Raising money for Abbeyfield

Selling Dartington Glass at the RI Convention

Rick Smale, Simon Dafforn and Paul Staines admire the Paperweights and Tankards they are selling in Birmingham
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In 1984 the Rotary International Convention was held in Birmingham at the National Exhibition Centre and over Twenty Seven Thousand delegates attended.                                                                                      

 In the run up to this event we in the Torrington Club realized that this would provide an ideal     opportunity to raise funds for the Addeyfield Home that we were setting up at Glen Tor in Villa Road.  

We commissioned Dartington Glass to  produce a  limited edition commemorative Tankard and      Paperweight   engraved with the Convention logo to  celebrate  the  occasion , the  tankards to sell for £14.95 and the Paperweight in a fitted case to sell for £9.95.

We thought there would only be a few stalls selling commemorative ware so there should be no problem in selling our top of the range glass but when we arrived we found that our stall was in a vast exhibition hall staging the “East Midlands  Expo”.

In spite of this ,the Tankards sold out immediately but we struggled with the paperweights because they were very heavy but overall it was a great  success, we all enjoyed our attendance at the Convention and we raised over £2500 towards equipping the Abbeyfield Home .

Rick


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We commissioned Dartington Glass to  produce a  limited edition commemorative Tankard and         Paperweight   engraved with the    Convention logo to  celebrate  the  occasion , the  tankards to sell for £14.95 and the Paperweight in a fitted case to sell for £9.95.

We thought there would only be a few stalls  selling commemorative ware so there should be no     problem in selling our top of the range glass but when we arrived we found that our stall was in a vast exhibition hall staging the “East Midlands  Expo”.

In spite of this ,the Tankards sold out immediately but we struggled with the paperweights because they were very heavy but overall it was a great  success, we all enjoyed our attendance at the Convention and we raised over £2500 towards equipping the Abbeyfield Home .

Rick

PS

Both Paul and Jenny and Simon and Jan had to leave early and Phyllis and I were left to clear up ;we were driving an MG Metro at the time  and by the time we had loaded all the unsold Paperweights together with all the display materials and our suitcases the car was down on it’s gunwales and we had to     waddle our way home  at 50mph.