Picture gallery: Stately Car Boot Sale raises a record £50,000 for the Norfolk Churches Trust

Henrietta Lindsell and (R) Clare Agnew at the stately home car boot sale, Sennow Park. Picture: Ian Burt Henrietta Lindsell and (R) Clare Agnew at the stately home car boot sale, Sennow Park. Picture: Ian Burt

Monday, May 5, 2014
7:41 PM

What do a stuffed tiger’s head, a Bentley, fine antiques, 20p magazines and VHS videos have in common?

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They were all sold at Norfolk’s Stately Car Boot Sale today, which raised a record £50,000 for the Norfolk Churches Trust.

Henrietta Lindsell, trustee of the Norfolk Churches Trust and chairman of the Stately Car Boot Sale said: “You do sometimes get some unusual items but I’m told a stuffed tiger’s head was sold for £280.

“I’m sure it caused quite a scene when the buyer walked across the park with it.

“The Bentley sold for £6,000 and a 20ft Union Jack from an old battleship also sold.”

The Norfolk Churches Trust runs the auction every four years, each time at a different venue.

Owners of Norfolk stately homes and historic houses are invited to have pitches.

It was held for the fourth time today at Sennowe Park, Guist, near Fakenham, when around 4,000 people attended.

The trust receives funds from admission and pitch fees and from people who paid to be in the WS Lusher & Son VIP tent.

This year, for the first time, the trust ran a silent auction where people bid for, amongst other things, a chance to commission acclaimed Norfolk artist Gerard Stamp to paint the Norfolk church of their choice, a country house dinner party and a chartered boat trip on the Thames.

All money raised goes to the restoration and repair of medieval churches in Norfolk.

Mrs Lindsell said: “There are 657 medieval churches in Norfolk, more in a concerted area than anywhere else in the world and you don’t have to be religious to appreciate them as part of our landscape and our cultural heritage.”

She added: “We came up with this as we saw it as a great way of capitalising on Norfolk’s many wonderful homes

“We have raised a record amount and £20,000 more than last year.

“A lot is down to the silent auction, which we have never had before and the incredible number of people who came along to support it.”

Virginia and Charlie Temple-Richards said they were delighted to host the Stately Car Boot Sale at Sennowe Park.

Having attended twice before, at Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall, they are big supporters of the event.

Mrs Temple-Richards said: “The Norfolk Churches Trust do a tremendous job.

“They have such a well-organised committee, they could run the country.”

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