The last weekend in June was a lively mixture of pleasure, celebration and business for The Friends.
Friday evening was packed with events. We had a private viewing of Stubbs in the Wild, held our AGM, were entranced by music, songs and poetry performed by the Holburne Ensemble and our own Richard Frewer and ended the evening enjoying a convivial party meeting Friends old and new. Our Silent Auction opened to get our fundraising underway.
On Sunday we turned our attention to marking the 40th anniversary of Sidney Blackmore’s fundraising book sales as well as the Holburne’s 100 Years Here centenary celebrations. Fun and money-raising combined as the Silent Auction entered its final day, we had stalls offering professional valuation of antiques, books, pictures and collectibles and selling items including hats, bags and beads and we ran a tombola. Sunday’s chilly, drizzly weather did not take the shine off a great weekend, as we raised just over £7600 whilst having a lot of pleasure.
A heartfelt thanks goes to all who helped in our success by giving Silent Auction lots, Tombola prizes, Hats, Bags & Beads and books; lending tents, tables, equipment and bunting; designing posters and signs; arranging publicity; baking delicious cakes and other fare; setting up stalls; giving time, trouble and effort; or simply coming along. Many thanks too, to the Museum staff for all their patient help and support!