Auction Of Promises – The Lots

Auction of Promises

Saturday 29 June 2013 8:00pm at the Sir William Hotel

registering from 7:00pm. this will provide you with a bidding number and enable us to collate your successful bids.


All proceeds to Grindleford Community Shop Fund

If you would like to make a bid for a lot but can’t make it on the night, please use the slip at the back of the booklet or email ensuring you provide all the information we will need (see sealed bid form at the back of the booklet).

Emailed Bids to:

Sealed bids to: The box in the Sir William Hotel

We will then arrange for a bid to be made on your behalf. In both cases bids must be received by 9:00pm on Wednesday 26th June2013.

Any last minute promises received will be auctioned off at the end of the evening

The following can also be downloaded here.

Lot Details Further details Promisor
1 Muffins or cupcakes A tray of homemade muffins or cupcakes, made to order from a choice of recipes Diane Wilson
2 Sir Ranulph Fiennes signed book Signed copy of Beyond the Limits Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Matt Heason
3 Grindleford School Cookbook A copy signed by the students.  Latest compilation of favourite recipes. Sarah Battarbee
4 Pet sitting Daniel, Adam and Simon Harby will look after your family pet for a week, whether it is feeding the cat, walking the dog or hamster sitting Daniel aged 8, Adam aged 6 and Simon aged 3
5 Police Car Special A fantastic opportunity for a child to feel like a police officer! A member of the local police will arrange a visit so the winning child can sit in the police car, activate the lights and sirens, try on the hi-vis tabard and helmet, and have a personal viewing of the handcuffs and equipment. This can then be rolled out to other members of the local school and preschool if desired. PC Ian Richardson and Derbyshire Constabulary
6 Music Lesson One hour’s tuition for either a banjo or a trombone Kit Battarbee
7 Cream tea for two at Longshaw A voucher for a cream tea for two people at Longshaw National Trust Café National Trust
8 Decorating Delight Have your ceiling painted with two coats of emulsion which you supply.  Maximum room size is 12′ x12′.  You will need to clear the room and cover items which can’t be removed.  Nicky will use her own equipment. Nicky Luscombe
9 Maths Tutoring Three one hour sessions, up to A level standard including Further Maths. Stuart Campbell
10 Farm Day experience Lane End Farm Trust is a working hill farm in the beautiful landscape of Abney that caters for disabled people. It offers a range of outdoor farm activities, and the farm has kindly offered a superb opportunity for a family of four to experience the daily farming routine from 9.45am to 3.30pm, alongside other residents. The lucky family will have the opportunity to have breakfast, feed and care for the chickens / sheep / goats, help groom the horses, assist with sheepdog training, pick vegetables from the plot and cook a simple lunch. The perfect opportunity to show your family life at a farm. Lane End Farm Trust
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11 Basket of ironing Let somebody else take the back ache out of ironing. Debbie Richardson
12 Chatsworth Tickets Complimentary ticket for the House and Gardens valid for two adults and up to three children.  Valid until 23rd December 2013.  This ticket will not grant admission to the Farmyard and Adventure Playground. Chatsworth House Trust and Paul Hayes
13 An evening’s babysitting Either a Friday or Saturday night for a maximum of six hours. Ayshea Furlong
14 Hand knitted baby or young child’s item of clothing. In either chunky or double knit.  Wool to be supplied by bidder and you can either choose one of Pat’s patterns or supply your own. Pat Goodall
15 Shed Painting Have your shed stained whilst you sit back and relax Sarah Battarbee
16 Electrical Safety Inspection Full electrical safety inspection for your property carried out in accordance with 17th edition of the wiring regulations, which will include both visual check and testing of all fixed parts of the properties electrical installation. This will take approximately 4 hours to complete. At the end you will receive a report on its’ condition.   Please note that it does not include any repairs that may be required.      Reserve Price £100 STEPHEN J BLOWEN,


