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Save Chippenham Auction

Download the Auction Catalogue by clicking HERE 

And a few late (but very interesting) extra lots listed HERE

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Download the Auction Catalogue be clicking HERE 

And a few late (But interesting) extra lots listed HERE

Save Chippenham Art Auction

Welcome to the Save Chippenham Art Auction! Purchase Beautiful Seasonal Festive Gifts whilst Saving our Countryside!


Who, what, when, where, why?

WHO – Many supporters of Save Chippenham, the new campaign against urban sprawl,

have worked free of charge to organise, promote and bring you this fundraising event.

WHAT – The auction includes a wide range of high-quality works of art, dating from the early 19th century to this year, kindly donated by local artists and owners. Four works will also be raffled independently of the auction process.

WHEN – The auction is being held on Sunday, 19th December 2021 from 11.30am – 6pm.

WHERE – The Cause Arts and Music Venue, The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3DD.
This has a very fine Victorian Gothic former Methodist church Auditorium, capacity 150 and with an upper balcony, a roomy Hall entirely wheelchair-accessible, with adjacent disabled toilet, and kitchen facilities, other toilets, etc. There is plentiful car parking nearby.

WHY – All proceeds will go towards saving Chippenham from urban sprawl – excessive greenfield development. The urgent need is to raise funds for the High Court challenge to Wiltshire Council’s huge “Future Chippenham” housing and commercial development on farmland to the South of Chippenham, with a road scheme using Homes England funding.

Timetable for the day

11:30 am – Venue opens. Viewing begins. Catalogues and raffle tickets on sale.
There will be the opportunity to make a £2 donation, or any amount, upon arrival.
11:30 am – 3pm Viewing. Please join us for a festive glass of wine and nibbles during the viewing. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. Many of the artists will be present. 2pm – Commission bid deadline. You may email, or obtain bid forms from the tellers. 3:15 pm – Welcome and Opening Words

  • Dr Helen Stride, Chair of Save Chippenham

  • Julie Wheeler, Artists’ Co-ordinator

  • Fiona Cassidy, former curator at The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
    3:30 pm – Auction begins!
    4:30 pm (approx.) – Raffle draw and prize-giving. Closing words and vote of thanks.

    COVID-19 Practical Information

    In line with COVID regulations, we ask visitors to wear a face mask whilst at The Cause, and to sanitise their hands upon arrival. We’ll do everything we can to ensure social distancing during the course of the event. Thank you for your understanding. Please do not attend the auction if you have COVID symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID within the last ten days. For your own and others’ health and safety, please attend only if vaccinated. Others may participate by making telephone or commission bids.

Catalogue, Raffle and Donations

The catalogue is available online from 10th December at Facebook Save Chippenham Art Auction. www.facebook.com/savechippenhamartauction or Downloaded HERE

A printed catalogue is available to buy on the day, price £2. Late additions to the lots are on extra sheets added to the catalogue.

Donations online towards the legal challenge are welcome any time on CrowdJustice, the website for crowdfunding for legal issues. The page is Campaign against Urban Sprawl to the South (of Chippenham) (CUSS) by Helen Stride. www.crowdjustice.com/case/cuss

There will be the opportunity to make a £2 (or any) donation upon arrival. There is to be a Raffle of four works of art, independently of the auction process.

Viewing, Bidding, Payment and Collection

VIEWING – Photos of all the lots, including late donations, can be seen online at ‘Facebook Save Chippenham Art Auction’. www.facebook.com/savechippenhamartauction
Viewing in person on the day is in a large viewing room.

BIDDING – If you plan to bid in person, you will be asked to complete a bidding form, available from the tellers on the day. You will receive a numbered paddle in exchange.

TELEPHONE BIDS – If you wish to bid by telephone on 19th December, please email savechippenhamartauction@btinternet.com by 17th December.

COMMISSION BIDS – If you wish to leave a commission bid before 19th December, please email savechippenhamartauction@btinternet.com If you wish to leave a commission bid on the day, get a commission bid form from a teller, and complete and hand it in by 2pm.


  • Porters will bring each lot from the viewing room and hold it up during the bidding before taking it back to the viewing room afterwards.

  • When bidding in the room, please identify yourself using your paddle.

  • Most lots have guide prices. The auctioneer will exercise discretion on minimum bids.

    PAYMENT – We ask all buyers to pay for their purchases on 19th December. Tellers will be ready to take payments when they receive the completed clerk sheets from the auctioneer. Payment options:

  • Pledge to the “CUSS” CrowdJustice site, on your device or our laptops;

  • Credit or debit card via mobile card reader.

  • Cash or cheque. Dr Stride will take responsibility for forwarding these payments.

    COLLECTION – Please collect your lots from the viewing room by showing your receipted payment form, and exit the viewing room as soon as you have collected your purchase(s). Collection or delivery for phone or commission bids will be by arrangement.