Shh, Silent Auction In Henfield
by Pamela Chaston
Have you ever fancied attending a silent auction? The Henfield Hall is holding one in March with lots of fantastic prizes, it’s definitely worth a visit.
A silent auction is being held at The Henfield Hall on 23rd March in with all profits being equally shared between The Henfield Hall and The Henfield Haven.
The list of tempting items being auctioned includes; tea with MP Nick Herbert at the Houses of Parliament, a trip in a 1903 veteran car returning from Henfield to Brighton including refreshments, a travel voucher for a trip to France, first four of a new collection of reprinted James Herbert titles with glamorous foil edges and two tickets to the exclusive, invitation only launch party in May for Peter James’ next book.
If you haven’t been to a silent auction before you may wonder how it works. Each item for sale will have a written description beside it; find the one you would like and write your name, telephone number and amount you are willing to pay. The next persons bid, will be written underneath. You may return to the same lot to keep bidding. All the final bids are binding, make sure you write clearly and bring your purse or credit card!
The Henfield Hall is at the heart of the village and is in constant use. The stage is used by Henfield Theatre Company for all its productions, as well as for many other concerts and events. The Hall is also used regularly by lots of organisations and clubs. There is a weekly Monday morning market and a monthly antique market. Recently a substantial redecoration of the entrance hall, kitchen, bar and and Committee Room has been carried out by local residents. However, after a major expenditure to repair the roof last year there is little over for the planned major refurbishment to the main hall and garden room, which is a massive undertaking and will cost a great deal of money.
The other recipient of the fundraising is the Henfield Haven (formerly Henfield Day Care Centre). When it was threatened with closure in 2014, a group of local residents agreed to take it over as a Community Interest Company, staffed by volunteers and run by Impact Initiatives – a Sussex based charity.
Since re-opening in 2015 the Haven offers a wide variety of services, including a 3-day week high needs service, audiology clinic, a cafe, activities and therapies and a mini-bus has been provided. Plus many small groups use the facilities including an allotment club and recently a ‘Mini Haven’ (Garden Wendy House) for tiny tots. This wonderful facility will only be able to continue its service to the community provided it can support the work with on-going fund raising.
The auction on March 23rd at The Henfield Hall, will run from 19:00-21:00 followed by announcements of bid winners. A hot supper is available throughout the evening, and is included in the £10 ticket price.
Tickets from 15th January at the Henfield Haven, Jasmines or Stokes in Henfield High Street The Henfield Hall – henfieldhall.co.uk
The Henfield Haven – impact-initiatives.org.uk/henfield-haven