H&H Announced as Official Auctioneers for Go Herdwick

22nd September 2016

Carlisle based H&H Group will be swapping livestock for something more artistic in the coming weeks when they officiate the auctioneering at the “Go Herdwick” grand gala charity auction. 

This is the auction of the dozens of life size model Herdwick sheep individually decorated by local artists, which have been displayed around Rydal, Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere during the last four months.  They are going under the hammer at Low Wood Bay Hotel, in Windermere, on Saturday October 8th to raise money for the Calvert Trust.

Earlier this year, companies from across the region sponsored the sheep; they were matched with an artist who then decorated the Herdwick sheep to raise money for the Calvert Trust.  This event is the culmination of the “Go Herdwick” project, and the flock of 110 will all be gathered in for this unique livestock auction, which is guaranteed to be a spectacle not to be missed.

The auctioneering division of Harrison and Hetherington have set up three methods of bidding to ensure that no one misses their chance to give a sheep a permanent home, wherever they are in the world. The methods are:-

  • Registering an advance bid online
  • Remote bidding online during the auction – this is a shop window for customers wherever they are in the world, which allows them to watch the auction from their smart phones, tablets and computers and bid in real time
  • Bidding in person at the auction

Anyone wishing to bid either on-line or in person on the evening of the auction must register via the on-line registration form http://www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/general/go-herdwick/.

Included in the sales are the two H&H sponsored Herdwick sheep designed by their resident artist, Mary Ann Rogers, one sheep is decorated with Mary Ann’s signature tulips and the other with her iconic hounds.

H&H are proud of their association with the Calvert Trust and actively engage with community charity projects on a regular basis, offering their time, expertise and financial backing to a number of worthy causes.  Brian Richardson, Chief Executive of the H&H Group, explains why he felt it was important of support this initiative: “The Calvert Trust is a wonderful charity that has been working in the Lake District for over 40 years now.  “Go Herdwick has been an absolutely spectacular initiative, and one which, we are we are very pleased to be involved with by both commissioning the two Mary Ann Rogers sheep and also the auctioneering support.  The auction will without a doubt be one of the most spectacular sheep sales that anyone, anywhere has ever seen and I am very much looking forward to it.”

Go Herdwick are holding a viewing from the 22nd to 28th September at the Rheged Centre, just outside of Penrith.  This is the only opportunity for potential buyers to see the entire flock together before the auction night.

The money raised will help fund the c £1.3m capital redevelopment of Old Windebrowe, a grade II Listed farmhouse and tithe barn, which is thought to date back to the 1550’s and was once used as a home by William Wordsworth.  The redevelopment will deliver six specialised apartments suitable for stroke survivors and those with acquired brain injuries or physical impairments.

Justin Farnan, Business Manager for the Calvert Trust said:  “We have been overwhelmed by both the public support and also the support from key partners such as H&H.  Now the sheep have been brought together for their final display, it is all about the auction, and we are delighted to be working with seasoned professionals taking these unique sheep on their final journey.”

For further information on how to register your bid or for further details on the auction you can visit the Harrison and Hetherington Go Herdwick website http://www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/general/go-herdwick/ or visit the Go Herdwick Calvert Trust Public Art Trail 2016 http://www.goherdwick.co.uk/the-auction-2/.

Tickets for the auction cost £75 including a souvenir catalogue, reception drink and three course meal including wine.