In the run-up to the 250th birthday of the Jewellery Quarter’s St. Paul’s Church, a new fundraising effort aims to raise £250,000 for its 250th birthday in 2029. The launch event on August’s Bank Holiday Mondays raised over £10,000 and tickets for the Connolly’s Wine Tasting event on 25th November have sold out.
Now the church is planning a JQ makers’ market on the evening of Thursday 9th December 5pm-9pm. The aim is to showcase local businesses, their talents, and their products. Local makers are being offered a free stall in the church to display what they make and sell to the public. Admission to the market is free and everyone is welcome to browse and shop – and bid for the auction lots.
The church will raise money from the event by holding Three Auctions – Silent, Dutch, and Competitive. Donations are being sought of suitable items to be auction lots.
Reverend David Tomlinson says, “Local makers will be stallholders, present between 5pm and 9pm, with an attractive display of items on show and for sale – a great opportunity to buy local and unique presents for Xmas.
“There will also be a local provider running a refreshment bar (tea, coffee, mulled wine and snacks) during the evening.
“Being nearly 250 years old, the church needs consistent and significant spending over the next few years to retain its position at the heart of its community for centuries to come. Our new fundraising campaign asks local residents and businesses to rally round and help fund the necessary works needed. The church is raising money for repairing and developing this Grade I listed church and will be holding Three auctions during the makers’ market.”
The Three Auctions: The three auctions are: Silent, Dutch, and Competitive.
- In a silent auction, the auction lots are displayed for a stated length of time and during this time, bidders can write their bids beside the lots they want to buy. When the permitted time for bids ends, the highest bid for each lot is the winner.
- In a Dutch auction, the auctioneer calls for a bid at a stated amount and if no-one responds, the auctioneer commences to call ever-reducing amounts. The very first bidder to respond to a call wins the item at that price.
- A competitive auction is the more familiar auction, where the auctioneer invites ever-increasing bids and when there are no more bids the highest bid wins the item.