2018 Fundraising Promise Auction

Thank you to everyne who supported our Fundraising Auction! Look out for details of the next one… 🙂

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Ever wanted to win a Golden Ticket to Hay Festival? Dreamed of switching on the Christmas Lights? These are just some of the money-can’t-buy lots you can bid on in our fabulous 2018 Fundraising Auction!


Join us on Saturday 15th September at The Globe for a fantastic, fun evening of fundraising! It’s already shaping up to be an unmissable night – see below for some of the incredible lots you could bid on. Plus you’ll be helping us with the annual fundraising for the Christmas Lights in Hay – helping to light up our town during the festive season.

Free entry! Join us for drinks from 7pm, auction starts at 7.30pm.

Lot/Prize Description Donated By
Introduce the special guest at the switching on of the Christmas Lights! Each year the people of Hay come together to sing carols, drink mulled wine, and join in the countdown to the switching on of the Christmas lights! Over the past years we have had some fantastic special guests to switch the lights on, from local heroes to TV superstars. This lot offers you the chance to introduce this year’s special guest, alongside the Hay Citizen of the Year. This lot could be perfect for a child who has made it on to Santa’s “good” list! Hay & District Chamber of Commerce
Forage Walk, Limited Edition Print & Book This bumper lot has been kindly donated by local botanical artist Lizzie Harper. Locals will be familiar with Lizzie’s intricate yet enchanting style. The lot includes a foraging walk for up to 8 people in spring of 2019 lead by Lizzie, PLUS a copy of ‘The Garden Forager’ a copy of ‘The Hedgerow Handbook’ AND a limited edition print from ‘The Garden Forager” (which was illustrated by Lizzie). Lizzie Harper
Botanical Soap Making, 1-2-1 Based in Backfold, Castello de Haye make incredible, aromatic soaps and balms using local spring water and natural ingredients. The winner of this lot will get a fabulous 1-to-1 session with Jacqueline Kennet at her workshop, learning all the tricks of the trade that go into making incredible, botanical soap. Castello de Haye
Spanish Lesson Mely Vera is a Hay legend, always ready with a friendly “hola!” for anyone wishing to brush up on their Spanish. Her classes are hugely popular and she now also runs trips to Spain to practice in the wild. The winner of this lot will get an exclusive private lesson with Mely – perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to get up to speed before a trip to the continent. Mely Vera
Hay Winter Festival Golden Ticket! The Hay Festival Winter Weekend is one of the highlights of the Festive season in Hay, bringing world-class talent to our special corner of Wales. Tickets always sell out, but the winner of this special, money-can’t-buy lot will be able to take their pick of the events on offer. The Golden Ticket will give them five pairs of tickets to any events of their choice from the Hay Festival Winter Weekend programme, which runs from 22nd to 25th November 2018. Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Bookseller for a Day!
Hay is all about books. But have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a bookseller in our international Mecca of literature? Now’s the chance for you or someone you know to find out! Spend a day with Ellen and Josh Boyd Green from Green Ink Booksellers, the newest additions to Hay’s incredible selection of bookshops. You may love it so much you open your own shop!
Ellen & Josh Boyd Green, Green Ink
Be a Rockstar in Your Lunch Hour Joe Gooch is a familiar sight around town helping out brother Alex with his award-winning bread. But did you know that Joe is also a professional guitarist playing to audiences internationally?! Joe is the singer and lead guitarist in Hundred Seventy Split, which he formed after many years playing in Ten Years After. Joe will spend an hour walking the lucky winner through their rock star paces – perfect for wannabe teens or mid-life crisis forty-somethings! Joe Gooch
Unique, signed copy of the new bestseller from Jasper Fforde Jasper Fforde’s books have a global following, and the release of his new title, “Early Riser,” has been hugely anticipated by his fans. Jasper’s combination of fantastic humour and wild ideas will be familiar to many, but this lot gives you an opportunity to get a true one-off. The winner will not only receive a copy of the book, but Jasper will also include a set of highly collectable and sought-after postcards. Jasper will also personally dedicate the book to the winner or someone of their choosing. Jasper Fforde
Free MOT! None of us like worrying about our vehicles – so let us take the strain by taking care of your MOT! The wonderful people at Old Forge Garage will put your motor through its paces ensuring it’s roadworthy for another year. Tim, Old Forge Garage
A day’s child care! Here at Hay Chamber of Commerce, we agree with Whitney Houston – we believe that children are our future. But we all need a break from the little darlings every now and then! Fancy a lunch with friends or a gentle, stress-free stroll round Hay’s fabulous independent shops? Then this lot is for you! 8.30am – 3.30pm, for one child Tish at Little Stars
Return taxi journey within 25 miles

of Hay for up to 8 people!

