(Above photo - Rolls Royce statue - sold to the highest bidder at the back! )
We were proud to be the hosts and sponsors of the recent Antiques Roadshow and Dinner in aid of the National Society For Protection of Cruelty To Children (NSPCC). We raised - via an auction and raffle - over £7500 for this wonderful cause. Eighty people came to the event which was held at the Old Ford Golf Club in Barnet, North London and included a Champagne Reception and three course dinner on this hot summer night. Raffle prizes included a signed Arsenal FC jersey (thankfully I didn't win that), an Aston Martin DB5 Driving Experience, a Rolls Royce statue after Charles Skyes and some rare and aged single malt Stotch from our friends at Cask88.
(Above photo - Camilla from Millys Marvels reading the Hallmark )
Canonbury Antiques MD Martin Worster Snr hosted the auction and also orchestrated the valuing of goods that guests had brought in, helped by Tony Shalloe (Phoenix Trading) and Camilla Worster (Millys Marvels). Guests were offered the chance of a free valuation and bought in paintings, pottery, jewellery, statues and other pieces.
(Above photo - Tony Shalloe (Phoenix Trading) : There must be a signature somewhere? )
Over the years we have run various auctions for the NSPCC dating back to the 1980s when one of our guests was former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At that time Thatcher was the MP for the London Borough of Finchley which was our local constituency and came to a number of events we arranged.
(Above photo - Canonbury MD with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. How much do you want for this cherub? )
The NSPCC visits schools to teach children that abuse is never their fault and that they can always speak out and get help. The run a national helpline, as well as therapeutic services to help children recover from abuse. They also campaign for legislative change to help better protect children. We can't think of a better cause to be involved with and were delighted with the success of the event.
(Above photo - Guests bought in goods to be valued by the expert panel )
We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to other sponsors of the event, including Butchoff Antiques, Phoenix Trading, Taylor Associates, The Antiques Exchange, Cask88, Debenham Antiques, Quantic Collectables, Strong and Woodhatch and French Trading.
(Above photo - Start spreading the news - the auction is today...)
(Above photo - I don't have time for this clock )
( Time for the raffle - get rid of that Chelsea sign please... )
(Above photo - In safe hands )
(Above photo - An signed Arsenal FC ball - back of the net! )
(Above photo - Thanks to our friends at Cask88 for the aged single malt Scotch )
(Above photo - It's worth how much? Ka-ching! )
All photos by Martin Worster Photography
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