Film memorabilia to raise funds for monastery appeal

CHARITY AUCTION A hand-coloured image in the 19th century book set about British birdsl.
CHARITY AUCTION A hand-coloured image in the 19th century book set about British birdsl.
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A Victorian desk featured in the 1939 film Goodbye Mr Chips and an Indian cavalry officer’s sabre will be auctioned to raise funds for a Mirfield monastery.

The items are among the first lots to be donated to the the Community of Resurrection for its next auction.

Money raised will go towards the £2.3m restoration of the monastery, which opened in 1898.

Organiser Father John Gribben will host the auction in March next year with his brother, George Gribben, who is a well-known auctioneer.

The lots include a 19th century book set about British birds and a similar set about British plants. Both contain more than 1,000 hand-coloured pictures. Another item to be auctioned is the cavalry officer’s sabre which bears the cipher of Edward VII.

Father John said: “We are very grateful to all our supporters who have donated items to date.We have an eclectic mix with several items of local interest.”

He also asked people to look around their homes for items to donate to the event.

“In every household there is a corner, a drawer or a wardrobe where there is something you don’t want,” he said.

“This might include broken watches, an old Meccano set, some children’s old annuals or James Dean’s jeans!”

The auction will take place Saturday March 29, 2014.

Telephone Father Gribben on 01924 483339 for more details.