So many good things go on below the radar. Last night, Carole Davies arranged a promise auction at the Dragon Hotel, Montgomery at which there were 120 lots donated by local people. The money was going to a charity called Little Hearts Matter, where more info is available at lhm.org.uk. The money goes to a help-line for parents who've lost a baby. It was a super night out, where much pleasure was had, and a total of £5,500 was raised.
Top sale items of the night were a two week holiday for 10 in Florida which made £1050 (cheap at the price) and a football signed by the Man Utd first team which made £415 (also cheap at the price). The auctioneer's assistant, an Everton fan donned blue gloves in order to display the ball during the auction. Overpriced item of the night was an aeroplane flight for 3 in Lembit Opik's aeroplane. It made £100. You just can't believe what some people will pay for. To my chagrin, it made four times as much as my promise to conduct a party around my garden, plus four hostas. I bought a full car valet for £40 and a box of organic meat for £34. I was a bit lucky on a 'Walk with Iolo Williams'. I took the bidding up to £100 before I dropped out - what with farming the way it is, and no AM's salary! Anyway, it turned out that it was a walk for 10 and the buyer offered Mrs D and me two places for £20. Good business.
I suspect that this post will be the only write-up that this fantastic event will have - which is why I've done it. To me, its so much bigger a story than most of the press releases I see pouring out of political party offices.