Absolutely Amazing Auction!
Tonight was the night for the School Council’s Auction of Promises in aid of The Thomas Theyer Foundation….and what an absolutely amazing night it was!
The School Council, alongside our Chair of Governors Barbara Kwiecinski, started work on this auction way back in September (maybe even before that..time is just a blur). Mrs Kwiecinski wanted to help the School Council to go out and work alongside the community a bit more, developing from being just school based to learning how the community works and pulls together in a small village. After a couple of false starts, the idea of an Auction of Promises was born. The children have had a great learning experience throughout all the planning stages and they have been hands on all the way through.
The work began with a visit to the local shop who carried out an auction of promises as one of their initial fundraising ideas. The children chatted to the volunteers down there who explained how they had planned their auction, all the various jobs and tasks there was to do and the various steps with which to do them. Filled with confidence they returned to school and started to write letters to various businesses in the community and the surrounding area to see if anyone would pledge any promises. Lots of people did!
The next step was to visit Terry and Helen at The Sir William and talk about the type of venue they would need, the type of buffet they would like to offer and, obviously, if The Sir William was free on their chosen date to host the Auction itself. It was!
As the promises came into school thick and fast, Mrs Kwiecinski took School Council to visit a couple of the people who had pledged items for the auction. They explained why they were raising money and talked about the charity and what it meant to them. They also took the opportunity to thank them profusely for their generosity with their pledges.
Next came a visit to David Haywood to see how an auctioneer delivers an auction. This was great fun and School Council had a go at auctioning off some of David’s personal items!! Our older members came away feeling confident enough to actually have a go themselves at auctioneering on the night.
Finally, tonight arrived. The room had been set out (learning about leg room and fire exits), the promises were on display, the float was ready for the food money to be collected in and the raffle was ready to go.
What can I say?? What an absolutely amazing night was had by all. The auction room was packed; David was hilarious with his auctioneering skills; School Council did all their jobs really well and had loads of fun – the room rocked with laughter all night – and the buffet was gorgeous and plentiful.
The most amazing thing though was the amazing generosity of the Village of Grindleford.
There were parents and pupils; staff; governors; ex-governors; people who were staying at the pub overnight; people who had already given promises and people from our fabulous village community who all turned out to see if they could grab a bargain whilst raising money for a very good local charity. The bids came in thick and fast, alongside silent bids that had already been received in the run up, and the money started flowing in……
I am absolutely amazed, and greatly humbled, that due to the immense generosity (and some fierce bidding) a gigantic grand total of £1790 was raised!! WOW! (and there is still a little bit still to come in!)
A massively HUGE thank you must go to:
- Everybody who donated the 31 lots in total. Without your help, the auction could not have happened. Thank you so much.
- Terry and Helen for allowing us to use The Sir William free of charge and providing us with a buffet at cost. Thank you.
- David Haywood for being the best auctioneer ever! Thank you.
- Our Governors, Helen, Cynthia and Jane, for pulling together and doing all the last minute jobs and helping to advertise the auction.
- Barbara Kwiecinski for leading the School Council and enabling them to learn so many new things in such a short amount of time. Well done Barbara, you were epic!
- The School Council for being the starts that they are!
..and of course, everyone who came along on the night and made it such a success. If I have forgotten anybody, I truly apologise. Thank you to Phil Sproson, who not only donated a calendar of his photographs to the auction but also took some fabulous shots too.