17 Gammon Ham joint 7lb Gammon Ham joint will be available to take home on the night Leigh Waterall
18 Seville Orange Marmalade, six jars of homemade marmalade Made to great grannies recipe! Penny Reynolds
19 Two Wills for a couple Senior Partner, Wake Smith LLP Michael Tunbridge
20 Breakdown Bonanza. A 30 minute ride in a 150 ton Breakdown Recovery Vehicle and a chance to inspect the truck. This is the one for young boys of all ages….  Yes, it is the enormous white beast of a truck you see on the garage forecourt which is capable of recovering the very largest HGV vehicles allowed on Britain’s roads. You will be shown around the truck and introduced to your driver who will explain what it can do and how it works. Climb into the cab (it’s very high) and off for a spin to experience being the real king of the road. Mark Sammans and Mount Pleasant Breakdown
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21 Speedwell Cavern family ticket for four Ticket for two adults and two children, valid up until 13 April 2014. Speedwell Cavern
22 Cryptic Crossword One hour’s tuition in how to unravel those devilishly hard clues. Andy Battarbee
23 Sports or holistic massage A choice of Sports, Hot Stones or Swedish Massage Renuka Russell
24 A full day’s childcare Cath is a qualified child-minder and will look after one child during the summer holidays. Cath Hutchinson
25 A driving assessment by a RoSPA gold star advanced driver or towing a trailer instruction. Get rid of those bad habits, picked up since passing your test! Robert Wilson
26 Four hair trims Must be in Grindleford and all at the same time and house Elizabeth Furness
27 Large sherry Trifle Can be delivered if in the village Jackie Furness
28 Holiday Flat in St Lawrence on the Isle of Wight One bedroom flat, sleeps up to four. Superb views of the Channel. Fully Equipped.

Reserve £150

Bob and Esther Stewart
29 A single or pair of simple wills Fitzgerald-Harts Solicitors
30 Chocolate Chip Cookies Infamous cookies sold at last village auction for big money! Bob Stewart
31 Six hours garden labouring Make yours the tidiest garden in the village! Jeremy Brayshaw
32 Handmade wooden house nameplate If you live at llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, I am sorry but you are not able to bid for this! Stephen Harby courtesy of The Joinery Workshop (Derbyshire) Ltd
33 Joint of meat Sunday lunch for when you don’t want to shop. Jamie Cooper, Critchlow’s Butchers
34 Stone Bird Bath Handmade in natural stone John Nicholson, Capital Stonemasonry Ltd
35 Window Cleaning Two hours of window cleaning. Phil Crowson
36 An evening’s babysitting No more than three children. Becky is a qualified primary school teacher. Becky Harby
37 Fruitcake 1kg Brandy fruit cake, made to order Beth Marshall
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38 Personal Trainer At Hope Valley Health Club, it will include a 15 minute assessment followed by 45 minute workout. Whether you are looking for a lifestyle change or ready to move to the next level as an experienced fitness devotee this is for you. Tom Skelton
39 Mouth Guard Laboratory made and fitted mouth guard, ideal for sports people. Choice of two colours. Yvonne Birch – Dentist
40 Vegetarian Cookery lesson A three hour lesson tailored to your level of ability and interests.  Ingredients provided and can be in your home or the tutor’s. Peter Ragdale
41 Days sailing at Carsington In a Comet or RS500 and a spin around in a safety boat.  You will need to be able to get in and out of the boats from a jetty. Dave Baldwin
42 Christmas Gingerbread House Gingerbread walls and roof, iced with sweets to decorate. Can be personalised. Emily Reynolds
43 Concert in the Devil’s Arse to see The Bootleggers. Four standing tickets for the concert on

