On 1st August, we’ll be holding an auction of all the items which have been kindly donated to help us raise funds for TRAT. There are a few more items to come before the auction to do keep checking the page.

Our thanks go out to all those who have donated these fantastic items – it’s not too late to join them so call or email Bryony if you would like to add something to the auction. Goods and services are all welcome, so while your auctionable item could be a ‘thing’, it could also be an offer of babysitting, IT/web skillz, gardening or similar. You could make something – my mum’s baking us a cake (thanks Mum!) or you could do something funny, like another charity auction item we heard about recently where the fundraiser auctioned ‘Splat a pie in my face!’ The only limit is your imagination!

Our auctioneer is the lovely Steve Martin – many thanks for donating your time Steve.


AUCTION ITEMS (photo gallery)



Our star item! Sally, a UK Athletics coach, is offering an 8 week training package for a runner who wants to train for a race. It includes health screening, dietary advice, heart rate training advice and 8 weekly plans and related weekly evaluations to suit goal and lifestyle. Sally is available for consultation on sallyjgp at mac dot com


Putney Cycles have donated a micro scooter suitable for both adults and children – drop the kids at school and scoot home!

I’m donating my rollerblades size 5 with a pair of wrist protecting gloves. Skates have one rear brake stopper (by design, not accident!).

Andrew from Pedal Studio has donated a spinning session at the studio in Putney – fitness training run by cyclists, for cyclists

Janet from Moves Fitness has donated 4 aerobics sessions – go with your friends or use them all yourself, the choice is yours! Janet’s classes are in Chessington (Mon 10am, Wed 8pm), Morden (Mon 7pm), New Malden (Thurs 10am) or Burgh Heath (Fri 10am) – most classes are termtime only so sessions are any time from September. For more on Moves:


Fionnuala de Burca, Soprano, is offering a one hour singing lesson. Could be for a beginner, child, member of a choir who wants a bit of extra coaching – the choice is yours! Restricted to the limits of a London travelcard (or can go further afield if travel expenses for any overground trains are paid). To book Fionnuala for any singing engagement, contact her on fionnualadeburca at hotmail dot com

Misty’s Big Adventure, an amazing band, are donating a fabulous musical mystery tour package entitled ‘Misty’s Bid Adventure’. It consists of: Secret Of The Slagheap DVD; Television’s People CD; Funny Times CD; Grumpy Fun CD; Grumpier Fun CD; Where Do Jam Jars Go At Xmas Time? CD single; Hey Man! CD single; 2 Signed Erotic Volvo Photographs; Signed copy of The Party Sounds Of Grandmaster Gareth:

The Starlets, another marvellous band, are donating a signed album, Out Into The Days From Here:

Richard has donated a selection of cds, DVDs and a book which includes 4 cds and a dvd by his group Gregorian, global chart-toppers and ‘Masters of Chant’:


Murdoch Books have donated a complete set of Tessa Kiros recipe books (see listing on Amazon)

Murdoch Books have also donated a set of history books (see listing on Amazon)

Advance proof of the new Christopher Brookmyre novel, Pandaemonium, donated by Frances. It’s not due in the shops till 13th August…


Clare & John Earthey have donated the following items:

Belkin TuneBase FM iPod in-car docking system

Jamo I200 iPod Home Docking System

Philips DTR220 Freeview set top box

Grundig GUDSTB2000 Freeview set top box


Nandos have donated two meal vouchers valid for a full platter and a bottle of house wine:

Ann is going to send us a cake to auction – chocolate orange sponge sandwich!

Organic courgettes and French beans fresh from the allotment, donated by Susie and Mike.

6 bottles of wine and champagne donated by Clare & John Earthey


Green Tomato Cars have donated a taxi ride anywhere inside the M25 area:

Woofs a Daisy, our local pet shop, have donated a cat bed and I’ve thrown in some cat toys for fun

Chris is donating a Tour de France goody bag he brought back from the 2009 Team Time Trial stage in Montpellier – contains 10 items including bandana, T-shirt (L-XL), bear, hat, wristbands etc

Chris is also donating a Porsche Power (with Magnatraction) Scalectrix 4.27m of working  tracks and all the bits and pieces

Leanne from Eurostat Office Solutions has donated a pink stationery set comprising a clipboard, stapler, heart-shaped post-its and a leopard-print ring-binder

Amanda and Chris have donated a fireplace – no dimensions or pic available but it will be at the party. Bring your tape measure if you are looking for one!


To discuss a donation contact me on bevens at murdochbooks dot co dot uk or leave a comment below. If you’ve offered something and it hasn’t appeared on this page, we have forgotten or don’t have enough details to post about it yet! Please email me a description and we’ll get it added asap.

How to bid

To bid on an item, come along to the auction or make us a pre-emptive offer. If the offer is acceptable, we might be able to secure the item for you in advance of the auction. Alternatively if you can’t make it on the day but would like some vicarious auction thrills, send us a sealed bid and if yours is greater than the winning bid on the day, you get the item! (Bidders will be told in advance if there’s a sealed bid on the table and the sealed bid will not be opened till after the hammer falls.)

When is the auction?

The auction is at 6pm on Saturday 1st August at our home in Norbiton. The party starts at 1pm and all are welcome. There’s a Medieval Fight Club swordfighting entertainment from 2-4pm, with the chance to get involved, handle swords and take part in a shield wall. There is also a children’s activity and children of all ages are welcome. We’re also offering tandem rides and there will hopefully be other entertainments on the day! Please contact Bryony or Iain to RSVP and get the address of the party.

Happy bidding!

Bryony and Iain


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