Auction of Promises
To assist British drivers competing abroad
to be held at
Sandringham National Horse Driving Trials
27-29 June 2003

Some of you may remember a similar event in 1993 when a considerable amount of money was raised.
We hope you will be able to attend this auction and bid for some of the following items.

To follow is a list of promises that we have to date. Should you not be able to attend the auction and wish to complete a postal bid, please feel free to do so.


  1. Two tickets for the Stewards Enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta on Wednesday 2nd July. Includes two tickets for lunch and a car park ticket. (Donated by Tom Pettifer)

  2. Fine Sculpture of a lady holding a bouquet of flowers, this is by a very famous sculptor L. M. Lafuente. (Donated by Sue Megson Gallery)

  3. A cast bronzed table consisting of two cherubs supporting a glass top. (Donated by Sue Megson Gallery)

  4. Two tickets to the final of the Nat West International Cricket Series between England, South
    Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe at Lords on Saturday 12th July. (Donated by Derrick Mayes)

  5. A two night stay in a 4-star Bed and Breakfast in the historic village of Lavenham for two people. (Donated by Mrs Marilyn Hussey)

  6. Gift Voucher to the value ?250 from Gaynor Sports (Donated by John Gaynor) (items may be ordered over the internet

  7. A Wooden Kitchen Bin, approx 3ft tall, can also be used as a seat. (made and Donated by Rita McGregor)

  8. A Weekend Break to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Alveston House Hotel, Thombury. (Donated by Julie Camm)

  9. The Famous Homemade Mars Bar Cake 12" x 8" (Donated by Jo Rennison)

  10. Carriage Driving Tuition with Pat Cooper (Donated by Pat Cooper)

  11. Carriage Driving Tuition with Pat Cooper (Donated by Pat Cooper)

  12. 12 x Jacob Sheep Fleeces for Spinning (Donated by Sue Mayes)

  13. One Week in a Beautiful 4 Bed Cottage on the Devon/Cornwall Border. A Converted stable block with stunning views, set deep in the Tamar Valley, with outstanding natural beauty and unspoilt countryside. (Donated by Penny and Ray Bragg)

  14. A Portrait of your Horse (Donated by Beverley Huntington)

  15. One weeks Holiday for between two and six persons at Vista Mariana Holiday Flats in Criccieth. (Donated by Mrs B.C. Broadley)

  16. A set of Carriage Lamps from Rene Schoop (Donated by Rita McGregor)

  17. A Hand Knitted Jumper Any Colour, Size Shape or Pattern, Wool included. (Donated by Rita McGregor)

  18. ?100 worth of the best free range Beef or Lamb Joints (Donated by Mary Robbins)

  19. Hamper of Cakes and Puddings, Consisting of chocolate, lemon and sponge cakes, fruit cake, gingerbread, shortbread, 2 flapjacks, 2 treacle tarts, Apple pie, Bakewell tart and 2 sticky Toffee puddings to be collected at the National Championships. Cooked and Donated by Sio Axel-Berg 01420 588 673

  20. A Driving weekend with the Pickfords and their pony team, to include drive out with their team, Dinner, Overnight with John and Angie, Breakfast and another drive all in rural Hampshire.

  21. A three-course dinner for 4 with with wine, delivered to your lorry at Henbury. (Donated by Ursula Hirschberg)

  22. Dinner, bed and breakfast in a famous coaching inn in Cheshire (The Plough at Eaton) and shooting for two on a 40 bird day. (Donated by Ursula Hirschberg)

  23. Hand-made ear muffs in your choice of colours. (Donated by Wendy Brookes)

  24. A butchered Welsh lamb. (Donated by Gwyn Reece)

  25. Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at Sallowfield Cottage, Wymondham, Norfolk. (Donated by Caroline Musker)

  26. An Arran sweater/jacket hand-knitted to your choice of design in pure wool spun in our workshop at Diamond Fibres Ltd, Sussex, from Black Kent fleece (cream/silver grey/dark grey).

  27. Lunch for two at the House of Lords. (Donated by The Earl of Onslow)

  28. A signed copy of ?The Finishing Line? by Owen Slot, three times winner of Sports Writer of the Year. (Donated by Beverley Mellstrom)

  29. One week?s bed and breakfast for two on the Isle of Wight. Bring your horses. or phone Julie or OS Hoskins (01933 730332).

  30. A case of wine. (Donated by Julian Burleton)

  31. A guided tour of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch at Imber Court, Surrey for up to 10 persons. (Donated by Michael Pawson, tel. 07970 197081)

  32. A week in a house in Catalonia, Spain between 1st Nov and 30th April - garden, swimming pool. 1 double-bedded room (king size), 1 twin, 1 single, 2 bathrooms . La Castel de la Pobla de Montorne?s, near Torreormbarra, an hour?s drive south of Barcelona. Golf, walking, sightseeing. (Donated by Susan Tuckey)

  33. Four pony fly guards (Donated by Angie Pickford)

  34. Two nights? stay in a 4* bed and breakfast for 2, with or without horse, in a lovely area of the New Forest. Opportunity to explore the driving and riding tracks. (Donated by Robin and Mary Ford).

  35. One day?s salmon and trout fishing for 2 rods on the same beat for the 2004 season by negotiation between June and September at Broadlands. (Donated by Lady Romsey).

  36. A private tour of the Royal Mews, London, for 6 persons.

  37. Twelve months supply (4 ? litres/month) from the extensive range of homemade 100% natural dairy ice-cream. (Donated by Harper Stephens Foods Ltd).

  38. Judi Ralls will dress/decorate a lady?s hat with pheasant feathers. You provide the hat - she will provide the cock pheasants!

  39. A glass-topped Bennnington carriage-wheel table. (Donated by Bennington Carriages).

  40. Framed limited edition photograph - ?Salmon-skin Bikini? by Charlie Sainsbury-Plaice. (Donated by

  41. Jo Rennisson will clip your horse at a time and place convenient to both parties.

  42. 3 Red and Navy UK Sports waterproof jackets.

  43. Assessment and alteration of your horse?s saddle by Master Saddler Martin Wilkinson

  44. 2x flu/tet vaccination and teeth rasp (including sedation if needed!) within a 20 mile radius of the clinic or at the clinic. (Donated by Viki Anderson MRCVS at Westcoats, Tel 07971 291460)

  45. Enough wormers for 2 horses for a year - to be collected at Sandringham. (Donated by Viki Anderson MRCVS at Westcoats, Tel 07971 291460)

Please help us by sending your promises, however large or small, to:
Mrs. Yvonne Johnston, Poplars Barn, Evenlode, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0NN
Tel. 01608 650816

I would be very grateful to all those persons who said they would give me a promise to do so as soon as possible, in writing. Please bring the items themselves to Sandringham.