Silent Auction Items

Please email mellissa@wcit.org.uk to make a bid

A flight with Past Master Stefan Fafinski at White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire

Current bid £350

Join Past Master Stefan Fafinski for a scenic flight of up to one hour (for one person) from historic White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire in a Piper PA-28. White Waltham Airfield is home of the West London Aero Club (WLAC) and is one of the oldest and best-known airfields in the country. Set in 200 acres on the edge of a picturesque estate in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, it is also reputedly the largest grass airfield in Britain and was the base of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WW2. The airfield is situated just three miles from the M4 (J8/9) and six miles from the M40 (J4). Central London is only 35 miles away and easily accessible by train or taxi. Windsor, Ascot, Henley, Reading, and Maidenhead are all within easy reach. We can plan the route on the day, but this may depend on weather and any local airspace activity or restrictions.You may also get lucky and see one of the Hurricanes kept at the airfield!

A day out on Panels Warden Paul Finch and Liveryman Julia Finch’s yacht

Current bid £400

All Aboard on Ocean Trilogy for a fully-catered fun day out sailing on a 38’ sailing yacht for 2 people. No experience required, just a sense of adventure, soft shoes and some warm clothing (just in case). Ocean Trilogy is berthed at Woolverstone Marina on the beautiful River Orwell (near Ipswich, Suffolk) in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Join Paul and Julia for a hosted day of sailing with lunch included whilst you slowly glide up and down the stunning River Orwell and possibly beyond depending on the weather. Paul is an experienced yachtsman and Julia an excellent hostess. You will have a fantastic day out which will end with a sunset drink in the marina bar overlooking the river you have just sailed up and down.

A round of golf for three people at Bearwood Lakes with Liveryman Dave Robertson

Current bid £300

Join Liveryman Dave Robertson for 18 holes of golf at Bearwood Lakes golf club in Berkshire.

Lot includes breakfast or lunch. Must be taken midweek (Monday-Thursday) after 11am.

Set amidst 200 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside, the course at Bearwood Lakes is maintained with exceptional craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail, providing world class playing surfaces. With gently undulating putting surfaces constructed to full USGA specification, the course weaves its way through three natural lakes totalling 50 acres. The fairways are fully irrigated and a variety of tee positions provide a stimulating challenge for golfers of all abilities. 

A day getting hands-on with some Kent fleece with Sheila Claydon in her workshop

Current bid £150

Be Fleeced for Charity – Your chance, with a guest, to visit Sheila and her husband, Court Assistant Nick Claydon, at their home near Whitstable on the north Kent coast for a day to share Sheila’s passion and understand more about her hobby. Sheila loves wool and all it gives to us. It isn’t by accident that smugglers on Romney Marsh risked their life to exchange Kent Fleece for French Brandy, or why the Lord Speaker sits on a woolsack.

Sheila expresses that she’s not a professional, or an expert but loves what she does and, by the time you leave, she hopes you will love it too! This is a unique chance to come to her workshop (OK, shed in the garden) and spend a day getting hands-on with some Kent fleece. Sheila is happy to be flexible if you have any specific requests but the day will go something like this:

  • Join us for coffee and a chat about the role of wool
  • Be taken through the process by which I get fleeces from local farms and turn them into fibre and yarn
  • Have a go at hand carding and using a drop spindle
  • Learn how we card and spin fleece (and have a go on my spinning wheels)
  • Your choice to make a memento of your visit using wet or needle felting
  • Take away with you a kit to finish your memento or try a future project

Included in the day are refreshments, a light lunch and an afternoon tea – all home-made and like the rest of the day – rustic not perfect!

Paintings by Liveryman Anton Ratnayake

Current bid £100 (each)

The original oil paintings were exhibited at The Framers Gallery in London’s West End and sold at the exhibition. The paintings are not the originals but are digitally mastered reproductions on canvas of which only three were made. The copies Anton will donate are numbers 3 of the limited edition – no more will be copied digitally. These copies are signed and are from his personal collection.

‘The three Mousecatiers’ – Catos; Mousepos and Pusspos.

‘Pride of Place’ – This painting was scetched by Anton when he visited the Serengeti in Africa in the 90’s and was his late wife’s favorite. 

Lunch with Past Master Mark Holford

Current bid £110

Join Past Master Mark Holford for lunch (food of your choice). As a bonus, you’ll be gifted with a WCIT scarf and have the option to explore his personal collection on a Glass Tour.

Wines from Past Master Mark Holford’s Cellar

Current bid £100

Past Master Mark Holford has delved into his cellar to share some of his cherished selections. 

 – Jean Paul Deville Carte Noire Champagne

 – Domaine Louis Boillot & Fils Chambolle-Musigny

 – Maison Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay

 – Chateau d’ Arche Grand Cru Classe Sauternes

Mercer appointed WCIT Charity Trustee Bryan Parkinson has presented a bowl along with a set of four pens, two additional pens, and two keyrings, all meticulously crafted by his own hand.

Bowl in Ash

Approx 160mm Diameter / 50mm depth

Reserve £50

A collection of four wooden pens

Current bid £140

From top to bottom: African blackwood (one of the most expensive timbers on the planet) / Zebrano / Staghorn (a type of giant fern) / Yew

Spalted Beech (left) & Olive pen

Current bid £50

Keyring pens in Olive

Current bid £15 (each)

Limited Edition Bass Celebration Ale

Current bid £70

Honorary Treasurer and Liveryman Chris Haden has gifted an unopened bottle of Limited Edition Bass Celebration Ale – Bottle 1901 of 5000, brewed by the Earl Spencer in 1982 to mark the birth of Prince William to Charles and Diana.