Thursday, 9 July 2015

Raffle Tickets


For the last 43 years Auntie Gladys has proved herself to be a small Welsh white haired little dynamo when it came to selling The Flower Show raffle tickets. Single Handed, around the small circle of villages that surround Trelawnyd she would march around knocking on doors with her sing song " hello" and within a matter of days would be responsible for selling 500 books without batting an eye.
Nowadays , only a few years shy of her hundredth birthday she doesn't quite have the reserves that she used to, so  the flower show committee had to take the drastic decision to limit the way "we "sell tickets and to reduce the number that we offer. that decision was governed by the fact that Gladys is now too frail to be marching house to house with a bin bag of tickets in hand.
Now, she's a wily old bird is our Gladys and only a couple of weeks ago , I caught her in Rhodfa Arthur shakily selling tickets for the forthcoming Male Voice Choir  concert., so I have made the clear decision that we will only sell tickets on the day of the show.
No tickets are to be passed into Glady's eager hands!

Having said this , because it is such a thankless job, as I go around the village giving schedules away and touting for entries in the best garden competition, I have been taking the opportunity to sell extra tickets before we open the doors.
I don't know just how Gladys sold 500-600....I was out for an hour and a half yesterday and sold only 56!
Its all go in Trelawnyd

Mind you....after giving an offer of help to the family at the still house, who are organising the folk weekend at the Village Hall...I did come home with a bottle of vintage beer

The International Entries for the Novelty Veg are still coming in.......but we need more...last year we had 68 entries...so far this year I have around 25...so please get your ideas down on film...... We need at least 60 to decorate the hall properly!


 








50 comments:

  1. The obvious reason why you are not as successful at selling raffle tickets as Aunt Gladys is that she has far more sex appeal. Sorry man, but that's the truth. If you volunteer to piggy back her round the village I am sure that raffle ticket sales will rocket again.

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    1. Oh i dont know YP i think i have my own smoldering allure

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    2. Not in your beanie hat you haven't !

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  2. Aunty Gladys obviously has far superior powers of persuasion!

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    1. No one says no yo an old lady

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  3. Aunt Gladys is clearly remarkable in so many ways! Have you thought of asking her for a few tips of the trade, Love the photos of the veggies. Elizabeth xx

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    1. She told me to look vague and smile a lot

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  4. Aunt Gladys is clearly a highly kept secret... if her selling powers become more widely known you can expect job offer from Lord Sugar.

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    1. If you could bottle her energy.....

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  5. I cannot conceive of an amusing veg, but I can confirm that a parcel of bunting strings got posted today :)

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    1. Thank you so much x

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    2. NO worries! They've all got Made in Wellington NZ labels which you can swap out and pretend you made them, or maybe that Winnie did...
      PS Wolfstone are a fantastic band!! I have one of their CDs from the 90s. If you do go to see them do report back for me? :)

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  6. Aunt Gladys sounds like a veritable whirlwind when it comes to raising funds / spreading awareness!! Bless her :)

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    1. Over the years she must have raised thousands

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  7. Old fashioned social media (knocking on doors) was what made Auntie Gladys a successful salesperson. Today, maybe using a picture of her on Facebook mentioning the raffle might sell some of those tickets.

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  8. Show some leg. That's the answer. Gladys possibly did.

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  9. Show some leg. That's the answer. Gladys possibly did.

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  10. I love the novelty veg entries! We don't have any veg that exciting lying around our house. :)

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  11. It's Aunty Glad's thumb-screws what does it!

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  12. Selling 56 tickets is still an achievement! I am sure you will sell many more on the day. Is there an entry fee to the flower show? Maybe you should charge a pound at the door and give a raffle ticket in return? If not this year than maybe something to put to the committee for next year? I love seeing the novelty veg entries. Maybe you will get a flurry of photos nearer the time? x

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  13. Who could say No to Aunt Gladys ???

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    1. Hitler and perhaps Jeremy Clarkeson but that would be about it

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  14. Aunty Gladys has that loving grandma appeal and ya know everyone loves their granny. :O)

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    1. Perhaps I should wear a shawl?

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  15. Cor, the Unthanks. I wish I was there.
    I love the Unthanks.

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    1. Yes , they were bookd a year ago then made it big recently and at Glastonbury... The organisers are really pleased as they still are here in Trelawnyd...i am trying hard to make chris go... I doubt he will though

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    2. I would come with you if I lived in North Wales but I dont. I have been following the Unthanks for many years. I like unaccompanied singing and Northumbrian pipes and weird stuff like that.

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  16. No one can say no to Aunt Gladys !
    I sent two not sure I should do another.
    Can I still enter a homemade card ?

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. The butterfly is the wrong way up. It is very good and could be more appreciated if it was the right way round. The others are good too. The curled up pepper presented itself as a sleeping animal very well but where do the eyes come from? Plastic eyes seem a bit like cheating to me but perhaps they are ok for other people.

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    1. Good job you're not judging then

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    2. Can i tell Rachel something about the plastic eyes?

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    3. Yeh, go on Yael.

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    4. I can take it.

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    5. Thanks Rachel for the lovely comment re the butterfly , it is mine . Homegrown chard, lettuce , parsley , peas and lettuce in the picture . X

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    6. Just for the record, I agree with Rachel on the googly eyes. I take pride in the fact my entry was 100% gleaned from my garden.

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    7. I thought the butterfly was beautiful too. X

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  18. I understand your not wanting Auntie Glad to feel she much canvas the area far and wide to sell tickets, but it also makes me sad.

    I love the veggie photos people have been sending. None of mine have ripened yet, other than a few raspberries, and I ate those.

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  19. Wonderful that you've had Aunt Glad helping for so many years - they don't make them like her any more.
    The veg pics are a hard act to follow.

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  20. Get some one to make you an App. what about a young person from the village? or virtual tickets

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  21. There will never be another like her.

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  22. JG

    I have lurked for a while enjoying your posts, but had to comment today having seen the photo with the flower show signs.

    I know you often post generic pictures but this looks like it has the end of 'Trelawnyd' in one of ths signs, so looks genuinely from your show.
    The Unthanks (don't like 'em, too jazzy),and Wolfstone (loved them for years, have all their albums)? Big name bands for a little town Or is Trelawynd in fact the Welsh name for Cardiff or Swansea ;-)

    Impressed! (or possibly easily fooled by a photo).

    ps a little late, but my sympathies for the loss of Meg,as a dog owner all my life I totally understand your grief.

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  23. I'd love to enter but as soon as I see a fruit bowl I'm diving in to make a cock and balls out of something. I know it's childish and crude but I just can't help it! I may have a dabble to find my more creative side. I did make a fantastic lifelike vagina with labia and everything from the red wax of a mini baby bel once. I even added some hair! (Head only don't worry) the things one does on a boring shift. Hey ho.

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  24. Can we buy raffle tickets through Paypal?

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