Fed up of car-pooling? Does it always seem to be your turn to be the designated driver? Then this is the lot for you! The lovely Louise will take you and your friends on a relaxing trip, without having to worry about being over the limit. Perfect for a birthday or family celebration! Hay Bus Hay Taxi
Return taxi journey within 25 miles

of Hay for up to 16 people!

Another opportunity to head out without worrying about the car. This one’s for a bigger group! So perhaps a Hen or Stag Do, or that big birthday everyone’s been looking forward to? Lou always goes the extra mile with these so you can depend on party music and probably some decorations inside the bus depending on the event! Hay Bus Hay Taxi
1-2-1 Introduction to Photography Lesson plus signed, limited edition print! Anyone who keeps an eye on social media will already be very familiar with the incredible photography of Adam Tatton-Reid. This lot is perfect for those who appreciate fine photography, but also want to learn the tricks of trade themselves! You will win a limited edition signed print and a 2 hour, 1-2-1 introduction to photography lesson from Adam. Adam Tatton-Reid
Dinner & Tickets! We are very lucky in Hay to have a venue such as the Globe dedicated to the arts, music and big ideas. Here’s your chance to enjoy a fantastic night out – a 2 course evening meal at The Globe for 2 people with a bottle of house wine followed by 2 tickets to that night’s event! On any Friday or Saturday night. The Globe at Hay
A Loaf A Week for A Year! This lot is perfect for the foodies out there – a chance to win a year’s supply of what most people agree is the best bread in the world! Your favourite, hand-made large loaf will be reserved for you to collect from Alex’s stall at the Thursday market in Hay – every week for a year! Simply message them on Wednesday to let them know what you’d like and they’ll set it aside for you. Please note that you cannot carry loaves over from one week to the next :). Alex Gooch Baker
Masterclass in Modern Pop Music Making The opportunity for a budding musician or small band to spend three hours with the hugely successful songwriter, record producer and singer Jim Elliot. Jim works with massive artists like Will Young, Dua Lippa, Kylie Minogue and Ellie Goulding and this is a chance for a lucky bidder to tap into his expertise and experience. As the winning bidder, you will be invited to spend an afternoon at Jim’s studio in Hay-on-Wye where he will talk to you about the ins and outs of the music business and give you a tour of his studio. If you have a song that you’d like to record he will help you get this started or he will show you how songs are produced. This lot is either for an individual or for a maximum of 3 people due to space restrictions in the studio. You can buy this lot for someone but if they cannot attend on the agreed date unfortunately this is non-transferable.. Jim Eliot
Unique, Signed Copy of ‘Dull Margaret’ The incredibly accomplished illustrator Dix and Academy award-winning actor Jim Broadbent have come together to create ‘Dull Margaret’ – a graphic novel described by The Guardian as ‘a darkly humorous tale’. Dix, who illustrated the novel, is local to Hay and is offering one lucky bidder the chance to win a unique, signed copy. This would make a fantastic gift or something very special to have on your own bookshelf. Dix
Cake Decorating Party for Children ‘There’s nothing we can’t get on a cupcake!’ Very wise words from our local, cake decorator extrodinaire Tracey from Cakes by Trace! The winning bidder of this lot will get a cake decorating party for up to 6 people, at their home anywhere within a 5 mile radius from Hay-on-Wye. Trace will come to you, the party usually lasts an hour and a half and she will provide everything needed. Check out her fun and beautifully decorated cakes on her facebook page. Perfect for a birthday or hen party! Parents do need to be present please if this is for a children’s party. Cute Cakes & Bakes
Change your Life in a Day Make Friday 9th November a day to change your life. What would you do if you had one day to change your life? This amazing lot brings together the transformational skills of 4 of Hay’s most established professionals. Indulge yourself, relax and take your first steps towards self awarness, discovering your true passion and finding your purpose. Start the day with a one hour, 1-2-1 IYENGAR yoga session with certified IYENGAR yoga teacher Cori from Wye Valley Yoga (8.30 – 9.30am in Cusop Village Hall). Cori will set you up for the day through this accessible and inclusive practice that is known to improve flexibility, strength and stamina when practised regularly. Then head to The Globe for a 1-2-1 coaching session with the amazing Helen Jane Campbell from Jazz Cat (10.30 – 11.30am) whose insightful approach will help you overcome obstacles and move towards reaching your full potential. After a break for lunch you will have a relaxing, one hour, therapeutic massage with the amazing Ruth Woolmer at Pinewood Health & Beauty Studio in Hay (2.30 – 3.30pm). Then finish the day off with evening cocktails, a selection of bar snacks and main courses for 2 at Julia’s wonderful restaurant St John’s Place. Julia is known for bringing together fantastic food inspired by cultures around the world using locally sourced, seasonal produce. Timings to suit you – just arrive and the first table to come free will be yours. Please note this must take place on Friday 9th November so you do need to be free for this. Wye Valley Yoga; Jazz Cat; Ruth Woolmer; St John’s Place