Grand Auction

2023 Grand Auction

Raising funds for this years Bonfire on Saturday 14th October 2023

Thursday 3rd August 2023 at 7pm

at the Hastings & St. Leonards Angling Association, Marine Parade, Hastings TN34 3AG  (By the Miniature Railway Station)

With thanks to so many for your kind donations of auction lots.  (Please see the Thank You list below.)

Also see below for a list of the auction lots and bidding order.

Please contact Jeanette and Jackie at

Viewing auction lots

You can come along and view lots from 2:30pm on the Thursday at Hastings & St. Leonards Angling Association

2023 Grand Auction Lots... 

1.     Pair of colour changing heat mugs—donated by Flibbertigibbet+ bottle of wine

2.     Large hand carved wooden horse 15 inches high+ bottle of wine

3.     Pair of wrought iron wall hanging candle holders 16 inches high

4.     Varied collection of 28 Sussex Bonfire procession DVD’s from 1987—2015

5.     Tall oriental blue and white china vase 18 inches high

6.     Pair of Royal Doulton, oven to table casserole dishes.

7.     Large Harvey’s metal advertising wall plaque 22 x 16.5 inches

8.     A one-hour 1:1 lesson with a bmx/skateboard use and tricks coach at the Source Park. All hire equipment included, plus a free session at the park, again with all hire equipment included.

9.     Framed Guy Fawkes black and white print 13 x 17 inches

10.   3 x bottles of mixed wine donated by Select Convenience and Two Bulls

11.   Samsung Gear VR headset - Boxed

12.   Handmade Gift Boxed Oak Leaf Pendant and 24-inch chain from Roccabella in the High Street RRP £30

13.   “Life is...” wooden wall plaque in the shape of a hand.  Shop House High Street

14.   Framed photograph of fishing boat “Felicity” on fishing beach donated by Gallery 53

15.   One hour treatment at the Bodyworks Hastings, specialising in sports massage and medical acupuncture. RRP £40

16.   Vintage wooden Football Rattle 

17.   Hamper of goodies donated by Penbuckles in High Street

18.   A month’s membership and a free personal trainer session at Falaise Fitness Centre.

19.   Framed original water colour painting of Hastings Pier by J.Wilson 13x9.5 in

20.   Section 5 Drummers offering a 30-minute performance in costume for an event or occasion of your choosing. (By arrangement)

21.   Wash Basin and Jug—cream china with pretty pink and green floral design

22.   Hand crafted Ash vase 11.5 inches tall, created and donated by John Turner 

23.   Cast bronze ‘deco’ style figure of naked lady with long hair 14 inches tall

24.   1 midweek night’s accommodation for 2, including complimentary breakfast of cereal, toast, tea/coffee- donated by Jo and Peter Courthouse Street 

25.   R. Hawes Tree Care—2 Hours with a 3 Man Team of Arborists, Truck & chipper. For tree surgery, hedge cutting or stump removal.  Inc waste removal, retails at £360

26.   Framed painting of a Rural Romany scene by D.D Smith, originally from Henry Elliot ‘s Romany Museum 24 x 21 inches

27.   2 volumes on the history of Guy Fawkes Day and its Bonfire night, volumes Vll & Vlll written and donated by our American HBBS member and author Conrad Bladey

28.   British Bag Co. swimmer’s rucksack RRP £55 donated by Habibi, High Street

29.   A £50 gift voucher from Collared, The Dog Shop at White Rock

30.    CARR TAYLOR VINEYARDS Mixed case of wine RRP in excess of £125

      2020 Sparkling Brut, 2018 Sparkling Bacchus, 2 x 2022 Cannonball White,

      2022 1066 White, 2022 Rose




 31.   Large ornamental stand or hanging metal fish lantern RRP £58 from Merchant 57

32.   Versace black shoulder bag with gilt chain, with 4 Thierry Mugler Eau De Parfums

33.   Sunrise Gardens and Nurseries – 4 hours gardening &/or advice on a project

34.   Pot Plant donated by Simply Gardens in George Street

35.   Revive Exterior Cleaning (previously GWC cleaning)- a £500 cleaning package, including cleaning of gutters/facia boards & soffits/ windows & choice of either pressure washing drives or decking, render cleaning or cladding cleaning.

