Live Auction at The 24 Carat Ball

We had some wonderful items in our live auction at The 24 Carat Ball in aid of St Michael & All Angels’ Organ & Parish Rooms Appeal. Thanks to those who donated them so generously and those who bid for them, and to our auctioneer, Adrian Biddell of Waterhouse and Dodd, for lending us his time and expertise. The items included:

A week in the south of France for up to seven people

le-rayol-villa-img_1111A week’s summer holiday in a beautiful three-bedroom villa with pool (above), overlooking the Mediterranean, about 45 minutes’ drive from St Tropez. The villa is on a hillside, with stunning views, and the village with shops, restaurant and bar is a short walk away. Dates flexible in 2016 or 2017. Donated by Philip and Helen Wareham.

Bobby Moore Club Hospitality tickets for four to watch England at Wembley

auction-bobby_moore_entrance-ashxThe Bobby Moore Club provides the most exhilarating and stylish way to see the greatest events at Wembley Stadium.  Tickets include an exceptional three-course meal, with a champagne reception and a selection of wines and beers in the Bobby Moore Room. Located on the halfway line, close to the dugouts, Bobby Moore Club seats are the ultimate way to enjoy world class sport and entertainment from England Senior Men’s international home games to The FA Cup Final.  Everything is included – food, drinks, match programme. There are four tickets available for the Bobby Moore Club to watch the World Cup Qualifier, England vs. Lithuania, on Sunday, 26th March 2017. Donated by David and Louisa Morrison.

A portrait by photographer Kelvin Murray

auction-kelvin-19-oliver-rgb-f4_cropKelvin Murray is an award-winning photographer who specialises in turning the ‘everyday’ into the extraordinary. He works mainly for advertising agencies and his skills are highly sought after, to bring ideas alive and make astonishing imagery. His work has been accepted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery no fewer than seven times. His portrait of Oliver Simkin (from St Michael & All Angels, left) was one of these images.

Kelvin will set out to create a stunning portrait for you. This will involve coming to your home before the shoot to discuss what you’d like. He will then come back to your home and create an amazing image of someone of your choice. He will include an A2 and A4 print of the final image. Donated by Kelvin Murray.

A painting of Palazzo Fontana Rezzonico Venice by Nigel Woolner

auction-nigel-woolner-venice-image001A framed artist’s signed proof print of a watercolour of the Palazzo Fontana Rezzonico Venice.  Framed size approx 18”x15”. Donated by Nigel Woolner.

A week in Piegaio Basso, Tuscany, for up to seven people

auction-tuscany-villaA week’s holiday in the foothills of the Appuanian Alps, 22km north of Lucca in Tuscany.  This light and airy villa is close to a food shop, butcher’s, chemist, restaurant and bar. Donated by Richard and Marilyn Seal.



A total fitness package

fitnessonology-logo-image001The perfect combination of work and rest – this personal training and post-workout massage package combine to super-charge your fitness regime. Whether you are just starting out or already have a strong baseline, this package of five 1-hour personal training sessions and five 1-hour sports massages from Fitnessology and The Massage Centre Chiswick will help you take your training to the next level.

A week in a seaside cottage in Carteret, Normandy, facing across to Jersey

auction-our-cottage-and-trees-img_6721Would suit a family of up to 6, or two couples. The three-bedroom cottage is small but delightfully situated, with back and front gardens, on a landscaped estate. It faces straight onto trees and sand dunes – and is just 20 minutes walk from the fishing harbour in Carteret and two wonderful beaches. Carteret is a beautiful sailing and fishing resort, with a ferry to Jersey and a range of bars, restaurants and hotels. It has a bakery, grocery and newsagents, a cinema, a weekly market, mini-golf and a lighthouse! It is close to the town of Barneville, which has its own market, several butchers and bakers, a chemist and a Carrefour. Carteret is just 45 minutes drive from Cherbourg, which is 3 hours by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth, during summer months. Donated by Carol and Torin Douglas.

Dates by arrangement with the owners. Very limited availability in July and August. No dogs please.

Wardrobe Consultation by Lesley Ebbetts

auction-lesleyA day’s personal wardrobe ‘weed’ at home with stylist, fashion editor and broadcaster Lesley Ebbetts. She will edit, give advice on colour, style, shopping and organise your wardrobe for the new season.

Themed children’s birthday party

auction-childrens-partyTake the stress out of organising your child’s birthday party – Miriam Morris and Vicky Brooke will do it for you. We will organise a party for up to 20 primary-school-aged children.  You will provide the venue and refreshments for adults.  We will design the invitations, provide food and drinks for the children, fill the party bags, and organise traditional and themed children’s games.  (Please note we are not entertainers.)  The cake lady will provide a themed birthday cake.  And we will tidy up for you afterwards. Previous party themes have been Spiderman, a spy party, Minecraft, Lord of the Rings, football and One Direction. The party must be on a weekend during term-time. and in or around Chiswick. Not available in or around the Bedford Park Festival in June. Donated by Miriam Morris and Vicky Brooke.