Signed England Rugby shirt comes to auction in Laughton

Laughton Village Hall
Laughton Village Hall

More than 200 exciting lots will come under the hammer at an auction of goods and promises, many of them at pocket money prices.

It’s being held tomorrow (Saturday) at Laughton Parish Hall – to which the proceeds are going.

Viewing is from 10am-12noon and the bidding begins at 2pm under the expert eye of auctioneer Rupert Coles.

Sponsored by Laughton-based UHV Design, the event will raise much-needed funds for the hall.

It was originally a pre-fab building and dates from the Second World War. It is well-used but now needs major refurbishment internally.

Refreshments including tea, coffee, home-made cakes and beer and wine will be available through the day.

Goods to be auctioned include an England rugby shirt – signed by the team, furniture, clothes, bags, mirrors, china, toys, garden items and electrical and household goods, ornaments, porcelain dolls, toys and collector’s items as well as pictures and books.

Promises to be auctioned include a flight from Deanland airfield, a ride in a glider with East Sussex Gliding Club, a meal and wine for four people at The Snowdrop, Lewes, and a meal at The Six Bells in Chiddingly and Le Magasin in Lewes.

Also up for grabs are tickets for Glyndebourne in the Chairman’s box, use of a tennis court, plants and fruit trees, tea at The Grand in Eastbourne driven in a chauffeured Rolls Royce, bird food, cakes, a photographic session with your dog, golf, fishing, a singing lesson, yoga and pilates lessons, a master class in cupcake making, tickets for Charleston and many more.

Organisers are hoping for a really good turnout of people so enough money can be raised to complete the work on Laughton Parish Hall this year. The building is used regularly and is now showing its age.

The refurbishment will ensure that the hall will be suitable for use for another 15 years.

The sponsor, UHV Design, is a specialist in Ultra High Vacuum motion and heating products. It sets the standard for innovative product development in the vacuum industry. The primary focus is to provide high quality, low maintenance manipulation solutions for vacuum applications.

In 2011 the company won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for international trade.