Our year of events to celebrate Packwood's 125th Anniversary continued on Saturday evening with an Auction of Promises. Guest auctioneer, Tim Wonnacott, former Packwood parent, antiques expert and TV celebrity, deployed all of his professional expertise to great effect in drawing out bids from the extremely generous audience.
Parents, staff and friends of the school had offered a huge variety of lots ranging from the rare and exclusive – lunch at the House of Commons, a box at the Royal Albert Hall, a stone masonry experience – to the more prosaic, but no less eagerly bid for, including maths coaching and an evening’s babysitting (by the Headmaster…). There were tickets for rugby internationals, shooting days, fishing days and a week in a villa in Ibiza among others – more than 50 lots altogether.
After everyone had enjoyed a delicious supper, Tim set about the business part of the evening. There was plenty of banter and 'gentle' persuasion and he was soon taking bids from all parts of the room. Meanwhile, other lots were being offered in a silent auction and there was also a Golden Ticket Raffle in which every ticket won a prize.
The whole evening was a great success, thanks to the tireless efforts of organisers Nick and Jane Jones, and when the totals were added up the result was a magnificent £22,041. A significant sum that will provide a tremendous boost to the 125 Appeal for the redevelopment of Science facilities at Packwood.