Going, Going…

Scotland’s countryside education charity, RHET is holding its first-ever, now SOLD OUT, gala dinner, in celebration of the charity’s 21st birthday on 21 February. However, those who have missed out on a ticket to the dinner need not miss out on the fantastic auction lots available to bid for online. They are going, going but not yet gone!

The silent auction includes two tickets to see Lewis Capaldi, a Mulberry handbag, a Supercar driving experience, dinner and an overnight stay at a spa hotel, a personal styling package, a round of golf for three, a day’s fishing on the Esk, a number of cottage breaks and much more.

East Lothian Businesses have rallied round to support the fundraiser and lots include:

A private tour for up to 12 people of the historic Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Your group will learn about their rich history of brewing, dating back to 1719 and take a guided tour of the working Brewhouse where you will discover the process of brewing. Your visit ends up in the Monk’s Retreat bar where you will be able to sample the finished product and enjoy a light lunch.

Cheesemaking and lunch at Yester Farm Dairies. The dairy is offering two people the chance to discover how the milk from the farm’s 400-strong herd of traditional Holstein Friesians is used to make Yester’s fabulous range of products and try their hand at cheese making. This experience will also include a lunch featuring some of the artisan dairy products made on the farm.

A 3-night stay at Woodturner’s Cottage, Gifford – a cosy self-catering cottage sleeping up to 6 people. It is the ideal base for family, golfing or walking breaks with the best of East Lothian’s stunning countryside and coastline on your doorstep to discover during your 3-night stay.

The chance for four people to enjoy a round of golf at the Renaissance Club, sitting on East Lothian’s famous golfing coastline overlooking the Firth of Forth. 

Whether you are looking to treat a loved one to a delicious meal, buy a gift for a friend, take some work colleagues on a unique tour or enjoy a wine tasting event, there is something for everyone among the 75 plus list of generously donated prizes.

Other prizes include a rugby shirt signed by the Scottish team, bull semen, half a tonne of daffodil bulbs, a speedboat tour on Loch Lomond, a cheese-making day, a handcrafted oak bench, a number of brewery and distillery tours and a tonne of feed!

Those attending the gala dinner, as well as those unable to make it, are able to view and bid on the silent auction online. The prizes are available to view at:


The live auction on the night of 21 February will include the famous Highland Cow, Curly Sue, made by Kevin Paxton of BBC fame, a kitchen experience with Tom Kitchin, a holiday for two to Mauritius and a cookery day with Carina Contini.

Katrina Barclay, RHET Executive Officer, said:

“Many people across rural Scotland and among Scotland’s schools and colleges are familiar with RHET and what we do. However, we are always working hard to increase understanding of how we teach children and young people about food, farming and the countryside and of course we are always developing our fundraising to help us do this.

“These very generously donated auction prizes contribute significantly to our 21st birthday gala celebrating the work that our volunteers do while also to raising money to fund our activities. If you are keen to ensure that the next generation understands and values rural Scotland, I would urge you to support RHET by bidding in the silent auction. Anything you can contribute is very much appreciated.”

If you would like to bid on any of the live auction items, you can place a reserve bid or join in the bidding live on the night via phone. Please register your interest via email rhetgala@rhass.org.uk

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