Do you have items in your house you believe to be antiques, but have no idea of their story or value?
If so, the Parish of St John and St Ninian, Newtownabbey, has organised a fundraising event which could shed some light on the worth of your dusty heirlooms.
The Antique Art, Jewellery and Collectables Valuation Event takes place in the parish hall on Wednesday October 27 from 10am to 1pm, and organiser Sam Millar, along with another antiques expert, will be on hand to view your items.
Prior to retirement, parishioner Sam used to run an antiques shop and was involved in setting up the parish charity shop, which operated out of St Ninian’s before the closure of the church, and is now open in St John’s Parish Hall each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.
All monies raised by the charity shop and Wednesday’s Valuation event are channelled back into parish funds.
Anyone bringing an object along will be charged £1 for a valuation. “We will hopefully be able to tell them something about the item, as well as value it for them,” said Sam. He is not anticipating coming across some previously undiscovered Rembrandt or similarly exciting find, but added: “There’s always hope!”
The event is open to anyone interested in bringing an item along. There will refreshments available (£2.50 for tea/coffee and biscuits) and visitors can also browse in the charity shop.
The parish hall of St John and St Ninian is located at 283 Shore Road, Newtowabbey (opposite the entrance to the Rathcoole Estate) and a warm welcome is extended to all.
If any other local parishes would be interested in running a similar fundraising event, Sam would be happy to assist. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com.