This week we received the sad news that our Ace Auctioneer Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins had passed away. Tony and landlord Mark always used to finish the annual Harvest Home auction with a rousing chorus of “the Old Rugged Cross” ("Wilky's" favourite). He will be sadly missed.
A small tribute to "Wilky" in photos from our 2011 Harvest Home auction:
“Saturday September the 8th saw our umpteenth Annual Harvest Home in aid of Hawkesbury Upton’s Senior Citizens Fund.
For those of you new to the village or unsure what a ‘Harvest Home Auction’ is, it’s a chance to sell off home-grown produce and unwanted items to raise funds for a good cause whilst having a bit of fun.
For donkey’s years our auctioneer has been the world famous Tony ‘Wilky’ Wilkins who has done a sterling job but of late has been a bit poorly so this year we were grateful to Active Turmoil’s (Acton Turville’s) tremendous Terry Tripp, who did a grand job keeping all amused and rattling through the auction lots.
The lots come from a huge range of really generous people who donate anything from shallots to stuffed toys. Josie and Keith donated a bear so big it could hardly get out the pub doors (taking half a dozen pub glasses with it!) and that on top of her lovely pasties and cream teas – not to mention Keith’s prize winning veg.
Lady Hyacinth (who also has been a bit under the weather of late) still starred with her ploughman’s; Dave and Ann did also with their specialities (Ann’s knitted toys are still a marvel); Brian; the nice lady from on the common and a whole host of others too numerous to mention – one of whom baked a superb Harvest loaf.
Thanks once again to the wonderful generosity of the Beaufort’s customers who raised over £690. We appreciate that the current financial climate is a difficult one and it is heartening to see so many people contribute and benefit others. There are many worthwhile fund raising events in the village but if you have not come along to one of the auctions before it would be great to see you and join in the fun next year.
Finally a quick note on the Senior Citizens Fund. This is perhaps not as glamorous as the host of other good causes that there are in the village but it is worth supporting – in a small way recognizing the older folks who have experienced and given so much themselves.
The Beaufort’s Harvest Home is the last surviving major fund raiser for the fund. It was once a poor second to Prim’s brilliant annual get together in the Post Office gardens but these are now over and the current main contributors are the Buffs, Mick’s ‘prediction’ games and summer skittles and the Legion, the latter still meeting in the Beaufort every 3rd Monday of the month throughout the winter. Why not take part or join in?”
Mark and Fiona
A reminder of our 18th Annual Auction in aid of the Senior Citizens’ Fund
“Although a little dreary, the weather didn’t hamper the efforts of Chipping Sodbury’s Rotary Club with their annual ‘Along the Edge’ charity walk on Sunday 2nd September.
With two 4 mile circular walks to tackle, some of the walkers were up at an unseemly hour and, thanks to Hawkesbury Cricket Club, the overflow car park was used from 8am.
The aim of the walks is to raise money for Sodbury Rotary’s twin pet charities, the Kingswood based Jessie May Trust and their End Polio Now campaign – and any charity the participants feel strongly about.
As ever, the Beaufort supplied the Barbie and all proceeds went to the charities concerned. This year the total was an amazing £200 and huge thanks must go to Dave Brightness and his able band of supporters, Fiona, Dick, Daphne and Marlene.
Some of the charcoal kindly came from Neil Lodge of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust whose first product is Lower Woods made charcoal. An excellent way of using an asset on our doorstep and good for everyone concerned.
Hawkesbury Show donated 149 surplus rolls from their event – many thanks once again.
Thanks also must go to our customers who so generously consumed vast quantities of burgers, sausages and bacon, all beautifully cooked.
On a personal note, Lady Hyacinth, the doyen of all our fund raising, was absent through illness, so may I wish her a speedy recovery.
Roll on next year!”