SPORTSMAN'S DINNER  - Saturday, 1st October 2005

Ellesmere College Sportsman's Dinner, in support of The Ellesmere College Appeal, will take place on Saturday 1st October 2005. 

Join two of England's 'back-to-back' Grand Slam props - Jason Leonard and Jeff Probyn, plus a host of other sports and media personalities for this most glamourous and exciting evening.

Enjoy a lavish champagne reception serenaded by the "Summer Orchestra" before dining in style in our magnificent Marquee set on the College Terraces.

Superb show biz entertainment, combined with an "international" promises auction and truly unique raffle will undoubtedly make this an event to remember.  Tickets: 100 per person or 1,000 per table of ten.  Overnight accommodation, including full English Breakfast also available.  Black Tie (Gentlemen only).


          A special Auction of Promises

     supporting the Sports Appeal




Saturday, 1st October 2005

Auction follows the Loyal Toast

Halls logo and address

Lot 1  Lets Party!

Six Bottles of Moet Chandon Champagne.

Donated by Mr Barrie Keenan

Lot 2  Gone With the Wind

From the grounds of Ellesmere College, enjoy a flight for one or two persons over the lovely countryside of Shropshire.

No close season, but evenings recommended by arrangement.  Flight duration one hour, although from start to finish, three hours should be allocated.  Given the flight is subject to weather conditions, it is suggested that the successful bidder should be local to the Shropshire area. 

Donated by Mr David Harrison-Morris

Lot 3  A Signed Football Programme

A programme from the most epic Champions League final in history, Liverpools dramatic penalty shoot out victory over AC Milan in May 2005, signed by the Liverpool captain and man of the match on the night, Steven Gerrard.

This is a unique collectors item, signed by Gerrard at the party in the aftermath of such a famous victory, the Liverpool skipper dedicates Best Wishes, Steven Gerrard to the lucky owner of this rare memorabilia.  E-Bay would reserve this programme in the thousands and for any Liverpool fan it is a must have item.

Complete with a letter of authenticity signed by the journalist who was invited to the post match party and collected the signature of the Liverpool skipper, the programme comes along with support from Gerrard towards tonights event, with the Liverpool skipper offering a message to Ellesmere College in the hope that the programme he signed raises substantial funds for such a worthy cause.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 4  Health Club Membership

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel and Health Club, Whitchurch Road, Chester.

One six month membership.

Donated by Rowton Hall Hotel

Lot 5  Six Nations

Millennium Stadium Cardiff Wales V Scotland, Six Nations Championship, 2006, 12th February, 3.00pm kick-off,

Two debenture tickets, excellent position on the 22 metre line.

Donated by Mr John Matthias

Lot 6  Remember the Event

Original Artwork duly framed 2005 Ellesmere College Sportsmans Dinner invitation.                                             

Donated by Mr John Hopkins

Lot 7  Everton Football Shirt

A replica Everton shirt signed by the squad which so memorably qualified for this seasons Champions League after their incredible performance in finishing fourth in the 2004-5 premiership season. 

Signed by player of the season Tim Cahill, Goodison legend Duncan Ferguson, doughty skipper David Weir, plus the rest of the heroic squad, this is a shirt that would be treasured by all Everton fans, as well as all true football fans. Complete with letter of authenticity, this shirt would be perfect for framing as a tribute to one of the most successful teams in recent Goodison history.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 8  Tayside Fishing

Summer Fishing - three rods River Earn, Tayside, Scotland Six days fishing with a chance of summer salmon and early evening sea trout. 

The beat is managed by John Young who will direct the three rods to the most likely positions on the river.  Included is one complimentary double room at the Royal Hotel, Comrie owned and run by a salmon fishing family.  If three rods require accommodation, the charge will be discounted by the value of the double room.  Food as required is extra.

Lot 9  Holiday Apartment

Biot, nr Antibes, Cote DAzur, South of France  - A new luxury two bedroom apartment within secure grounds only fifteen minutes from Nice airport and twenty minutes from the glamorous town of Cannes.   Includes UK satellite television, swimming pool and air conditioning. 

This would be an ideal location for a holiday for two couples or a family of four.  Enjoy a week rent-free, subject to availability.  A case of French wine awaits you on your arrival. 

Donated by Mr and Mrs Richard Morris

Lot 10  Rugby Weekend

02 RugbyClass Father and Son Course

This includes on-site accommodation, all meals, a full coaching programme and after-rugby activities. These may include swimming, tennis, football and basketball which will be supervised by qualified welfare staff. 

