‘Swap shop’ sows fundraising seeds

MINE'S A PINT -- members of the Hucknall-based Lincoln Green brewery hand over a pin of beer for the 'swap shop' to Hucknall Round Table
MINE'S A PINT -- members of the Hucknall-based Lincoln Green brewery hand over a pin of beer for the 'swap shop' to Hucknall Round Table

ENTERPRISING Hucknall Round Table has sown the seeds for what it hopes will be a major fundraising initiative.

For at the table’s annual general meeting in April, each member was given a packet of seeds to swap for something else.

“The idea is that each time we exchange an item, we get something with an increased value,” said table spokesman Danny Iwanejko.

“To start with, each tabler worked on his own to try to get the best item to start the main event with. It was decided that at the end of May, the best item we had obtained would be used as our main swapping item.

“Our ambition is to start with a packet of seeds and reach a value of £10,000 in 12 months.”

A new Hucknall-based micro brewery, Lincoln Green, handed over a pint of beer (80 pints) in exchange for a packet of seeds to help get the ball rolling.

Lincoln Green started to produce ale on Wigwam Lane at the beginning of May. It is currently producing four different beers and has many recipe ideas to try out.

Some of the other items the scheme, dubbed the Round Table ‘swap shop’, has yielded are a Bentley umbrella, a spa day for two and Brian Clough memorabilia.

But the table’s main swapping item is a signed and framed photo of the famous Welsh alternative rock band, Manic Street Preachers.

The table raises thousands of pounds for different charities every year. Its main fundraiser is a Santa’s sleigh which tours places including Watnall, Heanor and Kimberley in the build-up to Christmas.

The table has forged a strong reputation for backing charities and local good causes in recent years.

Members have been planning a sponsored rally challenge to the world-famous Nurburgring in Germany to raise funds to upgrade a family unit in the adult intensive care department of the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Back in March, the group launched a renewed search for community groups and projects which desperately need a financial boost during the tough economic climate. It backs the BBC Children In Need, for which it raised £2,500 last year.

The table, whose main base is at the Bestwood Lodge Hotel, Arnold, has adopted the ethos of fun and fellowship to go with its fundraising.