Auction to help Long Sutton church

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ORGANISERS say there will be something for everyone at a community auction in Long Sutton on Saturday.

The event at St Mary’s Church Hall aims to kick-start fundraising for a project to restore the church’s east gate and to make other improvements.

Father Jonathan Sibley said: “We wanted to do a community event to raise money to repair the wooden entrance on the church yard east gate, which has been there for at least 100 years.

“The bottom is rotten and the wood is cracked. It’s held together by iron bolts. The whole thing needs restoring.

“It’s difficult to know how much it will cost. We may even have to make a new gate but if possible we would re-use the iron work.”

Items donated so far include two local Burgess prints which once hung in the town’s Bull Hotel, a painting by Commander David Joel, a piece by Ken Burton and a vintage plough.

A billiards table and an electric organ will also be up for grabs along with items such as furniture, toys, games, glassware and garden equipment.

Mr Sibley added: “The idea for an auction came from Julian Proctor, a member of the parochial church council. As so many people walk along the footpath and pass underneath, we wanted to get those people involved in helping to restore it.”

Items can still be donated up until tomorrow (Friday) evening and viewing begins at 9am on Saturday. The auction will run between 1-5pm.

The auctioneer will be Wisbech-based Richard Barnwell, who is High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and also works on Long Sutton market most Fridays.

For more information visit www.longsuttonchurch.org.