The value of rais­ing funds

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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