A dinner and charity auction in Braunston has raised more than £5,300 for repairs to the village’s historic church.
Last Saturday’s Auction of Promises was the most successful single effort ever organised by the Friends of All Saints.
The proceeds were more than they collected last year from all of their fund-raising events put together.
Villagers chipped in, providing 40 lots for the promises, ranging from shoes cleaned by the vicar to a chauffeur-driven trip to the airport. There were also cruises on a narrowboat and a speedboat trip to the Thames barrier.
Highest bid was £1,000 for use of a holiday house in France.
The evening was the brainchild of Andrew Alsop, who is on the committee of the Friends of All Saints and who lives in the village.
He said: “Everyone worked really hard to make it happen and on the night it was absolutely fantastic. I think everyone had a good time and, even more important, we raised an awful lot of money.”
In addition to the lots given for the auction, he said a total of 28 volunteers were involved, delivering professionally-produced catalogues, menus and table decorations at no cost, as well as helping out in other ways.
The event was so popular that all 70 tickets sold out within hours of going on public sale. One or two extra seats were squeezed in and people had canapés and drinks before sitting down for a three course dinner planned and organised by Andrew’s wife Ingrid. Members of the Youth Church acted as waiters and waitresses for the dinner.
Work has already begun on the church restoration project, which is expected to cost almost £300,000.