31 August 2013 at 8:00pm, in Castleton.

Peak Cavern
44 Steam Road Roller ride A short ride on a 1922 Aveling and Porter steam road roller.  Feel the awesome power of this true monster of a working machine you will literally feel the earth move beneath your feet.   Due to the heat and working parts this is only for over 18s. Stuart Wilson
45 Two night stay for four people in a two bedroomed National Trust cottage which sleeps four people at Wetton Mill. National Trust Holiday Cottage Terms and conditions apply to the winner’s booking: The prize is for a two-night break at either Redhurst or Darfar National Trust Holiday Cottage. The holiday must be taken between 27th September 2013 to 23rd October 2013 or 1st November 2013 to 17th December 2013. No cash alternative or refund will be given and winners must be over 18. If the winner wishes to extend their holiday, they may do so but will then be required to pay the additional charge over and above the two nights of the prize. For further information please check the website. National Trust
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46 Glider trial session Trial Glider Lesson, this is a fantastic opportunity to try the experience of gliding over the stunning scenery around here. You will be flying with an experienced pilot so you can literally sit back and enjoy the views.  You need to be a maximum of  6′ 4″ and preferably  below 6′ 2″ and under 16 stone.   Children over 12 are permitted as long as they can take instructions. Gliding Club at Abney
47 Dressmaking tuition Learn how to make a simple item of clothing (such as a stylish skirt) with 1 to 1 tuition from professional dressmaker. Kathryn will provide 10 hours of tuition, helping you to choose a suitable pattern and fabric, helping you to cut and sew a perfectly fitted garment. Skills will include zip fitting, buttonholes, tacking, finishing edges and hemming. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your own off the peg garment. (The winning bidder will need to purchase their own materials, with Kathryn’s advice. All equipment will be supplied by Kathryn.) Catherine Roebuck
48 Plough Inn meal and B & B A meal and B & B at this well renowned venue Plough Inn and the Elliotts
49 Cheese Board Hand made in a combination of English hardwoods.  Reserve of £40.00 Andrew Lawton
50 Original Framed Print The print will be available on the night to view Maggie Norman
51 Art Lesson A three hour art lesson; draw/paint flowers using water colours, materials provided.  Suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, the lesson can be either in your home or the tutor’s. Veronica Simpson
52 Micky Flanagan Two tickets to see Mickey at the Arena Graham Wrench
53 Car Valet A full car valet Sophie Hunter and Simon Seligman
54 Decorated Sponge Cake Luxury decorated sponge cake Anne-Marie Skelton
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55 Bell Ringing induction At St Michael’s Church Hathersage followed by a complimentary drink at The Scotsman’s Pack Inn Hathersage Parish Church
56 Meal Voucher for two Voucher towards a meal for two, valued at £50 Maynard Arms Hotel
57 Man of Steel – signed impression Signed artists impression, value around £150 Steve Mehdi
58 Weekend break in Baslow PEAK COTTAGES AUTUMN WEEKEND BREAK (except half-term) at Rossett Green Bar Road Baslow. Guide price £300 Jane Stout
59 Kate Rusby tickets Two tickets to see Kate at the City Hall in Sheffield on 2nd December 2013 Graham Wrench
60 Course Fishing An evening of coarse fishing at Hassop Hall ponds, all equipment provided for any level of angler or non angler. Steve Fletcher
61 Christmas table decoration Table decoration for the festive season by renowned florist. Guide price £25 Annette Dyson
62 Pair of tickets for a Derbyshire County Cricket match Pair of Tickets for any Derbyshire County Cricket Match at the Racecourse Ground Derby together with a behind the scenes tour of the Club facilities by former Derbyshire County Cricketer MICK GLENN. Guide price £75 c/o Lionel Stout
63 Rock Climb at Tedgeness Pinnacle Matt will help someone to the top of the pinnacle in Pinnacle Quarry, which overlooks Grindleford. Matt Heason
64 Rhubarb Medley Four allotment rhubarb puddings/desserts/cakes Colleen Gray
65 Trailer or Caravan towing tuition 1hrs trailer or caravan manoeuvring session including safety checks Steve Blowen
66 Learn to cook authentic South Asian curries. Sarah, whose family is from South India, is offering an evening for two people the chance to learn some tasty, new cooking skills and indulge in the aromas of South East Asia. Try Malaysian red beef curry, Vietnamese chicken curry or a family favourite of South Indian fish curry or a wide range of vegetarian dishes – it’s up to you.  You will need to provide the meat or fish for this, but all spices etc. will be provided by Sarah.  The meal can be eaten with Sarah in her house after cooking or prepared and taken away on the night. Sarah Dadswell
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67 England Football shirt signed by the team England shirt worn in 2004, signed by the squad and expertly framed. Reserve £500 Mrs Strafford
68 Penny farthing riding tuition Two hours tuition or ride on a penny farthing.  You must be over 5′ 4″ in order to reach the pedals! Location of lesson to be decided. Richard Thoday
69 Eyam Hall Tickets and behind the scenes tour For two adults and up to four children for this season.  A short introductory talk and a look behind the scenes with a member of staff. National Trust