36.   Large framed vintage Jack in The Green poster 20.5 x 26.5 inches

37.   18 carat gold coated sterling silver hinged bangle set with 24 natural pearls donated by Pearl & Queenie, High Street RRP £145

38.   Luxa Flamelighting Forest Brazier flame effect lamp. Donated by Golden Hands George Street RRP £44.99

39.   Hand crafted large natural edged oak bowl 14” in diameter by John Turner 

40.   Set of 3 large vintage painted oriental paper &bamboo wall fans each 40" wide

41.   2023 large framed Jimmy Read bike race poster signed by the artist

42.   Hamper of chocolate goodies made locally from Only Coco in George Street RRP   £50

43.   Large framed HBBS 1860—2010 signed limited addition print celebrating 150 years of Bonfire. 22.5 x 30 inches

44.   A rare opportunity for 2 people (over 18) to learn how to make horseshoes with Mark the Farrier from the BBC 2, TV series, Love in the Countryside

45.   £100 flooring voucher from Kiley’s Karpets

46.   Unique Wooden Gunpowder Barrel 12inches high

47.   Pair of vintage (1963) roadside oil lamps. One red, one yellow

48.   Large circular silver coloured battery wall clock 23.5 inches in diameter

49.   JENNY LIND - 3 Bottles of Victor Bernard 2020 Cotes du Rhone (sold at £25 each)

50.   Hand crafted large Oak vase / pillar. Turned from an old groyne timber from Hastings beach RRP £150+

51.   “Eye of the Tiger” - Original oil painting by artist Brian John who specializes in “spin painting” and has previously featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces’.  Recent works sold in excess of £600   See him on youtube

52.   Clive Vale Gas Services offer a Boiler service, £75 donated by Mark Bailey

53.   Two limited edition prints by John M Mills 26 x 19 inches -sold separately

1) Jack in the Green Hastings,  

2) Lewes Bonfire “Lest We Forget”

54.   Hamper of goodies from Judges Bakery, High Street

55.  All the way from Valencia, A 10kg box of organically grown oranges or Clementines, handpicked and delivered to your doorstep. Donated by our German member Heidi

56.   Extra Large, red chenille and gold wall hanging with crest 64 x 94 inches

57.   A £75 voucher from Funnell and Perring Solicitors

58.   Handmade crochet bag & hat band in bonfire colours from Allyson Breeds

59.   Original water colour floral painting donated by local artist Rose Beila


Thank You!

A huge thank you to all the local businesses, HBBS members and to all the people of the public who have all generously donated their time and items to help make the auction a possible. 

A special thank you goes out to Revive Exterior Cleaning (previously GWC cleaning)- who once again generously donated a huge £500 cleaning package -

R. Hawes Tree Care  -

The Source Park -

Carr Taylor -

Freedom Leisure Falaise fitness centre-

Bodyworks Hastings -

Sunrise Gardens and Nurseries-

Collared, White Rock -

Kiley carpets -

Funnell and Perring Solicitors -

White Rock Theatre -

Electric palace movie theatre -

Hastings Contemporary Art museum -

Section 5 Drummers

Jo and Peter Moore for donating a night at their guesthouse

To all the High Street traders - Shop House, Penbuckles, Roccabella, House of Habibi, Pearl & Queenie, Only Coco, Gallery 53, Jenny Lind, Judges bakery, Merchant 57, Select Convenience

and The George street traders - Flibbertigibbet, Simply Gardens, Golden hands,                       

To all the local pubs and restaurants that donated meal vouchers for our raffle - Two Bulls steak house, The Old Rectory, The FILO, Porters, The Royal Standard, Land of Green Ginger, The Pump House, The Hastings Arms, Maggies, Fagins, The Dragon Bar, The Anchor, The Albion, The Good Place, La Bella Vista, The Conquerors March, The Windmill, Brewers Fayre

And Finally a huge thank you to the fundraising team and to all the HBBS members who have generously donated goods and their time to this year’s auction - Conrad Bladey, Mark ‘the farrier’ Skippon, Mark Bailey from Clive Vale Gas Services, John Turner, Kaye French, John and Rachael

Thank you for supporting Hastings Borough Society (HBBS). 

All money raised tonight will be used to help fund this years grand event on the 14th October 2023

Our members work hard to raise money throughout the year in order to put on this big event for the town; however, it would not be possible without the support of local companies and individuals who support us with valuable products and services. A huge thank you goes out to all the shops, businesses and individuals who have generously donated items and manpower for this auction. With special thanks to the Hastings & St. Leonards Angling Association for hosting this event and to this evenings auctioneers and helpers. 

Reserve bids may be made on any item, if you are unable to attend on the night. Bids must reach the fundraising team at before the start of the auction. 

Every effort has been made to describe each lot number. We regret we cannot be held responsible for any errors, fakes or forgeries. 

Please view the items before purchase if you are unsure about its authenticity or description in our catalogue. 

Please note that all winning bids are final and should be paid for in cash or by card and taken home on the night. Once again, thank you for all your support.