The fathers however will often be found partaking in other leisure activities at a venue nearby.

These weekends are staffed by some of the top coaches in the game such as John Bevan and Geoff Wappett and specialist sessions are taken by international players.  The child will also receive a certificate of attendance, an 02 RugbyClass gift and have the opportunity to get his photo taken with the International player.  A unique opportunity for parents and children to learn and understand the game together and to enjoy the Ultimate Rugby Experience.                                                                                  

Donated by 02 Rugbyclass Ltd

Lot 11  England Rugby Shirt

England Shirt signed  by World Record Caps Holder, Jason Leonard signed England Shirt                                

Donated by Mr Paul Welsh/02

Lot 12  Lions Rugby Shirt

2001 British Lions Shirt signed by Welsh International, Scott Gibbs

Donated by Mr Richard Morris

Lot 13  A Days Racing

Bangor on Dee Races For three persons. 

Select a day at this lovely National Hunt course at any published meeting during the twelve month period commencing 1st October 2005    

Donated by Mr John Matthias

Lot 14

Donated by

His Grace The Duke of Westminster

Lot 15  A Days Racing with lunch

Chester Races -  Wednesday 10th May 2006 as guest of Chester Racecourse.

Enjoy the first day of the 2006 Racing Calendar to include lunch for four and car parking .  A very special day at this historic course.

Donated by Richard Thomas Chief Executive

Lot 16  Gourmet Luncheon or Dinner

Porth Tocyn Country Hotel, Abersoch, North Wales.

Enjoy lunch or dinner for two at this renowned country hotel occupying a stunning position overlooking Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia   Over 40 years of continuous entry in the Good Food Guide.

Donated by Nick & Louise Fletcher-Brewer

Lot 17  Liverpool Football Shirt

A replica Liverpool shirt signed by the entire Champions League-winning Liverpool squad of 2005. 

Ideal as a framed memento of such a famous evening, the shirt is signed by skipper Steven Gerrard, goalkeeping hero Jerzy Dudek, goalscorer Xabi Alonso as well as the rest of the squad that has gone down in history for their stirring deeds.  Liverpool shirts authentically signed by the players command a massive premium on E-Bay after their European triumph and this is a chance to own an impressive piece of football history. Comes complete with a letter of authenticity.

Lot 18  The Full Monty

English Rugby Shirt (R.F.U. official merchandise) signed by the current team February 2005.  Certificate of authenticity signed by the Commercial Director of the R.F.U.

Donated by 02 Rugbyclass Ltd

Lot 19  Holiday Cottage

Abersoch Holiday Cottage  - Superbly modernized and appointed holiday cottage of character with courtyard and large first floor sun balcony having views of Bardsey Island. Comprising sitting room dining/kitchen, one double bedroom, bedroom two with bunks, crog loft twin (not suitable for very young children) bathroom/shower, wood burner and central heating, own linen required. 

Available one week  Friday to Friday, rent free to include utilities, not available during the months of July/August or Bank Holiday weeks.

Donated by Colin and Louise Brereton

Lot 20  Holiday Villa

Menorca Holiday Villa Es Moli de Dalt.

Sleeps eight in the main house with additional accommodation in a separate cottage, offering a swimming pool and acres of citrus groves, Es Moli de Dalt is set in the spectacular Algendar Gorge, Menorcas principal area of special scientific interest. 

The ultimate peaceful holiday, 20 minutes from the nearest town, Es Moli de Dalt offers a fantastic opportunity for complete relaxation.

Donated by Mrs C Griffiths

Lot 21  My Lords, Ladies And Gentleman

Master of Ceremonies Professional Master of Ceremonies available to attend free of charge any function within the United Kingdom. i.e. dinners, weddings etc.

Valid twelve months from 1st October 2005, subject to existing bookings.

Donated by Mr Ken Beresford

Lot 22  Above The Clouds

A flight over Shropshire or the Welsh Hills in a 1941 Tiger Moth Enjoy an exhilarating experience in this wartime trainer (re-built 1983).

Subject to weather conditions, fly from a grass strip at Knockin Airfield, flight time approximately 30 45 minutes, preferred flight days weekends.

Donated by Mr S Eisenstein

Lot 23  Health & Beauty

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel and Health Club, Whitchurch Road, Chester.

For two persons, one pamper day to the value of 350.  By prior appointment please.