70 Obstacle course An hour for four people on the obstacle course at Parson House. Designed to push you to your limits, but you need help from your team. Crawl through the tunnel, swing through the tyres, swing over the water jump, commando style! Debbie Bell and Parson House
71 Personalised Poem A poem personalised to you by a former Derbyshire Poet Laureate.  If you have a special event looming this would make a unique gift.  River will require information and a few weeks notice to prepare the poem. River Wolton
72 Trees and Walls One 8 hour day’s tree work: anything chainsaw related or general garden maintenance. Dave Miller of Trees & Walls
73 Photographic portrait session Could be a family or individual photograph with an environmental background i.e. outdoors John Mottershaw
74 Mountain Rescue Participate in an emergency rescue training event. You must be aged between 18 and 70 to participate. Nancy Detchon and Edale Mountain Rescue
75 Studio flat in Grindleford A weekend stay for two people.  Great views towards the Derwent River.  £100  Reserve Louise Hughes
76 Round of Golf at Sickleholme Golf Club Must be a weekday and accompanied by Bob Bob Stewart
77 Two nights B & B in Ironbridge, Shropshire Double or twin room, excellent views and lots of local attractions, Mr Miller is also prepared to collect you from the local train station should you wish to travel by train.  It should be noted that this is a private house and not a commercial B & B. To be taken before the end of 2013, excluding September. Debbie and Clive Miller
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78 Chocolate Fudge Cake For sheer chocolate indulgence Janet Slingsby
79 Meal for two Home cooked and delivered if you live locally. Caroline is happy to liaise over the menu with the successful bidder. Caroline Calvino
80 A year in a day of a beekeeper Take part in a bee inspection (protective clothing provided), help in extracting and bottling honey and take home a jar of honey at the end of the day. Alan Fairbrother
81 Holiday cottage in Elie, Fife. Sleeps 9. One week stay out of season at 52 High Street, Elie, Fife.  This coastal village, centred around a sheltered sandy bay has numerous attractions making it an ideal location for a Scottish seaside holiday. The property can be viewed on  £250 reserve Jane Cook
82 Mowing and or strimming One hour’s worth of mowing and / or strimming Andy Marshall
83 Chocolate Cake A flourless Chocolate Cake, has been dubbed albeit by family the best cake in the world! Sophie Hunter
84 Pillion ride on a Triumph Bonneville A 50 mile pillion ride around Derbyshire on a warm summers day, date to be agreed. Alan Fairbrother
86 Vegetarian Lasagne Homemade lasagne for eight people, 2 x 4 portions, freshly made and suitable for freezing. Peter Ragdale
87 Morgan Classic British Sports Car ride for one around Derbyshire A two seater convertible Kingfisher Blue V8 Morgan no less!  Imagine a trip around Derbyshire countryside with the top down on a sunny day, wind in your hair, hedgerows whistling by as you are driven in this classic car.  Best efforts will be made to ensure a sunny day by arrangement too!! Andrew Clifton
88 Fine Art Etching New etching entitled ‘Leaf Forms’ approx size 10″ x 12″ framed and signed Veronica Simpson
89 England Football shirt signed and worn by Michael Owen Framed in a 4″ deep wooden case. Reserve £500 Mrs Strafford
90 Christmas Pudding A homemade Christmas pudding definitely unsuitable for weight watchers or teetotallers. Penny Reynolds
91 Richard Hawley Two pairs of tickets for the Graves Park, Sheffield concert on 13th July Graham Wrench
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92 A night at the Dogs A voucher for a meal for four at Owlerton the Stadium for any Tuesday, Friday or Saturday before the end of September 2013. Guide price for a Saturday £100 A&S LEISURE GROUP LTD
93 Bird Watching guided walk Half day local bird walk for one or two beginners or less experienced birders. Location and time to be agreed. Simon Bailey
93 An evening of bridge for two with supper at ‘Maison Heywood’ Grindleford Bridge Club
94 An Explosive Adult Experience – This is an exceptional opportunity for one person to detonate explosives at a local Quarry. You will split large stone slabs with explosives by packing drilled holes with “black powder” and, after the detonators have been safely inserted, detonate the explosion from a safe distance. This will take place under the watchful supervision of experienced quarry staff. The opportunity is only open to adults for safety reasons. Nick Bater courtesy of Stancliffe Stone Quarries



Sealed Bid Request Form Please complete in CAPITALS and ensure it is received by 9:00pm on Wednesday 29th June


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I would like to enter a sealed bid for the following lots in the Grindleford Community Shop Auction on Saturday 29th June 2013

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Brief description

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If I am successful in winning any or all of the above I agree to pay the price listed above.  Once payment has been received we will forward contact details for your purchases.

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Thank you for your help and support in this venture – happy bidding!

We would like to thank the staff at

The Sir William Hotel for their generosity

in allowing us the use of the function suite

for the auction.