Sworders holds charity auction to raise essential funds for church architecture in Herts
Millbrig Cottage on Orkney Island, where a stay for four is up for auction
Submitted by Elizabeth Lardner
Sworders is holding a timed auction of items, events and experiences to help raise funds for the restoration and repair of churches and chapels in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and parts of Barnet.
The sale will benefit the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, established in 1991, the Trust strives to preserve the region’s irreplaceable heritage and beauty of church architecture.
In addition to the Trust’s highly regarded “Bike N Hike” event, their annual charity bike ride that takes place on the second Saturday in September, this year’s fundraising plans include new initiatives, including selling to Sworders timed auction which will run from 12 noon on Friday June 25. until 6 p.m. on Sunday July 4, with all proceeds from the sale going directly to the Trust.
The sale of just under 40 lots includes a tour of the Wallace Collection with Dame Rosalind Savill, former director of the Wallace Collection. Up to 12 people will be able to visit the collection, which includes paintings, furniture, porcelain and sculptures.
Or how about a weeklong stay for up to four people in the idyllic Millbrig Cottage on Orkney Islands. The property sits close to a lochan, with lovely views and a burn that runs through the garden, close to the coast between Stromness and Kirkwall. The main Neolithic archaeological sites, all with stunning scenery, are easily accessible, including the temple complex of the Ness of Brodga, the stone circle of the Ring of Brodga and the village of Skara Brae.
Other highlights include fishing on the Glass River, a trip to the House of Lords, a John Hoar painting of the winner’s house, and a signed book by David Walliams.
Richard Genochio, Campaign Board Chairman of the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, said: “This auction is very important to the Trust as it will allow us to regain the momentum of our endowment campaign that we have inevitably lost. last year because of covid.
“Of the £ 3million target for the fund, we had already reached £ 1.8million.
“It is only because of the generosity and skill of Swords in leading the auction and providing the online platform for this event that we are able to move forward.”
For more information on the work of the Trust, visit: www.bedshertshct.org Or if you would like to support the campaign in any way, call: Richard Genochio on 01 763 287 549.
The full catalog will be released on Friday, June 25. For more information on the sale contact: Claire [email protected] or call: 01279 817778.