Ladies Lunch

The Ladies Lunch, hosted by Gill Jinman, wife of the 2018 Club Chairman, was held on 12th November, with Kate Bliss – Antique Valuer and TV Personality – as the Guest of Honour and Speaker.

Kate Bliss is well known for her appearances on the BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’, ‘Flog It’, ‘Antiques Road Trip’, ‘Put Your money Where your Mouth Is’ and ITV’s ‘Secret Dealers’.  She studied English Literature at Oxford before returning to her home county of Herefordshire, to take up a position as an auctioneer at Brightwells. 

She spoke at the Lunch about her career, and how she was chosen to appear on TV after being spotted by the ‘Bargain Hunt’ crew when they visited the auction house while filming an episode of the programme. It was, she says, “being in the right place at the right time”. 

She spoke about finding ‘treasures’ in the most unexpected places – including Faberge eggs wrapped in an old tea towel – and about the fluctuations in value of one small piece of jewellery over time and in different circumstances.

After lunch she appraised a few curiosities bought in by guests, including a piece of jewellery and some illustrated letters written by John Everett Millais. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work was infectious.

The Lunch also provided the 34 guests with an opportunity to savour some of the flavours of Herefordshire; ingredients produced by the county’s farmers, incorporated into beautifully presented and delectable dishes by the Chef and his kitchen team, and very ably served by the front of house staff. These delights included Windmill Hill Farm Berries grown by Anthony and Christine Snell, which were served with a chocolate mousse and mint cream. Windmill Hill Farm was visited by Club members during the visit to Herefordshire in October, and Christine was also a guest at the lunch.