KIND-HEARTED residents have come together to organise a “unique” auction in support of a “landmark” church in Ringwood.

The Auction of Promises will take place at the Parish Church in Ringwood Market Place on Saturday, March 16, at 7pm.

For the past four years, the church has been subject to maintenance and parishioners, friends and local businesses have offered their services to finally rid the church of its scaffolding.

At the auction, people will be offering their help, hospitality and expertise. Bidders will be able to learn a new skill, get help around the house or even get transportation to the airport.

The star lot is dinner at the privately-owned Bisterne Manor, where the winner will be able to entertain up to 16 guests in the manor’s 16th century oak-panelled Henry VIII room.

Reverend Matthew Trick, vicar of Ringwood Benefice, said: “It’s wonderful to see the community coming together like this. People’s generosity has been overwhelming and each lot shows the character of our congregation – where else could you win a monthly homemade cake delivered to your door, a magic show or have someone to come and do your garden?”

All funds raised will go towards work on the church, including specialist repairs to glass windows and water-damaged stonework. The repairs will cost the church over £40,000, but have been described as “essential” to ensure the church remains in a good state of repair.

Mr Trick added: “Ringwood Parish Church is a landmark building, In the middle of the Market Place, for the whole community. Maintaining it for current and future generations is a cause to be part of.”

Entry to the auction is free and so is the first drink. Keen bidders can view the auction brochure online at the week before or by contacting Samantha Swyer on 01425 489898 or by emailing

Anyone else who is keen to donate their services or businesses who would like to offer discounts is also encouraged to get in touch.