The value of raising funds
AN Antiques Roadshow style event saw prized possessions pass under the eyes of antiques experts at a Hillingdon Narrowboats Association fundraising valuation.
TV auctioneer Peter Slade, along with valuer Steven Turner and a jewellery expert from Datchet Auctions gave up their time to value items from £3 to £30,000. Graham Griffiths, volunteer co-ordinator for the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association (HNA) thought the day “proved to be a great success”.
He said: “People brought their treasures by foot, car and our shuttle service along the canal from the Coy Carp pub.
“Some of the items valued included cutlery, silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, and a vase from the school of Bernard Leach and a £30,000 mystery item that the owner wanted to keep secret.”
Loraine Grainger, chairwoman, said: “These fundraising events help our charity keep the five 70ft narrowboats running, giving a canal experience to young and old, able and disabled groups.
“We hope that the Halloween Spooky Boat trips and Santa Boat trips we have planned prove to be as successful.
The HNA’s spooky boat trips will take place on Saturday October 31 and will depart every 30 minutes from the Coy Carp Pub in Harefield at £5 each.
To find out more about the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association, visit their website on www.hna.org.uk