roddas clotted cream, slices of homemade cakes (coffee & walnut, chocolate brownies, lemon drizzle, summer berry tartlets), selection of teas, milk.

   Kindly donated by Viv Blackwell  


26. A week in a house in Marbella, Spain.  

A week in a large 4 bedroom town house just 200m from the beach in Costabella, in Marbella East. Sleeps 6-7. The urbanisation in which it is situated is beautifully maintained and has direct access to the beach and a large pool (which the house overlooks).   

There is quite a lot of availability this year, including Easter and October school holidays and some in the summer. 2025 would be OK too, although school summer holiday time may be more limited.  

Indicative value: Similar houses available to rent for £2,000+ in high season  

   Kindly donated by Jackie and Steve McCann  


27. Two one hour ironing sessions

Probably amounts to around 3/4 of a basket or thereabouts. Bidder to supply hangars, if required.  

   Kindly donated anonymously (at this stage!)      

28. Two hours genealogy research (2)  

Two hours of family history research by an experienced genealogist to help you find your ancestors and explore their backgrounds including genealogical DNA research and interpretation.  The research can either be done with the bidder present, watching along, or independently.    

   Kindly donated by Barry Foale  


29. ‘Slave’ for a day

Further details will be given at the auction.