HERC Spring Auction – April 25th 2015

Saturday April 25th saw one of the clubs busiest and most well attended Spring auctions in recent years, thanks no doubt to word of mouth by club members and local PR in recent months from the Hastings Observer.

The doors of the Holy Redeemer Church Hall, St. Leonard’s, opened just before 1.30pm to club members and the general public and while early attendance was looking light in numbers (as shown in the pictures below), attendees soon started turning up in numbers just prior to the auction start at 2.15pm.

Phil (G3MGQ) kindly auctioneered the event, with Ron, the clubs treasurer keeping tabs on the lot numbers, bids and payments for the items.

Phil did the club proud as usual, a competent auctioneer as well as the clubs official RSGB licence trainer.

Bidding was lively and entertaining, with one member buying up 18 lots in one go!

Overall the afternoon at the club auction went without a hitch and showed the level of interest for such events in Hastings is quite high.

Thanks go to Phil and Ron for auctioneering and taking care of the bids, as well as the helpers including Simon who efficiently distributes the items to the bidders during the course of the auction.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and we will look forward to seeing you at the next HERC auction event in the near future with a final word of thanks going to Rob (M0LYD) for providing the excellent images depicting the auction prior to bidding.


Ron, the clubs treasurer on the left keeping track of the bids, and Phil, right, the auctioneer. It’s a fast-paced business when the bidding starts!


Simon left having a natter with a club member while the stands and items were being laid out around the Holy Redeemer Church hall in good time before the bidding began.


The calm before the storm. Rodney and Gordon front row right keeping a close eye on Ron and Phil at the front!

The next auction will be held at the same venue on October 31st 2015. Don’t forget to make a note of it in your diary!

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