Lewes Phoenix Rising auction night to be hosted by BBC Bargain Hunt’s Jonathan Pratt

Auctioneer Jonathan Pratt who appears on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Auction Road Trip
Auctioneer Jonathan Pratt who appears on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Auction Road Trip

BBC TV auctioneer Jonathan Pratt will host a fundraising night in aid of Lewes Phoenix Rising.

Jonathan, who is known for his work on Auction Road Trip, Flog It and Bargain Hunt, will be putting some exciting experiences under the hammer at Pelham House in Lewes on Friday May 29.

Lots at the auction night will include the best seats in the house at Glyndebourne and a hamper, a private tour of Charleston by Bloomsbury Group descendant Virginia Nicholson, pieces by renowned artists such as Tom Hammick, plus leading local chef Alex Von Riebech coming to cook for you and your friends in your own home.

Tickets include dinner created by Pelham House head chef Oliver Pink, music and dancing until late.

Juliet Oxborrow, of Lewes Phoenix Rising’s events team, said: “It’s shaping up to be a fantastic evening, with many local artists, makers and businesses contributing to make the event unforgettable.

“We invite anyone who wants to safeguard Lewes’ vibrant economy of creativity, manufacturing and social enterprise to come along and be part of a very special night.”

All proceeds will go towards Lewes Phoenix Rising’s alternative proposals for large-scale workspace for local business, makers and community enterprise, and genuinely affordable housing, within Lewes’ North Street redevelopment.

Tickets are £60 per person, and tables of 10 and 12 are available to buy.

Go to www.lewesphoenixrising.com and select ‘Events’ to find out more.

Lewes Phoenix Rising is a community group which opposes the Santon North Street scheme for the Phoenix Industrial Estate in Lewes.

It wants to apply for planning permission to the South Downs National Park Authority for its own alternative vision for the area.

Lewes Phoenix Rising needs to raise £20,000 to progress its plans.

The owners of the Phoenix Industrial Estate, Santon North Street and Lewes District Council, have applied to the South Downs National Park Authority for planning permission to build 416 new homes, 40 per cent of them (165) affordable, new riverside public spaces and walkways and workspace.