Pub bidding to help charity

Sporting items, tickets for a London musical and even a new window frame are among the items which will be auctioned off at a pub this weekend to raise money for a city charity.

The Hamlet Centre, in Ella Road, Thorpe Hamlet needs to raise �1.3m for its new children's centre and the Trafford Arms, in Grove Road, is hoping to help it a small way towards its target by holding an auction.

The event will be taking place at 8pm on Saturday, headed by Keys auctioneer David Gould.

Hamlet Centre fundraising manager Julia Snow said: 'We hope that people are on the lookout for Christmas presents now; at the auction they will find unique special gifts while at the same time enjoying the great atmosphere of the evening. '

The cente, which helps people with special needs, has outgrown its small base in Ella Road, so it has teamed up with the St Raphael Club, in Johnson Place, and which it plans to revamp into a dedicated space for its children's services.

This will free up more room at its existing home for adult services too.

So far it has raised about half of the money needed and work has started on the first phase of the refurbishment.

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Trafford Arms landlord Chris Higgins said: 'Rather than dilute our fundraising by giving to numberous charities, we try to focus on one charity each year.

'The major requirement is that they are locally based and support our community, which is the basis of our business as a community pub.

'We have a relationship with our customers, and take an interest in their lives and their families' lives, and the Hamlet Centre has a great resonance with the local populace. One of our locals works there and two of its trustees are also customers of ours.

'In the present economic climate these services are going to get less and less money from government and the demands on them are only going to grow so it's important for pubs to support charities like these.'

Bidders will be able to choose from items for fans of Norwich City Football Club, Lotus Racing, Boxing and Boating – plus there will be a number of original paintings from local artists, a Trisha Goddard gift pack, ticktes for a London Musical, a trip in an antique car, a day's bricklaying and even a brand new 50x80 double-glazed window frame, which was donated by local architects who had ordered it as a sample only for the window company to go bust.

A full list of the items to be auctioned is available to view online at