Last evening (3rd October 2013) saw the culmination of the Gromit Unleashed Trail with a Grand Auction at the Mall in Cribbs Causeway.
Myself and Fiona represented the Beaufort and we were delighted to meet (and accompany) Harmony Gromit’s artist Marie Simpson. The venue was packed but still Nick Park (Gromit’s creator as if you didn’t know) made time for everyone and auctioneer Tim Wonacott was on top form.
Harmony had made so many people in Hawkesbury happy we were determined to try and get him (her?) back to stay with us in the pub.
Our little orphan was lot 46 and we bided our time, the lowest price up until then was £16k and we crossed our fingers that Harmony might stay within our grasp.
Lot 45 was ‘Watch out Gromit’ by Gerald Scarfe (one of my favourites) and it fetched £50k and my heart was pounding when Tim turned to ours.
He kindly let me open the bidding but within seconds my bid was swamped by internet bids, £13k, £16, £20k and before we knew where we were, £23k and sold…. Not to us. Deflated we carried on watching the event with Tim, and the Gromits, in sparkling form.
A massive £2.357,000.00p was made for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital and huge thanks must go to all the people involved, but most of all Nick Park, Peter Lord, Dave Sproxton and all of the other artists involved. I don’t think they can begin to imagine the great joy these pooches have brought to everyone.
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Lot # 65 Pixar’s ‘Gromit Lightyear’ and excited pub landlord “To £2.3m and beyond…” was the top seller, going for a massive £65k
Marie congratulating Nick with a hug and a kiss at the end of the event. She had come down from Aberdeen in the morning and had dreamt about meeting Nick the night before
Saturday, 14th September saw our annual Harvest Home and even though numbers were down, we still managed to raise £560 for the Senior Citizens Fund in the village.
Terry Trip was our ace auctioneer and he did such a good job we had to slow him down! As ever, produce and generosity from the village and Beaufort regulars was amazing and we had plenty of goodies to go around.
I can’t begin to thank everyone who contributed and bid enough, but I will single out Lady Hyacinth once again who despite being poorly did a fantastic job again with her ploughmans and puddings.
Lots of others contributed as well, including Dave and Ann, Biggus Dickus and Fiona, Chris and Sal, Josie and Keith, Brian Noble, Derek Watts, ‘Lizzie’s luscious plums‘ and a host of others (but please forgive me if I missed you out – my memory’s not what it was).
Terry was helped by Fiona selecting the goods and Big Dave collecting the money and Sam and Liz kindly did the raffle (thanks team).
I was determined to win the Wallace and Gromit lunchbox but if it wasn’t for Julie Blackwell letting me buy it at the end it wouldn’t be resplendent on our top shelf where it is now.
Huge thanks to everyone who came along, bid, and had a bit of fun. Another memorable night.
Sunday 29th September sees our Annual ‘Kilcott Experience’ with the famous Hogweed Trotters and PROPS – the latter, as you may know, is a Fishponds based special needs charity near and dear to our hearts.
Please see poster below, if you don’t fancy anything energetic, just come along anyway for a value burger especially prepared for us by Lady Hyacinth and her team (Barbie will be going from noon to about 1.30pm).
Hopefully see you Sunday…
Fresh back from the sponsors night at “The Greatest Dog Show on Earth!” we managed to check up on Harmony Gromit and make sure all was well.
Located at the ‘Gromit Unleashed ‘Pup Up’ Gallery’ (in the old Habitat building in Bristol) we found our precious pooch on the first floor nestled in amongst the ‘Nature’s Best Dogs’ category looking a little bit concerned, please see piccie below.
It’s a cracking exhibition and anyone trying to make it there won’t be disappointed, extended opening hours are proposed for Saturday and Sunday and, due to public demand, the exhibition is going to stay on for an extra day on Monday before the all of the Gromit’s are packed off in readiness for auction in October.
Whilst there me and my wife Fiona met several old friends, including Royston Griffey and Bob McKeown from the Long John Silver Trust (representing the Matthew, host to Newfoundland Gromit) and Bristol Mayor George Fergusson, resplendent in his red trousers as usual and cock-a-hoop at the success of the Gromit Unleashed Trail.
We joked with him about Bristol’s successor to Gromit and while Royston was keen on Unicorn’s, George was all for pirates, he could envision a stack of Long John Silver’s around the city and I was with him all of the way.
I then spent my entire weeks wages on Gromit merchandise including a brilliant new book ‘The Art of Gromit Unleashed’ – get’em while you can…
Beth Day’s entry for Hawkesbury Show 2013 showing ‘Harmony’ and ‘Where’s Wallace’ Gromits:
The Beaufort’s annual Harvest Home Auction is on us again with a blink of an eye.
If you fancy a fun traditional night out at low cost then please come along this Saturday evening (please see poster below) and join in.
Beware though, you could end up with some beetroot and a marrow that you didn’t even know you bid for!
Our final fund raiser for our four legged friend has, along with Gromit’s dish, firmly taken us past the £5,000 mark for the Grand Appeal. I can’t begin to thank people enough for their huge generosity and kindness.
‘Along the Edge with Gromit’ was always going to be our last big day and we were honoured to have our own Harmony Gromit as ‘Gromit of the day’ on the Unleashed Trail. The event was painstakingly organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotarians John Wells and Barry Riley and they were ably assisted by other members of the Club, none of whom left anything to chance.
On this event we didn’t have our usual ‘A Team’ doing the BBQ, they were replaced by our ‘Elite Team’ and what a cracking job they did, raising a massive £404.50p in the process – another record?
Hawkesbury Cricket Club kindly allowed us to use their field for overflow parking and Tom Cole lent us his gas burner to enable us to cook the onions!
Many thanks to one and all, we’re very, very grateful.
Mark, the delighted Landlord”
The picture features are worn out ‘Elite’ BBQ team, Lady Hyacinth (in red) alongside Mr Brightness with Jackie and Simon flanking Harmony. Daphne also starred but managed to avoid being photographed.
I don’t know who took the pic but you can see their thumb top right and they missed off Dave and Vera’s feet – many thanks…
Hawkesbury Show 2013 was a cracker with more people attending (or at least paying their entrance money) than ever. Hopefully bolstered by a few ‘Gromiters’ from out of town.
Harmony Gromit appeared in a few of the prize categories and actually won with Jan Treasure’s submission in the ‘Best Picture Caption’ contest.
In my defence (see photo) I think Archie was a bit bemused at being selected to help unveil Gromit just because (once again) he was the youngest in school. Don’t worry Archie, it won’t be the same this next year!
Sunday 8th September 2013 sees our final fundraiser for the Grand Appeal. The Beaufort Gromit Harmony will be at the centre of two walks organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.