Gala Dinner Charity Auction

In support of Locks Heath Free Church building project.

Saturday 7th November 2015 at The Solent Hotel, Whitley, PO15 7AJ
Welcome Drinks 7.15pm
3 Course Dinner & Dancing
Silent Auction and Live Auction
including “money can’t buy experiences”
Carriages by midnight ~ Dress Code: Black Tie
Ticket: £50 per person

Download the invite here
View the brochure of the building project

The time is drawing near for our most prestigious fundraising event ever! We are very grateful for all the items that have been donated for our Gala Dinner and Charity Auction, and we are delighted to be able to reveal below a sample of the incredible items that people will be able to bid for. We have many more besides and we are still finalising some stunning final listings. We simply cannot say a big enough ‘thank you’ to all of you who have donated, organised donations, sponsored the event, invited guests and generally supported the planning of this incredible evening. It promises to be an unforgettable night, with welcome drinks, a three course dinner, iPad bidding systems, a grand live auction of the top items and music!


You and your guests will have an amazing night out, and what a wonderful way to get the best Christmas presents ever – all bought at the beginning of November! Many of our donations are not the kind of gifts you will be able to buy anywhere else, and we know you and your friends will be as excited about them as we are! There will be large items, less expensive items, and a balloon table where people can buy different price balloons with items attached to them – lots of meals, vouchers and even gadgets… There really will be something for everybody, whatever their budget, and all of the money raised will boost our efforts to build our wonderful new church and community facility.


Thank you again so much for your support for this event. It is going to be a wonderful night and it will help us take a big step forwards in our fundraising adventure.


Summary of Prizes – Live Auction

VIP trip to Classic FM & Royal Albert Hall for 6 people You and your five guests will be given the chance to experience “A Day in the Life of Classic FM” plus a VIP experience in the evening at the Royal Albert Hall.
Trimaran Sailing experience for 4 people You and your three guests will experience an exhilarating full days sailing on a unique 30ft trimaran on the Solent, no sailing experience necessary.
Day at the Naval Dockyard with the Admiral A fantastic VIP day with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for up to four people.  As well as a full tour of the traditional ships you will be given a full tour of the Harbour Masters control Head Quarters and HMS Duncan the most modern warship by the Commanding Officer.  You will be treated to lunch with him in either the Commanding Officers cabin or the Naval Base Commanders historic official residence. An incredible prize that money just can’t buy.
Tamsin Greig meet plus signed box set of Episodes How about hanging out with talented dramatic and comedic actress Tamsin Greig, grabbing a coffee and chatting about her fantastic career?  Did you love her in Episodes, Friday night dinner, the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or on the Archers? Well this prize will enable you to chat one to one and there’s more….
Steven Gerrard’s Football Boots Legendary Liverpool captain and midfielder Steven Gerrard has kindly donated his match worn football boots to our cause.  Would you like to own this special collector’s item?  Then, this is the lot for you!
Behind the Scenes Tour of Radio 2/ BBC Building with TV Personality Two guests are invited by radio and TV personality Diane Louise Jordan to come to the BBC studios in London and watch her record her Radio 2 programme ‘The Sunday Hour’. Diane will then take you on an hour long tour, showing you some of the highlights of the BBC building including where the BBC News and the One show are filmed.


Silent Auction

Professional Teeth Whitening Ever wanted whiter teeth?  Dental Practitioner Simon Shillaker will perform a dental examination prior to whitening your teeth to give you that smile you have always wanted!
Holiday Home in Charmouth, Dorset A beautifully presented 3 bedroom cottage (sleeps 6) in stunning Charmouth, Dorset is available for a relaxing short break this Winter or Spring.
Green Pastures Break Do you and your partner need a totally relaxing break to relax, feel inspired and come away feeling refreshed?  If so maybe a 2 night break, full board in a beautiful Christian retreat in Dorset is for you.
Golfing Day for 4 at Meon Valley, Shedfield What about 18 holes of golf for you and 3 friends at the Marriott Hotel and Country Club?  It is widely regarded as one of the leading golf venues in the South of England and you can enjoy either of its two fine courses which wind themselves between lakes, streams and wooded areas with a fine selection of long and short holes.
Bespoke Watercolour of your choosing An unique opportunity to have your favourite landscape turned into a Watercolour by a published local artist.  How about having a beautiful picture of your favourite holiday destination or a place that has sentimental value to you, turned into a beautiful painting?  A lovely gift to keep or thoughtful present for someone you love.
IPAD mini Digi Toolbox have kindly donated an IPAD Mini.  If you ever needed a Christmas gift this is it!
Meat Butchery Masterclass & Dinner for 2 An award winning butchers shop in Southampton, ‘Uptons of Bassett’ offers Meat Butchery Masterclasses and here is your chance for you and a friend to attend.   A team of skilled butchers will delight in offering you an introduction into their world and to share their knowledge, enjoyment and passion of meat! The evening consists of a butchery tutorial and practical, a relaxed dinner including wine, and the completed meat to take home.
Day at the Ageas Bowl watching cricket for 2 If you enjoy watching cricket, you might be interested in watching Two NatWest International cricket T20 matches, taking place on Tuesday 5 July 2016. A full afternoon and evening of excitement awaits you.  First you will see the England women play the Pakistan women at the Ageas Bowl before England face Sri Lanka (men) in the only International T20 between the two sides of the summer in 2016.
Beautiful Giclee Print by Artist Julia Pankhurst An opportunity to bid for a stunning framed giclee print: “Serenity” by local artist Julia Pankhurst.  The print is typical of her work, it shows Julia’s love of the sea and all things nautical. The print comes in a beautiful frame (worth £75 alone) and was originally painted on a Dorset coast walk by Julia 2 years ago.
Helicopter Tour for 2 A breath-taking Portsmouth Harbour Helicopter Tour for you and your friend will depart from Lee-on-Solent and take you over Historic Portsmouth Harbour with aerial views of the active Naval Base and the spectacular HMS Warrior and HMS Victory. Wave down at the spectators at the top of the Spinnaker Tower, before returning to base via views of Gods Port – Gosport.
Original Piece of Modern Art by My Dog Sighs After a decade spent giving his work away for free as part of the Free Art Friday project, My Dog Sighs has found himself firmly strapped into a meteoric rise of breath-taking proportions. With an ever-growing legion of loyal international fans and a number of wildly successful shows under his belt, My Dog Sighs is fast becoming a serious player on the contemporary art scene.’ (grafitti street)

We also have another 50+ prizes that can be bought via our Balloon Lucky Dip on the night.  The balloon purchase ensure everyone’s a winner!  Prizes include: Kindle Fires, afternoon tea at the Grand Brighton, SPA treatments and beauty treatments, diving experience, Toy shop vouchers, tickets to shows, meal vouchers and much, much more.