Charity Summer Ball 2022– Auction Prizes

15 June 2022

We’ve been given some wonderful auction prizes for our Charity Summer Ball this weekend. Whilst the auction will take place during the Ball, we would like to open it up to members not attending the event. You will find details below of our six auction prizes. All monies raised go directly to our member chosen charities, The Tibbs Dementia Foundation & the MS Therapy Centre. 

If you would like to submit a bid, please let us know which prize you are bidding on, your name, and the amount you would like to bid by emailing [email protected] no later than this Saturday (18th June) 5pm. If your price is not beaten in the auction on the night, then you will secure the prize.

“Personal Tailoring Experience” from experienced local tailor Brook Harris
(donated by Ball Sponsor Brook Harris)

This is a choice of either a made-to-measure suit or casual outfit (blazer & trousers).  Professional styling appointment, fitting and adjustments are all included, and the winner can choose to enjoy the experience either at their private studio in Olney or in the comfort of their own home. 

The RRP for this experience is £995. 

Brook is a member along with his wife and young family and through his bespoke clothing brand has worked with thousands of individuals since 2008 to help elevate their personal style. 

So, if you have a wedding or occasion coming up or simply looking to smarten up your work wardrobe do get in touch with him, you can find out more about him and his service on his website here.

Four-ball at Woburn Golf Club
(donated by Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company)

One for you golfers!  This Lot is for a four-ball at the illustrious Woburn Golf Club, just up the road.

Woburn Abbey and the surrounding Estate provide a stunning backdrop and historical setting for Woburn Golf Club and its three Championship golf courses, arguably one of the best Clubs in the country, which has hosted many top Pro events featuring the best players in the world.

The prize is for a weekday round and includes breakfast or lunch and on course refreshments.

All four golfers will need to have a registered handicap to take advantage of this fantastic prize, which has been donated by Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company – a big thank you to them! 

Canary Wharf Classic – 4 Hospitality Tickets & Play on the Spectacular Glass Show Court
(donated by Matthew & Ann Towers)

The Canary Wharf Classic is one of the best events on the Men’s World Squash Circuit, attracting the top male players with a great prize fund. Matches take place on the glass show court in the spectacular Wintergarden Hall at Canary Wharf, and the event is always sold out.

This Lot offers 4 people the opportunity to attend as hospitality guests on the Tuesday of the event. After a champagne Reception, hospitality guests get to view all of the action from their own table in the comfort of the high-level balcony, whilst enjoying a four-course dinner with wine and beer.   

As an amazing “extra” the four lucky guests will have the opportunity to have a hit on the glass court for around 30 minutes during the early afternoon, before play starts that evening. This is an opportunity open to very few and one not to be missed!


  • The CWC Event is scheduled to take place in the w/c 12th March.
  • The tickets will likely be for Tuesday 14th March (or possibly Weds 15th), depending on availability.
  • The running of this event has not yet been confirmed by the organisers, so there is a small chance it will not go ahead. If so, the winning bidder will be offered their money back, or an alternative prize of similar stature and value, depending on their preference.
  • Face value of the hospitality tickets is approx. £900, without the playing opportunity.

House of Commons Single Malt Whiskey – signed by Boris Johnson
(donated by Richard Fuller)

This is a unique opportunity to obtain a bottle of “Speaker Hoyle’s” Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, carefully selected for the Commons speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, by the Murray McDavid team. It is a much-loved, Speyside single malt that has been matured in oak barrels for 12 years and bears the House of Commons crest.

What makes this Lot so unique is that it is personally signed by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The news flow over the last 12 months makes this a very special opportunity, and whether you love Boris or not, one that is not to be missed!

Private Juniors Kicking Coaching Session with Northampton Saints and England Coach Sam Vesty
(donated by Sam Vesty)

Another Lot with a sporting theme, this prize is for budding rugby players – potentially stars of the future! It is an exciting opportunity to join Northampton Saints and former England Coach and player Sam Vesty for a 45-minute kicking coaching session. 

Sam retired from playing in 2013 after an impressive career at Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby with over 200 appearances for these Clubs.  His coaching career started at Worcestershire Cavaliers before joining Saints in 2018 as their specialist Backs coach and in January this year it was announced that Sam would be head coach for the Club for the 2022-2023 season. In 2017 he worked as Skills coach with the England team, featuring two test victories over Argentina.  

This “money can’t buy” session will take place at Franklin’s Gardens on the main pitch and is for up to four juniors.

Thank you to Sam and Northampton Saints for donating this prize and his time.

Table of 10 in the Bedford Blues Marquee plus VIP Meet & Greet
(donated by Club Towers)

Bedford Blues will enter the 2022-2023 Rugby Championships with high hopes for another great season after finishing 5th in the last campaign.  This Lot is for a table of 10 in the Blues Marquee and includes a three course luncheon before the game as well as a pre-match address by players.  After your lunch, marquee patrons are directed to a raised viewing area alongside the pitch to watch the game and afterwards you can head back to the marquee and bar for post-match entertainment.  But the best bit about this prize is that it also includes a VIP meet and greet with players.  A brilliant prize for all you Blues fans!