Going, going, gone…fishing, in aid of Chobham Church tower

ITEMS ranging from a week in the South of France to a fishing session with the vicar are being sold in the quest to raise £100,000 for repairs to Chobham Church’s ancient tower.

They are among more than 100 lots seeking buyers in a promises auction next week, as a fundraising campaign begins in earnest.

Repairing crumbling stonework on the church tower is estimated to cost £200,000.

p1-woking-panel-fishing-vicarThe parochial St Lawrence church council hopes to raise at least half that amount and obtain the rest from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The auction, being run by the church friends’ association at Valley End Institute on Saturday 19 November, is the fundraising campaign’s first event.

Most of the donated lots will be put under the hammer by celebrity auctioneer Fabian Hine, and selected items will be included in a silent auction.

A ‘promise’ likely to attract keen bidders is a family day fishing at a local lake with the Rev Chris Bessant, a keen angler and match fisherman.

One of the organisers, Lucy Delacombe, said: “This is the opportunity to bid for a week in an apartment in the South of France, dinner for eight at a smart Chobham address and, of course, there’s the vicar’s fishing trip.

“For those of us on more modest budgets, we have six jars of homemade marmalade or a children’s iced Christmas cake.”

The full list of items for sale can be viewed on the fundraising section of the church website, chobhamchurch.co.uk.

The catalogue costs £12.50, which includes wine and nibbles for the evening. It is available from Mrs Delecombe at 1 Heather Way, Chobham, or by calling 01276 858747.

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