Saturday 24 February 2018

7pm - 12am

£60 individual ticket, £500 tables of 10

**The event is nearly fully booked!  Please email or call Amanda Joy on 0118 9876903 to enquire about purchasing tickets and current availability.**

Open to all (including parents, alumnae, staff and the local community) 

Guests at this special black tie event will travel through time to explore the history of our School. A Champagne reception and dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment – all in support of the 1887 Fund and Kids for Kids Charity.

Get your bidding paddles ready!

Live Auction Prizes

Lot 1: Head for a Day
Ever wondered what The Abbey Heads really get up to? Win, and your child could be Head of The Abbey for a whole day! Three lucky children will have the chance to swap places with Mrs Dent, Mrs Cresswell or Mrs D-C and spend the day as they would – running the School. In return, each Head will spend the day as a pupil; attending classes and experiencing life at The Abbey from a totally new perspective!

Lot 2: Champagne Dinner at the French Horn
Indulge in a lunch or dinner for four at The French Horn in Sonning with champagne on arrival. Set against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames, the French Horn has been providing hospitality for over 200 years and offers a truly exceptional dining experience.* 

Lot 3: Champagne Lunch and Thames Cruise
Enjoy the day ‘Messing About on the River’ with a champagne picnic lunch and afternoon cruise for up to six. Following lunch on the lawn of a private river garden, delight in stepping aboard ‘Panther’, a classic 1934 Thames Launch. Panther’s ‘sister’ boat is reputed to have crossed the Channel to Dunkirk. Lovingly maintained and with captain included, ‘Panther’ is the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon on the water.* 

Lot 4: Week in an Apartment in The Alps
Treat yourself to a week in a luxury apartment in Les Houches, The Alps. Nestled at the foot of the Chamonix Valley and boasting superb views onto the peak of Mont Blanc, Apartment Apollo is a recently built, well-equipped space for up to six people. This family-friendly apartment is ideally situated for a unique escape whether you are after hiking, culture or simply a relaxing break amidst breath-taking panoramas.*

Lot 5: Goodwood Festival of Speed Tickets
Win two adult weekend tickets to the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, 12-15 July 2018. A heady mix of cars, stars and motorsport ‘royalty’, the Festival of Speed is the ultimate summer garden party. Not only will these weekend tickets grant access to all four days of action at the Festival, the winning bidder will also have the chance to experience an exclusive money-can’t-buy passenger ride for one in a rally car.* 

Lot 6: Week in a Townhouse in The Algarve
Recharge your batteries with a week in this beautiful townhouse in The Algarve, Portugal. Overlooking the fishing village of Salema, this comfortable, three-bedroom property sleeps six and comes with a large communal pool and sun terrace. A roof terrace offers the chance to enjoy wonderful sea views, and with the restaurants and beach of Salema just a 10-minute walk away, everything is right on your doorstep.* 

Lot 7: Royal Jeweller Experience
The winning bidder will be invited to meet Harry Collins MVO, personal jeweller to HM The Queen and former Crown Jeweller, at his shop and workroom in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Over champagne and chocolates, Harry will personally help the lucky lady/gentleman select a piece of jewellery up to the value of £1,000.*

With thanks to our Governors and others who donated.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Silent Auction Prizes

Watch Grand Slam Champions and former World No.1s compete on the grandest stage with the chance to win two tickets to Champions Tennis at The Royal Albert Hall on 8 December 2018.* 

With thanks to IMG

Professional photography firm Lemon Zebra are offering an outdoor one-hour family photoshoot for up to six people. The prize includes a disc of images (minimum 15) for you to share or print from.*

With thanks to Lemon Zebra

Treat yourself to a night out in London with the chance to win two tickets to any 2018 weeknight show at Sadler’s Wells or The Peacock, preceded by a pre-theatre dinner at Simpsons In The Strand

With thanks to Sadler's Wells and The Savoy, London

Leading caterers Holroyd Howe will provide the lucky winner with their own chef for the night to cook for a dinner party of eight.*

With thanks to Holyroyd Howe

Why wait until your child is 17? Win a voucher for five half hour driving lessons with Young Driver specialist driving school and give your child a head start in becoming safe and experienced on the road. For 10-17 year olds.

With thanks to Young Driver

Co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney, this ultra-premium small batch tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber Agaves and is aged and barrelled to create a complex yet incredibly smooth finish. 

With thanks to The French Horn, Sonning

The winner will receive four beautifully handcrafted mugs or coffee cups by bespoke ceramic designer, Emma Alington, to be personalised just for you. 

With thanks to Emma Alington - Alumna (2009)

Delight in this stunning adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale with the chance to win four tickets to the Peter Rabbit Premiere in London on 11 March 2018.

With thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment

For any Trainspotting fans out there, this screenplay comes signed by the author, John Hodge, himself and complete with a copy of T2 Trainspotting on Blu-ray.

With thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment

A brand new Viglen Chromebook 360, designed specifically for education.

With thanks to The Abbey School's IT partner XMA

With thanks to all who donated prizes.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Raffle Prizes

  • Thames Lido Morning Experience
    Enjoy a swim, sauna, hot tub and breakfast for two at the newly opened Thames Lido
  • Junkyard Golf Experience, Oxford
    Putt your way around a wacky 9-hole crazy golf course - includes two rounds of golf and two drinks tokens
  • Adidas Hockey Stick
    TX24 Compo 1 hockey stick worth £160 – a hockey stick for big hitters!
  • Hobbs of Henley Voucher
    £100 Hobbs of Henley voucher to be redeemed against private boat hire or river trips
  • Catherine Robinson Cashmere Scarf
    A beautiful, long, black and latte striped cashmere scarf – a fabulous addition to your wardrobe!
  • Dulwich Designs Jewellery Portfolio
    Premium bonded leather jewellery portfolio in Notting Hill Grey – chic yet spacious; the perfect travelling companion
  • G. Collins & Sons Pocket Clock (x3)
    Elegant gold-tone pocket travel clock by the personal jeweller to HM The Queen – with burgundy leather roundel case
  • G. Collins & Sons Leather Passport Holder
    Stylish brown leather passport travel wallet from the Queen’s jeweller in Tunbridge Wells
  • Wendy Penrose Original Piece
    Unique large, moonstone pendant crafted by hand
  • Ashley Blooms Bouquet
    Beautiful bouquet worth £50 from Reading’s premier florist
  • Fortnum and Mason Luxury Hampers
  • Champagne
  • Case of 6 wines from around the world