posted 25/06/2024

GCF Great Escape 2024 Auction Lots!

We have some very exciting auction lots we wanted to share with you ahead of our Great Escape Car Rally fundraising event on Sunday 30th June.

We are raising funds for our Poverty Hurts Appeal in support of Gloucestershire’s vulnerable people and families struggling with the increase in the cost of living, many of whom are living in poverty as a result.

The auction will be held on the afternoon of the day, with our live auctioneer George Walker from Allsop.  We welcome bids before the day, so if you would like to make a bid for any of our wonderful items, all you need to do is to check the reserve amount, next to the description of the lot and make a bid higher than that – it’s that simple!


Lot 1 – Calmsden Estate shoot

An exclusive day that can’t be bought on the open market:

150 bird day, 8 guns. Full hospitality includes elevenses; lunch and tea back in the main house.

Reserve: £8,000 Value: £10,000

Lot 2 – Arsenal tickets x 2 with full hospitality platinum level in private box

The seats are towards the goal end; refreshments will be in Platinum level at half-time.

Home season dates will be published on Arsenal’s website for 2024/25 season.


Reserve: £200 Value: £300

Lot 3 – A unique and exclusive hawking experience hosted by the owner on his private estate in the Cotswolds

A guided afternoon tour watching falcons as they search for prey. To be arranged for November or December.

Reserve: £200 Value: Priceless

Lot 4 – Lumiere Restaurant – an eight course tasting menu for two at the Mitchelin starred restaurant in Cheltenham.

Chef Patron John Howe trained with several Michelin star chefs, including Heston Blumenthal, and now runs the renowned Lumiere Restaurant in Cheltenham, which was awarded its first Michelin star in 2023.  Available from Wednesday to Saturday evening.


Reserve: £150 Value: £270

Lot 5 – Spa day – a day of decadence for two at Whatley Manor Hotel, near Malmsbury

A full day experience which includes full use of the spa facilities, a 30-minute Sothys Tailor Made Body Treatment, and the choice between the following 90-minute Facials: Detox Energie, Hydra Hyaluronic, Youth Intensive, Gaiyoga Lifting Facial.  Guests can enjoy a light lunch with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic refreshment.


Reserve: £250 Value: £480

Lot 6 – The Feathered Nest – dine for 4 at the Feathered Nest

Enjoy a sumptuous 6-course tasting menu at the beautiful country inn.  With a fantastic reputation as a food destination, diners can choose to dine in the restaurant or depending on the season, take in the stunning views of the Cotswold countryside from the garden terrace.


Reserve: £150 Value: £340

Lot 7 – The British F1 Grand Prix – VIP tickets for two people on Friday 5th July

VIP Brooklands Hospitality all day for two people with JDC Promotions

Silverstone will again host the F1 British Grand Prix. Silverstone first held a F1 race back in 1950 and has built a reputation for its fast and challenging circuit. If years past are anything to go by it will once again be another thrilling race with plenty of action!

Your day will include:
• All day access to top floor Penthouse Brooklands Suite
• VIP Pass and Circuit Entrance Ticket
• Classic British Breakfast, Grand Prix Luncheon and
Afternoon Tea served in Suite
• Premium Bar service with free flowing Champagne*
• Views of giant Stadium Super Screen, in suite Timing Monitors
and Plasma Screens
• Reserved Hospitality VIP Car Parking
• Close to the F2 and F3 Support Paddocks, Concert Stage
and Entertainment Zone

Further details:

Reserve: £300 Value: £700

Happy bidding!

Thank you also to Midcounties Co-Op who are generously providing luxury hampers for our Car Rally winners.


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