The Auction takes place at The Llanthony Secunda Priory at 3pm on Sunday 24th May. It is presided over by the wonderful Mark Stafford Lovatt from Nock Deighton Auction house. I first met him back in 2011 at the Ludlow Stone Carving Festival and knew he was the man for my festival! He has kindly donated his time as he did back in 2013 when we managed to make just over £2500 for the two beneficiaries. The Gloucester Geology trust and The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust. This year the profit is being donated to The Llanthony Secunda Priory trust. Please visit http://www.llanthonysecunda.org/ for more information about this beautiful site and their plans for the future. If you would like to bid on any of the carvings we will be able to accept cash and credit card payments, you don't need to register to take part in the auction. (there are plenty of cash machines within walking distance of the site) You will be welcome to leave bids if you are unable to attend the auction and there will be someone to help you at the festival if you wish to do this. Bidding will start at £50 and some carvings will go for between £50-£500 approximately. If you have any questions regarding this part of the festival please get in touch via the contact us page. Hop to see you there and good luck
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have confirmation of the auction time, 3pm at the main stage in the docks. I am very lucky that Mark Stafford Lovatt of Nock Deighton Auctioneers will be presiding over the auction. He has shown himself to an excellent choice when he took the auctions at the previous 2 events at The Ludlow Conservation weekend, and has generously offered his services free of charge. http://www.nockdeighton.co.uk/about.php This will also be when the draw takes place to win my carving and the announcement of the winners of the 3 prizes. Carving will stop at 1:30pm on Monday 27th May and the stone masons will be asked to vote for their favourite carving, The general public will also get a vote to decide their favourite and then I will ask the senior masons to vote for the best of the novices. The theme is a nautical one so the criteria will be an interesting and unusual design, good use of the stone and final look of the carving. Obviously as visitors you will be able to watch the progress of these carvings and the voting is not to put the carvers under extra pressure but it is an opportunity to push themselves and strive to do the best work possible in the alloted time. There is also the generous prize of £250 which is broken down as follows, £100 for the winner of the best novice carving and £75 each for the voted best by public and best by peers. I have chosen to give the novice the larger prize as I remember only to well trying to build up my collection of chisels. http://shop.g-gibson.com/ This website will be updated with photos of the carvings as they progress over the weekend so if you can't make it to all three days then at least you can keep an eye on the carving you like and hopefully pop along to the auction.