Donated by Rowton Hall Hotel

Lot 24  A Days Racing

Chester Races for three persons.

Select a day at any one of the published June, July, August or September Meetings during 2006.                                                        

Donated by Mr John Matthias

Lot 25  Wembley Programme

Wembley Stadium A unique collectors item.  The match programme from the last game to be played at Wembley Stadium before it was bulldozed for redevelopment, signed by the entire England Squad that day.

The match was England v Germany in October 2000.  It was historic not just because of Wembleys farewell, but also because Kevin Keegan, the England manager, resigned immediately after the game.

This is a piece of memorabilia unmatched in football history.  Only one programme from that game, signed by the full squad, exists.  On E-Bay, the programme would attract bids in the thousands.  Signed by the 18-man squad including such luminaries as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Paul Scholes, Paul Ince, Steve McManaman, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham, the programme is also signed by German international striker Oliver Bierhoff.  The signatures were collected in the players lounge immediately after the match and come complete with a letter of authenticity, signed by the journalist who was allowed access to the lounge for this charity prize.  Never before has such a rare item come up for auction.  Dont miss the chance to own a piece of English football history.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 26  Romantic Dinner

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel and Health Club, Whitchurch Road, Chester.

Dinner for two.  Booking in advance please.

Donated by Rowton Hall Hotel

Lot 27  In The Net!

A framed picture of Wayne Rooney scoring his first ever goal for England, complete with his signature.

Rooney burst onto the scene for his country as a 17 year old and scored his first goal against FYR Macedonia on 6th September 2003 in the Gradski Stadium, Skopje.  This picture depicts that moment which is destined to be one of the most famous in English football history.

A unique lot, as Rooney refuses to sign any items unless they are dedicated personally to a named person, because of the high premium his signature commands for people profiting on E-Bay, but in a concession to Ellesmere College and his willingness to help tonights fund-raising cause, he has signed the picture of his goal against Macedonia with his name only, making this a rare almost unique item and a very valuable on as well.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 28  Literary Support

In sending a letter of support to Ellesmere College the former England international and one time captain Robbie Fowler, has offered the chance to auction several signed copies of his No.1 best-selling autobiography Fowler.

The first edition hard back copies are donated by the Manchester City striker himself with the promise that whoever bids for the prize will be rewarded with a personal dedication from Fowler, inscribed any way that the successful bidder wishes.  Again, a unique opportunity to gain access to a Premiership footballer and also a fantastic gift idea, this is an extremely rare lot.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 29  House of Lords

House of Lords, London -  Lunch for four persons, preferred any Wednesday from mid-October and November or 2006 by arrangement. 

Meet at 11.30am for a conducted tour of the House and Debating Chamber and historic Westminster Hall followed by lunch in the Private Members Dining Room with The RT Hon. The Lord Dean of Harptree PC./ Old Ellesmerian.

Donated by Lord Dean of Harptree PC

Lot 30  A Well Deserved Exclusive Break

Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire  - Enjoy a two day midweek break (Sun Thurs)  or a weekend (Fri - Sat) in either a Junior Suite or Gold Room with double king size bed, seating area and full ensuite marble bathroom.

Your stay will include table dhote dinner, continental breakfast and use of the spa and health club, small charge for Indoor Tennis treatments etc.  Available by private booking October 2005 to the end of March 2006, (excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter),  voted Best country house hotel in the world by Gourmet Magazine.

Donated by Mrs A Crossland

Lot 31  No Strings Attached

Champagne Virgin Balloon flight for 2 persons

From a wide selection of launch sites throughout the United Kingdom realize your dream of an intimate romantic flight for you and your partner.  Around one hours flying time.  Drift across breathtaking countryside It will be a day to remember for ever. 

Available from 1st October 2005 for a period of twelve months.

Donated by Mr Brendan Witter

Lot 32  Captains Shirt

Jason Robinson, the England Rugby Football Captain for the past season has kindly donated a signed replica England shirt to help the Ellesmere College cause.

Signed with the legend Best Wishes, Jason Robinson complete with letter of authenticity.

Donated by Mr David Maddock

Lot 33  A Smart Pad

London for two persons Two nights in a South Kensington Hotel including breakfast as per tariff.

Plus theatre vouchers for two persons.

Donated by Mr P Paulson



Payment for all lots is respectfully requested by either cheque or cash, preferably on the night or by arrangement with the payment desk. 

For further information or to order tickets please contact Suzanne Bellis on 01691 626505 or email

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